Paramount International Networks

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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
  • Raffaele Annecchino (President and CEO, International Networks, Studios, and Streaming)
ParentParamount Media Networks
(Paramount Global)
DivisionsParamount Networks UK & Australia
Paramount Networks EMEAA
Paramount Networks Americas
SubsidiariesViacom18 (49%)
ViacomCBS International Studios

Paramount International Networks (PIN)[1] is the international division of Paramount Global. The division oversees the production, broadcasting and promotion of key Paramount's 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,[3] as well as a 49% 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 Raffaele Annecchino, who joined the company in 1997.

Divisions[edit]

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]

India[edit]

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[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, the US soon to be relocated to 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.[5] Following the Viacom-CBS merger, it was rebranded to ViacomCBS International Studios. 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]

Channel 5 (United Kingdom)[edit]

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

BET[edit]

Current channels[edit]

Former Channels[edit]

Colors TV[edit]

Comedy Central[edit]

Current channels[edit]

Former Channels[edit]

  • Denmark
  • Comedy Central Denmark
  • Czech Republic
  • Prima Comedy Central

MTV[edit]

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.

Channels:

Internet:

Nickelodeon[edit]

Current channels[edit]

  • Estonia
  • Nickelodeon CEE
  • Latvia
  • Nickelodeon CEE
  • Lithuania
  • Nickelodeon CEE
  • Malta
  • Nickelodeon CEE
  • Slovakia
  • Nickelodeon CEE

Former channels[edit]

Nick Jr.[edit]

Current channels[edit]

Former channels[edit]

Nicktoons[edit]

Current channels[edit]

Former channels[edit]

  • Latin America
  • Nicktoons Latin America
  • Spain
  • Nicktoons Spain[aa]
  • Portugal
  • Nicktoons Portugal[ab]

TeenNick[edit]

Current channels[edit]

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

Former channels[edit]

  • Netherlands
  • TeenNick Netherlands[ac]

NickMusic[edit]

  • Poland
  • NickMusic Poland

Paramount Network[edit]

Current channels[edit]

Former channels[edit]

VH1[edit]

Current channels[edit]

Former channels[edit]

  • Middle East and North Africa
  • VH1

Other networks[edit]

Chilevisión[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[edit]

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

Super![edit]

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

Telefe[edit]

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

Former networks[edit]

VIVA[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.[12] The channel was a broadcast of VIVA Germany as VIVA Media AG in 1993 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[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Owned by Bell Media, now as CTV Comedy Channel; programming shared with Much (TV channel)
  2. ^ a b c d 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. ^ a b Joint venture with SBS
  6. ^ Co-owned by Sanlih E-Television
  7. ^ Joint venture with IMC Group
  8. ^ Serving Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia,Kosovo,North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia
  9. ^ closed in September 2016
  10. ^ a b c replaced by both MTV Hits France & BET France on 17 November 2015
  11. ^ replaced with Nickelodeon in 2005
  12. ^ Closed in 2009 and the channel has been replaced in 2011
  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. ^ a b Owned by Corus Entertainment, under license from Paramount
  20. ^ Nickelodeon TV Block, closed in October 2007
  21. ^ Now defunct, replaced by the Australian version[11]
  22. ^ American digital cable and satellite channel, closed on 31 December 2007 for cable & DirecTV and 23 April 2009 on Dish Network. Replaced by The N (now TeenNick)
  23. ^ Closed on September 2017
  24. ^ a b Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
  25. ^ British spinoff of Nicktoons U.K., closed 31 July 2009. Replaced by Nicktoons Replay (1-hour delayed timeshift feed of main Nicktoons channel)
  26. ^ French programming block on Canal J
  27. ^ Madrid only; replaced by Disney XD Spain
  28. ^ Lisboan only; replaced by VH1 Europe
  29. ^ now Spike Netherlands
  30. ^ co-owned by Bell Media and ViacomCBS
  31. ^ Formerly RTL Spike (Licensed by RTL Group)
  32. ^ Formerly Viacom Bink!
  33. ^ Part of the Channel 5 network, 2015–2020. Now 5Action
  34. ^ Amsterdam only; replaced with Nickelodeon
  35. ^ replaced with MTV Flux in summer 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leadership of Paramount". Retrieved 17 April 2022. Raffaele Annecchino is President and CEO, International Networks, Studios and Streaming. Based in Madrid, Annecchino reports to Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer, Paramount. [...] Gillmer oversees [...] for the MTV Entertainment Group (MTVE) and Paramount International Networks & Streaming.
  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.
  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. ^ "Meet Nickelodeon HD in Kazakh". www.almatv.kz (in Russian). Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  11. ^ "MTV NZ to axe 23 staff, closes offices". The New Zealand Herald. 28 September 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2022.
  12. ^ "Der V-Faktor" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 10 January 2005.
  13. ^ [1][dead link]