Recently, the city of Nashville has received high marks from many national outlets for our growing restaurant scene, evolving musical culture, revitalized neighborhoods and entrepreneurial business community. While all of this attention is flattering and key to continued growth, there’s another crucial area that deserves the spotlight, one that is arguably the most important factor in any thriving community: ensuring high-quality education for all of our children. Read More
Whether you were ready to “party down south” or not, CMT was blowing up the web on the premiere night of “Party Down South,” which shares production credits with MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” With takeovers on the day of the premiere on Perez Hilton, US Weekly, Buzzfeed, Urban Dictionary and YouTube, we knew people would be talking about the show. Read More
It’s been a cold and snowy week in New York City, but business has moved full-speed ahead. Here’s a handful of stories on some of the recent goings-on around Viacom, including a couple of key announcements, a new movie release from Paramount and this truck, above, full of freebies.
- Viacom launches Viacom Velocity, a full-service integrated marketing and creative content solutions group
- Viacom unifies program acquisitions executives under one group
- Comedy Central’s “Broad City” truck to help Millennials stay functional – find it around NYC through Feb. 5.
- Paramount takes step with digital film
- New York Times on the cautionary tale of MTV’s “16 & Pregnant”
Paramount’s “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” also debuted this week, with “Labor Day” coming to theaters next week.
In last week’s blog post, we focused on how US-born Hispanics are driving population growth. This week, we’re going to give some more detail on what their lives look like – and it’s quite different from the Hispanics 18-34 of ten years ago. Not only have those born in the US surpassed immigrants as the dominant group within the Latino young adult demo, the formerly ascendant economy has taken a hit. Because of the tight job market, Hispanic Millennials’ lives have taken some unexpected turns. Read More
Huffington Post featured Jennifer Dunn, the Director of Special Events and Corporate Sponsorship for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, in an exclusive Women in Business Q&A. Dunn is responsible for handling all events, strategic partnerships and corporate fundraising for the foundation. In her candid responses, she discusses her career at Viacom which spans 15 years, provides her perspective on work life balance, women in the workplace and even gives her take on Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In movement. Check out snippets from her Q&A below or click here to read the full article.
At Viacom, promoting diversity and inclusion through our creative endeavors as well as in our workplace is an everyday priority. So, it’s a great honor to see so many Viacom networks and programs represented on the roster of nominees for the NAACP’s 45th Image Awards. Congrats to BET — in the lead with 19 nominations in the TV categories; TV Land’s “The Soul Man,” in the running for three awards; Nickelodeon for three between “Dora The Explorer” and “2013 HALO Awards”; VH1 for “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story”; and Comedy Central for “Key & Peele.” And of course congrats to the many people and teams that make these awards a possibility.
Here’s the full list of noms in the TV categories: Read More
In its end of the year feature “The Disrupters,” the New York Times chronicles the cultural upheaval of 2013, from streaming TV to immersive theater. Making it into the chronicle were Comedy Central’s “sketch kings” — Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele, as well as “pop provocateur” Miley Cyrus, who entered the cultural zeitgeist in an entirely new and newly provocative way at the MTV Video Music Awards in August. Read More
Last week, hundreds in the Viacom family came out and gave big at the 4th annual Give Back & Get Down celebration. Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman, Tom Dooley, Chief Operating Officer, and Marva Smalls, EVP of Global Inclusion Strategy, were all on hand to kick off this holiday giving event benefiting our troops and veterans. This year Viacom employees donated winter clothes, over 6,000 DVDs and 20,000lbs of canned goods to benefit AM VETS and United War Veterans Council, two organizations that work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for vets and their families.
More businesses, artists, activists and entrepreneurs are focusing on Detroit as a hotbed for innovation and inspiration. In 2010, Paramount Pictures filmed Transformers: Dark of the Moon in Detroit and this year marked the production return of the 4th installment of the franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction. Filming in the Motor City brings a pleasant boost to the economy, and last week the franchise also lifted the spirits of hundreds of young people at Durfee Elementary-Middle School, when throngs of excited students welcomed Transformer co-producer and Hollywood all-star Allegra Clegg to their school.
Here’s a selection of stories that have emerged and developed this week, in the midst of a whirlwind of Viacom holiday parties. Be sure to check out this first look at Comedy Central’s upcoming “Broad City,” above, if you haven’t already.