On May 15, Viacom employees around the world put on their out-of-office autoreplies and volunteered at local projects on Viacommunity Day, the company’s annual day of volunteer service. Whether it was beautifying parks and schools, helping the elderly and underprivileged, being a companion to animals in shelters, or mentoring young people, thousands of our employees came together to be the difference. Beyond the collective impact of the day, the objective is to inspire employees to get involved with participating nonprofits and organizations year-round in a deeper way. In New York City alone, Viacom employees volunteered at more than 50 organizations, including, Literacy Inc., Central Park Conservancy, Friends of Hudson River Park, Inner City Scholarship Fund, Soaringwords, SAGE, Food Bank of NYC, the Humane Society, and much more. Read More
Curious about the phenomenal accomplishments of Brain Grazer? He’s probably curious about you too.
Last week, Academy Award-winning writer and producer Brian Grazer was the inaugural guest at Viacom’s INSPIRED HERE Speaker Series to discuss his new book, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life. The series brings some of the most notable innovators and creators inside the company to share their stories, insights and unique perspective. Grazer joined long-time friend and our CEO Philippe Dauman for a conversation with an important theme: curiosity can be a powerful tool in getting where you want to go.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on your nails. An epic Lip Sync Battle blowing up your feed. Every minute, our fans take what our brands produce and make it part of their lives in extraordinary ways.
To illustrate our unparalleled cultural impact, Viacom is launching a proud new campaign: MADE HERE. LIVES EVERYWHERE.
Viacommunity, Viacom’s social responsibility umbrella, expanded its signature intern correspondent contest to the movie scene at the MTV Movie Awards last week. Sarita Nauth, chosen from a supremely talented group of interns with an awesome video submission, interviewed celebs on the importance of giving back. In her correspondent debut, Sarita wowed on the red carpet.
Hear more about Sarita’s experience at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards in her own words:
What is working for Viacom like? According to undergraduate students from across the country, it’s pretty awesome. For the first time, employer-branding leader Universum has listed Viacom among its Top 100 Most Attractive Employers in the United States.
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) today announced the launch of its new international study TV RE[DEFINED]. The study, unveiled this morning at Cable Congress by Christian Kurz, VP Research, Insights and Reporting, VIMN, explores how viewers are redefining their relationship with television. The study also explores how people watch television in this transforming viewing environment, how they discover content and how their habits around television are evolving. Read More
Marriage Equality Goes To The Supreme Court Once Again: Viacom Joins 378 Employers And Organizations In A Submission To The Court
Back in 2013, the Supreme Court considered whether a federal law called the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional. DOMA said that, for purposes of federal benefits that go to married couples, only opposite-sex married couples were entitled to those benefits even if a same-sex couple had married in a state that recognized such marriages. Viacom and 277 other companies and organizations made a submission to the Court arguing that it was unfair to companies and their same-sex married employees to require that they be treated differently from opposite-sex married employees when it came to federal benefits relating to health insurance, protected leave, retirement and other things. In June of that year in a case called Windsor, the Court held that DOMA denied same-sex married couples equal protection under the law and so was unconstitutional. We were proud to have had a small part in making that decision possible.
A group of Viacom colleagues woke up early this morning to attend the inaugural Cynopsis Social Good Awards, which celebrates programs within the TV industry that improve our community. Viacom Velocity, MTV, BET and Nickelodeon took top prizes in a range of categories. Here’s a look at some of the impactful efforts honored.
Ad Age just released its third annual 40 Under 40 list and Viacom Velocity’s very own SVP of Creative, Chris Carlson, made the cut. This top industry list names some of the brightest minds in media and marketing making significant contributions to shape the future of our business.