BET, VH1 Win NAMIC Awards for Telling Diverse, Authentic Stories

Whose stories are being told on television? Now, more than ever, they’re our viewers’—their lives, experiences, and individual triumphs and hardships.

The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Vision Awards honor original TV programming that reflects the diversity of its audience.

NAMIC announced this year’s winners on Monday, April 24. Thirteen shows from three Viacom networks, including BET, VH1, and Nickelodeon, were nominated for awards. Out of these nominations, three programs—including BET’s Being Mary Jane, Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement and VH1’s Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens won their respective categories.

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Check Out This Video Calendar of Viacom’s Upcoming Premieres

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

There’s a whole lot coming up at Viacom over the next few months.

Paramount sends aliens hurtling from the cosmos and Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard back to World War II. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis dazzle in Fences while Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman burn down the city in Office Christmas Party.

Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg team up on VH1really – for what is likely to be the dopest cooking show around. America’s Next Top Model returns to the same net. We wave goodbye to MTV’s Teen Wolf, but meet a pair of bad-ass campus vigilantes on Sweet/Vicious.

Original content continues to rule across our networks, from TV Land’s smash hit Younger to CMT’s January debut of Nashville to BET’s Being Mary Jane and New Edition biopic. Spike delivers some hard truth with a documentary on the tragic story of Kalief Browder.

And more favorites keep pouring back in: RuPaul returns with season six of RuVealed on Logo while The Daily Show With Trevor Noah and @Midnight continue their runs on Comedy Central.

And for the kiddos, Nick keeps the incredible stuff coming with Albert and Rusty Rivetsalong with a nostalgic run back to the 90s with a Legends of the Hidden Temple movie.

Watch previews of all of this and much more below:

NAMIC Awards Reinforce That Diversity Is Always at Home at Viacom

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Viacom’s brands, which reach across the demographic spectrum to deliver content to the widest possible audience, have long been known for championing diverse causes and points of view. Some of MTV’s most popular shows highlight characters with a wide range of sexual orientations. Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race has been at the forefront of a nationwide conversation on transgender rights. And behind the cameras, Viacom is focused on giving women and minorities a fair chance at director roles, with BET claiming the top three spots on the Directors Guild of Americas latest annual diversity study.

BET and Nickelodeon further demonstrated Viacom’s commitment to diversity when the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications named the two networks as winners of a total of four 2016 NAMIC Vision Awards. The awards honor original programming that “is reflective of the depth and breadth of the lives, spirit and contributions of people of color,” according to NAMIC’s website.

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See What’s Driving Viacom’s Future – Q1 2016 Earnings Highlights

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom
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​​Q1 2016 earnings are in, and there’s a lot of great things happening throughout Viacom. ​​​The slides underscore just how well Viacom properties are ​doing in various segments. Check out more highlights below.

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A Whole Lot to Like About Viacom’s Fourth Quarter and Year-End Earnings

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

When Viacom released earnings for the fourth quarter and full year of 2015 earlier this week, there was a whole lot to like. Those of you who are interested in the dollars and cents of it can read the full press release here, which provides year-to-year comparisons and a more minute breakdown of the numbers.

But what’s behind the dollar signs? Content. Really good content – the kind of stuff that deeply engages fans, weaving its way into the fabric of their lives. We’re talking about Nickelodeon’s new hit, Game Shakers, which is the number one live-action show for kids 2-11 and has inspired 3 million downloads of its Sky Whale game. Or Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, which has seen its 18-24 audience skyrocket since the new host claimed the desk in September. Or MTV’s iconic Video Music Awards piling up a massive 21.4 million tweets – a record for an entertainment program.

There’s plenty more. Great stuff is pouring out of all of our brands, from VH1 to Paramount to BET to MTV’s European Music Awards, and we continue to expand, with Viacom’s International operations launching 21 channels over the past year. Scroll through the slides below to see the headlines, and check out our full investor newsletter here to see the top-rated shows by each of our networks and more.

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Up Close and Personal with Mara Brock Akil

by Chanel Cathey, Viacom
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Cori Murray and Mara Brock Akil at Viacom

As part of a series of events celebrating Black History Month last week, Viacom’s The Beat and HERE partnered to present “A Conversation with Mara Brock Akil.” After an early screening of this week’s episode of BET’s Being Mary Jane, Essence’s Entertainment Director Cori Murray sat down with Mara Brock Akil, the creator and executive producer of hit TV shows “Girlfriends,” “The Game” and “Being Mary Jane” for an hour of what felt like honest girl talk with Viacom and Essence employees. Brock Akil shared her personal take on navigating the entertainment business, her creative process and deep passion to bring beautifully flawed characters to television.

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