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Viacom

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Viacom

American global mass media company with interests primarily in, but not limited to, cinema and cable television add

Category: Business (17)

Founded in 2006.

Countries: United States (67%), (14%), Indonesia (4%)

Main connections: CBS, CBS Corporation, MTV

Linked to: Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, YouTube

 

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2006

Nickelodeon Indonesia - With the 11 January 2006 acquisition of Viacom Indonesia by Bhakti Investama Viacom Indonesia was separated away from Bakrie & Brothers, and became part of Media Nusantara Citra, together with MTV Indonesia and VH1 Indonesia

 

DreamWorks Animation - Films produced by DreamWorks Animation were formerly distributed worldwide by the live-action DreamWorks studio, by Paramount Pictures, a subsidiary of Viacom, who acquired the live-action DreamWorks studio in February 2006, spinning it off again in 2008

 

Boomerang (TV channel) - On April 3, 2006, Boomerang Latin America / Brazil was relaunched as a general children's channel, like Disney Channel and Viacom's Nickelodeon, featuring live-action programming and movies, while retaining classic cartoons in a late night timeslot

 

CBS - CBS became the center of a new company, CBS Corporation, which included the broadcasting elements, Paramount Television's production operations , UPN , Viacom Outdoor advertising , Showtime, Simon & Schuster, and Paramount Parks, which the company sold in May 2006

 

Pimp That Snack - Initially known as 'Pimp My Snack', the site changed name during May 2006 following contact from Viacom legal representatives, who claimed that the name of the website was an infringement on trademarks relating to their "Pimp My Ride" television program

 

Sumner Redstone - On September 5, 2006, Redstone removed Tom Freston as President and CEO of Viacom and replaced him with director and former Viacom counsel Philippe Dauman

 

Quizilla - On October 16, 2006, Viacom's MTV Networks announced it had bought Quizilla for an undisclosed sum of money


2007

In February 2007, Viacom sent upwards of 100,000 DMCA takedown notices to the video-sharing site YouTube add something

 

Philippe Dauman - Dauman took a tough stance on the reproduction of Viacom's content when Viacom sued YouTube in March 2007

 

Demetri Martin - On March 22, 2007, Demetri made another appearance on "The Daily Show", talking about the Viacom lawsuit against Google and YouTube

 

Comedy Central - On June 27, 2007, CTVglobemedia-owned networks CTV and The Comedy Network obtained the exclusive Canadian rights to the entire Comedy Central library of past and current programs on all electronic platforms, under a multi-year agreement with Viacom, expanding on past programming agreements between the two channels

 

Gawker - Gawker's coverage of benefit cuts announced December 4, 2007, for freelancers working at media company Viacom has been acknowledged as playing a major role in reinstating many of the workers' rights

 

Gawker - After Viacom "permalancers" took to the streets for several days to protest the cuts, Gawker reported on December 12, 2007, that the company had reversed its position


2008

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment - After Viacom spun off DreamWorks in 2008, Universal Studios Home Entertainment was planned to resume distributing DreamWorks' movies, but this deal fell through

 

Troy Walker - On January 4, 2008, a settlement conference was conducted between Troy Walker and Viacom, Paramount Studios and Nickelodeon Studios at the Northern District Federal Courts in San Francisco

 

Gawker - On January 31, 2008, Gawker's Maggie Shnayerson reported that Viacom subsidiary MTV Networks would convert 1,000 freelance jobs to full-time positions

 

Stephen Hillenburg - A settlement conference between Walker and Viacom, filed on May 13, 2008, was conducted at the Northern District Federal Courts in San Francisco

 

In July 2008, the case generated controversy when District Judge Louis Stanton ruled that YouTube was required to hand over data detailing the viewing habits of every user who had ever watched videos on the site add something

 

Rear Window - On September 5, 2008, the Sheldon Abend Trust sued Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks, Viacom, and Universal Studios, alleging that the producers of "Disturbia" violated the copyright to the original Woolrich story owned by Abend


2009

Philippe Dauman - In 2009, Dauman and Viacom launched the Get Schooled education initiative with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - an effort to raise awareness of the crisis in America's public schools

 

Star Trek: Nemesis - Three years later, Viacom split from CBS Corporation and Paramount eventually rebooted the film series in 2009 with "Star Trek" by J. J. Abrams

 

This blackout was narrowly avoided when a zero-hour deal was reached shortly after 12 Midnight ET on January 1, 2009 add something

 

Bright House Networks - Therefore, Time Warner and Bright House Networks would have lost all 19 Viacom channels starting on January 1, 2009


2010

As of 2010, it was the world's fourth-largest media conglomerate, behind The Walt Disney Company, Time Warner and News Corporation add something

 

As of 2010, the Board consists of George Abrams, Philippe Dauman, Thomas E. Dooley, Alan Greenberg, Robert Kraft, Blythe McGarvie, Charles Phillips, Shari E. Redstone, Sumner M. Redstone, Frederic Salerno, and William Schwartz add something

 

Harmonix - Industry analyst Michael Pachter suggested that while "Rock Band 3" and "Dance Central" would generate significant revenue in 2010 holiday sales, Viacom likely made the move to sell Harmonix while the developers were doing well and in the news

 

TV Land - As such, TV Land became only the third cable channel operated by Viacom and its MTV Networks division to air infomercials ; in May 2010, TV Land removed one hour of the infomercial block, reducing it to 6-8 a

 

On May 5, 2010, "The Hollywood Reporter" revealed that Viacom's Comedy Central "is developing a whole animated series around Jesus Christ" who, according to the network, wants to escape the shadow of his "powerful but apathetic father" add something

 

YouTube - In June 2010, Viacom's lawsuit against Google was rejected in a summary judgment, with U.S. federal Judge Louis L. Stanton stating that Google was protected by provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Viacom announced its intention to appeal the ruling

 

On June 23, 2010, Judge Stanton ruled in & Google's favor in a motion for summary judgment, holding that Google was protected by provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, notwithstanding evidence of intentional copyright infringement add something


2011

Harmonix - Approximately 6 to 9 months after its sale from Viacom, Harmonix started to grow again, boosted by sales of "Dance Central" which led to the development of its sequel "Dance Central 2" in late 2011

 

MTV Networks France - Robert Bakish has been President of VIMN since 2011, having held various roles at Viacom since 1997

 

Viacom International Media Networks - Robert Bakish has been President of VIMN since 2011, having held various roles at Viacom since 1997

 

In February 2011, & Hulu and Viacom announced the return of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" to Hulu, along with shows from the Viacom library add something

 

Rainbow S.r.l. - On February 4, 2011, Viacom purchased a minority, stake in Rainbow

 

MTV Networks France - On September 16, 2011 it was confirmed by & Viacom International Media Networks its operations in the Nordic countries, Benelux region and Germany would operate under Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe

 

Viacom International Media Networks - On September 16, 2011 it was confirmed by & Viacom International Media Networks its operations in the Nordic countries, Benelux region and Germany would operate under Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe

 

Later, in October 2011, Viacom purchased a majority stake in Bellator Fighting Championships add something


2012

In 2012 CEO Phillip Dauman began to report Viacom's intentions to bundle past programming and make it available on-demand via services like Hulu add something

 

Grupo Abril - Later, TVA was completely sold to Telefónica in 2012, MTV brand was returned to Viacom and its broadcast network was sold to Grupo Spring, which publishes the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stones, in the end of 2013

 

MTV Jams - MTV Jams and its sister networks were added in the summer of 2012 as part of a wider agreement between Viacom and Time Warner Cable to allow access to its networks over TWC's tablet applications

 

Comedy Central - Viacom 18 launched the channel in India on January 23, 2012

 

On April 5, 2012, the ruling was overturned by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit add something

 

YouTube - On April 5, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reinstated the case, allowing Viacom's lawsuit against Google to be heard in court again

 

Digital Millennium Copyright Act - On April 5, 2012, the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals vacated Judge Louis Stanton's ruling, and instead ruled that Viacom had presented enough evidence against YouTube to warrant a trial, and the case should not have been thrown out in summary judgement

 

Sumner Redstone - On June 1, 2012, Paramount Pictures renamed the Administration Building on the studio lot the Sumner Redstone Building in a dedication ceremony attended by employees of Paramount Pictures and Viacom

 

On July 10, 2012, during contract negotiations over raising carrier rates the U.S. satellite TV provider, DirecTV's executives approached Viacom with a new proposal and a request to continue broadcasting 17 of Viacom's television networks during talks, but received no response and thus Viacom ceased transmission to DirecTV's 20 million subscribers add something

 

DirecTV - On July 11, 2012, in a counter response to DirecTV advising its subscribers to view original programming from the affected networks online, Viacom pulled recent episodes of programs from its networks from company-owned websites

 

DirecTV - DirecTV and Viacom reached a seven-year agreement in the early morning hours of July 20, 2012, and Viacom channels were restored to DirecTV subscribers


2013

Spike TV plans to air Bellator in 2013, after the rights to the UFC library ends in 2012 add something

 

Evan Farmer - The show was cancelled in 2013 amid reorganization at parent company Viacom

 

Swisher Hygiene - Thomas Byrne, previously president of Viacom and vice-chairman of Blockbuster Video, became Swisher's Interim President and CEO in February 2013 in an attempt to turn the company around


2014

Knowledge Adventure - On March 17 2014, Knowledge Adventure Inc. purchased Neopets from Viacom

 

JumpStart - In March 2014, it was announced that JumpStart had purchased Neopets from Viacom

 

Epix (TV channel) - On March 4, 2014, Time Warner Cable announced that it had reached an agreement with Viacom to begin carrying EPIX and multiplex channels beginning March 18

 

Knowledge Adventure - On March 17, 2014, Knowledge Adventure Inc. purchased Neopets from Viacom

 

On April 1, 2014, Cable One removed 15 channels owned by Viacom off after the two companies failed to reach an agreement add something

 

Cable One - On April 1, 2014, Cable One removed 15 channels owned by Viacom off after the two companies failed to reach an agreement

 

On May 1, 2014, Viacom announced it had agreed to take over the British broadcaster Channel 5 from the British newspaper publisher Richard Desmond add something

 

MTV Networks France - On 1 May 2014 Viacom acquired Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd, its current channels are

 

Viacom International Media Networks - On 1 May 2014 Viacom acquired Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd, its current channels are


2015

MTV Tres - "'KVMM-CD"', in Santa Barbara, California is the only MTV Tres affiliate that still broadcasts over-the-air as of August 2015, as well as the only over-the-air broadcast asset Viacom has remaining

 

Spike (TV channel) - On August 18, 2015, Viacom announced that The Netherlands will be the third country to launch Spike

 

Spike (TV channel) - On August 19, 2015, Viacom announced that Flanders, Belgium will be the fourth country to launch Spike

 

Nickelodeon - Due to Viacom's 2015 cutbacks involving acquired programming and low ratings, the NickMom block and associated website was discontinued in the early morning hours of September 28, 2015

 

VH1 Soul - On December 28, 2015, the channel was given over to BET Networks as part of the continuing reorganization of Viacom's assets due to ratings and financial issues in 2015, an issue that had already resulted in BET Networks taking editorial control of the former MTV Jams two months before

 

VH1 Soul - Originating as "' & VH1 Soul"', a spinoff of VH1, the channel moved under the editorial control of BET on December 28, 2015 as part of Viacom's ongoing restructuring of their cable operations


2016

Mr. Krabs - In January 2016, Nickelodeon's parent company Viacom filed a lawsuit against the operators of a similar for-profit "Krusty Krab" restaurant to be opened in Texas

 

CMT Pure Country - On January 4, 2016, the network's name was changed from CMT Pure Country to "'CMT Music"', continuing a period of time with little publicity where Viacom's smaller video-only networks have undergone branding and editorial control changes, including the respective rebrands of MTV Jams and VH1 Soul to BET Jams and BET Soul

 

Star Wars - On January 26, 2016, Variety reported that Disney executives were meeting with cable outlets Turner, &FX_Networks (FX_(TV_channel)), Viacom, &NBCUniversal, A&E Networks and AMC Networks to have a discussion on purchasing the free-TV rights to the first six "Star Wars" movies

 

Paramount Pictures - In February 2016, Viacom CEO and newly-appointed chairman Philippe Dauman announced that the conglomerate is in talks to find an investor to purchase a minority stake in Paramount

 

Sumner Redstone - In February 2016, at age 92, after a court-ordered examination by a geriatric psychiatrist whose findings have not been publicly disclosed, Redstone relinquished the chairmanship of CBS to Moonves and the chairmanship of Viacom to Dauman

 

Sumner Redstone - In February 2016, at the age of 92, a week after a court-ordered examination by a geriatric psychiatrist, Redstone resigned both chairmanships, replaced by Leslie Moonves at CBS and Philippe Dauman at Viacom

 

Philippe Dauman - On February 4, 2016, it was announced that & Viacom's board elected Dauman as Sumner Redstone's replacement for the position of Chairman of Viacom

 

MTV Movie Awards - The 2016 broadcast was the first show since 2006 not to air live as the event was taped on April 9, 2016 before airing on Viacom's &MTV networks the following day on April 10

 

On August 18, 2016, a settlement between Sumner and Shari Redstone and Philippe Dauman has been reached that will have him resign as Chief Executive Officer and be replaced with Thomas E. Dooley as interim CEO. Dauman will continue to serve as Chairman until September 13 add something

 

On August 20, 2016, a settlement between Sumner and Shari Redstone and Philippe Dauman has been reached that will have him resign as Chief Executive Officer and be replaced with Thomas E. Dooley as interim CEO. Dauman will continue to serve as Chairman until September 13 add something

 

On September 29, 2016, National Amusements sent a letter to the company and CBS Corporation, to merge back into one company add something

 

CBS Corporation - On September 29, 2016, National Amusements sent a letter to both the company and Viacom, encouraging the two companies to re-merge back into one company

 

In November 2016, Viacom bought Argentine television network Telefe add something

 

In December 2016, the Viacom board appointed Bob Bakish as acting CEO. add something

 

Doug Herzog - On December 21, 2016, Doug Herzog, the president of Viacom Music and Entertainment Group, is leaving the company


2017

Mr. Krabs - A Texas federal judge ruled in January 2017 that the planned restaurant violated Viacom's rights to the "SpongeBob" property, thus halting its construction

 

Spike (TV channel) - On February 8, 2017 Viacom announced that Spike will be rebranded as the Paramount Network sometime early next year

 

Spike (TV channel) - On February 9, 2017, Viacom announced that Spike would take on the new branding of the "'Paramount Network"' in early 2018, as the company switches to a focus on six prime networks with most of the company's backing and resources

 

Hulu - The Daily Show - "The Daily Show" was again removed from Hulu in March 2017 in order to push viewers to watch the program on Viacom and Comedy Central's apps

 

Centric - In April 2017, it was confirmed that as part of further restructuring within Viacom's operations, Centric would be relaunched at a later date as female-skewed station "'BET Her"'

 

On May 25, 2017, Viacom channels returned to Suddenlink after nearly 3 years of absence add something

 

Tyler Perry - On June 14, 2017 Perry signed a long term deal with Viacom for 90 episodes/year of original drama and comedy series

 

On July 10, 2017, Investopedia reported that Verizon would have interest in buying Viacom and CBS Corporation from National Amusements, after their failed attempt to buy The Walt Disney Company add something

 

CBS Corporation - On July 10, 2017, Investopedia reported that Verizon would have interest in buying CBS Corporation along with Viacom from National Amusements, after their failed attempt to buy The Walt Disney Company

 

Spike (TV channel) - In September 2017, Viacom confirmed that the rebrand would occur on January 18, 2018, and would be marked by a special live episode of "Lip Sync Battle"

 

Centric - In April 2017, it was confirmed that as part of further restructuring within Viacom's operations, Centric would be relaunched on September 25, 2017 as female-skewed station "'BET Her"'


2018

Nickelodeon Arabia - In 2018, Viacom merged official websites of Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern and African versions of Nickelodeon into nick

 

Lions Gate Entertainment - In January 2018, it was reported that Lionsgate was being subject to a bidding war for a possible acquisition, with Amazon, CBS Corporation, Comcast, Verizon Communications, and Viacom having made offers

 

On January 12, 2018, CNBC reported that Viacom re-entered talks to re-merge with CBS Corporation back into one company add something

 

CBS - However, on January 12, 2018, CNBC reported that both CBS and Viacom have since re-entered talks to merge

 

Paramount Pictures - On January 12, 2018, CNBC reported that CBS and Viacom re-entered talks to merge

 

Alloy Digital - On January 12, 2018, Viacom re-entered talks to merge with its sister company CBS Corporation into one company, the plans were previously cancelled on December 12, 2016

 

Shari Redstone - On January 17, 2018, the "Wall Street Journal" reported that Shari Redstone was pushing for & CBS Corp. to merge with Viacom, with Redstone gathering names for new board members at CBS.

 

Spike (TV channel) - On January 18, 2018, Spike will be re-branded as Paramount Network, as part of an effort by Viacom to align all of its properties around a smaller number of flagship brands

 

In February 2018, Viacom was reportedly in the process of acquiring Vidcon add something

 

Chairman - On March 30, 2018, CBS made an all-stock offer slightly below Viacom's market value, and insisting that its existing leadership, including long-time chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, oversee the re-combined company add something

 

CBS Corporation - Chairman - On March 30, 2018, CBS made an all-stock offer slightly below Viacom's market value, and insisting that its existing leadership, including long-time chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, oversee the re-combined company

 

On April 2018, Viacom hosted its first presentation at the annual Digital Content NewFronts, where they announced new original content for sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat add something

 

MtvU - In May 2018, Cheddar TV acquired Viacom's &MTV Networks on Campus to show its latest channel CheddarU, which will stream content from it's flagship financial-news streaming service and segments from Cheddar Big News to 9 million students on more than 600 campuses

 

On May 14, 2018, CBS Corporation sued National Amusements add something

 

CBS Corporation - Eventually, on May 14, 2018, CBS Corporation sued its and & Viacom's parent company National Amusements and accused Shari Redstone of abusing her voting power in it and forcing a merger that was not supported by it or Viacom

 

On September 9, 2018, Leslie Moonves was fired by CBS after getting accused by twelve women of sexual assault add something

 

Paramount Pictures - On September 9, 2018, following Moonves' resignation due to sexual harassment allegations, National Amusements agreed to defer any proposal of a CBS-Viacom merger for at least two years after the date of the settlement

 

CBS Corporation - On September 9, 2018, following Moonves' resignation due to sexual harassment allegations, National Amusements agreed to defer any proposal of a CBS-Viacom merger for at least two years after the date of the settlement

 

Paramount Pictures - On November 16, 2018, Paramount signed a multi-picture film deal with Netflix as part of Viacom's growth strategy, making Paramount the first major film studio to do so

 

Nickelodeon - Viacom Media Networks will discontinue the Nick 2 digital cable service on November 22, 2018, likely as video on demand options have made timeshift channels for the most part superfluous


2019

They announced the expansion of VidCon to London in 2019 at the same conference add something