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Viacom International Media Networks
Division
Industry Broadcast
Headquarters 1540 Broadway, New York City, New York, United States
17-29 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London, United Kingdom
Key people
David Lynn (president, chief executive officer)
Tiago Worcman (senior vice president)[1]
Owner National Amusements
Parent Viacom
Website VIMN Website

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) is the international division of Viacom. The company oversees the production, broadcasting and promotion of key Viacom brands outside of the United States. These brands include MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, VIVA, Colors and Game One.

The networks headquarters are located in New York City and London. Other international offices are located in Berlin, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Madrid, Milan, Mumbai, Paris, Singapore, Budapest and Sydney amongst others. VIMN's first international offices opened in the late 1980s in London and Amsterdam with the launch of MTV Europe. VIMN was created from a rebrand of Viacom's MTV Networks, which included MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon, to include Comedy Central. Robert Bakish has been President of VIMN since 2011, having held various roles at Viacom since 1997.

Viacom International Media Networks divisions[edit]

Viacom International Media Networks is currently split into 6 regional divisions.

India[edit]

Viacom 18 manages the Viacom channels in India. It is a joint venture operation between Viacom and TV18. It also runs homegrown GEC brand Colors.

Asia[edit]

Viacom International Media Networks Asia, ex MTV Networks Asia Pacific is based in Singapore and launched in 1994, it comprises three distinctly branded television channels, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and VH1 in the Asia Pacific region reaching more than 300 million households. Since its inception on 1 January 1994, MTV Networks Asia Pacific has been providing localized channels for young audiences across Asia and Australia. Initially established as two MTV channels (MTV Asia and MTV Mandarin), MTV Networks businesses have crossed the continent and every delivery platform by catering to audiences with localized programming in eight different languages across ten MTV channels, eight Nickelodeon channels, four VH1 channels and numerous branded programming blocks across the Asia-Pacific region. The company's localization initiatives were pioneering and its rapid growth in Asia significantly contributed to MTV becoming the world's largest television network.

MTV Networks Asia Pacific comprises 17 websites and 21 channels which are seen via 24-hour and programming blocks in various parts of Asia. Unlike the European and Latin American divisions, which are regulated by the headquarters' country main regulating body, the MTV Networks Asia channels are regulated by the individual country's regulation body.

Northern Europe[edit]

Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe is a regional division of Viacom International Media Networks. It operates in the Dutch speaking part of the Benelux (Netherlands, Flanders in Belgium), Germany, Austria, German speaking part of Switzerland, the Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden), the Baltic (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), Poland and Ukraine.

The Northern Europe division is run by four main offices: Amsterdam, Berlin, Stockholm and Warsaw. The sales are still done locally.[2]

On September 16, 2011[2] 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. VIMN Northern Europe operates from its central offices in Amsterdam, Stockholm and Berlin. Resulting in job losses at its offices at MTV Networks Benelux in Belgium and the Netherlands. The re-alignment will see all music programming come from its operations in Stockholm. Its Swedish offices operate local channels such as MTV and VH1 within VIMN North European's portfoilio of music channels. All kids and family programming operates from Berlin these include localized versions of Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Kindernet. Whilst all the localized Comedy Central channels will be operated from Amsterdam. VIMN North European's portfolio includes the following territories: Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland (German speaking part). MTV's Amsterdam offices will remain open and will act as the technical play-out hub for the channels as well.[2]

Southern and Western Europe, Middle East and Africa[edit]

see also Viacom International Media Networks Europe

Viacom International Media Networks Africa (previously MTV Networks Africa) is a subsidiary of Viacom.

VIMN Africa includes the multimedia entertainment brands: MTV, MTV Base, VH1, VH1 Classic, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Nick Jr. and BET.

Since 2006, MTV Networks Africa offices are located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Previously, the networks offices were located at MTV Networks Europe headquarters in London, United Kingdom.

In November 1998, Viacom International Media Networks Europe; then MTV Networks Europe announced the creation of Nickelodeon in Africa. The channel would broadcast along with MTV Europe. A programming block launched on July 1, 1999, here Nickelodeon shows aired on MNET's children's block K-TV. In 2005, K-TV decided to cease broadcasting Nickelodeon produced programming. In 2008, VIMN Africa decided to launch a 24-hour channel across Africa.

  • Since MTV's launch in Europe in the late 1980s, MTV Europe was made available in some territories across Africa primarily South Africa throughout the 1990s. Gradually, as MTV began to localize its brand in Europe, MTV France and MTV Portugal were added to the boutique of channels available across the African continent on major cable and digital television platforms.
  • In 2004, MTV Networks International announced it had plans to launch its 100th channel, in Africa with the launch of MTV Africa (proposed branding). In February 2005, MTV Networks International launched MTV Base Africa. The channel was launched as with a live music special with live performances from local African and international artists.
  • In 2008, MTV Networks Internationals subsidiary MTV Networks Africa launched its first awards show aptly titled MTV Africa Music Awards. The annual event celebrates the best in music from mainstream and unsigned artists from the African continent. The award show is hosted from a different African city each year similar to its counterpart the MTV Europe Music Awards.
  • As of, July 1, 2009 MTV Base Africa utilizes the on-air and online branding of MTV's other 64 global channels globally share the same on-air branding. This branding makes the use of a standardised logo, idents and promos (except MTV US, MTV Canada and MTV Brazil). This is part of MTV Networks International's global branding initiative. The on-air branding titled Pop X1000 reflects the changing nature of popular culture with MTV at the heart of these rapid changes. The branding was designed by MTV's design department World Design Studio in Milan, with additional designs being added by other global departments throughout the year. The branding has been overseen by Universal Everything. This branding has been adopted by MTV Networks Europe, MTV Networks Asia, MTV Networks Africa and MTV Networks Latin America. As of November 8, 2010 MTV launched is third phase of idents.

MTV Networks Africa also operates additional channels these include a localized version of Nickelodeon and promotes the European versions of MTV Live HD, VH1, MTV, MTV Portugal and MTV France.

The Americas[edit]

Viacom International Media Networks The Americas (VIMN The Americas, formerly MTV Networks Latin America, or MTVNLA) is a subsidiary of Viacom-owned Viacom International Media Networks. VIMN The Americas' operational headquarters is located in Miami, Florida, US soon to be relocated to Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina. As currently being based in the United States, all VIMN The Americas channels are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. broadcast regulator, despite not yet transmitting for the United States.

UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and Central Eastern Europe[edit]

see also Viacom International Media Networks Europe

5[edit]

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

BET[edit]

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Africa
BET Africa

France
BET France

United Kingdom & Ireland
BET UK and Ireland

Colors TV[edit]

Comedy Central[edit]

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Asia
Comedy Central (Asia)

Arabia
Comedy Central Arabia[3]

Africa
Comedy Central Africa

Australia and New Zealand
Comedy Central Australia & New Zealand

Belgium
Comedy Central Belgium

Brazil
Comedy Central Brazil

Denmark

Comedy Central Denmark

Germany, Switzerland & Austria
Comedy Central Germany, Switzerland & Austria

Hungary
Comedy Central (Hungary), Comedy Central Family Hungary

India
Comedy Central (India)

Israel
Comedy Central (Israel)

Italy
Comedy Central (Italy)

Latin America
Comedy Central (Latin America)

Netherlands
Comedy Central Netherlands and Comedy Central Extra

Norway
Comedy Central Norway

Poland
Comedy Central Poland and Comedy Central Family Poland

Romania
Comedy Central (Romania)

Spain
Comedy Central Spain

Sweden
Comedy Central (Sweden)

United Kingdom and Ireland
Comedy Central UK & Ireland and Comedy Central Extra

Former Channels
Comedy Central Family Netherlands

MTV[edit]

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Current channels[edit]

Africa
MTV Africa and MTV Base Africa

Australia and New Zealand
MTV Australia & New Zealand, MTV Classic Australia & New Zealand, MTV Dance Australia and MTV Music Australia & New Zealand

Belgium
MTV Belgium

Brazil
MTV Brazil

Canada
MTV Canada and MTV2 Canada - owned by Bell Media, under license from Viacom.

China & Taiwan
MTV Mandarin

Denmark
MTV Denmark

Finland
MTV Finland

France
MTV France

Germany
MTV Germany and MTV Brand New Germany.

Hungary
MTV Hungary - relaunched in October 2017.

India
MTV India

MTV Beats

Israel
MTV Israel

Italy
In Italy there are two MTV channels, MTV Italy and MTV Music Italy.

Japan
MTV Japan

Korea
SBS MTV - joint venture with SBS.

Netherlands
MTV Netherlands, MTV Brand New and MTV Music 24.

Norway
MTV Norway

Philippines
MTVph - joint venture with Solar Entertainment Corporation.

Poland
MTV Poland

Portugal
MTV Portugal

Romania
MTV Romania

Russia
MTV Russia

Southeast Asia
MTV Southeast Asia

Spain
MTV Spain

Sweden
MTV Sweden

Switzerland
MTV Switzerland

Thailand
MTV Thailand

United Kingdom and Ireland
MTV UK launched on 1 July 1997. It currently broadcasts 8 channels in the UK: MTV, MTV Base, MTV Classic, MTV Dance, MTV Hits, MTV Live, MTV Music, MTV OMG and MTV Rocks.

Vietnam
MTV Vietnam

Former channels[edit]

Adriatic Region
MTV Adria (serving Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia)

Australia & New Zealand
MTV Hits Australia & New Zealand

Austria
MTV Austria

Czech Republic
MTV Czech Republic

Estonia
MTV Estonia

France
MTV Idol France, MTV Pulse France

Greece
MTV Greece

Indonesia
MTV Indonesia

Italy
MTV Brand New Italy, MTV Classic Italy and MTV Pulse Italy

Lithuania & Latvia
MTV Lithuania & Latvia

Middle East
MTV Middle East

Pakistan
MTV Pakistan

Poland
MTV Classic Poland

Turkey
MTV Turkey

Ukraine
MTV Ukraine

United Kingdom & Ireland
MTV Extra and MTV Flux

  • QOOB originally broadcast in Italy closed down in January 2009, resurrected in April 2009, closed again in 2010.
  • TMF (except TMF Vlaanderen. All others replaced with VIVA in 2009)
  • Nickelodeon Ukraine (closed 1 September 2017)
  • Game One Music HD (closed on September 2016)
  • VH2 (replaced with MTV Flux in Summer 2006)

Nickelodeon[edit]

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Australia & New Zealand
Nickelodeon Australia & New Zealand

Brazil
Nickelodeon Brazil

Bulgaria
Nickelodeon Bulgaria Nick Jr. Bulgaria

Canada
Nickelodeon Canada - owned by Corus Entertainment, under license from Viacom.

China
Nickelodeon Mainland China

Croatia
Nickelodeon Croatia

Czech Republic
Nickelodeon Czech Republic

Denmark
Nickelodeon Denmark, Nick Jr. Scandinavia

Finland
Nickelodeon Finland, Nick Jr. Scandinavia

France
Nickelodeon France, Nickelodeon 4Teen France and Nickelodeon Junior France

Germany & Austria
Nickelodeon Germany

Greece
Nickelodeon Greece

Hungary
Nickelodeon Hungary

India
Nickelodeon India and Nickelodeon Sonic

Israel
Nickelodeon Israel and TeenNick Israel

Italy
Nickelodeon Italy and TeenNick Italy

Japan
Nickelodeon Japan (relaunched on January 30, 2018) subsidiary of NHK

Malaysia
Nickelodeon Malaysia

Netherlands & Flanders
Nickelodeon Netherlands

Norway
Nickelodeon Norway, Nick Jr. Scandinavia

Pakistan
Nickelodeon Pakistan

Philippines
Nickelodeon Philippines - co-owned by All Youth Channels.

Poland
Nickelodeon Poland

Portugal
Nickelodeon Portugal

Romania
Nickelodeon Romania

Russia
Nickelodeon Russia

Serbia
Nickelodeon Serbia

Southeast Asia Nickelodeon (Southeast Asia)

South Korea
Nickelodeon South Korea - joint venture with SBS.

Spain
Nickelodeon Spain

Sweden
Nickelodeon Sweden, Nick Jr. Scandinavia

Switzerland
Nickelodeon Switzerland

Turkey
Nickelodeon Turkey

United Kingdom and Ireland
Nickelodeon UK & Ireland, Nick Jr. Uk & Ireland, Nick Jr. Too

Other

Former channels[edit]

Nick Jr.[edit]

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Australia
Nick Jr. (Australia)

Croatia
Nick Jr. (Croatia)

Czech Republic
Nick Jr. (Czech)

Germany & Austria
Nick Jr. (Germany)

Greece
Nick Jr. (Greece)

Hungary
Nick Jr. (Hungary)

India
Nick Jr. (India)

Israel
Nick Jr. (Israel)

Italy
Nick Jr. (Italy)

Netherlands & Flanders
Nick Jr. Netherlands & Flanders

Poland
Nick Jr. (Poland)

Portugal
Nick Jr. (Portugal)

Serbia
Nick Jr. (Serbia)

Spain
Nick Jr. (Spain)

Switzerland
Nick Jr. Germany, Austria & Switzerland

Turkey
Nick Jr. (Turkey)

Other


Nicktoons[edit]

Arabia
Nicktoons Arabia (MENA)

Germany & Austria
Nicktoons Germany, Austria & Switzerland

India
Nicktoons India

Netherlands & Flanders
Nicktoons Netherlands & Flanders

Switzerland
Nicktoons Germany, Austria & Switzerland

United Kingdom and Ireland
Nicktoons UK & Ireland

TeenNick[edit]

Germany
TeenNick Germany

India
TeenNick India

USA&UK
TeenNick USA&UK

NickMusic[edit]

Netherlands & Flanders
Nick Music Netherlands & Flanders

Paramount Channel[edit]

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Arabia
Paramount Channel Arabia (MENA)

Asia
Paramount Channel Asia

Brazil
Paramount Channel Brazil

France
Paramount Channel France

Hungary
Paramount Channel Hungary

Italy
Paramount Channel Italy

Latin America
Latin America

Middle East
Middle East

Poland
Paramount Channel Poland (formerly Viacom Blink!)

Romania
Paramount Channel Romania

Russia
Paramount Channel Russia

Sweden
Paramount Channel Sweden

Paramount Network[edit]

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Spain[5]
Paramount Network Spain

United Kingdom
Paramount Network UK

India
Paramount Network India

Telefe[edit]

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VH1[edit]

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Denmark
VH1 (Denmark)

Europe
VH1 and VH1 Classic

India
VH1 India and VH1 Bollywood

Italy
VH1 Italy

Latin American
VH1 Latin America and VH1 MegaHits

United Kingdom and Ireland
VH1 UK & Ireland

Former channels[edit]

Brazil
VH1 Brazil

Germany
VH1 Germany

Indonesia
VH1 Indonesia

Pakistan
VH1 Pakistan

Poland
VH1 (Poland)

Other Networks[edit]

Game One[edit]

France
Game One is a French television channel which launched in September 1998. It shows programs based on video gaming and Japanese anime.

J-One[edit]

Paramount Comedy[edit]

Russia
Paramount Comedy Russia

Ukraine
Paramount Comedy Ukraine

Spike[edit]

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Australia
Spike (Australian TV channel)

Netherlands & Flanders
Spike (Dutch TV channel)

Russia
Spike (Russia)

Former channels[edit]

VIVA[edit]

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VIVA Media GmbH (until 2004 VIVA Media AG) is 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.[6] 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.[7] Prior to 2012, VIVA Germany aired across Austria with localised advertising and sponsorship for Austria.

Germany
VIVA Germany

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 cancelled local production shows. In 2015 - 2017, the station cancelled 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.

Former channels[edit]

Hungary
VIVA Hungary was a music channel launched on 27 June 1997 as Z+. Like its sister channels, the channel features localised music videos, programming, presenters and chart shows. The channel started to use the new logo on 2 April 2012. The channel ended broadcast in 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 The channel launched on 26 October 2009, replacing TMF, and ceased broadcasting on 31 January 2018.

Former Networks[edit]

TMF[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tiago Worcman e Federico Cuervo assumem novas posições na Viacom". Converge Comunicações (in Portuguese). 9 August 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Clover, Julian (2011-09-16). "MTV Networks North reorganises". Broadband TV News. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  3. ^ https://variety.com/2016/tv/global/viacom-to-launch-comedy-central-in-the-middle-east-and-africa-on-osn-exclusive-1201756177/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "MTV NZ to axe 23 staff, closes offices". The New Zealand Herald. APN News & Media. September 28, 2010. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ "El próximo 10 de junio, Paramount Channel se convierte en Paramount Network". Mundoplus.tv. Retrieved May 22, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Der V-Faktor" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 10 January 2005. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]

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