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Extra: ViacomCBS Int’l Studios Distribution deals; BBC Studios APAC appointments

ViacomCBS Int’l Studios Distribution expands unscripted slate ViacomCBS International Studios Distribution today announced the addition of 400 hours of factual content from the Smithsonian Channel to its sales catalogue. New titles added ...
April 8, 2021

ViacomCBS Int’l Studios Distribution expands unscripted slate

ViacomCBS International Studios Distribution today announced the addition of 400 hours of factual content from the Smithsonian Channel to its sales catalogue.

New titles added from the Smithsonian Channel include Reclaiming History: Our Native Daughters (1 x 60 minutes); Making Tracks on Mars (1x 60 minutes); Virus Hunting: Cave to Covid (1 x 60 minutes); and Tomb Hunters (4 x 60 minutes).

ViacomCBS International Studios Distribution also newly acquired exclusive rights to globally distribute A Real Dream (Un Sueño Real; pictured; 4 x 50 minutes), co-produced by Exile Content Studio, Spanish multimedia production company Newtral, founded by Ana Pastor, and Creative 7, the multi-platform content company co-founded by NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony and his producing partner Asani Swann.

Additionally, ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) announced several deals for its  factual portfolio including seasons one of two of Secrets of The Royal Palaces (1 x 60 minutes; 8 x 60 minutes), now available on American Public Television.

ABBA: Secrets of Their Greatest Hits (1 x 60 minutes ) and The Story of Songs (10 x 60 minutes) were picked up in Poland for Canal+ and Canal+ Family.

Seasons one (1 x 60 minutes) and two (4 x 60 minutes) of 5 Mistakes That Caught a Killer were licensed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with Seven One Entertainment Group.

In Australia, Diana Princess of Wales: In Her Own Words (1 x 60 minutes) was picked up by Nine Network.

BBC Studios APAC ups Phil Hardman, Ryan Shiotani

BBC Studios has appointed Phil Hardman to senior vice president and general manager, Asia, as the studio looks to align its APAC structure.

In this new role, Hardman will lead the global distribution teams working in Singapore, Mumbai and Seoul, as well as hold responsibility for developing the Asia growth strategy across the region, in territories including India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.

Until recently, the executive was the SVP of commercial strategy for Asia, and last year he also took on the acting lead role of SVP and GM, Greater China, while recruitment was underway.

Leading the region’s new content direction as it explores new partnerships and platforms, Ryan Shiotani will move from his current role as SVP and GM, South and South East Asia into SVP, content, Asia and Greater China.

He will be the regional editorial lead across existing and new branded services, as well as advising on brand and content strategy in Asia and Greater China.

BBC Studios APAC business structure also includes Ding Ke as SVP and GM, Greater China and Fiona Lang, GM, Australia and New Zealand, who, in addition to Hardman, report to Jon Penn, EVP, APAC.

A new Strategy Manager for Asia will also be appointed to support the region and report into Penn.

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