RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 Casthttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/RuPauls-Drag-Race-Season-8-Cast.aspxRuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 Cast2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>ALL HAIL THE 100</strong><strong><sup>TH</sup></strong><strong> QUEEN! LOGO RU-VEALS NEW CAST OF THE GROUNDBREAKING COMPETITION SERIES "RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE"</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Historic Season Premiere Celebrates 100</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Queen and Episode with a Supersized Kickoff on Monday, March 7th at 9:00 PM ET/PT</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em> </em></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>NEW YORK, NY</strong> – <strong>February 1, 2016</strong> – RuPaul is back to light up the runway with the highly anticipated new season of the groundbreaking series, <a href="http://www.logotv.com/shows/rupauls_drag_race/">"RuPaul's Drag Race."</a>  Logo revealed the eagerly awaited cast comprised of the nation's 12 drag elite tonight during the "New Now Next Honors." In a nod to superfans, Logo also launched a week-long social scavenger hunt via Dubsmash and Instagram that culminated in the announcement of Kim Chi as a competing queen earlier today.  The season premiere also marks a drag milestone as it features the 100<sup>th</sup> episode and 100<sup>th</sup> drag queen to sashay into the work room.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> For photos visit: <a href="/sites/logopress/Shows/Pages/RuPauls-Drag-Race-Season-8.aspx">http://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Shows/Pages/RuPauls-Drag-Race-Season-8.aspx​</a>​ </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​"This is an amazing time to be producing television," said executive producer RuPaul Charles. "The fact that 'RuPaul's Drag Race' is celebrating its 100<sup>th</sup> episode is undeniable proof that there is an insatiable hunger for authentic, unfiltered and ribald voices that not only challenge the norm, but help redefine mainstream media."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The new season will premiere on Monday, March 7th at 9:00 PM ET/PT with a supersized 90-minute episode that unveils a court of cut-throat Queens each competing to snatch the crown and strut away with a $100,000 cash prize and the coveted title of "America's Next Drag Superstar." Along the way, they'll face an unpredictable competition and deliver gag-worthy and jaw-dropping moments as these talented ladies of drag join the fabulous 88 Queens who fought for the crown before them. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 12 Queens who will compete in the pop culture phenomenon that has taken the world by its weave include<strong>: </strong></p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Acid Betty</strong><br><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">Brooklyn, NY<br></span><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">TW: <a href="http://twitter.com/acidbettyrocks" style="color:#663399;">@acidbettyrocks​</a>, IG: <a href="http://instagram.com/acidbetty" style="color:#663399;">@acidbetty​</a></span></p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"> </p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Bob The Drag Queen</strong><br><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">New York, NY<br></span><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">TW: <a href="http://twitter.com/thatonequeen" style="color:#663399;">@thatonequeen</a>, IG:  <a href="http://instagram.com/bobthedragqueen" style="color:#663399;">@bobthedragqueen</a></span></p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"> </p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Chi Chi DeVayne</strong><br><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">Shreveport, LA<br></span><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">TW: <a href="http://twitter.com/ChiChiDeVayne" style="color:#663399;">@ChiChiDeVayne</a>, IG: <a href="http://instagram.com/cheechdevayne" style="color:#663399;">@cheechdevayne</a></span></p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"> </p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Cynthia Lee Fontaine</strong><br><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">Austin, TX<br></span><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">T</span><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">W: <a href="http://twitter.com/lee_fontaine" style="color:#663399;">@lee_fontaine</a>, IG: <a href="http://instagram.com/cynthialeefontaine" style="color:#663399;">@cynthialeefontaine</a></span></p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"> </p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"><strong></strong><strong>Dax ExclamationPoint</strong><br><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">Savannah, GA<br></span><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">TW: <a href="http://twitter.com/Daxclamation" style="color:#663399;">@Daxclamation</a>, IG: <a href="http://instagram.com/Daxclamation" style="color:#663399;">@daxclamation</a></span></p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"> </p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"><strong></strong><strong>Derrick Barry</strong><br><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">Las Vegas, NV<br></span><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">TW: <a href="http://twitter.com/DerrickBarry" style="color:#663399;">@DerrickBarry</a>, IG: <a href="http://instagram.com/DerrickBarry" style="color:#663399;">@derrickbarry</a></span></p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"> </p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Kim Chi</strong><br><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">Chicago, IL<br></span><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">TW: <a href="http://twitter.com/KimChi_Chic" style="color:#663399;">@KimChi_Chic</a>, IG: <a href="http://instagram.com/KimChi_Chic" style="color:#663399;">@kimchi_chic</a></span></p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"> </p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Laila McQueen</strong><br><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">Gloucester, MA<br></span><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">TW: <a href="http://twitter.com/LailaMcQueen" style="color:#663399;">@LailaMcQueen</a>, IG: <a href="http://instagram.com/misslailamcqueen" style="color:#663399;">@misslailamcqueen</a></span></p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"> </p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Naomi Smalls</strong><br><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">Redlands, CA<br></span><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">TW: <a href="http://twitter.com/naomismallsduh" style="color:#663399;">@naomismallsduh</a>, IG: <a href="http://instagram.com/naomismalls" style="color:#663399;">@naomismalls</a></span></p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"> </p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Naysha Lopez</strong><br><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">Chicago, IL<br></span><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">TW: <a href="http://twitter.com/nayshalopez" style="color:#663399;">@nayshalopez​</a>, IG: <a href="http://instagram.com/nayshalopez" style="color:#663399;">@nayshalopez</a></span></p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"> </p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Robbie Turner</strong><br><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">Seattle, WA<br></span><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">TW: <a href="http://twitter.com/TheRobbieTurner" style="color:#663399;">@TheRobbieTurner</a>, IG: <a href="http://instagram.com/TheRobbieTurner" style="color:#663399;">@therobbieturner</a></span></p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"> </p><p style="background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Thorgy Thor</strong><br><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">Brooklyn, NY<br></span><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">TW: <a href="http://twitter.com/ThorgyThor" style="color:#663399;">@ThorgyThor</a>, IG: </span><a href="http://instagram.com/thorgythor" style="color:#663399;">@thorgythor​ ​</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">New game show series "<strong>Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul" </strong>will also premiere on Logo this year. Hosted by RuPaul, the half-hour comedic, trivia game show features a panel of six celebrities helping two contestants answer pop culture questions to win cash and prizes. A second season of "<strong>RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race</strong>" will premiere later in the year. <strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 8 is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, Kate Fisher and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are Executive Producers for Logo. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>For photos of the cast, go to <a href="/sites/logopress/Pages/Home.aspx">http://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/Home.aspx</a>.  To embed a video featuring the new cast, visit: <a href="http://www.logotv.com/shows/rupauls_drag_race/rupauls-drag-race-season-8-first-look/1271433/video/#id=1739309">http://www.logotv.com/shows/rupauls_drag_race/rupauls-drag-race-season-8-first-look/1271433/video/#id=1739309</a> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information on "<a href="http://www.logotv.com/shows/rupauls_drag_race/season_7/series.jhtml">RuPaul's Drag Race</a>" and sneak preview clips, go to <a href="http://www.logotv.com/shows/rupauls_drag_race/season_7/series.jhtml">LogoTV.com</a>.  For up-to-date "RuPaul's Drag Race" news and exclusives, join the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/RuPaulsDragRace">"RuPaul's Drag Race" Facebook page</a> or follow #DragRace conversation on Twitter at @<a href="http://www.twitter.com/RuPaulsDragRace">RuPaulsDragRace</a>. Follow along with live gifs from the show on <a href="http://logotv.tumblr.com/tagged/RuPaul%27s-Drag-Race">Tumblr</a> and additional content on the show's <a href="http://www.instagram.com/RuPaulsDragRace">Instagram</a> page.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Logo is celebrating the return of "RuPaul's Drag Race" with premiere events nationwide featuring gag-worthy performances by the entire season eight cast, hosted by Season Six Winner Bianca Del Rio with beats from DJ Lady Bunny.  Events to take place in New York City on February 22, Chicago on February 24th, Austin on February 26th, San Francisco on February 28th and Los Angeles on March 1st.  For ticket information go to <a href="http://vossevents.com/">vossevents.com​</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>ABOUT LOGO</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Logo is a leading entertainment brand inspired by the LGBT community and reflects the creative class across television, digital and social platforms.  Logo features one-of-a-kind personalities, shows, specials, and unique stories.  Logo is part of Viacom's Music & Entertainment Group including VH1, MTV, MTV2, Comedy Central and Spike.</p><p> </p><p><strong>ABOUT WORLD OF WONDER</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Innovative production company World of Wonder is behind such entertaining and award-winning hit series as RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo), Million Dollar Listings (Bravo), #CandidlyNicole (Vh1), Big Freedia (Fuse), and Island Hunters (HGTV). Million Dollar Listing NY was a 2015 Emmy® Award nominee for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. RuPaul's Drag Race won the 2014 TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming. Big Freedia (Fuse) won the 2014 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program. World of Wonder has also created award-winning films and documentaries such as Inside Deep Throat, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Wishful Drinking, Monica in Black and White, and The Last Beekeeper, which won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Nature Programming. Seven of their films have premiered at the Sundance Film festival including Becoming Chaz and Party Monster, the documentary and feature film starring Macaulay Culkin. World of Wonder has created a substantial digital footprint with its YouTube channel WOWPresents, along with an award-winning blog, The WOW Report. Co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey authored The World According to Wonder, celebrating 21 years of production, which can be found online at <a href="http://worldofwonder.net/">http://worldofwonder.net/</a>. Randy and Fenton were honored with the IDA Pioneer Award in December 2014, celebrating exceptional achievement, leadership, and vision in the nonfiction and documentary community. </p><p style="text-align:center;"># # #</p>
2016 Programming Slatehttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/2016-Programming-Slate.aspx2016 Programming Slate1/21/2016 8:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>​​LOGO MAKES HISTORY AS THE ONLY CABLE NETWORK TO POST TEN CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS OF YEAR-OVER-YEAR GROWTH</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Network Will Continue Momentum with New Series "Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul" and "Gay Skit Happens" Plus the Season 3 Renewal of Michael Urie's "Cocktails & Classics"</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Exclusive Partnership with GLAAD to Include Broadcast of </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>2016 GLAAD Media Awards this Spring </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>New York, NY, January 21, 2016</strong> – Fresh off the heels of the highest rated year in the network's 10-year history, Logo is continuing to break records as the only cable network to post ten consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth.  The network has no plans to slow down as it heads into 2016 with the eighth season of mega-hit <strong>"RuPaul's Drag Race</strong>," along with a diverse slate of programs and high profile tentpole events.  Logo today announced the greenlight of two brand new series - <strong>"Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul" </strong>and<strong> "Gay Skit Happens"</strong> - plus a third season of "<strong>Cocktails & Classics,</strong>" <strong>Michael Urie</strong>'s love letter to classic films.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Sketch comedy series <strong>"Gay Skit Happens"</strong> premieres Monday, February 8 at 10pm ET/PT. <strong>Daniel Franzese</strong> ("Mean Girls," "Looking," "Recovery Road") hosts the premiere and joins the cast of comics to take on Valentine's Day and tackle all things funny in love, dating, relationships and sex in the age of social media. Actress <strong>Vivica A. Fox</strong> will join as the host of a Summer Special.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>"Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul," </strong>a celebrity-filled pop culture trivia show, will premiere later this year along with the eighth season of "<strong>RuPaul's Drag Race.</strong>" Fans don't have to wait for the premiere to meet the new queens though. The next set of contestants battling it out to become America's next drag superstar will be <em>ru-vealed</em> during the "<strong>New Now Next Honors</strong>,<strong>" </strong>Logo's annual celebration of the hottest new TV, film and music,<strong> </strong>on February 1 at 10pm ET/PT. A second season of "<strong>RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race</strong>" will premiere later in the year. <strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Logo will also continue to deliver groundbreaking LGBT events including the television premiere of the 27<sup>th</sup> Annual <strong>GLAAD Media Awards</strong> this spring.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"After reaching ten consecutive quarters of year-over-year ratings growth, Logo is continuing on its track as one of the fastest growing cable networks," said Pamela Post, SVP of Original Programming for Logo. "From fresh comedic voices, to the phenomenal RuPaul and a new partnership with GLAAD, Logo will build on its momentum with a diverse slate of quality series and specials that keep audiences enthralled."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over the last ten quarters, Logo has posted a 43% ratings gain and is the only network in the P18-49 demo to report ten consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth.  In that same time period, the network also posted a 227% increase in reach across its digital properties and is currently the second most visited LGBT site on the web.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>2016 Programming</strong></span></p><p> </p><p><strong><em>Gay Skit Happens – Premieres Monday, February 8 at 10:00 PM ET/PT</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">In the first episode of this new half hour, quarterly sketch comedy series directed by Rusty Cundieff ("Chapelle's Show,"Human Giant") and Executive Produced by Tom Gianis ("Saturday Night Live," "Drunk History"), Logo takes on the theme of Valentine's Day and tackles all things funny in love, dating, relationships and sex in the age of social media. Guest Host Daniel Franzese ("Looking," "Mean Girls," "Recovery "Road") joins a cast of familiar and up-and-coming sketch comedy players for a blend of pop culture parodies, recurring characters, and comic critiques about modern romance, including Franzese's take on Cupid that we won't soon forget!  Vivica A. Fox will join as a Host for a Summer edition. "Gay Skit Happens" stars Brian Jordan Alvarez, Tara DiFrancisco, Julie Goldman, Stephen Guarino, Ken Kirby, Lyric Lewis, Courtney Pauroso, Bill Posley and features a guest appearance by SUPERFRUIT, aka Grammy Award-winners Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi, who also teamed with Greg O'Connor ("In Living Color") on the show's theme song.</p><p><strong><em> </em></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Gay Skit Happens" is produced by Brian Graden Media. Brian Graden, Gaurav Misra, & Lois Curren serve as Executive Producers. LB Horschler serves as Executive in Charge of Production. Joe Del Hierro & Liesel Reinhart also serve as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Dave Mace serve as Executive Producers for Logo.</p><p> </p><p><strong><em>Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul </em></strong><strong>– </strong><em>Premieres Spring 2016</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Hosted by RuPaul, "Gay For Play" is a 30 minute, comedic, trivia game show where a panel of six celebrities help two contestants answer pop culture questions to win cash and prizes.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul" is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Kate Fisher and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are Executive Producers for Logo.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><em> </em></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><em>RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8</em></strong><strong> – </strong><em>Premieres Spring 2016</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">RuPaul's Drag Race returns with a court of queens so ingenious, a competition so unpredictable and a judges' panel so packed with talent, you'll be seeing stars.  It's all the artistry, all the humanity and all the head-turning twists you love but if you think you know this Race, honey, you have no idea.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"RuPaul's Drag Race" is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, Kate Fisher and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are Executive Producers for Logo.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><em>Cocktails & Classics</em></strong><em> – Season 3 Premiere Date TBA 2016</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The third season of "Cocktails & Classics" features host Michael Urie and a group of his industry insider friends serving up new twists on classic films. Urie and guests will dish as they screen classic films and shed light on behind-the-scenes gossip. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Cocktails & Cocktails" is Executive Produced by Michael Urie and Ryan Kroft for Logo.  Joe Buoye is Executive in Charge of Production, and Vaughn Schoonmaker serves as Series Producer. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><em>27</em></strong><strong><em><sup>th</sup></em></strong><strong><em> Annual GLAAD Media Awards – </em></strong><em>Premieres April 2016</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">One of the most moving and visible annual LGBT events returns to television to honor fair, accurate and inclusive media representations of LGBT people and the issues that affect their lives. Viewers can see which TV, film and news programs win big and catch all of the action as Hollywood A-listers speak out in support of LGBT acceptance. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><em>RuPaul's All Stars</em></strong><strong> </strong><strong><em>Drag Race</em></strong><strong> – </strong><em>Premiere Date TBA 2016</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">They are the most celebrated, re-tweeted, and dynamic queens from "RuPaul's Drag Race," and they're back with their fiercest drag to compete for the one thing that's eluded them all, to be crowned America's Next Drag Superstar. Join RuPaul for a special All Stars edition of "RuPaul's Drag Race" for a competition with more twists, more surprises, and more extravaganza than ever before.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race" is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, Mandy Salangsang and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are Executive Producers for Logo.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em> </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>Source: Nielsen; P18-49 unless otherwise noted; 10 quarters of y-o-y growth (Live +SD coverage ratings, calendar 3Q13-4Q15); among the top 10 fastest growing entertainment channels on cable (L7 for 4Q15 YOY, 09/28/15-12/27/15 vs 09/29/14-12/28/14); comScore, Average Monthly Uniques 4Q15: 09/01/15-12/31/15 vs 3Q13: 7/01/13-09/30/13; as of December 2015)</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em> </em></p>
RuPaul's Drag Race Reveal and Meghan Trainor at New Now Next Honorshttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/RuPaul's-Drag-Race-Reveal-and-Meghan-Trainor-at-New-Now-Next-Honors.aspxRuPaul's Drag Race Reveal and Meghan Trainor at New Now Next Honors1/14/2016 8:00:00 AM<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>HIGHLY ANTICIPATED CAST OF "RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE" SEASON EIGHT TO BE REVEALED DURING LOGO's "NEW NOW NEXT HONORS" ON FEBRUARY 1</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Grammy Award Nominee Meghan Trainor to Perform from the Slopes of Aspen Gay Ski Week</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>New York, January 14, 2016 – </strong>It's the moment you've all been waiting for… Logo today announced that the brand new queens who will lip sync for their lives on the upcoming eighth season of reality show "RuPaul's Drag Race" will be <em>ru-vealed </em>during Logo's annual "New Now Next Honors" from Aspen Gay Ski Week on Monday, February 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The veil will be lifted on the new cast via a series of videos that will introduce fans to the sensational performers who will compete to become America's next drag superstar. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more info visit: http://www.logotv.com/events/newnownext-honors/ </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;"> </span></p><p>"Oh! My! Gag! This season's queens are the most twisted yet," <strong>extolled RuPaul.</strong> "I fell in love with them the first moment we met, and I can't wait to unleash these crazy and talented bitches onto the world."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The annual "New Now Next Honors," held for the first time during Aspen Gay Ski Week, will also feature a performance from Grammy Award nominee <strong>Meghan Trainor</strong>, who will be joined by out pop star <strong>Who Is Fancy</strong>.<strong> </strong>Throughout the show, host <strong>Margaret Cho </strong>and a panel of pop culture aficionados including Lance Bass, Carson Kressley, Troye Sivan, Miss Fame, Murray Hill, comedian Michelle Buteau, and <em>Entertainment Weekly's </em>Stephan Lee will pick 2016's hottest new TV, films, music and fashion. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>"I've always wanted to go to a Logo awards show," <strong>said Trainor.</strong> "I was so honored when they asked me to come to New Now Next this year because not only do I get to attend and perform, but I get to show my support for the LGBT community who have always showed me so much love! I can't wait!"</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Drag Race" alum and fan favorites <strong>Katya, Ginger Minj, Shangela </strong>and<strong> Ivy Winters </strong>will also be on hand to introduce the world to the fierce season eight "Drag Race" competitors. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Last year, "RuPaul's Drag Race" received its first Emmy nomination and helped Logo reach the highest ratings in the network's 10 year history. The mega-hit reality show will return later this year with a court of queens so ingenious, a competition so unpredictable and a judges' panel so packed with talent, fans will be seeing stars. It's all the artistry that the world has come to love, but with a few head-turning twists.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>"RuPaul's Drag Race" is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, Kate Fisher and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are Executive Producers for Logo.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>Ryan Kroft is Executive Producer for Logo Presents Aspen Gay Ski Week and "New Now Next Honors." Andria Parides is Supervising Producer and Vaughn Schoonmaker is producer for the 2016 "New Now Next Honors."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <strong>ABOUT LOGO</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Logo is a leading entertainment brand inspired by the LGBT community and reflects the creative class across television, digital and social platforms.  Logo features one-of-a-kind personalities, shows, specials, and unique stories.  Logo is part of Viacom's Music & Entertainment Group including VH1, MTV, MTV2, Comedy Central and Spike.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">  </p><p><strong>ABOUT WORLD OF WONDER</strong></p><p>Innovative production company World of Wonder is behind such entertaining and award-winning hit series as <em>RuPaul's Drag Race </em>(Logo), <em>Million Dollar Listings </em>(Bravo), <em>Candidly Nicole </em>(Vh1), <em>Big Freedia </em>(Fuse), and <em>Island Hunters </em>(HGTV). <em>Million Dollar Listing NY</em> was a 2015 Emmy® Award nominee for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. <em>RuPaul's Drag Race </em>won the 2014 TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming. <em>Big Freedia </em>(Fuse) won the 2014 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program. World of Wonder has also created award-winning films and documentaries such as <em>Inside</em> <em>Deep Throat</em>, <em>The Eyes of Tammy Faye</em>, <em>Wishful Drinking</em>, <em>Monica in Black and White</em>, and <em>The Last Beekeeper</em>, which won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Nature Programming. Many of their films have premiered at the Sundance Film festival including <em>Becoming Chaz </em>and <em>Party Monster</em>, the documentary and feature film starring Macaulay Culkin. <em>Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures</em> will be their sixth feature at Sundance, premiering this January 2016 and airing on HBO this coming April. </p><p> </p><p>World of Wonder has created a substantial digital footprint with its YouTube channel WOWPresents, along with an award-winning blog, The WOW Report. With 325,000 subscribers and over 130 million views, the channel currently airs eleven weekly original series with a new episode every day of the week. In addition to its signature channel WOWPresents, they have launched an MCN (Multi-Channel Network) comprising 120 YouTube channels with over 215 million cumulative views and over 850 thousand subscribers. The popular WOW Report blog, which can be found at <a href="http://www.worldofwonder.net/">www.worldofwonder.net</a>, receives more than 1 million visitors per month and was awarded the Best Counter Culture Blog by LA Weekly. Co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey authored <em>The World According to Wonder</em>, celebrating 21 years of production, which can be found online at <a href="http://mkt.com/worldofwonder/">http://mkt.com/worldofwonder/</a>. </p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">### </p>
Trailblazing Companies Rankingshttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/Trailblazing-Companies.aspxTrailblazing Companies Rankings12/11/2015 8:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Logo Study Names Most Out & Proud Brands: </strong><br><strong>Google, Johnson & Johnson, Wells Fargo, Marriott and Gap </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>First 'Trailblazing Companies' Rankings Honor Brands </strong><br><strong>Leading the Way in LGBT-Inclusive Marketing, PR, Advertising</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><br></strong></p><p>New York, NY,  December 11, 2015 – 2015 not only saw historic advances in marriage equality and LGBT visibility, but LGBT images in mainstream advertising and marketing also reached new heights, with more companies including LGBT people and families than ever before. Logo, the leading entertainment brand for the LGBT community, today released the first-ever 'Trailblazing Companies' list, a ranking of companies and brands that have demonstrated a public commitment to LGBT people & issues through advertising, communications, and other public initiatives. The campaigns and marketing endeavors on the list showcase a range of personalities, stories and experiences within the LGBT community.  </p><p>Examples of ads from the top 25 companies are available here: <a href="http://www.logotv.com/shows/top-25-trailblazing-companies/">www.logotv.com/shows/top-25-trailblazing-companies/</a></p><p>Google, Johnson & Johnson, Wells Fargo, Marriott and Gap were found to have the highest scores in categories that counted LGBT initiatives in the following objective public-facing categories: LGBT-Inclusive Advertising, Digital Video & Social Media, Policy Support, Spokespersons & C-Suite Executives, Donations & Sponsorships, Website Engagement, and Marriage Equality Support.</p><p>According to Witeck, LGBT consumers are a community with an estimated buying power of $884 billion and previous Logo research has found that 71 percent are more likely to support a brand after seeing an equality-themed ad, while 71 percent were more likely to purchase from a company that actively donates to LGBT charities/causes. </p><p>Logo's 'Trailblazing Companies' list was created through extensive research conducted in partnership with Witeck Communications. Logo started with a pool of close to 200 consumer-facing companies that earned 100% scores for their internal LGBT policies on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. Each company was then evaluated based on the seven objective categories that demonstrate each company's support of the LGBT community in the public sphere. Companies were awarded points based on their activity in each of these areas. </p><p>"If there ever was doubt, this research confirms that America's most popular brands are also leaders for LGBT inclusion and equality," said <strong>Bob Witeck, President of Witeck Communications</strong>. "While political progress seems achingly slow -- unmistakable business trends, mapped over the past decade, show that our LGBT families, workers and consumers pay real rewards to the U.S. economy."</p><p>"It's one thing to craft an HR manual that says all the right things," said <strong>Todd Sears, Founder & Principal of Out Leadership, </strong>a global LGBT business advisory that partners with the world's most influential companies to drive LGBT equality forward. "It's quite another for a company to live its inclusive values every day – bravely stepping forward and identifying LGBT customers as important and equal members of their communities. We applaud these companies for their leadership, and for demonstrating that including LGBT people is not just the right thing to do, but also the smart business play. LGBT-inclusive branding pays exponential dividends, because as we're increasingly seeing in our global work, our friends, families and allies are paying close attention, too."</p><p> </p><p><strong>Logo's Top 25 Trailblazing Companies:</strong></p><p>Google, Johnson & Johnson, Wells Fargo, Marriott, Gap, E&J Gallo Winery, Anheuser-Busch, Hilton Worldwide, Coca-Cola, GM, Unilever, AT&T, P&G, TD Bank, American Airlines, Diageo, Bank of America, Hyatt, MillerCoors, Mondelez International, JP Morgan Chase, General Mills, Brown-Forman, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Orbitz, Starwood Hotels & Resorts</p><p>*(Note: Orbitz & Starwood Hotels & Resorts tied for the 25<sup>th</sup> spot.)</p><p>For more information on the rankings and each company's score visit: <a href="http://www.logotv.com/shows/top-25-trailblazing-companies/">www.logotv.com/shows/top-25-trailblazing-companies/</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Finishing out the year with the highest ratings in the network's 10-year history, Logo is also the only network in the P18-49 demo to post year-over-year growth over each of the past nine consecutive quarters.  The network also posted a 22% increase in reach across digital platforms and ranks among the top 3 most visited LGBT websites.​​​</p>
Ratings News and Fall Programshttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/Ratings-News-and-Fall-Programs.aspxRatings News and Fall Programs10/14/2015 7:00:00 AM<p>​​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>LOGO SHATTERS RECORDS TO REACH HIGHEST RATINGS IN </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>TEN-YEAR HISTORY AND BECOMES ONLY CABLE NETWORK TO POST NINE CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS OF </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>YEAR-OVER-YEAR GROWTH</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Network Cements Position Among Top 3 Fasting Growing </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Cable Networks with New Slate of Programming</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>New York, NY, October 14, 2015</strong> – Finishing out its broadcast year with the highest ratings in the network's 10-year history, Logo is heading into fall with groundbreaking programming that features some of the biggest names in the LGBT community. Logo today announced a second season of "<strong>Cocktails & Classics</strong>" hosted by <strong>Michael Urie</strong>, the return of "<strong>RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 5 RuVealed</strong>," and the premiere of "<strong>Gen Silent</strong>," a timely documentary spotlighting LGBT elders. They join Logo's previously announced series "<strong>Beautiful As I Want To Be</strong>," hosted by transgender model and activist <strong>Geena Rocero. </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The network also announced <strong>"Logo Presents Aspen Gay Ski Week," </strong>a partnership with the largest annual gay ski experience that will feature events and programming in January 2016. In 2016, Logo will also mark the return of hit <strong>"RuPaul's Drag Race" </strong>for its 8<sup>th</sup> season. <strong> </strong>  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Logo is celebrating its 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary with not only our highest rated year ever, but as the only cable network to achieve 9 consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth," said Chris McCarthy, General Manager of Logo and VH1. "We have no plans to slow down as we roll out a diverse slate of programs that will continue to spark conversations, entertain our audience and drive results."</p><p>Logo is the only network in the P18-49 demo to report nine consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth.  The network also posted a 25% increase in reach across digital and social media.  In 2015, Logo launched the seventh season of "RuPaul's Drag Race," the critically acclaimed limited run series' "Cucumber" and "Banana" as well as "Secret Guide to Fabulous" and new series "Food to Get You Laid." The network also aired the second annual "Trailblazer Honors," celebrating LGBT pioneers, during annual Pride month of June.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em> </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>2015 Programming</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><em>Cocktails & Classics </em></strong><em>– </em><em>Premieres Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 8:00pm ET</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The second season of <strong>"Cocktails & Classics"</strong><strong> </strong>features host Michael Urie and a group of his industry insider friends serving up new twists on classic films. This season, Urie and guests will dish as they screen classic films including "<strong>Mommie Dearest," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch,"</strong><strong> </strong>and <strong>"All About Eve."</strong><strong> </strong>The series premieres in time for Halloween with a screening of "<strong>The Witches of Eastwick</strong>," featuring behind-the-scenes stories from co-star <strong>Veronica Cartwright.</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">For a sneak peek at season 2 of "Cocktails & Classics" visit: <a href="http://logo.to/1j4AabA">http://logo.to/1j4AabA</a> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><em>Beautiful As I Want To Be</em></strong><em> –</em><em><strong> </strong></em><em>Premiering Wednesday, October 28 on LogoTV.com</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Beautiful As I Want To Be" partners trans and gender non-conforming young people with successful trans leaders to explore how they define beauty and identity. In each episode, a trans young person shares their backstory, their identity journey, and their dreams for the future. They then star in a photo shoot where they can celebrate their authentic beauty.  Each of the four episodes will be introduced by <strong>Geena Rocero</strong>, a transgender supermodel and founder of Gender Proud, who also serves as an Executive Producer on the series. The production featured a crew of almost all transgender entertainment professionals.</p><p>For a sneak peek at "Beautiful As I Want To Be" visit: <a href="http://logo.to/1RbNhn5">http://logo.to/1RbNhn5</a></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><em>RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 5 RuVealed </em></strong><em>–</em><em><strong> </strong></em><em>Premieres Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 7:00pm ET </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Cultural icon <strong>RuPaul</strong> revisits season 5 of "RuPaul's Drag Race" to offer insider info, colorful commentary and a unique perspective on this exciting season. Relive Season 5 with fresh shade from RuPaul about unforgettable queens including Alaska, Alyssa Edwards, Ivy Winters, Coco Montrese and season winner Jinkx Monsoon. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><em>Gen Silent </em></strong><em>– </em><em>Premieres Monday, November 9, 2015 at 8:00pm ET</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As the entire nation confronts changes in healthcare, Gen Silent takes a look at an older generation of LGBT Americans who face a senior "closet" of discrimination in housing and health care.  Logo Documentary Films division shares powerful stories that capture LGBT life and culture in all its diversity. The division launched earlier this year with the critically-acclaimed films <strong>"Out in the Night,"</strong> <strong>"Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine," "Out & Around," </strong>and "<strong>Versailles '73: an American Runway Revolution." </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>2016 Programming</strong></span></p><p><strong><em>Logo Presents Aspen Gay Ski Week </em></strong><strong>featuring</strong><strong><em> the New Now Next Honors </em></strong>– <em>January 2016</em></p><p>"Logo Presents Aspen Gay Ski Week" will feature performances from the top names in music and comedy, as well as a reimagined "New Now Next Honors," which celebrate the year's best new actors, artists, films, television and more.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><em>RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8</em></strong><strong> – </strong><em>Premiere Date TBA 2016</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">RuPaul's Drag Race returns with a court of queens so ingenious, a competition so unpredictable and a judges' panel so packed with talent, you'll be seeing stars It's all the artistry, all the humanity and all the head-turning twists you love but if you think you know this Race, honey, you have no idea.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><em>RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars</em></strong><strong> – </strong><em>Premiere Date TBA 2016</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">They are the most celebrated, re-tweeted, and dynamic queens from RuPaul's Drag Race, and they're back with their fiercest drag to compete for the one thing that's eluded them all, to be crowned America's Next Drag Superstar. Join RuPaul for a special All Stars edition of RuPaul's Drag Race for a competition with more twists, more surprises, and more extravaganza than ever before.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>Source: Nielsen; P18-49 unless otherwise noted; 9 quarters of y-o-y growth (Live +SD coverage ratings, calendar 3Q13-3Q15); top 3 fastest growing (Live +7 coverage ratings, excludes news/sports/kids nets, 10/1/12-9/29/13 vs. 9/29/14-9/13/15)</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p><strong>ABOUT LOGO</strong><br><strong> </strong>Logo TV is a leading entertainment brand inspired by the LGBT community and reflects the creative class across television, digital and social platforms.  Logo features one-of-a-kind personalities, shows, specials, and unique stories.  Logo is part of Viacom's Music & Entertainment Group including VH1, MTV, MTV2, Comedy Central and Spike. </p><p>​​ </p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p>
Beautiful As I Want To Be announcementhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/Beautiful-As-I-Want-To-Be-announcement.aspxBeautiful As I Want To Be announcement9/30/2015 7:00:00 AM<p></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Logo and Transgender Supermodel and Advocate Geena Rocero </strong><br><strong>Premiere "Beautiful As I Want To Be" Web Series </strong><br><strong>Wednesday, October 28</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Digital Docu-Series Spotlights Trans Leaders </strong><br><strong>Helping Trans Youth to Realize their Dreams</strong></p><p><strong>New York, NY, September 30, 2015 – </strong>Logo, the leading entertainment brand inspired by the LGBT community, today announced the premiere of "Beautiful As I Want To Be," a digital-exclusive video series spotlighting transgender youth, on Wednesday, October 28, on LogoTV.com and Logo's YouTube. Each of the 4 episodes will be introduced by Geena Rocero, a transgender supermodel and founder of Gender Proud, who also serves as an Executive Producer on the series. The production featured a crew of almost all transgender entertainment professionals. </p><p>For a teaser promo featuring Geena Rocero visit: <span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:115%;font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:#1f497d;"><a href="http://logo.to/1RbNhn5">http://logo.to/1RbNhn5</a></span>​.</p><p>'Beautiful As I Want To Be' is a digital-exclusive video series and photo shoot partnering 4 trans young people with successful trans leaders to explore how they define beauty and identity. In each episode, a trans young person shares their backstory, their identity journey, and their dreams for the future. Their mentor/coach readies them for a photo shoot, and provides not only creative direction, but life advice. Through hair, make-up and wardrobe, the young person will be transformed into their ultimate expression of authentic beauty.</p><p>Executive Producer Geena Rocero will appear in each episode. She is regularly featured on E!'s "I Am Cait" and has walked the runway in high-profile fashion shows for designers including Carmen Marc Valvo. In August, she became the first trans woman in a Covergirl campaign and has also been featured in Candy magazine as well as the Marriott 'Love Travels' campaign. Rocero has been profiled and spoken out for transgender equality in Vanity Fair, Glamour, CNN, and MSNBC, among others. A video of her TED Talk, during which she first shared that she is transgender, has been viewed more than 2.7 million times. Rocero is the founder of Gender Proud, an advocacy organization that aims to tell a more empowered story about the transgender experience.</p><p>"I am excited to share with trans youth the ways that I've used modeling and art to creatively express myself and to realize my dreams," said Rocero. "This project is to affirm our youth's potential, their beauty, and the possibilities when we celebrate and allow them to be their most authentic selves."</p><p>Logo, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, has a history of transgender media images including the series "TransGeneration" and the reality show "Transamerican Love Story," which received the GLAAD Media Award in 2009. Earlier this year, "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word," Logo's documentary about transgender youth, received the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Special. </p><p>"Beautiful As I Want To Be" is directed by Raul Gasteazoro and executive produced by Allie Hoffman and Geena Rocero. Jonathan Mallow and Sarah DeFilippis serve as Executive Producers for Logo. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About Logo:</strong><strong>                 </strong><br><span style="font-size:8pt;line-height:115%;font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;">Logo TV is a leading entertainment brand inspired by the LGBT community and reflects the creative class across television, digital and social platforms. Logo features one-of-a-kind personalities, shows, specials, and unique stories. </span><span style="font-size:8pt;line-height:115%;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">Logo is part of Viacom’s Music & Entertainment Group including VH1, MTV, MTV2, Comedy Central and Spike.</span></p>

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