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MTV Networks Launching New Comedy Awards Ceremony!

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Wow! This is pretty huge!

Viacom's MTV Networks have announced that they intend to start a new comedy awards franchise, appropriately titled The Comedy Awards, to be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom March 26th, and to be broadcast April 10th simultaneously on Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1, and Nick at Nite!


According to executive producer Don Mischer, the ceremony will recognize "the year's best comedy films, television series and digital content." The nominees - which will also include writers, directors, and actors in the field - have been selected by The Comedy Awards' board of directors, whose founding members include funnymen (and women) such as Billy Crystal, Will Ferrell, Whoopi Goldberg, Seth McFarlane, and Ray Romano!

Nice! We're totally looking forward to this!

A kind of ceremony celebrating this genre is long overdue!

Hopefully it will do well enough to continue on!


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South Park Creators Sued AGAIN For Stealing

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Sheesh! This is becoming a bad habit.

First, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker were forced to apologize for copying a spoof of the movie Inception from the CollegeHumor website and now they're being sued for ripping off the viral YouTube phenomenon What What (In the Butt).

Producers of the video, Brownmark Films filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Viacom, claiming that the breach was "willful, intentional, and purposeful, in disregard of an indifferent to the rights of Brownmark." The company is seeking a permanent injunction and maximum statutory damages.

The segment is very similar to Samwell's video, but we still think it's just a parody and could be deemed "fair use."

What do U think? Did Matt and Trey use artistic expression or was it copyright infringement?

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Sequelmania! More Zoolander And Lots Of Other Part 2's Coming Soon!

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Ready to get your sequel on? Viacom certainly is!

Viacom's COO Tom Dooley noted a bunch of projects on the horizon, during the company's earnings call yesterday, and they're predominantly part 2's!

Here are some sequels that are currently on their way…

-Zoolander 2 - This is some really, really ridiculously good news!

-Star Trek 2 - First One Was SO Intense! We're def excited for this…and we're still waiting to see who will be the bad guy, since Khan is out!

-G.I. Joe 2 - As we've said before, the Channing Tatum factor helps this movie's cause but not too much

And here are the reboots on their way:

-New Jack Ryan Movie - Will Shia take over this role too?

-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Screenplay being developed in part by Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes. Don't those guys usually do horror movies though? Please don't taint our childhoods by making The Teenage Mutant Chainsaw Massacre!

What do U think about the sequels and reboots on their way?

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Dora The Explorer Fires Back!

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The Dora The Explorer drama continues!

Check out the following press release, which was sent to us by the mother of actress who voices Dora the Explorer, Caitlin Sanchez.

Basically, they're calling Nickelodeon a bunch of liars and they want some $$$$$!

October 12th, 2010

Member of the Press:

Caitlin Sanchez and her parents, in response to Nickelodeon’s public statement last week on October 7th, 2010 in reference to the lawsuit that they were forced to file against Viacom and its subsidiaries, would like to release the following audio file that captures Nickelodeon’s own Jodi Davis (Vice President of Communications, Nickelodeon) explaining to Hilda Sanchez (Caitlin’s mother) that Nickelodeon wants Caitlin to be the face and voice of Dora for the next 2 years. This is in total contradiction to their public statement that implied that Nickelodeon “dropped” Caitlin as Dora because her voice had changed and she was no longer able to portray the character, when in actuality, Nickelodeon wanted Caitlin to continue to portray the Dora character through June of 2012. In fact, Nickelodeon’s other public statement stated that they “did in fact offer Caitlin a contract for other work with them”, is another egregious lie. The only other work Nickelodeon had ever contractually offer Caitlin was another two-year, exclusive contract to portray Dora the Explorer through June of 2012.

This conversation was captured on July 13th, 2010. This audio file will expose Nickelodeon’s public statement as an egregious lie perpetuated by their own representatives in an attempt to damage the reputation and discredit the claims of 14 year old Caitlin Sanchez, voice of Dora the Explorer.

Caitlin Sanchez would like to express the fact that she last recorded as Dora on September 30th, 2010. So obviously, Nickelodeon had no problems with Caitlin’s voice or ability to portray the Dora character.

Thank you,
Caitlin Sanchez and family

Check out the audio file (above) which Caitlin Sanchez's family references in the press release. Assuming it's all legit, it certainly seems to coincide with everything written in the document. Nickelodeon COULD be in some trouble.


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Jersey Shore Brings Best Ratings To MTV In 3 Years!

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Thanks to Jersey Shore, MTV is #1…by far!

MTV had the summer’s #1 television series, with 5.8 million viewers tuning in to watch Snooki and company.

Here are some details about Jersey Shore’s success:

"Summer's #1 series with P12-34 – across all TV. #1 each week it aired.”

"Delivered a series high 5.5 P12-34 rating and a series high 5.8 million viewers on August 26.”

"Top five cable telecasts of the year among P12-34.”

Other MTV shows that helped the network achieve their best ratings in 3 years were Teen Mom as the #3 cable series of the summer, and the docu-series If You Really Knew Me, which had 1.8 million viewers.

Ratings were also up for established MTV series, including The Hills and The Real World: New Orleans.

Keep it up, Jersey Shore! Before we know it, Snooki, J-Woww, and The Situation will be sitting in board meetings, making company-wide decisions with Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone. Definitely an absolutely horrifying inneresting thought.

Do U think Jersey Shore will continue to dominate television?

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Sumner Redstone To Be Sued For Harassment!


July is NOT his month!

The chief of Viacom, Sumner Redstone, is in hot water after a former employee - from before the company's split with CBS in 2006 - revealed that she is planning to sue him for harassment!

Her attorney, Anne Vladeck, reveals:

"The woman was a senior executive at Viacom Inc. and is now ready to sue for harassment. She has made her complaint to Viacom and CBS. Her complaint is currently being reviewed by lawyers in-house, but the real threat is that papers will be filed with the court if a settlement is not reached, which could be hugely embarrassing for Redstone."

The man is worth $9 billion, so we're sure that they'll just settle out of court, but this guy needs to clean up his act!

How many scandals can you have in one month?


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$1 Billion Lawsuit Against YouTube Dismissed!

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Score one for YouTube!

Yesterday, Judge Louis Stanton of the U.S. District Court of New York dismissed the $1 billion lawsuit from Viacom against Google and its video-sharing site, claiming that it complies with copyright laws upheld in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act!

Basically, Viacom wanted to be able to patrol YouTube themselves and tell users to take done video content that they owned, because they didn't think the internet service was doing it properly, and furthermore encouraging its users to continue to violate copyright laws. However, in Stanton's 30-page ruling, he essentially tells Viacom to eff off and asserts that YouTube is within compliance of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act!

We're sure there will be an appeal, so YouTube - keep being awesome!

What do U think?? Should Viacom's suit be dismissed??

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