Eminem Drops Exclamation Point on Thrilling BET Hip Hop Awards

The BET Hip Hop Awards splashed down to the Sunshine State for its 2017 ceremony, taking advantage of South Florida’s tropical vibes, frenetic energy and vibrant music scene to honor hip-hop’s hustle. The show attracted a who’s who of hip-hop royalty, including Gucci Mane, Luke Campbell, Playboi Carti and Flo Rida, while transforming Miami’s Jackie Gleason Theater into a trendy South Beach nightclub with bursts of pyrotechnics, fog, and flashing lights.

Migos performs “Too Hotty” at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Hosted by Miami native and modern renaissance man DJ Khaled, the Hip-Hop Awards paid homage to both industry veterans like Eminem (who went viral with a politically-charged freestyle) and spunky newcomers like Hustler of the Year, Cardi B.

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Paramount Locks Down 18 Oscar Nominations Behind Strength of Arrival, Fences

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

There’s a movie about an alien invasion and one about race relations in 1950s Pittsburgh and one about a Manhattan socialite who has everything except for self-awareness. There’s the latest entry into the Star Trek canon and a spy-thriller of a jaunt back to World War II and another journey even further back with religious missionaries in feudal Japan. And there’s a biopic on one of the most persistent stories of our time, the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

These are the seven Paramount movies that secured a total of 18 nominations for the 89th Oscars when the academy released its annual list of nominees on Tuesday morning.

Critical favorites Arrival and Fences led with eight and four nominations, respectively, with each earning a shot at Best Picture. Florence Foster Jenkins follows with a pair of nominations, including Actress in a Leading Role for star Meryl Streep. Silence, Allied, Star Trek Beyond and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi each locked down nominations in one category.

An extended member of the Paramount family also racked up his first Oscar nomination – former international marketing division intern Jean de Meuron’s La Femme et la TGV is up in the short film category.

All of nominations are listed below, along with a preview of each film. The show will air on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 on ABC. See the full list of movies in each category here.

Arrival – eight nominations

  • Best Picture
  • Directing – Denis Villeneuve
  • Adapted Screenplay – by Eric Heisserer
  • Cinematography
  • Sound Editing
  • Sound Mixing
  • Film Editing
  • Production Design (Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte)

Fences – four nominations

  • Best Picture
  • Actor in a Leading Role – Denzel Washington
  • Actress in a Supporting Role – Viola Davis
  • Adapted Screenplay – by August Wilson

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Ad Age’s 40 Under 40 Recognizes Viacom’s Julian Zilberbrand

Zilberbrand has been pivotal in Viacom's data strategy.

Zilberbrand has been pivotal in Viacom’s data strategy.

Major congratulations to Viacom’s very own Julian Zilberbrand, executive vice president of Audience Science, who this week was named to Ad Age’s annual 40 under 40 list. This esteemed list, compiled by the publication’s editors and reporters, recognizes the industry’s top young leaders in media, marketing and data whose outstanding accomplishments continue to shape the marketplace for the future.

“Ad Age’s 40 Under 40 recognizes some of the smartest and most groundbreaking talent in marketing today,” said Judann Pollack, deputy editor of Advertising Age. “While their achievements are varied and their experiences diverse, all our 40 Under 40 have one thing in common: they are smart young innovators who will be driving business for years to come.”

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Interior Design Highlights 1515 Renovations

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom
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​Glass walls and bold accents, imaginatively laid-out floors dotted with collaborative areas and private and open work spaces, all of it nested within natural light and tumbling into spectacular Manhattan views – each of these elements and more punctuate the ongoing redesign of Viacom’s New York City headquarters at 1515 Broadway.

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Viacom Chief Technology Officer David Kline Named to STEMConnector’s Top 100 CIO/CTO List

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Viacom Chief Technology Officer David Kline.

Viacom Chief Technology Officer David Kline was recently honored as one of the leading executives among his peers in the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). STEMconnector, a coalition of industry leaders spanning more than 150 entities, unveiled the fourth segment of its leadership series with 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM, and included Kline on their list. The organization defines STEM leaders as those who proactively encourage the implementation of STEM education and development within their companies and industries.

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Way Outside the Digital Signage Box

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AV Technology Magazine recently announced the creation of the “Out of the Box Award” to recognize something that “sets a new standard of immersive, customized, interactive digital signage with specific benefits for tech managers and operations managers.” The big winner of the magazine’s inaugural award? The lobby of Viacom’s newly renovated Time Square headquarters.

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UJA-Federation, Stephen Colbert Honor Michele Ganeless

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The UJA-Federation of New York Broadcast, Cable & Film Division honored Michele Ganeless, president of Comedy Central, for her leadership in philanthropy and business at the Edison Ballroom last week. Stephen Colbert presented the award, while comedian and star of @midnight Chris Hardwick played host for the evening. Read More

Congrats to NAACP Image Award Nominees, Cheers to Inclusion!

by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

The Soul Man S2 Gallery 1At 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.

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Comedy Central Honored With Record 18 Emmy Nominations

by Breanna Farquharson, Viacom

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As the 2013 Primetime Emmy nominations are announced, we’d like to give big congratulations to the brainchildren behind Viacom’s Emmy-nominated programs… and this year there were many.

Comedy Central, for one, is on Emmy-nomination fire, with a record-breaking 18 nominations that span The Daily Show (now a 50-time Emmy nominee, 18-time winner), The Colbert Report, South Park, Workaholics, and Key & Peele, as well as its multi-platform efforts and pro-social initiative that drove “Night of Too Many Stars.”

Congrats to Comedy Central, as well as to Nickelodeon and TV Land for representing us with their sharp mix of programming. We’re proud and thrilled to see all your hard work recognized, and cannot wait to see what Jon and Stephen will brew up for the next Emmy awards show.

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