Viacom has struggled in recent years as ratings for its core television networks have slumped and a series of key film releases have underperformed at the box office. After weighing the sale of its Paramount Pictures division, Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) is instead moving ahead with film production as a core component of its turnaround strategy and plans to create better integration between the unit and its other brands including Nickelodeon, MTV, and Comedy Central.

Click through the presentation below for a look at five entertainment franchises that the company will lean on as it tries to get its entertainment business back in shape and orchestrate a comeback.

Cartoon-style version of Optimus Prime from "Transformers" holding a sword.

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