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Viacom announced Wednesday that its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.40 per share. The dividend applies to both Class A and B common stock. The dividend will be payable on Jan. 4, 2016 to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 15, 2015. Viacom will announce its Q4 earnings on Nov. 12. The company has suffered a number of high-level executive exits, including MTV president Stephen Friedman, who resigned in Sept., and Suzanne Daniels, who exited her role as MTV programming president in July. Also Read: Tribune Media's TV and Digital Revenues Tick Up - »
- Joe Otterson
MTV’s longtime head of marketing Tina Exarhos is exiting the company, and will be replaced by Joe Ortiz, TheWrap has learned. Ortiz is being promoted from his current title of Svp, Strategy & Creative, MTV On-Air Promotions. The change comes two weeks after MTV President Stephen Friedman exited and was replaced by Sean Atkins. President of Viacom Music and Entertainment Group Doug Herzog made the announcement Thursday via an internal memo to MTV staff. “Tina and I have talked about it a lot over the past few months and, with new leadership coming in, she sees a great opportunity to pass the baton, »
- Linda Ge
Atkins will report to Doug Herzog, president of the Viacom Music and Entertainment Group. MTV’s programming co-heads, Mina Lefevre, executive vice president and head of scripted development; and Lauren Dolgen, head of reality programming and executive vice president of series development, will report directly to Atkins. Atkins will also supervise MTV2 and Mtvu.
“Sean is smart, creative, passionate, and remarkably energized about the sea change at hand in our industry,” said Herzog in a prepared statement. “The strength of MTV lies in its ability to constantly reinvent, and Sean’s forward thinking, versatile leadership will ensure our brand and business continue to evolve and deliver for our audience.”
Atkins joins MTV at a critical moment. The network’s ratings, like those of many operated by parent company Viacom, »
- Brian Steinberg
Sean Atkins has been named President of MTV, the network announced Wednesday. The announcement comes on the heels of the exit of Stephen Friedman, who vacated the post earlier the same day after seven years as head of the cable network. Atkins will report to Doug Herzog, president of the Viacom Music and Entertainment Group, MTV’s parent company. Also Read: 9 Best and Worst Moments From 2015 MTV VMAs: Nicki Minaj Beefs to Taylor Swift Olive Branches (Photos) MTV’s programming co-heads, Mina Lefevre, Executive Vice President and Head of Scripted Development, and Lauren Dolgen, Head of Reality Programming and Executive Vice President of. »
- Linda Ge
MTV might be signaling a move in digital direction with the appointment of veteran digital media executive Sean Atkins as MTV President. He replaces Stephen Friedman, whose exit was announced a short time ago. Atkins will report to Doug Herzog, President of Viacom Music and Entertainment Group. Atkins will oversee all creative and business operations for MTV and sister networks MTV2 and mtvU. He joins MTV from Discovery Communications, where he most recently served as… »
Stephen Friedman is departing his post as president of MTV. The news was announced in a letter to network staff from Friedman. According to his note and another to the staff from Doug Herzog, president of Viacom Entertainment Group, Friedman is departing to pursue social-impact ventures. Friedman had served as president of MTV since 2011. He first joined the company in 1998. Also Read: Erik Roner, MTV's 'Nitro Circus' Star, Dead at 39 in Skydiving Accident Prior to his promotion to president, Friedman had served as general manager of the network. He spent seven years as MTV’s top executive. Friedman’s departure follows that of. »
- Daniel Holloway
The company is expected to unveil the new president of what is arguably its flagship network tomorrow morning.
Friedman, who joined the company in 1998, told staffers in a memo that “My next adventure will be focused full time on giving back, on social impact, and on applying what I’ve learned from MTV about the power of brands and storytelling to create positive change. ” He initially came aboard MTV to create a unit to oversee strategic “pro-social” initiatives, like an anti-discrimination effort called “Fight For Your Rights.”
Friedman had informed the company of his desire to leave in April, according to a memo released Thursday from Doug Herzog, who leads Viacom’s music and entertainment networks. Friedman’s »
- Brian Steinberg
The executive overhaul at MTV continues. MTV president Stephen Friedman, an 18-year MTV veteran who has run the Viacom network since 2008, is leaving. He just made the announcement internally. Doug Herzog, who added MTV Networks to his portfolio in the February Viacom restructuring, will name a new MTV president shortly, this afternoon or tomorrow morning at the latest. Update 2:30 Pm: The network just announced Sean Atkins as Friedman’s replacement. In his email, Herzog… »
MTV has announced that it has renewed the small screen slasher Scream for a second season.
“It has been a wonderful experience working with Bob Weinstein and his team, who are such connoisseurs of this genre, and we are thrilled by how our viewers have responded to the reinvention of Scream,” said Mina Lefevre, MTV’s exec VP of series development and head of scripted programming. “We look forward to another season filled with suspense, horror and more twists and turns.”
“We couldn’t be happier Scream has been renewed for a second season and that we have a wonderful working relationship with Doug Herzog, Stephen Friedman, Susanne Daniels, Mina Lefevre and her team,” added Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. “The Scream franchise has been such a huge part of our history and to watch it evolve, find a new generation of fans and succeed »
- Gary Collinson
Although it was revealed at Comic-Con, MTV has now officially announced that Scream the TV series will return in a second season:
Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA (July 29, 2015) – MTV today announced the second season pick-up of its hit series "Scream" with Dimension Television. More than 21 million viewers have tuned in to the debut season of "Scream" on-air and the series has generated another 7.9 million streams across platforms. Additionally, "Scream" has averaged 60% increases in L+3 over L+Sd ratings week to week.
MTV Executive Vice President of Series Development and Head of Scripted Programming, Mina Lefevre said, "It has been a wonderful experience working with Bob Weinstein and his team who are such connoisseurs of this genre and we are thrilled by how our viewers have responded to the reinvention of 'Scream.' We look forward to another season filled with suspense, horror and more twists and turns."
"We couldn't be »
- Derek Anderson
MTV today announced that it has picked up its hit series Scream with Dimension Television for a second season. More than 21 million viewers have tuned in to the debut season of Scream on-air and the series has generated another 7.9 million streams across platforms. Additionally, Scream has averaged 60% increases in L+3 over L+Sd ratings week to week. Here's what MTV Executive Vice President of Series Development and Head of Scripted Programming, Mina Lefevre had to say in a statement.
"It has been a wonderful experience working with Bob Weinstein and his team who are such connoisseurs of this genre and we are thrilled by how our viewers have responded to the reinvention of Scream. We look forward to another season filled with suspense, horror and more twists and turns."
The horror TV series is set in the sleepy town of Lakewood, where a gruesome murder sets off a chain of horrific events. »
MTV has given a second season to slasher-horror series “Scream.”
The Dimension Television series is loosely based on the horror films that followed Neve Campbell’s character and a gaggle of friends as they attempted to outrun, out-stab and outsmart a pop culture-obsessed masked killer.
Prior to last night’s fifth episode, “Scream” was averaging about 1.4 million viewers and a 0.85 rating in MTV’s target demo of adults 18-34, according to Nielsen’s “Live+3” estimates. The network said more than 21 million viewers have tuned in to at least some of “Scream” on-air, and the series has generated another 7.9 million streams across platforms.
“It has been a wonderful experience working with [exec producer] Bob Weinstein and his team, who are such connoisseurs of this genre, and we are thrilled by how our viewers have responded to the reinvention of ‘Scream,’” said Mina Lefevre, MTV’s exec VP of series development and head of scripted programming. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Programming President Susanne Daniels is leaving MTV after three years, and Mina Lefevre has been promoted to executive vice president and head of Scripted Development at MTV. Lefevre previously served as senior vice president of Scripted Programming at the network. She will report to MTV President Stephen Friedman alongside Lauren Dolgen, head of Reality Programming and executive vice president of Series Development. Friedman thanked Daniels for her work in a memo to staff. Also read: MTV Sets Premiere Date for 'The Shannara Chronicles' “In just under three years here, Susanne has helped guide our Development team to some tremendous wins, »
- Reid Nakamura
It may not be easy being green, but what’s it really like to be white? Jose Antonio Vargas and MTV set to find out with documentary “White People,” which aims to get young caucasian men and women to talk openly and honestly about race. “Whiteness often remains unexamined in conversations about race in this country, even as it acts as the implicit norm against which other racial identities are judged,” said Stephen Friedman, president of MTV. “By shining a spotlight on whiteness, we hope ‘White People’ will serve as a powerful conversation starter that encourages our audience to address racial bias through. »
- Tony Maglio
CBS and its soap “The Bold and the Beautiful” led the pack of winners at the 42nd annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
CBS and PBS scored 17 trophies apiece. “Bold and the Beautiful” led the program winners with a total of eight.
Winners at Friday’s ceremony, hosted by Alex Trebek and Florence Henderson at the Universal Hilton, included a three-way tie for guest star in a drama series among Donna Mills (for ABC’s”General Hospital”), Fred Willard (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) and Ray Wise (CBS’ “The Young and the Restless”).
Discovery Family Channel (formerly known as the Hub) won the children’s series award for “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.” Nickelodeon’s “Dino Dan: Trek Adventures” got the nod for preschool children’s series.
Digital nets got into the fray this year with Amazon’s “Tumble Leaf” recognized for preschool animation series while Netflix’s »
- Variety Staff
MTV has renewed “Faking It,” “Are You The One” and “Broke A$$ Game Show.” The pickups were announced Tuesday at the cabler’s upfront presentation at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
Reality dating show “Are You The One?” was also given a third season. The series, which features a different cast of housemates each round, wrapped up Season 2 this past December. “Broke A$$ Game Show,” which premiered this February, will be coming back for its sophomore season.
“We’re exploding our development process across screens — getting faster, more daring, putting more projects into play and taking bigger swings than ever, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
MTV used its upfront presentation Tuesday at New York’s Beacon Theatre to share its upcoming slate, of course, but it also unveiled the first seven minutes of upcoming TV adaptation “Scream.” The forthcoming whodunnit horror show highlights a slate of eight new and 10 returning series; MTV boasts more than 85 series in development. “We’re exploding our development process across screens — getting faster, more daring, putting more projects into play and taking bigger swings than ever,” said Stephen Friedman, president of MTV. “We’ve exponentially expanded the ways we connect with our audience and deliver for our advertisers.” Also Read: MTV Movie Awards: Kevin. »
- Tony Maglio
The segment will also include the world premiere of a 90-second clip from the upcoming Marvel epic Avengers: Age of Ultron.
MTV president Stephen Friedman announced the award: "Throughout his career, Robert Downey Jr has mesmerized audiences by capturing the humanity in larger-than-life characters like Charlie Chaplin, Sherlock Holmes and Tony Stark.
"He's a brilliant actor and a Hollywood icon, and we are proud to recognise his tremendous passion and talent with this year's Generation Award."
Other honorary awards handed out at the gala will »
MTV has selected Robert Downey Jr. to receive its MTV Generation Award, to be presented by his “Avengers: Age of Ultron” co-stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner.
The 2015 MTV Movie Awards will air on April 12 from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live. The live telecast will also premiere a 90-second clip from the film that will be introduced by the cast. The superhero sequel opens May 1.
“Throughout his career, Robert Downey Jr. has mesmerized audiences by capturing the humanity in larger-than-life characters like Charlie Chaplin, Sherlock Holmes and Tony Stark,” said Stephen Friedman, president of MTV.
- Dave McNary
MTV today announced that the remarkable Robert Downey Jr. will receive the MTV Generation Award during the MTV Movie Awards that will air Live on Sunday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. Et/Pt from Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. Robert Downey Jr., known as one of Hollywood's most versatile actors, will be presented the award by his Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron co-stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner.
In advance of the film's May 1, 2015 premiere, fans can also look forward to the world premiere of an exclusive 90-second clip from the blockbuster film that will be introduced by the cast during the telecast. Said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV:
"Throughout his career, Robert Downey Jr. has mesmerized audiences by capturing the humanity in larger-than-life characters like Charlie Chaplin, Sherlock Holmes and Tony Stark. He's a brilliant actor and a Hollywood icon, »
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