Viacom’s 2017 Employee Halloween Costume Contest Winner Lina Henriquez, aka La Calvera Oscura, On Her Culturally Inspired Look

Congratulations to Lina Henriquez, our 2017 Viacom Employee Halloween Costume Contest winner. By day, Henriquez works in our Core Services department as the executive receptionist, greeting visitors and directing incoming calls.

By night, she’s a holy ghost, the grand dame of death, a Mexican folk saint. Well, at least on Halloween.

Henriquez was inspired to honor Mexico’s saint La Calavera Oscura after a recent trip to the country.

Below, Henriquez explains the meaning behind her costume, how much effort (and makeup) went into creating the stunning, authentic look, and how she celebrated the spookiest night of the year.

Lina Henriquez is the 2017 Viacom Employee Halloween Costume Contest winner. Photo courtesy of Henriquez.

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VH1’s Scared Famous Pits Ghouls and Ghosts Against Terrifying Reality Stars

On VH1’s Scared Famous, 10 TV personalities from VH1 hit shows including RuPaul’s Drag Race, Mob Wives, Love & Hip Hop, America’s Next Top Model, Black Ink Crew and Brunch with Tiffany will go head-to-head in a series of nightmarish challenges that honor classic horror flicks like Scream and It.

Reality TV can get scary, but can these stars handle ghastly challenges involving snakes, spiders and dirty toilets?

The eerie competition features homicidal clowns, ghosts, zombies and an alien from the planet Glamtron: aka RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Alaska 5000, who, in a clip from the trailer, throws some shade at an unnamed cast member: “She might be a drama queen, but she’s no match for a drag queen.”

The stars will live in a ghoulish, abandoned estate in Savannah, Georgia (one of America’s so-called most-haunted cities), forming alliances and swiftly breaking them. The celeb who “survives” will win a  $10,000 donation to their favorite charity, as well as some serious props for being the bravest star in Hollywood.

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Nick Grabs 18 Daytime Emmy Nominations, MTV Adds 1 for 19 Total Viacom Nods

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Behind an outstanding slate of animation, young children’s programming, and special activations, Nickelodeon locked in 18 nominations for the 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards, a rousing affirmation of the net’s broad impact and influence on the television landscape. MTV’s Transformation, which documents the struggles of young transgender individuals, grabbed an additional nomination, bringing Viacom’s total to 19.

Nick’s Peter Rabbit earned a trio of nominations, while Pig Goat Banana CricketDino Dan: Trek’s AdventuresMutt & Stuff, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, and Bubble Guppies each snagged two. Harvey Beaks and Wallykazam! also grabbed one nod apiece, while nominations for the 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards (one nomination), Kids Pick the President (two), and the Ultimate Hallowen Haunted House 360 Challenge (one) underscore the strength of the network’s special programs and initiatives.

Congratulations to all of the nominees. The National Academy of Arts & Sciences will announce the winners of the 44th Annual Daytime Emmys on April 30.

Scroll down the page to check out all of Viacom’s nominations and watch clips from select programs.

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OUTSTANDING SPECIAL CLASS SPECIAL

MTV Docs: Transformation 

Director: Melissa Johnson

Producer: Katelyn Howes

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OUTSTANDING PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN’S SERIES

Dino Dan: Trek’s Adventures

Executive Producers: J.J. Johnson, Blair Powers

Co-Executive Producers: Matthew J.R. Bishop, Christin Simms

 

Mutt & Stuff

Executive Producers: Marty Krofft, Sid Krofft, Cesar Millan, Bradley Zweig

Co-Producers: Bob Aniello, Leigh Hale, Deanna Krofft Pope, Jacob Moffat

Producer: Irene Oncley

 

OUTSTANDING PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN’S ANIMATED PROGRAM

Wallykazam!

Executive Producer: Adam Peltzman

Co-Executive Producers: Koyalee Chanda, Dave Palmer

Supervising Producer: Laura Barbera

Line Producers: Sara Kamen, Ian Murray

 

OUTSTANDING INTERACTIVE – ENHANCEMENT TO A DAYTIME PROGRAM OR SERIES

Nickelodeon’s Ultimate Halloween Haunted House 360 Challenge

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Paramount Invites Local Schoolchildren for Halloween Screening of Charlotte’s Web

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Each year, Paramount hosts a Halloween screening of its classic, Charlotte’s Web, for pajama-clad local schoolkids. This year, 1,500 children journeyed from the Santa Monica Blvd Community Charter School and the Van Ness Blend Elementary School to watch the film at the Paramount Theatre.

Paramount has actually distributed two versions of Charlotte’s Web over the decades: the first a fully animated 1973 film; the second a live-action 2006 version produced in part by Nickelodeon Movies. Take a journey back with the trailers below.

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Introducing 2016 Viacom Employee Halloween Costume Contest Winner Allison Rube…Madonna at the 1984 VMAs

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Congratulations to Allison Rube (aka Madonna), on winning Viacom’s 2016 Employee Halloween Costume Contest.

Rube channeled the Queen of Pop’s iconic 1984 MTV VMA red carpet style with an all-white ensemble. Rube is a huge Madonna fan, and labored over finding each part of her costume—from the rocker-chic wedding dress to the white gloves and nameplate belt.

 

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Allison Rube may not have won a Moonman, but she’s the winner of Viacom’s 2016 Employee Halloween Costume Contest for her version of Madonna’s 1984 VMA ensemble.

We caught up with the winner to discuss her retro look.

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Viacom Velocity & Comedy Central Head Up (Literally) Hauntingly Funny Spot for Reese’s

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

The headless horseman and his flaming pumpkin head – the ubiquitous Halloween duo are forever charging along moonlit trails, in menacing pursuit of terrified mortals. But what do these scary season mainstays do when they’re not scouring the autumn earth in search of the lost rider’s noggin?

In a hilarious reimagining of the galloping villains, Comedy Central portrays the eternally intertwined duo’s domestic life in a seasonal spot for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

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Jennifer Hyjack as Peach Wins Viacom ‘Best In Show’ Halloween Costume Contest

by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

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Congrats to Jennifer Hyjack, the winner of this year’s Best In Show Halloween Costume Contest! With her family, Jennifer, who works in production management in on-air promos department at Spike, paid tribute to video game Super Mario. She is featured below as Peach, along with her husband Alexander “Augie” Ogborn as Luigi, their son Aidan Ogborn as Mario.

Announcing Viacom’s 2013 Halloween Costume Contest Winners

by Daina Amorosano, Viacom
Homage to Tim Burton

From left, Steven Capitelli as Mad Hatter from “Alice in Wonderland,” Adam Tucker as Willy Wonka from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and Kristine Laibach as Queen of Hearts from “Alice in Wonderland.”

Triple congrats to the winning trio of Viacom’s Best In Show Halloween Costume Contest! Together, Nickelodeon Ad Sales’ VP Adam Tucker and Account Executives Steven Capitelli and Kristine Laibach paid homage to Tim Burton by dressing as characters from Burton-directed films “Alice In Wonderland” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The make-up was done by artist Z in Chicago, where they attended a clients event and also won best costume.

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Halloween’s Sibling, Día De Los Muertos

by Erica Saylor, Tr3s

As Halloween draws near, we recognize the holiday’s sister, El Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which is quickly becoming a celebrated cultural draw among both Hispanic Millennials and non-Hispanic Millennials. In recent years, this cheerful Mexican holiday has formed part of school roster events providing American teens and twenty-somethings a window into our Hispanic culture. Read More