MTV exec joins Impractical Jokers prodco

MTV development director Dane Reiley has joined New-York based Impractical Jokers producer NorthSouth Productions in a comedy-focused role. Reiley (pictured) has been named VP of comedy development, overseeing NorthSouth’s comedy division and reporting to CEO and founder Charlie DeBevoise. He look to will develop and produce unscripted, comedy-driven formats and docu-series for US broadcast and […]

McCarthy replaces Atkins as MTV chief

Chris McCarthy has been installed as president of Viacom’s US cable network MTV, with incumbent Sean Atkins resigning after just over a year in the job. McCarthy’s star has been on the rise over the past 18 months, firstly being promoted to general manager of VH1 before becoming president of the channel and LGBT net […]

VH1 builds unscripted team with MTV exec

VH1 is bringing Paul Ricci across from sister US cable channel MTV to become its senior VP and head of alternative programming and development. He will report to Nina L. Diaz, who was this week upped to executive VP and head of reality programming and development and now reports into the Viacom channel’s president, Chris […]

Lifetime non-fiction chief to lead MTV2

Eli Lehrer is joining US cable channel MTV2 as executive VP. The senior VP and head of non-fiction at cable network Lifetime joins the Viacom Media Networks channel along with former Major League Baseball executive Jacqueline Parkes, who become chief marketing officer of MTV2 sister network MTV. Lehrer will keep the creative pipeline stocked at […]

VH1 chief exits as McCarthy steps up

Viacom’s VH1 has a new boss in the shape of Chris McCarthy after president Tom Calderone stepped down. McCarthy moves up after overseeing a successful ratings revamp of the MTV2 and Logo channels in the US, and in the new post will report to Viacom Music and Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog. At male-skewed MTV2, […]

Viacom confirms ‘landmark’ Sony OTT deal

Entertainment giant Viacom has confirmed it is to provide 22 launch channels for Sony Corporation’s upcoming US cloud-TV service. The deal marks the first time Viacom channels have been offered as live internet TV channels via a VOD service. Terms of the agreement were not revealed, but such a significant deal would not have come […]

MTV adapting Scream for TV

MTV is developing a one-hour pilot based on the horror film franchise Scream, with the movie’s director Wes Craven lined up to join the project. The Viacom-owned US cable channel is working on the project with Dimension Films, with discussions underway with “various” writers for a series that would launch in summer 2014. Diga Vision […]

Celestial brings Lingerie Football League to Asia

Lionsgate and Saban’s Asian joint venture Celestial Tiger Entertainment has acquired TV rights to the Lingerie Football League (LFL), the event in which female athletes play American football in their underwear. Action from the LFL will be shown on CTE’s Kix action channel. The LFL, which is based in Las Vegas, launched in 2009 and […]