Happy 20th Birthday, Mission: Impossible

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You may have heard that Mission: Impossible 6 could drop as soon as next year. While we don’t have any confirmed release dates at the moment, we can say that the sixth installment in the series will happen.

While you’re waiting, here’s a look back at all five films in the Mission: Impossible franchise, starting with Tom Cruise’s debut as Ethan Hunt almost exactly 20 years ago, in the spring of 1996.

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Viacom, Tacos, and Times Square: How 300 Young Adults Celebrated the Importance of Education

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Viacom, Get Schooled, and the Taco Bell Foundation teamed up once again this spring for a project called Times Square Yearbook. We asked young people to tell us how education has helped them pursue their passions. The kids with the best answers earned a spot on a Times Square billboard and a $1,000 scholarship.

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The winners of this year's Get Schooled initiative celebrated on June 8 in Times Square. Read More

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Paramount Employees Trade Shreddables for Turtles

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom
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What’s stronger than turtle power?The ability to remove waste from our environment for recycling – which is exactly what the Paramount Green Team did recently in an awesome promo for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

A couple of days before the turtles claimed the top box office spot for the weekend of June 3, the Green Team invited employees to Hollywood’s Sherry Lansing Theatre for a screening of the famous foursome’s latest Earth-saving adventures. But it wasn’t free. The price of admission? A stack of your formerly garbage-bound home documents for shredding.

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Relive the Most Thrilling Moments From the 2016 CMT Awards

From its mod, jewel-toned stage to performances featuring a fusion of country legends, rock, and pop stars, the 2016 CMT Awards energized a classic genre with radical twists. The night celebrated country music’s rich history while showcasing its eclectic, contemporary fan base.

NFL Star J.J. Watts and TV personality Erin Andrews hosted the event, which trended on Twitter with the hashtag #CMTAwards for several hours on Wednesday, June 8.

Here are some highlights from CMT’s wildest party of the year.

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: Erin Andrews and J.J. Watt host the 2016 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

Erin Andrews and J.J. Watt host the CMT Awards.

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Viacom Brands Unite to Combat Hatred Around Orlando Tragedy

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

In defiance of the hatred and ignorance that fueled the Orlando terrorist attack that left 49 club-goers dead early Sunday morning, Viacom brands in every part of the world have turned their expansive social, digital and linear reach to pay homage to the victims and seek solutions to the plague of gun violence that is terrorizing American communities.

“We continue to use our public voice to loudly support and celebrate unity, acceptance, diversity, resilience, and change for good,” Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman and COO Tom Dooley wrote in a joint message to employees on Monday. “At Viacom, we will never stop speaking out against hate and gun violence and loudly advocating inclusiveness and sensible laws that protect us from violence.”

That the worst mass shooting in American history targeted a celebratory crowd of mostly LGBTQI individuals during what happened to be both Gun Violence Awareness Month and Pride month is a reminder of the importance of both to evolving our national conversation on many inter-related issues, and many Viacom networks spoke forcefully on these.

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Team Viacom Gives Back at the Corporate Challenge

On Thursday, June 2, 150 Viacom employees ended their workday with a 3.2 mile race through Central Park, less than a mile uptown from our Times Square offices in Manhattan, as part of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. The Corporate Challenge, now in its 40th year, is the largest running series for businesses around the globe.

Close to 700 companies participated in the 40th anniversary of the race, which benefits the Central Park Conservancy, the organization that collaborates with the New York City Parks Department to keep the park pristine.

Director of New Business Partner Marketing Ross McGraw was Viacom’s first-place male runner, with a time of 17:11. He was the 13thrunner to cross the finish line for the entire race.

Client Services Representative Erica Martin was our first-place winner for women, completing the 5K in 24:12. She was the 364th runner overall.

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The Corporate Challenge benefits local charities, like the Central Park Conservancy. Read More

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Congratulations to all of Viacom’s runners, as well as the participants from businesses worldwide. Check out this Q&A with our winners, McGraw and Martin.

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Breaking Down Viacom Velocity in Four Key Points

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1. Higher creative standards are standard.

Viacom Velocity is a full-service marketing and creative content team within the Viacom Marketing and Video Partner Solutions group, built to super-serve our advertising partners.

2. With great marketing comes great responsibility.

We build strategic and creative custom content solutions across all platforms that connect our partners seamlessly into the fabric of our brands, driving value for our partners and loyalty with our fans.

3. Viacom Velocity is where innovation meets collaboration.

Our innovative, data-driven marketing products like Echo, Vantage, Viewprint, Social Talent Platform and the Velocity Content Network create even more ways for our partners to connect with our audiences wherever they are.

4. Its got that new website smell.

We’ve refreshed our website to reflect our newest work, products and capabilities, plus company news and a whole lot more.

Check us out at velocity.viacom.com.

Paramount Helps Set the Hollywood Standard for Sustainable Production

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

When Paramount filmed the recently released Daddy’s Home, the studio focused on a lot more than just finding the ideal New Orleans locations for step-dad Will Ferrell and father Mark Wahlberg to wrangle for influence over young Megan and Dylan – they also wanted to make as low of an environmental impact as possible.

So they operated on a low paper directive, distributing items digitally whenever possible, double-siding when something absolutely had to be printed, and recycling materials after they’d been used. To cut down on waste from bottles and cups, the producers distributed Klean Kanteens to all crew members. A donation to the Green Project at the end of production put an exclamation point on this environmental commitment.

This sort of dedication to sustainability is hardly new to Paramount. In fact, the studio is part of a coterie of industry heavyweights that funds the Green Production Guide, a go-to resource for film and television productions seeking green products and services. The coalition – which also includes the Producers Guild of America, Disney, Fox, NBCU, Sony and Warner Brothers – released an updated guide earlier this week in anticipation of World Environment Day on Sunday, June 5.

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Indeed, Viacom Is a Great Place to Work

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Indeed.com hosts more than 10 million employee reviews on its website, which it claims as the largest such online repository in the world. Visitors not only assign their company an overall score, they also rank its management, job security and advancement, culture, work-life balance, and compensation and benefits.

Given that volume of reviews and the deep dimensions of the criteria, it’s pretty impressive that Viacom landed in the upper half of Indeed’s top 50 companies to work for list when the organization sifted through those millions of reviews to identify the top performers.

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Putting the Monsters in Monster Trucks

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

And you were expecting a 15-foot-tall, supped-up, Bigfoot-style behemoth launching over a line of cars?

Impressive as that is, it’s a three-decade-old idea. Paramount Pictures Monster Trucks is completely original and not at all what you’re expecting, as you’ll see in the recently released trailer for the film, which due out in January 2017.

So check it out for yourself, and decide, is the monster truck, “something unusual, something dangerous,” as one character ominously declares, or is it “awesome,” and “smart,” as teenager Tripp (Lucas Till) claims? The trailer gives a rollicking, selfie-taking, science-exploring race through a family-friendly, entertaining environment.

And, yes, there is in fact jumping over cars. But also buildings, and, incredibly, mountains. You’ve just got to watch it.

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