The path from wide-eyed baby squatting in front of an antenna-topped tube TV airing Nickelodeon to animation-creating DePaul University student is a long one, occupied by the myriad experiences that make a life. But, in this delightful 2:25 animated short, college student Dawn Adepoju winds her two-decade narrative into a colorful and compelling story documenting the powerful influence Nickelodeon has exercised over her creative life.
CEO Philippe Dauman spent Monday morning at Viacom’s Paris office, hearing the stories of local employees and expressing his support of the French people after the November 13 attacks that struck the capital. Thankfully, no Viacom employees were injured in the attacks. Employees of MTV France and Nickelodeon France, as well as the entire French Viacom International Media Network team, kept the channels running without interruption during the very difficult period immediately following the attacks.
Dauman, whose parents emigrated from France to the United States, addressed employees in French, expressing his gratitude and the support of Viacom colleagues in the U.S. and around the world.
“The French employees really appreciated this unexpected visit from Philippe and all the messages of support and solidarity from our colleagues all over the world,” said Mélanie Collombet, who works at the Paris office.
An employee at the morning session captured the photos below.
Viacommunity, in partnership with The Actors Fund, recently hosted Tony Award-winning producer Stewart Lane at Viacom’s global headquarters in Times Square. Lane discussed everything from his first play, In the Wings, to his newest endeavor into the online streaming business, his Broadway HD website.
Lane recalled beginning his career in show business as an actor determined to be cast in a play. His desire drove him to write In the Wings, his first play, for the sole purpose of casting himself in the production. His career as a producer happened more organically. “It didn’t just happen – it evolved,” Lane noted.
The Broadway mainstay’s love for the theatre has expanded into his role as a supporter of The Actors Fund, a nationwide organization that helps all professionals in the performing arts and entertainment industries. The organization’s services include health care, health clinics and career transitioning advice. “I recommend it to anyone in the business that needs help,” Lane raved.
In addition to his credits as a producer and a philanthropist, Lane has added a new business venture to his resume with the creation of his online streaming library of Broadway productions available on the website, Broadway HD. Asked whether his website would hurt Broadway ticket sales, Lane responded, “You will never beat the experience of a live Broadway show.”
His goal is to share the experience of Broadway, not compete with it. “It’s not a movie. It’s not a TV show. It’s something new,” he noted. Eventually, Lane hopes to provide his website for educational purposes to students studying the performing arts.
Lane’s evolution into a successful Broadway producer has spanned 15 Tony nominations and six Tony wins. Asked what it takes to become a successful producer, Lane simply replied, “Tell the best show you can. Don’t try to cater to the audience or the critics, just make a good show!”
Glass walls and bold accents, imaginatively laid-out floors dotted with collaborative areas and private and open work spaces, all of it nested within natural light and tumbling into spectacular Manhattan views – each of these elements and more punctuate the ongoing redesign of Viacom’s New York City headquarters at 1515 Broadway.
Blue Steel is back. Ben Stiller, who brought the devilishly destructive pose into the cultural vernacular as Derek Zoolander in the 2001 hit, is back in Zoolander 2, along with fellow model Hansel McDonald (Owen Wilson) and arch-nemesis Mugatu (Will Ferrell). Penelope Cruz and Kristen Wiig also join the cast as they take another run down the runway and beyond. The film will hit theaters on Feb. 12, 2016.