Viacom International Media Networks and Russia’s ProfMedia will dissolve their partnership at the end of May next year. The decision, the companies said, was mutual. In 2007, Viacom licensed MTV Russia and VH1 Russia to ProfMedia in a reported $360M deal. VIMN today said Russia “remains a critically important market” where the company is “exploring many opportunities for MTV.” The flagship channel recently celebrated year-on-year ratings gains in the territory and a joint statement notes, “While the two companies have different visions for the future, both VIMN and ProfMedia are committed to providing Russian audiences with the best in music and entertainment through their new ventures.” MTV’s music channels which VIMN operates in Russia READ MORE »
Aussie Comedy Creators Sign With Gersh
Trent O’Donnell and Phil Lloyd, who created Australian TV comedy Review With Myles Barlow, have signed with the Gersh Agency just as the show’s U.S. adaptation, Review With Forrest MacNeil, goes into production for Comedy Central. O’Donnell is a writer-director and Lloyd is a writer-actor who played the lead in Review with Myles Barlow. O’Donnell says he and Lloyd plan to travel to the U.S. early next year to look for opportunities as creators-showrunners. The pair, who are partners in Australian production company Jungleboys, also created A Moody Christmas, a comedy series for Australia’s ABC-TV in which each of the six episodes focuses on the dysfunctional Moody family on Christmas Day one year apart. DCD Rights is the international distributor of A Moody Christmas.
Global Showbiz Briefs: News Corp/Consolidated Media, Digital Screens Surge In Asia-Pacific, Viacom’s Tr3s
News Corp Close On $2B Deal for Consolidated Media
News Corp’s $A1.94B ($2.02B) bid for Consolidated Media Holdings moved forward after a majority of CMH’s directors urged shareholders to accept the offer at a special meeting on October 31. The move suggests Seven Group Holdings, which owns 24% of CMH, has decided not to launch a counterbid for the media investment company which owns 25% of Australian pay-TV platform Foxtel and 50% of the lucrative Fox Sports channels. Seven asked the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to review whether it could buy the balance of the shares. The regulator said its preliminary view was that the proposed acquisition was likely to raise competition concerns by limiting the ability of the Seven Network’s rival free-to-air channels from bidding for premium sporting rights. The regulator’s decision is expected on October 11. If News succeeds it will have 50% of Foxtel and will wholly own Fox Sports. – Don Groves
LONDON/MILAN/NYC, 28th March 2012: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a division of Viacom Inc, (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB) today announces the promotion of Roberto Bagatti to Senior Vice President, Youth and Music Brands, VIMN, and Creative Director, MTV World Design Studio. Based in Milan at the MTV World Design Studio, Bagatti reports to Antonio Campo Dall’Orto, Executive Vice President, Music Brands, for VIMN.
MADRID, March 27, 2012 – Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world’s premier entertainment companies, and Vocento, the leading communications and multimedia group in Spain, today announced that the new PARAMOUNT CHANNEL will begin broadcasting on Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in Spain Friday, March 30th, with the 10:00pm premiere of one of the most successful films in the history of cinema, The Godfather.
Bob Bakish, who came aboard as CEO of Viacom International Media Networks in January, used his afternoon keynote at MIPCOM today to tout the “glocal” production model: developing shows locally that are then formatted and resold around the world. American networks are becoming much more responsive to TV shows developed overseas and then imported, he said, giving as an example House of Anubis, a Dutch telenovela picked up by Nickelodeon for the U.S. Launches of non-U.S. shows on the big five American TV networks have quadrupled in five years; last year, 53 non-U.S. shows debuted on networks compared with 12 in 2005. Said Bakish: “It’s critical that we have product that reflects local tastes, but it’s also critical that we capitalize on economies of scale.”
London/Warsaw, 6 May 2011: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), and Endemol, the largest independent television and digital production company in the world, today announced a strategic partnership to launch a new entertainment brand for women targeted to 16-49 year olds – Viacom Blink! It will debut in Poland in summer 2011 and will be available in more than one million households through two leading pay TV platforms, Multimedia Polska and N Platform, as well as other local distributors. VIMN and Endemol are also exploring additional international distribution opportunities, specifically in Central Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
NEW YORK, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Viacom Inc. announced today that it has appointed Robert Bakish to the newly created position of President and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks. Mr. Bakish was previously President of MTV Networks International. In his new role, he will oversee Viacom’s Media Networks properties that operate outside the U.S., including MTV Networks International, as well as BET Networks’ international channels and non-premium Paramount branded networks. Mr. Bakish will also continue to serve as Chairman of Viacom 18, the Company’s joint venture in India, and as a member of the boards of Viacom’s joint ventures with BSkyB and Telecom Italia Media.
Based in New York, Mr. Bakish will report directly to Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman. He will continue to work closely with MTV Networks Chairman and CEO, Judy McGrath, as well as with BET Networks Chairman and CEO, Debra Lee, and with Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO, Brad Grey.
Viacom International Media Networks comprises 145 television channels in 160 countries and territories, as well as related digital properties and consumer products businesses. Its premium entertainment brands MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, VIVA, TMF (The Music Factory) and Game One reach nearly 650 million households.