Tuesday, February 09, 2021

VIS Distribution Adds Ananey Studios Content to Portfolio

Following its parent company’s April 2020 acquisition of leading Israeli media company Ananey Communications Group (Ananey Studios), ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) Distribution has augmented its sales catalogue with over 750 episodes of content including teen live-action series, entertainment formats and kids’ and pre-school shows.

Ananey Communications owns and operates six local pay TV channels for which it produces a broad range of youth, children’s, lifestyle and entertainment content. Ananey also manages and operates under license local versions of VCNI’s flagship pay-TV brands, including Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, MTV, and Comedy Central, as well as representing an additional seven VCNI channels for affiliate sales in Israel. In addition to producing content for its own and VCNI’s channels in Israel, Ananey also produces for third parties both in Israel and internationally. The acquisition followed ViacomCBS’s previous purchase of a minority stake in the company in December 2016.

Amongst the titles being newly distributed by VIS Distribution as finished tapes or available as format for adaptation are recently launched kids’ sitcom Unsupervised, about four spoiled siblings left home along; and teen adventure series Rising; set at a training and recruitment center for kids in 1946, two years before the State of Israel was founded; and The Hood, a teen drama set in a low-income neighborhood in a wealthy Israeli district. Also part of the portfolio are Greenhouse Academy, a US-English remake of Nickelodeon Israel's hit series The GreenhouseCraft Party (Hebrew and English versions) and Rescue Team.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our VIS catalogue with Ananey’s complementary range of content,” commented Lauren Marriott, senior vice president, VIS Distribution. “Israel is renowned as a hub for high-end productions and Ananey is equally recognised as a well-established and prolific producer of local and global scripted and entertainment content, which we’re confident new audiences around the world will find irresistible.”

“We can’t wait for viewers outside of Israel to fall in love with more of our content,” added Orly Atlas-Katz, CEO, Ananey Communications. “The inclusion of our titles in the ViacomCBS International Studios Distribution catalogue is a great show of confidence in kids’ series coming out of Israel and we couldn’t be more excited to get them to new audiences around the world.”

Originally published: Tuesday, February 09, 2021.

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