ViacomCBS inks $900m ‘South Park’ deal to stock Paramount+

ViacomCBS has signed a $900m deal with South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone for six more seasons and 14 made-for-streaming movies of the adult animation. The agreement will keep the long-running scripted comedy show on the company’s Comedy Central channel through to its 30th season in 2027, while 14 South Park movies are […]

CBS hires Condé Nast’s Jon Koa to lead comedy development

ViacomCBS-owned US flagship network CBS has appointed former Condé Nast and ABC exec Jon Koa as EVP of comedy development for CBS Entertainment. Koa will report to Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment, and Thom Sherman, senior EVP of programming, and takes over the position from Julie Pernworth, who exited the network last month to explore “new […]

CBS Entertainment alum Joe Ianniello launches $300m SPAC for media

CBS Entertainment Group’s former CEO Joe Ianniello has become the latest senior exec to launch his own special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). Argus Capital Corp is headed up by Ianniello and is planning to raise $300m that will then be invested into media, entertainment and sports companies. Numerous other media execs are also part of […]

Comcast & ViacomCBS explore global streaming alliance

Comcast and ViacomCBS are exploring a global streaming partnership, with the former’s CEO Brian Roberts and the latter’s chairman Shari Redstone and CEO Bob Bakish reportedly meeting in New York last month to discuss a potential alliance. Both companies are looking to expand their streaming operations into international markets, but know they need to compete […]

MTV revives ‘Cribs’ in US with Martha Stewart, Ryan Lochte & Ashlee Simpson

ViacomCBS-owned MTV has rebooted veteran celebrity property show Cribs, more than two decades since it first launched. Cribs, which began in 2000 on the US network, invites viewers for a peek into the everyday – and unexpected – lifestyles and rituals of personalities and families with a behind-the-scenes tour of their houses. Each new 30-minute […]

TBI Weekly: What the UK’s kids commissioners want & why

As the Children’s Media Conference comes to a close, TBI’s deputy editor Mark Layton hears from bosses at Netflix, the BBC, Sky and others to find out what’s on their programming wishlists. Kids and youth TV is in demand like never before, as global streamers vie with broadcasters for eye-catching content to differentiate their offerings. […]

ViacomCBS moves international operations under US-based trio

ViacomCBS has restructured its international operations, with US-based trio Chris McCarthy, Brian Robbins and George Cheeks taking on new global remits. The overhaul, which comes just two weeks since the US giant handed the three execs oversight of streamer Paramount+, will see McCarthy and Robbins promoted to become president & CEO of MTV Entertainment Group and […]

Why a Covid-fuelled podcast boom is set to last

Josh Adley, director of commercial & client relations at UK podcast studio Listen, explains how TV producers and broadcasters can make the most of a move into the podcast space. At the start of the pandemic, there was a noticeable shift in mindset from TV companies – podcasts shot up their list of priorities. Productions had […]

NBCU owner Comcast eyes ViacomCBS or Roku deal, according to report

NBCUniversal (NBCU) owner Comcast is exploring a potential tie-up with US-based media giant rival ViacomCBS or AVOD operator Roku. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Comcast, whose NBCU division owns UK pay TV operator Sky, had considered a deal that would see it increase its streaming might by partnering with MTV and Showtime owner […]