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

Viacom, Joyful Heart Foundation and Mariska Hargitay Team Up To Produce ‘NO MORE’ PSAs

Viacom and its Velocity division had the privilege to work with Mariska Hargitay, of Law & Order: SVU fame, on a series of public service announcements addressing domestic violence and sexual assault. The mission of the PSAs is to dispel the stigma and disrupt the silence around these issues that are so critical and relevant for our audiences. In partnership with the NO MORE campaign, we produced the spots with celebrity talent from across the company. These issues affect everyone, so we wanted to use the whole spectrum of VIACOM’s bold voices to reach all of our brands’ fans. I must say, watching Mariska direct this campaign blew me away. Her passion, grace, support—and compassion—for the people participating in the PSA left me deeply moved and hugely inspired. She actually had that effect on everyone, from the celebrities in front of the camera to the people behind the scenes, everyone was just so moved by her care and commitment. In advance of the spots’ release, I spoke with Mariska about the creative process for the PSAs, her experiences founding the Joyful Heart Foundation and what it’s really like working with Viacom. Read More

Millennials ‘Redefining Patriotism as an Active Commitment’

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

Memorial Day Celebrations

In the spirit of the upcoming Fourth of July, MTV took a look at patriotism among young people in its brand new research study, “Millennials & #Merica.” The results tell us a positive story, with an overwhelming 86 percent stating they are “proud to be American” and 8 in 10 agreeing they are “inspired by America.” The research also uncovered a significant shift by young people away from the traditional concept of unquestioning patriotism to a more balanced definition of what it means to be an “American” today – proud of country but highly attuned to its strengths and weaknesses. Read More

‘Catfishes’ Fake Their Identities, But They’re Really in the Dictionary

Chelsey by Chelsey Kupferman, Viacom

Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, "Catfish: The TV Show"  Season One

Catfish: The TV Show is the critically acclaimed docu-series known for catapulting the term “catfishing” into everyday conversation. Now to further cement the phenomenon and term into popular vernacular, Merriam-Webster, America’s best known keeper of words has officially added “catfish” to the dictionary. Read More

Top 3 Reasons We’re Dying To See ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’

tiffany by Tiffany Knighten, Viacom

Hong Kong has been invaded by the Decepticons, and the mainland is next.

The much-anticipated fourth installment of Paramount Picture’s Transformers franchise smashes onto the big screen this Friday, June 27th and critics are saying the robots look better than ever. Although the release of the official trailer has us on the edge of our seats, we want more. Here are the top 3 reasons we can’t wait any longer for the film’s release: Read More

Contemplations in Cannes: Viacom’s Philippe Dauman, Twitter’s Dick Costolo Partake in Cannes Debate

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

At this year’s Cannes Debate, Twitter chief Dick Costolo and Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman engaged in a wide-ranging conversation about the state and future of the media industry. Watch the video above for the full debate, spirited as always and moderated by WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell.

How Hispanic Millennials Are Consuming TV Content

Erica Saylor by Erica Saylor, Tr3s


Hispanic young adults are known for being early adopters of digital technology. In the past, Hispanic families have been more likely to have one TV set in the household that they sat down to watch together. With content now available on computers, tablets, and smartphones offers more options, how have their viewing habits changed? Read More