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ViacomCBS strikes deal for minority stake in Miramax from beIN

ViacomCBS has reached a deal with Qatar-based beIN Media to acquire 49% of Miramax. Under the terms of the deal, beIN will retain a 51% stake in Miramax and the studio’s leadership team will remain the same. ViacomCBS will acquire the stake for a total investment of $375m with an initial upfront cash payment of […]

Pluto TV expands UK offering with factual, family channels

ViacomCBS-owned AVOD streamer Pluto TV has announced the launch of six new channels in the UK. These additions take the number of channels to almost 80, up from under 30 at the beginning of the year prior to Viacom’s $340m takeover of Pluto in January. Pluto TV Action, Pluto TV Sci-Fi, Pluto TV Thrillers, Get.Factual […]

Exclusive: Pluto TV hires director of European partnerships

Pluto TV has hired a director of European partnerships as it looks to expand its EMEA operations, TBI can confirm. Long-time Vivendi exec Guillaume Rosier has joined the ViacomCBS-owned AVOD platform as director of business development and partnerships for Europe. Based out of Paris, he is to report into the Berlin-based Olivier Jollet, MD for […]

ViacomCBS duo Channel 5 and Network Ten order Anglo-Aussie drama

ViacomCBS-owned Network Ten in Australia and Channel 5 in the UK have joined forces to commission a four-part drama from Fremantle. Breathless (4 x 60 minute) is centred on a British woman and her husband who seek a fresh start in Australia after infidelity rocks their marriage only to find the young local nanny they […]

ViacomCBS completes merger four months after agreeing deal

Viacom and CBS have completed their merger, almost four months after first agreeing the long-awaited deal. The combined ViacomCBS brands include CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET and streamers CBS All Access and Pluto TV. Collectively, the business will have an annual content spend of around $13bn, and is to house […]

ViacomCBS sets senior leadership ahead of deal closing

CBS has made a round of senior appointments for the merged ViacomCBS group ahead of the merger closing early next month. The business has tapped Viacom exec Alex Berkett to serve as EVP of corporate development and strategy, leading on all of ViacomCBS’ acquisitions, partnerships, investments and joint ventures internationally. Meanwhile, Marva Smalls is to […]

Viacom’s Pluto TV grows monthly active users to 20m

Viacom’s Pluto TV has grown its monthly active users to around 20m – a growth of nearly 70% this calendar year. In a Q4 earnings call, Viacom boss Bob Bakish said the business’s “focus on an investment” in the AVOD platform was evident, with 43 new channels launched this past quarter, including 24 Viacom-branded channels. […]

ViacomCBS expands David Nevins’ remit as Comedy Central’s Kent Alterman exits

ViacomCBS has made a swathe of changes to its senior management team, with CBS exec David Nevins among those expanding their remits and Comedy Central chief Kent Alterman among senior execs departing. Nevins was named chief creative officer at CBS last year, with oversight across CBS Television Studios, CBS’s entertainment arm, CBS and cabler Showtime, […]

Bakish: Advertiser and distributor partners are “bedrock” of ViacomCBS strategy

Bob Bakish has said that distributor and ad partnerships remain the “bedrock” of the strategy for the combined ViacomCBS going forward.   The Viacom CEO – a regular at the annual MTV European Music Awards, taking place this weekend – was addressing attendees at a pre-awards showcase in Seville, Spain, on Saturday (2 November), where […]

Inside the Endemol Shine sale saga

The ongoing saga of the Endemol Shine sale could be nearing an end, with a number of sources pointing to a small group of players in the running, including Liberty Global-backed All3Media and part-owner Disney itself. Disney, which owns half of Endemol Shine as per its acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets, is understood […]