Viacom placing BET in France

Viacom will launch a round-the-clock BET channel in France next month. The entertainment channel will roll out on the CanalSat, Numericable/SFR, Free and Bouygues Telecom pay TV platforms, giving it a reach of 17.6 million French homes. BET will have a raft of programming carried on the US version of the channel, including Real Husbands […]

Nick re-ups TF1 deal, sells 1000hrs to China

Viacom International Media Networks sealed a pair of major Nickelodeon content deals at MIPCOM last week. In Europe, the international arm of Viacom has renewed an output deal with France’s largest broadcaster TF1. The agreement dates back to 2004 and has been renewed for a further three years. In China, VIMN has sold a huge […]

Pre-market Lip Sync deals for Viacom

Viacom International Media Networks has shopped its entertainment format Lip Sync Battle to a raft of buyers and producers ahead of MIPCOM. VIMN launched the show at MIPTV and has sold it into China, the UK and Latin America. New pre-market deals for the format, in which celebrities mime along to famous musical numbers, include […]

MTV’s Lip Sync heads to China streaming

Chinese streaming platform Sohu has ordered a local version of hit Spike show Lip Sync Battle. The format features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for bragging rights. Talent appearing in the first run of the US series included Dwayne Johnson, Justin Bieber and Jennifer Lopez. Based […]

Spike gets Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy for UK launch

Viacom will launch Spike in the UK on April 15 and has picked up several US dramas for the free-to-air channel including the latest season of The Walking Dead (left) as well as Sons of Anarchy and Justified. It has also snagged UK rights to Lip Sync Battle (below), the upcoming comedy gameshow that will debut on […]

Viacom appoints int’l COO

The international arm of US media giant Viacom has appointed Jose Tolosa COO. Tolosa replaces Pierluigi Gazzolo who shifted from COO to head of Latin America at Viacom International Media Networks last year. The new COO takes up his new role with immediate effect, reporting to VIMN’s president and CEO, Bob Bakish, and will relocate […]

Viacom poaches BBCWW exec for Asian sales

Viacom International Media Networks has recruited June Yeoh from BBC Worldwide to run programme sales in Asia. Yeoh will start in the new role in early April and work out of VIMN’s Singapore base. As senior director of international programme sales she will oversee all of VIMN Asia’s content sales across China, Japan, Korea and […]

Viacom replaces Blink channel with Paramount

Viacom International Media Networks has withdrawn Blink!, the channel that started out as a JV with Endemol, from the Polish market and replaced the service with Paramount Channel HD. Paramount Channel HD is the second HD service launches by VIMN in Poland, following the debut of Comedy Central HD last year. General entertainment channel Blink! Began […]

MTV UK boss to rebrand Channel 5

MTV UK general manager Kerry Taylor has been given a new role within Viacom and tasked with rebranding Channel 5, the UK free-TV broadcaster the US media giant acquired last year. Taylor has taken the newly-created role of chief marketing officer of Viacom’s UK operations, which span Channel 5 and pay TV channels including MTV […]

Raft of exec appointments at Viacom intn’l channels

Viacom has upped several of senior channel execs at its international channels, appointing a new boss for the BET, Paramount and Spike channels, and creating a new head of acquisitions position for all of its UK channels. Michael Armstrong will continue to lead the international BET and Paramount channel efforts and oversee the launch of […]