The free-to-air channel launches on American Independence Day, July 4th.
“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.” – Jill Offman, EVP Comedy Central and Paramount Network International
Earlier this month Viacom – owners of networks such as Channel 5 and MTV – announced the launch of Paramount Network, a free-to-air UK destination offering premium scripted drama, comedy and movies featuring well known personalities and actors. The UK station is the third Paramount Network to launch following America and Spain. There are also eleven locally scheduled versions of Paramount Channel internationally. Paramount is one of Viacom’s flagship global brands including Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon.
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 stateside drama from creator/executive producer Aaron Korsh and starring Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty and Meghan Markle. Earlier episodes of the saga 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 both joining the schedules later in the year.
“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.” – Ben Frow, Director of Programming, Channel 5 and Paramount Network
Paramount Network will launch in the UK on Freeview (57), Sky (159), BT (57) and TalkTalk (57) platforms. You can see the teaser trailer below.