“This is not some internship where you’ll run around getting coffee for people. I want to give you a challenging project with a tangible outcome that we can point to at the end of the summer and say, ‘Tanmay did that.’ It’s going to be hard work, but along the way, dude, you’ll have fun.” Hearing that on the first day of work from Bryson Gordon, senior vice president of data strategy, immediately quashed any doubt that spending the summer at Viacom was going to be epic. Given the ludicrous amount of television and movies I watch and my love for acting, working in media and entertainment felt like a no-brainer.
TV Land has long been a destination for nostalgic TV viewers seeking reruns of the black-and-white stage sets that defined some part of their past. And while during the day the network remains the place to catch your favorite episodes of Gunsmoke or The Golden Girls, the primetime headliners today are TV Land’s original programs: the generation-shifting heroine of Younger; the pastor-impersonator on Impastor; the raucous blend of humor, family and food on The Jim Gaffigan Show.
AV Technology Magazine recently announced the creation of the “Out of the Box Award” to recognize something that “sets a new standard of immersive, customized, interactive digital signage with specific benefits for tech managers and operations managers.” The big winner of the magazine’s inaugural award? The lobby of Viacom’s newly renovated Time Square headquarters.
So, you’ve been obsessed with BET Networks for as long as you can remember. You are one of the “real fans” who recalls watching reruns of Rap City, and loving every minute of AJ and Free hosting 106 & Park. Every year, you anxiously anticipate the thrill and excitement of the annual BET Awards and BET Experience.
This was me: a die-hard BET fan. I wondered what an internship with one of my favorite television networks would be like. In lieu of how difficult it is to land a Viacom internship, I expected to become an integrated member of the team whose work positively impacts the network. I wanted to work with people who care about who I am, and not just what I could do for them. Ultimately, I expected to be constantly challenged, as that is how I produce my best work.
Viacom employees were out in full force this past Sunday, wearing their pride on their sleeves at the annual New York City Pride March. With our EMERGE LGBT resource group and Logo network, our teams brought their spirit to the walk, dancing down Fifth Avenue to the beat of the Logo float.
From 39th street to the West Village, the air buzzed with energy and excitement. Spectators’ cheers and jubilation filled the air in the wake of Friday’s historic Supreme Court ruling. Back in March, Viacom joined 378 companies and organizations in a submission to the Supreme Court arguing in support of marriage equality.
The newly minted Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles was on fire Saturday night as the 15th annual BET Awards came to town. It was a night full of phenomenal performances, heartfelt speeches and unforgettable moments. The night’s top winners included Kendrick Lamar for Best Male Hip Hop Artist and in a three-way tie, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown won three awards each, followed by Oscar-winning film “Selma” and FOX’s “Empire,” which each took home two awards.
The evening also featured some throwback moments that paid tribute to the legends. Legendary recording artist and Motown executive Smokey Robinson received the Lifetime Achievement Award. He also performed “Tracks of My Tears,” “Cruisin’,” and a crowd sing-along to “My Girl,” with Tori Kelly, Robin Thicke and Ne-Yo. Check it out:
Hosts Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson captivated the crowd the entire night, thanks to their riffs on a range of hot topics and impersonating celebrities from Sam Smith to Cookie and Lucius from “Empire.” For a complete list of award winners and more information, click here.
Viacom wants to entertain you, yes. We tell compelling stories – about humans colonizing Mars or a teenager who transforms into a werewolf or a girl who becomes quarterback of her high school football team.
They unravel from the walls like a dream, tendrils of bright colors streaming along the walls as though they grew from the building itself, at once taking over the room and becoming part of it. This is the art of Crystal Wagner, the latest artist in residence to collaborate with Viacom employees to transform the places where Viacom lives and creates as part of the larger Art at Viacom initiative. A contemporary, interdisciplinary artist, Wagner is passionate about combining two and three dimensional forms, using unconventional materials and printmaking for massive installations.
What is it like to work in media and entertainment? To run a large business? To manage employees and budgets and clients? A group of New York City students found out over the course of the 2014-15 school year as they immersed themselves in Viacom’s Unlimited Potential (UP) Mentoring initiative, part of the company’s ongoing Viacommunity program. In June, this group of mentees gathered at Viacom’s global headquarters in Times Square for a year-end celebration that included remarks from CEO Philippe Dauman. Read More
Spotify rolled out a host of new features this week that transform the app into a one-stop entertainment shop. Among the recently announced additions is video capabilities and key partnerships with content providers, including Viacom’s MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central. Read More