Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) is the international division of Viacom. The company oversees the production, broadcasting and promotion of key Viacom brands outside of the United States. These brands include MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, VIVA, Colors and Game One.
The networks headquarters are located in New York City and London. Other international offices are located in Berlin, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Madrid, Milan, Mumbai, Paris, Singapore, Budapest and Sydney amongst others. VIMN's first international offices opened in the late 1980s in London and Amsterdam with the launch of MTV Europe. VIMN was created from a rebrand of Viacom's MTV Networks, which included MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon, to include Comedy Central. Robert Bakish has been President of VIMN since 2011, having held various roles at Viacom since 1997.
Viacom International Media Networks is currently split into 6 regional divisions.
Viacom International Media Networks Asia, ex MTV Networks Asia Pacific is based in Singapore and launched in 1994, it comprises three distinctly branded television channels, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and VH1 in the Asia Pacific region reaching more than 300 million households. Since its inception on 1 January 1994, MTV Networks Asia Pacific has been providing localized channels for young audiences across Asia and Australia. Initially established as two MTV channels (MTV Asia and MTV Mandarin), MTV Networks businesses have crossed the continent and every delivery platform by catering to audiences with localized programming in eight different languages across ten MTV channels, eight Nickelodeon channels, four VH1 channels and numerous branded programming blocks across the Asia-Pacific region. The company’s localization initiatives were pioneering and its rapid growth in Asia significantly contributed to MTV becoming the world’s largest television network.
MTV Networks Asia Pacific comprises 17 websites and 21 channels which are seen via 24-hour and programming blocks in various parts of Asia. Unlike the European and Latin American divisions, which are regulated by the headquarters' country main regulating body, the MTV Networks Asia channels are regulated by the individual country's regulation body.
Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe is a regional division of Viacom International Media Networks. It operates in the Dutch speaking part of the Benelux (Netherlands, Flanders in Belgium), Germany, Austria, German speaking part of Switzerland, the Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden), the Baltic (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), Poland and Ukraine.
On September 16, 2011 it was confirmed by Viacom International Media Networks its operations in the Nordic countries, Benelux region and Germany would operate under Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe. VIMN Northern Europe operates from its central offices in Amsterdam, Stockholm and Berlin. Resulting in job losses at its offices at MTV Networks Benelux in Belgium and the Netherlands. The re-alignment will see all music programming come from its operations in Stockholm. Its Swedish offices operate local channels such as MTV and VH1 within VIMN North European's portfoilio of music channels. All kids and family programming operates from Berlin these include localized versions of Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Kindernet. Whilst all the localized Comedy Central channels will be operated from Amsterdam. VIMN North European's portfolio includes the following territories: Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland (German speaking part). MTV's Amsterdam offices will remain open and will act as the technical play-out hub for the channels as well.
Viacom International Media Networks Africa (previously MTV Networks Africa) is a subsidiary of Viacom.
In November 1998, Viacom International Media Networks Europe; then MTV Networks Europe announced the creation of Nickelodeon in Africa. The channel would broadcast along with MTV Europe. A programming block launched on July 1, 1999, here Nickelodeon shows aired on MNET's children's block K-TV. In 2005, K-TV decided to cease broadcasting Nickelodeon produced programming. In 2008, VIMN Africa decided to launch a 24-hour channel across Africa.
also see Viacom International Media Networks The Americas Viacom International Media Networks The Americas (VIMN The Americas, formerly MTV Networks Latin America, or MTVNLA) is a subsidiary of Viacom-owned Viacom International Media Networks. VIMN The Americas' operational headquarters is located in Miami, FL, USA soon to be relocated to Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina. As currently being based in the United States, all VIMN The Americas channels are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. broadcast regulator, despite not yet transmitting for the United States.
On 1 May 2014, Viacom acquired Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd, and its current channels are:
United Kingdom & Ireland
BET UK and Ireland
Comedy Central Africa
Australia and New Zealand
Comedy Central Australia & New Zealand
Comedy Central Belgium
Comedy Central Brazil
Germany, Switzerland & Austria
Comedy Central Germany, Switzerland & Austria
Comedy Central (India)
Comedy Central (Israel)
Comedy Central (Italy)
Comedy Central (Latin America)
Comedy Central Norway
Comedy Central (Romania)
Comedy Central Spain
Comedy Central (Sweden)
China & Taiwan
MTV Hungary relaunched in October 2017.
MTV Southeast Asia
United Kingdom and Ireland
MTV UK launched on 1 July 1997 it currently broadcasts 8 channels in the UK these are, MTV (UK and Ireland), MTV Base, MTV Classic, MTV Dance, MTV Hits, MTV Live, MTV Music, MTV OMG and MTV Rocks.
MTV Adria (serving Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia)
Australia & New Zealand
MTV Hits Australia & New Zealand
MTV Czech Republic
Lithuania & Latvia
MTV Lithuania & Latvia
MTV Middle East
MTV Classic Poland
Australia & New Zealand
Nickelodeon Australia & New Zealand
Nickelodeon Czech Republic
Nickelodeon South Korea
UK & Ireland
Nickelodeon UK & Ireland
Nick Jr. (Australia)
Nick Jr. (Croatia)
Paramount Channel Brazil
Paramount Channel France
Paramount Channel Hungary
Paramount Channel Italy
Paramount Channel Poland (formerly Viacom Blink!)
Paramount Channel Romania
Paramount Channel Russia
Paramount Channel Spain
Paramount Channel Sweden
United Kingdom and Ireland
VH1 UK & Ireland
Game One is a French television channel which launched in September 1998. It shows programs based on video gaming and Japanese anime.
Paramount Comedy Russia
Paramount Comedy Ukraine
VIVA Media GmbH (until 2004 VIVA Media AG) is 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 original concurrent 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 per cent of the channels output consists of Austrian music, Chartshows and lifestyle programming taloried to the Austrian market. The channels marketing and promotion are done by Goldback Media. Prior to 2012, VIVA Germany aired across Austria with localized advertising and sponsorship for Austria.
From 8 September 2014 VIVA will air between 6 am and 5 pm.In the time between 5 pm and 6 am the program of Comedy Central Austria will be shown. Until October 2014 there will be a simulcast broadcast of the program of Comedy Central on the shared frequency with Nickelodeon (8.15 pm to 5.45 am) and on the VIVA-frequency (5 pm to 6 am).
VIVA Hungary was a 24-hour music and entertainment channel (it was 10 hours before May 2001). The channel was launched on 27 June 1997 as Z+. Like its sister channels, the channel features localised music videos, programming, presenters and chart shows. It had more changes on 2 April 2012. The channel ended broadcast in 3 October 2017 replaced by the pan-European MTV Music.
VIVA Poland previously VIVA Polska! was a Polish 24h music and entertainment channel from Viacom, the channel was officially launched on June 10, 2000 by the German VIVA Media AG. On July 17, 2012 VIVA Poland switched to 16:9 picture format and started to use the new logo. Until July 17, 2012 the channel has broadcast FTA on Eutelsat Hot Bird 13A. In 2014, the station cancelled local production programmes. In 2015 - 2017, the station cancelled all reality programmes and continued playing only EDM (Electronic Dance Music) music. Before the new broadcast schedule, the station was playing Polish and international pop, dance, rock and hip hop music. The station ceased broadcasting in October 2017, the station was replaced by a localised version of MTV Music.