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Parties and protests don’t typically overlap, but the “Selma” cast made an exception and a statement on Sunday night following the film’s Manhattan premiere. At one point during the otherwise splashy festivities, director Ava DuVernay took to the steps of the New York Public Library with actors David Oyelowo, E. Roger Mitchell, Wendell Pierce, Omar Dorsey, John Lavelle, Stephan James, Kent Faulcon, Lorraine Toussaint, Andre Holland, Tessa Thompson and Colman Domingo, donning “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts over their partywear and raising their arms in the “don’t shoot” pose.
It was not just an unusually sobering photo op, but also a direct acknowledgment of the eerie timing of Paramount’s civil rights drama, with its scenes of organized protest and its urgent plea for justice and reform. The premiere was held the same weekend that more than 25,000 men and women marched through Manhattan, in the largest protest »
- Justin Chang
The media chief told an investor-heavy crowd at Monday’s Ubs Global Media & Communications Conference that Viacom has been overhauling its schedule on cable networks such as TV Land, Spike TV and MTV, while also investing in digital programming geared at viewers who prefer to watch shows on mobile devices.
“We have a lot of real estate that we can build beautiful new homes on,” said Dauman.
Some of that new construction will include programs such as “Younger” on TV Land with Hilary Duff and “The Gaffigan Show” with stand-up comic Jim Gaffigan. It’s a departure from the network’s previous shows such as “Hot in Cleveland,” which starred Betty White,” and is evidence that the channel is trying to appeal to a different and more youth-centric demographic. Dauman »
- Brent Lang
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman told an investor conference on Monday that he was "pretty excited" about the entertainment conglomerate's outlook given upside opportunities for the company. During a luncheon keynote speech at the Ubs Global Media and Communications Conference in New York, Dauman was asked about the film unit's outlook, saying that the studio remains focused on tentpole franchises, with the new Mission: Impossible and Star Trek films in the works now. He said tentpoles allow the company, among other things, to tap into international box-office growth. He also called animated films a profitable addition to the business that
- Georg Szalai
The Friends of the Saban Community Clinic held their 38th annual dinner gala at the Beverly Hilton on Monday night, honoring president of Viacom Entertainment Group Doug Herzog and president of Cerrell Associates Lisa Gritzner with awards for their support of and commitment to the clinic.
“South Park” producer Anne Garefino introduced longtime friend and collaborator Herzog, emphasizing his selflessness and grace under pressure. Herzog credited his community activist parents with instilling in him a deep-seated inclination to serve others, especially those less fortunate. His team at Comedy Central put together a “bad lip reading” video that paired clips from Herzog’s most well-known projects (“South Park,” “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report”) with ridiculous lines about his character. Though the video may have missed its mark with older attendees unfamiliar with the YouTube sensation, Herzog himself seemed to be tickled.
- Marianne Zumberge
Viacom is looking to "significantly" grow its U.S. advertising revenue that doesn't depend on Nielsen ratings and is confident about the appeal of its networks, CEO Philippe Dauman said on his company's earnings conference call Thursday. He said the company was "quite confident as we have [carriage deal] renewals over the next many years...with distributors who want to maintain and grow their businesses." He called the company "the leading purveyor of networks in the television industry," and "everyone wants our channels." Read more Analyst Downgrades Viacom, Discovery Stocks, Cites "Structural TV Decline" In a reference
- Georg Szalai
Viacom, led by CEO Philippe Dauman, on Thursday reported better-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter and full-year financials. Its fiscal-year earnings per share and operating profit set a company record. Net earnings of $732 million for the latest quarter were down 9 percent from $804 million in the year-ago period. Net earnings from continuing operations came in at $742 million, compared with $812 million in the year-ago period. Amid continued stock buybacks, earnings per share rose year-over-year though to $1.71 on an adjusted basis. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Revenue rose 9 percent in
- Georg Szalai
The pay-tv bundle is a gigantic iceberg that’s slowly melting.
As Internet-video options proliferate, consumers will have a growing list of reasons to stop paying $90 or more per month for multichannel television. And the jockeying is now under way among programmers and distributors to prep the life rafts if viewers decide to jump en masse.
A key change in the landscape: Major media companies, after years of resisting the Internet’s pull, have finally decided to step into the brave new over-the-top world, with video delivered not via satellite or cable TV, but through broadband.
Last month, HBO announced plans to bow a stand-alone, broadband-only service in 2015, and CBS launched an over-the-top subscription package with current and past primetime series as well as live-streaming of 14 local stations.
Meanwhile, “virtual pay-tv” providers have gained traction by signing distribution deals that promise slimmer alternatives to existing services. Dish Network has secured pacts with Disney, »
- Todd Spangler
Viacom will air the MTV EMAs next month simultaneously on MTV U.K. and British broadcaster Channel 5, which it recently acquired. The company, led by CEO Philippe Dauman, made the announcement about MTV’s biggest international music awards show on Wednesday. It said the show would air in the U.K. in more than 25 million TV households with a one-hour time delay at 9 p.m. local time. Said David Lynn, president of Viacom International Media Networks U.K.: "This is a fantastic opportunity to give access to the MTV Ema[s] to the widest possible U.
- Georg Szalai
Viacom's newly-created position of Executive Vice President, Marketing Strategy and Engagement will be filled by Ross Martin, the company announced Wednesday. Martin was promoted to the role after serving as Executive Vice President of Scratch, Viacom Media Networks’ creative consulting team. Also read: AOL Taps Viacom's Dermot McCormack as New President of Video “Viacom continues to evolve to serve the media marketplace's desire to marry creative innovation with unique data, research, and engagement capabilities,” Philippe Dauman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom said. “Ross has done a brilliant job of connecting creativity and consumer insight and has helped us channel the power. »
- Ryan O'Connell
Channel 5 owner, the Us media group Viacom, has announced plans to replace the Viva channel with Us brand Spike.
Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild breakfast on October 8, Dauman said: "We do not put bounds on our ambitions. We also are not arrogant about our ambitions. It is a very competitive business. We are here to compete.
"We are here to win our viewership and we will be focused on providing great content on every platform. We will bring UK and global know-how and relentlessly pursue our objectives."
Dauman revealed that Spike, one of Viacom's major pay channels in the Us, will be launched in the UK as a free-to-air channel on Freeview.
Spike will host a mix of factual and reality programming, »
The boss of new Channel 5 owner Viacom has hinted that Big Brother's future on the channel is not guaranteed.
"Maybe we continue with Big Brother, maybe if for some reason that didn't work out we have the ability to put out other great programming," said Dauman (via The Guardian). "You can go too far with one genre even when it's successful.
"No show is hugely popular forever so you have to keep your fingers in different pots. Big Brother has been a big performer. We will leave it to the programming team to see where we go."
Big Brother moved to Channel 5 from Channel 4 in 2011, and it signed a two-year extension to the deal with Endemol in 2012.
The programme, which airs one series per year in addition »
Spike will arrive in Blighty next spring in what will mark the first rollout of the channel outside the U.S.
Spike’s U.K. schedule will combine repeats of Channel 5 shows alongside U.S. content. The move is another example of the synergies Viacom hopes to achieve in Britain in the wake of buying a U.K. free-to-air terrestrial network.
Viacom paid $725 for C5 in May amid bidding from other U.S. media groups including Discovery and NBCUniversal.
Asked Wednesday at a Broadcasting Press Guild breakfast why Viacom bought the broadcaster »
- Steve Clarke
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman told reporters in London Wednesday that the company will launch the Spike network in the U.K. as the first step in the brand's international expansion. He said he was passing through the U.K. for the first time since his "little shopping trip in May" when the company agreed to buy British broadcaster Channel 5, adding that the U.K. "is a second home for us, a hub for international expansion.” In Britain, Spike will be managed by Channel 5, Dauman said. "It will begin with a combination of fact-based, reality programming from
- Alex Ritman, Georg Szalai
Sony is making a more concerted effort to enter the digital TV market, and if its latest deal is any indication, it understands that content is king. Sony has struck an agreement with Viacom that will bring content from 22 of the media company's networks to Sony's upcoming cloud-based TV service. This deal is particularly noteworthy because it is the first time Viacom has made its properties available on a video on-demand (VOD) service. Viacom is notably protective of its intellectual property, a tendency best illustrated by its series of lawsuits against YouTube. Cable channels owned by Viacom include Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and MTV, all of which will be available on Sony's device at launch. “Viacom always strives to create transformational opportunities that combine consumer value and technological innovation,” said Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman in a statement. “Given our young, tech-savvy audiences, our networks are essential for any new distribution platform, »
- Sam Gutelle
Viacom officially announced a deal with Sony to license live and on-demand programming for at least 22 cable networks, including Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central, for Sony’s forthcoming over-the-top TV service in the U.S.
The agreement with Sony marks the media conglom’s first deal to provide its networks for an Internet-based live TV and VOD service. Specific terms of the pact were not disclosed.
The announcement comes a year after word of a tentative pact between the two first leaked out. Sony said its cloud-based TV service will offer subscribers Internet-based live TV and video on demand from Viacom — as well as other unspecified programmers.
Dish Network also is assembling a low-priced Ott television service, delivered over the Internet to multiple devices. The satcaster has announced deals for the service with Disney and A+E Networks. Dish chairman Charlie Ergen has said the company has a “critical mass »
- Todd Spangler
Viacom has closed its £450m ($720m) acquisition of free-to-air UK broadcaster Channel 5.
The deal, first announced at the start of May, has received unconditional clearance from the European Commission.
The Us media giant, which operates MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, has also ordered two major co-commissions between its pay channels and C5.
C5 and MTV UK have jointly commissioned factual entertainment format 10,000 BC from The Garden and GroupM Entertainment. The show will see 20 contestants live in Stone Age conditions, forgoing the comforts and conveniences of the modern world.
Jointly order by C5’s factual commissioning editor Simon Raikes and MTV’s vice president of commissioning Steve Regan it will launch as a 10 x 60-minute series on the terrestrial channel, with a 5 x 60-minute spin-off on MTV.
Separately, Nickelodeon is partnering with C5’s pre-school block Milkshake to develop animated series Nella The Knight. The series, which is co-funded by both broadcasters, will air on »
London — Viacom Intl. Media Networks has wrapped its £450 million ($726 million) acquisition of U.K. free-to-air network Channel 5. Viacom also unveiled the first joint commissions between Channel 5 and Viacom’s U.K. pay TV channels.
The deal with Channel 5’s previous owners Northern & Shell Media Group, which was announced in May, was closed after receiving unconditional clearance from the European Commission.
Philippe Dauman, Viacom president and CEO, said: “Our ownership of Channel 5 will significantly increase Viacom’s investment in British creativity and content. We are committed to strengthening Channel 5’s status as one of U.K. broadcasting’s premier brands, and we will continue to grow the network’s pipeline of original programming with more quality commissions, as well as acquisitions.”
Dauman added that the addition of Channel 5 will also benefit Viacom’s U.K. pay TV channel portfolio, as demonstrated by the announcement of its first two original programming commissions. »
- Leo Barraclough
Channel 5 has been bought by Viacom for £450 million from Northern & Shell Media Group.
The deal was announced on May 1 this year and was completed today (September 10) after the European Commission unconditionally cleared the acquisition.
"We are committed to strengthening Channel 5's status as one of UK broadcasting's premier brands, and we will continue to grow the network's pipeline of original programming with more quality commissions, as well as acquisitions."
He added: "The addition of Channel 5 will also benefit our existing UK pay television channel portfolio, as demonstrated by the announcement of our first two original programming commissions.
"We are excited about our stewardship of Channel 5 and we look forward to delivering added value for our shareholders, partners and, above all, our audiences."
Coinciding with the completed acquisition, Channel »
Viacom said Wednesday that it has closed its $725 million (£450 million) acquisition of British broadcaster Channel 5. Viacom International Media Networks announced the completion mid-day U.K. time. The deal, which was announced on May 1, closed after the company received unconditional clearance from the European Commission. "Our ownership of Channel 5 will significantly increase Viacom’s investment in British creativity and content," said Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman. "We are committed to strengthening Channel 5’s status as one of U.K. broadcasting’s premier brands, and we will continue to grow the network’s pipeline of original
- Georg Szalai
Media mavens in Blighty are buzzing at the prospect that the U.K.’s biggest broadcaster, ITV, may end up in U.S. hands as a rush of consolidation reshapes the British media landscape.
All year, U.S. media giants have been splashing cash on U.K. TV assets. Viacom scooped up broadcaster Channel 5 in a $757 million deal that surprised media watchers on both sides of the Pond. Meanwhile ITV itself has been on a buying spree of indie U.S. production companies including Leftfield Entertainment, home of “Pawn Stars.”
As tech companies like Amazon and Netflix increasingly compete head-on with TV networks for content, there is growing speculation that ITV will be bought by a big U.S. media firm looking to bolster its own content assets.
In July, John Malone’s Liberty Global paid $824 million for the 6.4% stake in ITV owned by BSkyB. Liberty Global partnered with Discovery »
- Steve Clarke
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