Standing Up to Uncertainty, Ideal Jobs, and Kids in China: Viacom Global Insights Digest

by Christian Kurz, Global Consumer Insights, Viacom

October 2017

Viacom’s latest consumer insights from around the world include how people cope with uncertainty, teens’ and young adults’ ideal jobs, and kids in China. As always, stories are available in English, Latin American Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.

Christian Kurz, SVP Global Consumer Insights, Viacom

INFOGRAPHIC: How People Around the World Are Standing Up To Uncertainty

In the face of an unpredictable future, time with loved ones, music and laughter are essential tools for managing stress.


In an Ideal Career, Teens and Young Adults Value Passions Over Profit 

16 to 34 year olds would rather have flexibility and free time than a big paycheck, according to a new study.     



Kids in China Are Less Anxious, More Careful With Their Money, and Have More IRL Friends

A recent project illustrates how Chinese kids are similar and different from their global peers.


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Recently, over 100 employees gathered at Viacom’s Times Square Headquarters to learn more about TV’s transformation from Viacom International Media Networks Senior Vice President of Consumer Insights and Analytics Christian Kurz.

Kurz runs VIMN’s research blog, Viacom International Insights, which distills emerging trends about our global audience based upon original research convened by our international operations. Kurz shared intriguing points from his latest study, TV Re[DEFINED], which explores how consumers react to the new age of television.

It was the inaugural event in a series called Insights at Viacom, where industry experts share compelling stories about the latest currents in the entertainment business—all informed by their most recent research and metrics.

Here are seven insights that resonated most as a Viacom employee—as well as a TV consumer.

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by Christian Kurz, Global Consumer Insights, Viacom

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