Critics Are Calling This Viacom Show One of 2016’s Best Programs: Here’s Why You Should Watch It

The first season of Teachers, TV Land’s hilarious comedy series, earned an A with The Hollywood Reporter’s chief TV critic Tim Goodman, who ranked it among the best television of 2016. It made LA Weekly‘s Best TV of 2016 list as well.

Why the high grade? Let’s hear more from the critics.

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Open Your Eyes: MTV’s Elect This Virtual Reality Experience Lets Fans Step Inside the Art of Change

On Nov. 8, 2016, Viacom employees got the chance to open their eyes to the most important issues of this election season—through an incandescent virtual reality (VR) art show at Viacom Headquarters.


One of the VR works presented on Nov. 8 2016 about gender equality. Photo courtesy of MTV Elect This and Gumshoe

MTV’s Elect This campaign promised its audience substance over scandal. It succeeded in highlighting issues that matter most to their millennial audience such as climate change, social justice, national security, immigration, and health care— in a stunning marriage of innovation and artistry.

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Art at Viacom Workshop: Behind the Blades of Tahiti Pehrson’s Artistic Process

I remember arriving for orientation on my first day at Viacom back in February. I was thrilled to know I’d be working at the company responsible for some of the most iconic moments in entertainment history, a company with brands that defined my adolescence. Walking through the lobby of 1515 Broadway amidst a hypnotic waterfall of yarn was an otherworldly experience. It made me realize that Viacom would become my home.

Art at Viacom’s artist-in-residence at the time, instillation guru HOTTEA, was responsible for the tinted tendrils. Art at Viacom regularly partners with distinct, often emerging artists by giving them an unconventional canvass—Viacom headquarters. The results are enthralling installations, as vibrant and creative as the company spirit.

In April, I’d witness the building’s evolution from kaleidoscopic yarn factory to a pop-art-deco landscape, courtesy of Australian artist duo, Dabs Myla. In September, I entered the paper galaxy of Tahiti Pehrson.


A cycle of light and life, created by Tahiti Pehrson for Viacom Headquarters. Photos courtesy of Art at Viacom.

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A Cyclical Journey: An Interview With Art at Viacom’s Artist-in-Residence, Tahiti Pehrson

If you were to walk past Viacom Headquarters in Times Square, you would likely notice three massive turrets of mandalas glazed upon the building’s towering windows. This is the work of our latest artist-in-residence, Tahiti Pehrson from his Art at Viacom exhibit, The Journey of Light.


Photo courtesy of Art at Viacom.

The work is laborious—Pehrson evokes the intricate behavior of light and dimension by using exact-o knifes to carve designs into 100 percent-cotton paper, overlapping stencil upon stencil of geometric origami. From a distance, the art looks like it was laser-printed upon the building. The fact that it is the result of human handicraft makes it all the more stunning.

I spoke with the artist behind the imperial exhibit to learn more about his own journey of light.


Pehrson’s peacful stencils are a perfect balance to the hectic construction outside of Viacom Headquarters. Photo courtesy of Art at Viacom.

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Seven Things You Need to Know About A$AP Rocky and His Partnership With MTV Labs and Viacom Velocity

1. A$AP Rocky was rapping by the time he was 8 years old. Now, he’s one of Viacom Velocity’s “Creative Incubators.”

Viacom Velocity and MTV Labs have named A$AP Rocky as creative director. This is just the latest big move for someone who has done a lot in 28 years, a stretch that some might consider the essence of the American Dream. Homeless as a teenager, moving from shelter to shelter, he sold drugs to survive. Rapping was just a hobby.

By 23, the Harlem native refocused his energies and began to take rapping seriously. In August 2011 his first single, Peso, leaked online. Peso’s retro-inspired video broke the proverbial internet, and led to a $3 million contract with Polo Grounds Music/ RCA Records.

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Short-Form Feelings, Gen X Today, Success in India, and Kids’ TV Discovery – Viacom International Insights Digest

Christian Kurz by Christian Kurz, Global Consumer Insights, Viacom

Viacom’s International Insights team gathers the latest consumer insights from around the world. You can click through below to read about our Gen X project that launches next week, a study revealing that audiences want to feel their short-form videos, Indian youth’s views on money and success, and an info-graphic on how global kids find new TV content.

Please check out our insights blog, where you can find many more stories like these, and click here to be added to our mailing list.

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Viacom Brands Break Down the DNC

The 2016 presidential race has consumed the country for over a year—and our nominees have only just been selected. Last month we reported what several Viacom brands were doing to spread our universal goal of social justice and voter engagement through the pre-convention hype. Now, here’s a look at what a few of our brands did to represent these principles during the Democratic National Convention.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 22: Balloons sit on the arena floor before they are hoisted to the rafters at the Wells Fargo Center, July 22, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Democratic National Convention will formally kick off on Monday. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Democratic National Convention. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Counting for Dummies: A Comprehensive Guide to TV Measurement

Chanel J Cathey 1 by Chanel Cathey, Viacom

The Nickelodeon upfront audience was treated to a bit of industry humor with the debut of a short parody starring Benjamin Flores Jr. and Breanna Yde from the hit Nick series “The Haunted Hathaways.” While hanging out in the Viacom offices in Times Square, the curious child stars stumble upon the fictitious Counting for Dummies: A Comprehensive Guide to TV Measurement.

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Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, COO Tom Dooley Look Ahead

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

In company-wide memo following the announcement of Viacom’s year-end results, our CEO Philippe Dauman and COO Tom Dooley looked ahead with excitement about the creativity and innovation that are happening around the company.

“There’s so much that we’re excited about in the year to come,” they write. According to the note, they’re particularly excited for more storytelling. More connection. More inclusion. More growth. “Creativity is the connective tissue of it all.” You can read the particulars reprinted from the note, below.

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