ViacomCBS plans to launch ‘broad SVOD’ service within 12 months

ViacomCBS plans to launch an international pay TV streaming product in multiple markets within the next year as part of an expansion of its streaming efforts, including boosting its US domestic premium offering CBS All Access with a number of initiatives. Speaking to analysts after the US studio posted its quarterly results at the end […]

European viewers warm to AVOD as Covid-19 impacts incomes

With the current financial climate appearing more uncertain amid the global pandemic, consumers are becoming increasingly receptive to ad-supported video streaming. In a new study of the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands from Raktuen Advertising, 60% of respondents said that they would sign up to an AVOD service such as ViacomCBS-owned Pluto […]

ViacomCBS rejig continues with Jill Offman to depart

The extensive management rejig at ViacomCBS in the US has continued in the UK with the departure of Jill Offman, the former Comedy Central exec who was most recently EVP of ViacomCBS International Studios UK. Offman arrived at Viacom via Paramount Network in 2007 and was promoted to oversee the channel and Comedy Central around […]

ViacomCBS slashes senior execs, Smithsonian president to depart

ViacomCBS has made a slew of changes to the senior management ranks at MTV, Pop, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Smithsonian, with the latter’s president Tom Hayden among those departing. Around 100 staff have been affected according to US reports, with Hayden set to leave the cablenet that he launched in 2006 in the coming months. […]

Pluto TV adds WarnerMedia & Eros Int’l execs for content push

ViacomCBS-owned streaming service Pluto TV has made two senior hires – adding Scott Reich as SVP of programming and Shampa Banerjee as chief product officer. Reich was formerly general manager at Fullscreen Media – now part of WarnerMedia – and will now lead on programming strategy for content across Pluto TV’s 250+ live and original […]

News round-up: Love Nature unveils blue chip duo; BET+ visits eOne’s Diggstown

Love Nature greenlights blue chip duo Blue Ant Media’s Love Nature 4K has greenlit two six-part, blue-chip specialist factual series from sibling producers for its linear and online channels. A Wild Year On Earth, produced by Blue Ant Studios’ Northern Pictures and narrated by actor Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey), is an epic look at how […]

How borderless storytelling is evolving kids production models

Nina Hahn, SVP of international production & development at Nickelodeon, explains how global streamers have created a new generation of viewers and greater diversity in programming One of the biggest evolutions brought on by the rise of global platforms has been the rapid expansion of global content. As virtual geographic borders have diminished, audiences have […]

AMC Networks hires Viacom’s Robyn DeMarco to oversee programming, acquisitions

AMC Networks has hired former Viacom exec Robyn DeMarco as SVP of programming strategy, acquisitions & scheduling for its entertainment division, which includes AMC, BBC America and Sundance TV. DeMarco will also oversee programming and acquisitions for IFC and reality network WE tv, reporting into David Beck, EVP and head of programming strategy and business […]

BBC Studios appoints Rebecca Glashow as Americas president

BBC Studios has appointed Rebecca Glashow, the former co-head of ViacomCBS-owned Awesomeness, as president of its Americas division. Glashow will be based in New York and will begin her new role on 1 June, reporting directly to Paul Dempsey, president of global distribution at BBCS. She will oversee the company’s strategy in the US, Canada, […]

ViacomCBS rolls AVOD Pluto TV into Lat Am

ViacomCBS has rolled its ad-supported streamer Pluto TV into Latin America with a raft of content from the likes of BBC Studios, Endemol Shine Group and Fremantle. The service launches with 24 linear channels that will be added to over the next 12 months to reach a total of more than 70, ViacomCBS said. Pluto […]

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