MTV UNVEILS WORLD PREMIERE LOOK AT "SCREAM," "THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES," DIVERSE NEW PROGRAMMING SLATE AT 2015 UPFRONT PRESENTATION
Network Greenlights "Middle of the Night Show," Gives First Look at New Series "Todrick," "Follow the Rules," "Greatest Party Story Ever," "Girl Code Live" and More
"Faking It," "Broke A$$ Game Show" and "Are You The One?" Picked Up for New Seasons;
Summer Premiere Dates Announced for "Teen Wolf," "Awkward," "Faking It," "Girl Code," "Catfish: The TV Show," "Teen Mom 2" and
"America's Best Dance Crew: Road to the VMAs"
To view clips and promos from some of MTV's upcoming series, click the title: "Scream," "Teen Wolf" and "Faking It."
NEW YORK, NY (April 21, 2015) - MTV, a unit of Viacom Inc., (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), today unveiled a world premiere look at its reimagining of the beloved horror franchise "Scream," premiering Tuesday, June 30 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, and "The Shannara Chronicles," an ambitious fantasy drama currently shooting in New Zealand. The two series headline a slate of 8 new and 10 returning series and more than 85 series in development, some of which were previewed at the 2015 MTV Upfront at the Beacon Theatre in New York.
"We're exploding our development process across screens - getting faster, more daring, putting more projects into play and taking bigger swings than ever," said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. "We've exponentially expanded the ways we connect with our audience and deliver for our advertisers."
MTV announced it greenlit new series "Middle of the Night Show," a reinvention of the late-night comedy talk show developed with CollegeHumor production studio Big Breakfast. The network also unveiled reality series "Todrick," featuring YouTube phenom Todrick Hall, and "Follow the Rules," a comedic look at the family life of rapper Ja Rule; as well as the live action/animated hybrid series "Greatest Party Story Ever" and weekly talk show "Girl Code Live." Additionally, MTV renewed "Broke A$$ Game Show" for a sophomore season and "Are You The One?" for a third season. Fan-favorite "Faking It" received a third season renewal (3A) in advance of its second season (2B) premiere on Monday, August 31.
"This slate demonstrates the creative breadth of what MTV can do - epic scripted dramas, irreverent comedies, inventive format-driven series, fun topical talk shows, all with a distinct, youthful voice," said Susanne Daniels, President of Programming for MTV.
MTV also announced that hip hop superstar T-Pain, G.O.O.D. Music recording artist Teyana Taylor and television and Broadway performer Frankie Grande will judge the all-star season of "America's Best Dance Crew: Road to the VMAs," premiering Wednesday, July 29. The new "America's Best Dance Crew All Stars: Road to the VMAs" will be hosted by Jason Dundas ("Entertainment Tonight").
Additional summer premiere dates include: "Girl Code" on Wednesday, June 3, "Teen Wolf" special two-part premiere on Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30, "Catfish: The TV Show" on Wednesday, July 8, "Teen Mom 2" and "One Bad Choice" on Thursday, July 9, as well as "Awkward," "Faking It," "Todrick" and "Girl Code Live" on Monday, August 31.
MTV also provided advertisers with a look at the latest in its ongoing "Always On" initiative, through which it harnesses the power of its 220 million social followers to create and distribute real-time video and editorial content across on-air, online, mobile and social. Recently, MTV has expanded the "Always On" initiative to create live, multiplatform programming events, from its "MLK IS NOW" pro-social campaign in January to the "Beyoncé-thon" Guinness World Record-breaking dance relay marathon in Times Square last month.
The 2015 MTV Upfront was hosted by Carly Aquilino and Nessa of "Girl Code" and Charlamagne of MTV2's "Guy Code," and featured performances by multiplatinum recording artist and 2014 "MTV Video Music Awards" performer Jessie J. and Brooklyn indie pop act and 2015 "MTV Artist to Watch" Misterwives. The show opened with a world premiere screening of the first seven minutes of "Scream" with actress Bella Thorne in attendance. Additional appearances included: "The Shannara Chronicles" Executive Producer Jon Favreau (via video), "Follow the Rules" head of the household Ja Rule, "Teen Wolf" star Tyler Posey, "Catfish: The TV Show" star Nev Schulman, "Faking It" star Katie Stevens, "Todrick" star Todrick Hall and Vine star Logan Paul.
"Scream" - Tuesday, June 30 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
"Scream" is based on the eponymous, international hit horror franchise. After a cyber-bullying incident results in a brutal murder, the shocking violence stirs up memories of a killing spree from the past that has haunted some, intrigued others and maybe just inspired a new killer. A group of teens - with two old friends struggling to reconnect at its heart - become lovers, enemies, suspects, targets and victims of a killer who's out for blood.
MTV and Dimension TV (The Weinstein Company) bring the series adaptation of the hit horror film franchise, "Scream" to television with Bob and Harvey Weinstein as Executive Producers. In addition, Jill Blotevogel ("Harper's Island," "Ravenswood") and Jaime Paglia ("Arrow") will executive produce and show run, with John Shiban ("Hell on Wheels," "Breaking Bad") on board as a consulting producer. The pilot was written by Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin ("Criminal Minds," "The Event" and "Revenge") and Jill Blotevogel. Additional Executive Producers are Wes Craven, Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley, Marianne Maddalena and Cathy Konrad.
"One Bad Choice" - Thursday, July 9 (11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Each episode of "One Bad Choice" tells the story of how a single mistake can change the trajectory of a life forever. Through first-person narrative alongside dramatic reenactments, each episode culminates with how the person is doing now.
"One Bad Choice" is produced by Optomen Productions and Jax Media. Executive Producers on the show are Tony Hernandez, Stephen McLaughlin, Stehanie Angelides, Marshall Eisen, Nomi Ernst Leidner, Dave Sirulnick and Jonathan Mussman.
"Todrick" - Monday, August 31 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
In his new weekly MTV docu-series, quadruple-threat Todrick Hall lets fans into his creative factory and introduces them to the passionate troupe of creative collaborators who pour heart and soul into his weekly videos.
Executive Producers are Brian Graden, Danny Salles, Louis Curren and Gaurav Misra with Brian Graden Media. Additional Executive Producer's include Scooter Braun, Todrick Hall and Danny Rose. Dave Sirulnick and Ryan Kroft are Executive Producer's on behalf of MTV.
"Girl Code Live" - Monday, August 31 (10:30 p.m. ET/PT)
"Girl Code Live" is a weekly half-hour late night talk show hosted by three hilarious ladies from "Girl Code" - Nessa, Carly and Awkwafina. The series will feature celebrity guests, musical artists, fun games and candid girl-talk in front of a live studio audience.
Paul Ricci, Karen Frank and Ryan Ling are executive producers for MTV. Concept by Ryan Ling. The series is directed by Sarah de la O.
"The Shannara Chronicles"
"The Shannara Chronicles" is an epic television event based on the sweeping, best-selling fantasy book series by Terry Brooks. Set thousands of years in our future, the story follows three heroes, Amberle, an Elvin Princess, Eretria, a Human Rover, and Wil, a Half-Elf, Half-Human, as they embark on a quest to stop an evil Demon army from destroying our world.
The stellar producing team attached to the series includes Al Gough and Miles Millar as Writers and Executive Producers. Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman, Terry Brooks and Dan Farah also serve as Executive Producers. Additionally, the first two episodes were directed by Jonathan Liebesman ("Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"). MTV is producing with Sonar Entertainment.
"Follow The Rules"
Follow The Rules" is a comedic half-hour docu-series centered around Grammy(R)-nominated rapper turned actor, Ja Rule, and the hectic household that he and his wife Aisha are trying to keep under control. The couple's oldest daughter, Brittney, who is a college sophomore, is always pushing their boundaries. And with their two sons, Jeffery Jr. and Jordan, as well as Ja's mother and mother-in-law living under one roof, the house that Rule built is anything but quiet.
Queen Latifah, Christian Sarabia, Jeffrey Atkins, Shakim Compere and Irv Gotti serve as Executive Producers. MTV is producing with 51 Minds.
"Middle of the Night Show"
"Middle of the Night Show" is a fast-paced reimagining of the late-night comedy talk show that brings it out of the studio and onto the streets of New York City. Each night the show's crew and live band crash the bedroom of an unsuspecting celebrity who is forced to host a talk show on the spot without any preparation and on very little sleep. CollegeHumor's Brian Murphy serves as the celebrity's co-host and guide throughout the evening.
"Middle of the Night Show" is produced by Big Breakfast, the production company behind CollegeHumor Originals. Executive Producers include Sam Reich, Spencer Griffin and Jon Cohen of Big Breakfast, and Paul Ricci and Dane Reiley of MTV. Brian Murphy will also serve as a Producer.
"Greatest Party Story Ever"
This half-hour weekly show will showcase peoples' most outrageous and epic tales covering everything from debauchery and friendship, to celebrity encounters all with a comedic tone. The funniest, craziest, most unbelievable stories will be brought to life through first-person storytelling & unique styles of animation.
"Greatest Party Story Ever" is produced by Den of Thieves with Four Peaks Media for MTV. Ben Nemtin and Jonnie Penn of 4 Peaks Media are serving Executive Producers. Den of Thieve's Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager serve as Executive Producers and Jordan Barrow and Jared Morell as Co-Executive Producers. The animation is provided by ShadowMachine. Ross Shuman will Co-Executive Produce and show run the animation. Brad Tiemann will Executive Produce and show run the live action.
NEW DEVELOPMENT DEAL
"The Logan Paul Show" (Working title)
Loosely scripted comedy series following Logan Paul and his real life brother at the start of his rise to fame in Ohio. We'll get a behind-the-scenes look at the stunts and pranks that have made them the most popular performers on Vine.
Scott Tomlinson ("Tosh.0") and Douglas Banker (BroBible.com) serve as Executive Producers. Logan Paul is Co-Executive Producer.
"Girl Code" (Season 4) - Wednesday, June 3 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
This season on "Girl Code," the hilarious cast of female personalities will continue to candidly tackle the unwritten rules of "girl code" through irreverent commentary, comedic sketches and the comical #askgirlcode anything segment.
"Girl Code" was developed and is executive produced by Ryan Ling. Darin Byrne and Paul Ricci are "Girl Code" Executive Producers for MTV. "Girl Code" is directed by Laura Murphy.
"Teen Wolf" (Season 5A) - Special Two-Part Premiere Monday, June 29 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT) and Tuesday, June 30 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT)
On the eve of Senior Year, Scott and his friends find themselves facing the possibility of a future without each other, a next phase of their lives that might take them in different directions despite their best intentions. Little do they know that outside forces are already plotting to break the pack apart long before they ever see graduation.
"Teen Wolf" was developed by Jeff Davis (creator, "Criminal Minds") who also serves as Executive Producer. Additional Executive Producers include Russell Mulcahy ("Highlander," "Resident Evil: Extinction"), Marty Adelstein ("Prison Break"), René Echevarria ("Medium," "Castle"), Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley. The "Teen Wolf" series is based on a Screenplay by Jeph Loeb & Matthew Weisman. The series is a co-production with, and distributed by, MGM, in association with Lost Marbles Productions, Inc., Siesta Productions, Inc., First Cause, Inc. and DiGa.
"Catfish: The TV Show" (Season 4B) - Wednesday, July 8 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
From stolen identities and fake social media profiles, to genuine desires and personal secrets, "Catfish: The TV Show" unravels the range of deceptions and emotions that can surround relationships forged solely by technology. Strange new characters and crazy motives never seen before on the show keep hosts Nev and Max on their toes as they travel the country in search of the truth.
"Catfish: The TV Show" is produced by Relativity Television and Catfish Picture Company LLC for MTV with Relativity Television's Tom Forman, Brad Bishop, Julie Link Steffens serving as Executive Producers alongside David Metzler, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, Nev Schulman, Max Joseph, Andrew Jarecki and Mark Smerling. Marshall Eisen, Nomi Ernst Leidner, and Dave Sirulnick are Executive Producers for MTV.
"Teen Mom 2" (Season 6) - Thursday, July 9 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
MTV's groundbreaking docu-series, "Teen Mom 2," returns for its highly-anticipated sixth season which follows Chelsea, Jenelle, Kailyn and Leah as they continue to navigate their complicated lives as young moms.
Executive Producers are Morgan J. Freeman, Dia Sokol Savage and Lauren Dolgen.
"America's Best Dance Crew: Road to the VMAs" - Wednesday, July 29 (11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
MTV is reinventing the hit competition series "America's Best Dance Crew" with six all-new Video Music Award-themed episodes. All-star dance crews from previous seasons return with their amazing moves and innovative choreography as they battle for dominance on the "America's Best Dance Crew" stage.
The winner will be crowned in the live finale episode, which will air as the lead-in to the "2015 MTV Video Music Awards" Pre-Show.
"America's Best Dance Crew: Road to the VMAs" is executive produced by Jane Mun ("The Sing Off"), Rob Lee (Bayonne Entertainment) and Howard and Karen Schwartz (Hip Hop International). Brooke Karzen, Dan Sacks and Louise Wuare the executives overseeing the project for Warner Horizon Television ("The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette," "The Voice").
"Awkward" (Season 5A) - Monday, August 31 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT)
There are only a few weeks left of high school, and Jenna and her friends are making the most of it. Everyone's already figured out what they're going to do next year, and there's the sense that anything can happen. The season builds to big senior year milestones like senior pranks, prom and graduation where Jenna will have to decide once and for all: are she and Matty meant to be?
"Awkward" was created by Lauren Iungerich. Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler serve as Executive Producers.
"Faking It" (Season 2B) - Monday, August 31 (9:30 p.m. ET/PT)
"Faking It" began as a romantic comedy about two best friends who love each other in slightly different ways. This season, each character struggles to figure out who they are and who they are not. When Amy's new girlfriend pressures her to come out as a lesbian, Amy realizes that she's still confused about her sexuality. She even sparks to a cute new guy at school who shares her sarcastic wit. But, ultimately, Amy must reconcile her complicated feelings for Karma - but will their friendship survive?
"Faking It" was created by Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov. The series is executive produced by Carter Covington ("10 Things I Hate About You," "Greek" "Hart of Dixie").
"Are You The One?" (Season 3)
In the most ambitious dating experiment ever attempted, 10 single women were selected and put through an extensive matchmaking process to find 10 single guys who are their perfect match. Now all 20 are living together in Hawaii trying to figure out who is their match and if they do, they'll split the largest cash prize in MTV history - ONE MILLION DOLLARS.
Executive Producers include Howard Schultz, Rob LaPlante and Jeff Spangler of Lighthearted Entertainment. Scott Jeffress is Executive Producer for Lighthearted Entertainment.
"Broke A$$ Game Show" (Season 2)
"Broke A$$ Game Show" is a half-hour comedy that hits the streets of NYC luring unsuspecting contestants to push their own personal limits for cash. By never wasting money on fancy lights, stages or expensive props, hosts David Magidoff and Derek Gaines bring the savings to the people with truly "broke ass" challenges and irreverent games, all promising cold hard cash in exchange for contestants' dignity.
Executive Producers are Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher. The show is produced by B-17 Entertainment (A Division of Core Media Group).
"Faking It" (Season 3A)
"Faking It" was created by Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov. The series is executive produced by Carter Covington ("10 Things I Hate About You," "Greek" "Hart of Dixie").
"The Challenge" (Season 27)
"The Challenge" takes some of MTV's most favorite competitors, along with fresh faces from "The Real World" and "Are You The One?," to an exotic location for a brand-new explosive format. They will battle it out to bring home a life-changing grand prize. Between the new twists and the demanding pressures of the game, it'll take more strength than ever to succeed in this game.
Executive Producers are Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldshein, Scott Freeman and Justin Booth. "The Challenge" is produced by Bunim-Murray Productions, LLC.
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