Exclusive: ViacomCBS rejigs Lisa Kramer’s distribution team in EMEA

ViacomCBS’s Global Distribution Group has expanded the remits of four senior executives following the recent appointment of Lisa Kramer as president of international TV licensing, TBI has learned. Kramer was appointed to her new LA-based role leading ViacomCBS’s global licensing and marketing teams earlier this month following the departure of Barry Chamberlain, and the company […]

ViacomCBS to launch Pluto TV into France, marking latest AVOD entry into the country

UPDATED: ViacomCBS is to launch its AVOD streamer Pluto TV into France on 8 February. Pluto, which requires no sign-up, will launch with 40 curated channels in France with a library that includes content from ViacomCBS brands and third parties. The company also said that there will be a significant amount of local French content […]

Paramount+ reveals launch dates for US, Canada, Nordics & Australia

ViacomCBS is to launch streamer Paramount+ across the US on 4 March and has also revealed more details of the service’s international roll-out plans. Paramount+, a rebooted version of existing streamer CBS All Access, will launch across Latin America on the same date as the US, before being rolled out into the Nordics on 25 March […]

ViacomCBS Kids & Family rejigs leadership as Shelley Zimmerman exits

ViacomCBS Kids & Family has given Nickelodeon execs Shauna Phelan and Zack Olin combined oversight of all its live-action production, following the exit of Awesomeness EVP Shelley Zimmerman. With responsibility for the programming now falling under one roof, the pair will look after Nickelodeon’s live-action scripted content, as well as live action programming for the […]

ViacomCBS expands Hulu deal to include Comedy Central & Paramount Network

ViacomCBS has struck an expanded deal with US-based streamer Hulu that will see channels such as Comedy Central, Paramount Network and Nickelodeon become available via the Disney-owned service. The multi-year deal means Showtime, CBS’s broadcast stations, CBS Sports Network, Pop TV, Smithsonian Channel and The CW will remain available via subscription streaming service Hulu+ Live […]

ITV’s Paul Moore named chair of Creative Diversity Network

The Creative Diversity Network (CDN), which aims to increase diversity on and off screen within the UK’s television industry, has named ITV exec Paul Moore as its new chair. Moore, who is ITV Group communications & corporate affairs director, will take on the role from January 2021 and succeeds ViacomCBS exec Maria Kyriacou, who is […]

UK’s Channel 5 goes on ‘The Holiday’ with NENT Studios UK

ViacomCBS-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered an adaptation of TM Logan’s bestselling novel The Holiday from NENT Studios UK. The 4 x 60-minute drama has been jointly developed by NENT Studios UK, Projector Pictures, Clapperboard Studios and Night Train Media and will go into production in the first quarter of 2021. It is being written by Michael […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Global TV Production in 2020

Tim Westcott, senior research manager for channels, programming & advertising at research powerhouse Omdia explores what’s fuelling the global production industry – and what’s in store next year. The rise of SVOD has been the main force driving world programming expenditure since 2010. Expenditure on original and acquired programming in the 35 countries tracked by […]

ViacomCBS’s David Lynn exits as Raffaele Annecchino named international chief

ViacomCBS has appointed Raffaele Annecchino to become president and CEO at its international division, replacing David Lynn who is leaving the company after 24 years. Annecchino becomes president & CEO of ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI), effective immediately. He reports into ViacomCBS president & CEO Bob Bakish and succeeds Lynn, who will depart the company following a […]

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