Viacom and Network18 form JV in India

Viacom and Network18 form JV in India


Mumbai: US-based entertainment content provider Viacom and media conglomerate Network18 have entered into a 50:50 joint venture (JV) in India, the formalities of which have all been completed.

As per the transaction structure, BK Holding Mauritius Ltd, a wholly-owned TV18 subsidiary, would infuse $50.50 million into the JV company Viacom18. Additionally, Global Broadcast News (GBN), would infuse $40 million over the next three years.

GBN has acquired warrants convertible into equity shares of the company. It has also entered into an option agreement as per which GBN would be able to acquire the entire shareholding of BK Holding Mauritius from TVI8’s subsidiary.

Upon the excercise of this option, GBN’s shareholding (including indirect holding) in Viacom 18 would aggregate to 50%.

“Viacom’s inherent creativity and Network18’s operational excellence make a potent combination that places Viacom18 in an enviable position in the Indian entertainment space, to entertain India’s burgeoning film and television audiences," Network18 Managing Director Raghav Bahl said.

Viacom18 would be managed by a six-member board with equal representation by Viacom and Network18.