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

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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.
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MTV and LOGO TV Collaboration ‘Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word’ Spotlights Transgender Youth

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"Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word" Logo TV Premiere Party & Screening

President of MTV Stephen Friedman and Laverne Cox at the premiere party and screening of “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word” in the Paramount Screening Room at Viacom’s NYC headquarters.

In the U.S., 41% of transgendered people will attempt suicide due to their experiences of discrimination, violence and non-acceptance, which is a startling nine times the national average, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality. In a collaboration that is equal parts innovative and socially impactful, MTV and LOGO help audiences unlearn biases and open dialogue with family and friends for a more inclusive world – and an end to this horrifying statistic. This collaboration is the hour-long documentary, Laverne Cox Presents…The T Word.

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Mariska Hargitay on Breaking the Silence around Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault

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Emmy-award winning actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit fame took the stage at Viacom’s headquarters last week to engage employees in a serious yet crucial conversation. In a discussion assembled by Viacommunity, Viacom’s umbrella for the company’s social commitment, employees got an inside look at the creative process for the Viacom NO MORE public service announcements addressing domestic violence and sexual assault. The panel was moderated by Viacom Velocity’s Niels Schuurmans, who co-directed the spots, in conversation with Joyful Heart Foundation Founder and President Mariska Hargitay, with Rachel Howald, Chief Creative Officer for WPP Team BAC and executive creator director/writer of the spots.

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‘Nathan For You’ on Embedding Ideas into the Popular Imagination

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Although Nathan Fielder isn’t exactly a marketing expert, he asserts himself as one on his Comedy Central show “Nathan For You,” using the combination of his quirky personality and unorthodox marketing ideas to promote small businesses. While his marketing tactics may not be deemed kosher in a traditional marketing classroom, Nathan’s tactics are so absorbing that he’s become a viral sensation, with his infamous video of a pig saving a goat reaching more than 8 million views. Read More

Top 3 Reasons We’re Dying To See ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’

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Hong Kong has been invaded by the Decepticons, and the mainland is next.

The much-anticipated fourth installment of Paramount Picture’s Transformers franchise smashes onto the big screen this Friday, June 27th and critics are saying the robots look better than ever. Although the release of the official trailer has us on the edge of our seats, we want more. Here are the top 3 reasons we can’t wait any longer for the film’s release: Read More

After 24 Hours on Stage, Fancy Reagan Wins ‘Make A Band Famous’

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After a restless 24-hour competition, 24 unsigned bands lit up the stage at Brooklyn’s Liberty Warehouse for the opportunity to become music’s next superstar. Countless hours of rehearsing, travel and performances paid off for New York natives Fancy Reagan as the judges crowned them winners of  “You Oughta Know,” VH1’s music discovery franchise. Since its launch in 2005, the program has served as a barometer for what and who’s hot in music today.

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