Pack Your Bags, Nick Fans: Viacom International Breaks Ground on First Nickelodeon Theme Park in China

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The groundbreaking ceremony for the Nickelodeon Cultural Resort was held on Jan.4, 2017 in Foshan, China. Photo courtesy of Viacom International Media Networks.

Viacom kicked off 2017 by making history abroad. On Wednesday, Jan. 4, Viacom International Media Networks broke ground on Nickelodeon’s first theme park in China. SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will reside at the Nickelodeon Theme Park in Foshan, China by 2020.

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Showcase Your Top Model Look With VH1’s America’s Next Top Model Selfie Contest

Do you think you have the chops to make it as a top model?

Are you passionate about posing? A master of Snapchat?

VH1‘s latest contest is giving fans of America’s Next Top Model the chance to put their selfie skills to the test.

Each week during the 23rd cycle of ANTM, VH1 and Rimmel will launch an exclusive filter. Fans can showcase their shots by heading to Rimmel.VH1.com and following these steps:

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Jason Derulo Jams Alongside Hailee Steinfeld and More to Celebrate Nickelodeon’s 2016 HALO Honorees

Nickelodeon finished up 2016 strong on Sunday, Nov. 27 as  The show was full of stunning performances by stars like Jason Derulo, heartfelt collaborations between artists such as Jake Miller and Jacob Whitesides, and one purple Mohawk—courtesy of host Nick Cannon.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Nick Cannon hosts the Nickelodeon Halo Awards 2016 at Pier 36 on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 11: Nick Cannon hosts the Nickelodeon Halo Awards 2016 at Pier 36 on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)

But the biggest stars of the night were the honorees, four teens who embody the spirit of HALO (Helping And Leading Others).

Meet the honorees…

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Critics Are Calling This Viacom Show One of 2016’s Best Programs: Here’s Why You Should Watch It

The first season of Teachers, TV Land’s hilarious comedy series, earned an A with The Hollywood Reporter’s chief TV critic Tim Goodman, who ranked it among the best television of 2016. It made LA Weekly‘s Best TV of 2016 list as well.

Why the high grade? Let’s hear more from the critics.

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Viacom Employee Jim Chrisman Gives His Wife a Very Mariah Christmas, Courtesy of VH1’s Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night

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Viacom’s Employee Events & Programs sent Jim Chrisman and his wife Courtney Chrisman to see VH1’s Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night live at the King’s Theatre in Brooklyn, New York on Monday, Dec. 5 2016. Photo courtesy of Jim Chrisman.

 

The holiday festivities began early for Viacom employee Jim Chrisman, a manager in our financial reporting group. Chrisman got to treat his wife to a once-in-a-lifetime seasonal surprise when he won tickets to VH1’s Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night, courtesy of Employee Events and Programs’ employee sweepstakes. The couple enjoyed special live performances by Mariah Carey, JoJo, Bebe Rexha, Teyana Taylor, Vanessa Williams, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, and more. Below, Chrisman tells us a bit about how Viacom and VH1 made this holiday season particularly magical.

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Viacom’s Next Top Model: How VH1 Surprised Employees to Celebrate the Season Premiere of America’s Next Top Model

When you work at Viacom, it’s good to be camera-ready. On Monday, Dec. 12, the lobby at Viacom Headquarters transformed into a fashion show featuring our own employees as models.

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Employees at Viacom Headquarters pose for paparazzi on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.

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Viacom Employee Lottery Winner Michele Graczyk Attends Spike’s Ink Master Live: Here’s What Went Down

Spike’s hit series, Ink Masters, is the ultimate test of endurance, creativity, and talent. Each week, tattoo artists compete to win $100,000 and the coveted crown of Ink Master. They’re challenged to deviate from their traditional style, tattooing live on brave volunteers otherwise known as “human canvasses.”  The season culminates with a sensational finale that includes a grueling 24-hour tattoo session, live voting via Twitter, and plenty of audience commentary.

Viacom’s employee lottery series brought tattoo enthusiast and longtime Ink Master fan Michele Graczyk to the season eight finale on Tuesday, Dec. 6. She watched as Ryan Ashley Malarkey became the first female Ink Master in Spike history.

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Michele Graczyk attended Spike’s Ink Master live finale. Photo courtesy of Graczyk.

Read our interview with Graczyk below.

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Office Christmas Party Starts Strong Behind Critical Praise

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Office Christmas Party is already burning the ho-ho-house down.

Fans love it, with a social media following of nearly 40 million. This early interest led to a tidy opening – it made almost a million dollars last night alone.

Critics love it too. Forbes Scott Mendelson writes, “Office Christmas Party is exactly what it promises, and delivers it in spades. … It is filled to the brim with funny men and women being allowed to be funny in both expected and surprising ways, in a story which respects the inherent drama of its story without drowning in schmaltz. The characters are funny, the situations are funny and the film just plain works.”

It’s easy to see why the consensus is so favorable: a raucous, feel-good holiday flick filled with Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller, Kate McKinnon and more at their very funniest.

Office Christmas Party is just one entry in a strong late-year slate for Paramount, which also includes the acclaimed Arrival and the powerful Allied, and will soon add Martin Scorsese’s Silence (Dec. 23) and Denzel Washington’s reprisal of Fences (Dec. 25), both of which are riding critical praise and awards buzz.

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Trevor Noah to Visit Barack Obama in The White House for Daily Show Interview

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As President Obama’s second term in office winds down, the appreciations and stock-taking of his legacy have been multiplying. One of the most recent was from our own BET, who saluted the 44th president with BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration last month.

The president will return to our airwaves next week, when he appears on The Daily Show with Trevor NoahThe show, which Noah will tape at the White House will air not only on Comedy Central, but also on MTV and BET. It will be Obama’s eighth appearance on The Daily Show, and his first since Noah began hosting last September.

It’s little surprise that the president would make Noah’s show part of his farewell tour, as the host has been surging behind critical praise during and after the recent election season, with large increases in ratings and digital traffic.

What will Obama and Noah discuss on Monday? Hard to say. But you can check out an extended version of the POTUS’ more memorable past appearances below: