MTV BOLSTERS NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM WITH KEY HIRES AND APPOINTMENTShttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/newleadershipteam.aspxMTV BOLSTERS NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM WITH KEY HIRES AND APPOINTMENTSGP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e15/5/2016 7:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:center;"><strong style="font-size:13pt;line-height:1.6;">​​​​​Pioneering MLB Exec Jacqueline Parkes to Lead Marketing and Creative;</strong><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Lifetime's Eli Lehrer to Oversee MTV2<br></strong><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Veteran Viacom Execs Kristin Frank and Erik Flannigan Join MTV in New Roles</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>NEW YORK, NY and SANTA MONICA, CA – May 5, 2016 – </strong>MTV, a unit of Viacom (VIAB, VIA), today announced key hires and appointments to its new leadership team under Sean Atkins, President of MTV.  MTV has hired Jacqueline Parkes, longtime Chief Marketing Officer of Major League Baseball and the first female CMO in professional sports, as its new Executive Vice President of Marketing and Creative.   MTV has also tapped Eli Lehrer, formerly Senior Vice President and Head of Non-Fiction Programming at Lifetime, to oversee MTV2 as Executive Vice President.<br><span style="line-height:1.6;">"</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Ja</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">cqueline is a bona fide game-changer whose transformational brand leadership and fan engagement bridged pro baseball's storied past with its innovative future.</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Her vision and experience will be invaluable as we reinvigorate MTV," said Atkins.<br></span><span style="line-height:1.6;">At</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">kins continued, "Eli is one </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">of the sharpest, most versatile and well-respected creative executives in the business.</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">We're thrilled to give him a homecoming to Viacom and a great canvas for his talents at MTV2."<br></span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Additionally, two veteran Viacom executives will move into new roles at MTV.</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Kristin Frank, formerly Executive Vice President of Connected Content for MTV and VH1, will take on a new role as Executive Vice President of Strategy, Revenue & Operations.</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Erik Flannigan, formerly Executive Vice President at Viacom's Music & Entertainment Group, will join MTV full time in the newly created roll of Executive Vice President of Music/Events Strategy & Development.</span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> <br></span><span style="line-height:1.6;">"</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Kristin is forward-thi</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">nking, her command of the media landscape is unrivalled, and she'll be critical in ensuring that we are building the near-term strength of our business while continually investing in our future," said Atkins.</span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> <br></span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Atkins continued, "As MTV strengthens its connection to music with new series and events, Erik's strong creative sensibility, his talent for forging innovative partnerships, and his nuanced understanding of how our audience consumes music will lead the way."<br></span><span style="line-height:1.6;">T</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">he news follows on the heels of MTV's hiring of Michael Klein as Executive Vice President of Original Content and Laurel Weir as Senior Vice President of Strategic Insights and Research in late March.</span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>NEW HIRES</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As Executive Vice President of Marketing and Creative, <strong>Jacqueline Parkes</strong> will oversee MTV's marketing efforts on all platforms and play a lead role in shaping and evolving the brand as it enters a new era.  She will be responsible for creative and marketing initiatives across MTV's portfolio, including MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Live, Digital and MTV News.   Parkes joins MTV following a transformational 21-year tenure at Major League Baseball, where she became the league's first CMO and the first female CMO in professional sports.    As CMO, Parkes was responsible for promoting the league's brand by overseeing advertising, marketing, promotion, research, ticketing analytics, design services, community relations and educational programming.  She joined MLB in the wake of the 1994 strike and undertook initiatives that reinvigorated the brand; helping more than quadruple revenue, marketing MLB At-Bat to help it become the top-selling sports app of all time, and strengthening its commitment to community affairs and philanthropy through efforts including Jackie Robinson Day and the league's partnership with Stand Up To Cancer.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parkes has received numerous industry accolades over the course of her career, most recently being named the "Most Influential CMO on Social Media" by Forbes in 2014 and ranking second among PR Week's "Top 40 Marketing Innovators to Watch" in 2015.  Parkes will report directly to Atkins.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his role at MTV2, <strong>Eli Lehrer</strong> will be responsible for the brand vision, voice, and creative pipeline for the network.  Lehrer joins MTV2 from Lifetime, where he has served as Senior Vice President and Head of Non-Fiction Programming since 2013. At Lifetime, Lehrer executive produced and developed hit series including "The Rap Game," "Bring It!," "True Tori," the "Little Women" franchise, and oversaw "Project Runway."   Prior to joining Lifetime, Lehrer was Vice President of Development and Production at Bravo, where he executive produced and developed hits including "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," "Flipping Out," "The Millionaire Matchmaker," "The Rachel Zoe Project," "Vanderpump Rules," and "Watch What Happens: Live."   Earlier, Lehrer served as a Manager of Development at MTV's sister network VH1.  Lehrer will report directly to Atkins.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>NEW APPOINTMENTS</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As Executive Vice President, Strategy, Revenue & Operations, <strong>Kristin Frank </strong>will take on a broader role with responsibility for MTV's revenue, long-term strategic planning and operational leadership.   Frank will continue to oversee MTV's Connected Content team where she built a data-driven content optimization platform that has doubled traffic to MTV's digital platforms over the past two years.  She's also spearheaded the dramatic transformation of MTV News, hiring more than two dozen top-tier journalists, while continuing to grow MTV's industry-leading social footprint of more than 220 million followers worldwide. Additionally, Frank continues to oversee MTV's online video and short-form content development, including its newly launched Snapchat Discover channel and its forthcoming series "MTV Cribs" and "Pants Off."   Frank will report directly to Atkins.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his new role, <strong>Erik Flannigan </strong>will oversee the development of music programming, events, and tentpoles for MTV as it drives to reimagine and increase its output of music-based content.  Flannigan joins MTV full-time from a group role in Viacom's Music & Entertainment Group, where he oversaw multiplatform programming for MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and Spike. In that role, Flannigan served as chief architect of the group's digital strategy, spearheading innovative initiatives including the creation of South Park Studios and the availability of "The Daily Show," and "The Colbert Report" on Hulu. In his new role, Flannigan led the re-launch of MTV Live, MTV's 24-hour music network; the reinvented "MTV Woodies," and oversaw the "2016 MTV Movie Awards," which increased viewership by 54% over the 2015 show (Nielsen, 4/10/16, L+SD).   Flannigan will report directly to Atkins and join the MTV development team under Michael Klein.</p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About MTV:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">MTV is a global youth culture brand driven by the creative spirit of music.   For more information, check out <a href="http://www.mtvpress.com/">http://www.mtvpress.com</a>.  MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA).<em> </em> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>CONTACT: </strong>Mark Jafar/<a href="mailto:mark.jafar@mtvstaff.com">mark.jafar@mtvstaff.com</a>/212.846.8961</p>
MTV's HIT MATCHMAKING SERIES "ARE YOU THE ONE?" RETURNS ON AN ALL-NEW NIGHT MONDAY, JUNE 13 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PThttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/areyoutheone2.aspxMTV's HIT MATCHMAKING SERIES "ARE YOU THE ONE?" RETURNS ON AN ALL-NEW NIGHT MONDAY, JUNE 13 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PTGP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e14/28/2016 7:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:center;">​​<strong style="line-height:1.6;">​​Season Four Introduces Game-Changing Twist that Tests Love at First Sight<br></strong><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Meet the Cast Now on the Official "Are You the One?" Snapchat Account: AREYOUTHE1</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Download cast photo </strong><a href="https://www.hightail.com/download/ZWJYa3NiTEQrV3cxWjhUQw" style="line-height:1.6;"><strong>HERE</strong></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong style="line-height:1.6;">NEW YORK, NY (April 28 2016)</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;"> — MTV's</span><strong style="line-height:1.6;"> </strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">hit matchmaking experiment, "</span><a href="http://www.mtv.com/shows/are_you_the_one/" style="line-height:1.6;"><strong>Are You The One?</strong></a><span style="line-height:1.6;">" (AYTO), returns on an all-new night, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Monday, June 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">. Meet the cast now on the new, official "Are You The One?" Snapchat account: AREYOUTHE1.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Building on AYTO's successful formula, season four will feature a game-changing twist that for the first time will truly test the theory, "If your perfect match was standing right in front of you, would you even know it?" On day one, immediately after meeting in a house in Hawaii, 10 single women will line up across from 10 single men and the group will be asked who believes in "love at first sight." The first three people to raise their hands and acknowledge their belief in the notion will be asked to walk over to their potential perfect match. The three couples will then go on dates as the rest of the cast deliberates which couple to send to the first truth booth of the season. If the couple is determined to be a match, not only will they prove that love at first sight is possible but, $250,000 will also be added to the million-dollar jackpot. The first perfect match will then set off to spend the rest of their time in the remote honey moon suite.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Throughout the season, the couples will be forced to rule with both their heads and their hearts if they hope to succeed in love and money. If at any point during the weekly matchup ceremonies the singles fail to make at least one perfect match (known in the game as a "blackout"), the group will be penalized with the loss of $250,000. What does that mean? Four blackouts means no jackpot. If all 10 couples successfully find each other, they'll walk away not only with love, but their share of one million dollars.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">This season's relationship seekers – revealed today on the official "Are You The One?" Snapchat account (username: AREYOUTHE1) include:</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>THE GIRLS</strong></p><p>Alyssa, 22 – Elgin, IL, Instagram: @lysscait</p><p>Camille, 23 – Wheatley Heights, NY, Instagram: @millegabrielle</p><p>Emma, 22 – Parker, CO, Instagram: @emmabsweigard       </p><p>Francesca, 22 – New York, NY, Instagram: @francesca_duncan</p><p>Julia, 22 – New Orleans, LA, Instagram: @jrose_3    </p><p>Kaylen, 22 – Compton, CA, Instagram: @amazedbykay</p><p>Mikala, 22 – Ocean City, NJ, Instagram: @mikalathomass</p><p>Nicole, 22 – Denver, CO, Instagram: @nuhcole11</p><p>Tori, 23 – Astoria, NY, Instagram: @torideal</p><p>Victoria, 22 – Chino Hills, CA, Instagram: @victoria_wyatt</p><p><strong>THE GUYS</strong></p><p>Asaf, 24 – Tel Aviv, Israel, Instagram: @asafgoren1</p><p>Cam, 22 – Aurora, CO, Instagram: @bruckman</p><p>Cameron, 25 – Hattiesburg, MS, Instagram: @camkobo</p><p>Giovanni, 23 – Bridgeport, CT, Instagram: @rivgio</p><p>John, 23 – Norfolk, NE, Instagram: @aka_johnnydrama</p><p>Morgan, 24 – New York, NY, Instagram: @morgansaintpierre</p><p>Prosper, 25 – Albany, NY, Instagram: @IAMPMUNA</p><p>Sam, 22 – Barrington, IL, Instagram: @SamHandler32</p><p>Stephen, 24 – Media, PA, Instagram: @stephenjohnii</p><p>Tyler, 26 – San Diego, CA, Instagram: @niddygriddy</p><p><strong>About "Are You The One?"</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ten single women and 10 single men undergo a rigorous matchmaking process involving in-depth interviews and compatibility testing, using a team of professional matchmakers and psychologists, as well as the contestants' family, friends and exes. Using this feedback, an ideal match for each person is selected and the results are kept secret. The singles then meet for the first time in a house on an exotic island and begin their quest to find their perfect match. If all 10 couples successfully find each other within 10 attempts, they'll walk away not only with love, but their share of one million dollars.</p><p><a href="http://www.mtv.com/shows/are_you_the_one/">MTV.com</a> and the MTV App are the only destination to watch full episodes, check out cast photos, bios, sneak peeks and more. For more information and assets visit mtvpress.com. </p><p>Join in the social conversation on <a href="https://twitter.com/AREUTHE1">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/areuthe1/">Instagram</a> with the official hashtag #AYTO; follow the show's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/AREUTHE1"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Facebook</span></a><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span> page and be sure to check out the new Snapchat account: AREYOUTHE1.</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 Executive Producer for Lighthearted Entertainment.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About MTV:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">MTV is a global youth culture brand driven by the creative spirit of music.   For more information, check out <a href="http://www.mtvpress.com/">http://www.mtvpress.com</a>.  MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA).  </p><p><strong>MTV COMMUNICATIONS CONTACTS:</strong></p><p>Jason Shumaker<br><div style="text-align:-webkit-left;"><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">2</span><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">12-84</span><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">6</span><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">-7325<br></span><a href="mailto:Jason.Shumaker@mtvstaff.com" style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Jason.Shumaker@mtvstaff.com</a></div></p><p>Stephanie Perez<br><div style="text-align:-webkit-left;"><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">2</span><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">12-846-6924<br></span><a href="mailto:Stephanie.Perez@mtvstaff.com" style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Stephanie.Perez@mtvstaff.com</a></div></p>
MTV REVEALS FOURTEEN NEW SERIES AND SPECIALS INCLUDING FIRST WEEKLY LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE SERIES IN NEARLY 20 YEARS AT 2016 UPFRONT PRESENTATIONhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/upfront2016release.aspxMTV REVEALS FOURTEEN NEW SERIES AND SPECIALS INCLUDING FIRST WEEKLY LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE SERIES IN NEARLY 20 YEARS AT 2016 UPFRONT PRESENTATIONGP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e14/21/2016 7:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:center;">​<strong style="line-height:1.6;">​​MTV REVEALS FOURTEEN NEW SERIES AND SPECIALS INCLUDING FIRST WEEKLY</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE SERIES IN NEARLY 20 YEARS AT 2016 UPFRONT PRESENTATION</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Live Music Series "Wonderland" to Debut this Fall; Mark Burnett-Produced Music Competition and All-New "MTV Unplugged" Greenlit to Series;</strong><strong>  </strong><strong>"Studio 24" from Scooter Braun Films and </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Music Documentary Series "Year One" in Development</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>MTV Announces New Series "Sweet/Vicious," "The Outsiders," "Acting Out," "Mary + Jane," "Shinesty," "MTV's The Investigation," "Stranded with a Million Bucks," "Loosely Exactly Nicole," "Going Off," "The Almost Impossible Game Show" </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>and Zac Efron-Produced Documentary on Food and Culture</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Network Inks Deals with Mark Burnett, Drew Barrymore, Dwayne Johnson, </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Pitbull, John Legend and More </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>NEW YORK, NY – April 21, 2016 – </strong>MTV, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) today revealed a programming slate of fourteen new series and specials, including "Wonderland," the network's first weekly live music performance series in nearly twenty years debuting this fall.  The network will provide a first look at the new series – along with projects with partners Mark Burnett, Zac Efron, Drew Barrymore, Pitbull, John Legend, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, and more – at the 2016 MTV Upfront at Skylight at Moynihan Station tonight in New York, NY.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We're on a mission to reignite MTV with everything that makes it one of the world's most iconic brands  – its soul of music, its love of pop culture, and its unexpected, groundbreaking creative," said Sean Atkins, President of MTV.  "What we share today is just the beginning, but it's a strong first step in the journey and shows how aggressively we are moving to energize the extraordinary promise of this great brand."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">MTV committed to bringing more live music and music-inspired programming to the network, announcing greenlights for "Wonderland," a new L.A.-based weekly music series featuring live performances from three different acts; a yet-untitled music competition series from Executive Producer Mark Burnett; and a newly reimagined version of the beloved "MTV Unplugged."  Additionally, MTV announced a deal with Scooter Braun Films to develop "Studio 24," in which a famous artist and mystery talent are paired to create a new song in 24 hours.  The network is also in development on new music documentary series "Year One," which will draw on its trove of archival footage to explore the breakthrough year in a superstar's career.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">MTV announced greenlights for "Sweet/Vicious," a dark one-hour dramedy about odd couple vigilantes avenging sexual assault victims on a college campus; "The Outsiders" (working title), a docuseries following families living on the fringes of society; "Acting Out," a new format in which hilarious stand-up routines are reenacted; "Mary + Jane," a comedy about enterprising weed dealers navigating L.A. hipster culture; "Shinesty" (working title), a docuseries on the outrageous upstart millennial fashion brand; "MTV's The Investigation" (working title) a reality series in which Ryan Ferguson, who spent ten years wrongly imprisoned, digs into cases of the wrongfully convicted; "Stranded with a Million Bucks," a reality competition that employs drone camera technology to follow contestants fighting brutal conditions on a remote island with only one possession: a suitcase full of a million dollars; "Loosely Exactly Nicole," a scripted comedy starring and adapted from the life of "Girl Code" alum Nicole Byer; "Going Off" (working title), a dance docuseries set in the studio of master choreographer Tricia Miranda; and "The Almost Impossible Game Show," an absurd new competition format adopted from the hit UK version.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Additionally, MTV greenlit a documentary special from Executive Producer and Host Zac Efron in which the actor and passionate food-lover will explore the ever-expanding role of food and the culinary arts in Millennial culture.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The network also announced newly-signed deals with a host of new creative partners including Mark Burnett to develop comedic reality half-hour "First World Problems" (working title); rapper Pitbull to executive produce Miami-based drama "305" (working title); Drew Barrymore to executive produce coming-of-age twin drama "Blooms" (working title); "It's The Real" (working title) a comedic half-hour from the Upper West Side Jewish hip hop duo of the same name produced by John Legend's Get Lifted; and "Greatest Movie Show of all Time, This Week" (working title) a weekly half-hour comedy/talk show Executive Produced by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia's Seven Bucks Productions that celebrates the latest movie news, trends, and rumors through interviews, sketches, and panel discussion.  "Greatest Movie Show of all Time, This Week" is co-created by and features MTV News movie correspondent Josh Horowitz.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Additional MTV projects in development include "Pick Me Up" (working title) a scripted comedy about a ne'er-do-well brother and sister duo with Executive Producer Dave Becky ("Broad City," "Louie") of 3 Arts; and an adaptation of the bestseller "99 Days" (working title) with Alloy Entertainment ("Vampire Diaries," "Pretty Little Liars"). </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 2016 MTV Upfront will be hosted by Nicole Byer and feature a performance by multiplatinum Top Dawg Entertainment recording artist and seven-time Grammy Award-winner Kendrick Lamar.  The presentation will eschew the traditional theater format and instead take shape as a pop art tradeshow called "Buy MTV," complete with interactive booths of upcoming series and initiatives, a faux retail storefront featuring limited-edition MTV collectibles, and surprise stage moments. </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>NEW SERIES AND SPECIALS</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>"Acting Out"</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">An outrageous comedy series in which the most irreverent established and up-and-coming comedians of today have their best stand-up routines acted out. We'll see hilarious reenactments of the best bits, bringing new life to your favorite moments from stand up history.  Produced by A Smith & Co. Productions ("Hell's Kitchen," "American Ninja Warrior"). </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>"The Almost Impossible Game Show"</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">A hilarious half-hour comedic game show in which contestants complete physical challenges ranging from the absurd to the outlandish to beat the game and win cash prizes. Riding tiny bikes over a mud pit, putting on oversized pants while running full-speed on a giant treadmill and grating a heaping block of cheese onto a plate of nachos by using a grater attached to their derrières are just a few of the outrageous challenges the contestants will face. "The Almost Impossible Game Show" is based on a popular UK format by the same name, produced by Endemol Shine UK company Initial for ITV2.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">MTV is producing with Endemol Shine. Executive producers include Rob Smith and Georgie Hurford-Jones for Endemol Shine North America; Matt Odgers and Scott Teti for Left Hook Media. </p><p><strong>"Going Off" </strong>(working title)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In dance capital North Hollywood, Choreographer <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/patriciapink4u?app=desktop">Tricia Miranda</a> (Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, Gwen Stefani, Demi Lovato, Iggy Azalea) holds a master class where the best young dancers in the world come to see how they stack up against the rest. In every episode, one winner will be crowned and win a high stakes opportunity to book a professional job and take the next step on their path to greatness. Dave Sirulnick is Executive Producer for Radical Media.  Directed by Austin Peters for Radical Media.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>"Loosely Exactly Nicole" </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Nicole Byer is living the Hollywood dream. Well, Hollywood adjacent – the deep valley to be precise and it's not so much a dream but a struggle. In this hilarious half-hour comedy, we'll watch as Nicole, exuding her special brand of confidence and irreverence, demonstrates the hilarious missteps of what it means to be out on your own for the first time. She'll deal with humiliating auditions, unpaid electric bills, friendship ups and downs, and the battlefield that is Tinder as she slowly but surely finds her voice as a comedian.   Christine Zander is Showrunner/Executive Producer.  Avi Gilbert (3 Arts) and Christian Lander are Executive Producers.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>"Mary + Jane"</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Paige and Jordan may be weed dealers, but in their eyes they are entrepreneurs. Their dope delivery app is quickly gaining popularity with foodies, celebrities and – the most particular and crucial consumer – hipsters. This half-hour comedy takes a hilarious look at two girls living in LA: desperate to succeed, find a little romance, and keep their clients happy and high – all with the least amount of effort possible.  Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont ("Can't Hardly Wait") serve as Executive Producers.  Entertainment 360 ("Game of Thrones") is Executive Producer.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>"MTV's The Investigation" </strong>(working title)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Love, lust, murder, mystery, suspense...all the makings of a great dramatic story.  The catch? It's not a fictional story. It's real life.  This serialized documentary series follows the journey of alleged wrongfully convicted prisoners fighting for their freedom. We will navigate these cases in an effort to uncover the truth with the highest possible stakes – the lives and freedom of innocent people locked up for life, and the duty to honor the lives of those lost.  This series takes an in-depth look into three criminal cases through the unique POV of Ryan Ferguson, who at 19-years-old was convicted of a murder he didn't commit.  MTV is producing with Embassy Row.  Michael Davies, Debbie DeMontreux, Stacey Altman and Andrew Jenks are Executive Producers.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>"MTV Unplugged"</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">A response to the heavily produced music of the late '80s and early '90s, "MTV Unplugged" triggered an acoustic music groundswell. The series presented artists in different yet complementary lights showcasing musicianship and songcraft.  Through its distinctive format, MTV Unplugged manages the miraculous feat of reaching beyond core fans to connect contemporary artists to heritage audiences and heritage artists to younger audiences in equal measures. The conditions are right in 2016 to do it again. The revitalized Unplugged will restore key elements that made the franchise so groundbreaking in the first place, while resetting the show in the multi-platform video world of today. </p><p><strong>"The Outsiders" </strong>(working title)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Across America lie people with very different lives and perspectives on the world.  In this compelling and distinctive series, we go beyond front doors and shocking headlines.  This close ended docuseries will follow eight different families who have very polarizing beliefs, from white supremacists to devil worshipers. MTV is producing with Barcroft Media.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>"Shinesty" </strong>(working title)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Shinesty" is a comedic doc series about the young entrepreneurs behind Shinesty, an apparel company in Boulder, Colorado, that did $5 million in sales last year. Shinesty makes "outrageous clothing for life and general ridiculousness" The Shinesty team lives a wild, zero-f*cks-given lifestyle that is every bit as over-the-top as the apparel they create, and this show will take us inside the world of a millennial business doing things 100% their own way.  MTV is producing with Critical Content.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>"Stranded with a Million Bucks"</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ten cast members are stranded on an island with nothing but the clothes on their back and a million dollars in cash! Those who survive for 40 days will split that money as their prize. The catch? They can buy any supplies they want, but everything is crazy expensive - and comes out of their prize money. Tollbooth TV is producing.  Kevin Lee is Executive Producer. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>"Sweet/Vicious"</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">A dark one-hour dramedy about two very unlikely friends taking justice into their own hands and kicking literal ass on their college campus.  Jules comes off as the perfect sorority dream girl, but little do her red-cup-toting sisters know, she's got a completely different agenda come nightfall. Ophelia, your everyday stoner-hacker-hellion, has officially run out of effs to give, and when she discovers Jules may be the masked vigilante exacting justice on campus her interest in college life is re-energized.  Amanda Lasher ("Gossip Girl") serves as Showrunner.  Stacey Sher ("The Hateful Eight," "Into the Badlands") is Executive Producer and Jennifer Robinson is creator and Co-Executive Producer.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>"Mark Burnett Music Competition"</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Welcome to the recording studio, where talent is transformed and legends are discovered. At the intersection of music and business, this show gives hip hop's freshest talent a chance at every musician's dream: getting signed. Mark Burnett, the Executive Producer of SHARK TANK and THE VOICE, brings us the best of both worlds, with undiscovered artists performing in front of music's biggest moguls, each eager to sign the next breakout star. But forget the shiny floor stage — it's all happening in the recording studio in the first of its kind, organic music competition series that breaks all the rules. The yet-untitled series from executive producer   Mark Burnett will be executive produced by Burnett and MGM Television with MGM also serving as international distributor. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>"Untitled Zac Efron Documentary"</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Host and executive producer Zac Efron explores how food has moved to the center of Millennial culture through his own unique lens as an actor, traveller, and food-lover.  The project will look beyond the extravagant and obscure in food to explore the artistry, storytelling and journeys in what we eat, and the issues and experiences surrounding what we find on our plates.  Executive Producers are Zac Efron, Michael Simkin, Jason Barrett, Brian Volk-Weiss, Cisco Henson and Edwin Zane.  Comedy Dynamics and Ninjas Runnin' Wild are producing.  </p><p><strong>"Wonderland" </strong>(working title)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">MTV is launching a new weekly show that re-imagines live music programming and delivers a smart, comedic take on pop culture at large. Co-developed with Comedy Central, Wonderland will bring together the best new music, ground-breaking live performances and young comedic talent under one roof in a highly curated and truly innovative multi-streamed viewing experience.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Located in the heart of Los Angeles, and set in a multi-roomed location, Wonderland does not take place in your typical TV studio but a real living, breathing space that has things happening in every room simultaneously. The weekly show will be a raw, fast-paced, unique hour of entertainment hosted by a group of opinionated tastemakers who live for music as musicians themselves and comedians. Live performances are the beating heart of every episode and this show will provide a platform for artists to experiment with the unexpected, express their creativity in new ways and deliver one-off performances that will become inked in the public consciousness. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Executive Produced by Done & Dusted with MTV. </p><p> </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>NEW DEVELOPMENT DEALS</strong></span></p><p><strong>"305" </strong>(working title)<strong> </strong></p><p>Executive Producer/Writer:  Sascha Penn</p><p>Director, Executive Producer:  Jonathan Levine</p><p>Executive Producer:  Pitbull</p><p>Co-Executive Producer:  David Ortiz</p><p>From Endemol Shine Studios, scripted division of Endemol Shine North America</p><p><strong>"99 Days" </strong>(working title)</p><p>Production Company: Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television</p><p>Executive Producers: Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo ("The Vampire Diaries," "The Originals," Pretty Little Liars")</p><p>Supervising Producer/Writer: Lila Feinberg </p><p>Based on the book by Katie Cotugno</p><p><strong>"Blooms" </strong>(working title)</p><p>Writer/Executive Producer: Walter Mosley </p><p>Executive Producers: Flower Films - Drew Barrymore, Ember Truesdell, Nancy Juvonen, Chris Miller</p><p>Executive Producer: Diane Houslin </p><p>Co-Executive Producer: Max Carver, Charlie Carver, Greg Herman</p><p>Studio: Universal Cable Productions</p><p><strong>"Greatest Movie Show of All Time, This Week" </strong>(working title)</p><p>Production Company: Serious Business ("@Midnight" Fusion's "TRUMP vs BERNIE" debate special) and Seven Bucks Productions</p><p>Executive Producers: Dwayne Johnson, Alex Blagg, Jason Nadler, Jon Zimelis, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz, Josh Horowitz</p><p><strong>"It's The Real" </strong>(working title)</p><p>Executive Producers and Starring:  Eric & Jeff Rosenthal</p><p>Executive Producers:  Jeremy Miller & Dan Cohn ("Entourage")</p><p>Executive Producers:  Get Lifted – John Legend, Mike Jackson and Thais Stiklorius ("Underground")</p><p>Executive Producers:  Legendary Television ("Love," "Colony")</p><p><strong>"Pick Me Up" </strong>(working title)</p><p>Executive Producer/Writers:  Dan Gregor & Doug Mand ("Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," "How I Met Your Mother")</p><p>Executive Producers & Starring: Jon Gabrus ("Younger") & Betsy Sodaro ("Superstore")</p><p>Executive Producer:  3 Arts - Dave Becky ("Broad City," "Louie")</p><p><strong>"Studio 24" </strong>(working title)</p><p>Production Company: Pandemo, Inc. and Scooter Braun Films</p><p>Executive Producers: Jonathan Slow, Scooter Braun and Scott Mason </p><p>Based on a format by FTV Rights B.V.</p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About MTV:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">MTV is a global youth culture brand driven by the creative spirit of music.   For more information, check out <a href="http://www.mtvpress.com/">http://www.mtvpress.com</a>.  MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA).<em> </em> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>CONTACT: </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mark Jafar/<a href="mailto:mark.jafar@mtvstaff.com">mark.jafar@mtvstaff.com</a>/212.846.8961</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jennifer Solari/<a href="mailto:Jennifer.solari@mtvstaff.com">Jennifer.solari@mtvstaff.com</a>/310.752.8428</p>
MTV OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF PRINCEhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/MTV-OFFICIAL-STATEMENT-ON-THE-DEATH-OF-PRINCE.aspxMTV OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF PRINCEGP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e14/21/2016 7:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:115%;">MTV is heartbroken and in utter disbelief at the news that the world has lost Prince Rogers Nelson so suddenly and so before his time.<span>  </span>Prince was a once-in-a-lifetime artist who transcended every medium and genre he touched and created music with a passion and individuality that inspired multiple generations. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, friends and millions of fans.</span></p>
MTV VMAs @ MSG: COMING AUGUST 28, 2016http://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/MTV-VMAs--MSG-COMING-AUGUST-28-2016.aspxMTV VMAs @ MSG: COMING AUGUST 28, 2016GP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e14/21/2016 7:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em>"MTV Video Music Awards" to Air Live from New York's Famed Madison Square Garden for the First Time in its History </em></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em> </em></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>New York, NY (April 21, 2016)</strong> – MTV today announced that the 2016 "MTV Video Music Awards" will air on Sunday, August 28 live from Madison Square Garden for the first time in the show's 33-year history. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The VMAs at MSG is a New York story too good to resist," said Sean Atkins, President of MTV. "The VMAs deliver some of pop culture's most defining moments and we're grateful to our New York home and Madison Square Garden for rolling out the red carpet for what is sure to be the biggest night in music.   You can be assured we are going put on a show that celebrates the city and that creates yet another seminal moment in music history at this iconic venue."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We are excited that MTV will bring the VMAs back to its original home of New York City," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "From the red carpet to the accolades to the performances - and everything in between - the VMAs are an incredible showcase for so many talented artists. It also goes without saying that hosting the awards in our City means a boost to our small businesses and restaurants and more jobs for the thousands of crew members who work to bring the show into homes around the world."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We are thrilled to welcome the 'MTV Video Music Awards' to the <em>World's Most Famous Arena</em> for the first time," said David O'Connor, president and chief executive officer, the Madison Square Garden Company. "Madison Square Garden has been known throughout its history for inspiring the greatest performers and sports icons to break records and make history, and we have no doubt that the MTV VMAs - so celebrated for its exciting and unexpected mix of music and entertainment - will add an unforgettable chapter to that unparalleled legacy."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"From its top-class performers to its world-renowned venues, NYC reflects everything the entertainment industry has to offer – and makes us a natural fit to host the VMAs," said Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner, Julie Menin. "And beyond the entertainment value of the show itself, the financial benefit of this event on small businesses is significant. We are grateful to have the VMAs back in New York this year, as it presents huge opportunities for shops, restaurants, and retailers across the City."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We are delighted to welcome the 'MTV Video Music Awards' back to New York City. As a global hub for creativity, entertainment and culture, New York City is the ideal host for this event," said Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company. "As we have seen from the 2015 VMAs, this event is a dynamic media engine which will only be enhanced by the global spotlight NYC attracts. Visitors and event organizers will be reminded that this is the most creative, experiential destination in the world."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">2016 will mark the 16th time the MTV VMAs have aired from New York, including most recently the 2013 MTV VMAs, held in Brooklyn. New York is the original home of the VMAs, with the first-ever show taking place in 1984 at Radio City Music Hall.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In celebration of the VMAs in NYC, the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and MTV are partnering for the first time on a new video contest for New Yorkers ages 16 and over. Contestants will be asked to create a 30-second video answering the question: "If you could take your favorite VMA artist anywhere in NYC, where would it be and why?" Up to five winners will have the opportunity to attend the VMAs and to walk the red carpet along with some of today's biggest stars, and their videos will be aired on Taxi TV in NYC yellow cabs. Up to 75 runners-up will also receive an opportunity to visit MTV, learn about its programming and take a tour of the network's studios, courtesy of Viacom. Full contest details will be made available in June.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jesse Ignjatovic returns as Executive Producer for the 2016 "MTV Video Music Awards." Garrett English, Erik Flannigan and Lee Lodge are Executive Producers. Garrett English also serves as Executive In Charge of Production for MTV. Sandy Alouete is Co-Executive Producer. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About MTV:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">MTV is a global youth culture brand driven by the creative spirit of music.   For more information, check out <a href="http://www.mtvpress.com/">http://www.mtvpress.com</a>.  MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA).<em> </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p><strong>About The Madison Square Garden Company:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment with a portfolio of legendary sports teams, exclusive entertainment productions and celebrated venues.  MSG Sports owns and operates some of the most widely recognized sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL) and the New York Liberty (WNBA), along with two development league teams -- the Westchester Knicks (NBADL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL).  MSG Sports also presents a broad array of world-class sporting events, including: professional boxing, college basketball, tennis, bull riding and e-gaming events.  MSG Entertainment features exclusive, original productions that include the <em>Radio City Christmas Spectacular</em> and <em>New York Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes</em>.  MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts a wide variety of live entertainment offerings, including concerts, family shows and special events, in the Company's diverse collection of iconic venues. These venues are: New York's Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, California; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA.  More information is available at <a href="http://www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com/">www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About the NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment is comprised of two divisions: the <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/film">Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcast</a>ing, and <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/media">NYC Media</a>. The Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting serves as a one-stop shop for the entertainment industry and promotes New York City as a thriving center of creativity, issuing permits for productions filming on public property, and facilitating production throughout the five boroughs. NYC Media is the City's official broadcast network and media production group, with programming that informs, educates, and entertains New Yorkers about the City's diverse people, neighborhoods, services, attractions, and activities. You can also follow us on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/madeinny">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/madein_ny">Instagram</a> and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/madeinny">Facebook.</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About NYC & Company:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">NYC & Company is the official destination marketing organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For more information, visit nycgo.com.</p><p style="text-align:center;"># # #</p>
MTV RENEWS "THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES" FOR SECOND SEASONhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/MTVRenewsShannaraSeason2.aspxMTV RENEWS "THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES" FOR SECOND SEASONGP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e14/20/2016 7:00:00 AM<p>​<strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">NEW YORK, NY – April 20, 2016 – </strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">MTV, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), today announced it has renewed "The Shannara Chronicles," its adaptation of the international best-selling fantasy novels by Terry Brooks, for a second season.  The announcement was made ahead of the 2016 MTV Upfront presentation to be held in New York tomorrow.  Developed at Sonar Entertainment, the series is co-produced by MTV, Sonar and Farah Films.</span></p><p>"This dream team delivered a beautiful, ground breaking show with compelling stories and character journeys which brought in new viewers.  I can't wait to see what season 2 brings,"  said Mina Lefevre, Executive Vice President and Head of Scripted Development at MTV.</p><p>"We're thrilled to continue the momentum established in Season 1," said Jenna Glazier, Executive Vice President, Television Series, Sonar Entertainment. "Along with the ongoing support of MTV, the entire creative team is poised to raise the bar even higher in Season 2."</p><p>The first season of "The Shannara Chronicles" averaged a 0.98 L3 rating in MTV's core P12-34 demo and ranks as MTV's top-rated new series this year.  Additionally, "Shannara" saw the highest average L7 lift (+106%) for a freshman series in MTV history. </p><p>"The Shannara Chronicles" was also a strong performer on digital platforms, where it garnered 16.6 million streams across all MTV's digital properties and brought significant traffic growth to the MTV App.  The series also ranks as the highest grossing digital download for a single season on MTV ever.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The Shannara Chronicles" is executive produced and written by Al Gough and Miles Millar. Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman, Terry Brooks and Dan Farah also serve as executive producers.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About MTV:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">MTV is a global media brand inspired by the creative spirit of music and the freedom and passion of youth.  For more information, check out <a href="http://www.mtvpress.com/">http://www.mtvpress.com</a>.  MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA). </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>CONTACT: </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jennifer Solari​ / 310-752-8428<span style="line-height:1.6;"> / Jennifer.Solari@mtvstaff.com</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jason Shumaker / 212-846-7325 / Jason.Shumaker@mtvstaff.com<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katie Magnotta / 212-846-5793 / Katie.Magnotta@mtvstaff.com</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Stephanie Perez / 212-846-6924 / Stephanie.Perez@mtvstaff.com​</p>

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