Viacom Shines at the NYC PRIDE Parade

Viacom employees were out in full force this past Sunday, wearing their pride on their sleeves at the annual New York City Pride March. With our EMERGE LGBT resource group and Logo network, our teams brought their spirit to the walk, dancing down Fifth Avenue to the beat of the Logo float.

From 39th street to the West Village, the air buzzed with energy and excitement. Spectators’ cheers and jubilation filled the air in the wake of Friday’s historic Supreme Court ruling. Back in March, Viacom joined 378 companies and organizations in a submission to the Supreme Court arguing in support of marriage equality.

We asked Viacomers at the Parade what the ruling and marching with Viacom meant to them.

“Marching in the NYC Pride March was so special this year as our community celebrated nationwide marriage equality. But nowhere were the cheers louder, the energy higher or the smiles bigger than the Viacom, Emerge and Logo marching groups! I not only felt LGBT Pride, but Viacom pride – to know that I am part of a company where the LGBT community is not only included, but celebrated!”
– Rich Ferraro, Sr. Director, Public Affairs & Communications, Logo

“I’m proud and honored to be part of a community that champions LGBT rights in so many awesome ways. And a special and timely shout out to Legal for all of the amicus briefs supporting the cause, especially in Friday’s Supreme Court victory.”
– Heidi Naunton, VP Sr Counsel & Asst Secretary, Viacom

“It’s incredible to work for a company that’s so supportive of people bringing their whole selves to work, and so amazing to be part of this tremendous moment, when the Supreme Court and the majority of the country have finally embraced my community.”
– Matthew Schwartz, Counsel, Viacom

“It is a great affirmation that Viacom is and always has been so supportive of the LGBT community.”
– Gabriel Carrillo, Director, Creative & Marketing Solutions, Viacom Velocity

Check out our employees in action and their Pride creative t-shirt designs below:

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The 2015 BET Awards Dazzle and Electrify

The newly minted Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles was on fire Saturday night as the 15th annual BET Awards came to town. It was a night full of phenomenal performances, heartfelt speeches and unforgettable moments. The night’s top winners included Kendrick Lamar for Best Male Hip Hop Artist and in a three-way tie, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown won three awards each, followed by Oscar-winning film “Selma” and FOX’s “Empire,” which each took home two awards.

The evening also featured some throwback moments that paid tribute to the legends. Legendary recording artist and Motown executive Smokey Robinson received the Lifetime Achievement Award. He also performed “Tracks of My Tears,” “Cruisin’,” and a crowd sing-along to “My Girl,” with Tori Kelly, Robin Thicke and Ne-Yo. Check it out:


Hosts Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson captivated the crowd the entire night, thanks to their riffs on a range of hot topics and impersonating celebrities from Sam Smith to Cookie and Lucius from “Empire.” For a complete list of award winners and more information, click here.

What Happens Here Stays Here (Unless You Tune In): Guys Choice Awards 2015

What’s it like to work the Spike Guys Choice Awards? Spike’s Christi Angel reports back after attending the event for her first time. Sound cool? Check out the full show here.

That moment when Terrance Howard graciously offers to take a selfie represents the good times at the Guys Choice Awards -where anything goes. Yes, this was the best inaugural moment for my first show with Spike.

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Belmont Lights Illuminate Viacom Headquarters For a Good Cause

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Fresh off an appearance on NBC’s The Today Show, rock quartet Belmont Lights made their way across Time Square to Viacom headquarters June 22 for a special performance. The reason? The San Diego natives are VH1 Save The Music Ambassadors and participants in the first-ever Viacommunity Music That Matters Concert to benefit the foundation.
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