Viacom Prepares for Content Arms Race: ‘We’re Looking Beyond Our Own Networks’

Variety | 4/9/2019 | Stewart Clarke
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Several of Hollywood’s major players are expected to take content off the market to prop up their expected direct-to-consumer offerings, but Viacom’s message for international content buyers is that its shop will remain open.

“Whilst our competitors prioritize their own platforms, Viacom is moving in a different direction,” David Lynn, chief of Viacom International Media Networks, said in an address at MipTV on Tuesday. “We’re looking beyond our own networks to cement deeper relationships with you, our distribution partners.”

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Lynn’s comments came a day after CBS distribution chief Armando Nunez said CBS would continue to supply the market even as Disney-Fox and Warner Bros. are expected to hold on to programming for their soon-to-launch SVOD services.

The Viacom exec said the recently minted Viacom International Solutions and Paramount’s sales arm will continue...
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