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ITV Studios international boss Maria Kyriacou boards Viacom

ITV Studios’ Maria Kyriacou is joining Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). The exec – who most recently served as president of international for ITV Studios – has boarded the media group as president for VIMN UK, Northern and Eastern Europe, replacing James Currell, who departed the business in June. She joins the business almost two […]

Sales round-up: ESG scores for ‘Younger’, ‘Stripped’; BBCS starts ‘Revolutions’

Endemol strips in Spain Endemol Shine International has sold social experiment format Stripped into Spain, which becomes the eighth market to commission a local version of the series. Shine Iberia, part of Endemol Shine Iberia, will produce four episodes of Stripped for Antena 3. Created in Denmark by Metronome, part of Endemol Shine Nordics, the […]

Channel 5: Greenlight for ‘All Creatures Great And Small’; My5 adds Pluto TV

Channel 5 is adapting James Herriot’s iconic collection of stories All Creatures Great And Small with US public broadcaster PBS. The Viacom-owned channel has commissioned Colin Callender’s Playground, producers of Wolf Hall and Howard’s End, for a six-part series and Christmas special, which will be co-produced with PBS’s ‘Masterpiece’ strand. The drama marks the second […]

Viacom’s James Currell exits after 18 years

Long-time Viacom exec James Currell is departing the business. Currell – who most recently served as president of the UK, Northern and Eastern Europe – has left the business with immediate effect. David Lynn, CEO of Viacom International Media Network (VIMN), is to oversee interim operations until the post is replaced. Currell first joined Viacom […]

Dating formats in a social age: Why audiences are hooked on hooking up

Viacom International Studios’ head of formats Laura Burrell expounds on the prolific success of recent dating programmes, and why formats with a social dimension are drawing young viewers. When I joined Viacom earlier in my career, one of the first formats I worked on was the UK version of MTV’s studio dating show Singled Out. […]

Viacom preps K-pop series for MTV Russia

Viacom and telco MTS are partnering for a K-pop-inspired reality series for MTV Russia. The production, K-pop MTCamp, marks Viacom International Media Networks’ first local co-production with an affiliate partner in Russia. The 29 x 30-minute show will be made with and exclusively for MTS. Aimed at Russia’s growing K-pop fanbase, the show is Europe’s […]

Viacom rejigs Networks group

Viacom has rejigged its Viacom Media Networks group, which will see Kevin Kay, the president of Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT depart. Effective immediately, VMN will consist of four brand groups: Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land; MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo and BET Networks and Nickelodeon as stand-alone groups. The Comedy Central, […]

Viacom to benefit from Disney/Fox “distraction”

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish has that the Disney/Fox merger represents a “significant positive” for the business, which stands to benefit from exec changes and creative “dislocation”. Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild event in London on Wednesday (19 September), Bakish said the merger “has provided a very real opportunity to acquire talent in the form […]

Kew Media nabs VIMN exec for US sales

Kew Media Distribution (KMD), part of Kew Media Group, has appointed Viacom International Media Networks’ (VIMN) Maria Ibarra as director of sales and distribution. Based in Miami and reporting to Jennifer Askin, Kew’s VP of sales, Ibarra will manage sales of KMD’s multi-genre slate across Lat Am, the Caribbean, US Hispanic territories and Canada. Ibarra […]

Elephant House taps ITV Studios label for creative director

Viacom International Media Networks’ (VIMN) Elephant House Studios has hired Ed Taylor, from ITV Studios label Potato, as creative director. Elephant is the BAFTA winning production arm of UK broadcaster Channel 5, and producer of MTV and Comedy Central content in the territory. In the newly created role, Taylor will take overall responsibility for all […]

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