Viacom International Media Networks

MTV to run repeats of Channel 5’s Big Brother in UK

In another sign of the synergies between Viacom’s UK channels bouquet TV channels following the acquisition of terrestrial Channel 5, MTV will run repeats of Celebrity Big Brother’s new season. An edited version of each Celebrity Big Brother daily highlights show on Channel 5 will repeat twice each weekday the following day after each show, […]

Paramount Channel launches in Sweden

Viacom International Media Networks-owned Paramount Channel has launched in Sweden.  The channel is available from today on the Swedish digital-terrestrial network as part of the Boxer pay TV service, making catalogue moves including Saving Private Ryan, Munich and Disturbia available to Swedish viewers. The linear channel’s launch will also be accompanied by a catch-up service. […]

New appointments at Viacom international 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 […]

Viacom launches new French channel

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) is launching a new channel for the French market targeted at older girls and young teenagers. The Nickelodeon 4Teen channel, modeled on the existing US Teenick channel, will be aimed at seven to 14 year-old girls and will be available via the Canalsat pay TV platform and the Numericable cable […]

Viacom appoints Americas president

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has appointed existing chief operating officer Pierluigi Gazzolo as president of its Americas division. Gazzolo has been interim managing director for VIMN Americas since July alongside his role as chief operating officer of VIMN. He now moves to Miami to take up the Americas role on a dedicated basis, however […]

Viacom appoints international comedy channels VP

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has appointed Turner Broadcasting executive Jemma Yates as vice-president 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 […]

UPC Czech Republic adds new channels

Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Czech Republic is adding a quartet of new channels to its line-up. The cable operator is adding MTV Live HD, Nickelodeon HD, Ocko Express HD and Comedy Central to its channel line-up. Nickelodeon HD is the first HD kids channel on the platform, broadcasting in English and Czech. Czech music […]

Viacom hires digital chief 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 […]

MTV Europe Music Awards to be shown on Channel 5

This year’s MTV Europe Music Awards from Glasgow is to be broadcast simultaneously on MTV and Channel 5 for the first time, following MTV Europe-owner Viacom International Media Networks’ (VIMN) acquisition of the UK terrestrial channel from Northern & Shell. The decision means that the show will be available to view free-to-air on Channel 5 […]

Amazon Prime Instant Video signs Viacom deal

Amazon’s streaming service Prime Instant Video has secured six American titles from Viacom International Media Networks for its UK operation. The shows are Awkward, Kung Fu Panda, Legend of Awesomeness, Penguins of Madagascar, Winx Club, Legend of Korra and The Hard Times of RJ Berger. Also included in the multi-year agreement are the non-exclusive renewal of thousands of […]