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ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2005 | Scott Martelle
MTV officials can be forgiven if the phrase "Something Wilma this way comes" keeps rattling through their heads. Hurricane Wilma forced MTV Latin America to postpone its annual video awards show scheduled for Thursday night in Cancun. And Key West -- where a season of "Real World" episodes are being filmed -- is under a mandatory evacuation order as of today. "Real World" declined comment Thursday on whether it would obey the Wilma evacuation order.
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BUSINESS
October 14, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
MTV Networks, the cable television channels owned by Viacom Inc., bought Internet video provider Ifilm Corp. for $49 million to add short movies from Hollywood studios and amateur filmmakers to its websites. Ifilm, based in Hollywood, has the biggest library of short films on the Web and reaches more than 10 million users a month, MTV said in an e-mailed statement Thursday.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2005 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
Warner Music Group Corp., the nation's third-largest music company, is betting that mobile phone users want their MTV. MTV Networks and Warner Music Group announced a licensing agreement Monday that would allow the cable television giant to include Warner's music video catalog in programming it sells over mobile phone networks worldwide.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
How niche can you get? MTV on Tuesday launched MTV Desi, a programming service aimed at "young people with ties to the Indian subcontinent but living in the United States." It's a pay channel available only on DirecTV satellite, featuring news, music, comedy and reality shows. MTV said it hopes to launch similar services this year for Chinese Americans and Korean Americans.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2005 | Geoff Boucher
MTV and VH1 will take turns today airing five-hour blocks of performances from "Live 8: A Concert to Make Poverty History." The unusual, commercial-free replay comes one week after MTV took heat from fans and critics for missing too many key music moments in its live broadcast of the shows on 10 stages in nine countries. The 10-hour revisit begins at 10 a.m. on VH1 and then shifts to sister-station MTV at 3 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2005 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
Everyone knows MTV long ago lost interest in pop music, so why doesn't the cable channel just admit it and leave the coverage of historic events, such as the humanitarian Live 8 concerts, to someone with respect for the music and its audience? MTV's coverage of Saturday's event, designed to combat poverty in Africa, was beyond embarrassing. It was pitiful. I was warned long ago to avoid overkill as a critic, but bear with me this time. Add "pathetic" to the list.
WORLD
July 1, 2005 | Sarah Price Brown, Times Staff Writer
British Prime Minister Tony Blair took a seat beside Irish rock star Bob Geldof on Thursday to answer young people's questions about poverty in Africa and climate change in advance of a Group of 8 summit next week. Sitting in front of flat-screen monitors flashing colorful graphics, Blair and Geldof fielded questions from celebrities and a studio audience of 49 youths from around the world during an hourlong session that will be aired on MTV at 5 p.m. PDT today.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
Viacom Inc.'s MTV division said Monday that it had teamed with video game maker Midway Games Inc. to market three upcoming games, sell in-game advertising and develop the soundtracks for the games. The first title shipping under this deal, an arcade racing game called "L.A. Rush," is expected to debut this holiday season. It will feature the crew from the MTV show "Pimp My Ride," the companies said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2005 | From Associated Press
Two Nebraska high schools turned down offers from MTV to film a re-creation of a class prank in which a group of students parked a car outside the door to the principal's office. McCook Public High School Principal Jerry Smith told the cable television station the school would not participate in "High School Stories" because the 2003 prank was not part of the district's curriculum or goals for students' education. The school board concurred.
NATIONAL
February 2, 2005 | Elise Castelli, Times Staff Writer
A conservative advocacy group that focuses on media decency issues slammed the cable network MTV on Tuesday for what it called "incessant sleaze" in its programming. MTV viewers, many of whom are teenagers, are exposed to far higher levels of sex, violence and other inappropriate behaviors than what is found during the final prime-time hour of broadcast television, according to a report by the Parents Television Council.
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