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Paramount International Networks
  • MTV Networks International (1987–2011)
  • Viacom International Media Networks (2011–2019)
  • ViacomCBS Networks International (2019–2022)
Company typeDivision
Founded1987; 37 years ago (1987)
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

Paramount International Networks (PIN)[1] is the international sibling division of Paramount Global’s Paramount Media Networks subsidiary. 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 owned 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. MTV Networks Asia in 1999 was a leader against rival Channel V in China, India, and South Korea.[4]

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.


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[edit]

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

Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia[edit]

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:

  • Paramount Networks Northern Europe, which serves Benelux (the Netherlands, Belgium), Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden), Ireland, DAPOL (Germany, Austria, Poland), German-speaking Switzerland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Ukraine, and CIS countries.
  • Paramount Networks Southern Europe, Middle East, and Africa (SWEMEA), which serves France, French-speaking Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Middle East, and Africa.
    • Paramount Networks Italia, a division that was founded in 2011 in order for Viacom to purchase a 30% ownership stake in the Rainbow S.p.A. animation studio.[3]


Viacom18 is a joint venture between Paramount Global and TV18, which operates the former's television brands in India along with homegrown brand Colors.[5]

The Americas[edit]

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[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7] On September 2, 2020, it returned to production with Mexico's backdoor structure[8] On October 7, 2020, it is revealed that it would streamline its international sales structure.[9] On November 30, 2021, the studio launched a first-look deal program with five British writers to amplify diverse voices.[10]

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.[11] It is led by Maria Kyriacou, president of broadcast and studios, international markets.


Current channels[edit]

Former channels[edit]

Channel 5 (United Kingdom)[edit]

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


Comedy Central[edit]

Current channels[edit]

Former Channels[edit]

  • Denmark
  • Comedy Central Denmark


Current channels[edit]

Former channels[edit]

Network 10 (Australia)[edit]

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.


Current channels[edit]

Former channels[edit]

  • Estonia
  • Nickelodeon (Estonian TV programming block)

Nick Jr. Channel[edit]

Current channels[edit]

  • Kazakhstan
  • Nick Jr. (Kazakhstan)
  • Turkey
  • Nick Jr. (Turkey)

Former channels[edit]


Current channels[edit]

Former channels[edit]

  • Latin America
  • Nicktoons Latin America


Current channels[edit]

  • Hungary
  • TeenNick Hungary
  • Latin America
  • TeenNick Latin America
  • Poland
  • TeenNick Poland
  • Romania
  • TeenNick Romania

Former channels[edit]

  • Netherlands
  • TeenNick Netherlands[ab]
  • Greece
  • TeenNick Greece


Paramount Network[edit]

Current channels[edit]

Former channels[edit]

Smithsonian Channel[edit]

Current channels[edit]

  • Asia
  • Smithsonian Channel (Asia)[af]
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Smithsonian Channel Africa

Former channels[edit]

  • Latin America
  • Smithsonian Channel Latin America


Current channels[edit]

Former channels[edit]

  • Middle East and North Africa
  • VH1

Other networks[edit]


Game One[edit]

  • Game One is a French television channel that launched in September 1998. It shows programs based on video gaming, pop culture and Japanese anime.


  • J-One is a French television channel launched on 4 October 2013. It is dedicated to Asian anime and culture.


  • Super! is an Italian free channel that airs children's programming, which is mostly taken from Nickelodeon.


CBS International (co-owned with AMC Networks International)[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Europe and Africa[edit]



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.[13] 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.


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.[14] Before 2012, VIVA Germany aired across Austria with localized advertising and sponsorship for Austria.


VIVA Germany

German-speaking Switzerland[edit]

VIVA Switzerland


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.


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.

United Kingdom & Ireland[edit]

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


  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. ^ except TMF Vlaanderen; all others replaced with VIVA in 2009
  13. ^ Closed on 1 February 2021
  14. ^ Joint venture with Viva Entertainment
  15. ^ Joint venture with Solar Entertainment Corporation
  16. ^ a b Co-owned by All Youth Channels, a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation's Creative Programs
  17. ^ a b Joint venture with SBS
  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[12]
  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. ^ now Spike Netherlands
  29. ^ Formerly RTL Spike (Licensed by RTL Group)
  30. ^ Formerly Viacom Bink!
  31. ^ Part of the Channel 5 network, 2015–2020. Now 5Action
  32. ^ Joint with Rock Entertainment Holdings
  33. ^ Amsterdam only; replaced with Nickelodeon
  34. ^ replaced with MTV Flux in summer 2006


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