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 […]

ViacomCBS looks to raise $3bn to fuel streaming push

ViacomCBS has unveiled plans to raise $3bn from a new share offering to fund its expansion plans in streaming. The US media giant has issued two tranches of shares to investors – $2bn of Class B and a further $1bn of Series A – and said it intends “to use the combined net proceeds from […]

TBI Weekly: How AVOD is starting to pull out the big guns

If it hadn’t been for the double-barrel effect of a global pandemic and the launch of streamers direct from US studios, then 2020 would likely have been seen as a major trigger point in AVOD’s evolution.    As it is, these services have surged in popularity over the past 12 months but there are soon to […]

ViacomCBS launches BET in Brazil via AVOD Pluto TV

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) is rolling out its Black audience-focused network BET in Brazil via AVOD service Pluto TV. BET will debut on 26 March as a 24/7 channel, featuring an array of shows from its US sibling such as Being Mary Jane, Real Husbands Of Hollywood, American Soul, Boomerang, and Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living. VCNI […]

Exclusive: ViacomCBS alum Valerio Motti hired for ShortsTV expansion

Former ViacomCBS exec Valerio Motti has joined UK-based Shorts International, owners of short-form network ShortsTV, as EVP EMEA of business development and strategy. In his new role, Motti will share responsibility for all aspects of ShortsTV’s EMEA market presence, including content acquisition oversight, programming, marketing, and brand development. He will have a focus on driving […]

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