Save the Date for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards: Live From Los Angeles On Saturday, August 27

Dust off your spacesuits and queue your favorite “New & Noteworthy” YouTube playlist, because the VMAs are swiftly approaching.

After transforming Madison Square Garden into a terrestrial dance hall, aerobics studio and lemonade stand for last year’s ceremony, MTV is heading back to California—specifically the Forum, a historic venue in Inglewood.

“MTV, at 35 years old, has been around almost as long as the Forum,” said Forum manager Shelli Azoff in a press release. “Together, we’re 85 and enjoy lifetimes of music history.”

The Forum—sometimes called the “Fabulous” Forum—is the nation’s largest indoor performance venue, hosting sporting events and musical extravaganzas, including the 2014 VMA telecast.

MTV lands in Los Angeles for the 2014 VMAs. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

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YOUTH IN FLUX Shows MIPTV How Global Youth React To Today’s World

Viacom’s Christian Kurz presented YOUTH IN FLUX, the latest study from the Viacom Global Consumer Insights group, to industry professionals at MIPTV, a leading international TV industry event taking place in Cannes right now.

The research examined the new reality of youth around the world, their individual and collective goals, and the life strategies they use to survive and thrive in a difficult world.

After speaking with more than 7,000 individuals ranging from 16 to 24 years old across 14 countries, including Australia, South Africa, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore and the United States, the group released its findings about how youth see themselves in the world today. Here are some of their findings:

It’s not easy being young: An incredible 93 percent of youth aged 16 to 24 feel it’s hard to be young today.

What makes it so hard?

For one, only one-fifth (21 percent) of youth have no trouble blocking out bad news, and half (53 percent) say they have a love/hate relationship with social media. This means they understand social media doesn’t accurately reflect reality, but just can’t seem to quit.

Youth are uniquely themselves – and they love it: The vast majority (96 percent) of youth surveyed globally say feeling comfortable in their own skin is important, and most (95 percent) also believe in following their heart versus their head.

Youth are optimistic about a more inclusive future…but also realistic: Almost all (97 percent) of those surveyed are guided by the words, ‘live and let live.’

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‘The Golden Age of TV Is Now’ + Other Lessons from MIP Jr, MIPCOM

by Jennifer Needham, VIMN UK

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October can only mean one thing if you’re working in the content business – a congregation of the industry’s finest as they swarm (in their thousands!) into Le Palais des Fesivals on the beautiful coastline of Cannes, South of France, for a week of pitches, proposals, presentations and panel sessions (with plenty of wining and dining for good measure!) – otherwise known as MIPCOM 2013.  Read More

Turtle Power Heads to Cannes for MIPCOM 2012

by Jennifer Needham, VIMN UK

Turtle Power was in full force in Cannes as Viacom International Media Networks execs descended on the Cote D’Azur once more for MIPCOM 2012, the bi-annual international television and media market, to launch a raft of VIMN programming for international syndication, including Nickelodeon’s brand new CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  With bandanas at the ready, the team created quite a stir by announcing the hotly speculated news that the series would be coming to free-to-air screens in the UK through a deal with ITV, the UK’s leading commercial broadcaster. Celebratory pizza anyone? Read More

Parlez Vous GTL?

by Anne Marie Kane, Viacom International Media Networks

The Cote D’Azur was abuzz this past week as Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) kicked off MIPTV 2012, the bi-annual international television and media market, with the arrival of Jersey Shore cast members Deena Nicole Cortese and Vinny Guadagnino – plus the hotly speculated news that the first ever off-channel format of the hit MTV series would soon be arriving on French shores through a deal with the TF1 Group, France’s leading national broadcaster.

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