January 5, 2006 |
Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks said Herb Scannell, vice chairman and president of Nickelodeon Networks, had left the company. Under a restructuring tied to Scannell's departure, Nickelodeon TV President Cyma Zarghami will lead a new MTVN Kids and Family Group, Viacom said. The moves follow a corporate split that created Viacom, which owns cable television networks and the Paramount Pictures movie studio, and CBS Corp. Viacom's new MTVN group will include Nickelodeon-branded channels.
December 14, 2005 |
Shunning leader Apple Computer Inc. in the crowded online music market, MTV Networks Inc. instead chose a partner that knows a thing or two about playing catch-up: Microsoft Corp. The cable music channel said Tuesday that it planned to launch its long-anticipated Internet service -- called URGE -- next year with the help of the world's biggest software maker. Although it is a platinum brand among teens and young adults, MTV is a relative latecomer to Internet sales.
December 13, 2005 |
Viewers will have their choice of New Year's Eve television specials on Dec. 31 when both ABC and MTV host countdown celebrations in Times Square with live performances from top musical artists. Mariah Carey is scheduled to close ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006" with a live performance outside in Times Square, the first singer to do so on the program.
October 24, 2005 |
The door to a Hunter College lecture hall opens, and in steps Madonna. There's no tweed for this professor-for-a-day; she wears a black dress and form-fitting boots that stretch to her knees. She's the latest participant in "Stand In," one of MTV Networks' hottest features, particularly given its brevity and relative lack of visibility. The MTVu network, a spinoff seen primarily on college campuses, invites celebrities to be surprise lecturers.
October 21, 2005 |
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.
October 14, 2005 |
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.
September 27, 2005 |
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.
July 13, 2005 |
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.
July 9, 2005 |
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.
July 7, 2005 |
Bruised by harsh criticism and soft ratings, MTV executives Wednesday acknowledged missteps in their broadcast of last weekend's Live 8 concerts and hinted that they might retool the program and show it again. Some kind of do-over is "not the craziest idea," said MTV Executive Vice President Van Toffler, who quipped that the Allman Brothers song "Whipping Post" best described his office's post-show morale.