Viacom could take Paramount+ to new markets

Viacom’s Paramount+ set-top application in the Nordic markets could be expanded to other markets, according to James Currell president, UK, northern and eastern Europe, Viacom International Media Networks. Paramount+ has seen strong take-up, according to Currell, interviewed on stage at Cable Congress in Dublin. The application, which offers VOD content from Viacom pay brands and […]

20th Century Fox takes stake in Italian VOD outfit Chili

20th Century Fox has taken a 4% stake in Italian transactional video-on-demand provider Chili in a reported €6 million investment in the platform. Fox joins Warner Bros, Viacom-Paramount and Sony Pictures as shareholders in the venture. Warner Bros and Paramount have 4% stakes, while Sony has a 3% stake in the venture. Torino 1895 Investments, […]

Viacom joins SVOD race with Paramount+ launch

Viacom Media Networks International is joining the race among major international content players to develop their own subscription video-on-demand services with the launch of Paramount+ in the Nordic region. The new service will hold the rights to the first pay TV window for paramount Pictures’ new movies releases along with a range of catalogue films […]

Vimeo staffs up for content and originals push

Vimeo has made a trio of hires as it pushes into original programming, co-productions and premium drama acquisitions, bringing on execs from Paramount, Hulu and Bunim Murray, DTVE’s sister title TBIVision reports. The video service has already said it is keen to “follow in the footsteps” of Netflix, and wants a Vimeo SVOD service stocked with […]

Netflix hires Stuber to lead original movies drive

Netflix has hired former Universal exec Scott Stuber to head up its ongoing drive into original movies. Stuber, who had been a frontrunner to the role vacated by Brad Grey at Paramount, will oversee a growing slate of films at the US streaming service, which expects to release 30 titles this year. Stuber was vice […]

New-look Viacom takes TV to film and film to TV

New Viacom CEO, Bob Bakish, has fleshed out his turnaround plan for the media giant and pledged to bring its TV brands to film and vice versa. Announcing a slate of Nickelodeon movies for the Paramount studio, Bakish said the core Viacom channels will each contribute cobranded movies to the slate of Viacom movie studio […]

Viacom ‘no longer looking’ to sell Paramount stake

Viacom is no longer looking actively to sell as stake in Paramount Pictures, according to a report by Bloomberg. According to the news agency, citing unnamed sources, Viacom has decided that the movie studio is a key asset and has pulled back from the idea of a sale. Viacom hired PJT Partners to look into […]

Paramount to end geoblocking in EU deal

US studio Paramount has agreed a settlement with the European Commission to no longer geoblock movies from its deals with Sky. The EC has been investigating whether Sky’s film UK and Ireland deals with the major US studios, including Paramount, are anti-competitive, and yesterday’s agreement marks the first result of the inquiry. The impact could be far-reaching […]

Viacom expects Paramount stake sale soon

Viacom chairman and CEO Philippe Dauman expects to have agreed to sell a stake in film studio Paramount Pictures by the end of the next financial quarter. Various analysts and commentators have speculated minted Chinese companies such as e-commerce giant Alibaba were likely buyers of the “significant” minority stake, which was put up for sale […]

Sky Deutschland extends Paramount deal

Sky Deutschland has renewed and expanded its deal with Paramount for video-on-demand movies. The deal covers pay-per-view and VoD licensing for the next few years, with movies including Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Transformers: Age of Extinction to be made available on the Sky Select and Sky Select on Sky Anytime service. The Sky Select […]