May 14, 1994 |
Adam Curry, who left MTV last month, is in a legal tussle with his old boss to retain the computer address he began while a VJ at the music channel. The case could decide if company names and trademarks are protected in cyberspace. About a year ago Curry started a daily "cybersleaze report" on Internet in which he gave his spin on rock industry stuff. When he left MTV he continued using his computer address, "mtv.com," in his new Internet consulting biz. Thursday in Manhattan federal court, MTV accused Curry of copyright violation.
October 21, 2004 |
Teens were captivated by the first season of MTV's Pimp My Ride. Kids who looked and lived just like them saw their busted-up cars transformed into chrome-laden chariots with enough gadgetry to make James Bond envious. The show was a runaway hit, scoring top ratings with teenagers on Sunday nights and cruising easily past all the many car-makeover shows among viewers ages 12 to 34. "It's not the typical 'reality' show for MTV's target audience," says Marc Berman, a columnist for the trade publication Mediaweek.
April 12, 2013 |
FOLLOWING the death of reality-TV star Shain Gandee , MTV has officially canceled "Buckwild. " "After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with season two of 'Buckwild' in West Virginia," MTV said, in a statement. "We love the cast and the show and this was not an easy decision, but given Shain's tragic passing and essential presence on the show, we felt it was not appropriate to continue without him. Instead, we are working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to his memory on our air and privately.
August 19, 1989 |
MTV has decided that the new Cher video is too much of a good thing and will restrict its showing, beginning this weekend, to between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. "It's just a little too much tush for Saturday morning," MTV executive Abbey Konowitch said yesterday of "If I Could Turn Back Time. " In the video, released this summer, inquiring viewers can make out most of Cher's storied tattoos through a gauze-and-black-garter outfit. "When we accepted it, we felt it was borderline," said Konowitch.
March 20, 1992 |
Forget books, conversation and the great outdoors. Turn on the tube, pump up the volume and get ready to party! MTV is coming back! Sammons Communications, which yanked the rock music station off cable in Lower Bucks and South Jersey this year, announced yesterday that it will restore the 10-year-old titan of cable TV this summer. Sammons had replaced MTV with the Jukebox Network, a pay-per-view video station, after MTV refused to be offered as an optional service. Making it an optional service, known as "tiering" in the cable industry, would have allowed Sammons to charge extra for MTV, which is now included in the price of basic cable.
November 13, 1996 |
MTV, one of cable television's leading networks for the past 15 years, is getting a multimillion-dollar face lift aimed at taking it back to its roots. Next month the music channel will debut an array of new shows and begin presenting more music videos in an effort to preserve and strengthen its reputation as the premier media outlet for youth culture. "Our goal is to make sure, in the increasingly competitive landscape out there, that we are providing a constantly exciting [and]
March 17, 1992 |
An escalating controversy involving Oxford Valley Cable Company's decision to cease offering its subscribers MTV - cable's rock video channel - is threatening to reach national awareness. To hear MTV tell it, you would think that freedom itself is being threatened, and that a horde of kids roughly the size of Washington's lobbying community have witnessed an abrupt ending of modern civilization. MTV's "unbiased" surveys indicate the unpopularity of Oxford Valley's decision.
October 11, 2011 |
For MTV, the situation was more than awkward. In fall 2008, the network was bingeing on manufactured reality shows that celebrated wealth and excess just as the country was staggering into a recession. Banks were failing, people were losing their jobs, and college students were facing uncertain futures. But on MTV, the glamorous clique from The Hills was indulging in West Hollywood shopping trips and getaways to Cabo San Lucas. And on My Super Sweet 16, the parents of a South Carolina beauty queen spent tens of thousands of dollars to give her the perfect birthday party, with a baby-blue Hummer.
December 3, 1991 |
Blondes, Venetian blinds and lots of smoke. The formula for a typical music video seems about as complex as a glass of Tang. Stuff a babe into a bustier, crank up the music and roll those cameras. And with empty-headed MTV spokesfolks like Adam Curry and Downtown Julie Brown pointlessly gabbing between hackneyed video clips, the whole medium comes off as limp. But "The Art of Video Music: Ten Years After," a series at International House, shows that there's more to the genre than a succession of scenes featuring lingerie-clad women.
August 23, 2006 |
TWO-A-DAYS. 10:30 tonight, MTV. MTV programmers have a knack for finding shows about the channel's audience that also resonate with that same audience. In "Two-A-Days," a documentary series about a high school football squad that launches tonight, MTV has a winner. In fact, it should do for high school football what "Laguna Beach" did for that ritzy region of California - make stars out of the subjects and create plenty of locker-side chatter about the drama that unfolds each week.