The Woman Who Could Not Sing Returns to The Big Stage This Friday

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Before streaming music and social media, before American Idol and MTV, before even affordable record players or The Ed Sullivan Show, music still had its gatekeepers. In the pre-World War II decades most people had to venture out to hear music, to the clubs and concert halls that hung off the nighttime streets of cities like New York, and the dozen or more papers that clotted newsstands in those days were stuffed with critics’ reviews of these performances.

But sometimes, the gatekeepers didn’t matter. For most of the first half of the last century, a woman named Florence Foster Jenkins willed an inherited fortune, a self-cobbled web of social club music directorships, and a ferocious drive to sing into one of the most unlikely and confounding music careers ever documented.

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Young Talent From Across Viacom Named Cynopsis Rising Stars 2016

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Following a strong showing at the Cynopsis Social Good Awards earlier this year, Viacom returns to the site’s homepage, this time with a crew of rising talent that is helping to stake out our company’s future. These young pros from Nickelodeon, BET, Logo and our Viacom Velocity marketing and creative content team are recipients of the second Cynopsis Rising Stars awards.

A broad-based panel of professionals selected the winners alongside Cynopsis staff after evaluating each entry to determine how deeply each person was influencing their organization. The result is a roster of next-generation industry leaders from around the media and entertainment industries.

The Viacom winners are Velocity’s Jennifer Castro, Lauren Elias and Jaz Nsubuga; Nickelodeon Velocity’s Chase Cusack; Logo’s Michael DiMattesa; and BET’s Jessica Garcia. They will gather with their peers from around the industry at a reception at the New York Athletic Club on Sept. 15, 2016. They will also be profiled on cynopsis.com.

You can read a bit more about some of the Viacom winners below.

Jennifer CastroJENNIFER CASTRO – MANAGER, INTEGRATED MARKETING, VH1

What she does: Castro develops creative multi-platform integrated marketing programs for various VH1 properties, including awards shows and original programming.

Tenure: Three years

On being named a Cynopsis Rising Star:

“I was very honored by the nomination from my team and proud of the recognition of my work.”

What helps her fit Cynopsis’ description of a rising star as someone who has “proven success in aligning strategic objectives with end goals.”:

“One of my first projects in my new role as a manager on the VH1 Integrated Marketing team was working on a cross-Viacom program for the Truth (American Legacy) client, which was originally being managed by another team member who had left the company. We were able to successfully manage the client’s expectations while producing a great piece of content that both the client and the channel were happy with.”   

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Younger, Drunk History and Lip Sync Battle Return as South Park Turns 20 – See What Else We Have Coming This Quarter

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom
I Love Kellie Pickler returns to CMT. The VMAs bring (no doubt) another many moments that we will be talking about for years. South Park turns one year short of legal drinking age. Drunk History, Younger, and Lip Sync Battle all come back. The BET Hip Hop Awards return. And Paramount continues to release major films, starting with Florence Foster Jenkins on Aug. 12 and Ben-Hur on Aug. 19. As we wrap up Q3 2016, browse the calendar below to see exactly when and where these and dozens of other shows are scheduled to drop as we continue our momentum into the final part of our fiscal year. All dates are subject to change.
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Kids Programming, VH1, Award Shows Highlight Earnings for America’s Largest Cable Family

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom
Viacom released third quarter 2016 earnings on Thursday, Aug. 4. Nickelodeon and VH1 are surging in ratings as VIMN continues to expand and our brands reel in Emmy nominations, helping to affirm our place as the leading cable network in America, with 21.1 percent of all viewership concentrated on its networks.

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Celebrating 35 Years With a Permanent Tribute to MTV History

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

MTV is busting out the time machine.

You can start your day with a Rock Block, maybe a little Guns N Roses and Metallica mixed in with some U2 and Limp Bizkit. Transition into some ‘80s Rewind with The B-52s, Belinda Carlisle and The Pointer Sisters. Then maybe catch a couple classic films (Ghostbusters 2 or Revenge of the Nerds sound appealing)? Late night, you can catch some Beavis & Butt-Head and Daria, before the really late night rocks out with Metal Evolution and Headbangers Ball.

If that sounds like some sort of fantasy quest into the 1980s and 90s, it is. And it’s what MTV Classic – formerly VH1 Classic – is set up to deliver. Every. Single. Day. Aeon Flux will be back. So will MTV Unplugged, Run’s House (the net detours joyously into the early 2000s), Pimp My Ride, Cribs, Jackass, Punk’d, TRL, Road Rules, The Real World … basically everything that you think of when you flash back to those living rooms of your youth. Flatscreens and high definition and even the internet were still very far off when a lot of these first ran, but the stuff on the screen stuck with you forever. And now it’s back.

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Viacom brands Conquer Comic-Con International

There’s been a lot of convention activity recently, and it hasn’t all been political. Comic-Con, the annual international pop culture conference, was held in San Diego from Thursday, July 21 to Sunday, July 24.

Comic-Con is a splendor of fantasy, a place that celebrates animation, cartoons, and most of all, fans. Viacom is well-acquainted with the concept of putting fans first. Our diverse content gives us the widest breadth of fan-kind in the industry. There’s no better example of this than at Comic-Con.

Our Nickelodeon exposition entertained young fans with a floor-to-ceiling booth featuring a collage of characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, Invader Zim, and The Ren and Stimpy Show. Our werewolf-romance aficionados were satiated by MTV’s Teen Wolf panel, and adult fans were able to literally insert themselves into the fictional universe of Comedy Central’s South Park as the show ramps up for its 20th anniversary in September .

Read more to see what dazzling ventures Nickelodeon, MTV, and Comedy Central presented at Comic-Con.

Nickelodeon Comic Con Booth 2016
Nickelodeon Comic Con Booth 2016
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Nickelodeon's Comic-Con booth featured the game show, Double Dare. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Nickelodeon) Read More

Nickelodeon Comic Con Booth 2016
Nickelodeon Comic Con Booth 2016
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Nickelodeon's Comic-Con booth featured Legends of the Hidden Temple. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Nickelodeon) Read More

Nickelodeon Comic Con Booth 2016
Nickelodeon Comic Con Booth 2016
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Nickelodeon's Comic-Con booth featured Hey Arnold's legendary stoop. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Nickelodeon) Read More

South Park Experience 5
South Park Experience 5
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Comedy Central's innovative exposition at Comic Con let users immerse themselves in the world of South Park. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central. Read More

South Park Experience 4
South Park Experience 4
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Comedy Central's innovative exposition at Comic Con let users immerse themselves in the world of South Park. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central. Read More

South Park Experience 3
South Park Experience 3
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Comedy Central's innovative exposition at Comic Con let users immerse themselves in the world of South Park. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central. Read More

South Park Experience 2
South Park Experience 2
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Comedy Central's innovative exposition at Comic Con let users immerse themselves in the world of South Park. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central. Read More

South Park Experience 1
South Park Experience 1
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Comedy Central's innovative exposition at Comic Con let users immerse themselves in the world of South Park. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central. Read More

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South Park Experienc 6
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Comedy Central's innovative exposition at Comic Con let users immerse themselves in the world of South Park. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central. Read More

MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Inside
MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Inside
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MTV's Fandom Awards celebrated the hit show, Teen Wolf, among other fan favorites. (Photo by Phil Faraone/Getty Images for MTV) Read More

MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Inside
MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Inside
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MTV's Fandom Awards celebrated the hit show, Teen Wolf, among other fan favorites. (Photo by Alberto Rodriguez/Getty Images for MTV) Read More

MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
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MTV's Fandom Awards celebrated the hit show, Teen Wolf, among other fan favorites. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for MTV) Read More

MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
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MTV's Fandom Awards celebrated the hit show, Teen Wolf, among other fan favorites. (Photo by Dave Mangels/Getty Images) Read More

MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
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MTV's Fandom Awards celebrated the hit show, Teen Wolf, among other fan favorites. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Read More

MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
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MTV's Fandom Awards celebrated the hit show, Teen Wolf, among other fan favorites. (Photo by Dave Mangels/Getty Images) Read More

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Viacom’s Deepak Daswani Travels to Nick’s KCA Sports as Winner of Employee Events & Programs Sweepstakes

The Kids’ Choice Sports Awards is the sole award show where fan engagement, wacky stunts, and sports legends converge. This year’s ceremony attracted 2.5 million viewers. It was the most-watched sports show for kids in the K2-11 and K6-11 age range, even as it competed with a trio of massively popular sports-themed shows: the 2016 ESPY Awards, and the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby All-Star Game.

Unlike those viewers sorting through their options at home, however, Viacom’s Deepak Daswani got to watch the show live at the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.  He got to take his wife Leena, and two sons—12-year-old Shaan and 9-year-old Dev – with him. Daswani is the latest winner in our ongoing sweepstakes series that has sent many Viacom employees to some of our many culturally resonant award shows over the past few months.

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Viacom Employee Events & Programs Sends Four of Our Employees to Join the Coronation at VH1’s Hip Hop Honors

More than 3 million viewers set records for the first live airing of VH1’s Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens on July 11, driving a torrid social media response to this veneration of the genre’s female icons. This love letter to the female forerunners of hip-hip included tributes to Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Peppa, Lil’ Kim and more.

The event broadcast from just a couple dozen blocks north of Viacom’s Times Square headquarters, at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall. Continuing a summer-long contest that has given employees a chance to attend tentpole events such as the BET Awards and the CMT Music Awards, Viacom sent four winners to witness the show live.

Here’s what three of our winners have to say about the stunning ceremony.

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The Loud House is Loud and Proud

Like many other kids growing up in the 90s, I loved watching Nickelodeon. No one ever offered such unfiltered and hilarious content for kids like Nick. And Nickelodeon gave us everything, just for us: Kids’ game shows with Double Dare and Figure It Out; Nickelodeon sketch comedy with All That; the news on Nick News; and our very own awards show, Kids’ Choice, where we actually got to vote for our favorite stars.

Nickelodeon’s commitment to diversity, to being for all kids, has been a major part of the brand since day one. And they took yet another step forward recently with the new animated series, The Loud House. The Loud House is about a 10-year-old boy, Lincoln Loud, who grows up in a house with 10 sisters (and only one bathroom). It’s a classic Nickelodeon setup: a chaotic nuclear family and a protagonist who only adds to the hijinks with help from his best friend, Clyde McBride.

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The Loud House is mixing things up on Nickelodeon. Photo courtesy of Nick.com.

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Viacom International Insights: Brexit Special Edition, July 2016

Christian Kurz by Christian Kurz, Research & Insight, Viacom International Media Networks

Late last month, Britain surprised the world by voting to leave the European Union. Following that vote, Viacom International re-contacted seven young adults from the UK, Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands and Sweden who had participated in a 2014 study of global youth’s vision of the future in 2020.

At the time, our young Europeans spoke optimistically about the many opportunities available to them throughout Europe, including travel, career, and general cultural exploration. Through our conversations over the past few weeks, we captured their reactions to this historic decision and found out how their views about the future have shifted. Our international insights team synthesized this research into three blog posts, featured below.

For more posts like this, check out our insights blog.

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