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Major content firms pact for anti-piracy coalition

The Hollywood studios, leading SVOD services and key networks around the world have formed a global anti-piracy coalition. In total, 30 companies have come together to create the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) to combat illegal video and content downloads. These include Amazon, BBC Worldwide, CBS Corp., NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Twentieth […]

Ex-AwesomenessTV chief joins Paramount

AwesomenessTV founder Brian Robbins as joined Paramount Pictures to lead a new youth-skewed division. Robbins will run Paramount Players, which will be devoted to producing films derived from the Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and BET brands. The move is the first major deal for Paramount since Fox veteran Jim Gianopulos became its chairman and CEO. Robbins […]

Vodafone Spain strikes 4K movies deals with Sony and Paramount

Vodafone España has struck deals with Sony Pictures Television and Paramount Pictures to offer 4K UHD movies as part of its Videoclub offering. Vodafone will offer movies from both studios in 4K as part of its offering, including the likes of Passengers, T2: Trainspotting 2 and Smurfs: The Lost Village. Sony Pictures will make 16 […]

Viacom looks to sell Paramount Pictures stake

Viacom is exploring selling a “significant” minority investment in its TV and film studio Paramount Pictures. Viacom chairman and CEO Philippe Dauman confirmed the news at the Jefferies Media and Communications Conference in New York City, saying: “We have received indications of interest from potential partners seeking a strategic investment in Paramount Pictures and I have decided to […]

EC lays down gauntlet to Hollywood majors and Sky on geo-blocking

The European Commission is investigating Sky and six Hollywood majors – Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros – for agreeing content rights deals on a geographically restricted basis in the EU. The EC has sent a statement of objections to the parties alleging that they have put in place contractual […]

Tricolor TV renews Paramount content deal

Russian pay TV operator Tricolor TV has renewed a licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures that will see a raft of recent movies distributed to Russian viewers for the first time, alongside Paramount catalogue titles.  Among the new titles to be made available to subscribers on the KinoPremium HD channel from the SuperKino HD package are Transformers: […]

BBC IP lined up for Paramount-backed UK theme park

A new multi-billion pound UK theme park has signed a development deal with BBC Worldwide, in a move that could see it create rides based on popular BBC brands like Top Gear or Doctor Who. London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), the company behind the forthcoming London Paramount Entertainment Resort, said it has signed an agreement […]

European Commission starts TV rights probe

Formal antitrust proceedings to examine programming agreements between US studios and European pay TV broadcasters are underway and could ultimately be extended to include other distributors, the European Commission confirmed today. EU spokesman Antoine Colombani told DTVE’s sister publication TBI this morning that the focus of the rights probe is currently restricted to the Hollywood Studios […]

Mid East VOD service secures Paramount content

Middle Eastern on-demand service icflix has licensed Paramount Pictures movies including The Godfather trilogy and American Beauty. Other titles from the Viacom-owned Paramount library including Ghost and titles from the Star Trek series are also included in the agreement. icflix launched this summer as the Middle East’s first dedicated video-on-demand offer and is set to […]

Paramount’s Hedges steps down

Paramount Pictures International’s vice-president and managing director Chris Hedges is leaving the company and will be replaced by Ian George. Hedges has worked at the Viacom-owned company for 35 years. He will be replaced by George, who was previously executive vice-president, international marketing. He will report to Paramount International president Anthony Marcoly. Paramount Pictures International […]