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THE 2014 “MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS” TO OPEN WITH A BANG….BANG ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 AT 9:00 P.M. ET/PT LIVE FROM THE FORUM IN INGLEWOOD, CAhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/THE-2014-“MTV-VIDEO-MUSIC-AWARDS”-.aspxTHE 2014 “MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS” TO OPEN WITH A BANG….BANG ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 AT 9:00 P.M. ET/PT LIVE FROM THE FORUM IN INGLEWOOD, CAGP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e18/21/2014 7:00:00 AM<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>THE 2014 "MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS" </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>TO OPEN WITH A BANG….BANG ON </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 AT 9:00 P.M. ET/PT </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>LIVE FROM THE FORUM IN INGLEWOOD, CA</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande to Perform Hit Single For The First-Time</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Multi-platinum Singer-Songwriter Gwen Stefani and Superstar Kim Kardashian Confirmed to Present</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>New York, NY (August 20, 2014)</strong> – <a href="http://www.mtv.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MTV</span></a>, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), today announced that <strong>Jessie J</strong>, <strong>Nicki Minaj</strong> and <strong>Ariana Grande</strong> will hit the <strong>2014 "MTV Video Music Awards"</strong> stage on <strong>Sunday, August 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT</strong> to perform their hit song "Bang, Bang" for the first-time ever.  The trio will open the show with a powerhouse performance that is sure to get the night off to a great start. <strong>Jessie J</strong> joins previously announced performers <strong>Usher</strong>, <strong>Ariana Grande</strong>,<strong> 5 Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5, Iggy Azalea, BEYONCÉ, Nicki Minaj</strong>, <strong>Taylor Swift</strong> and <strong>Sam Smith</strong>. Recently announced presenters include <strong>Gwen Stefani</strong>, <strong>Kim Kardashian,</strong> <strong>Demi Lovato, Lorde, Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox </strong>and<strong> Uzo Aduba, Dylan O'Brien, Nina Dobrev, Jason Derulo </strong>and<strong> Trey Songz. </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"When I was the VMA House Artist in 2011 I had a broken foot and I sat on the side stage dreaming about being on that main stage," said <strong>Jessie J</strong>. "So when I say that this performance is a dream come true for me, I truly mean it. And to be able to share this moment with superstars like Ariana & Nicki, it's going to be such an amazing night!"</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Immediately following the performance of "Bang, Bang" on the VMA stage, Beats by Dr. Dre and Target will present the global online premiere of the music video across MTV websites around the world. Watch it at <a href="http://www.bangbang.mtv.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">BangBang.mtv.com.</span></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Jessie J</strong>'s debut album, <strong><em>Who You Are </em></strong>[LAVA]<em>,</em>marked the debut of a global icon when it reached #1 and was certified multi-platinum in over 15 countries. She has sold over 3 million albums and 20 million singles worldwide to date. The GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist was also the 2012 London Olympic Games Ambassador. Her smash <strong>"Price Tag"</strong><strong> </strong>reached #1 in 18 major territories. <strong><em>Who You Are</em></strong> also yielded an astonishing <em>six</em> Top 10 singles including the hit <strong>"Domino."</strong> Among other accolades, <strong>Jessie J</strong> was the recipient of the 2011 <em>Critics Choice</em> BRIT Award and the BBC's <em>Sound of 2011</em> honor.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">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) or by visiting <a href="http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">vma.mtv.com</span></a>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For additional information on all 2014 "MTV Video Music Award" performers and nominees, please visit <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/collections/artist-to-watch/897377/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Artists.MTV</span></a> on the web, or download the free <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mtv-artists/id721717193"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MTV Artists app</span></a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></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®, 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 <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: 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><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>MTV Press Contacts:</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Jeff Castaneda                                   Melissa Barreto</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">P: 212-846-6774                                P: 212-846-7226</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="mailto:Jeff.Castaneda@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Jeff.Castaneda@mtvstaff.com</span></a>       <a href="mailto:Melissa.Barreto@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Melissa.Barreto@mtvstaff.com</span></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Kurt Patat                                           Tamika Young</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">P: 212-846-2528                                 P: 212-846-7625</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="mailto:Kurt.Patat@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Kurt.Patat@mtvstaff.com</span></a>                <a href="mailto:Tamika.Young@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Tamika.Young@mtvstaff.com</span></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Rayna Schwartz</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">P: 310-752-8701</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="mailto:Rayna.schwartz@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Rayna.schwartz@mtvstaff.com</span></a></p>
“MTV ARTIST TO WATCH” AND BRITISH SENSATION SAM SMITH TO MAKE HIS U.S. AWARD SHOW PERFORMANCE DEBUT DURING THE 2014 "VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS" LIVE ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 AT 9:00 P.M. ET/PThttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/“MTV-ARTIST-TO-WATCH”-AND-BRITISH-SENSATION-SAM-SMITH-TO-MAKE-HIS-U.S.-AWARD-SHOW-PERFORMANCE-DEBUT-DURING-THE-2014-.aspx“MTV ARTIST TO WATCH” AND BRITISH SENSATION SAM SMITH TO MAKE HIS U.S. AWARD SHOW PERFORMANCE DEBUT DURING THE 2014 "VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS" LIVE ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 AT 9:00 P.M. ET/PTGP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e18/19/2014 7:00:00 AM<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>"MTV ARTIST TO WATCH" AND BRITISH SENSATION SAM SMITH TO MAKE HIS U.S. AWARD SHOW PERFORMANCE DEBUT DURING THE 2014 </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>"MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS" LIVE ON </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 AT 9:00 P.M. ET/PT</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Lorde, Demi Lovato, Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox and Uzo Aduba, Dylan O'Brien, Nina Dobrev, Jason Derulo and Trey Songz Confirmed to Present</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Mega-Producer & Artist DJ Mustard To Spin the Hottest Hits for the VMA Audience as House DJ</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>New York, NY (August 19, 2014)</strong> - <a href="http://www.mtv.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MTV</span></a>, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), today announced that critically acclaimed, singer-songwriter, "MTV Artist to Watch" alum and 2014 "mtvU Woodies" festival performer, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/sam-smith/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Sam Smith</strong></span></a> will make his U.S. award show performance debut during the 2014 "MTV Video Music Awards" LIVE from the Forum in Inglewood, CA on <strong>Sunday, August 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. </strong>With his soulful sound and passionate vocals, Sam Smith has taken the music world by storm with his hits including "Stay With Me" and "Leave Your Lover" and is certain to deliver a powerful first-time VMA performance that will leave the audience wanting more. <strong>Sam Smith </strong>joins an impressive list of previously announced 2014 "MTV Video Music Award" performers <strong>Usher</strong>, <strong>Ariana Grande</strong>,<strong> 5 Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5, Iggy Azalea, BEYONCÉ, Nicki Minaj</strong> and <strong>Taylor Swift</strong>. To view a photo of Sam Smith, click <a href="https://www.hightail.com/download/ZUcwc2ZBQ3RsamNaQ2NUQw"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Additionally, VMA Nominee and music phenomenon <strong>Lorde</strong>, multi-platinum artist <strong>Demi Lovato</strong>, <strong>Taylor Schilling</strong>, <strong>Laverne Cox</strong> and <strong>Uzo Aduba</strong> from the cast of "Orange is the New Black," <strong>Dylan O'Brien </strong>from the forthcoming "Maze Runner" and from MTV's hit series "Teen Wolf," "Vampire Diaries'" actress<strong> Nina Dobrev, </strong>pop singer<strong> Jason Derulo</strong> and R&B crooner <strong>Trey Songz</strong> have been confirmed as presenters at the biggest, loudest, and at times most controversial, celebration of music of the year, the "MTV Video Music Awards." To keep the live crowd moving throughout the night, <strong>DJ Mustard</strong> will serve as the House DJ.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I have watched the VMAs every year since I was a kid," said <strong>Sam Smith</strong>. I am so insanely nervous but also so honored to be performing. This truly is a pinch yourself moment for me."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Nominated in this year's "Artist to Watch" category, <strong>Sam Smith</strong> will also vie for the "Best Male Video" during the 2014 "MTV Video Music Awards." Smith recently made U.S. pop music history with his debut album, <em>In The Lonely Hour</em>, selling more copies in its first week of release than any other debut album by a UK male artist in the 23-year history of Soundscan. Beginning in September, he will embark on his second sold-out North American tour.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>DJ Mustard</strong>, born Dijon McFarlane, is a DJ and producer. The Los Angeles-born native has coined the "ratchet" sound, bringing a hot, new and different sound to hip-hop. In just three years, Mustard constructed a registry of hits for the likes of Tyga ("Rack City"), 2 Chainz ("I'm Different"), Young Jeezy ("R.I.P."), Kid Ink ("Show Me"), Y.G. ("My HItta"), and nabbed collaborations with Jennifer Lopez, T-Pain, Trey Songz, and more. Mustard executive produced YG's debut album "My Krazy Life" which peaked #2 on Billboard 200, #1 R&B/Hip-Hop, & #1 Rap charts. His debut album 10 Summers will be available at digital retailers worldwide beginning August 25th.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">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) or by visiting <a href="http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">vma.mtv.com</span></a>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For additional information on all 2014 "MTV Video Music Award" performers and nominees, please visit <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/collections/artist-to-watch/897377/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Artists.MTV</span></a> on the web, or download the free <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mtv-artists/id721717193"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MTV Artists app</span></a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></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®, 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 <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: 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><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>MTV Press Contacts:</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Jeff Castaneda                                   Melissa Barreto</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">P: 212-846-6774                                P: 212-846-7226</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="mailto:Jeff.Castaneda@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Jeff.Castaneda@mtvstaff.com</span></a>       <a href="mailto:Melissa.Barreto@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Melissa.Barreto@mtvstaff.com</span></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Kurt Patat                                           Tamika Young</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">P: 212-846-2528                                 P: 212-846-7625</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="mailto:Kurt.Patat@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Kurt.Patat@mtvstaff.com</span></a>                <a href="mailto:Tamika.Young@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Tamika.Young@mtvstaff.com</span></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Rayna Schwartz</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">P: 310-752-8701</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="mailto:Rayna.schwartz@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Rayna.schwartz@mtvstaff.com</span></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p>
MTV TO KICK-OFF VMA WEEK WITH SETH ROGEN AND JAMES FRANCO IN 'DAVE SKYLARK'S VERY SPECIAL VMA SPECIAL'http://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/MTV-TO-KICK-OFF-VMA-WEEK-WITH-SETH-ROGEN-AND-JAMES-FRANCO-IN-'DAVE-SKYLARK'S-VERY-SPECIAL-VMA-SPECIAL'.aspxMTV TO KICK-OFF VMA WEEK WITH SETH ROGEN AND JAMES FRANCO IN 'DAVE SKYLARK'S VERY SPECIAL VMA SPECIAL'GP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e18/13/2014 7:00:00 AM<p>​​​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>MTV to Kick-Off VMA Week with Seth Rogen and James Franco in "Dave Skylark'S Very Special VMA Special"</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Airing Sunday, August 17 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on MTV</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em>Special to Feature Superstars Nicki Minaj, Jason Derulo and Iggy Azalea </em></strong></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>To download photos from the set of the special, click </strong><a href="https://www.hightail.com/download/ZUcxMFhoSU9qV0FPd3NUQw"><strong>here</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>New York, NY (August 13, 2014)</strong> – <a href="http://www.mtv.com/">MTV</a>, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), today announced that <strong>Seth Rogen</strong> and <strong>James Franco</strong> will kick off VMA week with their 30-minute special <strong>"Dave Skylark's Very Special VMA Special</strong>" on <strong>Sunday, August 17 at 9:00 p.m.</strong> ET/PT. Featuring Seth Rogen and James Franco in character from their upcoming film THE INTERVIEW, "Dave Skylark's Very Special VMA Special" will feature VMA performers Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea, and VMA nominee Jason Derulo subjecting themselves to the hilarious antics of the fictional popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight." The special will include Dave Skylark (James Franco) and producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) grilling each interviewee about everything ranging from derrières to the benefits of being Australian and the merits of singing one's name. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>In the action-comedy <em>The Interview</em>, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight." When they discover that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the most unlikely candidates, to "take out" Kim Jong-un.  The film is directed by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg.  The screenplay is by Dan Sterling, with a story by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg & Dan Sterling.  The producers are Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver.  The film will be released on December 25.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Dave Skylark's Very Special VMA Special" will air exactly one week in advance of the 2014 "MTV Video Music Awards," featuring performances by <strong>Nicki Minaj</strong>, <strong>Iggy Azalea</strong> with <strong>Rita Ora</strong>, <strong>Usher</strong>, <strong>Maroon 5</strong>, <strong>5 Seconds of Summer</strong>, <strong>Ariana Grande</strong> and <strong>BEYONCÉ</strong>. The VMAs will air LIVE from The Forum in Inglewood, CA on Sunday, August 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Moviegoers can learn more at TheInterview-Movie.com.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are Executive Producers for Point Grey. Alex McAtee is Producer for Point Grey. Danielle Della Corna and Melissa Bolton-Klinger are executive producers for MTV. Wendy Plaut is co-producer and executive in charge of celebrity talent. Joanna Bomberg is executive is charge of music talent.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </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/">MTV.com</a> 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;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>MTV Press Contact:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mariana Agathoklis</p><p style="text-align:justify;">212-846-5755</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="mailto:mariana.agathoklis@mtvstaff.com">mariana.agathoklis@mtvstaff.com</a></p>
IGGY AZALEA TAKES THE VMA STAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER AND PERFORMS HER NEW SINGLE “BLACK WIDOW” WITH RITA ORA DURING THE 2014 “MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS” SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 AT 9:00 PM ET/PThttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/IGGY-AZALEA-TAKES-THE-VMA-STAGE-FOR-THE-FIRST-TIME-EVER-AND-PERFORMS-HER-NEW-SINGLE-“BLACK-WIDOW”-WITH-RITA-ORA-DURING-THE-.aspxIGGY AZALEA TAKES THE VMA STAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER AND PERFORMS HER NEW SINGLE “BLACK WIDOW” WITH RITA ORA DURING THE 2014 “MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS” SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 AT 9:00 PM ET/PTGP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e18/8/2014 7:00:00 AM <p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;"><strong><span style="font-size:14pt;color:black;">Rita Ora Signs On to Serve as Special Correspondent with Host Iggy Azalea for the Return of </span></strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;"><strong><span style="font-size:14pt;color:black;">MTV’s “House of Style;” </span></strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;"><strong><span style="font-size:14pt;color:black;">The Duo to Provide Fashion Commentary during The VMAs Airing Live on Sunday, August 24 and “House of Style” VMA Fashion Recap Special on Tuesday, August 26 at 7:00 pm ET/PT</span></strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">New York, NY (August 8, 2014)</span></strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"> – On the heels of the recent announcement of </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/iggy-azalea/"><strong>Iggy Azalea</strong></a></span><strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"> </span></strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">serving as the new host of the iconic fashion series, “House of Style,” </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"><a href="http://www.mtv.com/"><strong>MTV</strong></a></span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), today announced that the “MTV Artist to Watch alum” is set to make her <strong>“MTV Video Music Awards” </strong>performance debut <strong>LIVE</strong> 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>.  As one of 2014’s breakout stars, Iggy has taken over the pop and hip-hop charts with hits like “Fancy” featuring <strong>Charli XCX</strong> and “Problems” with <strong>Ariana Grande</strong>.  After being nominated for the “MTV Artist to Watch” Award in 2013, Azalea received seven nominations this year including the highly coveted “Video of the Year,” “Best Female Video,” “Best Pop Video” and “Best Collaboration” categories and more.  She will be joined on the VMA stage by another “MTV Artist to Watch” alumni, </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/rita-ora/"><strong>Rita Ora</strong></a></span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">, to perform her new single “Black Widow,” which is currently flying up the charts. </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">After being nominated for the “MTV Artist to Watch” Award in 2013, Azalea received seven nominations this year including the highly coveted “Video of the Year,” “Best Female Video,” “Best Pop Video” and “Best Collaboration” categories and more.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">Along with her new “House of Style” special correspondent, <strong>Rita Ora</strong>, Iggy<strong> </strong>will bring fans live into the VMA action with </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">the first-of-its-kind live “show within a show.” Presented by Unilever’s </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"cambria","serif";color:black;">Caress®, Degree Women® and TRESemmé®</span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">, viewers will see commentary from Iggy and Rita in real-time on all things VMAs – from the performances to red carpet style hits and more – interspersed throughout the VMA Pre-Show from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET/PT and the VMA broadcast from 9:00 -11:00 p.m. ET/PT. Following the VMAs, on Tuesday, August 26, “House of Style” will air a special VMA fashion episode that will premiere on MTV at 7:00 p.m. ET. To view the first episode of “House of Style,” click </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"><a href="http://www.mtv.com/videos/?id=1729786"><span>here</span></a></span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">. </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11pt;color:#1f497d;"> </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">To celebrate her upcoming performance and the launch of “House of Style,” Iggy will take over MTV on Sunday, August 10 with <strong>“100 Things About Iggy Azalea”</strong> beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET/PT. Throughout the day, Iggy will share 100 facts about herself including topics such as: what celebrity she’d like to be interviewed by, her favorite swear words, her VMA nominations, which awards she<strong><em> </em></strong>most wants to win, facts about her signature style and what it means for her to host “House of Style.”  Throughout the day, fans will be able to tweet #100Things in order to unlock a special #101 fact about Iggy Azalea.</span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"> </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">After years of honing her signature style on hip-hop’s underground circuit, <strong>Iggy Azalea</strong> has burst onto the charts and emerged as <em>the</em> breakout story of 2014. Her smash hit, “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX, rocketed to #1, breaking airplay and Spotify records along the way. After an astounding 7 weeks at #1, Iggy Azalea made history on the Billboard Hot 100 as "Fancy," rewrote the record for the longest-leading No. 1 by a female rapper. Iggy made chart history again as the first artist since The Beatles to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 hits. “Fancy” has been unilaterally dubbed 2014’s “Song Of The Summer,” and has been covered by everyone from Saturday Night Live, to Jimmy Fallon, to Weird Al Yankovic. Iggy’s debut album <em>The New Classic</em> peaked at #1 on the Billboard Rap Album charts, the first for an international female artist. Iggy’s new single “Black Widow” featuring Rita Ora, is exploding up the charts. </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"cambria","serif";color:black;"> </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">Fans can vote in VMA categories, including “Best Hip Hop,” “MTV Clubland,” “Best Video with a Social Message,” and more by visiting </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"><a href="http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/"><span style="text-decoration:none;">vma.mtv.com</span></a></span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">. Additionally, fans can vote for "MTV Artist To Watch," presented by </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"cambria","serif";color:black;">Taco Bell®, by </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">texting the nominee's name to 22444 (standard message and data rates apply). </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"> </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">Nominees for a new socially voted category, “Best Lyric Video” will be announced at a later date on </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"><a href="http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/"><span style="text-decoration:none;">vma.mtv.com</span></a></span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">.</span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"> </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">Iggy Azalea </span></strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">joins previously announced 2014 “MTV Video Music Award” performers <strong>Usher</strong></span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">, <strong>Ariana Grande</strong> and<strong> 5 Seconds of Summer Maroon 5 </strong>and<strong> BEYONCÉ</strong>.  Additional VMA performers and presenters will be announced at a later date. </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:#061d26;background:none repeat scroll 0% 0% white;"> </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"cambria","serif";color:black;">For additional information on all 2014 “MTV Video Music Award” performers and nominees, please visit </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"><a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/collections/artist-to-watch/897377/"><span style="font-family:"cambria","serif";">Artists.MTV</span></a></span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"cambria","serif";color:black;"> on the web, or download the free </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mtv-artists/id721717193"><span style="font-family:"cambria","serif";">MTV Artists app</span></a></span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"cambria","serif";color:black;">. </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"cambria","serif";color:black;"> </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">“100 Things About Iggy Azalea” is executive produced by Andrew Portnoy and Jenny Slater. Robert Mancke is Supervising Producer and Matthew Parillo is executive in charge<em>.</em> “100 Things About Iggy Azalea” is presented by Caress® Body Wash, Degree Women® and TRESemmé®.</span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"cambria","serif";color:black;"> </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">MTV Video Music Awards</span></strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">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.</span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:17pt;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"cambria","serif";color:black;">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 </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"><a href="http://mtv.com/"><span style="font-family:"cambria","serif";color:windowtext;text-decoration:none;">MTV.com</span></a></span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"cambria","serif";color:black;">, 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.</span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:17pt;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"cambria","serif";color:black;">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.</span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:17pt;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">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®.</span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:17pt;text-align:justify;"><em><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"cambria","serif";color:black;">*Source: Nielsen. Live+SD. P12-34, unless noted. Ranked on 000s. Entertainment = excludes sports. Telecast rank dates: 12/31/12-8/25/13.</span></em><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"cambria","serif";color:black;">About MTV:</span></strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"cambria","serif";color:black;">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 </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"><a href="http://www.mtvpress.com/"><span style="font-family:"cambria","serif";color:windowtext;text-decoration:none;">http://www.mtvpress.com</span></a></span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"cambria","serif";color:black;">. </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"cambria","serif";color:black;"> </span></strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">About the Forum:</span></strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;">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</span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:#272727;"> </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"><a href="http://www.fabulousforum.com/"><span style="color:#0642ae;text-decoration:none;">www.fabulousforum.com.</span></a></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:#0642ae;"> </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;color:black;"> </span></p>
MTV TO HONOR INTERNATIONAL ICON BEYONCÉ WITH THE “MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD” AT THE 2014 “MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS"http://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/MTV-TO-HONOR-INTERNATIONAL-ICON-BEYONCÉ-WITH-THE-“MICHAEL-JACKSON-VIDEO-VANGUARD-AWARD”-AT-THE-2014-“MTV-VIDEO-MUSIC-AWARDS.aspxMTV TO HONOR INTERNATIONAL ICON BEYONCÉ WITH THE “MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD” AT THE 2014 “MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS"GP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e18/7/2014 7:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Hot Off Her Sold-Out "ON THE RUN" Tour, BEYONCÉ Returns to the VMA Stage for an Epic Performance LIVE from The Forum in Inglewood, CA on</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Sunday, August 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>New York, NY (August 7, 2014)</strong> - <a href="http://www.mtv.com/">MTV</a>, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), today announced that global entertainer, singer-songwriter and philanthropist, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/beyonce/">BEYONCÉ</a>, who leads the pack this year with eight VMA nominations, will join an exclusive list of artists who have received the legendary "<a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/michael-jackson/">Michael Jackson</a> Video Vanguard Award" as this year's recipient. Additionally, she will bring her unparalleled artistry to the <strong>2014 "MTV Video Music Awards" LIVE</strong> from The Forum in Inglewood, CA on <strong>Sunday, August 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT</strong>.  As a performer, <strong>BEYONCÉ</strong> has delivered some of the most memorable performances in VMA history including the arresting and explosive "Ring the Alarm" in 2006, the anthemic "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" in 2009 and the unforgettable, surprise reveal during "Love On Top" in 2011.  <strong>BEYONCÉ'S</strong> triumphant return to the MTV VMA stage marks her fourth time performing on the loudest, most influential annual live celebration of music in the world. To download a photo of <strong>BEYONCÉ</strong>, click <a href="https://www.hightail.com/download/ZUcwbGtETStCSnFGa2NUQw">here</a>. To view <strong>BEYONCÉ'S</strong> VMA promo, click <a href="http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/1066958/.jhtml#id=1728572">here</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>BEYONCÉ</strong> is continuously pushing and re-defining boundaries with her music and earlier this year, she raised the bar of innovation by unleashing her groundbreaking, self-titled visual album with 17 artistically captivating music videos from "Drunk in Love" to "Pretty Hurts." As both a solo artist and as a member of one of the most beloved, chart-topping groups in history, Destiny's Child, Beyoncé has won an astounding 11 "MTV Video Music Awards," including "Video of the Year" in 2009 for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and  "Best Female" in 2007 for "Crazy in Love" ft. JAY Z. This year, she leads all nominees with eight nods including "Video of the Year," "Best Female" and "Best Choreography." Beyoncé will be presented with the highly coveted  "Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award" joining a prestigious list of past recipients including Michael Jackson, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/madonna/">Madonna</a>, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/madonna/">Peter Gabriel</a>, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/rem/">R.E.M.</a>, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/beastie-boys/">Beastie Boys</a>, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/red-hot-chili-peppers/">Red Hot Chili Peppers</a><span style="text-decoration:underline;">,</span> <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/britney-spears/">Britney Spears</a> and <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/justin-timberlake/">Justin Timberlake</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">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;"> </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;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>BEYONCÉ </strong>joins previously announced 2014 "MTV Video Music Award" performers <strong>Usher</strong>, <strong>Ariana Grande</strong>, <strong>5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5</strong>.  Additional performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For additional information on all 2014 "MTV Video Music Award" performers and 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> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Public Sale tickets for the 2014 VMAs are available <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/mtv-video-music-awards-inglewood-california-08-24-2014/event/09004CFDFF246CA6?artistid=986330&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=52"><strong>here</strong></a>.</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 style="text-align:justify;"> </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 <a href="http://mtv.com/">MTV.com</a> 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> </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/">www.fabulousforum.com.</a></p>
MAROON 5 TO PERFORM AT THE MTV “VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS” FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER LIVE FROM THE FORUM IN INGLEWOOD, CA ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 AT 9:00 P.M. ET/PThttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/MAROON-5-TO-PERFORM-AT-THE-MTV-“VIDEO-MUSIC-AWARDS”-FOR-THE-FIRST-TIME-EVER-LIVE-FROM-THE-FORUM-IN-INGLEWOOD,-CA-ON-SUNDAY,.aspxMAROON 5 TO PERFORM AT THE MTV “VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS” FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER LIVE FROM THE FORUM IN INGLEWOOD, CA ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 AT 9:00 P.M. ET/PTGP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e18/6/2014 7:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:justify;">​<strong>New York, NY (August 6, 2014)</strong> – Adding to the rapidly growing list of not-to-be-missed live musical performances, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/"><strong>MTV</strong></a> today announced that superstar rock band, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/maroon-5"><strong>Maroon 5</strong></a>, will make their debut VMA performance during the <strong>2014 "MTV Video Music Awards" LIVE</strong> 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>. <strong>Maroon 5 </strong>joins previously announced 2014 "MTV Video Music Award" performers <strong>Usher</strong>,<strong> Ariana Grande</strong> and<strong> 5 Seconds of Summer</strong>.  Additional VMA performers and presenters to be announced at a later date. Click<strong> </strong><a href="https://www.hightail.com/download/ZUcwbGtBYTJqY29kVU1UQw"><strong>here</strong></a> to view a photo from the Maroon 5 VMA promo shoot. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We are so excited about our upcoming new album and to be part of the great VMA lineup this year. It is our first time doing the show and we are thrilled to be on it performing our new single," said <strong>Adam Levine</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Surrounded by thousands of fans, <strong>Maroon 5</strong> will thrill viewers from a special VMA stage, presented by the Kia Soul, with a live rendition of a single off their upcoming fifth studio album, V. On September 2, 2014, Interscope Records will release V – the new album by Maroon 5. True to its title, V represents the fifth full-length studio effort from the Grammy Award winning superstar band. Considering that career benchmark, Maroon 5's latest provides a sonic summation of the group's journey to date – capturing the essence of the earliest M5 hits through to their most recent successes, as well as providing a picture of its artistic growth into the future.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Capturing their first of three Grammy Awards as "Best New Artist" of 2005 and going on to sell more than 17 million albums worldwide, Maroon 5's releases have gone gold and platinum in over 35 countries. The band won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound they introduced on their debut album, "Songs About Jane" and their double platinum album, "It Won't be Soon Before Long," which included hits like "Makes Me Wonder" and "If I Never See your Face Again." In 2010, the band released their third studio album, "Hands All Over," which featured the group's anthemic chart-topping smash single "Moves Like Jagger." The song has since gone on to become one of the best-selling singles of all time. Maroon 5's most recent album "Overexposed" quickly reinforced the group's status as a powerhouse in popular music with all of its singles rising to the top of the charts and setting an all time record for the most #1s (six in total) by a group in the Top 40 chart's 20-year history. In conjunction with the album, Maroon 5 wrapped one of the highest grossing tours of 2013 with over 50 million dollars in ticket sales. On September 2, 2014, 222/ Interscope will release Maroon 5's new album "V." The release is a sonic summation of the group's journey to date-- capturing the essence of the earliest M5 hits through to their most recent successes, as well as providing a picture of its artistic growth in the future. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">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;">For additional information on all 2014 "MTV Video Music Award" performers and 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;">Public Sale tickets for the 2014 VMAs are available <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/mtv-video-music-awards-inglewood-california-08-24-2014/event/09004CFDFF246CA6?artistid=986330&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=52">here</a>.</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 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> </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 <a href="http://mtv.com/">MTV.com</a> 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> </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/">www.fabulousforum.com.</a></p>

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