Appointment round-up: Simon Pegg’s Stolen Picture hires Comedy Central exec; Great Point Media adds eOne VP of sales

Stolen Picture appoints Comedy Central’s Lucy Robinson Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s production outfit Stolen Picture has added Comedy Central’s head of original content Lucy Robinson to its exec producer ranks. Robinson will take up the role from next month at the Sony Pictures Television-backed prodco, which was launched in 2017. Its output includes movie […]

Smithsonian Channel preps Bayou short-form series

ViacomCBS-owned Smithsonian Channel is marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a new digital short-form series about the disappearing wetlands of Louisiana in the US. Last Call For The Bayou, from Encompass Films, will be available on Smithsonian Channel’s digital platforms and its website from 10 April. The show follows filmmakers Dominic and Nadia […]

ViacomCBS restructures down under as Network Ten CEO Paul Anderson resigns

ViacomCBS is introducing a new management structure across its businesses in Australia and New Zealand, with the CEO at Network Ten resigning as a result. ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) said the resignation of Paul Anderson, who had been CEO of Network Ten and EVP of its operations in Australia and New Zealand, would be effective […]

Showtime, CBS snag ‘Dexter’ showrunner Clyde Phillips in overall deal

ViacomCBS-backed US networks Showtime and CBS Television Studios have signed writer and executive producer Clyde Phillips to an overall development deal. He will work on projects for that will air on platforms within or outside the ViacomCBS group. Phillips has won numerous awards for his work on crime drama Dexter and also created the series […]

ViacomCBS names Kelly Day as COO for Network International division

ViacomCBS has appointed Kelly Day as the COO of ViacomCBS Network International (VCNI). The news comes two months since Day stepped down as president of Viacom Digital Studios (VDS). She replaces Melody Tan, who has held the VCNI title since 2017. Tan will be leaving the company but her next role is not yet known. […]

ViacomCBS names head of programming for revamped streaming offer

ViacomCBS has made a raft of changes to the senior exec team leading its streaming business, following the company’s plans to offer an expanded version of its CBS All Access offering. Julie McNamara becomes EVP and head of programming at CBS All Access, with a remit across programming strategy, current and future originals, acquisitions and […]

ViacomCBS prepares to launch new streamer, expanding All Access offering

ViacomCBS is preparing to bolster its OTT operations by launching a new streamer that will offer shows from its All Access SVOD as well as content from its array of cable networks. The streamer, which is likely to be available commercial free and ad-supported, will include Viacom brands such as Comedy Central, Paramount Network, BET […]

ViacomCBS prepares Lat Am roll-out for Pluto TV

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) is preparing to launch AVOD service Pluto TV in Latin America, with a wide range of content in Spanish and Portuguese. The free-to-view service will be made available in the region at the end of March and launch in Brazil by the end of 2020. The initial channel offering includes: Pluto […]

ViacomCBS appoints NBCUniversal’s George Cheeks as CBS president

ViacomCBS has appointed NBCUniversal (NBCU) Content Studios’ vice-chairman George Cheeks as president and CEO of CBS. Similar to his predecessor Joe Ianniello – who, the company notes, will “work with the company to ensure a smooth transition” – Cheeks will oversee all CBS-branded assets ranging from CBS Television Network to CBS Sports. He will also […]