MTV EMA Broadcasts from Glasgow with Global Music Icons

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

MTV EMA's 2014

Last week, the 2014 MTV European Music Awards aired live from Glasgow, Scotland. Nicki Minaj as host packed the show with lots of terrific surprises, including a rap for Scotland, a brief foray into mini-golf and a photo-bombing dinosaur. There were also performances from global music icons ranging from Enrique Iglesias to U2. But one thing I found, how ever unintentional, was a message of #girlpower woven throughout the show — as Nicki owned the stage, as Charli XCX energized the crowd, as Alicia Keys mesmerized the audience with her vocal prowess. If you missed it (or just want to watch again), you can see for yourself via the video highlights, below. Read More

CMT Celebrates Second Annual ‘NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY’ Event in Nashville

EmilyBeekman by Emily Beekman, CMT

CMT Next Women Of Country

In the midst of one of the busiest weeks in country music, a few hundred people gathered at City Winery in Nashville, Tenn., for CMT’s second annual ‘Next Women of Country’ event to celebrate some of country music’s most influential women.  Hosted by Leslie Fram, CMT’s SVP of Music Strategy, and country superstar Lee Ann Womack, the event struck a chord with those in attendance with its purpose to empower the new generation of female artists in the industry.  Read More

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, COO Tom Dooley Look Ahead

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

In company-wide memo following the announcement of Viacom’s year-end results, our CEO Philippe Dauman and COO Tom Dooley looked ahead with excitement about the creativity and innovation that are happening around the company.

“There’s so much that we’re excited about in the year to come,” they write. According to the note, they’re particularly excited for more storytelling. More connection. More inclusion. More growth. “Creativity is the connective tissue of it all.” You can read the particulars reprinted from the note, below.

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New York Comedy Festival Brings 200 Comics, Hilarity to 5 Boroughs

tiffany by Tiffany Knighten, Viacom
Extending its delivery of the funniest shows on TV, Comedy Central is meeting fans throughout NYC’s five boroughs this week through New York Comedy Festival, another one of the network’s live events. Informally deemed a “Comedy Coachella” without all the flower crowns and dehydration risks, the week-long festival of live performances hit the five boroughs this week. By the time the NYCF ends this Sunday, it will have featured nearly 200 comics playing more than 60 shows. Over the past 11 years, it has featured the country’s top comedians, including comedy icons like Louis C.K., Bill Maher, Larry David, John Mulaney, Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes and Aziz Ansari, among others.
Here’s what you need to know about the latest iteration of #NYCF: Read More