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Viacom brands Conquer Comic-Con International

There’s been a lot of convention activity recently, and it hasn’t all been political. Comic-Con, the annual international pop culture conference, was held in San Diego from Thursday, July 21 to Sunday, July 24.

Comic-Con is a splendor of fantasy, a place that celebrates animation, cartoons, and most of all, fans. Viacom is well-acquainted with the concept of putting fans first. Our diverse content gives us the widest breadth of fan-kind in the industry. There’s no better example of this than at Comic-Con.

Our Nickelodeon exposition entertained young fans with a floor-to-ceiling booth featuring a collage of characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, Invader Zim, and The Ren and Stimpy Show. Our werewolf-romance aficionados were satiated by MTV’s Teen Wolf panel, and adult fans were able to literally insert themselves into the fictional universe of Comedy Central’s South Park as the show ramps up for its 20th anniversary in September .

Read more to see what dazzling ventures Nickelodeon, MTV, and Comedy Central presented at Comic-Con.

Nickelodeon Comic Con Booth 2016
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Nickelodeon's Comic-Con booth featured the game show, Double Dare. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Nickelodeon) Read More

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Nickelodeon's Comic-Con booth featured Legends of the Hidden Temple. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Nickelodeon) Read More

Nickelodeon Comic Con Booth 2016
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Nickelodeon's Comic-Con booth featured Hey Arnold's legendary stoop. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Nickelodeon) Read More

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Comedy Central's innovative exposition at Comic Con let users immerse themselves in the world of South Park. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central. Read More

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Comedy Central's innovative exposition at Comic Con let users immerse themselves in the world of South Park. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central. Read More

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Comedy Central's innovative exposition at Comic Con let users immerse themselves in the world of South Park. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central. Read More

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Comedy Central's innovative exposition at Comic Con let users immerse themselves in the world of South Park. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central. Read More

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Comedy Central's innovative exposition at Comic Con let users immerse themselves in the world of South Park. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central. Read More

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Comedy Central's innovative exposition at Comic Con let users immerse themselves in the world of South Park. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central. Read More

MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Inside
MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Inside
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MTV's Fandom Awards celebrated the hit show, Teen Wolf, among other fan favorites. (Photo by Phil Faraone/Getty Images for MTV) Read More

MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Inside
MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Inside
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MTV's Fandom Awards celebrated the hit show, Teen Wolf, among other fan favorites. (Photo by Alberto Rodriguez/Getty Images for MTV) Read More

MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
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MTV's Fandom Awards celebrated the hit show, Teen Wolf, among other fan favorites. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for MTV) Read More

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MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
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MTV's Fandom Awards celebrated the hit show, Teen Wolf, among other fan favorites. (Photo by Dave Mangels/Getty Images) Read More

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MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
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MTV's Fandom Awards celebrated the hit show, Teen Wolf, among other fan favorites. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Read More

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MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
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MTV's Fandom Awards celebrated the hit show, Teen Wolf, among other fan favorites. (Photo by Dave Mangels/Getty Images) Read More

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Viacom International Insights: Brexit Special Edition, July 2016

Christian Kurz by Christian Kurz, Research & Insight, Viacom International Media Networks

Late last month, Britain surprised the world by voting to leave the European Union. Following that vote, Viacom International re-contacted seven young adults from the UK, Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands and Sweden who had participated in a 2014 study of global youth’s vision of the future in 2020.

At the time, our young Europeans spoke optimistically about the many opportunities available to them throughout Europe, including travel, career, and general cultural exploration. Through our conversations over the past few weeks, we captured their reactions to this historic decision and found out how their views about the future have shifted. Our international insights team synthesized this research into three blog posts, featured below.

For more posts like this, check out our insights blog.

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As Convention Season Arrives, Trio of Viacom Brands Crank up Political Coverage

The U.S. is scheduled to elect a new commander in chief in less than four months. The next president will likely impact legislation regarding, among other issues, LGBT rights, gun control, and climate change. There’s a lot at stake—not just for Americans, but for the entire world.

Viacom’s immense footprint gives us a special responsibility to encourage people to participate in the electoral process. Voting is one of the best means citizens have for achieving goals of social justice and equality.

With this goal in mind, three Viacom brands—Comedy Central, MTV, and BET—are prolifically covering the presidential campaign. Each network has its own political concerns, but the predominant message is simple: just vote.

Here’s a look at what they’ve done so far.

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Spike TV Fetches a Partner in Australia

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Spike TV’s international expansion continues as it sets up in yet another international market – this time in Australia, where a partnership with Fetch TV has just dropped the net’s addicting mix of franchises, unscripted shows and original content into their Entertainment Pack, a set of premium channels available to its subscribers.

Spike Australia will of course deliver the U.S. and U.K. versions of smash global hit Lip Sync Battle, but will also deliver mixed martial arts organization Bellator MMA, alongside British documentary series Police Interceptors and Spike originals Coaching Bad, Sweat Inc., Life or Debt and Framework.

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Dabs Myla, Latest Additions to Art at Viacom, Create a Home Within an Office at 1515 Broadway

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Their work erupts from the Visitor’s Center in the lobby of 1515 Broadway, an eclectic assortment of hand-painted books and records and potted plants stacked atop densely decorated shelves and staircases that soar nearly to the ceiling. A cartoon world of peeping foxes and palm trees and crescent moons and walking suns explodes along an adjacent wall. Turn the corner, and visitors encounter a florid dreamworld that resembles a cartoon movie set heaved into reality, an orange settee arranged opposite a hard-bound teepee, back-dropped by a mountain-scape gated by twin fortune wheels. A fox larger than the mountains themselves settles over this domain, the forceful centerpiece of a grand, living piece of artwork.

This is the world of Dabs Myla, an Australian-born married duo whose whimsical, large-scale immersive installations have appeared inside and outside of buildings all over the planet. After the pair wrapped up work on an astonishing set for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards – an effort that also included logo and statuette design – Viacom invited them to bring their work into our offices as part of our ongoing Art at Viacom series. The rotating series of immersive art experiences has previously featured the work of HOTTEA, interdisciplinary artist Crystal Wagner, and floral artist Rebecca Louise Law. You can see more of what Art at Viacom is doing on its tumblr and Instagram pages.

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Comedy Central Leads Viacom’s 29 Emmy Nominations

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Behind raucous talent Amy Schumer and the momentum of an enduring South Park, Comedy Central led a roster of diverse and rich Viacom programming that tallied 29 nominations for the 2016 Emmys.

Comedy Central has become a perennial Emmy standout – last year, the network notched 26 nominations and eight wins for its irreverent work. Nickelodeon, Spike, Logo, MTV, TV Land and BET also earned nominations.

In addition to the recognition of outstanding work from wholly owned Viacom programming, our Paramount TV division earned 14 nominations, 11 for its collaborations with FOX, most notably the spectacular Grease Live special, which drew 10 nominations after totaling more than 12 million viewers during its February airing.

The full list of Viacom nominations is below, along with a look at a few of the properties up for the honors. Some of the clips contain graphic or adult language.

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After More Police Shooting Deaths and Violence, Viacom asks What Now?

On Tuesday, July 5, onlookers recorded Alton Sterling’s death in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and uploaded the video to the internet.

One day later, Philandro Castille was shot during a routine traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota; his girlfriend livestreamed the gruesome aftermath before police confiscated her iPhone.

A day after that, a sniper’s bullets killed five police officers and injured seven others during a protest of the recent events in Dallas.

On Friday, July 8, MTV News and BET News held an open forum for artists, activists, and fans to address the traumatic events of the past week. What Now? aired on 10 Viacom networks and streamed live on YouTube and Facebook. Viewers contributed via the #WhatNow hashtag and call-ins to MTV and BET.

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2016/07/10: Several hundred activists gathered for a rally in Times Square to protest alleged police brutality in the deaths of several African-American men, after which they staged a march through Midtown Manhattan, culminating in another rally in Union Square Park. (Photo by Andy Katz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Several hundred activists gathered for a rally in Times Square to protest recent acts of violence against the black community. Photo courtesy of Getty.

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Love for All Fankind: How Viacom and the Rest of the World United for Pride

On June 28, 1970, thousands of LGBT New Yorkers marched from Greenwich Village to Central Park to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. It was a gallant acknowledgment of the brutal treatment of LGBT citizens; an assertion of their human rights. The years of living a clandestine lifestyle were over—they were out, and they were proud.

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The original Pride Parade in 1970. Photo courtesy of Getty.

Since then, the LGBT community has rallied around its darkest times, including the assassination of Harvey Milk and the AIDS epidemic. Homophobic legislation, job discrimination, and repeated acts of violence have only served to fortify the movement.

Now in its 46th year, Pride marches on after the LGBT community experienced yet another devastating attack—the deadliest mass shooting in American history. On Sunday, June 26, throngs of supporters filled the streets of New York from Midtown to Greenwich Village with rainbow flags and glitter—ever the flamboyant festival, but with a somber undertone.

Photographs of the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting are laid out prior to the start of the 46th annual Gay Pride march June 26, 2016 in New York. New York kicked off June 26 what organizers hope will be the city's largest ever Gay Pride march, honoring the 49 people killed in the Orlando nightclub massacre and celebrate tolerance. / AFP / the 46th / Bryan R. Smith (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)

Photographs of the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting are laid out prior to the start of the 46th annual Gay Pride march June 26, 2016 in New York. Photo courtesy of Getty.

“This year is going to be a lot more significant, a lot more important,” said New York Pride March Director Julian Sanjivan. “It’s painful, but at the same time, we want to show it’s all about love, it’s all about equality. We’re not going to cave to fear.”

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50 Youths Plus Two Business Apps Equals Moguls in the Making

When you bring middle and high school students together to develop a web app to help teens start a business, anything can happen. For the 50-plus participants in the Mogul in the Making Hackathon – hosted by Get Schooled, Accenture, and Viacom on a recent June weekend – the gathering proved to be an intense competition.

The Shark Tank-style hackathon, held June 4 and 5 at the Viacom headquarters in Times Square, required students to compete in teams to develop their app ideas. Each step was tracked on a leaderboard and the seven teams took turns meeting with the board of advisors to try and move into the top spot. Inspirational coaches Top Chef Kwame Onwuachi and 12-year-old Cory Nieves of Mr. Cory’s Cookies were on hand to offer advice on being a successful entrepreneur.

“When you’re starting a business, make sure you put your heart into what you do,” Nieves, who has become a savvy business owner who has already expanded his cookie operation into a commercial space, told the teens.

On the second day, the teams prepared to pitch their ideas to the judges. They started by making 30-second commercials to practice the art of storytelling and get them thinking about how to position their app in the marketplace. The commercials were posted to Instagram and YouTube and used as part of the final presentation to the judges.

Students, Viacom employees, and Get Schooled and Accenture staff work to create business startup apps at the Mogul in the Making Hackathon at Viacom headquarters in Times Square.

Students, Viacom employees, and Get Schooled and Accenture staff work to create business startup apps at the Mogul in the Making Hackathon at Viacom headquarters in Times Square.

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Add This to the Portfolio of Things Viacom Helps Create: Families

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom
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​It was St. Patrick’s Day 2010, and Susan Gould was in China for the first time in her life, sitting in an austere administrative office outside of Guangzhou. Beside her sat Patrick, her partner since the mid-1990s. International travel was nothing new to the couple, veterans of far-flung excursions to Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. But this was their biggest adventure of all: they were about to meet their child for the first time.​

The couple had been waiting for this moment ever since they had placed their names on a list of interested adoptive parents in 2006. After a couple wearying years spent mucking through the ever-changing and byzantine rules of the international adoption complex, they had changed tactics, offering themselves as candidates for a special needs child. In late 2009, notice came that a little Chinese girl born the year before would be available in six months. The couple immediately began preparations to travel overseas.

As they got organized, Gould, an account executive in Ad Sales, received a surprise: Viacom offered an adoption assistance program, offering up to $10,000 to offset the gigantic cost of bringing a non-biological child into their family.

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