ViacomCBS Bowing New CBS Dramas on Pluto TV; Expanding Streaming Video Biz in U.K.

ViacomCBS is set to bow free access to two new CBS dramas on AVOD platform Pluto TV, including initial episodes of “The Equalizer,” starring Queen Latifah, after the Super Bowl on Feb. 7; and “Clarice,” starring Rebecca Breeds as the FBI agent from The Silence of the Lambs, on Feb. 11. Pluto TV is projected to reach 30 million active monthly users through 2020.

The new series episodes will also be made available on Amazon Prime Channels and CBS YouTube  channel. ViacomCBS is set to launch Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access) streaming platform, beginning next month in the U.S., followed by Canada, Latin America, Scandinavia and Australia.

Dan Fahy

Separately, ViacomCBS Networks U.K. announced the creation of a new business unit tasked with expanding video streaming business and partnerships, including AVOD subsidiary Pluto TV, SVOD app MTV Play and Nick Jr.’s Noggin platform.

The unit will be led by Dan Fahy, who was promoted to SVP, head of emerging business. Fahy reports to Sarah Rose, who saw her duties expanded to include Chief Operating and Commercial Officer, VCN U.K. Fahy will oversee all U.K. streaming business, including AVOD service, My5 and Pluto TV U.K. — the latter previously run by ViacomCBS’s EMEA management.

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“By uniting all of our critical growth functions under one new and dedicated team, we’re ensuring that our platforms have the capabilities and resource needed to reach their full potential,” Fahy said in a statement.

In addition, Ashley Sennik was named VP of growth for U.K. Streaming, while Akhila Khanna was promoted to VP of partner engagement and business development. Sennik, who most-recently worked at Sky’s Now TV, will spearhead acquisition, engagement and monetization, with Khanna tasked with streaming partnerships and business development.

Sennik jointly reports to Fahy and Marco Nobili, SVP of international marketing and growth for streaming at VCN Americas. Khanna jointly reports to Fahy and Angela Heckman, SVP of streaming revenue and operations at VCN International.