Food For Thought: An Employee’s Perspective on Viacommunity’s Week of Giving

Viacom employees set aside the days around Thanksgiving as a Week of Giving, combating hunger both locally and abroad by assembling meal kits and delivering meals to homebound local elders. As a new hire, I chose to join volunteers in order to better immerse myself in Viacom’s unique corporate culture during a time of year when the company emphasizes care and compassion for others.

On the Monday before Thanksgiving, employees gathered at long tables bunched into the cafeteria at our Times Square headquarters. In partnership with international hunger relief group Stop Hunger Now, we boxed meals that consisted of rice, soy, and fortified vegetables onto pallets. Volunteers sang along as music blasted through the room, and an emcee rang a giant gong for every two thousand meals that we packaged. In just two hours, our group of energetic Viacom employees boxed 20,000 meals. After the event, the organization sent them abroad to be distributed to some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

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Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman Visits Paris Office in Expression of Solidarity

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CEO Philippe Dauman spent Monday morning at Viacom’s Paris office, hearing the stories of local employees and expressing his support of the French people after the November 13 attacks that struck the capital. Thankfully, no Viacom employees were injured in the attacks. Employees of MTV France and Nickelodeon France, as well as the entire French Viacom International Media Network team, kept the channels running without interruption during the very difficult period immediately following the attacks.

Dauman, whose parents emigrated from France to the United States, addressed employees in French, expressing his gratitude and the support of Viacom colleagues in the U.S. and around the world.

“The French employees really appreciated this unexpected visit from Philippe and all the messages of support and solidarity from our colleagues all over the world,” said Mélanie Collombet, who works at the Paris office.

An employee at the morning session captured the photos below.​

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Interior Design Highlights 1515 Renovations

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​Glass walls and bold accents, imaginatively laid-out floors dotted with collaborative areas and private and open work spaces, all of it nested within natural light and tumbling into spectacular Manhattan views – each of these elements and more punctuate the ongoing redesign of Viacom’s New York City headquarters at 1515 Broadway.

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A Whole Lot to Like About Viacom’s Fourth Quarter and Year-End Earnings

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When Viacom released earnings for the fourth quarter and full year of 2015 earlier this week, there was a whole lot to like. Those of you who are interested in the dollars and cents of it can read the full press release here, which provides year-to-year comparisons and a more minute breakdown of the numbers.

But what’s behind the dollar signs? Content. Really good content – the kind of stuff that deeply engages fans, weaving its way into the fabric of their lives. We’re talking about Nickelodeon’s new hit, Game Shakers, which is the number one live-action show for kids 2-11 and has inspired 3 million downloads of its Sky Whale game. Or Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, which has seen its 18-24 audience skyrocket since the new host claimed the desk in September. Or MTV’s iconic Video Music Awards piling up a massive 21.4 million tweets – a record for an entertainment program.

There’s plenty more. Great stuff is pouring out of all of our brands, from VH1 to Paramount to BET to MTV’s European Music Awards, and we continue to expand, with Viacom’s International operations launching 21 channels over the past year. Scroll through the slides below to see the headlines, and check out our full investor newsletter here to see the top-rated shows by each of our networks and more.

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Korey Robinson Comes Straight Outta Compton to Win the 2015 Viacom Employee Halloween Costume Contest

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From left to right: Damien Witter(DJ Yella), Stephen Russell (Eazy-E), Johnathan O’Mallon (Jerry Heller), Korey Robinson (Ice Cube), Alan Jones (Dr. Dre), all employees in Viacom’s New York office.

Congratulations to Korey Robinson (aka Ice Cube), on winning the 2015 Viacom Halloween Costume Contest. A sales account executive in Viacom’s New York office, Robinson teamed up with Damien Witter (DJ Yella), Stephen Russell (Eazy-E), Johnathan O’Mallon (Jerry Heller), and Alan Jones(Dr. Dre) to create this prop-perfect group getup of  N.W.A. and their manager as depicted in the recent Straight Outta Compton movie. We caught up with Robinson, who gave us a bit of insight into the group’s choice behind the World’s Most Dangerous Halloween Costume.

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Encoding a Viacom Mentor into Her Life

This past summer, 20 high school girls immersed themselves in the expansive, limitless world of coding, many of them for the first time, via an intensive program run by Girls Who Code at Viacom’s global headquarters in New York City. The girls learned and honed their coding skills in the classroom, took workshops, attended speaking sessions and took field trips to some of Viacom’s core facilities. Each participant was assigned a mentor, who continued to support the girls’ efforts to break into the male-dominated computer sciences fields even after the program wrapped. We asked Nikita Uppal, a student participant this past summer, to write about this transformational experience. She jotted down some thoughts about the relationship she established with her mentor, Teresa:

Girls Who Code taught us the soft skills of the business world. One way they did that was by introducing us to inspiring female role models by assigning us with individual mentors based on personality. I met my mentor, Teresa Hsu, a technology project and portfolio management leader for Nickelodeon, at a big event introducing all the mentors to their mentees. They had introductions, lunches and activities, including bingo. Each space had a fact, such as “Has been on a TV show.” You would then have to find a mentor or mentee that had accomplished this. This icebreaker revealed a lot of interesting facts about the people around us.

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Viacom Chief Technology Officer David Kline Named to STEMConnector’s Top 100 CIO/CTO List

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Viacom Chief Technology Officer David Kline was recently honored as one of the leading executives among his peers in the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). STEMconnector, a coalition of industry leaders spanning more than 150 entities, unveiled the fourth segment of its leadership series with 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM, and included Kline on their list. The organization defines STEM leaders as those who proactively encourage the implementation of STEM education and development within their companies and industries.

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In Theaters Oct. 30: Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

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Yeah, so this one looks pretty cool – Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, a totally new take on the zombie genre, in which a badass cocktail waitress and a trio of highly trained scouts put their merit badges to work against the undead hordes. The trailer shows a raucous mix of humor and horror – and who doesn’t like a couple laughs to temper the tension in the midst of the zombie apocalypse? This one drops, perfectly timed, on Halloween weekend. Click here for more info or to buy tickets.

Expanding Our Footprint: Viacom International Studios Opens in Miami

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Earlier this week, we announced the opening of Viacom International Studios, our new state-of-the art production hub for Viacom’s global entertainment brands in Miami.

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