Viacom Employee Samantha Newman and Family Win Trip to KCAs

Vice President of Velocity Marketing Operations Samantha Newman had never entered a Viacom awards show contest before—and she’s worked with the company for 10 years.

Newman and her husband, Jason, have two children, 8-year-old Ethan and 4-year-old Alexa. “It’s hard traveling when you have young kids,” said Newman.

But this year Newman’s kids were finally old enough to travel and attend an award show—right in time for Nickelodeon’s 28th annual Kids’ Choice Awards. Newman entered the contest, and won. The timing was fortuitous, as her son was just becoming a fan of live-action shows on Nickelodeon—many of which were represented at this year’s ceremony.

Watch as Newman broke the news to her children:

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MTV + Movies + Television = The MTV Movie & TV Awards

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Since Demi Moore announced Terminator 2: Judgement Day as Best Movie from a Burbank stage in June of 1992, the MTV Movie Awards have celebrated the best of Hollywood’s explosive, moving, heart-pounding annual slate – with an MTV-appropriate musical touch delivered by the big name performers of the day (that inaugural show included En Vogue, Ugly Kid Joe, and Arrested Development).

After 25 years of Golden Popcorn statues and hijinks that have included Jim Carrey crashing the stage as an anonymous hippie, Rainn Wilson gearing up in nothing but a Teddy bear, and lots of surprise makeout sessions, MTV is taking a great thing and making it even better, with the inclusion of television in its award categories. The network has officially renamed the show the MTV Movie & TV Awards.

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“We’re living in a golden age of content, and great storytelling and characters resonate regardless of whether you’re watching it in a theater or on TV,” said MTV President Chris McCarthy. “The new MTV Movie & TV Awards will celebrate even more of the brightest, bravest, funniest and most shared films and TV shows resonating across youth culture.”

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MTV EMAs Head to London

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom


After a raucous party in Rotterdam last year, the MTV EMAs are heading across the North Sea to London for the first time in more than two decades.

“London is arguably the world’s musical epicenter and it’s both a huge privilege and opportunity to bring the MTV EMAs 2017 to the U.K.’s capital city,” said David Lynn, the newly installed CEO of Viacom International Media Networks, who is based in London. “The EMA creates an incredible buzz wherever it lands it; that will be amplified tenfold in London.”

The city last hosted the EMAs in 1996, before the event moved on to other UK venues, including Edinburgh (2003), Liverpool (2008), Belfast (2011) and Glasgow (2014). It looks as though the city is happy to have us back (or at least the mayor is):

Performers, nominees, host information and more is yet to come. For now, check out last year’s winners.


Denzel Washington and Viola Davis Stun Critics and Viewers Alike in Paramount’s Fences

It’s officially awards show season. 2017 kicked off with the 47th annual Golden Globe Awards earlier this month, where Paramount’s Fences kept up its momentum as one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year.

Washington’s character, Troy Maxson, is an embittered former baseball player and sanitation worker. Viola Davis plays his wife Rose, who ferociously protects her children, ideals, and convictions—which are challenged by her husband’s ego.

These performances garnered Washington and Davis Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor in a film and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.

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The Must-See Moments of the 2016 VMAs

It wasn’t VH1’s Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens, but women ruled the VMAs this year. MTV’s flagship award show took place Sunday, August 28 at Madison Square Garden, and featured a host of first-name-only divas, from Rihanna to Beyoncé to Britney (and back to Rihanna).

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Alicia Keys had a front row seat at the 2016 VMAs. Photo courtesy of MTV.

As always, the VMAs were a cultural phenomenon. We can quantify this in new ways thanks to social media. The 33rd annual ceremony drew nearly 50 million streams on Facebook, and tripled in Snapchat impressions since last year. According to Nielsen, the VMAs produced 90 percent of TV social conversation that night.

Read more to find out why the VMAs broke the internet.

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VH1’s Hip Hop Honors: “All Hail the Queens” Celebrated Hip Hop’s Legendary Ladies

VH1’s Hip Hop Honors aired Monday, June 11. This year’s ceremony was aptly named “All Hail the Queens” as female icons such as Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Salt-N-Peppa, and Lil’ Kim were recognized for their contributions to a male-dominated genre. The divas of hip-hop collaborated for a superb, stirring evening.

VH1’s Hip Hop Honors is the latest in a series of record-breaking Viacom award shows this spring. More than three million viewers tuned in for the spectacle, giving VH1 its highest Monday-night ratings in over a year. The show generated 17 trending Twitter topics, and was the most-tweeted day of VH1’s fiscal year.
Want to know what everyone’s tweeting about? Check out these highlights.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Queen Latifah performs onstage during the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for VH1)

All hail Queen Latifah. Photo courtesy of Getty.

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Emmy Congrats: Stephen Colbert Wins, Jon Stewart Couldn’t Be Happier

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

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Congratulations to Comedy Central on another year of success at the Emmys! The network took home an impressive five Primetime Emmys, including a nod at the great work done by “Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs.”

We were happy to see “The Colbert Report” have its much-deserved moment up at podium, with its first win in the “Outstanding Variety Series” category. After breaking “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’s” decade-long winning streak with this win, Stephen Colbert broke character in his acceptance speech — also a first for many of us to witness. He humbly extended gratitude to Jon Stewart. Then, he rescinded his humility on his show this week after the Emmys, bringing Stewart onto the show as a guest to gloat. But Stewart couldn’t be happier. You can watch it happen in the video above. Read More

First-ever ‘MTV Millennial Awards’ Celebrates Digital Media, Pop Culture

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Mexico’s pop sweetheart Dulce Maria accepting her award for Twiterrer of the Year Read More

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MTV Latin America’s first-ever “MTV Millennial Awards,” which honored this year’s viral effects of social media, invaded Mexico City last week. With 25 million votes cast, a LIVE-stream debut and various glocal trending topics on Twitter, the new franchise delivered a true digital experience for the generation it serves.

Hosted by social media magnate Werevertumorro and Karla Souza, the star of Mexico’s box office smash, Nosotros Los Nobles, pop-culture trends in digital media were honored, such as digital icon of the year, social media app of the year, viral video of the year and twitterer of the year, amongst others.

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Stars Turn Up, ‘Experience’ the 2013 ‘BET Awards’

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2013 BET Awards - ShowStars congregated in the Nokia Theater in LA this past Sunday to celebrate the best in black entertainment at the BET Awards, hosted by comedian Chris Tucker. This year’s show proved to be one of the biggest in its 12-year history, as it transformed from a one-night event into a 3-day festival known as the “BET Experience.”

In the lead-up to the huge show on Sunday, the BET Experience attracted thousands of fans throughout the weekend to participate in a series of concerts, panels and games, featuring celebs like Beyonce, Chris Brown and the Jacksons.

 Although the show featured some big winners, including rapper Kendrick Lamar, who took home the trophy for “Best New Artist,” the night also featured some memorable performances from artists like Mariah Carey and Charlie Wilson.  Read More