Viacom Follows DISH Renewal By Re-Upping With Cox Communications

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Cox Communications’ millions of subscribers will continue to enjoy programming across MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and 19 other Viacom networks after the two companies reached a renewal and expansion agreement on Friday. The broad agreement will include more content across multiple platforms, including television and mobile devices.

“Cox has consistently been a leader in offering advanced features and services to their subscribers, and Viacom’s networks are favorites among those audiences who consume programming on digital devices, whenever and wherever they choose,” said Viacom Executive Chairman and CEO Philippe Dauman. “Viacom and Cox have worked together for many years to provide industry-leading offerings, and are pleased to continue our strong relationship for many years to come.”

The deal underscores the value of Viacom content to our distribution partners just weeks after the company reached a multi-year deal with DISH network that continued that 20-year-old relationship.

LL COOL J on How He Chose His Name, What He Fears, the Three Things Everybody Needs, and More

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

He’s not just the host of Spike’s incredible Lip Sync Battle and the 2,571st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a critical character on NCIS: Los Angeles and a two-time Grammy Award winner (and five-time host!). And he’s not just the thousand other adjectives so easily plucked from the bromide bin to describe him, from elder statesman of hip-hop to movie star, author and philanthropist.

No, LL COOL J is so much more than that.

As a group of Viacom employees found out when the man who laughingly estimates that he is booked “20 years out” sliced a bit of time from his schedule to visit our offices in Times Square on a recent Wednesday. In a nearly hour-long conversation with Spike President Kevin Kay, the man who launched off the New York streets more than three decades ago by tracking Rick Rubin to his NYU dorm room with a demo tape riffed in an incisive, passionate, often hilarious and always genuine manner. Watching him banter with Kay and the audience, it’s not hard to imagine how the man who dubbed himself “Ladies Love Cool J” out of “wishful thinking” willed his way to success in so many ways.

Here, just a couple highlights from his conversation. Watch the video to see the rest. It’s well worth your time.

On early hip-hop’s influence on him: “There was something about hearing these young men that was so empowering… It attracted me to the music, it attracted me to the culture. Hip-hop is a funny art form, because to me, what I learned being raised at home, is all of the cockiness, all of the arrogance, all of the showmanship is for the song. So tomorrow, if I made an album, it would be probably the cockiest, most arrogant, craziest thing you’ve ever heard in your life, but then, when you get away from that, my mother taught me how to be human and to be normal, and to respect people and to have manners, wipe my feet on the mat before I walk in and say hello to somebody’s mother like I have some sense. I fell in love with the whole idea of being strong. When you grow up in somewhere like Queens, you just want to matter. I just wanted to matter.”

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A Global Effort Puts an Exclamation Point on Viacommunity’s 20th Anniversary

BY: Stuart Winchester & Lisa Di Venuta

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Viacommunity volunteers help teach young kids the art of music production. Read More

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VH1 Save The Music Foundation aims to bring music back into schools across America. Read More

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A volunteer helps train a budding musician. Read More

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Viacom employees volunteer their expertise in areas like marketing, legal, and leadership at the Catchafire phone-a-thon. Read More

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Philippe Dauman is one of many Viacommunity volunteers offering skill-based advice during the Catchafire phone-a-thon. Read More

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Philippe Dauman donates his time by giving professional advice at the Catchafire phone-a-thon. Read More

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An employee uses his professional skill set to help others at the Catchafire phone-a-thon. Read More

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Kids have a blast playing with Viacommunity volunteers at the Brooklyn-based nonprofit, Children of Promise. Read More

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A Viacommunity volunteer shares her dance moves with a child at the Brooklyn-based nonprofit, Children of Promise. Read More

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Kids have a blast playing with Viacommunity volunteers at the Brooklyn-based nonprofit, Children of Promise. Read More

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A boy shows off his skills at the Brooklyn-based nonprofit, Children of Promise, on Viacommunity Day. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers work on beatifying the grounds at the City Parks Foundation in Manhattan. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers work on beatifying the grounds at the City Parks Foundation in Manhattan. Read More

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Philippe Dauman and a volunteer check out the progress at the City Parks Foundation in Manhattan. Read More

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The Free Arts NYC Viacommunity Day site captain poses in front of art work from the day. Read More

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Free Arts NYC is a Manhattan-based nonprofit which gives undeserved children and families a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers work on projects at Free Arts NYC. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers at the Grace Institute in Manhattan, a nonprofit providing disadvantaged women tuition-free job training and job placement assistance. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers at the Grace Institute in Manhattan, a nonprofit providing disadvantaged women tuition-free job training and job placement assistance. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers at the Grace Institute in Manhattan, a nonprofit providing disadvantaged women tuition-free job training and job placement assistance. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers practice a routine with kids at Hip Hop 4 Life, a Manhattan-based youth organization focused on positive youth development. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers, including Philippe Dauman, are impressed with the dance moves at Hip Hop 4 Life. Read More

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A volunteer and mentee share an inspiring moment at Hip Hop 4 Life. Read More

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A Viacommunity volunteer scrubs the walls at the Humane Society of New York. Read More

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Viacom employees are grateful to make a difference in this young pup's life at the Humane Society of New York. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers help out at the Humane Society of New York. Read More

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Long Island's North Shore Horse Rescue cares for neglected, abused, or abandoned horses. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers care for a horse at Long Island's North Shore Horse Rescue. Read More

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Viacom employees spruce up the Robert Moses State Park on Long Island. Read More

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Viacom employees spruce up the Robert Moses State Park on Long Island. Read More

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A group of proud Viacommunity volunteers at Robert Moses State Park on Long Island. Read More

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Stop Hunger Now gets food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, and works to end global hunger in our lifetime. Read More

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The Viacommunity captain for Stop Hunger Now prepares boxes of food for humanitarian relief. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers at the Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers at the Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. Read More

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles share the Viacommunity spirit with special-needs children at the Opportunity Preschool on Long Island. Read More

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Local children strike a pose with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this Viacommunity Day. Read More

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Donatello and Leonardo pose with two young fans at the Opportunity Preschool on Long Island. Read More

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Donatello plays around with a Viacommunity volunteer and students at the Opportunity Preschool. Read More

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Parents and students at the Opportunity Preschool are thrilled to spend time with the Turtles. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers, Donatello, and Leonardo helped out at the Opportunity Preschool on Long Island. Read More

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A Viacommunity volunteer helps out at Union Settlement, a nonprofit focused on empowering East Harlem residents of all ages. Read More

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A group of Viacom employees dedicated their time to brighten up the Remington Clubhouse gymnasium at the New Rochelle Boys and Girls Club. Read More

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A Viacommunity volunteer paints the Remington Clubhouse gymnasium at the New Rochelle Boys and Girls Club. Read More

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A group of Viacom employees dedicated their time to brighten up the Remington Clubhouse gymnasium at the New Rochelle Boys and Girls Club. Read More

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A Viacommunity volunteer repairs a warped walkway at the Westchester-based Greenburgh Nature Center. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers weed out invasive plants at the Greenburgh Nature Center using a tool called the "gutbuster". Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers get to work revitalizing the Greenburgh Nature Center. Read More

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This hill is steeper than it looks! Viacom volunteers work with the Chris Canty Foundation and Partnership for Parks to plant trees at St. Nicholas Park in upper Manhattan Read More

Thousands of Viacom employees spread out through communities around the world last Friday, making an emphatic endorsement of the core company value of giving back. In a global arc spanning from Europe down through Africa, from Singapore and Australia to Mexico and throughout the United States, Viacom’s operations took a collective breath to clean parks, prepare meals, offer advice and help out in countless other ways as the organization celebrated the 20th anniversary of Viacommunity.​

“We need to be a part of the communities we live in,” said Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, who dropped in on several sites around New York City on Friday. “It’s one of our Viacom values, which is to do good, and I think everybody has a responsibility to do that. I hope that we inspire a lot of people to do more during the course of their lives, and we’ll make them better people and better employees, because living those kinds of values outside of work helps you do a better job at work.”

PARAMOUNT TAKES THE INAUGURAL VIACOMMUNITY DAY CUP WITH GLOBAL EFFORT

Paramount employees spread across 13 countries and six U.S. cities, from San Diego and L.A. on the West Coast to Rogers, Arkansas, Coconut Creek, Florida, and Atlanta in the South to Columbus, Ohio in the Midwest – 1,125 volunteers altogether. It was enough to add the Viacommunity Day Cup to the Paramount’s already bulging trophy case, as that number gave them the highest percentage of any company division to sign up for a project. The trophy is theirs for one year – although another division will have a chance to steal it from them by rallying more employees to participate in Viacommunity Day 2017.

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NAMIC Awards Reinforce That Diversity Is Always at Home at Viacom

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Viacom’s brands, which reach across the demographic spectrum to deliver content to the widest possible audience, have long been known for championing diverse causes and points of view. Some of MTV’s most popular shows highlight characters with a wide range of sexual orientations. Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race has been at the forefront of a nationwide conversation on transgender rights. And behind the cameras, Viacom is focused on giving women and minorities a fair chance at director roles, with BET claiming the top three spots on the Directors Guild of Americas latest annual diversity study.

BET and Nickelodeon further demonstrated Viacom’s commitment to diversity when the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications named the two networks as winners of a total of four 2016 NAMIC Vision Awards. The awards honor original programming that “is reflective of the depth and breadth of the lives, spirit and contributions of people of color,” according to NAMIC’s website.

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Viacom Legal Lands on Corporate Counsel’s Best Legal Departments List

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

​Viacom is a lot of things. Anthropomorphic sponges. Celebrities rocking on stage in a lip-sync duel. Talking upright turtles roaring through sewers wielding katana blades and nunchuks.

Another thing it is: home to a top-flight legal team, which is essential in bringing all this entertainment to your televisions and movie screens and smartphones all over the world. This is the group that (among many other things) manages talent contracts, protects the company’s intellectual property, and makes sure employees and brands and properties comply with a tangle of laws across more than 160 countries. This team is so good at doing all of these things that Corporate Counsel recently selected the department as one of only four on its best legal departments of 2016 list.

“It’s a great booster to us to be recognized this way,” says General Counsel Michael Fricklas. “We have a team that’s really passionate about seeing the company be successful.”

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