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Paramount International Networks

Paramount International Networks
  • MTV Networks International (1987–2011)
  • Viacom International Media Networks (2011–2019)
  • ViacomCBS Networks International (2019–2022)
Key people
  • Raffaele Annecchino (President and CEO, International Networks, Studios, and Streaming)
ParentParamount Media Networks
(Paramount Global)
DivisionsParamount Networks UK & Australia
Paramount Networks EMEAA
Paramount Networks Americas
SubsidiariesViacom18 (49%)

Paramount International Networks (PIN) is the international division of Paramount Global. The division oversees the production, broadcasting and promotion of key Paramount's brands outside of the United States. These brands include Paramount Network, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, BET and Colors TV, as well as CBS-branded channels, which are co-owned with AMC Networks International. PIN also owns a 30% stake in the Rainbow S.p.A. animation studio in Italy, as well as a 49% stake in an Indian joint venture with domestic partner TV18, Viacom18.

The networks' headquarters are located in New York City and London. Other international offices are located in São Paulo, Berlin, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Madrid, Milan, Mumbai, Paris, Singapore, Budapest, Belgrade, and Sydney amongst others. Its first international offices opened in the late 1980s in London and Amsterdam with the launch of MTV Europe. It was created from a rebrand of Viacom's MTV Networks, which included MTV, BET, VH1 and Nickelodeon, to include Comedy Central.

Before being promoted to CEO of Viacom, Robert Bakish was President of VIMN from 2011 to 2016, having held various roles at Viacom since 1997. The division is currently led by Raffaele Annecchino, who joined the company in 1997.


As of January 2020, Paramount International Networks is split into two brand groups (Entertainment and Youth Brands, Kids and Family), and three regional hubs (UK & Australia, EMEAA, and Americas).

United Kingdom and Australia

Paramount Networks UK & Australia is a subsidiary of Paramount Global, headquartered in London.

Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia

Paramount Networks EMEAA (formerly MTV Networks Europe, Viacom International Media Networks Europe and ViacomCBS Networks EMEAA) is a subsidiary of Paramount Global which serves Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

It currently consists of the following branches:

  • Paramount Networks Northern Europe, which serves Benelux (the Netherlands, Belgium), Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden), Ireland, DAPOL (Germany, Austria, Poland), German-speaking Switzerland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Ukraine, and Russia.
  • Paramount Networks Southern Europe, Middle East, and Africa (SWEMEA), which serves France, French-speaking Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Middle East, and Africa.
    • Paramount Networks Italia, a division that was founded in 2011 in order for Viacom to purchase a 30% ownership stake in the Rainbow S.p.A. animation studio.


Viacom18 is a joint venture between Paramount Global and TV18, which operates the former's television brands in India along with homegrown brand Colors.

The Americas

Paramount Networks Americas (formerly MTV Networks Latin America, Viacom International Media Networks The Americas and ViacomCBS Networks Americas) is a regional subsidiary of Paramount International Networks. Its operational headquarters is located in Miami, Florida, the US soon to be relocated to Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia. As currently being based in the United States, all PNA channels are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. broadcast regulator, despite not yet transmitting for the United States.

Production company

In 2016, Viacom launched its own subsidiary Viacom International Studios, which have its headquarters in Miami. Its first production was I Am Frankie for Nickelodeon. Following the Viacom-CBS merger, it was rebranded to ViacomCBS International Studios. On June 24, 2020, both ViacomCBS International Studios and sister sibling Miramax is planning on to co-produce The Turkish Detective, the series adaptation of the novels. On September 2, 2020, it returned to production with Mexico's backdoor structure On October 7, 2020, it is revealed that it would streamline its international sales structure. On November 30, 2021, the studio launched a first-look deal program with five British writers to amplify diverse voices.

Channel 5 (United Kingdom)

On 1 May 2014, Viacom acquired Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd, and its current channels are:


Current channels

Former Channels

Colors TV

Comedy Central

Current channels

Former Channels

  • Denmark
  • Comedy Central Denmark
  • Czech Republic
  • Prima Comedy Central


Current channels

Former channels

Network 10 (Australia)

One of Australia's three commercial free-to-air channels. Ten Network Holdings was bought by CBS Corporation on 16 November 2017, becoming part of ViacomCBS Networks International following the 2019 Viacom merger.




Current channels

- launched in 5th April 2022 in Kazakh.

  • Ukraine
  • Nickelodeon Ukraine Pluto TV

Former channels

Nick Jr.

Current channels

Former channels


Current channels

Former channels

  • Latin America
  • Nicktoons Latin America


Current channels

  • Hungary
  • TeenNick Hungary
  • Latin America
  • TeenNick Latin America
  • Poland
  • TeenNick Poland
  • Romania
  • TeenNick Romania

Former channels

  • Netherlands
  • TeenNick Netherlands


  • Poland
  • NickMusic Poland

Paramount Network

Current channels

Former channels


Current channels

Former channels

  • Middle East and North Africa
  • VH1

Other networks


Game One

  • Game One is a French television channel that launched in September 1998. It shows programs based on video gaming, pop culture and Japanese anime.


  • J-One is a French television channel launched on 4 October 2013. It is dedicated to Asian anime and culture.


  • Super! is an Italian free channel that airs children's programming, which is mostly taken from Nickelodeon.


CBS International (co-owned with AMC Networks International)

Former networks


VIVA Media GmbH (until 2004 VIVA Media AG) was a music television network originating from Germany. It was founded as an alternative to MTV by Time Warner executives Tom McGrath and Peter Bogner with Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher from DoRo Productions, which created music videos. The channel was a broadcast of VIVA Germany as VIVA Media AG in 1993 and has been owned by their former competitor Viacom, the parent company of MTV, since 2004. Viva channels exist in some European countries; the first spin-offs were launched in Poland and Switzerland in 2000.

VIVA Austria was launched in May 2012, 15% of the channel's programming consists of Austrian music, music tops, and lifestyle programming focused on the Austrian market. The channels marketing and promotion are managed by Goldback Media. Before 2012, VIVA Germany aired across Austria with localized advertising and sponsorship for Austria.

VIVA Germany

German-speaking Switzerland
VIVA Switzerland

VIVA Poland was a Polish music channel launched on 10 June 2000 by the German VIVA Media AG. On 17 July 2012, the channel stopped being an FTA network and was pulled off from Eutelsat Hot Bird 13A satellite. In 2014, the station canceled local production shows. In 2015 - 2017, the station canceled all reality TV shows and continued playing only electronic dance music. Before the new broadcast schedule, the station was playing Polish and international pop, dance, rock, and hip hop music.

VIVA Hungary was a music channel launched on 27 June 1997 as Z+. Like its sister channels, the channel features localized music videos, programming, presenters, and chart shows. The channel started to use the new logo on 2 April 2012. The channel ended broadcast on 3 October 2017 replaced by MTV Music.

The Box was originally a Dutch music channel, which allowed viewers to vote on music videos. It was owned by VIVA Media. It launched in 1995 and was replaced by Comedy Central in 2007.

United Kingdom & Ireland
VIVA UK & Ireland was launched on 26 October 2009, replacing TMF, and ceased broadcasting on 31 January 2018.


CBS International (co-owned with AMC Networks International)

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