Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Jewish Business News


Viacom Acquires Minority Stake in Israeli TV Company Ananey

Viacom has an option to acquire a controlling stake in Ananey in the future.


Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a Viacom, unit has acquired a minority stake in Ananey Communications Group, an Israeli pay TV channel provider and content producer.

Financial terms and the size of the stake have not been disclosed.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, an analyst estimated the price tag at below $10 million.

Under the terms of the deal, Viacom has an option to acquire a controlling stake in Ananey in the future.

Please help us out :
Will you offer us a hand? Every gift, regardless of size, fuels our future.
Your critical contribution enables us to maintain our independence from shareholders or wealthy owners, allowing us to keep up reporting without bias. It means we can continue to make Jewish Business News available to everyone.
You can support us for as little as $1 via PayPal at
Thank you.

Ananey and Viacom are long-standing business partners in Israel. Ananey licenses or represents Viacom’s global brands, including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. and represents Viacom’s programming sales and consumer products business.

Under the partnership, Nickelodeon has become Israel’s No. 1 children’s channel and, alongside Nick Jr., reaches 49 percent of its youth audience “due in large part to Ananey’s original local productions for kids and teens, ” the partners said.

Ananey develops television formats and programs for both Israel and international TV markets, including Street Food Around The World, a food and travel show, and The Green Project, a sketch show. One of Ananey’s flagship productions is its daily teen drama The Greenhouse, which has delivered record ratings for Nickelodeon in Israel. Netflix has struck a deal to create an English-language remake.

Ananey also produces digital and interactive content and applications, including the SpongeBob Master mobile app that is available in Israel and Hungary and is expected to launch in the U.K. this year.

“This deal will deepen our partnership with Ananey, which has delivered success for both companies over many years, ” said David Lynn, newly named president and CEO of VIMN. “We are delighted to cement our strong position in this valuable pay TV market and pursue new opportunities with a leading content producer in one of the most dynamic production sectors internationally. We have confidence that the Ananey team will continue to excel in the local and international market and we are excited about what the future will bring.”

Udi Miron, founder and chairman of Ananey, added: “This partnership with Viacom is testimony to the strength and creativity of Ananey Communications Group. After years of successfully representing Viacom in Israel, we are honored to take this partnership one step further; we believe together we will achieve even greater success in Israel and internationally. We look forward to working with Viacom to create new horizons for the traditional pay TV market and for the dynamic digital world and leveraging the strong Israeli startup market to advance our shared digital vision.”



You May Also Like

World News

In the 15th Nov 2015 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:   ·         A new Israeli treatment brings hope to relapsed leukemia...


The Movie The Professional is what made Natalie Portman a Lolita.


After two decades without a rating system in Israel, at the end of 2012 an international tender for hotel rating was published.  Invited to place bids...

VC, Investments

You may not become a millionaire, but there is a lot to learn from George Soros.