Viacom poaches Turner comedy exec

Viacom International Media Networks has appointed Turner Broadcasting executive Jemma Yates as VP, content, Comedy Central International. Yates will take up the newly created, London-based role in January, reporting to Jill Offman, VIMN’s managing director of Comedy Central UK and senior vice-president, comedy for VIMN. She will work across VIMN’s portfolio of 17 international comedy […]

Viacom hires digital boss for Northern Europe

Viacom International Media Networks has named Mathias Blum as head of digital media at its Northern Europe operation. Blum is the founder of Berlin-based video syndication business Clipkit. In his new role at Viacom he will oversee the digital strategy for all of Viacom’s channels and brands in Northern Europe including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV […]

Channel Five to increase originals and news spend

UK broadcaster Channel 5 will increase its news and original programming output, according to new licensing rules set out by Ofcom that follow Viacom’s buyout of the station. According to the UK broadcast regulator’s Channel 5  ‘change of control’ review, which was published today, the network must increase its minimum quota of news programmes in […]

Viacom closes Channel 5 acquisition

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has closed its £450 million (US$740 million) acquisition of UK broadcaster Channel 5 from Northern & Shell Media Group. The deal was first announced on May 1 and was completed yesterday morning after receiving unconditional clearance from the European Commission. With the conclusion of the agreement, VIMN – which owns […]

Viacom poaches Worldwide exec as Asia boss

Viacom International Media Networks has recruited Mark Whitehead as executive VP and managing director of its Asian business. He will replace Indra Suharjono, who is leaving the company at the end of June. Whitehead, who will start in the new role in August, joins Viacom from BBC Worldwide, where he has been senior VP and […]

Viacom picks Nitz from Red Bull Media House

Viacom International Media Networks has recruited Oliver Nitz to run its mobile branding division. Nitz joins from Austria-based Red Bull Media House and will be senior VP, mobile brand licensing at Viacom. In the new role he will be tasked with building VIMN’s presence in the mobile space and, based in Berlin, he will oversee […]

Comment: How social media is influencing reality development

Love it or hate it, reality TV has firmly cemented its place within pop culture, becoming a firm favourite with audiences and content creators around the world – spanning all ages and demographics. In the UK, whether it’s Geordie Shore, Big Brother or Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, reality has proved to be one of the […]

Programming and channel deals for Nickelodeon

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has struck a new distribution deal with pay TV operator RCS&RDS covering Romania and Hungary. The deal will expand the reach of Viacom’s channels Nickelodeon and Comedy Central across RCS&RDS’s Romanian and Hungarian pay networks. Nickelodeon will be available in an additional three million homes in Romania and 500,000 in […]

Viacom shops cable shows around the world

Viacom International Media Networks has cut programming deals for several shows from Viacom’s US cable networks with international broadcasters. In Singapore, free-to-air broadcaster Mediacorp has picked up CMT series Bridal Bootcamp (pictured) and multiple seasons of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team as well as two VH1 shows, Mama Drama and My Big Fat Fabulous […]

Nickelodeon sells toons to China

Viacom International Media Networks has sold several Nickelodeon animated series to broadcasters in China. The regional Guangdong JiaJia Cartoon Channel has bought the first season of Kung Fu Panda and the first two seasons of Fanboy and Chum Chum. Kaku Kids, which is part of Beijing TV’s channel portfolio, has also picked up the first […]