News CBS-Viacom Merger Expected Soon

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by AutoAdmin, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. AutoAdmin

    AutoAdmin Machine of Death Administrator

    Dec 24, 2002
    A new news article has been published at TrekToday:

    We’ve heard rumors for a while about a CBS-Viacom merger and now comes word, via The Hollywood Reporter, that this merger could...

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  2. locborg

    locborg Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Feb 5, 2005
    Could anyone explain the actual impact the merger would have on Star Trek TV screenwriting?
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  3. Retrograde Orbit

    Retrograde Orbit Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    Jul 5, 2010
    Hertfordshire, UK
    I second the above...
  4. Kahlesh

    Kahlesh Captain Captain

    Feb 14, 2019
    As far as I know it just brings the moves and TV shows back under the same umbrella. I'm not sure why some people are so happy about this I doubt it changes anything really.
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  5. Seven of Five

    Seven of Five S'all Good, Man! Premium Member

    May 1, 2001
    That's it pretty much. I think the people most happy with this are CBS All Access in terms of content to appeal to potential subscribers.

    Won't it mean, in theory, future films will have the potential to actually reference stuff happening in the shows? I mean I think Star Trek has always been better on TV, but with someone other than Rick Berman overseeing it, the potential is there.
  6. mos6507

    mos6507 Commodore Commodore

    Dec 22, 2010
    Biggest aspect for Trek would be merchandising would be unified so the steady cash-cow of legacy prime-Trek merch would be as good for Paramount as it would CBS and vice-versa. This would eliminate the need to differentiate new continuities/reboots/remakes specifically for merch purposes (not that JJ or Kurtzman Trek has ever made much in merch on its own).
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  7. Doc Mugatu

    Doc Mugatu Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jul 22, 2018
    For me there was never any doubt that this would happen (in fact it was stupidity on Moonves' part in delaying it). The next step, after consolidation, is to buy Netflix. Netflix is losing a lot content due to their suppliers starting their own streaming services, however, their global infrastructure is of great value. What is going to catch up to Netflix though is their deficit spending. They are spending billions more than they are taking in to create a library of content. A library that, on it's own, is still relatively small. If CBS/Viacom doesn't do it then someone else will.
  8. Doc Mugatu

    Doc Mugatu Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jul 22, 2018
    It throws into question who will be in charge of the franchise. Will those on the TV side/CBS All-Access determine the direction or will the those in charge of the motion picture side decide the overall fate? Will they be kept separate or unified in the name of "synergy"?
  9. C.E. Evans

    C.E. Evans Admiral Admiral

    Nov 22, 2001
    Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
    Separating them in the first place was an exercise in trying to please everyone, but ultimately not pleasing anyone, IMO.
  10. peteym5

    peteym5 Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Jun 12, 2010
    This is actually a Re-Merger. They two companies split into two publicly traded companies around 2005. This is how CBS is holding production rights to Star Trek, primarily Television, and Paramount still has production rights, primarily Motion Picture. I am not sure of the details and understand everything correctly, but had gathered CBS can produce movies and Paramount can produce a series if either desires. CBS holds home video distribution rights.
  11. Lord Garth

    Lord Garth Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 7, 2011
    Aug 10, 1999
    I think separating TV Continuity and Film Continuity was the right move. After CBS and Paramount remerge, they should still be separate. If they're going to borrow a page from Marvel, then they should have the Marvel Cinematic Universe and then the TV Universe. Assuming that's the way they do it over there.

    It's the other way around. CBS has TV, Paramount has the Movies. But everything else you said is right.
  12. aaronbossig

    aaronbossig Ensign Red Shirt

    Jul 16, 2019
    Oklahoma City
    It's been said that the reasons the JJ movies were "different" was that Paramount had to make them "legally distinct", but that never really held water with me. Regardless, it would be nice to have this nonsense behind us.
  13. XCV330

    XCV330 Premium Member

    Sep 24, 2017
    CBS/Viacom will be in a stronger position and that's good for Trek. This is a good time for Trek to unify with what appears to be the end of the Kelvin-verse films.