RTL Hungary, ViacomCBS and Network4 tap M7 for satellite capacity

Canal+-owned, Luxembourg-based pay TV outfit M7 Group has struck new HD satellite capacity agreements for its 1° West platform with RTL Hungary, ViacomCBS and Network4/Viasat World. The agreement with RTL Hungary facilitates the satellite distribution of RTL+ in HD quality. Content on the channel includes live matches and highlights of the UEFA Europa League and […]

AMC Networks appoints Viacom’s Robyn DeMarco as programming and acquisitions head

AMC Networks has hired former Viacom exec Robyn DeMarco as SVP of programming strategy, acquisitions & scheduling for its entertainment division, which includes AMC, BBC America and Sundance TV. DeMarco will also oversee programming and acquisitions for IFC and reality network WE tv, reporting into David Beck, EVP and head of programming strategy and business […]

CBS calls Cheeks CEO

ViacomCBS has appointed George Cheeks as the president and CEO of CBS.  Cheeks joins from NBCUniversal, where he most recently was the vice chairman of NBCUniversal Content studios. Similar to his predecessor Joe Ianniello – who, the company notes, will “work with the company to ensure a smooth transition” – Cheeks will oversee all CBS-branded […]

Comcast reportedly in talks to acquire streaming service Xumo

Comcast is in talks to acquire advertising-based streaming service Xumo, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The reported talks come ahead of Comcast’s planned launch of its own streaming service, Peacock, in April. AVOD service Xumo allows content partners to sell their own ads on the service as well as providing advertising […]

Pluto TV continues to build with six new channel launches

ViacomCBS’s AVOD streamer Pluto TV has announced the launch of six new channels in the UK.  These additions take the number of channels to almost 80, up from under 30 at the beginning of the year prior to Viacom’s $340 million takeover in January. The channels are: Pluto TV Action; Pluto TV Sci-Fi; Pluto TV […]

Netflix increases Indian focus with three dramas from Viacom18 Studios

Netflix has partnered with Tipping Point, the digital content unit of Viacom18 Studios, to produce three new series in India. Jamtara – Sabka Number Aayegacentres on the conflicts that emerge after a small town is named as India’s phishing capital; Sheis about an undercover cop who discovers her sexuality and breaks stereotypes while taking on […]

Molotov signs up Viacom for channel distribution

French streamer Molotov has announced a multi-year distribution deal with Viacom.  The deal will see a range of Viacom channels, including Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central added to the platform. Viacom channels BET, Game One and Paramount were already available on Molotov. Grégory Samak, managing director of Molotov said: “Such a deal will strengthen our […]

Sky strikes Channel 5 content pact

UK-based pay TV operator Sky has struck a deal for entertainment and factual programming from Viacom-owned Channel 5. The arrangement will see 300 hours of C5 shows becoming available to subscribers, with content accessible via the Sky Box Sets service and to those holding an entertainment pass for Sky’s OTT service Now TV. The box-sets […]

VIMN announces key leadership changes

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has announced leadership changes in its OTT and studio businesses. Pierluigi Gazzolo, current president of VIMN Americas and EVP of Nickelodeon International, has been appointed president of OTT International and Viacom International Studios (VIS), while VIMN Americas EVP and COO Juan (JC) Acosta will be promoted to president of VIMN […]

MyMTV launches in Switzerland

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has launched MyMTV Music in Switzerland on Swisscom. As opposed to traditional music tv channels, MyMTV Music promises a personalised linear music channel. This is achieved by allowing users to curate their own channel through accessing MTV’s library of music videos, live performances and other exclusive content.  VIMN claims the […]

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