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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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 Velocity Presents #nofilter: Influencers Tell Us How it’s Done

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Influencers are an important part of the media landscape, and Velocity is partnering with them on an ever-growing number of programs through its Social Talent Platform. At #nofilter: Influencers Show Us How It’s Done, a presentation and panel discussion organized by Tom De Napoli, who leads the Social Talent Platform under Lydia Daly’s Velocity Social team, Velocity staffers heard from some of the biggest influencers and industry experts in the field.

The panel included:

Shannon Boodram, YouTube sexologist and recent star of MTV’s summer-long #ResponsibleAF campaign for Trojan:

Matthew Patrick, the creator behind Game Theorists and Film Theorists:

Comedian, rapper, YouTuber and Wild ‘N Out cast member, Timothy DeLaGhetto:

Boodram, Patrick and DeLaGhetto were joined by:

  • Chris Erwin, one of Variety’s “New Leaders” and COO of Big Frame (a division of Awesomeness TV)
  • Sarah Weichel, CEO of Sarah Weichel MGMT, which reps clients like Lilly Singh and Jon Cozart
  • Courtney Carter, CAA digital agent, whose client FouseyTube recently starred in Tyler Perry’s newest Madea movie
  • Tess Finkle, CEO of Metro Public Relations, whose clients include YouTube megastars Hannah Hart and Colleen Ballinger (aka Miranda Sings).

De Napoli and Lauren Elias – the team’s Social Talent Manager – recapped the team’s success in working with social influencers over the past year, delivering best practices on creating “Fans First” social campaigns. To identify what worked, they drew on the Social Talent Platform’s successes as distilled through original research conducted by Juliette Snyder, a member of De Napoli’s Content & Platform Strategy team, who surveyed every influencer and Velocity employee who has worked on the team’s 25 campaigns over the past 12 months.

“Viacom is a brand name that everyone trusts, it’s a really, really, really big deal— and I knew my fans felt the same way,” – Shannon Boodram, YouTube sexologist.

Among their insights: partner with influencers early in creative development to guarantee authenticity of message; respect talent’s posting cadence when distributing content through their channels; and find ways to integrate influencers’ creative processes with ours and our advertisers’. These learnings will inform the Social Talent Platform team’s iterative approach to constantly improving upon its model as they support future Velocity campaigns.

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MTV Slays at the Cannes Lions Festival: Let’s Hear a Roar of Applause

Every year in June, hundreds of creative agencies, tech companies and media powerhouses converge in the South of France for The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. It’s a celebration of the year’s boldest ad campaigns; a chance to attend seminars with industry experts and drink champagne on yachts along the French Riviera.

The most visionary companies leave with the coveted Cannes Lyon Award—essentially the Oscar trophy of the advertising world.

You might remember 2015’s trippy, GIF-inspired VMA green-screen. The creative encouraged fans to download photos of their favorite VMA artists, such as Miley Cyrus, and customize them with fan art, emojis, and flying tacos.

Now the psychedelic promo has won a Cannes Gold Lion.

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Breaking Down Viacom Velocity in Four Key Points

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1. Higher creative standards are standard.

Viacom Velocity is a full-service marketing and creative content team within the Viacom Marketing and Video Partner Solutions group, built to super-serve our advertising partners.

2. With great marketing comes great responsibility.

We build strategic and creative custom content solutions across all platforms that connect our partners seamlessly into the fabric of our brands, driving value for our partners and loyalty with our fans.

3. Viacom Velocity is where innovation meets collaboration.

Our innovative, data-driven marketing products like Echo, Vantage, Viewprint, Social Talent Platform and the Velocity Content Network create even more ways for our partners to connect with our audiences wherever they are.

4. Its got that new website smell.

We’ve refreshed our website to reflect our newest work, products and capabilities, plus company news and a whole lot more.

Check us out at velocity.viacom.com.

Why Left Brain/Right Brain Is a Myth and More from Viacom’s Data Strategy Pro Kodi Foster

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

 

The PSFK conference is a big deal in advertising circles. Described this year by Media Village as “a TED for advertising and branding,” it drew the most forward-thinking minds from across the advertising landscape to New York City to discuss what’s happening and what will be happening in the fast-changing ad world.

It was no surprise to us, then, that Kodi Foster (follow him on Twitter @KodiFoster), Viacom’s vice president of data strategy, was invited to speak on the powerful, even necessary symbiosis of data and creative in the making of an effective piece of marketing or advertising.

In the 10-minute video below, Foster tunnels into how “…the terrible science around media is conducted…” and detonates some commonly held myths about perceived walls between art and science. He then outlines how his team is working across the company to improve the entire content marketing process.

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The Viacom Lab, Nickelodeon, and Paramount Come Together to Create the Ultimate Fan Experience—One Night in the TMNT Lair

Viacom’s Vice President of Mobile and Video Partner Solutions Peter Chelala stayed in his first Airbnb rental recently along with his wife Cynthia and their two sons—8-year-old Henry and 4-year-old Teddy. The family didn’t know what to expect when a concierge greeted them at the posh Tribeca loft around 3 p.m. and immediately delivered a special message to the boys.

“Your father has a connection with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” said the concierge. “The turtles had to go out and defend the city, but they want you to watch over the Lair.”

Then he opened the door. “It was epic,” said Chelala. “The sheer scale of it was incredible.” The Lair is tailored to suit the needs of its amphibious ninjas with a glow-in-the-dark basketball court, old-school arcade games, action figures, a boxing ring, a surveillance center, and a drum set. Its walls are emblazoned with graffiti. There are two rooms with bunk beds, a master suite, and four bathrooms—complete with a TMNT-themed shower curtain.

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The second floor of the Lair. Read More

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The Chelala family and their friends are hard at work defending the Lair. Read More

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Take on New York City With the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Travelling to New York City soon? Need a kid-friendly dinner recommendation? Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello and Raphael have got you covered. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles love their city more than anything else—except maybe pizza. That’s why they are the official New York City Family Ambassadors.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles take a ride on the Gray Line sightseeing bus at Times Square on October 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles see the sights in Times Square.

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Five Things You Need to Know about Viacom’s Global Snapchat Partnership

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Here’s what you need to know about Viacom’s global partnership with Snapchat.

​1) You will “Discover” more Viacom on Snapchat than ever before. Two Viacom channels join Snapchat’s outrageously popular Discover feature: International Comedy Central and U.S. MTV. This complements the domestic Comedy Central and international MTV channels that already live there. It also means more videos like this from Australian rockers 5 Seconds of Summer:

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Viacom Velocity & Comedy Central Head Up (Literally) Hauntingly Funny Spot for Reese’s

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

The headless horseman and his flaming pumpkin head – the ubiquitous Halloween duo are forever charging along moonlit trails, in menacing pursuit of terrified mortals. But what do these scary season mainstays do when they’re not scouring the autumn earth in search of the lost rider’s noggin?

In a hilarious reimagining of the galloping villains, Comedy Central portrays the eternally intertwined duo’s domestic life in a seasonal spot for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

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