Chris McCarthy has been given oversight of MTV along with his current supervision of VH1 and Logo, Viacom said today, adding to the executive’s portfolio at a time when the New York entertainment conglomerate is under severe pressure to make many of its TV outlets more relevant to a younger generation that has embraced mobile devices and streaming video. McCarthy takes up duties very recently held by Sean Atkins, who was named MTV’s president at the end of September in 2015
Sean Atkins is stepping down as president of MTV a little over a year after joining the network. Atkins opted to leave when Viacom Music and Entertainment Group President Doug Herzog, to whom he reports, informed him of a plan to bring in an executive over him.
NEW YORK (AP) — MTV says it will consider airing its Video Music Awards live across the country in future years, a reflection of how the annual celebration of pop culture is increasingly being experienced online instead of on television. This year’s show, featuring a 16-minute Beyonce mini-concert, four performances by Rihanna and a Kanye […]
On Aug. 1, 1981, MTV was born, starting its very first ever broadcast with the words, “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll,” followed by The Buggles’ 1979 hit Video Killed the Radio Star.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A helicopter working for an MTV reality show crashed in western Argentina on Saturday and both people on board were killed, local authorities said. The Bell 206 helicopter crashed as it flew over the reservoir at Potrerillos de Mendoza dam about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) northwest of Buenos Aires, Gianni Vernier, […]
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.
NEW YORK (AP) — An organization that ran anti-cigarette smoking ads during the Video Music Awards has complained to MTV’s parent company about the program’s multiple references to marijuana and said it sent the wrong message to young viewers. Show host Miley Cyrus was responsible for most of them. She even came backstage with a […]
Philippe Dauman doesn’t want his MTV — at least, not the current iteration. The Viacom CEO is ready to shed a generation of execs who helped build MTV Networks into a cable powerhouse — but then presided over its ratings decline.
MTV Networks and Major League Baseball said today they are collaborating on a weekly 30-episode series that melds pop culture and baseball. The untitled series will likely air on MTV2, which tends to have a higher proportion of male viewers than its sister station.
As Twitter prepares for its initial public offering, the San Francisco-based company is also working hard to insert itself into the TV advertising economy. In recent months, the social networking company has forged partnerships with television content owners such as CBS, MTV and the NFL through a program it calls Amplify.
BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A judge won’t stop production of the MTV reality show “Snooki & JWoww” in a New Jersey shore town that’s rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy. Berkeley Township officials and residents fear taping of the “Jersey Shore” spinoff could hinder recovery efforts. Attorney Ron Gasiorowski tells the Asbury Park Press he’s not […]
NEW YORK (AP) — MTV is getting ready to blast viewers with a brand-new “Scream.” The network says it will produce a pilot for a TV-series adaptation of the wildly popular slasher films. The series would reinvent the horror-comedy franchise that began with the original release in 1996 and spawned three sequels, the most recent […]
MTV has not said whether cameras were rolling the night Buckwild star Shain Gandee, his uncle and a friend left a bar at 3 a.m. to go “muddin’.” But the line between television and real life blurred in one fatal moment when Gandee’s vehicle got stuck in a deep mudpit. He and two passengers were found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning.