Viacom (short for Video & Audio Communications) is an American entertainment company. It started in 1970 as Viacom International, the syndication division of CBS TV (which they once owned). In 2005, Viacom split into two companies: the original company was renamed CBS Corporation, and a new company keeping the Viacom name was created. They own Paramount Pictures, Spelling Productions, DreamWorks (DreamWorks SKG) MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Neopets, Peanuts, The Addams Family, Kids Incorporated, Blue's Clues, Nelvana, Evil Dead, Rugrats, All Grown Up!, Shrek, Hey Arnold!, Charlotte's Web and others. They formerly owned the movie rental giant Blockbuster Entertainment.
|Traded as||NASDAQ: VIA NASDAQ: VIAB|
S&P 500 Component
|Founded||See Viacom (original)|
January 3, 2006
|Sumner M. Redstone|
Philippe P. Dauman
(President & CEO)
|Products||Cable television, broadcasting, radio, publishing, movies, and web portals|
Number of employees
|Parent||National Amusements (80%)|
|Divisions||Viacom Media Networks |
Viacom International Media Networks
|Subsidiaries||BET Networks |
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Viacom 18 (50% in a joint venture with Network 18)
- "Viacom Inc. 2013 Annual Report Form (10-K)" (XBRL). United States Securities and Exchange Commission. November 14, 2013.
- "Viacom Inc. 2014 Q2 Quarterly Report Form (10-Q)" (XBRL). United States Securities and Exchange Commission. May 1, 2014.