Paramount International Networks
Formerly
  • MTV Networks International (1987–2011)
  • Viacom International Media Networks (2011–2019)
  • ViacomCBS Networks International (2019–2022)
TypeDivision
IndustryBroadcasting
Founded1987
Headquarters
Key people
  • Pam Kaufman (President and CEO of International Markets, Global Consumer Products & Experiences)
ParentParamount Global
DivisionsParamount Networks UK & Australia
Paramount Networks EMEAA
Paramount Networks Americas
SubsidiariesViacom18 (13.01%)

Paramount International Networks (PIN)[1] is the international division of Paramount Global. The division oversees the production, broadcasting and promotion of key Paramount brands outside of the United States. These brands include Paramount Network, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, BET[2] and Colors TV, as well as CBS-branded channels, which are co-owned with AMC Networks International. PIN also owns a 30% stake in the Rainbow S.p.A. animation studio in Italy until 2023,[3] as well as a 13.01% stake in an Indian joint venture with domestic partner TV18, Viacom18.

The networks' headquarters are located in New York City and London. Other international offices are located in São Paulo, Berlin, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Madrid, Milan, Mumbai, Paris, Singapore, Budapest, Belgrade, and Sydney amongst others. Its first international offices opened in the late 1980s in London and Amsterdam with the launch of MTV Europe. It was created from a rebrand of Viacom's MTV Networks, which included MTV, BET, VH1 and Nickelodeon, to include Comedy Central.

Before being promoted to CEO of Viacom, Robert Bakish was President of VIMN from 2011 to 2016, having held various roles at Viacom since 1997. The division is currently led by Pam Kaufman.

Divisions

As of January 2020, Paramount International Networks is split into two brand groups (Entertainment and Youth Brands, Kids and Family), and three regional hubs (UK & Australia, EMEAA, and Americas).[2]

United Kingdom and Australia

Main article: Paramount Networks UK & Australia

Paramount Networks UK & Australia is a subsidiary of Paramount Global, headquartered in London.

Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia

Main article: Paramount Networks EMEAA

Paramount Networks EMEAA (formerly MTV Networks Europe, Viacom International Media Networks Europe and ViacomCBS Networks EMEAA) is a subsidiary of Paramount Global which serves Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

It currently consists of the following branches:

India

Viacom18 is a joint venture between Paramount Global and TV18, which operates the former's television brands in India along with homegrown brand Colors.[4]

The Americas

Paramount Networks Americas (formerly MTV Networks Latin America, Viacom International Media Networks The Americas and ViacomCBS Networks Americas) is a regional subsidiary of Paramount International Networks. Its operational headquarters is located in Miami, Florida, with offices in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia. As currently being based in the United States, all PNA channels are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. broadcast regulator, despite not yet transmitting for the United States.

Production company

See also: Paramount Television International Studios

In 2016, Viacom launched its own subsidiary Viacom International Studios, which have its headquarters in Miami. Its first production was I Am Frankie for Nickelodeon.[5] Following the Viacom-CBS merger, it was rebranded to ViacomCBS International Studios (or simply VIS). On June 24, 2020, both ViacomCBS International Studios and sister sibling Miramax is planning on to co-produce The Turkish Detective, the series adaptation of the novels.[6] On September 2, 2020, it returned to production with Mexico's backdoor structure[7] On October 7, 2020, it is revealed that it would streamline its international sales structure.[8] On November 30, 2021, the studio launched a first-look deal program with five British writers to amplify diverse voices.[9]

In 2023, the company was rebranded Paramount Television International Studios, with a new focus across all international markets, concentrating on premium scripted content that "reflects the cultures and experiences of our diverse international audiences," while driving the growth in acquisitions and engagement of Paramount+ worldwide.[10] It is led by Maria Kyriacou, president of broadcast and studios, international markets.

BET

Current channels

Former Channels

Channel 5 (United Kingdom)

On 1 May 2014, Viacom acquired Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd, and its current channels are:

Colors TV (India)

Comedy Central

Current channels

Former Channels

MTV

Current channels

Former channels

Network 10 (Australia)

One of Australia's three commercial free-to-air channels. Ten Network Holdings was bought by CBS Corporation on 16 November 2017, becoming part of ViacomCBS Networks International following the 2019 Viacom merger.

Channels:

Internet:

Nickelodeon

Current channels

Former channels

Nick Jr. Channel

Current channels

Former channels

Nicktoons

Current channels

Former channels

TeenNick

Current channels

Former channels

NickMusic

Paramount Network

Current channels

Former channels

VH1

Current channels

Former channels

Other networks

Chilevisión

Game One

J-One

Super!

Telefe

CBS International (co-owned with AMC Networks International)

Former networks

VIVA

VIVA Media GmbH (until 2004 VIVA Media AG) was a music television network originating from Germany. It was founded as an alternative to MTV by Time Warner executives Tom McGrath and Peter Bogner with Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher from DoRo Productions, which created music videos.[12] The channel was a broadcast of VIVA Germany as VIVA Media AG in 1993 later in 1995 of Viva Zwei launch, and has been owned by their former competitor Viacom, the parent company of MTV, since 2004. Viva channels exist in some European countries; the first spin-offs were launched in Poland and Switzerland in 2000.

Austria
VIVA Austria was launched in May 2012, 15% of the channel's programming consists of Austrian music, music tops, and lifestyle programming focused on the Austrian market. The channels marketing and promotion are managed by Goldback Media.[13] Before 2012, VIVA Germany aired across Austria with localized advertising and sponsorship for Austria.

Germany
VIVA Germany

German-speaking Switzerland
VIVA Switzerland

Poland
VIVA Poland was a Polish music channel launched on 10 June 2000 by the German VIVA Media AG. On 17 July 2012, the channel stopped being an FTA network and was pulled off from Eutelsat Hot Bird 13A satellite. In 2014, the station canceled local production shows. In 2015 - 2017, the station canceled all reality TV shows and continued playing only electronic dance music. Before the new broadcast schedule, the station was playing Polish and international pop, dance, rock, and hip hop music.

Hungary
VIVA Hungary was a music channel launched on 27 June 1997 as Z+. Like its sister channels, the channel features localized music videos, programming, presenters, and chart shows. The channel started to use the new logo on 2 April 2012. The channel ended broadcast on 3 October 2017 replaced by MTV Music.

Netherlands
The Box was originally a Dutch music channel, which allowed viewers to vote on music videos. It was owned by VIVA Media. It launched in 1995 and was replaced by Comedy Central in 2007.

United Kingdom & Ireland
VIVA UK & Ireland was launched on 26 October 2009, replacing TMF, and ceased broadcasting on 31 January 2018.

TMF

CBS International (co-owned with AMC Networks International)

Notes

  1. ^ Owned by Bell Media, now as CTV Comedy Channel; programming shared with Much (TV channel)
  2. ^ a b c Co-owned by Sky Group
  3. ^ Owned by Bell Media, under license from Paramount
  4. ^ Replaced on DTT by VH1 Italy in March 2016. Available only on Sky Italia.
  5. ^ Co-owned by Sanlih E-Television
  6. ^ Serving Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia
  7. ^ closed in September 2016
  8. ^ a b c replaced by both MTV Hits France & BET France on 17 November 2015
  9. ^ replaced with Nickelodeon in 2005
  10. ^ Joint venture with Karsa Group
  11. ^ Closed in 2009 and the channel has been replaced in 2011
  12. ^ a b Joint venture with SBS
  13. ^ except TMF Vlaanderen; all others replaced with VIVA in 2009
  14. ^ Closed on 1 February 2021
  15. ^ Joint venture with Viva Entertainment
  16. ^ Joint venture with Solar Entertainment Corporation
  17. ^ a b Co-owned by All Youth Channels, a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation's Creative Programs
  18. ^ Co-owned by MCOT
  19. ^ Joint venture with IMC Group
  20. ^ a b Owned by Corus Entertainment, under license from Paramount
  21. ^ Nickelodeon TV block, closed in October 2007
  22. ^ Now defunct, replaced by the Australian version[11]
  23. ^ American digital cable and satellite channel, closed on 31 December 2007 for most cable providers and 23 April 2009 on Dish Network. Replaced by a 24-hour version of The N
  24. ^ Closed on September 2017
  25. ^ Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
  26. ^ British spinoff of Nicktoons U.K., closed 31 July 2009. Replaced by Nicktoons Replay (1-hour delayed timeshift feed of main Nicktoons channel)
  27. ^ French programming block on Canal J
  28. ^ Madrid only; replaced by Disney XD Spain
  29. ^ Lisboan only; replaced by VH1 Europe
  30. ^ now Spike Netherlands
  31. ^ co-owned by Bell Media and Paramount Global
  32. ^ Formerly RTL Spike (Licensed by RTL Group)
  33. ^ Formerly Viacom Bink!
  34. ^ Part of the Channel 5 network, 2015–2020. Now 5Action
  35. ^ Amsterdam only; replaced with Nickelodeon
  36. ^ replaced with MTV Flux in summer 2006
  37. ^ formerly Horror Channel

References

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  2. ^ a b Kanter, Jake (14 January 2020). "ViacomCBS Reshuffles International Leadership Team Under David Lynn". Deadline. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Straffi's Rainbow: Europe's Largest Animation House Has Growing Pains" (PDF). VideoAge International. October 2014. Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 September 2017.
  4. ^ "About Us".
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (20 January 2016). "Nickelodeon Sets First Global Series 'I Am Frankie'". Deadline. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  6. ^ de la Fuente, Anna Marie (24 June 2020). "ViacomCBS Int'l Studios, Miramax to Co-Produce 'The Turkish Detective'". Variety. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  7. ^ Hopewell, John (2 September 2020). "ViacomCBS Intl. Studios Returns to Production with Mexico's 'Backdoor' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  8. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (7 October 2020). "ViacomCBS Reveals Streamlined Sales Structure Led by Lauren Marriott, Laura Burrell". Variety. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  9. ^ Szalai, Georg (30 November 2021). "ViacomCBS Launches First-Look Deal Program With 5 U.K. Writers to "Amplify Diverse Voices"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  10. ^ Szalai, Georg (18 May 2023). "Paramount Global Rebrands Its International Studios Business With New Focus (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 June 2023.
  11. ^ "MTV NZ to axe 23 staff, closes offices". The New Zealand Herald. 28 September 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2022.
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