Introducing Noggin, Nickelodeon’s Mobile Subscription Service for Preschoolers

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

In addition to outlining its upcoming development slate at its annual Upfront presentation today, Nickelodeon highlighted a range of other initiatives, including the launch of Noggin, a new mobile subscription service for preschoolers.  Available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch starting March 5, the paid service will be ad-free and offered for $5.99 a month.  Read More

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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Thank You, Jon

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

Calling it an “absolute privilege” and the honor of his professional life, Jon Stewart closed out The Daily Show last night with news that he will be leaving the show by the end of the year. Here are his comments in their entirety, above, and Comedy Central’s official statement, below: Read More

The Nightlyness Begins

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

At long last, Larry Wilmore has arrived to Late Night  — “a rare nonwhite star in the constellation of late-night television,” to use the New York Times’ metaphor. We couldn’t be more excited. His arrival was eagerly anticipated, his voice filling a much hungered for space on TV. Within the first minute of his opening monologue, I felt immediately refreshed by his perspective, his angles on the news of the day. Read More

All-New Installment of CMT CROSSROADS Brings Long-Awaited Pairing of Bob Seger and Jason Aldean

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CMT Crossroads: Bob Seger And Jason Aldean

When you take a legendary rock icon and a country superstar who’s at the height of his career, add in a stage, lights and two of the best bands around, musical magic is made.  Last month at The Factory in Franklin, Tenn., Bob Seger and Jason Aldean united for the first time on the CMT CROSSROADS stage for an end-of-the-year event that neither could turn down.   Read More

MTV EMA Broadcasts from Glasgow with Global Music Icons

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

MTV EMA's 2014

Last week, the 2014 MTV European Music Awards aired live from Glasgow, Scotland. Nicki Minaj as host packed the show with lots of terrific surprises, including a rap for Scotland, a brief foray into mini-golf and a photo-bombing dinosaur. There were also performances from global music icons ranging from Enrique Iglesias to U2. But one thing I found, how ever unintentional, was a message of #girlpower woven throughout the show — as Nicki owned the stage, as Charli XCX energized the crowd, as Alicia Keys mesmerized the audience with her vocal prowess. If you missed it (or just want to watch again), you can see for yourself via the video highlights, below. Read More

CMT Celebrates Second Annual ‘NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY’ Event in Nashville

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CMT Next Women Of Country

In the midst of one of the busiest weeks in country music, a few hundred people gathered at City Winery in Nashville, Tenn., for CMT’s second annual ‘Next Women of Country’ event to celebrate some of country music’s most influential women.  Hosted by Leslie Fram, CMT’s SVP of Music Strategy, and country superstar Lee Ann Womack, the event struck a chord with those in attendance with its purpose to empower the new generation of female artists in the industry.  Read More