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Viacom Art Show Celebrates Female Creativity

​Stepping into The Wellness Studio on March 29 for Viacom’s Creative Arts Showcase felt more like walking into a trendy, Lower East Side art gallery than a fitness center. Instead of yoga mats and free weights, the studio boasted a deejay booth, open bar, and mood lighting. The showcase featured a diverse array of film, photography, and fine art from the women at Viacom in honor of Women’s History Month.

HERE, Viacom’s Employee Resource Group for women, chose 19 female employees to showcase their bold, captivating work. Guests mingled throughout the room, munching on cheese and crackers and admiring everything from watercolors rock photography to Lego purses.

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Guests enjoy a marvelous gallery. Read More

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The artists. Read More

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Deejay Anora mixed beats to keep the crowd entertained all night. Read More

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Guests admire Ra-Re Valverde's eclectic work. When she's not capturing the gritty, raw energy and passion in New York, she works for MTV and is a contributing photographer for Essence Magazine. Read More

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Whimsical artist Alyssa Thompson shows off her extraordinary Lego purses. Read More

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Erica Romero loves to experiment with alternative artistic mediums. Read More

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Zevit Aaron started creating photographs in high school, and has enjoyed showcasing her artwork ever since. Zevit's photography contains abstracts, portraits, and landscapes that have been digitally manipulated. Read More

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Guests are captivated by Wendy Heisler's doodles. Heisler has dabbled as a writer, photographer and animator. Read More

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Photographer Lyndsi Vasquez has a deep appreciation for the humanity of urban living. Read More

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Ivette Urena is a fine artist in Brooklyn, New York. Her artistic process began as a child, during nights of watching her father draw at the kitchen table. She'd sit with him to hone her artistic talent. Read More

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Janice McDonnell is a painter who looks for beauty in undesirable places. She's showcased traditional landscapes of the Gowanus Canal. Read More

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When Caryn Reynolds isn't leading a team of technical architects and engineers for her day job at Viacom, she's busy painting bucolic scenery. Read More

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Ivette Urena shows off her vibrant landscapes. Read More

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Jennifer Marigliano has been working at VH1 since 2008, and photographing amazing talent along the way Read More

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Event organizers Rita Omokha and Deva Newman are joined by Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard, Shanell Parrish-Brown, and Courtney Oliver Read More

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Deva Newman and Rita Omokha facilitated the sold-out event. Read More

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The video showcase featured six of HERE's talented artists. Read More

Human Resource Manager Erica Romero showcased a self-portrait crafted from melted wax. She created the unique piece by putting crayons in a glue gun.

BET Programming Administrator Alyssa Thompson made her first Lego purse in 2014. Today she owns LOL Always, a company that specializes in whimsical, inimitable handbags. LOL Always stands for “Living Out Loud, Always.” Two strong female role models encourage Thompson’s creative pursuits: her grandma Lola, and her mother, Yvette. Lola, the namesake for her company, taught Thompson how to be a “classy, elegant woman.” Thompson hopes to share her philosophy—and Lego clutches—with women all around the globe.

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TV Land Motion and Graphics Director Janice McDonnell finds beauty in unlikely places. McDonnell says she used to paint pastoral landscapes, but never really cared for them. Eight years ago, she moved her studio to Red Hook, Brooklyn. On her bike ride to the studio, she encountered the Gowanus Canal—an industrial neighborhood with a cement plant, scrap metal facility and large fuel-storage tanks surrounding the canal.

She began painting these grittier urban scenes and found she connected more to the work.

“The combination of man-made, gritty functionality against natural skies is really striking,” said McDonnell. This is a common theme in McDonnell’s work. She has also painted a series from the interior of a rundown warehouse in Troy, N.Y.

McDonnell says her days often revolve around her family and work responsibilities. She manages to pursue her creative passions by careful planning. “I paint outside, so I can be outside,” said McDonnell. “I choose locations because they are nearby. The subjects are familiar because I regularly ride by them.”

Rita Omokha, manager for Nickelodeon business operations, organized the sold-out event along with Deva Newman, TV Land’s senior vice president and creative director. Omokha and Newman are co-chairs of the HERE Creative Arts Committee. Their initial vision for the event came last year, when they decided they wanted to highlight talent from within Viacom—specifically female talent.

“In celebration of Women’s History Month, we wanted to promote and celebrate the creativity and arts of Viacom women,” said Omokha. “We found that many of our employees have creative outlets outside of their daily careers and we wanted to give a platform for exposure.”

Alongside the art show, there was a video screening showcasing the HERE participants as directors, editors, documentary subjects, musical artists and reporters. Each filmmaker responded to the audience during their own Q&A session, which took place after their compiled video was played. A moderator facilitated the discussion. ​

Thanks to these women for showcasing their talents:

Zevit Aaron, Vanessa Bateau, Wendy Heisler, Kimberly Hicks, Chloe Kurabi, Shilpa Lakshminarayan, Jennifer Marigliano, Janice McDonnell, Audrey Pray, Jr., Caryn Reynolds, Erica Romero, Julie Ruiz, Johanna Salazar, Charis Satchell, Alyssa Thompson, Ivette Urena, Ra-Re Valverde, Lyndsi Vasquez, Dominique Vitali​

Highlights From Our Second Quarter Earnings

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VH1 Crushed ratings. Spike’s Lip Sync Battle rules its time slot. Nickelodeon simply dominates kids’ programming. There was a lot to like in Viacom’s second quarter 2016 earnings report, which went out this morning. These are just a few of the highlights. For more, click over to our Investor Relations page, where you can get a full picture of the scale and direction of our business.

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Coming Right Up: More Incredible Content From Viacom

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With some of the most well-known television networks in America and a major Hollywood studio in the Viacom family, we are constantly launching new original content, delivering new seasons of your favorite shows, or feeding your nostalgia with reboots of iconic characters. There’s so much, in fact, that it’s tough to keep track of it all. So we’ve put together the little calendar below to give you a sense of what you can expect from VH1, BET, CMT, Nickelodeon, and the rest of the Viacom family just through the end of August. We have new seasons of MTV’s Scream and TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show, the CMT Music Awards and the Guys’ Choice Awards and the VMAs, and new original series, including Crashletes on Nick. The summer will be huge for Paramount, with new installments in the much-loved TMNT and Star Trek series, in addition to the visually stunning Ben-Hur – a calendar of their upcoming releases is below the Viacom chart.

The exact dates and names of series may change, but this much is certain: it is an excellent time here at Viacom.

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Here’s How VH1 Saved the Music in 2015

One of my fondest memories of elementary school was learning to play the recorder. I cherished the cheap, plastic instrument as if it were a silver flute. I remember the thrill of learning to create notes and harmonies with my classmates. I’m sure our beautiful melodies were abrasive to adult ears, but to us they were magical.

My music career petered out after grade school. I ditched the violin for the school newspaper. Even though I’m not a recorder maestro, my early foundation of music education has had lasting benefits.

I’m not the only one. Studies show that children who take music lessons have a greater understanding of language, and score higher on spelling tests. They are more likely to stay in school, and more likely to graduate. Childhood music lessons can even improve memory later in life.

But when schools face budget cuts, music programs are often the first to go. That’s why VH1 Save The Music Foundation is on a mission to put instruments back in the hands of children across the country. Since 1997, the nonprofit has kept the music alive by providing more than $50 million in new musical instruments to our public schools.

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Trell Thomas at school giving an instrument delivery with A Great Big World and Sponsor Alex + Ani for VH1 Save the Music.

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Viacom Wins Big at the Cynopsis Social Good Awards

Last week, Viacom and our brands took to the Cynopsis stage again and again to accept our numerous Cynopsis Social Good Awards. The awards, presented by Cynopsis Media, recognize excellence in the area of social good in the TV and entertainment industry. Here’s the rundown of Viacom’s award-winning social good campaigns:

Best Spot (30 seconds or under) – Viacom and WITNESS

The “WITNESS The Power of Story” spot was born from our partnership with international human rights organization WITNESS, which equips people to use video to create change. The eight Viacom spots, created around our brands’ distinct initiatives, encourage viewers to share their stories to make an impact.

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Jonathan Mannion, Capturing the Authentic Viacom Fan in All of Us

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You may not realize it, but you know Jonathan Mannion’s photography.

You know his album covers: more than 300, for artists including Jay Z, Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Kendrick Lamar.

You know his advertising: his campaign for last summer’s Straight Out of Compton, as well as work for Bushmills, USA Soccer, Hennessy, Reebok, Johnnie Walker Black Label, and Crown Royal.

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Viacom’s Fan Yourself App Lets You Selfie With The Stars of Younger, Bar Rescue, Zoe Ever After and More

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Got a seven-year-old who’s obsessed with Ryder and his crew on Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol? Can’t stop obsessing over the season finale of TV Land’s Younger? Already in line to snag the first seat when Paramount Pictures and Nick’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows hits theaters on June 3?

Immediately stop what you’re doing and head to fanyourself.viacom.com, where you can mock up a selfie alongside stars from MTV’s Teen Wolf, BET’s Zoe Ever After, CMT’s I Love Kellie Pickler, Spike’s Bar Rescue, VH1’s Love & Hip Hop, Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Comedy Central’s Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer. Click over now and check it out (even better, click the link on your mobile device), and then share it on Facebook through the site. Hurry though, I already beat you to it:

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Living Viacommunity: Samantha Cucolo Steps In After the News Cycle Has Stepped Past

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They’re not always in the news. Or at least, they’re not anymore.

There are the forgotten victims of earthquakes in Haiti or tsunamis on the Indian Ocean, still waiting for relief years after news headlines – and the financial donations they bring – have shifted elsewhere.

There are the women drifting out of abusive relationships, uncertain where to go or who to speak with, how to get a job or even what a workplace looks like.

And there was the girl who had been swept into the United States on a fake passport when she was 4 years old. Her parents were now incarcerated. She was about to turn 18. At that point, the procedures for acquiring citizenship would become drastically more difficult.

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Viacom Unites for All Fankind

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They are NBA superstars and pajama-clad preschoolers, Grammy Award winners and Viacom employees, Country music singers and MTV Wolf Pack girls making videos on their bedroom floor.

As different as this group of celebrities and everyday folks may be in their day-to-day lives, they share one common attribute: they are enormous fans of our brands.

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Channel Five Punctuates Content Surge With a Rebrand

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Since Channel Five dropped into Viacom International Media Networks lineup in late 2014, the UK-based network has evolved dramatically, with a slate of original content and acquisitions that have bumped up ratings and injected energy into the brand. It now serves as the home for Spike in the UK, along with Gotham, X-Files, Celebrity Big Brother and other popular shows.

With a surging brand that now spills across four networks – 5Star, 5USA, MY5 and Spike – Channel 5’s creative team launched a new brand identity to complement the deluge of content. Bold, simple and adaptable, the new logo is a physically segmented acrobat that can morph to sit comfortably into any onscreen scenario.

Check out the new logos below:

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