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

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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

GET SCHOOLED, Comcast’s Internet Essentials Team Up to Inspire Thousands of Chicago Students

Marie_Groark_2009 by Marie Groark, Executive Director, Get Schooled

This fall, Get Schooled partnered with Comcast’s Internet Essentials to create the Get Schooled Get Connected Challenge.   The Challenge engaged thousands of students in more than 48 community based organizations and high schools across Chicago with a goal of connecting students with digital content aimed at preparing them for college.  The most active students across the city earned a ticket to a star-studded celebrity event at Malcolm X College on Martin Luther King Day. Read More

Viacommunity 2014 Review Celebrates Year-Round Impact

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Employees in our NYC offices received a chocolaty afternoon treat yesterday courtesy of Insomnia Cookies to celebrate the release of our annual social responsibility report, ““Viacommunity 2014 Review: Impact Creating Value.” The report showcases Viacom’s investment in some of today’s most pressing issues, and our work to inspire and activate our diverse audiences to bring about positive social change.

While our NY employees may have been the ones to indulge their sweet tooth, the report celebrates the work of all our employees worldwide in communities local and global.

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