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2015 MTV EMAS WILL BE FIRST GLOBAL MUSIC AWARD SHOW TO BROADCAST ENTIRE EVENT IN VIRTUAL REALITY LIVE-STREAM

2015 MTV EMAS WILL BE FIRST GLOBAL MUSIC AWARD SHOW TO BROADCAST ENTIRE EVENT IN VIRTUAL REALITY LIVE-STREAM

MTV teams up with Instagram to host a Backstage "Boomerang" Talent Booth
and for International Global Social Stars to share Exclusive, Personal Images
and Videos from the Event
 
MTV Canvas to debut Night of Show, Letting Audience
Create and Submit Video Spots to Run On-Air Around the World 

10/23/2015
Ahead of MTV's biggest international music event of the year, MTV today announced it is giving fans new ways to interact with and experience the 2015 MTV EMAs.   MTV will broadcast the red carpet pre-show and entire main show event via a virtual reality live stream that viewers in markets around the world can access directly via the MTV EMA app.   Held in Milan on Sunday, 25 October at 9:00 p.m. CET with the red carpet pre-show beginning at 6:45 p.m. CET, the 2015 MTV EMAs are the first global music award show to give fans this fully immersive experience. The network is also teaming up with Instagram to host a custom booth backstage at the main event, inspired by Instagram's new Boomerang app, with global music and internet stars Instagramming exclusive images and boomerang style videos throughout the event.  Additionally, in the second phase of its international rebrand, the network is debuting MTV Canvas, a new tool found on MTVbump.com that gives the audience tools to play with pop culture and create and submit spots to possibly run on-air on MTV's network of international channels in 160+ countries.    
 
Virtual Reality
The 2015 MTV EMAs is the first global music award show to fully integrate a live virtual reality viewing experience into both its red carpet pre-show and the main show, giving fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favourite music and celebrities in real-time. By placing cameras on the red carpet and in the main show, fans in markets around the world will be able to choose where to look, giving them a unique and individual interactive virtual reality experience.   Accessed via the 2015 MTV EMA app (supports iOS 8 and above or Android 4.4 and above), and used in conjunction with an easy to use cardboard viewer, the real time experience lets fans feel as though they are on the red carpet or sitting in-house watching the show.  Fans without a viewer can still access a 360-degree viewing experience via the MTV EMA app.
 
"We are always looking at new ways to engage our audience and push boundaries.  The MTV EMAs are one of the biggest nights of the year for us globally, so it makes sense to immerse viewers in this event live via virtual reality," said Bob Bakish, President and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks.  "As the first global music award show to broadcast the full event live in VR, we're giving young people around the world a front row seat to the incredible music, artists and unexpected moments that make this show epic." 
 
2015 MTV EMAs Social Activations
MTV is collaborating with Instagram to host a custom "Boomerang" inspired booth backstage at the 2015 MTV EMAs, where musicians can capture and Instagram their own Boomerang style videos.
 
Boomerang is a new standalone app, which was launched by Instagram yesterday, that helps you turn everyday moments into something fun and unexpected. Boomerang takes a burst of photos and stitches them together into a high-quality mini video that plays forward and back. The design is as simple as it gets: press a button and the app does the rest. No login required.  The backstage booth is formed of a semi-circle of LED screens playing fast moving images, which will generate live action Booms.  The videos will be shared on talent's own Instagram accounts throughout the event and on MTV EMAs Instagram account.

MTV and Snapchat are also partnering to bring fans closer to the action of the EMA's. Snapchat will be covering the event through a MTV EMA Live Story and have custom MTV EMA geofilters available to Snapchatters attending the show. Additionally, MTV will feature exclusive EMA content from the red carpet, main show and backstage on its international Snapchat Discover channel.  Additionally, the network will feature live content on Vine, Facebook and Twitter throughout the night, and will live-stream backstage moments via Periscope.  
 
MTV Canvas
On the night of the 2015 MTV EMAs, the network will unveil MTV Canvas.  Created with To.Be, Canvas is an online tool that gives the audience freedom to create and play with the brand and pop culture, making their own visual art with music, backdrops and more.  The pre-loaded content will be refreshed on an ongoing basis, starting with MTV EMA-themed assets. Found on MTVbump.com, users can share the Canvas video spots they've created on Facebook or Twitter, and submit them to run on-air on MTV's international channels.  Videos that have been selected to run on-air will also be featured alongside #MTVBump content on the site.  All spots will give credit where its due, featuring users' social media handle.
 
"When our international channels evolved from 'I want my MTV' to 'I am my MTV,' we knew it would be critical to give our audience different entry points to play with the brand and truly make it their own," said Bob Bakish, President and CEO of VIMN.  "Its fitting that we'd launch this tool on one of our biggest nights of the year, and we hope our audience uses MTV Canvas to continue the pop culture revelry in the wake of this year's show." 
 
MTV launched #MTVBump earlier this year.  #MTVbump connects the Internet to the network's linear broadcast system, allowing social media videos on Instagram or Vines shared on Twitter with #MTVbump to be up on-air in as little as two hours. MTV collects the videos using a custom content management system (CMS) developed together with B-Reel Creative that allows MTV teams to curate the content, filtering for local relevance, pop culture topicality or number of fans, and then seamlessly scheduling it to be up on-air and across platforms.  Users can submit directly on Instagram or with Vines shared on Twitter, or go to MTVbump.com, where they can also view the "bumps" that have made it on-air around the world.  Numbers vary by market, but in total - #MTVbumps are airing an average of nearly 1,200 times a day across participating markets combined. 
 
For 2015 MTV EMAs artwork, press assets and further information please visit press.mtvema.com.  To play with MTV Canvas, head to MTVbump.com/Canvas beginning on Sunday, 25 October. 
 
About the 2015 MTV EMAs
The 2015 MTV EMAs, sponsored by Tezenis Underwear and Guitar Hero Live, will broadcast LIVE across the globe on Sunday, 25 October at 9:00PM CET* from the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, in partnership with Expo 2015. One of the biggest global music events of the year that celebrates the hottest artists from around the world, the MTV EMAs bring music fans a unique, multi-platform experience across MTV's global network of more than 60 channels and over 300 digital media properties and platforms. Follow @MTVEMA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine, and join the conversation with #MTVEMA. Fans are invited to participate in the 2015 MTV EMAs campaign using MTV Bump. Bruce Gillmer and Richard Godfrey are Executive Producers for the 2015 MTV EMAs. For MTV EMA news, updates and press materials please visit press.mtvema.com
*Check local listings.

About MTV
MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of nearly 785 million households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people.  MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile.  Outside of the United States, MTV is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all platforms. 

Press Contacts
For enquiries regarding the Instagram partnership or Boomerang, please contact laurac@instagram.com

Janice Gatti
VIMN Communications
Janice.Gatti@vimn.com
+1 (212) 846-8852
 
Kate Laverge
VIMN Communications
Kate.Laverge@viacom.com
+1 (212) 654-4335