Viacom launching new Comedy Central channel in the Adriatic

Viacom’s international channels division will launch Comedy Central Extra across Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia, from the start of August. The channel will be distributed via the SBB-Telemach pay TV service, which has 1.5 million. The channel will be programmed with new and library programming from Comedy Central and shows on […]

Former Viacom exec Reszka takes programming role at Canal Plus Cyfrowy

Daniel Reszka has joined Canal Plus Cyfrowy as an advisor to the Polish pay TV operator’s content and programming strategy board. Reszka will be responsible for strengthening and optimising the range of channels on the platform. He will report to Beata Monka, chairman of the board at Canal Plus Cyfrowy. Reszka moves from Viacom International […]

Viacom raising US$400m of debt

Media giant Viacom is raising US$400 million (€318 million) of debt. It is issuing notes and expects the sale process to close on June 14. The company said the cash will be used for general corporate purposes including paying down existing debt and buying back shares under its share repurchase scheme. Moody’s issued a note […]

Viacom reveals social media results

Media giant Viacom has published the results of its research into social media. “While fairly nascent, social TV and co-viewing trends are growing rapidly, representing a shift in TV viewing from a lean-back to a lean-forward experience,” Viacom said. It went on to identify different types of ‘social viewing’ and notes that 61% of respondents […]

Viacom touts success of Paramount in Spain

Viacom claims it is on track to have signed up 80 advertisers for its new Paramount Channel in Spain. Viacom International Media Networks, the company’s channel division, claims the Paramount launch was the most successful on digital terrestrial in Spain in the past year and the second most successful ever. The channel launched at end-March […]

Viacom airs six-year deal for six channels in Turkey

MTV will relaunch on the Digiturk pay TV service in Turkey in a six-year carriage deal that covers six Viacom channels in all. Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) extricated itself from a joint venture with Multichannel Developers that ended in dispute and with MTV being pulled from the Digiturk platform. The new agreement clears the […]

Viacom inks content deal with Amazon

Viacom has concluded a deal with Amazon that will let the online retailer’s customers stream content from channels including MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, VH1, BET, CMT and Logo. The agreement follows similar deals with other US majors including Sony and Warner Bros. The deal means that Amazon’s premium customers, who pay US$79 (€60) a year […]

Nick Jr launches in Israel

Viacom International Media Networks has launched its pre-school channel Nick Jr in Israel. The Hebrew-language channel is a joint-venture with local media company Ananey Communications. It has launched on Hot’s cable network, airing a mix of local and international programming, including Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, Go! Diego, Go!, Bubble Guppies, The WonderPets! and Team […]

Viacom’s Paramount Pictures channel roll out starting in Spain

Viacom is preparing to launch a raft of Paramount movie channels internationally and the first launch will be in Spain.
 In the wake of its quarterly results, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman told analysts that the company is preparing to launch channels programmed with content from Paramount Pictures globally.
“I think very rapidly in the next two […]

Viacom promotes Kurz

Viacom International Media Networks has promoted research executive Christian Kurz to the position of vice president, research, insights and reporting for VIMN. Kurz was previously in charge of Nickelodeon’s international research efforts but will now cover VIMN brands including MTV and Comedy Central. He is based in New York and reports to Willem Schelling, senior […]