Heartfelt congratulations to “Selma” and “Interstellar” on taking home Academy Awards last night — we are so proud to be involved with distributing these important films. Read More
This week, BET premieres its first miniseries “The Book of Negroes,” a six-part historical drama based on Lawrence Hill’s acclaimed and best-selling novel of the same name. The miniseries event premiered on Monday and will wrap tonight, Feb. 18, starting at 8 p.m.
Walking into Viacom’s Times Square headquarters after a series of blustery snowstorms, employees, visitors and partners alike were greeted by a colorful and fragrant suspended garden. This is “FLOWERS 2015: OUTSIDE IN,” an artistic experience created by British artist Rebecca Louise Law with the help of over 200 Viacom employees. Don’t forget to look up from your smartphone when you enter on Broadway or pass by the visitors center — you don’t want to miss this floral oasis blooming in the middle of winter.
Viacom Velocity, our creative hub for branded content, launched its YouTube channel this week. Velocity (which bills itself a love child of innovation and collaboration on its website) bids viewers hello with its first YouTube video, “How To Raise A YouTube Star” — a spoof tutorial and parody of parenting in the social media age. Read More
Amid the creative burst that is Sundance, our colleagues over at CreativeFuture unveiled this trailer on “The Value of Creativity.” In a speedy 100 seconds, the video summarizes the cultural and economic benefits of creativity, the detriment of piracy, and how the creative community can advocate on behalf of creators in the present digital climate. Read More
In the midst of one of the busiest weeks in country music, a few hundred people gathered at City Winery in Nashville, Tenn., for CMT’s second annual ‘Next Women of Country’ event to celebrate some of country music’s most influential women. Hosted by Leslie Fram, CMT’s SVP of Music Strategy, and country superstar Lee Ann Womack, the event struck a chord with those in attendance with its purpose to empower the new generation of female artists in the industry. Read More
In company-wide memo following the announcement of Viacom’s year-end results, our CEO Philippe Dauman and COO Tom Dooley looked ahead with excitement about the creativity and innovation that are happening around the company.
“There’s so much that we’re excited about in the year to come,” they write. According to the note, they’re particularly excited for more storytelling. More connection. More inclusion. More growth. “Creativity is the connective tissue of it all.” You can read the particulars reprinted from the note, below.
Congrats to Jennifer Hyjack, the winner of this year’s Best In Show Halloween Costume Contest! With her family, Jennifer, who works in production management in on-air promos department at Spike, paid tribute to video game Super Mario. She is featured below as Peach, along with her husband Alexander “Augie” Ogborn as Luigi, their son Aidan Ogborn as Mario.
Reigning, Not Retiring: NYT Mag Profiles Octogenarians, Nonagenarians Including TV Land’s Betty White
“After 80, some people don’t retire. They reign.”
So starts this beautiful photo essay in the New York Times Magazine, “Old Masters at the Top of their Game.” The piece profiles accomplished men and women in their 80s and 90s — from Tony Bennett (88) and Frank Gehry (86) to Senator Dianne Feinstein (81) and our very own Betty White (92), iconic actress and star of TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland. Capturing striking environmental portraits, the essay also features Q&As with the octogenarians and nonagenarians — brief but full of wisdom. Read More
At her recent TED talk, Anne Hubert, Senior Vice President of Scratch, offers up her take on the question of attention: how we get it, how we hold it and how we use it to create what’s next. Read More