’90s MTV Host Matt Pinfield Hit by a Car, Hospitalized With Broken Leg and Cracked Skull

Former MTV host Matt Pinfield has been hospitalized with a broken leg and cracked skull after being hit by a speeding car on Monday night in Los Angeles.

“He was in an accident — he was hit by a car and was in bad shape,” a representative for Pinfield told TheWrap via email Thursday. “His leg is broken in a couple of places and he cracked his skull open.”

The ’90s MTV personality’s spokesperson said that the driver who struck him “did stop” and was “very distraught, as you can imagine.”

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As his friend Mike Jakubow shared on Instagram Wednesday (see photo below), Pinfield is still in the hospital, but his rep said that he’s in “good spirits,” even after a “couple of surgeries” and starting physical therapy.

“I can tell you he is very grateful (and lucky) to be alive,” his rep added.

Pinfield first appeared on MTV in 1992 on an episode of “The Real World.” In 1995, he was brought on to host the channel’s “120 Minutes,” a show about alternative music. He would go on to host several others, including “MattRock,” “Pinfield Suite,” “Pinfield Presents,” “Rocks Off,” “Say What?” and “MTV Live.” In 2016, Pinfield published his memoir, “All These Things That I’ve Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life.”

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Former MTV host Matt Pinfield has been hospitalized with a broken leg and cracked skull after being hit by a speeding car on Monday night in Los Angeles.

“He was in an accident — he was hit by a car and was in bad shape,” a representative for Pinfield told TheWrap via email Thursday. “His leg is broken in a couple of places and he cracked his skull open.”

The ’90s MTV personality’s spokesperson said that the driver who struck him “did stop” and was “very distraught, as you can imagine.”

As his friend Mike Jakubow shared on Instagram Wednesday (see photo below), Pinfield is still in the hospital, but his rep said that he’s in “good spirits,” even after a “couple of surgeries” and starting physical therapy.

“I can tell you he is very grateful (and lucky) to be alive,” his rep added.

Pinfield first appeared on MTV in 1992 on an episode of “The Real World.” In 1995, he was brought on to host the channel’s “120 Minutes,” a show about alternative music. He would go on to host several others, including “MattRock,” “Pinfield Suite,” “Pinfield Presents,” “Rocks Off,” “Say What?” and “MTV Live.” In 2016, Pinfield published his memoir, “All These Things That I’ve Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life.”

Brace yourselves for impact: MTV is reviving Celebrity Deathmatch, again

It seems as though the ‘80s tree has been plucked bare, and now it’s the ‘90s’ turn for a pruning. MTV, which has already announced revivals for a number of shows that were extremely popular in the ‘90s—including Daria, TRL, Spring Break, Aeon Flux, a…

It seems as though the ‘80s tree has been plucked bare, and now it’s the ‘90s’ turn for a pruning. MTV, which has already announced revivals for a number of shows that were extremely popular in the ‘90s—including Daria, TRL, Spring Break, Aeon Flux, and The Real World—has set its sights on the boxing ring for the…

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MTV Studios Is Bringing Back ‘Celebrity Deathmatch’ With Ice Cube

MTV Studios is reaching back into its past to bring back another fan favorite. This time in the form of stop-motion animation.

The Viacom-owned company announced Wednesday morning it’s working on a reboot of “Celebrity Deathmatch,” the animated series that pitted like-minded celebrities against each other in fights that very often ended in gruesome deaths for one, if not both, of the fighters.

The new version will star Ice Cube, who will also executive- produce alongside his partner Jeff Kwatinetz through his Cube Vision production company. Series creator Eric Fogel will return to executive- produce as well, with additional showrunners and talent to be named shortly. The new version will be available as a weekly series for an exclusive streaming or premium broadcast partner in 2019, with MTV adding the franchise reboot will include consumer products, gaming and theatrical.

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“We’re excited to grow our partnership with Ice Cube and Cube Vision to reimagine this fan favorite,” said Chris McCarthy, president of MTV, VH1 and CMT. “‘Deathmatch’ was the meme before memes, remains a hot topic on social media and will be a smart, funny way to tackle the over-the-top rhetoric of today’s pop culture where it belongs – in the wrestling ring.”

Launched in June, MTV Studios is the production arm that the Viacom-owned network is using to sell rebooted versions of old series like “Daria,” “Real World” and “Undressed” to other networks and streaming platforms. “Celebrity Deathmatch” ran from 1998 to 2002 and was briefly revived on MTV2 for two seasons in 2006 and 2007. MTV worked on a new version for MTV2 with Fogel a few years ago, but it never went past the pilot stage.

Ice Cube “appeared” on the show during its original run — at least, a stop-motion animated version of him — fighting rapper-turned-actor Ice T, which featured the two fighting on a frozen ring (Get it? Because they’re both named “Ice”), and Ice Cube being turned into an actual cube of ice.

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MTV Studios is reaching back into its past to bring back another fan favorite. This time in the form of stop-motion animation.

The Viacom-owned company announced Wednesday morning it’s working on a reboot of “Celebrity Deathmatch,” the animated series that pitted like-minded celebrities against each other in fights that very often ended in gruesome deaths for one, if not both, of the fighters.

The new version will star Ice Cube, who will also executive- produce alongside his partner Jeff Kwatinetz through his Cube Vision production company. Series creator Eric Fogel will return to executive- produce as well, with additional showrunners and talent to be named shortly. The new version will be available as a weekly series for an exclusive streaming or premium broadcast partner in 2019, with MTV adding the franchise reboot will include consumer products, gaming and theatrical.

“We’re excited to grow our partnership with Ice Cube and Cube Vision to reimagine this fan favorite,” said Chris McCarthy, president of MTV, VH1 and CMT. “‘Deathmatch’ was the meme before memes, remains a hot topic on social media and will be a smart, funny way to tackle the over-the-top rhetoric of today’s pop culture where it belongs – in the wrestling ring.”

Launched in June, MTV Studios is the production arm that the Viacom-owned network is using to sell rebooted versions of old series like “Daria,” “Real World” and “Undressed” to other networks and streaming platforms. “Celebrity Deathmatch” ran from 1998 to 2002 and was briefly revived on MTV2 for two seasons in 2006 and 2007. MTV worked on a new version for MTV2 with Fogel a few years ago, but it never went past the pilot stage.

Ice Cube “appeared” on the show during its original run — at least, a stop-motion animated version of him — fighting rapper-turned-actor Ice T, which featured the two fighting on a frozen ring (Get it? Because they’re both named “Ice”), and Ice Cube being turned into an actual cube of ice.

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‘Celebrity Deathmatch’ Reboot In Works At MTV Studios With Ice Cube Set To Star

MTV Studios is reviving another classic MTV series, Celebrity Deathmatch. The recently launched studio is developing a reimagined version of the claymation cult-favorite stop-motion satire that skewered celebrities, politicians and everyone in between …

MTV Studios is reviving another classic MTV series, Celebrity Deathmatch. The recently launched studio is developing a reimagined version of the claymation cult-favorite stop-motion satire that skewered celebrities, politicians and everyone in between during its famed original run. Ice Cube is attached to star and will executive produce alongside his partner Jeff Kwatinetz through his Cube Vision production company. Series creator Eric Fogel will return to executive…

‘Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club’ Gets MTV Premiere Date

Lindsay Lohan makes her return to reality next month. MTV said today that its docuseries Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club will premiere at 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 8.
Produced by Bunim/Murray Productions (The Challenge. The Real World), the program foll…

Lindsay Lohan makes her return to reality next month. MTV said today that its docuseries Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club will premiere at 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 8. Produced by Bunim/Murray Productions (The Challenge. The Real World), the program follows the actress, influencer and entrepreneur as she expands her business empire in Greece with the launch of her new club, Lohan Beach House. But she won't do it alone. Viewers will get to see a new side of Lohan as she calls the…

‘Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club’ Gets Premiere Date, Teaser From MTV (Video)

Lindsay Lohan will be setting up camp on the beach this winter on MTV.

The actress and entrepreneur’s new docuseries, “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club,” will premiere Jan. 8, the cable network announced Monday. Following its U.S. debut, the show will roll out globally across Viacom’s international network of MTV channels in nearly 180 countries.

The show follows Lohan as she runs her new club Lohan Beach House in Mykonos, Greece. “I want to build an empire, here,” Lohan says in the teaser (watch above).

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Here’s the official description for the series:

“Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club” viewers will get to see a new side of Lohan as she calls the shots with her handpicked team of young and ambitious VIP hosts who will have to do whatever it takes to secure Lohan’s name as the definition of vacation luxury. But when the lines between romance, friendship, and work get blurred, the staff will quickly learn they’ll have to prove themselves to their toughest boss yet.

A sneak peek of the series, “Lindsay Lohan: Welcome to the Beach Club,” will air Jan. 1 at 8 p.m. on MTV, giving viewers an intro the cast and the premise. The network will also give you a recap on Lohan via “Growing Up Lohan” (working title), an Aliana and Dakota Lohan-hosted special, airing Jan. 7 at 10 p.m.

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Gil Goldschein, Julie Pizzi, Farnaz Farjam and Andrea Metz will executive produce the series for Bunim/Murray Productions. Lily Neumeyer, Jessica Zalkind and Ben Hurvitz are executive producers for MTV.

Lohan is represented by APA.

Watch the teaser above.

“Lindsays Lohan’s Beach Club” will premiere Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 8/7c on MTV.

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Lindsay Lohan will be setting up camp on the beach this winter on MTV.

The actress and entrepreneur’s new docuseries, “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club,” will premiere Jan. 8, the cable network announced Monday. Following its U.S. debut, the show will roll out globally across Viacom’s international network of MTV channels in nearly 180 countries.

The show follows Lohan as she runs her new club Lohan Beach House in Mykonos, Greece. “I want to build an empire, here,” Lohan says in the teaser (watch above).

Here’s the official description for the series:

“Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club” viewers will get to see a new side of Lohan as she calls the shots with her handpicked team of young and ambitious VIP hosts who will have to do whatever it takes to secure Lohan’s name as the definition of vacation luxury. But when the lines between romance, friendship, and work get blurred, the staff will quickly learn they’ll have to prove themselves to their toughest boss yet.

A sneak peek of the series, “Lindsay Lohan: Welcome to the Beach Club,” will air Jan. 1 at 8 p.m. on MTV, giving viewers an intro the cast and the premise. The network will also give you a recap on Lohan via “Growing Up Lohan” (working title), an Aliana and Dakota Lohan-hosted special, airing Jan. 7 at 10 p.m.

Gil Goldschein, Julie Pizzi, Farnaz Farjam and Andrea Metz will executive produce the series for Bunim/Murray Productions. Lily Neumeyer, Jessica Zalkind and Ben Hurvitz are executive producers for MTV.

Lohan is represented by APA.

Watch the teaser above.

“Lindsays Lohan’s Beach Club” will premiere Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 8/7c on MTV.

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MTV to Document First Disabled Person’s Trip to Space

MTV is set to document Eddie Ndopu’s trip as the first physically disabled person to travel to space, the network announced on Thursday.

An activist and humanitarian, Ndopu aims to book passage on an upcoming space flight to deliver a message to the United Nations General Assembly from Earth’s orbit, advocating for the rights of young disabled people around the world.

The 28-year-old South African was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at birth and given a life expectancy of five years. He has since gone on to a decade-plus career advocating for rights of disabled young people and earned a master’s degree in public policy from Oxford University.

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MTV will be on board to film everything, including Ndopu enlisting an aerospace company to facilitate the flight, his innermost thoughts as he gets closer to lift-off and his celestial journey and message to world leaders if and when he makes it to space.

The still-untitled project will begin production in 2019.

“I want to give credence to the idea of leaving nobody behind,” Ndopu told NBC News when he first announced his space plans, adding that people with disabilities are the most “neglected and invisible” minority group in the world.

“There is a very real risk that I may not survive the voyage … but I am willing to take that chance, because this is a mission that is bigger than myself,” he said. “I am not scared of the launch into space; I am scared of what will happen if I don’t see this through.”

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MTV is set to document Eddie Ndopu’s trip as the first physically disabled person to travel to space, the network announced on Thursday.

An activist and humanitarian, Ndopu aims to book passage on an upcoming space flight to deliver a message to the United Nations General Assembly from Earth’s orbit, advocating for the rights of young disabled people around the world.

The 28-year-old South African was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at birth and given a life expectancy of five years. He has since gone on to a decade-plus career advocating for rights of disabled young people and earned a master’s degree in public policy from Oxford University.

MTV will be on board to film everything, including Ndopu enlisting an aerospace company to facilitate the flight, his innermost thoughts as he gets closer to lift-off and his celestial journey and message to world leaders if and when he makes it to space.

The still-untitled project will begin production in 2019.

“I want to give credence to the idea of leaving nobody behind,” Ndopu told NBC News when he first announced his space plans, adding that people with disabilities are the most “neglected and invisible” minority group in the world.

“There is a very real risk that I may not survive the voyage … but I am willing to take that chance, because this is a mission that is bigger than myself,” he said. “I am not scared of the launch into space; I am scared of what will happen if I don’t see this through.”

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MTV To Chronicle Activist Eddie Ndopu’s Historical Voyage To Space

MTV announced today that it will join forces with award-winning activist and humanitarian Eddie Ndopu and follow his journey as he becomes the first physically disabled person to travel into space.
For Ndopu, this is not just a historical voyage to spa…

MTV announced today that it will join forces with award-winning activist and humanitarian Eddie Ndopu and follow his journey as he becomes the first physically disabled person to travel into space. For Ndopu, this is not just a historical voyage to space. He is leading a campaign to deliver a powerful message to the UN General Assembly on behalf of young people everywhere who have ever felt excluded by society. The news of the yet-to-be-titled project comes ahead…

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Leads Viacom to Q4 Earnings, Revenue Beats

Viacom rode Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team to a better-than-expected fourth quarter in terms of both earnings per share and revenue.

The Paramount Pictures parent company unveiled its fourth-quarter and full fiscal year 2018 financials Friday morning, reporting 99 cents of earnings per share (EPS) on $3.485 in revenue. Wall Street had forecast EPS of 95 cents on $3.37 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate of 25 media analysts compiled by Yahoo Finance.

That all-in revenue figure was 5 percent better than Q4 2017 and the earnings per share is 29 percent higher. For the full fiscal year, revenues declined 2 percent, but EPS rose 9 percent. Without the benefit of glorious adjustments, that profit instead drops 43 percent.

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Paramount’s worldwide box office hauled in 3x what it did in the comparable quarter last year, thanks mostly to “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.” John Krasinski’s very profitable “A Quiet Place” also contributed, as did “Book Club,” which was a cheap acquisition.

Paramount also pitched in on TV, delivering “Maniac” to Netflix in the quarter. In return, Viacom enjoyed higher licensing revenues.

Viacom’s media networks didn’t do as hot, but there were some linear-TV highlights, like Season 2 of “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” on MTV. Millennials gobbled that up.

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“Our strong performance in the fourth quarter capped off a pivotal year for Viacom. We successfully turned around our core business, with dramatic improvements across our networks, at Paramount and in distribution,” Viacom President and CEO Bob Bakish said in a statement accompanying the financials. “We also took important steps to evolve Viacom for the future – investing in our portfolio of advanced marketing solutions, digital and experiential offerings and global studio production business. As we head into 2019, we are excited about the company’s evolution and expect to return to topline growth.”

Bakish and other Viacom executives will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the quarter and fiscal year in greater detail.

Shares of VIAB stock closed Thursday afternoon at $31.83, up 4 cents. The U.S. stock markets reopen at 9:30 a.m. ET today.

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Viacom rode Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team to a better-than-expected fourth quarter in terms of both earnings per share and revenue.

The Paramount Pictures parent company unveiled its fourth-quarter and full fiscal year 2018 financials Friday morning, reporting 99 cents of earnings per share (EPS) on $3.485 in revenue. Wall Street had forecast EPS of 95 cents on $3.37 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate of 25 media analysts compiled by Yahoo Finance.

That all-in revenue figure was 5 percent better than Q4 2017 and the earnings per share is 29 percent higher. For the full fiscal year, revenues declined 2 percent, but EPS rose 9 percent. Without the benefit of glorious adjustments, that profit instead drops 43 percent.

Paramount’s worldwide box office hauled in 3x what it did in the comparable quarter last year, thanks mostly to “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.” John Krasinski’s very profitable “A Quiet Place” also contributed, as did “Book Club,” which was a cheap acquisition.

Paramount also pitched in on TV, delivering “Maniac” to Netflix in the quarter. In return, Viacom enjoyed higher licensing revenues.

Viacom’s media networks didn’t do as hot, but there were some linear-TV highlights, like Season 2 of “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” on MTV. Millennials gobbled that up.

MTV has been making headlines lately with its push into live events. It’s also shooting for nostalgia, bringing back “MTV Spring Break,” sharing “The Real World” with Facebook Watch, reviving “The Hills,” and rebooting “Undressed.”

“Our strong performance in the fourth quarter capped off a pivotal year for Viacom. We successfully turned around our core business, with dramatic improvements across our networks, at Paramount and in distribution,” Viacom President and CEO Bob Bakish said in a statement accompanying the financials. “We also took important steps to evolve Viacom for the future – investing in our portfolio of advanced marketing solutions, digital and experiential offerings and global studio production business. As we head into 2019, we are excited about the company’s evolution and expect to return to topline growth.”

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Shares of VIAB stock closed Thursday afternoon at $31.83, up 4 cents. The U.S. stock markets reopen at 9:30 a.m. ET today.

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MTV Is Bringing Back ‘Spring Break’ Next Year

Get your Advil, coconut water and maybe condoms ready: “MTV Spring Break” is returning in March 2019.
The event, set for March 19-21, will head back to the Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancun, Mexico. It’s all part of the Viacom cable channel…

Get your Advil, coconut water and maybe condoms ready: “MTV Spring Break” is returning in March 2019.

The event, set for March 19-21, will head back to the Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancun, Mexico. It’s all part of the Viacom cable channel’s push into live events, which also saw MTV acquire the SnowGlobe Music Festival on Monday.

“MTV Spring Break” is also a nostalgia play targeting the all-important adults 18-49 demographic. This one follows an announced “reimagining” of the network’s “Real World” franchise. The new take on the show that ushered in reality television is heading to Facebook Watch and will premiere next year.

MTV is also rebooting “The Hills” and bringing back “Undressed.”

Next year’s “Spring Break” will again feature a “signature mix of high-energy performances, surprise celebrity guests, and thousands of young people from around the U.S.,” MTV said. Given the times and the passion of millennials, which are still MTV’s target market, this version will also include some activism.

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MTV Ramps Up Live-Events Business With Acquisition of SnowGlobe Music Festival

MTV is expanding its global live events business with the acquisition of the SnowGlobe Music Festival, the Viacom-owned network announced Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The annual three-day, outdoor New Year’s Eve music festival runs Dec. 29-31 in South Lake Tahoe, California, with over 20,000 fans coming each day for a mix of musical performances, live action sports, interactive art exhibitions and a countdown party at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

MTV plans to expand the festival with additional dates and locations worldwide, and utilize the SnowGlobe team to launch other new events. The network is looking to SnowGlobe as a platform to “reinvent” its New Year’s Eve coverage, “serving as the centerpiece for multiplatform programming and connecting live with the action at MTV’s iconic Times Square studio.”

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SnowGlobe has featured artists from Kendrick Lamar to Post Malone to Zedd. The lineup for 2018 includes: Above & Beyond, Diplo (pictured above), Eric Prydz, Rezz and RL Grime headlining, among more than 40 artists performing across three stages.

The festival joins MTV’s international events, including the globetrotting “MTV EMAs,” “MIAWs” in Mexico and Brazil, and “Isle of MTV” in Malta.

“With SnowGlobe, MTV is taking the natural next step in its resurgence by expanding deeper into live events, as we continue to reach our fans and capitalize on our strong brand in new ways,” said Chris McCarthy, President of MTV, VH1, CMT, and Logo. “In a festival space where many events have become indistinguishable, SnowGlobe stands out with a unique mix of music, sports, and art that makes it a favorite among artists and its growing audience.”

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“With SnowGlobe, we’ve always endeavored to create an event experience that sets itself apart from the typical music festival model,” said Chad Donnelly, CEO of SnowGlobe, “We are incredibly excited to be joining the MTV family, whose legacy of developing boundary breaking programming and events perfectly aligns with our long-standing ambition of creative innovation.”

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MTV is expanding its global live events business with the acquisition of the SnowGlobe Music Festival, the Viacom-owned network announced Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The annual three-day, outdoor New Year’s Eve music festival runs Dec. 29-31 in South Lake Tahoe, California, with over 20,000 fans coming each day for a mix of musical performances, live action sports, interactive art exhibitions and a countdown party at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

MTV plans to expand the festival with additional dates and locations worldwide, and utilize the SnowGlobe team to launch other new events. The network is looking to SnowGlobe as a platform to “reinvent” its New Year’s Eve coverage, “serving as the centerpiece for multiplatform programming and connecting live with the action at MTV’s iconic Times Square studio.”

SnowGlobe has featured artists from Kendrick Lamar to Post Malone to Zedd. The lineup for 2018 includes: Above & Beyond, Diplo (pictured above), Eric Prydz, Rezz and RL Grime headlining, among more than 40 artists performing across three stages.

The festival joins MTV’s international events, including the globetrotting “MTV EMAs,” “MIAWs” in Mexico and Brazil, and “Isle of MTV” in Malta.

“With SnowGlobe, MTV is taking the natural next step in its resurgence by expanding deeper into live events, as we continue to reach our fans and capitalize on our strong brand in new ways,” said Chris McCarthy, President of MTV, VH1, CMT, and Logo. “In a festival space where many events have become indistinguishable, SnowGlobe stands out with a unique mix of music, sports, and art that makes it a favorite among artists and its growing audience.”

“With SnowGlobe, we’ve always endeavored to create an event experience that sets itself apart from the typical music festival model,” said Chad Donnelly, CEO of SnowGlobe, “We are incredibly excited to be joining the MTV family, whose legacy of developing boundary breaking programming and events perfectly aligns with our long-standing ambition of creative innovation.”

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MTV Acquires SnowGlobe Music Festival With Eye on Expansion, New Year’s Eve Programming

MTV has acquired SnowGlobe Music Festival, the annual three-day December gathering held in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., with plans to expand the brand as a music and lifestyle event and to help freshen up the cabler’s New Year’s Eve programmin…

MTV has acquired SnowGlobe Music Festival, the annual three-day December gathering held in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., with plans to expand the brand as a music and lifestyle event and to help freshen up the cabler’s New Year’s Eve programming. The deal is in keeping with Viacom’s goal of growing its activity in live events. […]

MTV Acquires SnowGlobe Music Festival In Live-Events Push

It’s going to be a rockin’ New Year’s Eve at MTV. As part of a diversifying move into live events, the youth-focused cable net has acquired the SnowGlobe Music Festival. The annual three-day event runs December 29-31 in South Lake Tah…

It’s going to be a rockin’ New Year’s Eve at MTV. As part of a diversifying move into live events, the youth-focused cable net has acquired the SnowGlobe Music Festival. The annual three-day event runs December 29-31 in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Now in its eighth year, SnowGlobe draws more than 20,000 music fans to the Nevada-bordering city with a mix of musical performances, action sports and interactive art exhibitions. This year’s lineup includes headliners Above & Beyond…

MTV falls back into bed with Undressed

MTV has locked eyes with another piece of IP from its not-too-distant past, and will soon be pulling it into the dorm room where it’s been feverishly making out with those reboots of Daria, Æon Flux, and The Real World. As reported by multiple outlets,…

MTV has locked eyes with another piece of IP from its not-too-distant past, and will soon be pulling it into the dorm room where it’s been feverishly making out with those reboots of Daria, Æon Flux, and The Real World. As reported by multiple outlets, a new version of the cable channel’s old sex-and-dating soap

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MTV Is Bringing Back ‘Undressed’

Make some room, “Real World” reboot: MTV Studios is bringing back “Undressed,” a series for young adults that aired more than 200 episodes from 1999 to 2002.

“Undressed” helped launch the careers of Christina Hendricks, Jason Ritter, Max Greenfield, Brandon Routh, Chad Michael Murray, Damon Lindelof, Lizzy Weiss and Steven S. DeKnight.

Roland Joffé, who created and executive produced “Undressed,” will executive produce the reimagining of the scripted series, which is currently in development.

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The original “Undressed” won a GLAAD Award for being one of the only shows at the time to feature gay, lesbian and bisexual characters and same-sex relationships.

“‘Undressed’ was ahead of its time and we’re looking forward to developing the series for a whole new generation,” said Pamela Post, head of scripted programming for MTV Studios, MTV, VH1 and Logo. “Much has changed in the dating/relationship world since the series first premiered and we’re excited to showcase how both have evolved.”

Joffé is represented by Gersh and Zero Gravity Management.

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Make some room, “Real World” reboot: MTV Studios is bringing back “Undressed,” a series for young adults that aired more than 200 episodes from 1999 to 2002.

“Undressed” helped launch the careers of Christina Hendricks, Jason Ritter, Max Greenfield, Brandon Routh, Chad Michael Murray, Damon Lindelof, Lizzy Weiss and Steven S. DeKnight.

Roland Joffé, who created and executive produced “Undressed,” will executive produce the reimagining of the scripted series, which is currently in development.

The original “Undressed” won a GLAAD Award for being one of the only shows at the time to feature gay, lesbian and bisexual characters and same-sex relationships.

“‘Undressed’ was ahead of its time and we’re looking forward to developing the series for a whole new generation,” said Pamela Post, head of scripted programming for MTV Studios, MTV, VH1 and Logo. “Much has changed in the dating/relationship world since the series first premiered and we’re excited to showcase how both have evolved.”

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Shocker: Teens Love Netflix, YouTube Way More Than Cable TV

Quick, name a cable show teens are obsessed with. Actually, you probably can’t.
The “MTV Generation” — and whatever came after that — has been replaced with the “Netflix-and-YouTube Generation,” with teens devo…

Quick, name a cable show teens are obsessed with. Actually, you probably can’t.

The “MTV Generation” — and whatever came after that — has been replaced with the “Netflix-and-YouTube Generation,” with teens devoting more than 70 percent of their “daily video consumption” to the two streaming giants, according to a new study from Piper Jaffray.

Netflix is the most popular streamer on the block, with teenagers spending nearly 38 percent of their time watching shows on the service. That’s down about 1 percent since the spring, however, while YouTube, its biggest competitor, continues to pull in more eyeballs. YouTube — which is up to 1.8 billion monthly viewers — accounts for 33 percent of teen daily viewing time, up about 3 percent in the last six months.

As for the other major streaming sites, Amazon Prime accounted for 3 percent of teen viewing — consistent with the last two years — while Hulu accounted for 5 percent of daily video consumption.

Cable, on the other hand, is losing “significant ground,” according to the study, with networks failing to attract viewers who are more inclined to watch shows on their phone or laptop. Teens are spending only 16 percent of their viewing time watching cable shows each day — marking a 44 percent drop in the last three years.

The study didn’t include how many minutes per day teens were spending on each platform.

The chart below gives a look at Netflix’s consistency, along with YouTube’s growth and cable’s decline, since 2015:

This corroborates what teenagers have been telling us. “No one watches TV anymore,” one 16-year-old VidCon attendee told TheWrap last year. That’s because not only are many of the biggest shows, like “Stranger Things” and “Orange Is the New Black,” now found on Netflix, teenagers are comfortable turning to social media to get their content fix. TV isn’t their only option anymore. “When no one is texting me and I’m bored, I just go on Snapchat and look at [Discover],” one high-school VidCon attendee said earlier this year.

Many networks understand this and are scrambling to win back viewers. Viacom — which was once the go-to spot for teens thanks to MTV — has increasingly shifted its focus to digital, including a concerted YouTube push with a standalone “Jersey Shore” channel recently launching.

“This is a generation that grew up swiping before they wiped,” as Jacqueline Parkes, CMO and EVP of Digital Studios at MTV, VH1 and Logo, put it at The Grill earlier this month. “They don’t make the distinction [between] a television or their iPhone or their desktop — when they see the content they want, they’re going to embrace that content.”

And that content appears to be primarily on Netflix and YouTube right now.

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Viacom Taps Former LEGO Video Exec Lars Silberbauer as SVP of MTV Digital Studios

Former LEGO executive Lars Silberbauer will be leading MTV’s digital studios as senior vice president, the network announced on Monday.

As SVP of MTV Digital Studios, Silberbauer will oversee creative, development, and production for the company’s digital originals. He will also lead MTV’s digital brand social channels, including the Snapchat version of “Cribs.” For his new role, Silberbauer will relocate from London to New York where he will report to Jacqueline Parkes, CMO and EVP, Digital Studios, MTV, VH1 and Logo Group and Kelly Day, President, Viacom Digital Studios.

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“Lars is a proven innovator who reinvented an iconic brand for a new generation by bringing it to life in new, resonant ways across platform,” said Parkes. “His experience, fresh ideas and dynamic approach make him the perfect person to build on our momentum across platforms, fuel the growth and expansion of the brand, and engage our fans around the world.”

Silberbauer spent seven years at LEGO where he started as a social media strategist in 2011 and most recently served as the company’s senior global director of social media and video. During his time at LEGO,Silberbauer helped the with the company’s expansion across social media, search and third-party video channels on platforms across the globe.  In 2014, he helped launch LEGO TV — an over-the-top (OTT) TV app — in 24 markets.

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Silberbauer’s hire comes at a time when MTV parent company Viacom is increasing its focus on producing and delivering digital content across multiple social media platforms. At this year’s NewFronts West, the conglomerate announced the launch of multiple series for its social media channels including a “Jersey Shore” series for YouTube, season two of its mobile-first version of “Cribs” for Snapchat, and “MTV News: Unfiltered” for Twitter. Most recently, the company announced it was bringing back its famous unscripted series “The Real World” for Facebook Watch. The reality series, set to debut sometime in 2019, will launch in the U.S., Mexico and Thailand.

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Former LEGO executive Lars Silberbauer will be leading MTV’s digital studios as senior vice president, the network announced on Monday.

As SVP of MTV Digital Studios, Silberbauer will oversee creative, development, and production for the company’s digital originals. He will also lead MTV’s digital brand social channels, including the Snapchat version of “Cribs.” For his new role, Silberbauer will relocate from London to New York where he will report to Jacqueline Parkes, CMO and EVP, Digital Studios, MTV, VH1 and Logo Group and Kelly Day, President, Viacom Digital Studios.

“Lars is a proven innovator who reinvented an iconic brand for a new generation by bringing it to life in new, resonant ways across platform,” said Parkes. “His experience, fresh ideas and dynamic approach make him the perfect person to build on our momentum across platforms, fuel the growth and expansion of the brand, and engage our fans around the world.”

Silberbauer spent seven years at LEGO where he started as a social media strategist in 2011 and most recently served as the company’s senior global director of social media and video. During his time at LEGO,Silberbauer helped the with the company’s expansion across social media, search and third-party video channels on platforms across the globe.  In 2014, he helped launch LEGO TV — an over-the-top (OTT) TV app — in 24 markets.

Silberbauer’s hire comes at a time when MTV parent company Viacom is increasing its focus on producing and delivering digital content across multiple social media platforms. At this year’s NewFronts West, the conglomerate announced the launch of multiple series for its social media channels including a “Jersey Shore” series for YouTube, season two of its mobile-first version of “Cribs” for Snapchat, and “MTV News: Unfiltered” for Twitter. Most recently, the company announced it was bringing back its famous unscripted series “The Real World” for Facebook Watch. The reality series, set to debut sometime in 2019, will launch in the U.S., Mexico and Thailand.

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MTV Names Former LEGO Executive Lars Silberbauer SVP Of Viacom’s MTV Digital Studios

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‘MTV’s The Real World’ Reboot to Premiere in 2019 on Facebook Watch

“The Real World” is headed to Facebook.

The groundbreaking reality series will be revived at the social media company with three new seasons in the U.S., Mexico and Thailand. The “re-imagined” version of the show, now titled “MTV’s The Real World” is set to debut in spring 2019.

Original producers Bunim/Murray will return to co-produce alongside the newly created MTV Studios.

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A pioneer in the reality TV genre back when it first premiered in 1992, “The Real World” ran for 32 seasons with the same basic premise — the true story of seven strangers picked to live in a house to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real — and was hailed for its groundbreaking portrayals of issues like alcohol and drug abuse, race, religion, sexuality and homophobia.

MTV has not aired a new season since 2016’s “Real World Seattle: Bad Blood.”

Facebook content execs Matthew Henick and Paresh Rajwat first announced the news of the reboot at the international television trade show MIPCOM on Tuesday.

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“The Real World made history as the world’s first original reality show and trailblazing social experiment — and we’re thrilled to reboot the show for today’s audiences — representing and amplifying the real life, real people, real places and real social tensions of each country,” said Henick.

Added MTV president Chris McCarthy, “MTV’s The Real World helped to define a generation and created a new genre of television with a simple yet powerful idea of connecting people from wildly divergent backgrounds to find common ground on the issues that often divided them. By partnering with Facebook Watch and BMP, we have the opportunity to impact culture and create a new genre of television all over again, while engaging the next generation of content consumers around the world.”

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“The Real World” is headed to Facebook.

The groundbreaking reality series will be revived at the social media company with three new seasons in the U.S., Mexico and Thailand. The “re-imagined” version of the show, now titled “MTV’s The Real World” is set to debut in spring 2019.

Original producers Bunim/Murray will return to co-produce alongside the newly created MTV Studios.

A pioneer in the reality TV genre back when it first premiered in 1992, “The Real World” ran for 32 seasons with the same basic premise — the true story of seven strangers picked to live in a house to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real — and was hailed for its groundbreaking portrayals of issues like alcohol and drug abuse, race, religion, sexuality and homophobia.

MTV has not aired a new season since 2016’s “Real World Seattle: Bad Blood.”

Facebook content execs Matthew Henick and Paresh Rajwat first announced the news of the reboot at the international television trade show MIPCOM on Tuesday.

“The Real World made history as the world’s first original reality show and trailblazing social experiment — and we’re thrilled to reboot the show for today’s audiences — representing and amplifying the real life, real people, real places and real social tensions of each country,” said Henick.

Added MTV president Chris McCarthy, “MTV’s The Real World helped to define a generation and created a new genre of television with a simple yet powerful idea of connecting people from wildly divergent backgrounds to find common ground on the issues that often divided them. By partnering with Facebook Watch and BMP, we have the opportunity to impact culture and create a new genre of television all over again, while engaging the next generation of content consumers around the world.”

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MTV’s ‘The Real World’ Returns, But On Facebook Watch: What Will Change

Bunim/Murray Prods. and MTV Studios will simultaneously produce three new editions of the landmark reality series, in United States, Mexico, and Thailand, for the site.

A year after legendary MTV reality series “The Real World” ended its run, the cable network is resurrecting the franchise — but not for its own air. Instead, “MTV’s The Real World” is being reworked as a revival for Facebook Watch, which will premiere the new edition in Spring 2019.

Actually, make that three all-new editions: Facebook Watch will simultaneously run original productions of “MTV’s The Real World” set in the United States, Mexico, and Thailand.

“MTV’s The Real World” may be the most visible example yet of how legacy programmers like MTV are aiming to remain relevant by targeting consumers where they reside — including social media. Taking such an established brand like “The Real World” and sharing it with a competitor like Facebook may seem unusual, but it’s also an opportunity for MTV to spread its brand to other platforms. And it’s not unlike the traditional studios selling their fare to streaming services like Netflix.

It’s unclear whether “MTV’s The Real World” (notice that subtle title change, in order to make sure MTV’s branding still lives on Facebook) will ultimately also air on the cable channel, but that seems like an eventual possibility, given that MTV retains ownership over the franchise.

Bunim/Murray Productions, which originated the format in 1992 for MTV, continues to be involved and is co-producing the revival with MTV Studios. Pre-production is underway in each location, although MTV hasn’t yet revealed specific cities where the new “Real World” will be set.

In announcing the show’s return, MTV and Facebook Watch emphasized the groundbreaking topics addressed on the show, particularly during its early seasons — such as race, religion, politics, LGBTQ issues, AIDS and HIV awareness, abortion rights, the military, and more. Other than an attempt in 2009 with a season set in Washington, D.C., the show moved somewhat away from that as it focused much more on relationships and conflict between roomies.

But in a world of #MeToo and a new young generation of leaders, such as the survivors of the Parkland, Fla., shootings, this may be a sign that “The Real World” is looking to return to its roots. Again, MTV was tight-lipped on the direction the show might be going, as well as how the three different editions will be unfurled.

Among the info that was revealed: “MTV’s The Real World” will return to its original weekly half-hour format. (The show was expanded to an hour starting in 2008.) And in utilizing the Facebook platform, the show will share daily scenes, and incorporate interactive social and community features.

Among one new element: Facebook users will be asked to vote one housemate on to the show prior to air.

Facebook Watch and MTV were set to announce the “MTV’s The Real World” revival on Wednesday during at the MIPCOM market in Cannes.

“‘MTV’s The Real World’ helped to define a generation and created a new genre of television with a simple yet powerful idea of connecting people from wildly divergent backgrounds to find common ground on the issues that often divided them,” said MTV president Chris McCarthy. “By partnering with Facebook Watch and Bunim/Murray Productions, we have the opportunity to impact culture and create a new genre of television all over again, while engaging the next generation of content consumers around the world.”

“The Real World” ran for 32 seasons, producing 602 episodes in 23 different cities. The show featured 252 cast members over its run, and spawned the spin-offs “Road Rules” and “The Challenge” (which continues to air on MTV).

The show revival comes as MTV also enjoys the fruits of another recent reboot, “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation,” which has helped fuel a comeback story at the network. According to MTV, it has experienced five consecutive quarters of year-over-year ratings growth, and is experiencing its best primetime ratings in four years.

Coincidentally, one of Facebook Watch’s first series was the pickup of a canceled MTV show, “Loosely Exactly Nicole.” Bunim-Murray, meanwhile, already has a relationship with Facebook Watch through the reality series “Ball in the Family,” which it has produced for the outlet.

MTV isn’t the only TV network producing fare for Facebook Watch: Fox News has “Fox News Update” on the service, while CNN has “Anderson Cooper Full Circle,” ABC News has “On Location,” and Univision produces “Real America with Jorge Ramos.” PBS, TLC Prods., A+E Studios, CMT Prods., and Animal Planet have also produced for Facebook Watch.

Here’s a pitch for the new “The Real World” from MTV: