Paramount To Return To TV Series Production

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman just teased the announcement which he says will be coming “shortly.” The studio’s initiative will be “very small,” beginning with “a project based on one of our film properties,” he said at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom conference. It will enable Paramount to “get back, with very little investment, into the television production business.” Meanwhile he says that Paramount is “helping us to create value throughout Viacom.” Saying that the studio is performing financially at “steady state,” he talked up the SpongeBob SquarePants movie which will kick off a schedule of one animated release per year. “It’s also good for the Nickelodeon brand.” Viacom also sees “tremendous receptivity” overseas to the Paramount Channel. And Dauman says he’s encouraged by upcoming releases including Star Trek and World War Z.

Comments (28)

  • “Very little investment” seems to be Paramount’s model for most things these days.

    Comment by Furious D — Monday March 4, 2013 @ 1:50pm EST  
  • Dauman is “encouraged by upcoming releases including…World War Z!?” If that’s the case, he’s the only one because the stories about how difficult that production is are almost legendary.

    Comment by Brian — Monday March 4, 2013 @ 2:14pm EST  
    • Problematic productions don’t necessarily bode ill for box office prospects. I remember reading about how troubled Titanic was…look how that turned out. Dauman no doubt knows that even if it’s lousy, people will still go and see zombies.

      Comment by Chris — Monday March 4, 2013 @ 3:15pm EST  
  • TV shows adapted on established films have yet to be proven successful. Particulary when putting profit before establishing a quality creative product.

    Comment by George — Monday March 4, 2013 @ 2:32pm EST  
    • Ever hear of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Not a hit movie. Epic hit in television.

      Comment by whataboutbuffy? — Monday March 4, 2013 @ 3:00pm EST  
      • Not really “epic.” Toward the bottom of the Nielsens its whole run, like 50s and 60s. If it had been on a Big Four network it would have gotten cancelled way earlier, or not made it to air at all. Sweet, wet kisses and multiple covers from Entertainment Weekly at the time made it look like it was bigger than it was, too.

        Comment by reality check — Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 2:22am EST  
    • Stargate SG-1: look it up!

      Comment by Jay — Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 1:07pm EST  
  • Fire adam goodman. He’s terrible.

    Comment by jay cee — Monday March 4, 2013 @ 2:43pm EST  
  • i bet it’s a top gun series….

    Comment by Dr Know — Monday March 4, 2013 @ 2:54pm EST  
  • I’d like to see a Mission:Impossible spin-off featuring one of the other teams that could back-story into future movies. I suspect Disney’s future Avengers and Star Wars series will do this.

    Comment by Bazinga — Monday March 4, 2013 @ 3:07pm EST  
    • I’ll second the motion for a new “Mission:Impossible” series

      Comment by Nielsen — Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 12:04am EST  
    • Could they do it without feeding Tom Cruise’s ego?

      Comment by ILDC — Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 12:09am EST  
  • I smell another Star Trek series….

    Comment by twcairns — Monday March 4, 2013 @ 3:09pm EST  
    • me too… but the problem is .. that now all the of the stars in the ST movie are now (and have always been) way too big for a weekly TV show. They’d have to start from scratch again (the fans would revolt), recast (same) or simply go back to the original spate of series (ST, Next Gen, Deep Space, Voyager, Enterprise). I wouldn’t want to be the exec that makes that creative/business decision.

      Comment by andrew — Monday March 4, 2013 @ 3:28pm EST  
      • They’ll ignore the existing series and spin a new crew off Abrams movies, for example with Quinto, Cho or Urban as the lead, everyone else is new, or introduce a character or situation in the upcoming or third movie that can segue into a series. Plenty of ways to piggyback off Abrams’ movies big PR.

        Fans will squall but let’s face it, the success of a new Star Trek series will lie in its appeal to non-fans, the ones who have no idea there have been five series so far (not counting the animated series). The fans were the 3-4M who still watched Enterprise till the bitter end.

        They’ll need three times that number to make it on CBS. I hope they do a deal with Netflix or Amazon and get some streaming revenues in there because I doubt any sci fi series could get survival level ratings on CBS.

        Comment by sffan — Monday March 4, 2013 @ 7:36pm EST  
        • I was one of those 3-4 million, and if they can’t make it on CBS, there’s always the CW. All their best hits are genre shows anyway!

          Comment by Jay — Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 1:12pm EST  
          • Why not first-run?

            Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 11:55pm EST  
          • I think a new Star Trek series would do better on a premium channel like HBO(I believe is owned by CBS). That way they could push their story telling much farther like the original series did. The problem with Broadcast TV nowadays is when a show pushes to far it gets canceled.

            Comment by Rodney — Tuesday July 23, 2013 @ 11:43pm EDT  
    • CBS owns the brand actually.

      Comment by ILDC — Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 12:08am EST  
      • CBS owns the CW: see above!

        Comment by Jay — Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 1:14pm EST  
  • Did I see Star Trek and TV in the same sentence or at least story?

    What CBS and Amazon are doing with Under the Dome would be a nice test case for how to get a pricey niche genre with a big brand name attached to work financially on TV again. (Of course as a Netflix subscriber, I’m hoping that CBS will at least consider them if only to spark a bidding war.)

    Comment by sffan — Monday March 4, 2013 @ 3:44pm EST  
  • “The studio’s initiative will be “very small,” beginning with “a project based on one of our film properties”

    So transformers the TV series?

    Megan or Rosie?

    Comment by Pilot Season 2014 — Monday March 4, 2013 @ 4:27pm EST  
  • Another movie to tv prpoerty, Stargate was a very successful tv series (10 seasons and 2 spin offs).

    Comment by DBHughes — Monday March 4, 2013 @ 10:03pm EST  
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