CMT Releases First Nashville Trailer; Date of Sneak Peak

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

We teased Nashville back in September, when CMT released its first teaser of season five and announced a Jan. 5 debut date. The net has not only come back with the first official trailer for the series, but a gift for anxious fans: the first hour of the two-hour season premiere will air on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 9 p.m.

You can get more details on the intrigue and the excitement to expect here. But, really, you should be following @NashvilleCMT on Twitter or Facebook to make sure you get the latest updates as soon as they’re released.

Check Out This Video Calendar of Viacom’s Upcoming Premieres

Stuart Winchester 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:

Free Preview: Epix Launches Pair of Original Series – Spy Serial and Presidential Renaissance

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

You probably know Epix as a warehouse for the highlights of Hollywood weekends past. From 1917’s The Eye of Envy to recent releases Whisky Tango Foxtrot and Daddy’s Home, the depth and quality of the library is stunning (check it out here and try their awesome filtering tool).

But like Viacom brands CMT (Nashville, Still The King) and TV Land (Younger, Impastor, Teachers, Lopez – check out their glimmering new website), Epix is mixing original series into their lineup, starting with the duo of Berlin Station and Graves – and you can watch the first two episodes of each for free.

Graves is set in an alt-reality America where President Richard Graves (Nick Nolte) is stumbling through life decades after his two-term presidency ends. Tended by a flock of aides, security teams, and fellow politicians-in-retirement coordinated through his wife (Sela Ward), the 42nd president grumbles through his days with a despondent resignation. At the end of another day of labored tedium, the Republican folk hero sits alone in his palatial desert compound and Googles, “Who was the worst president in history?” The search results launch him into a frenzy of shocked self-realization that will reverberate across society. Check out the preview below, then watch the first two episodes here.

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Nashville Heads Toward CMT – Check Out a Season Five Preview

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

CMT continued its charge into original programming by picking up Nashville earlier this year, and we finally have a little preview  of what we’ll see when the show returns in January. The nashie_cmt team released this promo video on Instagram recently:

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The 5,000 Pound CMT #InternVolunteerDay

What happens when you combine a Saturday afternoon, the largest food bank in Tennessee, and CMT’s summer 2016 interns? Over 5,000 pounds of food collected and sorted to feed the hungry throughout the state.

With seven participants representing CMT, we joined forces with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to help end the fight against hunger in America. Second Harvest is an organization that works with more than 450 partner agencies to ensure that men, women and children throughout the state have access to food and basic personal care needs.

CMT Intern Volunteer Day

From left to right: Chelsea Gant (Social Media intern), Elaheh Ziglari (Business & Legal Affairs intern), Betsy Howard (Human Resources intern), Jennifer Teeter (Creative Services: On-Air Graphics intern), and Erica Greskoviak (Creative Services: Short-Form Programming intern)

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Viacommunity Day 2016: Check out Our Employees in Action

​​Viacom offices are usually clamoring with activity, but not on May 20, 2016. Instead, our employees across the country and around the globe left their desks, shut down their computers, and set off to put our corporate values into action. Here’s a loo​k at how they turned up for good on the 20th anniversary of Viacommunity Day.

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A Global Effort Puts an Exclamation Point on Viacommunity’s 20th Anniversary

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Reporting by Stuart Winchester & Lisa Di Venuta

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Viacommunity volunteers help teach young kids the art of music production. Read More

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VH1 Save The Music Foundation aims to bring music back into schools across America. Read More

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A volunteer helps train a budding musician. Read More

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Viacom employees volunteer their expertise in areas like marketing, legal, and leadership at the Catchafire phone-a-thon. Read More

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Philippe Dauman is one of many Viacommunity volunteers offering skill-based advice during the Catchafire phone-a-thon. Read More

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Philippe Dauman donates his time by giving professional advice at the Catchafire phone-a-thon. Read More

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An employee uses his professional skill set to help others at the Catchafire phone-a-thon. Read More

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Kids have a blast playing with Viacommunity volunteers at the Brooklyn-based nonprofit, Children of Promise. Read More

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A Viacommunity volunteer shares her dance moves with a child at the Brooklyn-based nonprofit, Children of Promise. Read More

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Kids have a blast playing with Viacommunity volunteers at the Brooklyn-based nonprofit, Children of Promise. Read More

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A boy shows off his skills at the Brooklyn-based nonprofit, Children of Promise, on Viacommunity Day. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers work on beatifying the grounds at the City Parks Foundation in Manhattan. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers work on beatifying the grounds at the City Parks Foundation in Manhattan. Read More

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Philippe Dauman and a volunteer check out the progress at the City Parks Foundation in Manhattan. Read More

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The Free Arts NYC Viacommunity Day site captain poses in front of art work from the day. Read More

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Free Arts NYC is a Manhattan-based nonprofit which gives undeserved children and families a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers work on projects at Free Arts NYC. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers at the Grace Institute in Manhattan, a nonprofit providing disadvantaged women tuition-free job training and job placement assistance. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers at the Grace Institute in Manhattan, a nonprofit providing disadvantaged women tuition-free job training and job placement assistance. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers at the Grace Institute in Manhattan, a nonprofit providing disadvantaged women tuition-free job training and job placement assistance. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers practice a routine with kids at Hip Hop 4 Life, a Manhattan-based youth organization focused on positive youth development. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers, including Philippe Dauman, are impressed with the dance moves at Hip Hop 4 Life. Read More

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A volunteer and mentee share an inspiring moment at Hip Hop 4 Life. Read More

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A Viacommunity volunteer scrubs the walls at the Humane Society of New York. Read More

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Viacom employees are grateful to make a difference in this young pup's life at the Humane Society of New York. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers help out at the Humane Society of New York. Read More

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Long Island's North Shore Horse Rescue cares for neglected, abused, or abandoned horses. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers care for a horse at Long Island's North Shore Horse Rescue. Read More

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Viacom employees spruce up the Robert Moses State Park on Long Island. Read More

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Viacom employees spruce up the Robert Moses State Park on Long Island. Read More

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A group of proud Viacommunity volunteers at Robert Moses State Park on Long Island. Read More

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Stop Hunger Now gets food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, and works to end global hunger in our lifetime. Read More

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The Viacommunity captain for Stop Hunger Now prepares boxes of food for humanitarian relief. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers at the Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers at the Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. Read More

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles share the Viacommunity spirit with special-needs children at the Opportunity Preschool on Long Island. Read More

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Local children strike a pose with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this Viacommunity Day. Read More

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Donatello and Leonardo pose with two young fans at the Opportunity Preschool on Long Island. Read More

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Donatello plays around with a Viacommunity volunteer and students at the Opportunity Preschool. Read More

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Parents and students at the Opportunity Preschool are thrilled to spend time with the Turtles. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers, Donatello, and Leonardo helped out at the Opportunity Preschool on Long Island. Read More

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A Viacommunity volunteer helps out at Union Settlement, a nonprofit focused on empowering East Harlem residents of all ages. Read More

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A group of Viacom employees dedicated their time to brighten up the Remington Clubhouse gymnasium at the New Rochelle Boys and Girls Club. Read More

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A Viacommunity volunteer paints the Remington Clubhouse gymnasium at the New Rochelle Boys and Girls Club. Read More

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A group of Viacom employees dedicated their time to brighten up the Remington Clubhouse gymnasium at the New Rochelle Boys and Girls Club. Read More

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A Viacommunity volunteer repairs a warped walkway at the Westchester-based Greenburgh Nature Center. Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers weed out invasive plants at the Greenburgh Nature Center using a tool called the "gutbuster". Read More

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Viacommunity volunteers get to work revitalizing the Greenburgh Nature Center. Read More

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Thousands of Viacom employees spread out through communities around the world last Friday, making an emphatic endorsement of the core company value of giving back. In a global arc spanning from Europe down through Africa, from Singapore and Australia to Mexico and throughout the United States, Viacom’s operations took a collective breath to clean parks, prepare meals, offer advice and help out in countless other ways as the organization celebrated the 20th anniversary of Viacommunity.

“We need to be a part of the communities we live in,” said Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, who dropped in on several sites around New York City on Friday. “It’s one of our Viacom values, which is to do good, and I think everybody has a responsibility to do that. I hope that we inspire a lot of people to do more during the course of their lives, and we’ll make them better people and better employees, because living those kinds of values outside of work helps you do a better job at work.”

PARAMOUNT TAKES THE INAUGURAL VIACOMMUNITY DAY CUP WITH GLOBAL EFFORT

Paramount employees spread across 13 countries and six U.S. cities, from San Diego and L.A. on the West Coast to Rogers, Arkansas, Coconut Creek, Florida, and Atlanta in the South to Columbus, Ohio in the Midwest – 1,125 volunteers altogether. It was enough to add the Viacommunity Day Cup to the Paramount’s already bulging trophy case, as that number gave them the highest percentage of any company division to sign up for a project. The trophy is theirs for one year – although another division will have a chance to steal it from them by rallying more employees to participate in Viacommunity Day 2017.

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Dr. Jill Biden Praises CMT Academy in Visit

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom
From left to right: Lucia Folk, VP, Public Affairs, CMT; Randy Boyd, commissioner of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development; Bill Haslam, governor of Tennessee; Tim Mitchell, undersecretary of education, U.S. Department of Education; Elijah Rawlings, student, CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication, McGavock High School; Dr. Jill Biden, second lady of the United States; Tiana Wakefield-Shaw, student, CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication, McGavock High School; Megan Barry, mayor of Nashville; Robbin Wall, executive principal, McGavock High School.

From left to right: Lucia Folk, VP, Public Affairs, CMT; Randy Boyd, commissioner of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development; Bill Haslam, governor of Tennessee; Tim Mitchell, undersecretary of education, U.S. Department of Education; Elijah Rawlings, student, CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication, McGavock High School; Dr. Jill Biden, second lady of the United States; Tiana Wakefield-Shaw, student, CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication, McGavock High School; Megan Barry, mayor of Nashville; Robbin Wall, executive principal, McGavock High School.

Since 2010, CMT has been bringing the big time to McGavock High School in its Nashville hometown. Community leaders have stopped by. The net has formed the CMT Academy, part of a city-wide school improvement effort praised by President Obama. Students have learned broadcasting and production skills directly from the pros-turned-mentors who deliver CMT’s hit shows.
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Celebrities, Collectables, Cody – How CMT Interns Created #12DaysOfGiving

Being an intern at CMT has amazing perks – we get to work on huge events, see celebs around the office, and create content for one of the top channels in the country (Party Down South anyone?). However, the best perk is the opportunity to truly make a difference in our community.

Viacom encourages employees to pursue their passions, and interns are treated no differently. We (the CMT Nashville fall 2015 intern group) were determined to figure out a way to raise awareness for a cause that is near and dear to our hearts: Feeding America.

We had three goals that we wanted to accomplish with our project:

1. Increase Feeding America donations nationwide

2. Raise awareness for CMT One Country and increase their Twitter following (@CMTOneCountry) by 5 percent.

3. Set precedent to encourage future interns to launch their own Viacommunity campaigns.

The team did a food drive among the CMT Nashville interns and collected 52 pounds of food for Second Harvest, their local Feeding America food bank.From left to right: Abbey Hogan (Business and Legal Affairs intern), Taelor Owen (Corporate Communications intern), Shannon Lilly (Hot 20 Countdown intern), Rachel Burns (Integrated Marketing intern), Jessi Clark (Hot 20 Countdown intern), Adam Pisarsky (CMT.com Mobile intern).

The team did a food drive among the CMT Nashville interns and collected 52 pounds of food for Second Harvest, their local Feeding America food bank.From left to right: Abbey Hogan (Business and Legal Affairs intern), Taelor Owen (Corporate Communications intern), Shannon Lilly (Hot 20 Countdown intern), Rachel Burns (Integrated Marketing intern), Jessi Clark (Hot 20 Countdown intern), Adam Pisarsky (CMT.com Mobile intern).

Making It Happen

With 10 interns across multiple departments, we utilized everyone’s skills to create a multi-faceted campaign that we called #12DaysOfGiving.

With the support of our co-workers and supervisors, we worked with Public Affairs to create a holiday sweepstakes raising awareness of CMT One Country and Feeding America. To enter, participants simply posted a photo of how they’re giving back to Feeding America on social media with the hashtag #12DaysOfGiving. We promoted the campaign through verbal and graphic mentions on the Hot 20 Countdown, social pushes across numerous CMT handles, custom co-brands, talent interaction, and even an article on CMT.com.

To drive entries, we rounded up some insane prizes, including tickets to the 2016 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, generous donations from Public Affairs to local Feeding America food banks, a signed guitar from the 2015 Artists of the Year celebration, a shout-out by CMT legend Cody Alan, and signed CMT merchandise.

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From left to right above: Luke Bryan, singer and songwriter Sam Hunt, and a signed guitar from CMT’s Artists of the Year celebration.

What We Learned

#12DaysOfGiving was Nashville’s largest intern project to date, and it made an impact both internally (with 52 pounds of food collected at CMT) and nationally. The campaign was a huge learning experience, and we can’t believe that we actually pulled it off (with lots of help of course).

Some of the lessons we learned:

·         Never believe that you cannot accomplish something because you’re “just an intern.”

·         If you have an idea you want to accomplish, ask. Most co-workers and supervisors are eager to help.

·         Campaigns are created by the hard work and collaboration of multiple departments. Start planning early to ensure that you can access everything you need.

·         Create a backup plan for every situation. When faced with “no,” always say “what if we do ___ happens instead?”

·         Make sure to thank everyone who has helped you. Everyone is busy, and it is generous of them to lend you their time.

Keeping our lessons in mind, we never could have pulled this campaign off alone. We worked with virtually every department at CMT to accomplish our goals, and we couldn’t have done it without our wonderful mentors and supportive co-workers. Thank you to everyone who has worked on this project, especially Public Affairs, Radio, Legal, Social Media, and CMT.com.

The next time you find yourself thinking that you’re “just an intern,” think instead about how you can leverage your talents to create lasting results for a project you’re passionate about. After all, seeing celebrities gets old quickly, but your memories of making a difference never will. ​