BOOM CLAP! MTV Push Rocks Helsinki With 2-Day Festival

Jennifer Needham by Jennifer Needham, VIMN UK

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MTV has once again been on the road and made its mark on another city – and this time it was the turn of the uber cool Helsinki, Finland.  As MTV touched down last week to commence its first ever MTV PUSH pop culture festival – the brand’s global campaign to discover and showcase new creative talent – local fans of music, fashion and style were in for a 48-hour treat!

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New International Campaign to Offer ‘Big Breaks’ to Fans at Major MTV Events

AliciaHosking by Alicia Hosking, Viacom International Media Networks

As MTV’s new international multi-platform campaign, MTV Breaks will give talented MTV fans around the world the chance to kick-start a career in the creative industries by offering unprecedented opportunities to work on its high-profile entertainment events. Starting with the 2014 MTV EMA in Glasgow on Nov. 9, MTV Breaks is offering big ‘breaks’ to three talented, young creatives who will win the opportunity to work as a photographer, costume designer or camera operator at this year’s show. The selected candidates will be mentored at the show and subsequently by industry experts and will have their work featured on MTV channels and platforms the world over. Read More

VMAs 2014: Even More Than Miley

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

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As conversations about last year’s twerk-tastic Video Music Awards wind down (though they will never erase from memory, entirely), the year’s biggest celebration of pop music returned this weekend, leaving us with fresh fodder for conversation and pop culture references. Among its many notable moments, there was a breathtaking performance from Queen Bey, who was joined by husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy, giving us a touching glimpse of the First Family of Hip-Hop… a moving moment when Common, presenter of the Moonman for Best Hip Hop video, talked about Ferguson and asked the audience to take a moment of silence to remember Michael Brown… and a stirring performance from Usher, who was joined on-stage by Nicki Minaj. Read More

The Lovable Alex Saxon Weighs in from ‘Finding Carter’ Set

Neena Koyen by Neena Koyen, Viacom

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With its unconventional storyline, multiple love triangles and extreme mother-daughter drama, it’s no wonder that MTV’s Finding Carter was the network’s best scripted launch in more than two years. Six episodes in, there are still plenty of unanswered questions that keep fans tuning in. To get some perspective from the set, we talked to Alex Saxon who wears multiple hats playing “Max”: as Carter’s former boyfriend and current best friend, as well as love interest for Carter’s twin sister, Taylor. Alex weighs in on his experience starring on the show that’s quickly become cable’s #1 new cable series among teens. Read More

Comedy Central’s Michele Ganeless, ‘The Woman Behind the Funniest Shows on TV’

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom


michele-ganelessFor the past decade, Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless has overseen a network that has assembled a stellar slate with a mix of established and emerging favorites — from The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and South Park to Inside Amy Schumer, Key & Peele and ­@­midnight. It’s also drawn in a deeply devoted, engaged community of fans.

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Straight from the Mouths of the Stars and Developers: Overheard @ Viacom TCA 2014

Neena Koyen by Neena Koyen, Viacom

Viacom Summer TCA 2014

Viacom took the stage at the Television Critics Association press tour last week with five brand new shows from MTV and VH1.  The critics were served up a healthy mix of scripted fare including MTV’s “Finding Carter” and “Happyland”; reality shows, with MTV’s “Virgin Territory” and VH1’s “Leann & Eddie”; and the very special hybrid reality-sketch show from VH1, “Candidly Nicole,” which started out as an AOL web series.  Here’s the short version of what the stars and development teams behind each of the shows had to say. Read More

#ThrowBackThursday: Ariana Grande Brings Back TRL

MTV's "Total Ariana Live" On Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Forget Honeymoon Avenue, Times Square is where we found Ariana Grande last week. In a one night only event, Ariana brought back an old MTV staple, TRL, or as we called it TAL, Total Ariana Live. With Ariana in the house, you better believe that the pandemonium in Times Square was nothing short of what Carson Daly and Lala Vasquez faced during their days of interviewing celebrity guests. Read More