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

‘Nathan For You’ on Embedding Ideas into the Popular Imagination

tiffany by Tiffany Knighten, Viacom

Although Nathan Fielder isn’t exactly a marketing expert, he asserts himself as one on his Comedy Central show “Nathan For You,” using the combination of his quirky personality and unorthodox marketing ideas to promote small businesses. While his marketing tactics may not be deemed kosher in a traditional marketing classroom, Nathan’s tactics are so absorbing that he’s become a viral sensation, with his infamous video of a pig saving a goat reaching more than 8 million views. Read More

The Year’s Best Female Comedy Performer Is Amy Schumer, According to Vulture TV Awards

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

"Comedy Central's Stars Under The Stars" Hosted By Gabriel Iglesias And Featuring Adam Devine, John Mulaney, Jeff Ross And Amy Schumer

As part of its week-long TV Awards recognizing the best in television from the past calendar year, Vulture today bestowed Amy Schumer with the honor of Best Female Comedy Performer. Well deserved, and also an impressive feat when considering the competition in the category, from modern comedy legends like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Poehler, to super-hot-right-now stars like Mindy Kaling and Aisha Tyler. Here’s what TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz had to say about Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer: Read More

‘Dora the Explorer’ Co-creator Chris Gifford Visits Southeast Asia

Sheri Ladner by Sheri Ladner, Viacom International Media Networks
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Dora and Boots celebrate with Chris Gifford after their awesome live television performance – we did it! (From left: Dora the Explorer, Chris Gifford, Boots)

Chris Gifford, co-creator of the beloved pre-school series Dora the Explorer, travelled to Asia to attend the opening of Dora’s Pirate Adventure at the Resorts World Sentosa Theatre in Singapore, as well as make a quick stop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Read More