Kern Schireson on the New Age of Television at The Paley Center Panel

From left to right: David F. Poltrack, Kern Schireson, Alan Wurtzel and Michael Wolff at the Paley Center for Media. Photo courtesy of the Paley Center for Media.

From left to right: David F. Poltrack, Kern Schireson, Alan Wurtzel and Michael Wolff at the Paley Center for Media. Photo courtesy of the Paley Center for Media.

Viacom’s Kern Schireson, executive vice president of Data Strategy & Consumer Intelligence, joined a panel of research executives from across the entertainment industry at the Paley Center for Media to discuss the evolving definition of television “hits” and how to measure success in the new age of TV. Read More

Viacom Celebrates Women in the HERE and Now

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman highlights the company's culture of strong women leaders.

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman highlights the company’s culture of strong women leaders.


More than 300 Viacom employees piled into the Paramount Theater in Hollywood, California on Friday March 27 to watch a remarkable group of women discuss the challenges and triumphs they experienced during their careers. The event was sponsored by HERE, Viacom’s employee resource group focused on female leaders, which empowers women by facilitating opportunities for personal and professional development, creative innovation and career growth. Read More

No Ceilings and Scratch Bring Data to Life

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Hillary Rodham Clinton  Joins Scratch  for a Photo (Left to Right) Sean Mahoney, Susan Claxton, Nicole Michaelis, Kim Herzog, Hilary Clinton, Anne Hubert, Chris Cereda Ritesh Gupta

Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Scratch Team
(Left to Right) Sean Mahoney, Susan Claxton, Nicole Michaelis, Kim Herzog, Hillary Clinton, Anne Hubert, Chris Cereda and Ritesh Gupta

Twenty years ago, at the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, leaders from over 180 nations took a stand for equal rights for women globally. Then First Lady Hillary Clinton made the historic declaration that “Women’s rights are human rights.” Two decades later, the Gates Foundation and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation joined forces on the No Ceilings project in an unprecedented data aggregation and analysis effort. They sought to measure the gains made for women and girls and the gaps that remain. The project recently released the “No Ceilings Full Participation Report,” an online collection of interactive and sharable information, visualizations, and four compelling short films produced by Viacom’s very own Scratch.

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Marriage Equality Goes To The Supreme Court Once Again: Viacom Joins 378 Employers And Organizations In A Submission To The Court

Daniel Mandil by Daniel Mandil, Viacom Legal

Back in 2013, the Supreme Court considered whether a federal law called the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional. DOMA said that, for purposes of federal benefits that go to married couples, only opposite-sex married couples were entitled to those benefits even if a same-sex couple had married in a state that recognized such marriages. Viacom and 277 other companies and organizations made a submission to the Court arguing that it was unfair to companies and their same-sex married employees to require that they be treated differently from opposite-sex married employees when it came to federal benefits relating to health insurance, protected leave, retirement and other things. In June of that year in a case called Windsor, the Court held that DOMA denied same-sex married couples equal protection under the law and so was unconstitutional. We were proud to have had a small part in making that decision possible.

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Cynopsis Salutes Viacom at Social Good Awards

DC by David Corpuz, Social Responsibility

A group of Viacom colleagues woke up early this morning to attend the inaugural Cynopsis Social Good Awards, which celebrates programs within the TV industry that improve our community.  Viacom Velocity, MTV, BET and Nickelodeon took top prizes in a range of categories. Here’s a look at some of the impactful efforts honored.

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Up Close and Personal with Mara Brock Akil

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Cori Murray and Mara Brock Akil at Viacom

As part of a series of events celebrating Black History Month last week, Viacom’s The Beat and HERE partnered to present “A Conversation with Mara Brock Akil.” After an early screening of this week’s episode of BET’s Being Mary Jane, Essence’s Entertainment Director Cori Murray sat down with Mara Brock Akil, the creator and executive producer of hit TV shows “Girlfriends,” “The Game” and “Being Mary Jane” for an hour of what felt like honest girl talk with Viacom and Essence employees. Brock Akil shared her personal take on navigating the entertainment business, her creative process and deep passion to bring beautifully flawed characters to television.

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Art At Viacom Unveils Flowers 2015: OUTSIDE IN

Chanel J Cathey 1 by Chanel Cathey, Viacom

Walking into Viacom’s Times Square headquarters after a series of blustery snowstorms, employees, visitors and partners alike were greeted by a colorful and fragrant suspended garden. This is “FLOWERS 2015: OUTSIDE IN,” an artistic experience created by British artist Rebecca Louise Law with the help of over 200 Viacom employees. Don’t forget to look up from your smartphone when you enter on Broadway or pass by the visitors center — you don’t want to miss this floral oasis blooming in the middle of winter.

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Viacom Velocity Launches YouTube Channel, Spoofs Parenting in Social Media Age

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

Viacom Velocity, our creative hub for branded content, launched its YouTube channel this week. Velocity (which bills itself a love child of innovation and collaboration on its website) bids viewers hello with its first YouTube video, “How To Raise A YouTube Star” — a spoof tutorial and parody of parenting in the social media age. Read More

In 100 Seconds, ‘The Value of Creativity’

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

Amid the creative burst that is Sundance, our colleagues over at CreativeFuture unveiled this trailer on “The Value of Creativity.” In a speedy 100 seconds, the video summarizes the cultural and economic benefits of creativity, the detriment of piracy, and how the creative community can advocate on behalf of creators in the present digital climate. Read More