ViacomCBS names MTV exec to lead Paramount+ and Pluto TV’s global content plans

ViacomCBS has appointed Tanya Giles, general manager of MTV Entertainment Group, to a new role overseeing content for its global streaming operations as part of a wider overhaul of its senior management ranks. Giles becomes chief programming officer for streaming and will be responsible for creating the content strategy for recently launched SVOD Paramount+ and […]

Paramount+ takes MTV’s ‘Shore’ franchise to Rio de Janeiro

ViacomCBS-owned streamer Paramount+ has ordered a new iteration of its Shore franchise, this time set in Rio de Janeiro. Rio Shore, which is being produced by Banijay-owned Endemol Shine and Viacom International Studios (VIS) Americas, will follow 10 young people from different parts of the state of Rio de Janeiro as they live the high […]

Paramount+ programming chief Julie McNamara exits

Julie McNamara, long-serving EVP and head of programming at ViacomCBS-owned streamer Paramount+ is exiting the company just two months after the service launched. McNamara, who has been with the company for 15 years, shared the news of her resignation in an email to staff on Thursday, describing her departure as “truly a bittersweet moment” and […]

ViacomCBS bolsters Paramount+ originals with Kiefer Sutherland espionage drama

ViacomCBS-owned streamer Paramount+ has ordered an espionage drama that has Kiefer Sutherland (Designated Survivor) attached to star and exec produce. The eight-part untitled series is being produced by CBS Studios and follows a private espionage operative played by Sutherland who finds himself in the midst of a battle over the preservation of democracy. John Requa […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Exploring streamers’ spending habits in 2021

Tim Westcott, senior principal analyst for channels and programming at research powerhouse Omdia, tells Richard Middleton about the predicted spending habits of streamers in 2021. Competition for content is reaching new heights in 2021 following a year in which US studios hauled back programming for their own DTC streaming services. Production hiatuses caused by the […]

UK’s C5 expands factual offer with four historical series commissions

ViacomCBS-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 is ramping up its history programming with four new specialist factual series. Tsunami (3 x 60 minutes) is from UK prodco Voltage and will explain how one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded gave rise to the deadliest tsunami in history, with each episode tracking the course of its devastating impact […]

FilmRise appoints ViacomCBS exec Jonitha Keymoore as senior global acquisitions director

New York-based TV and film studio and streaming network FilmRise has appointed Jonitha Keymoore as senior director of global acquisitions. Reporting to SVP of acquisitions & co-productions Max Einhorn, Keymoore will be be responsible for developing new multi-territory film and television acquisition opportunities, while working across existing content partners to help build the company’s global licensing and distribution […]

Showtime bolsters drama team by naming two VP’s of scripted

US cablenet Showtime has bolstered its scripted ranks with the addition of two drama-focused VP’s. Danielle De Jesus and Dave Binegar both become VP of scripted programming with remits across development and reporting into EVP of scripted Amy Israel, according to US reports. De Jesus was most recently SVP of development at US prodco End […]

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