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ViacomCBS unveils social action docuseries, VP of global inclusion

ViacomCBS has revealed plans for an upcoming social action docuseries as well as an appointment to their global inclusion team this week. VIS Social Impact, the cause-driven production division of ViacomCBS ...
December 1, 2021

ViacomCBS has revealed plans for an upcoming social action docuseries as well as an appointment to their global inclusion team this week.

VIS Social Impact, the cause-driven production division of ViacomCBS International Studios, has announced a partnership with production companies El Deseo and Mogambo to coproduce the four x 30-minute docuseries, Not a Bride.

According to NGO Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18 each year – and 650 million women face the direct consequences of child marriage. Not a Bride will uncover the common misconception that this problem only happens in low- and middle-income countries.

The series is executive produced and narrated by actress Penélope Cruz, and written and directed by Dario Troiani. El Deseo’s Pedro Almodóvar, Esther García and Agustín Almodóvar also serve as executive producers.

Not a Bride will air internationally via ViacomCBS’ premium streaming service, Paramount+.

The series is the second VIS Social Impact project announced thus far, following Protest & Progress from photographer and social activist, Misan Harriman.

Meanwhile, ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has appointed Fathima Beckmann as vice president of global inclusion. She will report to Marva Smalls, EVP, global head of inclusion at ViacomCBS, and Raffaele Annecchino, president & CEO of VCNI.

Beckmann (pictured) will be responsible for leading a global team in driving diversity and inclusion strategies and initiatives for VCNI.

Since joining the company in 2017, Beckmann has served as communications director for ViacomCBS Networks Africa, leading corporate, consumer and internal communications across the continent.

Beckmann has championed thought leadership and employee engagement on initiatives that drive change through youth culture-led edutainment on gender-based violence, human rights and mental health through the BET International Global Good Award at the BET Awards, Stop The Violence Campaign, MTV Generation Change and MTV Shuga.

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