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Logo TV is adding a pair of scripted series to its 2015 slate.
The interconnected series will explore 21st century gay life from the perspective of two different generations. Set in an urban Manchester, England, “Cucumber” will dive into the ups and downs of Henry Best and his longtime boyfriend, Lance Sullivan. “Banana” will follow the lives of younger characters surrounding Henry’s world. The half-hour “Banana” will delve into the backstories of characters briefly introduced in the hourlong companion series “Cucumber.”
“Whether he’s reinventing ‘Doctor Who’ for a whole new generation, or creating riveting gay and lesbian characters on the original ‘Queer as Folk,’ Russell T. Davies always pushes television forward,” said Stephen Friedman, president of MTV and Logo TV. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The network on Tuesday announced co-production with the UK’s Channel 4 on the the hour-long Cucumber (pictured) and half-hour Banana, both premiering stateside in early 2015. They’ll first air in the UK in January.
Though both series will feature interwoven characters in Manchester, England, they’ll focus on two different generations. Cucumber will chronicle the slow demise of a nine-year relationship between boyfriends Henry Best and Lance Sullivan, while Banana »
Next year will be a good one for Amy Schumer: She's got a hit Comedy Central show ("Inside Amy Schumer"), her first major movie (the Judd Apatow-directed "Trainwreck," which she also wrote) due in theaters, and now, she's been selected to host the 2015 MTV Movie Awards.
Schumer announced the good news on Twitter Wednesday, posting a pic of herself holding up a prescription pill bottle.
I am hosting the @MTV Movie Awards!! #Cheers pic.twitter.com/QS7Tf1pO6G
- Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) December 11, 2014
In a statement, Schumer kept up her offbeat shtick, writing, "I am honored to be hosting the awards. I will carry the audience with me like a teen mom #breaktheinternet #breakmywater."
For its part, MTV praised the comedienne as the perfect choice to emcee the 24th annual event.
"Wickedly funny and sharply insightful, Amy Schumer is perhaps the most ascendant talent in comedy today, »
- Katie Roberts
MTV better have their finger on the censor button for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards! The notoriously raunchy Amy Schumer will host the festivities live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles April 12, 2015. "I am honored to be hosting the awards," said Schumer, 33. "I will carry the audience with me like a teen mom #breaktheinternet #breakmywater." Schumer certainly did her best to #breaktheinternet, Kim Kardashian-style, after invading MTV's social media platforms for an hour Wednesday evening - Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Vine, Tumblr and Snapchat were all accounted for. Schumer is the first host in the show's 24 years to make the big announcement herself. »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
Comedian Amy Schumer has been picked to host the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, the Viacom-owned cable channel announced.
“I am honored to be hosting the awards,” Schumer said in a statement provided by MTV. “I will carry the audience with me like a teen mom #breaktheinternet #breakmywater.”
The cabler’s 24th annual MTV Movie Awards will air Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 9 p.m. Et/Pt, broadcasting from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live.
Schumer is creator, star, writer and exec producer of Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” slated to return for a third season in April 2015. She will also appear in Universal Pictures’ “Trainwreck,” a comedy she wrote and developed with director Judd Apatow, set for July 2015 release. Schumer stars in the film alongside Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James and John Cena. Schumer was Variety‘s 2014 Breakthrough of the Year Award winner for comedy. »
- Todd Spangler
He is already an executive vice president of MTV and general manager of MTV and mtvU. A spokesperson confirmed that McCarthy is not filling a role vacated by another employee.
“His insight, creativity and business acumen have made an indelible impact, and I’m thrilled to partner with him to drive the next chapter in Logo TV’s evolution,” said Stephen Friedman, MTV’s president, in a prepared statement.
McCarthy has worked alongside Friedman as interim General Manager since Logo TV became aligned with MTV in late 2013.
McCarthy holds an Mba from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Science with Honors in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University.
- Brian Steinberg
MTV2 and Mtvu general manager Chris McCarthy has just expanded his duties. In addition to his current responsibilities, McCarthy has been named general manager of Logo TV, MTV president Stephen Friedman said Wednesday. See video: Laverne Cox Explores Transgender Issues in ‘The T Word’ First Trailer In his new capacity, McCarthy will oversee all creative and business functions for Logo TV, an entertainment brand that's inspired by the Lgbt community. McCarthy had been serving as interim general manager of Logo TV since it became aligned with MTV late last year. This year has been the highest-rated and most-watched year in the network's. »
- Tim Kenneally
A somber, 15-second PSA addressing the protests in Ferguson is set to air during the commercials of tonight's VMAs. The spot features a simple black-and-white shot of the Ferguson sign accompanied by chants of "Hands up! Don't shoot!" and the James Baldwin quote, "Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced" over it. MTV President Stephen Friedman told the Washington Post, "Young people are using social media not just to spread news but to create powerful memes like ‘Hands Up Don’t Shoot,’ which are becoming the activist rallying points that echo around the country." After accusations of racial appropriation dogged the Miley Cyrus circus last year, this seems like a solid step in the right direction. »
- E. Alex Jung
On Thursday, June 26, Logo will honor those groundbreaking advocates who have helped the Lgbt community make incredible strides this year with the network’s first-ever Trailblazers special. The inaugural event will honor Edie Windsor and Roberta Kaplan, plaintiff and attorney in the landmark Supreme Court case that finally brought federal recognition of gay marriages.
Edie Windsor (left) and attorney Roberta Kaplan
Windsor lost her wife, Thea Spyer, in 2009 and because of the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” (Doma) the couple wasn’t recognized as married by the federal government. Thus, Windsor would have been required to pay more than $360,000 in estate taxes– a potential injustice affecting all Lgbt domestic partners thanks to Doma. To fight this injustice, Windsor filed suit in Windsor v. United States. Attorney Roberta Kaplan and her firm Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison to the case Pro Bono.
On June 26, 2013, Windsor and the U.S. »
This morning our friends over at Buzzfeed broke the story that our parent company MTV will be launching a major new campaign focused on the social issues affecting younger viewers: race, gender, and sexual identity.
The “Look Different” campaign will have both on-air and digital components and its goal is to accelerate the fight against racial, gender & Lgbt inequality.”
As MTV President Stephen Friedman explained to Buzzfeed, “What [we’ve] found is that these [social] issues are a little bit of a third rail and there’s not a place for people to have the dialogue. Our audience feels really strongly about fairness and equality, yet they don’t even really have the language to talk about it or the forum.”
“Look Different” will roll out in three phases over several years. The first phase will focus predominantly on racial bias, the second gender bias, and the final phase will focus on anti-lgbt bias. »
- Dennis Ayers
Oddball residents have long taken up space in MTV’s commercial breaks, which in years past came packed with surprise appearances by Beavis & Butt-Head, a ranting Denis Leary or Donal Logue as the spacey, rambling Jimmy the Cab Driver. The idea, back in the 1980s and 1990s, was to get viewers talking more about the network.
Now the Viacom-owned cable outlet is prepared to spice its ad interruptions with something a little different: newsy videos, lasting just five or ten seconds in length. The hope is to get advertisers to spend more with the network to be attached to content that speaks to the most current events and trends affecting MTV’s millennial audience.
MTV has tested the idea on weekends, in afternoon programming and during “tentpole” events. But now, network executives are expected to announce at a presentation later today, MTV will expand the practice to its entire schedule, »
- Brian Steinberg
MTV’s Video Music Awards ceremony was probably one of the main catalysts in NBC’s decision to move this year’s Primetime Emmy awards to a Monday, as the cabler had long staked claim to Aug. 24 as this year’s date for its annual event.
Perhaps as a way to guarantee that stars won’t have to choose between the two ceremonies (or, at least, not have to worry about red-eye flights), MTV announced today that this year’s VMAs will be returning to Southern California. The event, presented by Chase, will be broadcast live from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. — becoming the first award show to be held at the venue since it reopened in January after an extensive upgrade. This coup marks a win for L.A. in the long battle between major media cities New York and Los Angeles for award shows.
“With its incomparable legacy as a world-class music venue, »
- Whitney Friedlander
There's no topping the twerk – or at least not in Brooklyn. After a controversial 2013 ceremony at New York City's Barclay Center, MTV is relocating the VMAs back to the West Coast for the 2014 edition, which will air live on Sunday, August 24th from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
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MTV promoted the 2014 ceremony through its various social platforms using the hashtag #RoadToTheVMAs. The company then revealed the relocation news with the below video, which features the iconic Moonman statue.
"I am thrilled to welcome the »
Los Angeles, April 13: Late actor Paul Walker will be remembered in a tribute featuring his movie clips at the upcoming 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
The award ceremony will take place on Sunday, reports The Los Angeles Times.
"The Fast and Furious" star was killed in a car crash in November 2013.
Walker's "The Fast and Furious" actor co-star Jordana Brewster will take to the stage and talk about working with him in a speech at the event.
MTV president Stephen Friedman told the newspaper that the tribute is worthy for the actor's fans, who are also considered to be MTV fans.
"Paul Walker was a role. »
- Abhijeet Sen
Paul Walker will receive a tribute at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday (April 13).
The late Fast & Furious actor will be remembered at the annual ceremony, following his death at the age of 40 in November.
"Our audience grew up with him, from Varsity Blues to the Furious franchise. He was a movie star, but one they could relate to. Paul's humanity and kindness clearly showed through every role."
He added: "We're honoured to be able to spend a moment in this year's Movie Awards to celebrate him."
MTV Movie Awards executive producer Garrett English told The AP: "Well, I think we are just really happy and honoured that they were willing to allow us to celebrate him in some way on the show. And his family and »
MTV will take a break from handing out golden buckets of popcorn this Sunday to honor the life of late actor Paul Walker during the channel's annual Movie Awards.
Walker, who died in a single-car crash last November at the age of 40, was a fixture at the ceremony over the past decade thanks to this starring role in the "Fast and Furious" franchise, and his contributions to that series and other films will be remembered by the network, MTV said in a statement.
"Paul Walker was a role model for the MTV audience since the very beginning of his too-short career," said MTV president Stephen Friedman. "Our audience grew up with him, from 'Varsity Blues' to the 'Furious' franchise. He was a movie star but one that they could relate to. ... Paul's humanity and kindness clearly showed through every role. We're honored to be able to spend a »
- Katie Roberts
Amid the presentations for Best Shirtless Performance and Conan O'Brien's comic mugging, moments of earnestness are likely to be few at this week's MTV Movie Awards -- which is as it has always been. But the levity will be suspended for at least a couple of minutes, as organizers have announced that the show will feature a tribute to the late "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker, nearly five months after the 40-year-old actor died in a car crash. Walker is also posthumously nominated (with Vin Diesel, of course) this year for Best Onscreen Duo in "Furious 6" -- though the La Times confirms that the presentation of that award will stand separate from the tribute, which will take the form of a clip reel, preceded by an onstage dedication from his "Furious" co-star (and onscreen wife) Jordana Brewster. Walker, of course, is far from the only big-name star to »
- Guy Lodge
Even if it is just a ploy to shoehorn another pandering award to a popular young star, I kind of dig the MTV's Trailblazer Award as a general concept. It's kind of the opposite of a lifetime achievement honor, reserved for actors or actresses of a young age whose work paves the way for others in the industry. And the first two annual recipients were women, which is nice (Emma Stone in 2012 and Emma Watson in 2013). This year the honor is going to a dude for the first time: Channing Tatum. Tatume is "the quintessential leading man for the MTV audience," MTV President Stephen Friedman said. "He proves that an action hero can have both a quick wit and a large heart. Whether he's baring his soul in 'The Vow,' his chest in 'Magic Mike,' or his humor in '21 Jump Street,' Channing proves that by committing everything, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Channing Tatum is to be honoured at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
American Hustle, Wolf of Wall Street lead MTV Movie Awards nominations
MTV president Stephen Friedman hailed Tatum as a true Hollywood innovator in a statement announcing the award.
Friedman said: "Channing Tatum is the quintessential leading man for the MTV audience. He proves that an action hero can have both a quick wit and a large heart.
Channing Tatum will literally be a trailblazer as he is set to become the first man to receive the Trailblazer Award at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on April 13.
The award, given by the channel ”for boldly paving the way with his unique and diverse path in the film industry,” will be presented by a pregnant Mila Kunis – his co-star in the upcoming sci-fi thriller Jupiter Ascending. Past recipients of the award, now in its third year, have included Emma Watson and Emma Stone.
- Stephanie Robbins
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