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Smithsonian Channel makes staff cuts

The Smithsonian Channel has been hit with staff reductions at its Washington HQ. Local reports say that Smithsonian’s editorial team has been badly affected by a sizeable number of staff cuts. The lay-offs follow on from the Showtime/Paramount combination and – besides a 25 per cent headcount reduction – has also resulted in redefining its […]

May 16, 2023By Chris Forrester

Paramount+ launches in Italy

SVoD service Paramount+ is launching in Italy with more than 8,000 hours of entertainment. Paramount Global has unveiled a content line-up that it says provides a broad slate for the whole family, spanning new and exclusive Paramount+ originals, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from Paramount’s iconic brands and production studios – including […]

September 15, 2022By Colin Mann

ViacomCBS, Comcast distribution agreements

ViacomCBS and Comcast Cable have reached comprehensive distribution agreements to deliver ViacomCBS’s full portfolio of broadcast, entertainment, news, and sports programming to Xfinity customers. The multi-year deal features renewed carriage of ViacomCBS’s networks – including CBS Television Network, BET, CBS Sports Network, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop TV, Smithsonian Channel, SHOWTIME, and others […]

January 14, 2022

Smithsonian Channel greenlights Muhammad Ali origin doc

Smithsonian Channel has greenlit the feature length documentary Cassius X: Becoming Ali from leading Scottish indie, Two Rivers Media. Exploring the transformation of Cassius Clay into international boxing icon and activist, Muhammad Ali, Cassius X: Becoming Ali is the first commission from Two Rivers for Smithsonian Channel.  Cassius X: Becoming Ali (2×60 mins for TV broadcast) will be directed by Muta’Ali, the award-winning film director. […]

January 11, 2022

Smithsonian Channel’s Impossible Repairs to debut this autumn

This autumn, Smithsonian Channel delves deep into the guts and bolts of the world’s most innovative, multi-million dollar machines to spotlight the everyday hard hat heroes who oversee their operations in the new original series, Impossible Repairs (6×60’). Hosted by filmmaker, adventurer, and survivalist Mike Davidson, this six-part series spans the globe to give audiences exclusive access […]

August 23, 2021

Smithsonian Channel reveals story behind Israel’s vaccination achievements

From outbreak to lockdown, Israel was at the forefront of rapidly flattening the curve and inspiring the world to follow suit. Smithsonian Channel’s original documentary, VAXXED NATION, produced by Israeli- based leading production company Ananey Studios, provides an intimate look at how Israel – in spite of conflicts – became the world leader in vaccinating its […]

June 28, 2021

Cher & The Loneliest Elephant to premiere on Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel follows the one and only Cher as she races to Pakistan to help save the “world’s loneliest elephant,” Kaavan. The global superstar lends the power of her celebrity and her enormous drive to a cause that grew out of a global social media campaign, backed by expert wildlife veterinarians, animal aid groups and […]

March 24, 2021

ViacomCBS expands Hulu distribution deal

ViacomCBS has confirmed a new distribution agreement that adds more content from ViacomCBS’s portfolio of news, entertainment and sports networks to Hulu’s live TV subscription streaming service, Hulu + Live TV. The comprehensive, multi-year deal includes continued carriage of CBS broadcast stations, CBS Sports Network, Pop TV, Smithsonian Channel, and The CW, as well as […]

January 5, 2021

Brazil: Smithsonian Channel on BluTV

Smithsonian Channel, a network dedicated to the factual genre in Latin America, has expanded its presence in Brazil by launching on BluTV. “It’s an extraordinary time for the world, and our entertaining and informative range of premium factual content has never been more valuable to people,” said David Royle, EVP, Chief Programming Officer, Smithsonian Channel. […]

October 30, 2020

Smithsonian Channel sees record ratings

Smithsonian Channel has announced record ratings for Q3 in the UK, and two new co-productions Following its UK launch in February 2019 on Sky, Virgin, Freeview and Freesat, the Channel has established itself as a key player in the documentary and factual entertainment genres, delivering steady month-to-month growth and attracting leading production companies, on-screen talent […]

October 16, 2020