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Extra: VCNI fortifies streaming unit; NEM cancels December event in Croatia

ViacomCBS Networks Int’l bolsters streaming team ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has strengthened its global streaming leadership team with the appointment of Doug Craig in advance of the 2021 launch of Paramount+. Craig (pictured) ...
October 21, 2020

ViacomCBS Networks Int’l bolsters streaming team

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has strengthened its global streaming leadership team with the appointment of Doug Craig in advance of the 2021 launch of Paramount+.

Craig (pictured) joins the company as SVP of content strategy and acquisitions within VCNI’s streaming division from NBCUniversal, where he oversaw content strategy and programming for Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes and Movieclips.

In the newly created role, Craig will oversee VCNI’s international content strategy, acquisitions, programming and operations for its international streaming services, including Paramount+, Pluto TV and preschooler-focused platform, Noggin.

Craig will now join the international streaming team helmed by Kelly Day, who earlier this week saw her remit as COO expand to encompass president of streaming for VCNI.

“With this stellar leadership team, an unparalleled global content engine, a proven technology platform and an international infrastructure and partnerships that span 180 markets, the ViacomCBS international streaming team will deliver an exceptional consumer entertainment experience and significantly disrupt the streaming industry,” said Day in a statement.

NEM scraps December 2020 event

Croatian market and conference NEM Dubrovnik Meets Zagreb is canceling this year’s event in response to new government measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

NEM Dubrovnik was to run in conjunction with the second edition of its sister-event NEM Zagreb, with this year’s event being renamed NEM Dubrovnik Meets Zagreb.

The eighth annual event was initially scheduled to take place from June 8 to 11 before it was rescheduled earlier this year to run from December 9 to 11 in Croatia’s northwestern capital of Zagreb.

“Better times will come and so will the opportunities for networking and doing business face to face,” reads a statement from the conference’s organizers. “Let’s meet at NEM Dubrovnik in 2021 and have the best time ever.”

The 2021 edition of NEM Dubrovnik will return to the Adriatic city from June 7 to 10, 2021.

All3Media Int’l to sell Nutopia’s World of Calm

Indie distributor All3Media International has partnered with Jane Root‘s factual prodco Nutopia to distribute A World of Calm, based on the popular Calm app.

Under terms of the agreement, which marks the first collaboration between the two companies, All3Media International will handle all global distribution rights to A World of Calm, excluding in Latin America and the U.S., where it premiered earlier this month on HBO Max.

The 10-part series takes an “immersive visual journey into another world” through “scientifically-engineered narratives,” music and footage, all intended to calm the viewer.

The stories are narrated by such celebrities as Mahershala Ali, Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Lucy Liu, Cillian Murphy and Keanu Reeves.

Flame inks sales in South Korea, China  

Australian distributor Flame Distribution has secured a raft of unscripted sales deals with broadcasters and streaming platforms in South Korea and China.

South Korean pubcaster KBS has acquired the 57-minute, one-off Greta Thunberg: The Voice of the Future (Entertain Me Productions), which explores how the Swedish teenager inspired a global movement in the fight against climate change.

Chinese streamer iQIYI, meanwhile, has licensed several docuseries, specials and shorts including Billionaire WonderlandHow Not to Get Cancer? and #Beasts, while Huanxi Media has picked up a package of more than 50 hours that includes the hour-long Ariana Grande: State of Mind Elvis: The Men Who Knew Him Best (120 minutes), Freddie Mercury: The Ultimate Showman (60 minutes), all from Entertain Me Productions;  Britney Spears: Breaking Point (1 x 60 minutes; Waddell Media), The Greatest Air Race (1 x 60 minutes; All of Us Productions), and For Love or Money (5 x 60 minutes; BBC Studios).

Finally, Alibaba-backed Youku has taken Food Safari Earth (13 x 30 minutes; Kismet Productions) for its SVOD platform.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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