Twenty years ago, at the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, leaders from over 180 nations took a stand for equal rights for women globally. Then First Lady Hillary Clinton made the historic declaration that “Women’s rights are human rights.” Two decades later, the Gates Foundation and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation joined forces on the No Ceilings project in an unprecedented data aggregation and analysis effort. They sought to measure the gains made for women and girls and the gaps that remain. The project recently released the “No Ceilings Full Participation Report,” an online collection of interactive and sharable information, visualizations, and four compelling short films produced by Viacom’s very own Scratch.
Nickelodeon Unveils First-Ever Animation Scholarship Program in Partnership with Get Schooled to Award One Talented Young Animator a $25,000 Scholarship
Nickelodeon has partnered with Get Schooled, our education foundation co-founded by Viacom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to award one skilled and innovative animator with a $25,000 scholarship by creating an original animated short. This partnership marks the first-ever animation scholarship program between the two organizations, which will help elevate and support the brightest up and coming animators by giving them an opportunity to submit their story. Read More
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) today announced the launch of its new international study TV RE[DEFINED]. The study, unveiled this morning at Cable Congress by Christian Kurz, VP Research, Insights and Reporting, VIMN, explores how viewers are redefining their relationship with television. The study also explores how people watch television in this transforming viewing environment, how they discover content and how their habits around television are evolving. Read More
Marriage Equality Goes To The Supreme Court Once Again: Viacom Joins 378 Employers And Organizations In A Submission To The Court
Back in 2013, the Supreme Court considered whether a federal law called the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional. DOMA said that, for purposes of federal benefits that go to married couples, only opposite-sex married couples were entitled to those benefits even if a same-sex couple had married in a state that recognized such marriages. Viacom and 277 other companies and organizations made a submission to the Court arguing that it was unfair to companies and their same-sex married employees to require that they be treated differently from opposite-sex married employees when it came to federal benefits relating to health insurance, protected leave, retirement and other things. In June of that year in a case called Windsor, the Court held that DOMA denied same-sex married couples equal protection under the law and so was unconstitutional. We were proud to have had a small part in making that decision possible.
A group of Viacom colleagues woke up early this morning to attend the inaugural Cynopsis Social Good Awards, which celebrates programs within the TV industry that improve our community. Viacom Velocity, MTV, BET and Nickelodeon took top prizes in a range of categories. Here’s a look at some of the impactful efforts honored.