Only 2 days to go! Viacom Announces The Launch Of PARAMOUNT NETWORK In The UK with the Premiere of Marvel’s AGENT CARTER
New free-to-air channel launches on American Independence Day
Only 2 days to go until the launch of the fabulous new channel, Paramount Network. Think blockbuster movies and exciting US dramas – all on a free to air channel featuring the sorts of things you’d usually have to pay for as part of your subscription package.
Viacom International Media Networks UK (VIMN UK) today announces the launch of Paramount Network, the brand new free-to-air UK destination offering premium scripted drama, high quality comedy and movies featuring some of the brightest stars.
Launching on 4th July, it’s the channel with big stories and big characters for adults of all ages with strong appeal to Generation X, Millennials and fans of cinematic storytelling, iconic moments and non-stop action.
The channel will be scheduled and programmed by the Channel 5 editorial team under the direction of Ben Frow, Channel 5 Director of Programmes. The international roll out is being overseen by Jill Offman, EVP Comedy Central and Paramount Network International.
Paramount Network is the home of various free-to-air premieres, including the seventh season of SUITS, the critically-acclaimed US drama from creator/executive producer Aaron Korsh and starring Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty and Meghan Markle. Earlier seasons of SUITS will also air on the Paramount Network, allowing fans to catch the series from the very beginning.
Confirmed to premiere on the channel is brand new Kiefer Sutherland drama DESIGNATED SURVIVOR and US comedy series THE MICK starring Kaitlin Olsen (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), both joining the slate later in the year.
Ben Frow, Director of Programming, Channel 5, overseeing the UK launch of Paramount Network said “Paramount Network is set to deliver high end Hollywood entertainment with blockbuster movies, scripted drama and critically acclaimed comedy featuring some of the biggest names on the planet. Supported by Channel 5’s creative scheduling and audience insight and underpinned by Viacom’s brand-building expertise, Paramount Network is a popular premium content destination in a free-to-air world.”
Jill Offman, EVP Comedy Central and Paramount Network International said “Launching on TV screens in the UK is another critical milestone for the Paramount Network brand, which we’re convinced will resonate strongly with British viewers given Paramount’s distinguished and successful history of epic, cinematic story-telling for global audiences. Delivering free-to-air content to millions of UK households, underlines our belief that, despite the growing popularity of on-demand, viewers continue to value highly TV channels that offer an intelligently scheduled linear line up of quality entertainment.”
Paramount Network is home to box-office smashes; from WAR OF THE WORLDS, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN and DANCES WITH WOLVES to critically acclaimed and cult classics THE SHINING, THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY and JACKIE BROWN to much loved titles including PRINCE OF TIDES, GROUNDHOG DAY and ROXANNE.
The channel also plays host to the premiere of LIP SYNC BATTLE US including the huge Michael Jackson special from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The network’s slate also includes action drama SIX, fantasy drama HEROES REBORN, and the Emmy® Award-winning comedy WILL & GRACE.
The UK becomes the third Paramount Network after the US and Spain, and there are separately 11 locally scheduled versions of Paramount Channel internationally. Paramount is one of Viacom’s flagship global brands including Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon and its fastest growing international entertainment brand.
Paramount Network will launch in the UK on Freeview (57), Sky (159), BT (57) and TalkTalk (57) platforms.
Agent Carter Ep 1 Synopsis – Now Is Not The End - tx 4th July 8pm on Paramount Network
It’s 1946 and peace has dealt Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy finds herself stuck doing administrative work when she would rather be back out in the field, putting her vast skills into play and taking down the bad guys. But she is also trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life, Steve Rogers – aka Captain America. When old acquaintance Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper, “Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger”) finds himself being framed for unleashing his deadliest weapons to anyone willing to pony up the cash, he contacts Peggy — the only person he can trust — to track down those responsible, dispose of the weapons and clear his name. He empowers his butler, Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy), to be at her beck and call when needed to help assist her as she investigates and tracks down those responsible for selling these weapons of mass destruction. If caught going on these secret missions for Stark, Peggy could be targeted as a traitor and spend the rest of her days in prison – or worse.
Marvel’s Agent Carter starts on Paramount Network on launch night at 8pm, then airing weekly Thursdays at 9pm.
About Viacom International Media Networks
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), is comprised of many of the world’s most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Paramount Network. Viacom brands reach more than 3.9 billion cumulative subscribers in 180+ countries and territories via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties, in more than 40 languages. Keep up with VIMN news by visiting the VIMN PR Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/VIMN_PR. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com.