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Leading US nets join SVOD streamer

A+E Networks, Discovery, AMC Networks and Viacom are among the major US broadcast groups confirming they will put channels on a new, factual- and entertainment-focused live TV streaming service. The new service, Philo, will be priced at US$16 a month, and will offer live TV streaming, DVR services and on-demand programming. It will have more […]

Paramount importance

The US’s newest general entertainment station, the Paramount Network, launches in January 2018. Jesse Whittock hears how channel president Kevin Kay plans to change cable with premium originals and unscripted hits for a broad audience. There’s no better way to better encapsulate Viacom’s strategy change under Bob Bakish than to look at the creation and […]

Comedy Central makes Above Average digital hire

Viacom-owned comedy channel Comedy Central has named Jennifer Danielson as senior vice-president of digital, charged with overseeing all digital content for the Comedy Central brand, from short-form series to social video. Danielson (pictured) will also be responsible for aligning Comedy Central’s digital strategy with Viacom’s overall initiatives. Prior to joining Comedy Central, Danielson served as […]

Comedy Central UK rejigs post-Offman promotion

Comedy Central has appointed Lucy Robinson to head its London-based programming team and promoted Louise Holmes following Jill Offman becoming international chief of the Paramount Channel. Robinson (pictured) will take up her newly created role as VP of original programming with immediate effect, reporting to Offman, who remains executive VP for Comedy Central International and […]

Kent Alterman on the lookout for animated comedy

Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s president, expressed his desire to find more animated comedies during the Edinburgh International Television Festival. During a Q&A session with comedian Jimmy Carr, Alterman said that it has been difficult to find animated shows that have been able to live in the shadow of long-running toon South Park, which has been […]

Finnish VOD service orders ITVS to create Threesome

ITV Studios Finland is set to produce a remake of scripted format Threesome for Finnish VOD service Elisa Viihde. Filming on the ten-episode series begins later this month. The ITV Studios Global Entertainment format was originally produced in the UK by Big Talk Productions for Comedy Central. The ITV Studios Finland version of Threesome will follow three […]

Taskmaster US set for Comedy Central

A US version of British comedy format Taskmaster toplines cable channel Comedy Central’s latest slate. The series is joined by new series such as sitcom Corporate and black America-focused The New Negroes. Taskmaster sees five comedians set random, creative challenges by another comic ‘taskmaster’ and their sidekick. UK-based Avalon Television, which produces the British version […]

TeenNick debuts in Israel

A new Nickelodeon-branded tweens-and-teens channels has debuted on Israeli pay TV. TeenNick launched last week on the Yes Direct Broadcast Satellite platform last week as a 24/feed targeting kids aged 9-14. In the US, the TeenNick channel debuted in 2002 as a programming block called The N. It has gone on to launch in territories […]

Viacom rebuild continues with new appointments

Bob Bakish’s restructuring of US media giant Viacom has continued with appointment of a music programming chief, general managers for Comedy Central and TV Land, and an original series producer at VH1. Bakish has been marking his stamp on the troubled company since becoming president and CEO, focusing efforts around core brands, and building bridges […]

New-look Viacom integrating film and 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 a new Nickelodeon movie for the Paramount studio, Bob Bakish said the core Viacom channels will each contribute cobranded features to the slate of Viacom […]

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