or


[03/26/18 - 09:01 AM]
Viacom Announces Strategic Partnership with Trevor Noah's Day Zero Productions
Under the long-term deal, Viacom will have exclusive "first look" rights on all projects developed by Noah and Day Zero Productions in all media, including television, feature films, digital and short-form video content.

[via press release from Viacom]

Viacom Announces Strategic Partnership with Trevor Noah's Day Zero Productions

Multi-year Deal Provides for First Look on all Day Zero Projects in all Media Including TV, Feature Films and Short-Form Video

Film Adaptation of "Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood" First Project Under Deal; Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong'o Attached to Star

Viacom to Make Investment in Day Zero

NEW YORK -- Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) today announced a strategic partnership with Day Zero Productions, an international production and distribution company led by Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah." Under the long-term deal, Viacom will have exclusive "first look" rights on all projects developed by Noah and Day Zero Productions in all media, including television, feature films, digital and short-form video content. Viacom will also make an investment in Day Zero.

As part of the expanded relationship, Paramount Players will adapt as a feature film Noah's memoir, "Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood," to which Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong'o is attached to star as Trevor's mother, Patricia. Noah will produce the project through his Day Zero Productions alongside Norman Aladjem, Derek Van Pelt and Sanaz Yamin of Mainstay Entertainment, and Nyong'o through her Eba Productions. South African born Liesl Tommy, who earned a Tony nomination for her work directing Nyong'o in the play "Eclipsed," will direct the film.

Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom, said, "Working with the best, most versatile talent in the entertainment industry is a strategic priority for Viacom, which is why we are thrilled to expand our relationship with Trevor and his creative team at Day Zero with this cross-house partnership. Trevor's creative sensibilities and ability to drive the cultural conversation around issues that matter to our young, global audiences make him an ideal partner for Viacom across every screen we serve. We are particularly proud that 'Born a Crime' will be produced and distributed by Paramount."

Kent Alterman, President of Comedy Central, said, "The degree to which people underestimated Trevor as he took over 'The Daily Show' has made his success all the more meaningful. Seeing audiences on multiple platforms embrace his incredible comedy chops, his thoughtful and nuanced point of view, and his global perspective has been gratifying beyond measure. Trevor has limitless curiosity, vision and passion. He is just getting started."

Trevor Noah added, "I've found a strong and incredibly valuable partnership in Viacom. Our shared vision of bringing diverse cultural conversations and exciting creative projects to the forefront of the entertainment industry and to our constantly expanding audience, continues to strengthen our relationship. I couldn't be more excited to share 'Born a Crime' with Paramount and the very talented Lupita Nyong'o."

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and is the host of the Emmy Award-winning "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" on Comedy Central, for which he is also an executive producer and writer. An international stand-up star, Trevor has performed to sold out audiences on five continents across the globe and has recorded nine stand-up specials, with his most recent, "Afraid of the Dark," debuting last February. His first book, "Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood," was released in November 2016 and became an instant New York Times bestseller, as well as Audible's highest-rated audiobook of 2016. "Born a Crime" received the Thurber Prize for American Humor and two NAACP Image Awards, one for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author and another for Outstanding Literary Work in the Biography/Auto-Biography category.

Noah, who took over as host of "The Daily Show" in September 2015 and recently signed an extension keeping him as host through 2022, earned his first Emmy Award last year for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series for his hosting role on "The Daily Show: Between The Scenes," in addition to Best Host at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards and the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode. During his time at "The Daily Show" he has also received consecutive Writers Guild Award nominations for Comedy/Variety Series, a Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Talk Show, and five NAACP Image Awards, including Outstanding Talk Series and Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information Show. Trevor was also nominated for "Personality of the Year" at the 2014 and 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards and won the award in 2015.

Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, Trevor hosted numerous television shows prior to taking the helm of "The Daily Show," including South Africa's music, television and film awards, and two seasons of his own late-night talk show, "Tonight with Trevor Noah." He was the subject of David Paul Meyer's award-winning documentary film "You Laugh But It's True" which tells the story of his remarkable career in post-apartheid South Africa. Trevor's untitled follow-up to "Born a Crime" will be published by Random House and Audible Studios this Fall and will pick up where "Born a Crime" ends, following his journey from an aspiring young comedian in reborn South Africa to the cusp of global success.

About Viacom

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling entertainment content - including television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, games, consumer products, podcasts, live events and social media experiences - for audiences in 183 countries. Viacom's media networks, including Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., MTV, BET, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, VH1, TV Land, CMT, Logo, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina), Colors (India) and Paramount Channel, reach approximately 4.3 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Paramount Television develops, finances and produces original programming for television and digital platforms.

For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom's company blog at blog.viacom.com, Twitter feed at twitter.com/viacom and Facebook page facebook.com/viacom.





  [march 2018]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[04/25/18 - 01:29 PM]
EPIX Orders Drama Series "Godfather of Harlem"
Written and executive produced by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein, the 10-episode series will star Oscar(R) winner Forest Whitaker who will also executive produce through his company Significant Productions.

[04/25/18 - 01:06 PM]
Ready, Set, Bingo! Play Live Bingo on IFC Thursday Nights
Viewers can play along live by watching the "Bingo Breaks," with balls called by actual IFC employees and special guests, for a chance to win a special "slightly off" prize each week.

[04/25/18 - 11:44 AM]
Investigation Discovery to Air Updated "People Magazine Investigates" Special Regarding the Capture of the Suspected Golden State Killer
Said installment will air this Friday, April 27 at 10:00/9:00c and Sunday, April 29 at 8:00/7:00c.

[04/25/18 - 11:06 AM]
Lifetime Kicks Off June with Two Unscripted Premieres - "Live PD Presents: Women on Patrol" & "Escaping Polygamy"
Look for both series back-to-back beginning Monday, June 4 at 9:00/8:00c.

[04/25/18 - 11:01 AM]
Video: New Key Art and Trailer Revealed for TNT's "Animal Kingdom"
Season three of this bold, adrenaline-fueled hit drama premieres Tuesday, May 29.

[04/25/18 - 11:00 AM]
ABC Announces May Sweeps Programming, Airing Through May 23
On May 21, the winners of "Dancing with the Stars: Athletes" and "American Idol" will be crowned.

[04/25/18 - 10:55 AM]
"Monster Week" Returns to Animal Planet Memorial Day Weekend
Highlights include a two-hour "Finding Bigfoot" special on Sunday, May 27.

[04/25/18 - 10:01 AM]
Discovery's All-New Series "Sticker Shock" Revs Up with Special Premiere Airing Monday, April 30
The series continues with its regular schedule on Wednesday, May 2 at 10:00/9:00c.

[04/25/18 - 09:05 AM]
Sadie Stanley and Sean Giambrone to Star in Live-Action "Kim Possible" Disney Channel Original Movie
The comedy-adventure will go into production this summer and is set to debut in 2019.

[04/25/18 - 09:04 AM]
Nickelodeon Brings Back "Double Dare" in Brand-New Series!
With "Double Dare" remaining an iconic touchstone for its original millennial audiences, the new version will feature the gameplay and challenges they remember, as well as appearances from blasts from the past and stars from today.

[04/25/18 - 09:02 AM]
Video: Welcome Back to Winchester! Netflix's "Dear White People" Vol. 2 Launches May 4
Get a glimpse at the much-anticipated new season with the official season two trailer here.

[04/25/18 - 09:01 AM]
NASCAR(R) Champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Wife Amy Race to Home Reno Victory in New DIY Network Series "Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy"
The four-episode series, which premieres Saturday, June 2, will showcase Dale Jr.'s love of home improvement and Amy's design expertise as they overcome the trials of this massive renovation.

[04/25/18 - 09:00 AM]
Pop Celebrates Five Consecutive Years of Growth with New Upfront Programming Slate
"We are heading into this year's upfront with an ever-growing linear television audience, a premium slate of original content with A-list talent, and carriage across all major distributors and almost every over-the-top service," said Brad Schwartz.

[04/25/18 - 08:17 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Demos "Roseanne" Marathon
The Alphabet's four encores still manage to hold off the competition among adults 18-49.

[04/25/18 - 07:57 AM]
Cooking Channel Heats Up Primetime with a Hot New Season of "Man Fire Food"
The 13 new episodes kick off Wednesday, May 30 with flaming bold flavors.