Viacom’s Flamman takes on new MTV and Nick role

Peter Flamman has landed a new role at Viacom and will oversee MTV and Nickelodeon across a large chunk of Europe as well as in Africa and the Middle East. Based in Madrid, he will oversee development and production, acquisitions, scheduling and operations across the channels and their digital services. Flamman replaces Laura Abril, who […]

Raft of Lip Sync format deals for Viacom

Viacom’s Lip Sync Battle continues to travel well, with new format and option deals for the buzzy show. In Hungary free-to-air net RTL Klub has produced its own local version of the show – Playback Párbaj. As well as going out on RTL Klub, it will also run on the new RTL Spike channel, announced […]

Viacom launching new Spike channels

Viacom will launch Spike channels in the Netherlands and Hungary next month. The male-skewing cable net is already available in the Netherlands as a five-hour branded block on the Nickelodeon kids service, but will roll out as a full round the clock channel from December 12. It will be carried on the Liberty Global-owned Ziggo […]

Middle East launch for Comedy Central

Middle Eastern pay TV platform OSN has added the Comedy Central channel to its line-up. The Viacom channel will join stable mates MTV, Nickelodeon channels on OSN. Viacom International Media Networks has been aggressively rolling out its comedy net under president and CEO Bob Bakish. Comedy Central will launch on OSN on May 7, with all […]

Viacom poaches Worldwide exec for strategy

Viacom has recruited Amit Arora for a newly-created strategy role within its Asian operation. Arora joins Viacom International Media Networks from BBC Worldwide, where he was head of strategy and business development for Asia. At VIMN he will be based in Singapore and report to regional executive VP and managing director Mark Whitehead. “We are […]

Viacom placing BET in France

Viacom will launch a round-the-clock BET channel in France next month. The entertainment channel will roll out on the CanalSat, Numericable/SFR, Free and Bouygues Telecom pay TV platforms, giving it a reach of 17.6 million French homes. BET will have a raft of programming carried on the US version of the channel, including Real Husbands […]

Nick re-ups TF1 deal, sells 1000hrs to China

Viacom International Media Networks sealed a pair of major Nickelodeon content deals at MIPCOM last week. In Europe, the international arm of Viacom has renewed an output deal with France’s largest broadcaster TF1. The agreement dates back to 2004 and has been renewed for a further three years. In China, VIMN has sold a huge […]

Pre-market Lip Sync deals for Viacom

Viacom International Media Networks has shopped its entertainment format Lip Sync Battle to a raft of buyers and producers ahead of MIPCOM. VIMN launched the show at MIPTV and has sold it into China, the UK and Latin America. New pre-market deals for the format, in which celebrities mime along to famous musical numbers, include […]

MTV’s Lip Sync heads to China streaming

Chinese streaming platform Sohu has ordered a local version of hit Spike show Lip Sync Battle. The format features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for bragging rights. Talent appearing in the first run of the US series included Dwayne Johnson, Justin Bieber and Jennifer Lopez. Based […]

Spike gets Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy for UK launch

Viacom will launch Spike in the UK on April 15 and has picked up several US dramas for the free-to-air channel including the latest season of The Walking Dead (left) as well as Sons of Anarchy and Justified. It has also snagged UK rights to Lip Sync Battle (below), the upcoming comedy gameshow that will debut on […]

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