ViacomCBS confirms Lat Am leadership after completing Chilevisión deal

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has confirmed its leadership team in Latin America after completing the acquisition of free-to-air broadcaster Chilevisión from WarnerMedia. Darío Turovelzky, GM of ViacomCBS South Cone, will oversee both Chilevisión and Argentina’s FTA network Telefe, as well as all ViacomCBS operations locally. Juan Ignacio ‘Iñaki’ Vicente has been confirmed as VP & […]

Drama round up: Netflix orders Brazilian thriller; ViacomCBS acquires NBCU’s ‘FBI’; Starzplay renews ‘BMF’

Netflix orders Brazilian thriller Netflix has commissioned Olhar Indiscreto, an original Brazilian psychological thriller set to debut next year. Produced by Mixer Films, the series is created and written by Marcela Citterio, with a cast headed by Débora Nascimento. Luciana Oliveira directs, with a screenplay adapted by Camila Raffanti. It tells the story of Miranda […]

ViacomCBS names Sean Gupta as SVP streaming strategy

ViacomCBS has appointed BET exec Sean Gupta as SVP of streaming strategy. Gupta began the role last week, reporting to Jeff Shultz, chief strategy officer and chief business development officer for ViacomCBS’ streaming division. ViacomCBS streaming services include Paramount+, BET+, Pluto TV, Noggin and the upcoming Comcast joint venture, SkyShowtime. He moves across from his […]

BBC Studios hires ViacomCBS veteran as SVP in EMEA

BBC Studios (BBCS) has appointed the former chief commercial officer at ViacomCBS in the UK to oversee markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Arran Tindall becomes SVP of key markets for BBCS in EMEA, based out of London and reporting into Nick Percy, EVP of EMEA. Tindall starts immediately and is responsible for […]

Paramount+ alum Julie McNamara lands at Spotify

Julie McNamara, former EVP and head of programming at ViacomCBS-owned streamer Paramount+, has resurfaced at music and podcast streaming giant Spotify, where she has been appointed as head of US studios and video. Reporting to Dawn Ostroff, Spotify’s chief content and advetitsing business officer, McNamara will take lead on the creative vision for US studios […]

Ed TV Festival: Paramount+ seeks UK originals & C4’s Ian Katz slams privatisation plans

ViacomCBS put out a call for content pitches from UK indies for Paramount+, while Channel 4 exec Ian Katz warned that privatisation would “destroy” the channel, on the second day of this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival. Speaking at the event, ViacomCBS Networks UK CCO Ben Frow said that the company plans to commission local content […]

ViacomCBS’s C5 in UK ditches peak-time per-hour pricing model

Channel 5 in the UK will no longer apply a fixed, per-hour pricing tariff model to its peak-time programming, as part of an overhaul to its commissioning process. The ViacomCBS-owned commercial broadcaster said it was “reevaluating” its hourly programme tariffs for peak-time commissions “to release individual productions from the constraints of a per-hour budget model.” C5 […]

Smithsonian Channel & Bassett Vance prep slave trade docuseries

ViacomCBS-owned MTV Entertainment’s Smithsonian Channel is collaborating with Angela Bassett and Courtney B Vance’s Bassett Vance Productions on One Thousand Years of Slavery, a new docuseries exploring the legacy of the slave trade. Produced by Uplands Television for Smithsonian Channel in the US and Channel 5 in the UK, Bassett Vance Productions will executive produce […]

Paramount+ ups Nina L. Diaz to head unscripted & two exit in reshuffle

ViacomCBS’ MTV Entertainment Group has appointed Nina L. Diaz to head up unscripted and adult animation for Paramount+ as part of an executive reshuffle at the company. Alongside her new CCO duties at the streaming service, Diaz will remain as CCO and president of content for the group and continue to report to Chris McCarthy, […]

Nickelodeon & Paramount+ extend SpongeBob franchise with bumper order

Nickelodeon has made a bumper order for more SpongeBob SquarePants, with 52 new episodes in the works. The ViacomCBS-owned kids network has ordered a further 13 episodes of the franchise’s recently launched spin-off The Patrick Star Show, as well as a 13th season of the original SpongeBob SquarePants. The US studio’s streamer, Paramount+, has also […]