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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
Actor and producer Channing Tatum will be the first male to receive the MTV Movie Awards’ Trailblazer Award. Mila Kunis will present her “Jupiter Ascending” co-star with the honor during the awards show, which airs live on Sunday, April 13 at 9:00 p.m. Et from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. “Channing Tatum is the quintessential leading man for the MTV audience,” said MTV president Stephen Friedman in a statement. Also read: Chris Evans, Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson Launch First-Ever MTV Movie Awards Takeover He continued, “He proves that an action hero can have both a quick wit and a large heart. »
- Jethro Nededog
Channing Tatum is about to add yet another accolade to his lengthy list of achievements. People's former Sexiest Man Alive, 33, is set to receive the third annual MTV "trailblazer" award during the network's 2014 Movie Awards on April 13, which kicks off at 9 p.m. Et/Pt. "Channing Tatum is the quintessential leading man for the MTV audience," Stephen Friedman, the president of MTV, said in a press release on Wednesday. "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 22 Jump Street, »
After 15 years with Nickelodeon, Jane Gould is moving to MTV to head its research division.
As senior VP of consumer insights and research, Gould will oversee all measurement and audience-related studies for MTV, MTV2, Mtvu and MTV.com. She previously spearheaded the same activities for Nickelodeon Group.
She reports to MTV prexy Stephen Friedman.
“With Jane’s extensive experience and her ability to tease out the elements that could truly explode in culture, she’s the perfect person to join MTV as the brand continues its course of constant evolution,” he said.
Gould joined Nickelodeon’s U.S. operation in 1999 after working for the kidvid giant in Australia. Before that, she ran her own research consulting shingle, Looking Glass Insights, in Oz.
- Variety Staff
Former head of Goldman Sachs Stephen Friedman seems to have traded the world of finance for the realm of warriors and dragons – if only for a few brief seconds.
Clad in peasant robes, Friedman appears for a few seconds at the beginning of the episode and walks down a dirt path carrying a basket with his real-life wife, Barbara, by his side.
Though the small screen isn’t Friedman’s usual domain, his appearance might not come as surprise to “Game of Thrones” aficionados who know that Friedman’s son, David Benioff, is one of the show’s creators.
Author William D. Cohen, who had interviewed Friedman for a book on Goldman Sachs, helped spread the news by tweeting about his discovery. »
- Andrea Seikaly
The MTV Awards are next month and Mark Wahlberg will receive the Generation Award at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. The 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' actor will be presented with the prestigious honor at the MTV Movie Awards next month by the cast of 'Entourage', the show which he served on as executive producer. Stephen Friedman, President of MTV, said: ''Mark Wahlberg is the definition of a modern day Renaissance Man: from Dirk Diggler to 'The Departed,' 'The Basketball Diaries' to 'Ted,' 'Entourage' to 'The Fighter,' in front of the camera and behind - he's done it all and he's always memorable. ''Mark has captivated the MTV audience for over 20 years, and for this rare feat, we're proud to recognize him with this year's Generation Award.'' The awards ceremony - which will be hosted »
Mark Wahlberg is to be handed the MTV Generation Award at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, which will be held on April 13th. The occasion will serve also as reunion of the cast of HBO’s Entourage with Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara presenting Wahlberg with the gong.
President of MTV Stephen Friedman said of Wahlberg, “Mark is the definition of a modern day Renaissance Man: from Dirk Diggler to The Departed, The Basketball Diaries to Ted, Entourage to The Fighter, in front of the camera and behind-he’s done it all and he’s always memorable. Mark has captivated the MTV audience for over 20 years, and for this rare feat, we’re proud to recognise him with this year's Generation Award.”
- Gary Collinson
Well, if anyone deserves an award from MTV for a career that bridges the channel's generations, it's actor, producer, former underwear model and onetime Funky Bunch leader Mark Wahlberg. The 42-year-old star will be honored at the MTV Movie Awards next month with the MTV Generation Award -- the irreverent ceremony's slightly more youthful answer to a career achievement award. MTV head honcho Stephen Friedman explained the selection: “Mark Wahlberg is the definition of a modern day Renaissance Man: from Dirk Diggler to 'The Departed,' 'The Basketball Diaries' to 'Ted,’ ‘Entourage’ to 'The Fighter,’ in front of the camera and behind – he's done it all and he's always memorable. Mark has captivated the MTV audience for over 20 years, and for this rare feat, we're proud to recognize him with this year's Generation Award.” (No mention of the fact that "Good Vibrations" is still a tune, »
- Guy Lodge
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