Profile: Viacom Inc (VIAB.OQ)
16 Feb 2018
Viacom Inc., incorporated on September 22, 2005, offers global media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, applications, games, consumer products, social media experiences and other entertainment content. As of September 30, 2016, the Company offered its services for audiences in more than 180 countries. The Company operates through two segments: Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment. The Company's Media Networks segment provides entertainment content and related branded products for advertisers, content distributors and retailers. The Company's Filmed Entertainment segment produces, finances, acquires and distributes motion pictures, television programming and other entertainment content under the Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Paramount Animation, Insurge Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies, MTV Films and Paramount Television brands.
The Company's Media Networks segment creates, acquires and distributes programming and other content for audiences across multiple platforms, which allows audiences to engage and interact with content in various ways, including through cable and satellite distribution; through over-the-top (OTT) services, such as subscription video-on-demand (SVOD); on connected televisions, personal computers (PCs), tablets, smartphones and other connected devices; using applications, browsers and other interfaces, and through various social media platforms. The Company operates media networks businesses through three brand groups: the Global Entertainment Group, the Nickelodeon Group and BET Networks. As of September 30, 2016, the Company conducted its global media networks operations in more than 180 countries and more than 40 languages throughout the world, via more than 250 locally programmed and operated television channels, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, SPIKE, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Channel 5 (in the United Kingdom), Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick and Paramount Channel.
The Company also operates branded experiences, including channels on streaming services and social media platforms, such as DIRECTV NOW and Snapchat Discover. The Company's Global Entertainment Group offers brands, content, products and services that reach a group of adults and young adults throughout the world loving comedy, music, pop culture and general entertainment. The Company's MTV is a multimedia destination and content producer. As of September 30, 2016, the Company's MTV2 offered music and lifestyle destinations and experiences with content targeting male millennial aged 12 to 34 and featuring original music, live-action sports and irreverent lifestyle programming. Its VH1 is a lifestyle brand for millennial. Its VH1's online, mobile and application experiences feature a diverse array of content centered on VH1 shows, pop culture, celebrities and lifestyle topics, including original series, exclusive events and entertainment news. VH1 operates VH1.com, the VH1 TV Everywhere application and branded and show experiences on several social media platforms. SPIKE is a general entertainment brand featuring a mix of original and acquired programming, sports series, specials, live events and movies.
The Company's SPIKE Programming includes the series premieres of Jail: Big Texas and Tracks; returning favorites, such as Lip Sync Battle and Lip Sync Battle: TMI, Bar Rescue, Ink Master, Cops, Bellator MMA Premiere Boxing Championships and The I Am Series with I Am JFK; and tentpoles, such as Spike's Guys Choice Awards. CMT is the country music and lifestyle destination. Through its linear television network and digital experiences, CMT offers a mix of music specials and events, unscripted series, original documentaries and scripted shows. Its CMT's Programming includes series premieres I Love Kellie Pickler and Still the King, returning favorites Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and licensed series Reba and Last Man Standing; tentpole events, such as the annual CMT Awards and CMT Crossroads, and CMT's original documentaries, including The Bandit. TV Land features a mix of original programming, classic and contemporary television shows, specials and iconic movies. TVL Classic airs during weekdays with programming that appeals to adults aged 35 and older. TV Land airs on the same channel as TVL Classic in the evening hours and on weekends, with programming that appeals to adults aged 25 to 54.
The Company's Logo is an entertainment brand inspired by the LGBTQ community. Other key domestic Global Entertainment Group properties include mtvU, its on-air, online and on-campus network created by and for the college audience; MTV Films, MTV's motion picture brand, and MTV Live, a music-centric high-definition television channel. The Company's Channel 5, the United Kingdom public service broadcaster, and its sister channels air a mix of popular content, including factual programming, entertainment, reality, sports, acquired and original drama. Its Paramount Channel is a movie channel available in Spain and Italy, and on basic cable television in France, Hungary, Russia, Romania, Sweden, Poland, Thailand/South East Asia and various Latin American countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Argentina.
The Company's Colors is a Hindi-language general entertainment paid channel operated by its Viacom 18 joint venture and Colors is available in India, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and as Aapka Colors in Canada and the United States. The Company's J-One airs the Japanese animated programming in France, consumers of manga animation. The Nickelodeon Group provides entertainment, content and services designed for kids of ages 2 to 17 and their families. Its principal properties in this group include Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite, Nick Jr, TeenNick and Nicktoons.
The Company's BET Networks is a provider of entertainment brands, content and services targeted to African-American audiences and consumers of Black culture throughout the world. Its BET is the television network providing entertainment, music, news and public affairs programming to African-American audiences. BET is a consumer brand in the urban marketplace with a group of branded businesses, including BET, its core channel that focuses on young Black adults; BET Gospel, which features gospel music and spiritual programming, and BET Hip Hop, which spotlights hip hop music programming and performances. Its CENTRIC is the network designed for black women, reflecting the lifestyle of African-American and multicultural adult viewer and delivering various music artists, along with culturally relevant movies, series, live performances, specials and reality programming.
The Company's Filmed Entertainment segment distributes films released under the Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics and Insurge Pictures brands. Motion pictures produced, acquired and/or distributed by the Filmed Entertainment segment are exhibited theatrically in domestic and/or international markets and released in various markets through download-to-own, digital versatile discs (DVDs) and Blu-ray discs, transactional video-on-demand (TVOD), SVOD, pay television, basic cable television, and, in some cases, by airlines and hotels. As of September 30, 2016, the Filmed Entertainment segment released 15 films in the domestic theatrical market. As of September 30, 2016, Paramount had a library consisting of approximately 1,200 motion picture titles produced by Paramount and held rights to approximately 2,300 additional motion pictures and various television programs. Paramount Television, Paramount's television production division, draws on Paramount's library of film properties and also develops original programming for television and digital platforms. Paramount Television has various programs in pre-production, production and post-production, and various projects in development for various television networks and other platforms.
The Company competes with Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.
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