VMA Press Credential Sign Up
​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

 

“VERONICA MARS” FANDOM KICK STARTS FIRST-EVER “mtvU FANDOM AWARDS” BY CLAIMING THE “FANDOM OF THE YEAR” AWARD http://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/“VERONICA-MARS”-FANDOM-KICK-STARTS-FIRST-EVER-“mtvU-FANDOM-AWARDS”-BY-CLAIMING-THE-“FANDOM-OF-THE-YEAR”-AWARD-DURING-COMIC-.aspx“VERONICA MARS” FANDOM KICK STARTS FIRST-EVER “mtvU FANDOM AWARDS” BY CLAIMING THE “FANDOM OF THE YEAR” AWARD GP0|#b655f2a5-5c9d-4b31-b9b3-36635afbcbf0;L0|#0b655f2a5-5c9d-4b31-b9b3-36635afbcbf0|MTVu;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e1;GP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV7/24/2014 7:00:00 AM<p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:center;"><strong><span style="font-family:tahoma;">​​​​ </span></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:center;"><strong><span style="font-family:tahoma;">DURING COMIC-CON SAN ​DIEGO</span></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:center;"><strong><span style="font-family:tahoma;"><br></span></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:center;"><strong><span style="font-family:tahoma;">​“Game of Thrones,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Hannibal,” “Harry Potter,” “Teen Wolf” and Best-Selling Author John Green Also Awarded mtvU Fandom Awards</span></strong><span style="font-family:tahoma;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:center;"><strong><span style="font-family:tahoma;"> </span></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:center;"><strong><span style="font-family:tahoma;">“mtvU Fandom Awards Special” featuring Linkin Park, G-Eazy and First Looks of “The Book of Life” and “If I Stay” to Premiere on MTV and mtvU on Sunday, July 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT</span></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:center;"><strong><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:center;"><strong><em><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Visit </span></em></strong><a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=xTZlQEqhaEegA1iVG8xSEU7X-uYNe9EIH65S6vvwsfsOB0LZf-kb7mEuE58Rqc_ve1WuI5lXL8Q.&URL=http://www.mtvpress.com/" target="_blank" style="color:purple;"><strong><em><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">MTVPress.com</span></em></strong></a><strong><em><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> to Download Hi-Res Photos from Tonight’s Show</span></em></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">San Diego, CA (July 24, 2014)</span></strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> – </span><a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=xTZlQEqhaEegA1iVG8xSEU7X-uYNe9EIH65S6vvwsfsOB0LZf-kb7mEuE58Rqc_ve1WuI5lXL8Q.&URL=http://www.mtvu.com/" target="_blank" style="color:purple;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">mtvU</span></a><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">, MTV’s 24-hour college network, tonight named fans of<strong>“Veronica Mars</strong>,<strong>”</strong> <strong>“Harry Potter,” “Game of Thrones,” “Hannibal,”</strong> Damon and Elena of <strong>“The Vampire Diaries,” “Teen Wolf”</strong> and <strong>John Green</strong> as winners of the first-ever “mtvU Fandom Awards” during Comic-Con San Diego. The Fandom Awards is </span><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">the ultimate celebration for diehard fanboys and fangirls to honor their favorite shows and movies of the past year, with all winners selected by fans through online and social voting. MTV and mtvU will premiere the 60-minute <strong>“mtvU Fandom Awards Special”</strong> on <strong>Sunday, July 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT</strong>, celebrating the winners and showcasing some of the best moments from the show.</span><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Taking place during Comic-Con: San Diego, the epicenter of fandom, <strong>“Veronica Mars”</strong> was bestowed with the night’s biggest honor, the “Fandom of the Year” award. The marshmallows once again accomplished a great feat, vaulting their favorite movie into the winners spot of the epic 32-nominee bracket in the “Fandom of the Year” category, which also included finalists “Community,” “Supernatural” and “Free! Iwatobi Swim Club.” <strong>Tina Majorino</strong>, who plays Mac in “Veronica Mars,” accepted the award from <strong>Orlando Jones</strong> of “Sleepy Hollow.”</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">The “mtvU Fandom Awards” opened with a special video in which MTV News’ Josh Horowitz was sieged by stars including <strong>Joe Manganiello</strong>, <strong>Nick Cannon</strong>, <strong>Taryn Manning</strong>, <strong>Kat Graham</strong>,<strong>Amber Rose</strong> and <strong>Gregg Sulkin</strong>, as all of them made their personal pleas for the “Fandom of the Year” winner. On the ground in San Diego, the star of MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” <strong>Tyler</strong><strong> Posey</strong>, then joined YouTube sensation <strong>Tyler O</strong><strong>akley</strong> to present the “OMG Moment of the Year” award to <strong>Nikolaj Coster-Waldau</strong> and <strong>Natalie Dormer</strong> from “Game of Thrones,” which won for its Purple Wedding episode. </span><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Steven Yeun</span></strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> of “Walking Dead” and <strong>Retta</strong> from “Parks and Recreation” then made the fans in attendance swoon with news that Damon and Elena (“Delena”) of “The Vampire Diaries” claimed the “Ship of the Year” award. <strong>Nina Dobrev</strong> and <strong>Ian Somerhalder</strong> of “The Vampire Diaries” accepted the award on behalf of their passionate fandom.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">“We want to thank you guys for all of your love and support of Delena,” <strong>Dobrev</strong> told their fandom in a taped acceptance speech</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">“Our ship has been through some ups and downs and we are not sure where we would be without your support … so thank you and we will try to keep it interesting for you,” <strong>said</strong> <strong>Somerhalder</strong>.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Continuing the evening of fandemonium were <strong>Channing Tatum</strong> and <strong>Diego Luna</strong>, on hand to present fans with an exclusive first look of the much-anticipated animated film from producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez “The Book of Life.” Additionally, <strong>Chloe Grace Moretz</strong> presented an exclusive clip from the highly touted feature film “If I Stay,” which is based on Gayle Forman’s best-selling YA novel.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">For the “Fandom Feat of the Year,” honoring outstanding accomplishments by fandoms over the past year, the “Teen Wolf” fandom won for raising funds to build a wolf sanctuary. <strong>Rob Riggle</strong> and<strong>Kellan Lutz</strong> presented the award to “Teen Wolf” stars <strong>Tyler Posey</strong>, <strong>Tyler Hoechlin</strong> and<strong>Holland Roden</strong>, who accepted on behalf of their canine-friendly fans.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">“It’s no surprise that our fans rallied together to raise money for such an awesome cause. They are always so supportive and this proves they are the best fans ever,” <strong>said Posey</strong>. <strong>Added Hoechlin</strong>, “we are honored on behalf of our fans who constantly support us, and the fact that they have been able to raise money for such a great cause really takes their fandom to another level.”</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;background-color:yellow;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Several representatives from “Fandom of the Year” finalist “Community” – creator <strong>Dan Harmon</strong>, as well as actors <strong>Gillian Jacobs</strong> and <strong>Jim Rash</strong> – appeared to present the “Best Fandom Forever” award, honoring massive fandoms that continuously thrive regardless of new releases. With voting happening exclusively on Tumblr, the fandom from Hogwarts garnered the most votes, as <strong>Matthew Lewis</strong> accepted the award on behalf of “Harry Potter” fans.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">“Congratulations to all the fans,” <strong>said Lewis</strong>. “I’m sure we’ll all agree that the greatest stories are the ones that stay with us forever so thank you very much for believing in us. We wouldn’t still be here without you.”</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">While the BFF award honored enduring franchises, emerging fandoms were also celebrated with the “Breakout Fandom of the Year” award going to fans of the NBC series <strong>“Hannibal.”</strong> Jenna Dewan-Tatum also presented a special award to best-selling author </span><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">John Green</span></strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">. “The Fault in Our Stars” author was honored with the </span><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">“Visionary Award,” which goes to a one of a kind creator whose work has moved and inspired fans worldwide. Green is much beloved by his fandom not only for his best-selling novels, but also for his supreme social media engagement which birthed a community of devoted fans called “nerdfighters.”</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">“I am lucky enough to have been a member of some sort of fandom at every stage in my life, so receiving this award means a great deal to me,” <strong>said Green</strong>. “The communities of people who unironically love a television show, or a movie, or a game, or a singer, or a book know how meaningful, supportive, and creative fandom can be. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my books and for the support the TFiOS movie has received this summer. "</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Following the awards, the huge party at Petco Park featured a performance from emerging rapper<strong>G-Eazy</strong>, whose energetic set included his hit single “I Mean It.” The night then closed with multi-platinum rock band <strong>Linkin Park</strong>, who performed a few fan favorites like “Faint,” in addition to tracks from their newest album “The Hunting Party,” including “Guilty All the Same,” “Wastelands” and “Until It’s Gone.”</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">The day of fandoms began at 7 p.m. locally with the “MTV Fan Fest,” </span><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">a free party at Petco Park with food, drinks, games and giveaways.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">The winners of the “mtvU Fandom Awards” are:</span></strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Fandom Of The Year</span></strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"></span></p><p class="MsoPlainText" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;text-indent:-0.25in;"><span style="font-size:10pt;">·<span style="font-size:7pt;">       </span></span><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">“Veronica Mars”</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">OMG Moment of the Year</span></strong></p><p class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;text-indent:-0.25in;"><span style="font-size:10pt;">·<span style="font-size:7pt;">       </span></span><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">“Game of Thrones” – The Purple Wedding<strong></strong></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Ship of the Year (unspoken relationships fandoms are dying to see)</span></strong></p><p class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;text-indent:-0.25in;"><span style="font-size:10pt;">·<span style="font-size:7pt;">       </span></span><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Damon/Elena “Delena” (“The Vampire Diaries”)</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Breakout Fandom of the Year (most popular new fandom)</span></strong></p><p class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;text-indent:-0.25in;"><span style="font-size:10pt;">·<span style="font-size:7pt;">       </span></span><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">“Hannibal”</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Best Fandom Forever (BFF) presented with Tumblr</span></strong></p><p class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;text-indent:-0.25in;"><span style="font-size:10pt;">·<span style="font-size:7pt;">       </span></span><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">“Harry Potter”</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Fandom Feat of the Year</span></strong></p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;text-indent:-0.25in;"><span style="font-size:10pt;">·<span style="font-size:7pt;">       </span></span><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">“Teen Wolf” – fans raised funds to build a wolf sanctuary<strong></strong></span></p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Visionary Award</span></strong></p><p class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;text-indent:-0.25in;"><span style="font-size:10pt;">·<span style="font-size:7pt;">       </span></span><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">John Green</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Eric Conte and Ryan Kroft are the Executive Producers of the “mtvU Fandom Awards.” Gina Esposito is the Executive in Charge of Music Talent; Wendy Plaut is the Executive in Charge of Celebrity Talent. Joe Buoye is the Executive in Charge of Production.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">For more information on the “mtvU Fandom Awards,” visit </span><a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=xTZlQEqhaEegA1iVG8xSEU7X-uYNe9EIH65S6vvwsfsOB0LZf-kb7mEuE58Rqc_ve1WuI5lXL8Q.&URL=http://www.mtv.com/shows/mtvu_fandom_awards/" target="_blank" style="color:purple;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">FandomAwards.MTV.com</span></a><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">, </span><a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=xTZlQEqhaEegA1iVG8xSEU7X-uYNe9EIH65S6vvwsfsOB0LZf-kb7mEuE58Rqc_ve1WuI5lXL8Q.&URL=http://www.mtvu.com" target="_blank" style="color:purple;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">mtvU.com</span></a><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> or</span><a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=xTZlQEqhaEegA1iVG8xSEU7X-uYNe9EIH65S6vvwsfsOB0LZf-kb7mEuE58Rqc_ve1WuI5lXL8Q.&URL=http://www.mtvpress.com" target="_blank" style="color:purple;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">MTVPress.com</span></a><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Official sponsors of the “2014 mtvU Fandom Awards” include <em>Jolly Rancher</em> Candies, LG G3 and Tostitos.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">About mtvU</span></strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Broadcast to nearly 750 college campuses as well as via top cable distributors in 700 college communities nationwide, mtvU reaches more than 8 million U.S. college students – making it the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students.  Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, mtvU can be seen in the dining areas, fitness centers, student lounges and dorm rooms of campuses throughout the U.S., as well as on cable systems from Charter Communications, Verizon FiOS TV, Suddenlink Communications, AT&T u-Verse and nearly 70 others.  mtvU is dedicated to every aspect of college life, reaching students everywhere they are: on-air, online and on the campus.  mtvU airs music videos from emerging artists that can’t be seen anywhere else, news, student life features and initiatives that give college students the tools to advance positive social change.  mtvU is always on campus, with hundreds of events per year, including exclusive concerts, giveaways, shooting mtvU series and more.  For more information about mtvU, and a complete programming schedule, visit </span><a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=xTZlQEqhaEegA1iVG8xSEU7X-uYNe9EIH65S6vvwsfsOB0LZf-kb7mEuE58Rqc_ve1WuI5lXL8Q.&URL=http://www.mtvu.com/" target="_blank" style="color:purple;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;color:#0000e9;">www.mtvU.com</span></a><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">###</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Contacts:</span></strong><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Jake Urbanski                         Michelle Clark-McCrary</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">212-846-6888                         212-846-3538</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=xTZlQEqhaEegA1iVG8xSEU7X-uYNe9EIH65S6vvwsfsOB0LZf-kb7mEuE58Rqc_ve1WuI5lXL8Q.&URL=mailto:jake.urbanski%40mtvstaff.com" target="_blank" style="color:purple;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Jake.Urbanski@mtvstaff.com</span></a><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">    </span><a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=xTZlQEqhaEegA1iVG8xSEU7X-uYNe9EIH65S6vvwsfsOB0LZf-kb7mEuE58Rqc_ve1WuI5lXL8Q.&URL=mailto:Michelle.Clark-McCrary%40viacommix.com" target="_blank" style="color:purple;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;">Michelle.Clark-McCrary@viacommix.com</span></a><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;color:#000000;line-height:normal;font-size:16.363636016845703px;font-family:'times new roman';"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma;"> </span></p><p>​</p>
BEYONCÉ TOPS NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2014 “MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS” WITH EIGHT NODS INCLUDING VIDEO OF THE YEARhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/BEYONCE-TOPS-NOMINATIONS-FOR-THE-2014-MTV-VIDEO-MUSIC-AWARDS-WITH-EIGHT-NODS.aspxBEYONCÉ TOPS NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2014 “MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS” WITH EIGHT NODS INCLUDING VIDEO OF THE YEARGP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e17/17/2014 7:00:00 AM<p>​<strong>EMINEM AND IGGY AZALEA </strong><strong>GARNER SEVEN NOMINATIONS EACH</strong></p><p><strong>Pharrell Williams, JAY Z, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, </strong><strong>Lorde, Sam Smith, Sia, Zedd, Avicii, Pitbull, Jason Derulo and </strong><strong>Hayley Williams Receive Multiple VMA Nominations </strong><strong>All Revealed Today via MTV Snapchat</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>​New York, NY (July 17, 2014) - </strong><a href="http://www.mtv.com/">MTV</a>, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), today announced the nominations for the 2014 "MTV Video Music Awards" airing LIVE from The Forum in Inglewood, CA on <strong>Sunday</strong>, <strong>August 24</strong> at <strong>9:00 p.m</strong>.<strong> ET/PT </strong>via an innovative first-of-its-kind social media rollout on Snapchat. Global superstar Beyoncé, who surprised and delighted fans worldwide with the revolutionary release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed visual album earlier this year, leads the pack with an astounding eight nominations including "Video of the Year," "Best Female" and "Best Choreography." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Eminem and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea received an impressive seven nominations each. Eminem scores multiple nods for categories including "Best Hip-Hop," "Best Male" and "Best Collaboration" while previous "Artist to Watch" nominee Iggy Azalea finds herself vying for some of the top awards including "Video of the Year," "Best Female" and "Best Pop." Beginning today, fans can vote in VMA categories, including "Video of the Year," "Artist to Watch" and more by visiting <a href="http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/">vma.mtv.com</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Battling it out for the highly coveted "Video of the Year" are Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX with their 90's throwback "Clueless" homage "Fancy," Beyoncé ft. JAY Z's dark and sensuous "Drunk in Love," the catchy pop phenomenon "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, Sia's mysterious and faceless "Chandelier" and the video that spawned a million memes, Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball." Previous recent "Video of the Year" winners include Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" (2013), Rihanna's ft. Calvin Harris "We Found Love" (2012), Katy Perry's "Firework" (2011) and Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" (2010). </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Following last year's groundbreaking stop-motion video nominations announcement via MTV's Instagram and Vine accounts, MTV notched yet another first by revealing this year's nominations via MTV's Snapchat account.  Earlier this morning, the nominations were revealed exclusively via MTV snaps featuring "MTV Artist to Watch" alums Austin Mahone and Fifth Harmony, emerging artist Becky G, and MTV talent including "Teen Wolf's" Tyler Posey, "Awkward's" Jillian Rose Reed, "Girl Code's" Carly Aquilino and "Guy Code's" Charlamagne Tha God. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Beginning today, fans can vote in VMA categories, including "Best Hip Hop," "MTV Clubland," "Best Video with a Social Message," and more by visiting <a href="http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/">vma.mtv.com</a>. Additionally, fans can vote for "MTV Artist To Watch," presented by Taco Bell®, by texting the nominee's name to 22444 (standard message and data rates apply). </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Nominees for a new socially voted category, "Best Lyric Video" will be announced at a later date on <a href="http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/">vma.mtv.com</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Usher</strong>, <strong>Ariana Grande</strong> and<strong> 5 Seconds of Summer</strong> are confirmed to perform with additional talent being announced at a later date.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">For additional information on all 2014 "MTV Video Music Award" nominees, please visit <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/collections/artist-to-watch/897377/">Artists.MTV</a> on the web, or download the free <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mtv-artists/id721717193">MTV Artists app</a>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>See below for a full list of nominations:</strong></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>VIDEO OF THE YEAR:</strong></span></p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/iggy-azalea-1/">Iggy Azalea</a> ft. Charli XCX – "Fancy"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/beyonce/">Beyoncé</a> ft. JAY Z - "Drunk In Love"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/pharrell-williams/">Pharrell Williams</a> - "Happy"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/sia/">Sia</a> - "Chandelier"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/miley-cyrus/">Miley Cyrus</a> - "Wrecking Ball"</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST HIP HOP:</strong></span></p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/eminem/">Eminem</a> - "Berzerk"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/drake/">Drake</a> ft. Majid Jordan - "Hold On (We're Going Home)"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/childish-gambino/">Childish Gambino</a> - "3005"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/kanye-west/">Kanye West</a> - "Black Skinhead"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/wiz-khalifa/">Wiz Khalifa</a> - "We Dem Boyz"</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST MALE:</strong></span></p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/pharrell-williams/">Pharrell Williams</a> - "Happy"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/john-legend/">John Legend</a> - "All Of Me"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/ed-sheeran/">Ed Sheeran</a> ft. Pharrell - "Sing"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/sam-smith/">Sam Smith</a> - "Stay With Me"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/eminem/">Eminem</a> ft. Rihanna - "The Monster"</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST FEMALE:</strong></span></p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/iggy-azalea/">Iggy Azalea</a> ft. Charli XCX - "Fancy"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/beyonce/">Beyoncé</a> - "Partition"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/lorde/">Lorde</a> - "Royals"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/ariana-grande/">Ariana Grande</a> ft. Iggy Azalea - "Problem"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/katy-perry/">Katy Perry</a> ft. Juicy J - "Dark Horse"</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST POP:</strong></span></p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/pharrell-williams/">Pharrell Williams</a> - "Happy"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/iggy-azalea/">Iggy Azalea</a> ft. Charli XCX - "Fancy"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/jason-derulo/">Jason Derulo</a> ft. 2 Chainz - "Talk Dirty"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/ariana-grande/">Ariana Grande</a> ft. Iggy Azalea - "Problem"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/avicii/">Avicii</a> ft. Aloe Blacc - "Wake Me Up"</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST ROCK:</strong></span></p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/imagine-dragons/">Imagine Dragons</a> - "Demons"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/arctic-monkeys/">Arctic Monkeys</a> - "Do I Wanna Know"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/the-black-keys/">The Black Keys</a> - "Fever"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/lorde/">Lorde</a> - "Royals"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/linkin-park/">Linkin Park</a> - "Until It's Gone"</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>MTV ARTIST TO WATCH:</strong></span></p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/sam-smith/">Sam Smith</a> - "Stay With Me"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/5-seconds-of-summer/">5 Seconds of Summer </a> -"She Looks So Perfect"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/charli-xcx/">Charli XCX</a> - "Boom Clap"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/schoolboy-q/">Schoolboy Q</a> - "Man Of The Year"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/fifth-harmony/">Fifth Harmony</a> - "Miss Movin On"</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>​BEST COLLABORATION:</strong></span></p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/beyonce/">Beyoncé</a> ft. JAY Z - "Drunk In Love"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/ariana-grande/">Ariana Grande</a> ft. Iggy Azalea - "Problem"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/pitbull/">Pitbull</a> ft. Ke$ha - "Timber"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/chris-brown/">Chris Brown</a> ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga - "Loyal"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/eminem/">Eminem</a> ft. Rihanna - "The Monster"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/katy-perry/">Katy Perry</a> ft. Juicy J - "Dark Horse"<br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong></strong></span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>MTV CLUBLAND AWARD:</strong></span><br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/dj-snake/">DJ Snake</a> & <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/lil-jon/">Lil Jon</a> - "Turn Down For What"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/zedd/">Zedd</a> ft. Hayley Williams - "Stay the Night"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/calvin-harris/">Calvin Harris</a> - "Summer"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/martin-garrix/">Martin Garrix</a> - "Animal" <br><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/disclosure/">Disclosure</a> - "Grab Her!"<br> </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE</strong></span><br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/angel-haze/">Angel Haze</a> ft. Sia - "Battle Cry"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/avicii/">Avicii</a> - "Hey Brother"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/beyonce/">Beyoncé</a> - "Pretty Hurts"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/j-cole/">J. Cole</a> ft. TLC - "Crooked Smile"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/kelly-rowland/">Kelly Rowland</a> - "Dirty Laundry"</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/david-guetta/">David Guetta</a> ft. Mikky Ekko - "One Voice" ​</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY</strong></span><br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/thirty-seconds-to-mars/">Thirty Seconds to Mars</a> - "City of Angels"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/beyonce/">Beyoncé</a> - "Pretty Hurts"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/arcade-fire/">Arcade Fire</a> - "Afterlife"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/gesaffelstein/">Gesaffelstein</a> - "Hate or Glory" <br><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/lana-del-rey/">Lana Del Rey</a> - "West Coast"<br> <br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST EDITING</strong></span><br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/eminem/">Eminem</a> - "Rap God"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/mgmt/">MGMT</a> - "Your Life is a Lie" <br><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/zedd/">Zedd</a>  ft. Hayley Williams -"Stay the Night"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/beyonce/">Beyoncé</a> - "Pretty Hurts"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/fitz-and-the-tantrums/">Fitz and The Tantrums</a> - "The Walker"<span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><br></strong></span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST CHOREOGRAPHY</strong></span><br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/sia/">Sia</a> - "Chandelier"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/beyonce/">Beyoncé</a> - "Partition"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/usher/">Usher</a> - "Good Kisser"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/michael-jackson/">Michael Jackson</a> ft. Justin Timberlake - "Love Never Felt So Good" <br><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/jason-derulo/">Jason Derulo</a> ft. 2Chainz - "Talk Dirty"<br> <a href="mailto:http://www.mtv.com/artists/kiesza/">Kiesza</a> - "Hideaway"<br> <br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST DIRECTION</strong></span><br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/dj-snake/">DJ Snake</a> & <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/lil-jon/">Lil Jon</a> - "Turn Down For What"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/ok-go/">OK Go </a> - "The Writing's On the Wall"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/miley-cyrus/">Miley Cyrus</a> - "Wrecking Ball"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/beyonce/">Beyoncé</a> - "Pretty Hurts"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/eminem/">Eminem</a> ft. Rihanna - "The Monster"<br> <br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST ART DIRECTION</strong></span><br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/dj-snake/">DJ Snake</a> & <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/lil-jon/">Lil Jon</a> - "Turn Down For What"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/iggy-azalea/">Iggy Azalea</a> ft. Charli XCX - "Fancy"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/eminem/">Eminem</a> - "Rap God"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/arcade-fire/">Arcade Fire</a> - "Reflektor" </p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/tyler-the-creator/">Tyler, The Creator</a> - "Tamale" <br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST VISUAL EFFECTS</strong></span><br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/dj-snake/">DJ Snake</a> & <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/lil-jon/">Lil Jon</a> - "Turn Down For What"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/ok-go/">OK Go</a> - "The Writing's On the Wall"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/disclosure/">Disclosure</a> - "Grab Her!"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/eminem/">Eminem</a> - "Rap God"<br> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/jack-white/">Jack White</a> - "Lazaretto"</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>MTV Video Music Awards</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 2013 "MTV Video Music Awards" delivered big, with the award show ranking as cable's #1 entertainment telecast of the year among P12-34 at the time.  The first-ever award show to be broadcast live from Brooklyn's Barclays Center, the VMAs garnered a total audience of 10.1 million viewers, a 66 percent increase versus 2012, and the ratings jumped 47 percent compared to the previous year's telecast, delivering a strong 7.8 P12-34 rating.  The encore presentation of the show on MTV earned an additional 2.8 million total viewers, amounting to 12.9 million total viewers across both airings on MTV.  Ratings for the 2013 "MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show" increased 100 percent compared to the previous year with P12-34 and garnered a 3.6 rating among that demographic, and total viewers grew a whopping 119 percent with 4.6 million tuning in.* Additionally, the 2013 "MTV Video Music Awards" aired across MTV's global network of more than 60 channels and enjoyed a double-digit ratings increase year over year in key international markets such as the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Argentina and more.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 2013 "MTV Video Music Awards" shattered previous records across MTV's web, mobile and social channels at the time ranking as the biggest VMA day in history in terms of total visitors, page views and streams. More than 4 million fans visited VMA content on <a href="http://mtv.com/">MTV.com</a>, mobile web and MTV app generating more than 15 million total streams – five times higher than the previous year's show day – with the live stream portion now ranking as the biggest in Viacom's history. MTV mobile saw its biggest day ever with more than 2 million visitors, 6 million page views and 1.8 million streams. During the two-hour telecast, social media exploded as fans passionately reacted to the performances and winners generating 120 national and worldwide trending topics on twitter, and 1.2 million Instagram likes.  Additionally, MTV launched a successful cross platform social communications campaign to build anticipation for the show entitled #RoadToTheVMAs, which featured the Moonman in a myriad of iconic locations, events and with various artists and celebrities throughout Brooklyn and NYC. The campaign garnered more than 100 million social media impressions, including over half a million likes on Instagram, nearly 60 million impressions on Twitter, more than 40 million impressions on Facebook and over 1.2 million impressions on Tumblr.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the 2014 "MTV Video Music Awards." Amy Doyle, Garrett English and Dave Sirulnick are Executive Producers. Joanna Bomberg, Jen Jones and Lee Lodge are Co-Executive Producers. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Official sponsors of the 2014 "MTV Video Music Awards" include 5® GUM, Caress® Body Wash, CLEAN & CLEAR®, Degree Women®, Kia Motors, Pepsi®, State Farm®, Taco Bell®, truth® and TRESemmé®.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>*Source: Nielsen. Live+SD. P12-34, unless noted. Ranked on 000s. Entertainment = excludes sports. Telecast rank dates: 12/31/12-8/25/13.</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About MTV:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. MTV's sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information, go to <a href="http://www.mtvpress.com/">http://www.mtvpress.com</a>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About the Forum:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Forum underwent a reinvention that has created a thriving venue for both artists and music fans. The Forum opened on January 15 as the largest indoor performance venue in the country designed with a focus on music and entertainment. Architecturally, the interior of the bowl has been completely modernized and features flexible seating, ranging from 17,500 seats to 7,000 seats, enabling the venue to attract a wide variety of events. In addition to completely refurbished concourses, fans will enjoy approximately 8,000 square feet of new event level hospitality offerings, including food and beverage, merchandise and bathrooms. A tinted glass wall separates this concession area from the arena; ensuring fans do not miss a moment of the performance. Additionally, the Forum delivers a one-of-a-kind experience for artists thanks to its superior acoustics, intimate ambiance and state-of-the-art facilities. The new Forum was designed with artists in mind and includes seven, star-caliber dressing rooms that feature upgraded amenities, providing an unparalleled experience for all entertainers and performers.  For more information, please visit <a href="http://www.fabulousforum.com/">www.fabulousforum.com.</a></p>
MTV’S “LOOK DIFFERENT” CAMPAIGN JOINS FORCES WITH JACK ANTONOFF OF FUN. AND BLEACHERS, MTV STARS, ANTI-BIAS EXPERTS AND YOUTH ADVOCATES TO PROMOTE OPEN DIALOGUE AROUND ISSUES OF BIAShttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/Look-Different-Good-Look-Panel-and-Broken-Glass-PSAs.aspxMTV’S “LOOK DIFFERENT” CAMPAIGN JOINS FORCES WITH JACK ANTONOFF OF FUN. AND BLEACHERS, MTV STARS, ANTI-BIAS EXPERTS AND YOUTH ADVOCATES TO PROMOTE OPEN DIALOGUE AROUND ISSUES OF BIASGP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e17/17/2014 7:00:00 AM<p><strong>MTV Issues $10K Challenge to Audience to Create Digital Tool to Help Fight Racial, Gender and LGBT Bias; </strong><br><strong>Debuts New "Broken Glass" Spots Today</strong></p><p><strong>To view the "Broken Glass" PSAs, click </strong><a href="http://www.lookdifferent.org/videos"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>HERE</strong></span></a><strong>. </strong></p><p><strong>New York, NY (July 17, 2014) – </strong>With more than 9 in 10 young people believing small examples of bias can add up to major problems for society,<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.mtv.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>MTV</strong></span></a>'s new multi-year pro-social campaign, "<a href="http://www.lookdifferent.org/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Look Different</strong></span></a>," today debuted a second wave of thought-provoking and actionable initiatives. MTV's new "Good Look Panel" will help young people look differently at complex issues and participate in an open dialogue with experts, youth advocates, musicians and MTV talent, including fun. and Bleachers member and Ally Coalition co-founder Jack Antonoff. </p><p>Also serving on the "Good Look Panel" is Kailyn Lowry from MTV's "Teen Mom 2" who will be the first to participate in a Twitter conversation with @LookDifferent today, Thursday, July 17 at 4p.m. ET. Lowry said of joining the panel:</p><p>"After seeing racism first hand being in an interracial marriage, I have made it a personal mission to make everybody equal no matter their size, shape, color or creed. I have tried to bring awareness to equality and would like to continue to make noise in an effort to erase racism/sexism and anything else 'Look Different' fights for. Whether we look different or love different, we're all people."</p><p>MTV also issued a $10,000 challenge to its audience for a digital tool to provide a safe space for open conversation around bias, and debuted a series of new on-air and online spots focused on the hidden impact of "microaggressions" as well as a new interactive social media initiative. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>"Good Look Panel":</strong></span><strong> </strong>Beginning this week, "Good Look Panel" members will respond to audience questions, provide commentary and share their perspectives on bias-related current events happening in pop culture through blog posts, videos or Twitter conversations using the official @LookDifferent handle. </p><p>The diverse group of panelists also includes Ari Fitz (Arielle Scott) from "The Real World," Anti-Defamation League Director of Research and Communication Eva Vega-Olds, Preston Charles from "The Challenge/Real World," Alok Vaid-Menon from the queer South Asian activist spoken word group DarkMatter, "Girl Code" stars Tanisha Long, Quinn Marcus, Nessa, Jordan Carlos and Shalyah Evans, civil rights activist Michael Skolnik, the creator of the hit web series "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" Issa Rae, Eddie Huang from MTV's newest series "Snack Off," and more (full list and additional statements of support available below).</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>"Look Different" Challenge</strong></span>: In response to the fact that nearly 70% of young people believe that there should be more safe online spaces to have respectful discussions of bias, MTV is inviting the audience to help create a platform for discussion around these topics through the "Look Different Challenge." The challenge calls on young people to submit creative ideas for a digital space where peers can share personal stories about bias and discuss appropriate bias-related happenings in pop culture and the news. The winning individual or team will be recognized with a $10,000 prize, as well as given the chance to work with MTV to see their idea brought to life. More information can be found at <a href="http://challenge.lookdifferent.org/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://challenge.lookdifferent.org</span></a>. </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>"Broken Glass" PSA Campaign: </strong></span>"Look Different" will leverage MTV's extensive reach on television and online with today's debut of the new "Broken Glass" PSA campaign meant to reveal the hidden pain young people experience when faced with racial and religion-based "microaggressions" like "Your English is so good" and "You don't look Jewish." The PSAs, which will also be rolled out online and via social media, will help young people decipher these common biased remarks that they may unknowingly make. To view all the PSAs, go to <a href="http://www.lookdifferent.org/videos"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">www.lookdifferent.org/videos</span></a>. Alongside the PSAs, MTV will also be launching an online guide to "microaggressions" on Tumblr at <a href="http://lookdifferentmtv.tumblr.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://lookdifferentMTV.tumblr.com</span></a>, which will help young people break these comments down, show young people how to avoid making them, and give young people tips on what they can do if they experience them.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>#GoodLook / #NotAGoodLook Interactive Hashtag Initiative: </strong></span>Launching in tandem is the interactive #GoodLook/#NotAGoodLook social media campaign, calling upon audiences to share real-life scenarios that either challenge or promote bias. Participants will be asked to share photos, text, or videos to celebrate scenarios that challenge bias using #GoodLook, and to call out biased scenarios using #NotAGoodLook through nearly any social media platform. The best #GoodLook messages will appear on-air on MTV and the "Look Different" website at <a href="http://good.lookdifferent.org/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://good.lookdifferent.org</span></a>. </p><p>LookDifferent.org serves as the campaign hub and, along with the campaign's social accounts (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/lookdifferent"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Twitter</span></a>, <a href="http://lookdifferentmtv.tumblr.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Tumblr</span></a>), helps young people recognize bias in themselves and their surroundings – while providing clear guidance and helpful resources they can use to challenge bias when they see it. Previously announced components include: Implicit Bias Quiz<strong> </strong>(<a href="http://www.lookdifferent.org/what-can-i-do/implicit-association-test"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">link</span></a>) to reveal automatic associations people may have about different races and a seven-day<strong> </strong>Racial Bias Cleanse<strong> </strong>(<a href="http://www.lookdifferent.org/what-can-i-do/bias-cleanse"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">link</span></a>) to help people begin unlearning biases that have built up over years. Partners include the Anti-Defamation League, NAACP, National Council of La Raza, National Partnership for Women & Families, The Trevor Project and more.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About MTV:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand.   With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people.  MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile.  MTV's sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub <a href="http://www.mtv.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MTV.com</span></a> is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture.  MTV, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  For more information, go to <a href="http://www.mtvpress.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">www.mtvpress.com</span></a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>All research provided by MTV Insights / David Binder "Look Different" research study, including qualitative (in-person and online focus groups and interview) and quantitative (2,000 people ages 14 to 24) research. The full methodology is available upon request.</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>"GOOD LOOK PANEL" PARTICIPANTS AND STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT:</strong></span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Jack Antonoff</strong></span> (Member of fun. and Bleachers; co-founder of the Ally Coalition, which works to inspire the music, fashion and entertainment communities to take action for LGBTQ equality)</p><p>"LGBTQ issues are the major human rights issues of our time. No matter how we identify, it's vital for all of us to stand up for each other. As long as some of us have fewer rights than others, we are not ALL free - rather, separated into groups of those born into more or less rights." </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Eva Vega-Olds</strong></span> (Director of Research and Communication for Anti-Defamation League's National Education Division; Leader in anti-bias education, A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute)</p><p>"I remember being called a "spic" in college. It was my first day in class. I had never heard the word before and was actually not sure what the term meant, but I knew it wasn't intended to be a compliment. If you don't know, spic is a slur created out of the term "Hispanic." Through talking with some of my friends at school, I realized my friends were afraid of the word and afraid for me. It was a slur wielded at me like a weapon. The intention was intimidation because I am Latina. </p><p>The more I learned, the more I realized that there are many people who felt like that slur-yielding dude, and that wasn't cool. It made me think: what is this guy's problem? Why that word? Why me? Ultimately, it led me to an intellectual, and ultimately a professional path to learn more and do something about bias and hate. The Good Look Panel is giving me an opportunity to share what I've learned, and work on helping to promote understanding and equality with the MTV audience. Hopefully I will learn some new things too. #Stoked" </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Alok Vaid-Menon</strong></span> (Spoken word artist and activist with DarkMatter)</p><p>"Growing up in a conservative (read: white, straight, and religious) town in Texas I learned early on how there's nothing really micro about an aggression. I'm excited to work with this project because I believe in the power of having honest conversations about the violence we've experienced, the differences we've inherited, and our dreams of a more just future."</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Kailyn Lowry</strong></span> (MTV's "Teen Mom 2") </p><p>"After seeing racism first hand being in an interracial marriage, I have made it a personal mission to make everybody equal no matter their size, shape, color or creed. I have tried to bring awareness to equality and would like to continue to make noise in an effort to erase racism/sexism and anything else 'Look Different' fights for. Whether we look different or love different, we're all people." </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Ari Fitz</strong></span> (Filmmaker; Appeared on MTV's "Real World: Ex-Plosion")</p><p>"As a black queer woman living in the Bay Area with a diverse friend circle, I've always felt sensitive and comfortable engaging with all people regardless of background, religious beliefs, education, etc. As a filmmaker and model, I often have to put myself in another person's shoes to better help tell a story. But even with this liberal sense of communication and relationships, I spoke from ignorance during my time on MTV's Real World and had to very publicly correct myself. </p><p>Bias exists. It's present in our relationships, in our humor, in our intention and so on. It's up to us to acknowledge it and catch it. It's up to us to be vulnerable enough to correct ourselves. Does it hurt? Absolutely. But, the day I opened up and addressed my own bias with millions of people watching is now one of the proudest and strongest moments of my life." </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Preston Charles</strong></span> (MTV's "The Challenge" and "Real World: New Orleans") </p><p>"As a member of the Millennial generation who happens to be a gay black male, I have always been committed to issues of equity. As we become an ever more tolerant society the biases we all hold have become less overt and are commonly expressed through micro-aggressions. MTV´s "Look Different" campaign provides a rare opportunity for me to engage with my peers in meaningful and thought-provoking dialogues, providing us the tools to become a truly inclusive society." </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tanisha Long</strong></span> (Comedian, actor and writer; MTV's "Girl Code") </p><p>"Racism, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia come from ignorance and the fear of the unknown. I believe the only way we can find a resolution to prejudice and hatred based on race, gender, and sexual orientation, is to educate each other by sharing our stories and experiences!"</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Quinn Marcus</strong></span> (Comedian; MTV's "Girl Code") </p><p>"Being a part of the "Good Look Panel" is one of the coolest things I've been asked to do since working at MTV. I think it's huge that "Girl Code" has a lesbian cast member and I'm still surprised that it's me! </p><p>When I was growing up gay and in the closet in Georgia, I couldn't speak about my sexuality and all the questions and fears that come with it. I've come a long way and am now very confident in my sexuality and speak about it all the time (especially on TV). Now, I can hopefully help other people who are still suffering or just have questions. And even if you're not gay, you can still have questions about it. As open and aware as our generation is, I think it's okay to ask questions and know that more can be done to make our world more equal. I'm honored and excited to be a part of the conversation."</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Nessa</strong></span> (On-air personality; MTV's "Girl Code") </p><p>"I'm joining this panel because I feel that it's important to speak up and give a voice to people that may not have one. I always felt obligated to help out those who may be too scared or intimidated to speak on their behalf for what's right. I've dealt with all sorts of sexism as a professional broadcaster and I want to encourage those who might be facing the same difficulties, whether it be sexism, racism, gender bias, etc that they can take a stand for what they believe in as well." </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Jordan Carlos</strong></span> (Comedian; MTV2's "Guy Code" and MTV's "Girl Code") </p><p>"I grew up with something of identity crisis. When people casually tell you, "You're not Black" because you don't mean their definition it affects you. I always strived to put myself in a bucket for other's comfort but then finally I noticed the damage I'd done to myself. These days people can take me as I am or eat one. I wish I'd come to this realization sooner and will strive to tell people younger than me to stop trying to fit in.</p><p>In my life I've also been gay-bashed, which is a strange thing when you've always identified as straight. It has however given me the unique chance to see the world through the eyes of folks who are maligned because of who they are. And when people to this day troll me on the internet and call the f bomb I don't retaliate or try to prove anything by showing pictures of my wife or baby. That would be given in to the notion that being gay is somehow a stigma. I choose not to engage. It's hard not to but it's the only way to break the back of persistent ignorance and hatred."</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Shalyah Evans</strong></span> (Actress and comedian; MTV's "Girl Code")</p><p>"It's time to move past the idea of tolerating our differences and focus on accepting, embracing, and loving our differences. I hope that by talking openly we can all bring joy and support to each other's lives.</p><p>I'm a feminist. It's not a dirty word. Can we agree that women are people? Yes? Great- now you are a feminist too. Go treat women like people."</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Michael Skolnik</strong></span> (21st-century American civil rights activist, writer, motivational speaker, digital strategist and entrepreneur)</p><p>"As a white, American, male, I recognize that I was born with the most privilege allotted to any person on the planet.  With this privilege, the question I have always asked myself, is what I am going to do with it?  I have devoted my life's work to uplifting the stories of those that have been left out of the conversation and elevating the work of those who have not had the chances I have had."</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Eddie Huang</strong></span> (Chef, writer, speaker and producer; MTV's "Snack-Off")</p><p>"For me, it's bigger than just discrimination. I think the core of it is fear. Fear of things that are different. And this fear not only hurts the individual, it hurts our society. It creates war, economic crisis, and human rights violations. Once you travel around the world and meet different people, there's really no reason to be fearful of them because we are all the same. And I think what's very important on this panel is to examine fear and how we diffuse it in the 21<sup>st</sup> century.</p><p>I've been discriminated in countless ways. Chinese people can't do this, Chinese people can't do that. Why are you not good at math? Is your penis really 3 inches long? It's just countless shit that I don't even really like to think about because it's so ridiculous and it's all driven by fear because there's a lot of people that are insecure. They're not happy with who they are themselves so they take it out on other people. I think the most important thing is that people become secure with themselves and other people."</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Yassir Lester</strong></span> (Stand-up comedian and writer; MTV's "Snack-Off")</p><p>"I wanted to be involved with this campaign because we live in a world of unique and remarkable physical qualities: gender, race, and sexuality. And instead of being afraid or ashamed of these things, I think they should be brought to the forefront, and celebrated for how incredible they really are."</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Issa Rae</strong></span> (Producer, writer, director and creator, "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl")</p><p>"I wanted to be a part of the "Good Luck Panel" because, as an awkward ass person, I understand how it feels to look and feel different, especially where mainstream media's images come into play. It wasn't until I started embracing looking and feeling different that I finally found my voice and comfort in my own skin, and I want to encourage the next generation to do the same."</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mark Erwin</strong></span> (Director of Community Development at the Ruth Ellis Center, bringing a voice to the national conversation of LGBTQ youth homelessness and equality)</p><p>"For some, the idea of throwing their child out onto the streets because of who they are seems unfathomable, for the young person sitting with me right now, it's their reality." </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Allyson Pereira</strong></span> (Youth activist and anti-bullying and sexting expert recognized by The White House, NJ House, and PA Senate)</p><p>"I am joining the panel because I feel like it is my life calling to make a difference for our youth. I am also living proof that it does get better and that one person can make a difference. </p><p>I care about these issues because they happened to me and I know just how "real" and terrifying they can be.</p><p>Just by pressing "send" I became "that girl" in school. "The girl with the picture" and for many years I let it define me. I was classified as a "whore, ho, and slut" and my reputation was ruined."</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Brandon Ung</strong></span> (Taidam-Chinese American studying Business and International Studies at the University of Iowa; serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa)</p><p>"Bias is so ingrained in the way that we think that it sometimes dictates how we see and treat the world around us. In being able to identify and deconstruct instances of bias, we are one step closer to understanding our culture and thus ourselves. Culture helps to shape our identities, but we also shape our culture. I have hope that through joining this panel I am able to offer my voice and experiences as an impetus for people to critically think about the culture we are creating through our actions and how it is affecting the youth today and how it will continue to affect future generations."</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Dillon Fernandes</strong></span> (Junior at Johnson & Wales University majoring in Hotel and Lodging Management with a concentration in International Hospitality Operations) </p><p>"I wanted to join the panel because the issues involving race, gender, and sexual orientation that people deal with every day can be very hurtful. These issues are things I have dealt with many times being an LGBT teen and I feel that seeing a person who has dealt with these issues succeeding in their life is beneficial to the people being hurt."</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Blaise Dahl</strong></span> (Youth activist and singer/songwriter and frontwoman for the NYC/Brooklyn-based dream pop/indie art rock band, <a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=84lfELTF10S0z9-dVauGIBfHv2vvdNEI4d44Q3nd9rPh2MH8U2rsTh57vmocPx6tZHWWQzvcBtk.&URL=http://dahlhausmusic.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Dahl Haus</span></a>)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Deep down everyone wants to live their truth and be accepted for who they really are, on the inside and out. And that shouldn't be a privilege for the few; it should be a basic human right. Acceptance is the key to love, peace, and unity... in other words a better world ... and that's the only thing we should all be fighting for in the first place."</p>
Summer 2014 TCA Announcementhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/Summer-2014-TCA-Announcement.aspxSummer 2014 TCA AnnouncementGP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e17/15/2014 7:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>MTV GREENLIGHTS "SHANNARA" STRAIGHT TO SERIES AND ANNOUNCES JONATHAN LIEBESMAN AS DIRECTOR DURING SUMMER TCA PRESENTATION</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Network Also Announces Series Renewal for "Catfish: The TV Show," and </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Premiere Dates for "Are You The One?," "Awkward," "Faking It," and </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>New Scripted Dramedy "Happyland"</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Beverly Hills, CA (July 11, 2014) –</strong> <a href="file:///C:/Users/solarij/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/6SS4D18J/mtv.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MTV</span></a> announced today the straight to series order for "Shannara," the international best-selling fantasy novels from author Terry Brooks which is being adapted for the small screen.  Additionally, Jonathan Liebesman ("Wrath of Titans") has signed on to direct the first two episodes.  MTV and producing partner Sonar Entertainment announced the development deal in December.  Al Gough and Miles Millar will write and executive produce the series, which is greenlit for 10 episodes.  Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman, Terry Brooks and Dan Farah will serve as executive producers.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The network also announced it has greenlit a fourth season of the hit <a href="http://www.mtv.com/shows/catfish/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">"Catfish: The TV Show,"</span></a> and revealed premiere dates for returning series <a href="http://www.mtv.com/shows/are_you_the_one/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">"Are You The One?,"</span></a> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/shows/awkward/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">"Awkward,"</span></a> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/shows/faking_it/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">"Faking It,"</span></a> and the new scripted dramedy "Happyland."  Additionally, MTV will air an "Are You The One?" season one reunion special in advance of the series' season two return.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The announcements were among those made today by Susanne Daniels, President of MTV Programming, during the network's presentation at the Summer 2014 Television Critics Association Press Tour.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>SHANNARA </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Shannara" is set in our world, thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization.  The story is centered on the Shannara family, whose descendants are empowered with ancient magic and whose adventures continuously reshape the future of the world.  The first season will be based on <em>The Elfstones of Shannara</em>, the second title in the series, a fan favorite which spent 16 weeks on the <em>New York Times'</em> Bestseller list and is accredited with cementing the series' place in the fantasy world. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The "Shannara" books are estimated to be the highest-selling un-adapted fantasy book series in the world.  Terry Brooks is estimated to be the second highest-selling living fantasy author, after <em>Harry Potter</em> author J.K. Rowling.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>CATFISH: THE TV SHOW</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="http://www.mtv.com/shows/catfish/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">"Catfish: The TV Show"</span></a> has had continued success as Wednesday's #1 original cable series with P12-34, and has been picked up for a fourth season that will air across MTV's channels globally.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Catfish: The TV Show" tackles the mystery and complexities of dating in a digital world.  The hour-long series follows Nev Schulman, whose own online love drama was the subject of the "Catfish" film, and filmmaker Max Joseph as they take viewers on a deeply personal journey that goes inside the stories of young people as their online-only romantic relationships collide with first-time, real-life encounters.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Catfish: The TV Show" is produced by Relativity Television and Catfish Picture Company LLC for MTV with Relativity Television's  Tom Forman, Brad Bishop, Julie Link Steffens serving as executive producers alongside David Metzler, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, Nev Schulman, Max Joseph, Andrew Jarecki and Mark Smerling.  Marshall Eisen, Nomi Ernst Leidner, and Dave Sirulnick are executive producers for MTV.  Relativity Television's Jonathan Karsh is co-executive producer.  Kelly Ostreicher is Supervising Producer, MTV.  Jonathan Mussman is Executive in Charge, MTV.      </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>ARE YOU THE ONE? – Monday, September 29 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="http://www.mtv.com/shows/are_you_the_one/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">"Are You The One?"</span></a> season two returns September 29 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT with a twist that will challenge the contestants like never before, making the search for true love more difficult than they expect.  The new season will air across MTV's international channels soon after the U.S. premiere (check local listings).</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">On September 22, MTV will air a special that reunites the "Are You the One?" season one cast one last time to celebrate the biggest, most life changing event in Ethan and Amber's lives – a BABY. Viewers will also find out what the cast has been up to - who's made up, who's broken up, and who's hooking up, as they spend one wild weekend in Los Angeles together to throw an outrageous baby shower… AYTO-style. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Are You The One?" concept by Executive Producers Howard Schultz, Rob LaPlante and Jeff Spangler of Lighthearted Entertainment.  Scott Jeffress is executive producer for Lighthearted Entertainment.  Lauren Dolgen, Tiffany Lea Williams, Matthew Parillo and Hannah Uszak are Executives in Charge for MTV.  The first season of "Are You the One?" was the #1 program in its time slot across all TV with W18-24.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>AWKWARD SEASON 4B – Tuesday, September 23 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Leading a solid Tuesday night comedy block on September 23, the second half of <a href="http://www.mtv.com/shows/awkward/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">"Awkward"</span></a> season four will debut at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT with the second season of scripted comedy <a href="http://www.mtv.com/shows/faking_it/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">"Faking It"</span></a> premiering at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.  "Awkward" was up 5% versus season 3B and was Tuesday's #1 cable series with P12-34.  "Faking It" was Tuesday's #1 cable series in its timeslot.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">When "Awkward" senior year continues this fall, the stakes are higher than ever for Jenna and her friends.  As they anxiously await college admission verdicts, they try to contain Senioritis and relish their remaining time together.  As much as they are all looking forward to graduation, which they see as the gateway to adulthood, they all have a lot to figure out before they arrive at that milestone:  romances both new and old percolate, families are turned upside down by huge revelations, and friendships are tested.  The sense of time running out heightens all of Jenna and Matty's interactions as they try to figure out if they are meant to be just friends or more than that.  Their fraught interactions are further complicated by a school scandal that triggers an all-out battle of the sexes.  All this and more culminate in a shocking Spring Break finale at the beach.  The new season of "Awkward" will air across MTV's international channels soon after the U.S. premiere (check local listings).</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mike Chessler and Chris Albergheni are the executive producers of "Awkward." The series was created by Lauren Iungerich.  "Awkward" stars Ashley Rickards as "Jenna, Beau Mirchoff as "Matty," Molly Tarlov as "Sadie," Jillian Rose Reed as "Tamara," Brett Davern as "Jake," Nikki DeLoach as "Lacey," Desi Lydic as "Valerie," Greer Grammer as "Lissa" and Mike Faiola as "Kevin."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>FAKING IT – Tuesday, September 23 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Faking It," a romantic comedy series, returns to MTV with 10 all-new episodes on Tuesday, September 23 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. This season, everyone is faced with a dilemma that forces them to tell the truth or keep a secret. Best friends Amy and Karma struggle with figuring out their relationship after Amy revealed her true feelings for Karma.  Questions are answered – will Karma find out about Liam and Amy's hook-up?  What will happen to 'Karmy?' Will Liam and Karma get back together? What are Lauren's pills for? Can Shane really be in a celibate relationship?  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Faking It" was created by Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov. The series is Executive Produced by Carter Covington ("10 Things I Hate About You," "G<em>reek</em>" "<em>Hart of Dixie"</em>).  "Faking It" stars Katie Stevens as "Karma" ("American Idol"), Rita Volk as "Amy," Gregg Sulkin as "Liam" ("Wizards of Waverly Place"), Michael Willett as "Shane" ("G.B.F.") and Bailey Buntain as 
"Lauren" ("Bunheads").  "Faking It" season one will air across MTV's international channels beginning in September 2014 (check local listings).</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>HAPPYLAND – Tuesday, September 30 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">New dramedy series "Happyland" will premiere on Tuesday, September 30 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, following "Awkward" and "Faking It." "Happyland" is a soapy teen dramedy exploring the underbelly of one of the country's most popular theme parks, going behind the scenes to reveal the not so magical reality of the park workers. The series centers on Lucy (Bianca Santos), the cynical teenage daughter of idealistic park princess mom, Elena (Camille Guaty).  Having grown up in a world of manufactured happiness, Lucy wants to get out and experience something real. When Ian (Shane Harper), the new park owner's son, arrives and sweeps her off her feet, Lucy is left wondering if fairy tale endings do exist after all. But when a scandalous secret turns her life upside down, she learns Happyland is far from a walk in the park.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Happyland" stars Bianca Santos as "Lucy" ("The Fosters"), Camille Guaty as "Elena" ("Prison Break"), Shane Harper as "Ian" ("Awkward"), Katherine McNamara as "Harper" ("Contest"), Cameron Moulene as "Will" ("Raising Hope"), Ryan Rottman "Theodore" ("90210") and was created by Ben Epstein.  Storyline's Neil Meron and Craig Zadan serve as executive producers along with Jill Cargerman.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>Source: Nielsen. Live+SD. P12-34, unless noted. Ranked on 000s. Best new series: excludes spinoffs/extensions.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Additional info and photos from TCA 2014 are available at: <a href="http://www.mtvpress.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MTVPress.com</span></a> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About MTV:          </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand.  With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people.  MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile.  MTV's sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub <a href="http://mtv.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MTV.com</span></a> is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture.  MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  For more information, go to <a href="http://www.mtvpress.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">www.mtvpress.com</span></a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>MTV COMMUNICATION CONTACTS:</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">Jennifer Solari</p><p style="text-align:center;">310-752-8428</p><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Solari@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Jennifer.Solari@mtvstaff.com</span></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">                </p><p><strong>"Faking It"</strong><strong>                                                              </strong><strong>"Awkward"</strong></p><p>Brandi Albahary                                                      Rayna Schwartz</p><p>310-752-8799                                                         310-752-8701</p><p><a href="mailto:Brandi.Albahary@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Brandi.Albahary@mtvstaff.com</span></a>                            <a href="mailto:Rayna.Schwartz@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Rayna.Schwartz@mtvstaff.com</span></a> </p><p> </p><p>Michael Fabiani                                                      Juliana Clifton</p><p>212-846-7393                                                         310-752-8709</p><p><a href="mailto:Michael.Fabiani@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Michael.Fabiani@mtvstaff.com</span></a>                            <a href="mailto:Juliana.Clifton@viacommix.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Juliana.Clifton@viacommix.com</span></a></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span></p><p><strong>"Happyland"</strong><strong>                                                           </strong><strong>"Are You The One?"</strong></p><p>Rayna Schwartz                                                      Jason Shumaker</p><p>310.752.8701                                                          212-846-7325</p><p><a href="mailto:Rayna.Schwartz@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Rayna.Schwartz@mtvstaff.com</span></a>                            <a href="mailto:Jason.Shumaker@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Jason.Shumaker@mtvstaff.com</span></a></p><p> </p><p>Kyle Pleva                                                                Stephanie Perez</p><p>310-752-8352                                                         212-846-6924</p><p><a href="mailto:Kyle.Pleva@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Kyle.Pleva@mtvstaff.com</span></a>                                      <a href="mailto:Stephanie.Perez@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Stephanie.Perez@mtvstaff.com</span></a></p><p> </p><p><strong>"Catfish"</strong><strong>                                                                 </strong></p><p>Katie Magnotta                                                       </p><p>212-846-5793                                                                         </p><p><a href="mailto:Katie.Magnotta@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Katie.Magnotta@mtvstaff.com</span></a><strong>                             </strong></p><p> </p><p>Melissa Barreto</p><p>212-846-6888</p><p><a href="mailto:Melissa.Barretto@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Melissa.Barretto@mtvstaff.com</span></a></p><p> </p><p>Rayna Schwartz</p><p>310-752-8701</p><p><a href="mailto:Rayna.Schwartz@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Rayna.Schwartz@mtvstaff.com</span></a></p><p>​</p>
“THE FAULT IN OUR STARS,” “X-MEN,” “COMMUNITY” AND “BREAKING BAD” AMONG 32 NOMINEES FOR MTV’S “FANDOM OF THE YEAR AWARDhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/“THE-FAULT-IN-OUR-STARS,”-“X-MEN,”-“COMMUNITY”-AND-“BREAKING-BAD”-AMONG-32-NOMINEES-FOR-MTV’S-“FANDOM-OF-THE-YEAR-AWARD.aspx“THE FAULT IN OUR STARS,” “X-MEN,” “COMMUNITY” AND “BREAKING BAD” AMONG 32 NOMINEES FOR MTV’S “FANDOM OF THE YEAR AWARDGP0|#b655f2a5-5c9d-4b31-b9b3-36635afbcbf0;L0|#0b655f2a5-5c9d-4b31-b9b3-36635afbcbf0|MTVu;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e1;GP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV7/9/2014 7:00:00 AM<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>AT "MTV FAN FEST" DURING COMIC-CON SAN DIEGO</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>"mtvU Fandom Awards" Also Launches Voting for "Best Fandom Forever" Category Exclusively on Tumblr</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>"mtvU Fandom Awards Special" to Premiere on MTV and mtvU on Sunday, July 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>New York, NY (July 9, 2014) – </strong><a href="http://www.mtv.com/">MTV's</a> 24-hour college network, <a href="http://www.mtvu.com/">mtvU</a>, today announced the nominees for the "Fandom of the Year" award, which features 32 honorees spread across four sub genres – Movies, TV Dramas, TV Comedies and Animation – with winners being decided by bracket-style voting. The award will be handed out at the first ever "mtvU Fandom Awards," which will take place along with the "MTV Fan Fest" on Thursday, July 24 at Petco Park during Comic-Con International: San Diego. MTV and mtvU will premiere the 60-minute "mtvU Fandom Awards Special" on Sunday, July 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, celebrating the honorees and showcasing some of the best moments from the show. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Fandom of the Year" nominees include fans of the biggest blockbuster franchises in entertainment like "Captain America," "X-Men" and "The Hunger Games," as well as series with the most passionate fandoms in TV, including "Community," "Pretty Little Liars," "Teen Wolf," "Family Guy," "Breaking Bad," "Sherlock" and "The Vampire Diaries." The full list of all 32 nominees for the "Fandom of the Year" award presented by <em>Jolly Rancher</em> Candies is included below and fans can vote for all of their favorites at <a href="http://www.mtv.com/shows/mtvu_fandom_awards/">FandomAwards.MTV.com</a>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The 'Fandom of the Year' award is the ultimate celebration of the biggest fandoms in pop culture," said Ryan Kroft, "mtvU Fandom Awards" Executive Producer. "We're thrilled to honor more than two dozen fandoms through an innovative bracket unlike anything we've seen in another awards show." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Today also marks the launch of voting for the "Best Fandom Forever" award presented with Tumblr, the home for fandoms. The nominees in that category are "Harry Potter," "The Lord of the Rings," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Doctor Who," "Sherlock" and "Batman." Starting today, MTV will launch a unique post for each of the "Best Fandom Forever" nominees on the <a href="http://mtv.tumblr.com/">MTV Tumblr</a> page, with the winner determined by the post with the largest note count. Voting for this award will run through July 23. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Tumblr fandoms are the most passionate communities of our platform, and I can't wait to see how they congregate to lift their favorites to the award stage," said Sima Sistani, Tumblr Director of Media and Entertainment. "Not even I am immune to the Fandom pull. Let me just say, Expelliarmus!" </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>The Nominees for "Fandom of the Year" are: </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Movies</strong></p><ul><li>"The Hunger Games"</li><li>"Divergent"</li><li>"The Hobbit" </li><li>"Veronica Mars"</li><li>"The Fault in Our Stars"</li><li>"Captain America: Winter Soldier"</li><li>"X-Men: Days of Future Past"</li><li>"Pacific Rim"</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>TV Dramas</strong></p><ul><li>"Supernatural"</li><li>"Teen Wolf"</li><li>"Game of Thrones"</li><li>"The Vampire Diaries"</li><li>"Doctor Who"</li><li>"Sherlock"</li><li>"Breaking Bad" </li><li>"Pretty Little Liars"</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>TV Comedies</strong></p><ul><li>"Community"</li><li>"Parks & Recreation"</li><li>"New Girl"</li><li>"Awkward"</li><li>"How I Met Your Mother"</li><li>"Glee"</li><li>"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"</li><li>"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Animation</strong></p><ul><li>"Attack on Titan"</li><li>"Free! Iwatobi Swim Club" </li><li>"Archer" </li><li>"Adventure Time" </li><li>"South Park"</li><li>"Naruto"  </li><li>"Blood Lad"</li><li>"Family Guy"</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>The Nominees for "Best Fandom Forever" (BFF) presented with Tumblr are: </strong></p><ul><li>"Harry Potter"</li><li>"The Lord of the Rings"</li><li>"Buffy the Vampire Slayer"</li><li>"Doctor Who"</li><li>"Sherlock"</li><li>"Batman" </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>The "mtvU Fandom Awards" and "MTV Fan Fest" </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The "mtvU Fandom Awards" honor the fans whose tenacious excitement pushes movies, TV, books and comics from subculture to mainstream, worldwide success. To further honor the dedicated fans of Comic-Con, the "MTV Fan Fest" will feature stirring sets from Linkin Park and rising hip hop artist G-Eazy, part of a free party at Petco Park open to all Comic-Con badge holders with food, drinks, games and giveaways. The "MTV Fan Fest" will lead into the "mtvU Fandom Awards" on Thursday, July 24.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The "mtvU Fandom Awards Special" will also feature taped appearances from celebrities including Hugh Jackman, Aaron Paul, Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden, Kat Graham and more. Additional celebrities attending the event will be announced at a later date.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Eric Conte and Ryan Kroft are the Executive Producers of the "mtvU Fandom Awards." Gina Esposito is the Executive in Charge of Music Talent; Wendy Plaut is the Executive in Charge of Celebrity Talent. Joe Buoye is the Executive in Charge of Production. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Note to Press: </strong>To apply for "mtvU Fandom Awards" and "MTV Fan Fest" press credentials, please visit MTVPress.com by July 16, 2014.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​For more information on the "mtvU Fandom Awards," visit <a href="http://www.mtv.com/shows/mtvu_fandom_awards/">FandomAwards.MTV.com</a>, <a href="http://www.mtvu.com/">mtvU.com</a> or <a href="http://www.mtvpress.com/">MTVPress.com</a>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About mtvU</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Broadcast to nearly 750 college campuses as well as via top cable distributors in 700 college communities nationwide, mtvU reaches more than 8 million U.S. college students – making it the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students.  Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, mtvU can be seen in the dining areas, fitness centers, student lounges and dorm rooms of campuses throughout the U.S., as well as on cable systems from Charter Communications, Verizon FiOS TV, Suddenlink Communications, AT&T u-Verse and nearly 70 others.  mtvU is dedicated to every aspect of college life, reaching students everywhere they are: on-air, online and on the campus.  mtvU airs music videos from emerging artists that can't be seen anywhere else, news, student life features and initiatives that give college students the tools to advance positive social change.  mtvU is always on campus, with hundreds of events per year, including exclusive concerts, giveaways, shooting mtvU series and more.  For more information about mtvU, and a complete programming schedule, visit <a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=dq1SVL2quEyERe3y9sDS2JZfu4Ti4NAIo0z2gUS9nFQ2ax3bO_fKp6-HD1kfYAO-ddcTQcIAnag.&URL=http://www.mtvu.com/">www.mtvU.com</a>.</p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jake Urbanski/212-846-6888/jake.urbanski@mtvstaff.com</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Michelle Clark-McCrary/212-846-5576/<a href="mailto:Michelle.Clark-McCrary@viacommix.com">Michelle.Clark-McCrary@viacommix.com</a> </p>
GLOBAL SUPERSTAR USHER TO MAKE TRIUMPHANT RETURN GLOBAL SUPERSTAR USHER TO MAKE TRIUMPHANT RETURN http://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/GLOBAL-SUPERSTAR-USHER-TO-MAKE-TRIUMPHANT-RETURN-GLOBAL-SUPERSTAR-USHER-TO-MAKE-TRIUMPHANT-RETURN-.aspxGLOBAL SUPERSTAR USHER TO MAKE TRIUMPHANT RETURN GLOBAL SUPERSTAR USHER TO MAKE TRIUMPHANT RETURN GP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e17/9/2014 7:00:00 AM<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>MTV ARTIST TO WATCH 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER TO TAKE VMA STAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME DURING THE "2014 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS" LIVE FROM THE FORUM ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 AT 9PM ET/PT</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>New York, NY (July 9, 2014) - </strong><a href="http://www.mtv.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MTV</span></a> today announced via its various social media channels that Grammy<sup>®</sup> Award winner, multi-platinum selling, recording artist <strong>Usher</strong> will make a triumphant return to MTV and the VMA stage during the <strong>"2014 MTV Video Music Awards"</strong> live from the Forum in Inglewood, CA on <strong>Sunday, August 24 at 9pm ET/PT</strong>.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A VMA mainstay, Usher has delivered some of the show's most high octane and memorable performances including 2010's stunning combo of "OMG" and "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love," 2004's mashup of "Confession" and "Yeah" (featuring Ludacris and Lil Jon).  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Performing live is the purest form of musical expression and I am damn happy to return to the VMA stage with new music!" - <strong>Usher</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Hot on the heels of releasing their self-titled debut album, Australian pop-punk band and upcoming <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/collections/artist-to-watch/897377/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MTV Artist to Watch</span></a> <strong>5 Seconds of Summer, </strong>also known as Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin, will take the VMA stage for the first time.  The teen sensations have been wowing live audiences worldwide and will surely bring the audience to their feet on this night.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>"Can't wait to play the VMAs this year," says <strong>5 Seconds of Summer</strong>. "It's a huge honor and we always love coming over to the States. We can't wait to play on such a big stage!"</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Usher and 5 Seconds of Summer join previously announced Ariana Grande, who will also be performing on the VMA stage for the first time. Additional performers will be announced at a later date. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The "2014 MTV Video Music Awards" nominations will be announced on Wednesday, July 16. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">One of the best-selling musical artists in history, eight-time Grammy winner <strong>Usher Raymond</strong> is set to release his 8<sup>th</sup> studio album later this year, featuring his current single "Good Kisser." Having released his first album 20 years ago, Usher has sold over 50 million albums worldwide. <em>Billboard </em>named Usher the #1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade, and the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, His 10-million-selling 2004 album "Confessions" enjoying its 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary this year, is ranked as the top solo album of the decade. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 Number One hits and 17 Hot 100 Top Ten singles and has appeared everywhere from Broadway to the Super Bowl. Usher also just wrapped his second season as a coach, having mentored the winner of the Emmy-Award winning hit reality TV show "The Voice." He will also star as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming film "Hands of Stone," a biopic of boxer Roberto Duran played by Edgar Ramirez and costars Robert De Niro due out in 2015. Realizing that with success comes responsibility; Usher has also proven to be a major philanthropic force. Founded in 1999, his New Look Foundation empowers youth from impoverished communities to become leaders. In recognition of his accomplishments, Usher has been honored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Trumpet Foundation, Do Something, the NAACP, and as the 2010 Ford Freedom Award Scholar.  Usher's business ventures include a best-selling line of fragrances, and a business venture with RBMG (Raymond Braun Media Group), home to superstar Justin Bieber.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>5 Seconds of Summer</strong> is an Australian pop-punk band. The quartet's debut self-titled album, due July 22 on Capitol Records in the U.S., peaked at No. 1 on iTunes in 69 different countries when released. Formed in Sydney in 2011, the band consists of Luke Hemmings (lead vocals, guitar), Michael Clifford (guitar, vocals), Calum Hood (bass guitar, vocals) and Ashton Irwin (drums, vocals). Their EP <em>She Looks So Perfect</em> debuted at No. 2 in the U.S. on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart and No. 1 on iTunes in over 50 countries. The band recently completed sold-out headline tours in the UK, Australia and North America and is currently on a worldwide stadium jaunt with One Direction.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For updates, to see photos or for additional information on this year's show, please head to <a href="http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/2013.jhtml"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">VMA.MTV.com</span></a> or <a href="http://www.mtvpress.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">www.mtvpress.com</span></a>, and follow @mtv on Instagram or Twitter. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>MTV Video Music Awards</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 2013 "MTV Video Music Awards" delivered big, with the award show ranking as cable's #1 entertainment telecast of the year among P12-34 at the time.  The first-ever award show to be broadcast live from Brooklyn's Barclays Center, the VMAs garnered a total audience of 10.1 million viewers, a 66 percent increase versus 2012, and the ratings jumped 47 percent compared to the previous year's telecast, delivering a strong 7.8 P12-34 rating.  The encore presentation of the show on MTV earned an additional 2.8 million total viewers, amounting to 12.9 million total viewers across both airings on MTV.  Ratings for the 2013 "MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show" increased 100 percent compared to the previous year with P12-34 and garnered a 3.6 rating among that demographic, and total viewers grew a whopping 119 percent with 4.6 million tuning in.* Additionally, the 2013 "MTV Video Music Awards" aired across MTV's global network of more than 60 channels and enjoyed a double-digit ratings increase year over year in key international markets such as the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Argentina and more.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 2013 "MTV Video Music Awards" shattered previous records across MTV's web, mobile and social channels at the time ranking as the biggest VMA day in history in terms of total visitors, page views and streams. More than 4 million fans visited VMA content on <a href="http://mtv.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MTV.com</span></a>, mobile web and MTV app generating more than 15 million total streams – five times higher than the previous year's show day – with the live stream portion now ranking as the biggest in Viacom's history. MTV mobile saw its biggest day ever with more than 2 million visitors, 6 million page views and 1.8 million streams. During the two-hour telecast, social media exploded as fans passionately reacted to the performances and winners generating 120 national and worldwide trending topics on twitter, and 1.2 million Instagram likes.  Additionally, MTV launched a successful cross platform social communications campaign to build anticipation for the show entitled #RoadToTheVMAs, which featured the Moonman in a myriad of iconic locations, events and with various artists and celebrities throughout Brooklyn and NYC. The campaign garnered more than 100 million social media impressions, including over half a million likes on Instagram, nearly 60 million impressions on Twitter, more than 40 million impressions on Facebook and over 1.2 million impressions on Tumblr.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the 2014 "MTV Video Music Awards." Amy Doyle, Garrett English and Dave Sirulnick are Executive Producers. Joanna Bomberg, Jen Jones and Lee Lodge are Co-Executive Producers. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Official sponsors of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards include 5® GUM, Caress® Body Wash, CLEAN & CLEAR®, Degree Women®, Kia Motors, Pepsi®, State Farm®, Taco Bell®, and TRESemmé®."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>*Source: Nielsen. Live+SD. P12-34, unless noted. Ranked on 000s. Entertainment = excludes sports. Telecast rank dates: 12/31/12-8/25/13.</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About MTV      </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. MTV's sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information, go to <a href="http://www.mtvpress.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.mtvpress.com</span></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About the Forum:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Forum underwent a reinvention that has created a thriving venue for both artists and music fans. The Forum opened on January 15 as the largest indoor performance venue in the country designed with a focus on music and entertainment. Architecturally, the interior of the bowl has been completely modernized and features flexible seating, ranging from 17,500 seats to 7,000 seats, enabling the venue to attract a wide variety of events. In addition to completely refurbished concourses, fans will enjoy approximately 8,000 square feet of new event level hospitality offerings, including food and beverage, merchandise and bathrooms. A tinted glass wall separates this concession area from the arena; ensuring fans do not miss a moment of the performance. Additionally, the Forum delivers a one-of-a-kind experience for artists thanks to its superior acoustics, intimate ambiance and state-of-the-art facilities. The new Forum was designed with artists in mind and includes seven, star-caliber dressing rooms that feature upgraded amenities, providing an unparalleled experience for all entertainers and performers.  For more information, please visit <a href="http://www.fabulousforum.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">www.fabulousforum.com.</span></a></p>

VIEW ALL

Get the RSS feed ​ ​​​​​​​

RECENT TWEETS

TONIGHT ON MTV