Week In Review: Viacom Press Picks

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom
The 2014 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee (Photo:  Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

The 2014 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

With Summer Fridays in full swing, most Viacom employees are enjoying a shortened work week to accompany the warm weather. But the news keeps coming… after an explosively successful CMT Music Awards in Nashville this week, we announced a new international channel, while the networks had exciting show launches to announce.

Viacom Unveils New Study, “TV Here, There (Not Quite) Everywhere”

stuart-schneiderman by Stuart Schneiderman, Strategic Insights and Research, Viacom Media Networks

Last week, we unveiled the findings from “TV Here, There (Not Quite) Everywhere,” our brand new study exploring consumers’ perceptions, expectations and experiences around TV Everywhere (TVE).  We define the TV Everywhere experience as watching full-length TV programs on sites and apps by “authenticating” –  using one’s pay TV log-in information. And what we found is a very positive story for our networks and for TV Everywhere. The most significant reveal is that TV Everywhere actually supplements TV viewing overall. At the same time, viewers say TV Everywhere adds a lot of value to their pay TV subscriptions, making them much more loyal to their providers. Here are some key findings:

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MTV Surveys Young People in the EU Ahead of European Parliamentary Elections

People vote at a polling station during the European parliament elections in Gibraltar on May 22, 2014. Europe kicked off its mammoth parliamentary elections today, with Britain and the Netherlands going to the polls in a vote that is expected to see a swing towards populist right-wing parties. The elections, which are spread over four days in the EU's 28 member states, are set to produce major gains for anti-immigration parties that are bent on dismantling the European Union from the inside.  AFP PHOTO / MARCOS MORENO        (Photo credit should read MARCOS MORENO/AFP/Getty Images)

People vote at a polling station during the European parliament elections in Gibraltar on May 22, 2014. Europe kicked off its mammoth parliamentary elections today, with Britain and the Netherlands going to the polls in a vote that is expected to see a swing towards populist right-wing parties. (Photo: MARCOS MORENO/AFP/Getty Images)

As the European parliamentary elections kick off today through Sunday, May 25, across the European Union’s member states, MTV undertook a survey in UK, Italy, France, Spain, and Germany to find out what young people aged 15-34 thought about politics and issues relating to them. The responses were revealing and imply a political stance amongst younger people that is both value-driven and grown-up, and at all times at odds with media stories indicating opinion drifting towards far-right nationalist parties such as UKIP and Front National. Read More

Dauman. Costolo. Sorrell. THE CANNES DEBATE 2014.

Sawyer by Mark Jafar, Viacom

Cannes Debate

Coming this summer to a theater near you.

If you happen to live on the French Riviera, anyway (and if you do, what are you doing spending your time on corporate blogs?)

If you don’t, however, and you won’t be at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity next month, fret not.  Beginning today, public voting opens for which Cannes Lions sessions will be streamed live via YouTube.  The always spirited Cannes Debate, hosted annually by WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell, is among them and will feature Twitter chief Dick Costolo and our very own Philippe Dauman, President and CEO of Viacom.  Read More

Top 10 Reasons To Attend BET Experience at L.A. Live

Byron Edwards - BET Headshot by Byron Edwards, BET

On behalf of BET, we are excited to announce the award winning actor and comedian CHRIS ROCK as the host of “BET AWARDS” on Sunday, June 29, 2014.  One of cable television’s highest rated award shows, the “BET Awards” returns to Los Angeles & Nokia Theater at L.A. Live and has released the full list of nominees for this year’s ceremony.

As part of the 2nd annual BET EXPERIENCE at L.A. Live and one of social media’s most talked about programs, the “BET AWARDS” promises to bring an award show filled with music’s biggest performances featuring today’s hottest entertainers in music, film, sports and television.  As always, the “BET AWARDS” promises to deliver a live show full of unforgettable moments while celebrating the years most talked about artists, actors, athletes, humanitarian and welcomes another deserving recipient with the fourteenth Lifetime Achievement Award.

Here are the Top 10 Reasons not to miss the BET Awards and BET Experience: Read More

CEO Philippe Dauman Discusses Plans to Take Channel5 ‘To The Next Level’

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

After Viacom announced its deal to acquire Channel5 in the UK, CEO Philippe Dauman spoke to Channel5 News about what viewers can expect in the months to come. Dauman called Channel5′s momentum “indisputable” and said he plans to keep that momentum going by introducing new technology and investing in more programming. Read More

Hispanic Millennials and Workplace Benefits

Erica Saylor by Erica Saylor, Tr3s

Many Hispanic Adult Millennial workers are employed in retail, sales, food, and construction—fields that they don’t generally see as ideal. They’re working mostly for the money now, but hope to advance into areas like technology, healthcare, education, and creative industries. So when it comes to benefits, what are their current situations offering?

As part of its recently released 2014 study, “Hispanic Adult Millennials at Work and Play,” Tr3s asked Hispanics ages 19 to 34 about what employer-sponsored benefits they’re receiving. Here are key insights: Read More

The ‘Born-Free’ Generation in South Africa

by Julie Lefevre, Research & Insights, VIMN - Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa
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Young people walk in a park in Johannesburg in front of a billboard calling on the people of South Africa to vote for the ANC in the upcoming general election on May 7, in a vote which promises to be the sternest test yet of the ruling African National Congress. (Photo: ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

April 27, 1994 has a special meaning in South Africa: citizens of all races were allowed to take part in the elections for the first time. The African National Congress (ANC) party won a sweeping victory and Nelson Mandela became the first black elected president of the country.

Two decades later, May 7 will be the first election since Mandela’s death and the first in which the so-called ‘Born-free’ generation are eligible to vote. Read More