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Deadline | February 08, 2018
In a newsy earnings call, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish addressed the decision to sell Paramount’s The Cloverfield Paradox to Netflix, where it launched on Super Bowl Sunday, calling it “a bit of a one-off.”Bakish, who has had the top job for a bit more than a year, covered several other hot topics, though a disclaimer at the top of the call said he would not address the recent news of formal discussions with CBS. The company reported earnings this morning that beat Wall Street estimat...
MediaPost | March 02, 2018
Viacom CEO Bob Bakish revealed some new details about the company’s upcoming over-the-top streaming video service, which is expected to launch this year.Speaking at a conference hosted by Morgan Stanley, Bakish said the upcoming OTT service will launch with more than 10,000 hours of library content, and will “complement what we are doing in the MVPD space.”In other words, the company is betting that this product will not disrupt its existing linear TV business.Notably, Bakish a...
Variety | March 05, 2018
Tyler Perry is at work on his first BET-branded feature film for Paramount Pictures, a project that marks the first fruit of the wide-ranging content pact that the multi-hyphenate inked with Viacom last year.The Perry deal and plans to produce movies co-branded with Viacom’s cable networks such as BET are both part of the larger turnaround effort at Paramount Pictures, Viacom president-CEO Bob Bakish said Monday during a Q&A at the Deutsche Bank Media, Telecom and Business Services con...
Variety | March 26, 2018
Trevor Noah is likely to gain a berth wider than that provided by “The Daily Show” under a new content partnership he’s struck with Viacom.Under terms of the agreement, Viacom will have exclusive “first look” rights on all projects developed by Noah and his production company, Day Zero Productions, in all media, including television, feature films, digital and short-form video content. Viacom will also make an investment in Day Zero. Financial terms of the deal were...
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