Nexstar to acquire majority control of The CW

US local broadcasting group Nexstar Media Group is to acquire a 75% majority stake in The CW network. Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global, the current co-owners of The CW, will each retain a 12.5% stake in the broadcaster and will continue to produce original, scripted content for the network. Nexstar, together with its partner […]

Paramount+ to launch in Italy

US SVOD Paramount+ will launch in Italy on 15 September as part of its European rollout. It will debut with a slate of Italian originals including Circeo, a drama about the 1975 massacre; 14 Days, which tells the story of a couple forced into two weeks of seclusion; and Corpo Libero, a thriller based on the novel by Ilaria […]

Paramount+ partners with C&W Communications for Caribbean distribution

Direct-to-consumer streaming service Paramount+ has struck a distribution partnership with Caribbean region service provider C&W Communications  to bring its premium content exclusively to subscribers of C&W Communications’ Flow and BTC video services in over 15 new markets including Anguilla, The Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Trinidad and […]

Pluto TV to launch in Nordics in May

ViacomCBS/Paramount’s free ad-supported streaming offering Pluto TV is to launch in the Nordic market in May. The FAST service will be available in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway on May 18. Pluto TV will debut in Nordics offering two viewing choices, with more than 210 live, linear channels and a Viafree on-demand section. Pluto TV’s channels will include […]

ViacomCBS rebrands as Paramount, with SVOD launch set for France

ViacomCBS has rebranded itself as Paramount Global (to be known as Paramount) as the company set out new growth plans and an expansive slate of new international content for its streaming service Paramount+. New content headed to the service included it first UK commissions and spin-offs from popular franchises including NCIS, Yellowstone, The Shore, as well as a Sexy Beast prequel and […]

Brightcove hires ViacomCBS digital chief as CEO

Online video platform operator Brightcove has announced the appointment of former ViacomCBS digital head Marc DeBevoise as its new CEO. The exec will assume responsibilities on March 28, and will succeed Jeff Ray, who will retire from his role as CEO and board director at the end of March. DeBevoise brings over 20 years of […]

Sky Showtime go for launch as JV streamer gets regulatory approval

Sky’s parent company Comcast has announced that its joint-venture streaming operation with ViacomCBS has received full regulatory approval for a European launch. The new streamer, Sky Showtime, was first revealed in mid-2021 and will launch in more than 20 European markets encompassing 90 million homes later this year. It will bring together entertainment, movies and […]

Reliance Industries seeks US$1.6 bln investment to increase Viacom18 stake

Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries is looking to raise US$1.6 billion to buy ViacomCBS out of their joint-venture operation Viacom18. Reliance owns 51% of Viacom18, with the business running channels in India including Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. The remainder is owned by ViacomCBS. According to Reuters, Reliance is in talks with an investment company led by […]

Mediaset launches new offering as ViacomCBS pulls DTT channels

Italian broadcaster Mediaset – now known as MediaForEurope – has launched a new free-to-air movies and series channel, Twenty Seven. The channel, which is now on air, is dedicated to films and international TV series, including US blockbusters aimed at a family audience. Mediaset acquired the channel slot – channel 27 on the digital-terrestrial network […]

Paramount+ gets English Premier League in LATAM

ViacomCBS has secured exclusive rights to stream the English Premier League in Latin America. The three-year deal will bring the English football league to Paramount+ exclusively in Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama, and non-exclusively in Belize and Dominican Republic. This represents the first live sports offering for Paramount+ in Latin […]

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