MTV Unveils the Highly Anticipated 2021 “MTV Movie & TV Awards” Nominees





MTV Unveils the Highly Anticipated 2021 “MTV Movie & TV Awards” Nominees
Beginning today, April 19, fans can vote for their favorites across 25 gender-neutral categories including “Best Kiss,” “Breakthrough Performance,” “Best Show,” and more by visiting vote.mtv.com through April 30.
[via press release from MTV]
MTV UNVEILS THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED 2021 “MTV MOVIE & TV AWARDS” NOMINEES

WandaVision, Emily In Paris, and RuPaul’s Drag Race Lead TV Nominations And Judas and the Black Messiah and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Lead Film Nominations

Fan Voting for the 2021 “MTV Movie & TV Awards” is Officially Open Now through April 30 at vote.mtv.com

· MTV announced nominees for the 2021 “MTV Movie & TV Awards” and “Movie & TV Awards: UNSCRIPTED” (see complete list below).

· Additional details about the 2021 “MTV Movie & TV Awards” and “Movie & TV Awards: UNSCRIPTED” including hosts, presenters and more will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

· About Nominations:

· Beginning today, April 19th, fans can vote for their favorites across 25 gender-neutral categories including “Best Kiss,” “Breakthrough Performance,” “Best Show,” and more by visiting vote.mtv.com through April 30, 2021.

· WandaVision (5), Emily In Paris (4), The Boys (4), Bridgerton (3), Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (3) and The Mandalorian (3) lead “MTV Movie & TV Awards” nominations.

· RuPaul’s Drag Race (4), 90 Day Fiancé (2), Bling Empire (2), Legendary (2), Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (2), Nailed It! (2), Ridiculousness (2). The Challenge (2) lead “MTV Movie & TV Awards: UNSCRIPTED” nominations.

· Chadwick Boseman received a posthumous nomination in the “Best Performance in a Movie” category for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

· Quarantine’s most bingeable reality TV shows including Floor Is Lava, Love Is Blind, Selling Sunset, The Circle, Tiger King, Unsolved Mysteries, and more are all up for awards this year.

· First-time “MTV Movie & TV Awards” nominees include: Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman), Zendaya (Malcom & Marie), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit), Emma Corrin (The Crown), Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You), Anthony Mackie (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier), Jack Quaid (The Boys), Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), Teyonah Parris (WandaVision), Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek), Eric Andre (Bad Trip), Leslie Jones (Coming 2 America), Aya Cash (The Boys), Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian), Kathryn Hahn (WandaVision), Nicholas Hoult (The Great), Antonia Gentry (Ginny & Georgia), Ashley Park (Emily in Paris), Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan), Paul Mescal (Normal People), Regé-Jean Page (Bridgerton), Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country), Simona Brown (Behind Her Eyes)

· Previously announced:

· This year, the highly anticipated “MTV Movie & TV Awards” will be an epic two-night Los Angeles takeover honoring the biggest and best in movies and television.

· The 2021 “MTV Movie & TV Awards” telecast will air live on Sunday, May 16 from the Palladium in Los Angeles, CA at 9PM ET/PT.

· Winners of scripted categories will be announced during 2021 “MTV Movie & TV Awards” Sunday, May 16.

· Immediately following, MTV will air the inaugural “Movie & TV Awards: UNSCRIPTED” on Monday, May 17 at 9PM ET/PT; a first-of-its-kind celebration of all things reality television. Over-the-top, funny and completely fresh, the night will celebrate the jaw-dropping, no-rules, drama-filled moments from our favorite reality shows.

· Winners of UNSCRIPTED categories will be revealed during the “Movie & TV Awards: UNSCRIPTED” on Monday, May 17.

· Sponsors of the two-night celebration include The Real Cost(TM) (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and SONIC(R) Drive-In.

· For updates and additional information, please visit MTVAwards.mtv.com, follow @MTV on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube, use hashtag #MTVAwards and follow @MTVAwards on Facebook and Twitter.

COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES, SCRIPTED:

BEST MOVIE
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Judas and the Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman
Soul
To All the Boys: Always and Forever

BEST SHOW
Bridgerton
Cobra Kai
Emily in Paris
The Boys
WandaVision

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MOVIE
Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah
Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Zendaya – Malcolm & Marie

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SHOW
Anya Taylor-Joy – The Queen’s Gambit
Elizabeth Olsen – WandaVision
Elliot Page – The Umbrella Academy
Emma Corrin – The Crown
Michaela Coel – I May Destroy You

BEST HERO
Anthony Mackie – The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman 1984
Jack Quaid – The Boys
Pedro Pascal – The Mandalorian
Teyonah Parris – WandaVision

BEST KISS
Chase Stokes & Madelyn Cline – Outer Banks
Jodie Comer & Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
Lily Collins & Lucas Bravo – Emily in Paris
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan & Jaren Lewison – Never Have I Ever
Regé-Jean Page & Phoebe Dynevor – Bridgerton

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Annie Murphy – Schitt’s Creek
Eric Andre – Bad Trip
Issa Rae – Insecure
Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso
Leslie Jones – Coming 2 America

BEST VILLAIN
Aya Cash – The Boys
Ewan McGregor – Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Giancarlo Esposito – The Mandalorian
Kathryn Hahn – WandaVision
Nicholas Hoult – The Great

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
Antonia Gentry – Ginny & Georgia
Ashley Park – Emily in Paris
Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Paul Mescal – Normal People
Regé-Jean Page – Bridgerton

BEST FIGHT
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) – Final Funhouse Fight
Cobra Kai – Finale House Fight
The Boys – Starlight, Queen Maeve, Kimiko vs. Stormfront
WandaVision – Wanda vs. Agatha
Zack Snyder’s Justice League – Final Fight vs. Steppenwolf

MOST FRIGHTENED PERFORMANCE
Elisabeth Moss – The Invisible Man
Jurnee Smollett – Lovecraft Country
Simona Brown – Behind Her Eyes
Victoria Pedretti – The Haunting of Bly Manor
Vince Vaughn – Freaky

BEST DUO
Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar – Star (Kristen Wiig) & Barb (Annie Mumolo)
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier – Falcon (Anthony Mackie) & Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan)
The Mandalorian – Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) & Grogu
Emily in Paris – Emily Cooper (Lily Collins) & Mindy Chen (Ashley Park)
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan – Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen) & Tutar Sagdiyev (Maria Bakalova)

COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES, UNSCRIPTED:

BEST DOCU-REALITY SHOW
Below Deck Mediterranean
Black Ink Crew New York
Bling Empire
Jersey Shore Family Vacation
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta

BEST DATING SHOW
90 Day Fiancé
Ex On The Beach
Love Is Blind
Ready to Love
The Bachelorette

BEST REALITY CAST
90 Day Fiancé
Jersey Shore Family Vacation
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
RuPaul’s Drag Race
The Real Housewives of Atlanta

BEST COMPETITION SERIES
Legendary
RuPaul’s Drag Race
The Challenge
The Circle
The Masked Singer

BEST LIFESTYLE SHOW
Deliciousness
Fixer Upper: Welcome Home
Making The Cut
Nailed It!
Queer Eye

BEST NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES (brought to you by SONIC(R) Drive-In)
Bling Empire
Cardi Tries
Selena + Chef
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City
VH1 Family Reunion: Love & Hip Hop Edition

BEST TALK / TOPICAL SHOW
A Little Late with Lilly Singh
Red Table Talk
The Breakfast Club
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen

BEST COMEDY / GAME SHOW
Floor Is Lava
Impractical Jokers
Kids Say the Darndest Things
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out
Ridiculousness

BEST HOST
Nicole Byer – Nailed It!
Rob Dyrdek – Ridiculousness
RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race
T.J. Lavin – The Challenge
Tiffany Haddish – Kids Say the Darndest Things

BREAKTHROUGH SOCIAL STAR
Addison Rae
Bretman Rock
Charli D’Amelio
Jalaiah Harmon
Rickey Thompson

BEST REAL-LIFE MYSTERY OR CRIME SERIES
Catfish: The TV Show
Evil Lives Here
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness
Unsolved Mysteries

BEST FIGHT
Selling Sunset – Chrishell Stause vs. Christine Quinn
The Real Housewives of New Jersey – Jackie Goldschneider vs. Teresa Giudice
Untucked: RuPaul’s Drag Race – Kandy Muse vs. Tamisha Iman
Keeping Up With The Kardashians – Kourtney Kardashian vs. Kim Kardashian West
Legendary – Law Roach vs. Guest Judge Dominique Jackson

BEST INTERNATIONAL REALITY SERIES
Acapulco Shore
Geordie Shore
Love Island (ITV)
¡Nailed it! México
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK



MTV’s “Deliciousness” Returns with All-New Episodes Monday, April 26th





MTV’s “Deliciousness” Returns with All-New Episodes Monday, April 26th
Hosted by Tiffani Thiessen, her and the dais of foodies including Angela Kinsey, Kel Mitchell and Tim Chantarangsu celebrate the things we love to indulge in – food and drink.
[via press release from MTV]
WATCH: MTV’s Deliciousness Returns with All-New Episodes Monday, April 26th – New Assets Available

Deliciousness, the food themed Ridiculousness spin-off returns for season two. Hosted by Tiffani Thiessen (Saved By The Bell, Beverly Hills 90210), her and the dais of foodies including Angela Kinsey (The Office), Kel Mitchell (All That, Kenan & Kel) and Tim Chantarangsu celebrate the things we love to indulge in – food and drink.

Deliciousness returns for another one-week special event Monday, April 26 at 7pm ET/PT on MTV.

About Deliciousness:

Each episode, the all-star roster of foodies react to the internet’s most viral and entertaining videos. From food blunders to restaurant server fails to kids in the kitchen and more, Deliciousness helps satisfy the foodie in all of us. Deliciousness is produced by Thrill One Media (formerly Superjacket Productions) and Gorilla Flicks.



MTV Entertainment Studios Sets Premiere for Highly Anticipated Coming-of-Age Film “Pink Skies Ahead”





MTV Entertainment Studios Sets Premiere for Highly Anticipated Coming-of-Age Film “Pink Skies Ahead” from Stampede Ventures on Saturday, May 8th at 9:00PM ET/PT on MTV
Set in Los Angeles in 1998, it follows Winona (Jessica Barden) who, after dropping out of college and moving back home to live with her parents, is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
[via press release from MTV]
MTV Entertainment Studios sets premiere for highly anticipated coming-of-age film “Pink Skies Ahead” from Stampede Ventures on Saturday, May 8th at 9:00PM ET/PT on MTV

Written and directed by New York Times best-selling author Kelly Oxford, Pink Skies Ahead sheds light on anxiety disorder and stars Jessica Barden as lead with Henry Winkler, Lewis Pullman, Marcia Gay Harden, Mary J. Blige and Michael McKean


New York, New York – April 15, 2021 – MTV Entertainment Studios today announced that the highly-anticipated film, Pink Skies Ahead, written and directed by New York Times best-selling author Kelly Oxford, is set to premiere commercial free on Saturday, May 8 at 9:00PM ET/PT on MTV with a simulcast on Pop TV.

The critically-acclaimed film, which made its world premiere at the AFI Film Festival, showcases mental health issues in a nuanced and authentic way as part of MTV’s newly-launched Mental Health is Health initiative, marks Oxford’s feature-length directorial debut and is based on “No Real Danger,” an essay from her second book, “When You Find Out the World Is Against You.”

The coming-of-age film stars Jessica Barden (End of the F***ing World, The New Romantic), Mary J. Blige (The Umbrella Academy), Devon Bostick (The 100, Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Pollock), Michael McKean (Better Call Saul, This Is Spinal Tap), Lewis Pullman (Bad Times at the El Royale, The Strangers: Prey at Night), Evan Ross Cameron (The United States vs. Billie Holiday, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay), Odeya Rush (Goosebumps, Lady Bird), Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel, Undone) and Henry Winkler (Barry, Happy Days).

Set in Los Angeles in 1998, it follows Winona (Barden) who, after dropping out of college and moving back home to live with her parents, is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Skeptical of her doctor’s opinion – she hasn’t had a panic attack after all – Winona carries on with her wild lifestyle. Only when things begin to truly unravel around her, does she reluctantly decide to see a therapist and face her truths.

“Pink Skies Ahead is loosely based on events that occurred when I was nineteen years old,” says Oxford. “It is a manifestation and reckoning with my own anxiety struggles. Purely out of self-protection, I’ve spent my life creating a firmly independent exterior surface that does not reflect my inner turmoil or compulsive and obsessive worried thoughts. As a forty-two-year-old woman, I’m still grappling with shame and denial of my own inner workings as an anxious person. The catharsis of writing and directing Pink Skies Ahead was a huge step in accepting myself. And I hope our film helps others feel less shame in their “not normal” feelings than I did.”

As part of Mental Health is Health and in recognition of the powerful role media and storytelling can play in addressing our nation’s mental health challenges, MTVE convened a coalition of leading entertainment companies and mental health experts to change mental health representation in entertainment and transform the national conversation on the issue.

Pink Skies Ahead is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and Stampede Ventures. Producers include Greg Silverman of Stampede Ventures, Lisa Zambri, as well as Greg Gilreath and Adam Hendricks of Divide/Conquer and in association with Foton Pictures and Glanzrock Productions. Executive producers are Gideon Yu and Chris Bosco of Stampede Ventures, Zac Locke, Carlos Cuscó of Foton.Pictures, Emerson Machtus and Andrew Davies Gans of Glanzrock Productions.



MTV Sets Premiere Date for Highly Anticipated Return of “Siesta Key” on Wednesday, May 12





MTV Sets Premiere Date for Highly Anticipated Return of “Siesta Key” on Wednesday, May 12 at 8PM ET/PT
The new slate of sizzling episodes focuses on Juliette and Kelsey hustling to launch their businesses, Brandon embarking on his unexpected journey into fatherhood, Chloe refocusing her energy, and Madisson’s nuptials right on the horizon.
[via press release from MTV]
MTV sets premiere date for highly anticipated return of “Siesta Key” on Wednesday, May 12 at 8PM ET/PT

New York, NY – April 15, 2021 – MTV’s highly-anticipated hit series, Siesta Key is back as the perfect summer escape starting Wednesday, May 12 at 8PM ET/PT leading into the new season of The Hills: New Beginnings for a night of back-to-back premieres. Siesta Key’s new slate of sizzling episodes focuses on Juliette and Kelsey hustling to launch their businesses, Brandon embarking on his unexpected journey into fatherhood, Chloe refocusing her energy, and Madisson’s nuptials right on the horizon. But life takes an unexpected twist when the crew steps off the Key and into uncharted territory.

About the explosive new season:

Juliette is launching her new luxury business and has found her billionaire prince charming Sam. But before she can live happily ever after, she’ll have to stand on her own two feet and not let her ex-bestie Kelsey get the better of her.

Kelsey is working overtime to have it all. With a new condo, a new business venture, and a new love interest, there’s nothing she wants…except Juliette’s respect.

Brandon is focused on being a father to his new baby boy, while continuing to work on his music career. But he can’t seem to let go of his past, as he struggles to win back his old flame Camilla.

Chloe has left her gossiping and meddling ways behind and embarked on a spiritual journey to better herself and others. But when her friends are more than skeptical, she has to decide if it’s time to ditch them for good.

Madisson is engaged and deals with the reality of raising a family with someone almost twice her age. After a trip of self-discovery, she’ll have to face up to what she really wants.

Amanda is coming into her own with a new career in filmmaking and has a new man on her arm. But after a scandalous video surfaces, she is left with a tough decision.

Garrett has found true love with his new girlfriend Kenna. But before they can get too cozy, they must face Garrett’s biggest critic…his ex Cara.

For more, follow Siesta Key on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok and join the conversation using #SiestaKey.

From Entertainment One (eOne) the studio behind “Ex On The Beach,” executive producer is Tara Long, and from Creature Films the team behind “Laguna Beach,” executive producers are Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez. Tom Danon, Gary Kompothecras, Warren Skeels and Elizabeth Jones also serve as executive producers. Daniel Blau Rogge and Jennifer Aguirre executive produce for MTV.

About Creature Films:

Creature Films is a full-service film and television production company and a leading producer of premium documentary content. The company is owned and run by Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez. Together they’ve produced over a hundred hours of programming, with credits that include MTV’s “Siesta Key”, “Laguna Beach” and “Taking The Stage”; VH1’s “Behind The Music” and “Love & Listings”; and A&E’s Emmy(R)-nominated “L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later”, “Streets of Compton” and “Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.”

About Entertainment One:

Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne’s expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies.



MTV’s “Catfish: The TV Show” Returns with All-New Episodes Kicking Off Tuesday, May 4 at 9pm ET/PT





MTV’s “Catfish: The TV Show” Returns with All-New Episodes Kicking Off Tuesday, May 4 at 9pm ET/PT
Executive producer and host Nev Schulman and co-host Kamie Crawford are back to track down online impersonators who have been taking advantage of people just looking for someone to cuff up with.
[via press release from MTV]
MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show returns with all-new episodes kicking off Tuesday, May 4 at 9pm ET/PT

About Catfish: The TV Show

It’s been a long year of quarantining and cabin fever has set in, but now that it’s spring the Catfish are coming out of the woodwork. Executive Producer and host Nev Schulman and co-host Kamie Crawford are back to track down online impersonators who have been taking advantage of people just looking for someone to cuff up with. With extra free time and a lack of social interaction, people all over the world have been searching for connections online, whether it’s love, friendship or everything in between. The all-new episodes of Catfish are full of never-before-seen deceivers, including a Florida porn star, an Atlanta rapper, and a Turkish role-playing Romeo.

Follow along with the show on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and join in on the conversation using #Catfish.



First National ‘Mental Health Action Day’ to Drive People to Take a First Mental Health Action





First National ‘Mental Health Action Day’ to Drive People to Take a First Mental Health Action for Themselves or Others

One year into COVID-19 and amidst a growing mental health crisis, MTV Entertainment Group and nearly 200 organizations team up to plan inaugural ‘Mental Health Action Day’ on May 20

Learn more at www.MentalHealthActionDay.org

NEW YORK CITY — MTV Entertainment Group, in partnership with 193 leading brands, nonprofits and cultural leaders today announced the first-ever Mental Health Action Day, to be held on Thursday, May 20 during Mental Health Awareness Month.

Over the past two decades, suicide rates have risen, particularly among young adults. And the COVID pandemic has accelerated the already dire crisis, giving way to what many mental health professionals have called the “second pandemic.”

Though more people than ever are comfortable discussing mental health, finding effective resources and knowing how to get help remains a challenge. Mental Health Action Day is an open-source movement of brands, organizations and cultural leaders to drive culture from mental health awareness to mental health action.

Partners will encourage people to take their first steps towards mental health action — whether for themselves, for their loved ones or to advocate for systemic changes. Resources and tools will be available for people to seek help in a myriad of ways from starting a meditation practice, learning how to support a friend, or advocating for change.

Partners To Date:

320 Changes Direction
AARP
Active Minds
Administration for Children and Families
AIM Youth Mental Health
AIR – Attitudes In Reverse®
Aliento
Alma
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
AmeriCorps
batyr
Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc.
BET
BetterUp
Blue Shield of California’s BlueSky Initiative
Born This Way Foundation
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
BRAVO SIERRA
Bring Change to Mind
Charity Bomb
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Cities Thrive Coalition
City of Kindness
CivicGeorgia
Clubhouse International
CMT
Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE)
Color Of Change
Comedy Central
Comedy Gives Back
Communities In Schools®
Compass Coffee
Complex Networks
Cope Notes®
Crisis Text Line
CURA Strategies
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
DoSomething.org
Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation
Drumming for Your Life Institute
Empathy Rocks
Empire Vets
End Rape On Campus
Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC)
Eventbrite
EVERFI
Falkora Mental Health and Neutrotech Initiative
FaZe Clan
Feeding America®
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
Find Your Anchor
First Responders First
Fountain House
FourBlock
General Assembly
Generation S.O.S.
GI Go Fund
GIPHY
Give an Hour
GLAAD
Grit Digital Health
Gympass
#HalfTheStory
HeadCount
Headspace
Health Action Alliance
Hilinski’s Hope
Hillel International
Hines Foundation
Home Base
Hope For The Day
Hopelab
Inseparable
International Mental Health Association (IMHA)
It’s On Us
JobPath Partners
Joyful Heart Foundation
JV Agency
kate spade new york
Kenneth Cole
LogoTV
Long Island Alzheimer’s Dementia Center
Love is Louder
MAD TASTY
March for Our Lives
MedCircle
Mental Health America
#MentalHealthPH
Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI)
Morgan Stanley
Movember
MTV
Musack
MusiCares
Muslim Advocates
Muslim Public Affairs Council
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI Westside Los Angeles
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
National Safety Council
NBCUniversal
Never Alone Mental Health & Suicide Prevention
NEXUS
NM Impact Ltd.
NoStigmas
Notes for needs
NowMattersNow.org
NowThis
Number Story
Office Depot
On Our Sleeves®
One Love Foundation
One Mind
Operation Homefront
Overtown Youth Center
Painted Brain
Panorama Global
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Network
PAUSE+EXPAND
Peer Health Exchange
Penske Media Corporation
Plant People
Poder Latinx
Pop TV
Project Healthy Minds
Psych Hub
Puffco
Punk Rock Food Drive
Queens Gaming Collective
Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez
Reddit
Represent Justice
RespectAbility
Rise Above The Disorder
Rock to Recovery
Saint City Culinary Foundation (iheardyou.org)
Sana Benefits
Sanvello Health
Shatterproof
SHOWTIME®
Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance
Smithsonian Channel
Snap Inc.
Songs That Saved My Life
Sound Mind Live
Special Olympics, Inc.
Storyline Partners
Stronger Than Stigma®
Student Veterans of America
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Taskeen Health Initiative
TaskForce
Teen Line
The Ad Council
The Chopra Foundation
The Clinton Foundation
The Jed Foundation
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The Kennedy Forum
The Lewis Prize for Music
The Mental Health Coalition
The National Council for Behavioral Health
The People Concern
The Trevor Project
The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health
Therapists in Tech
Therapy for Black Girls
theSkimm
THIRA Health
Thrive Global
TimelyMD
TIME’S UP Foundation
To Write Love on Her Arms
Too Small To Fail
Trans Lifeline
TV Land
Two Chairs
Uber
UNICEF
United Nations Verified
Unite The United
United Suicide Survivors International
United Way Worldwide
Univision Communications Inc.
VH1
ViacomCBS
ViacomCBS Veterans Network
Vibrant Emotional Health
VICE Media Group
Vice Ventures
Victoria’s Secret PINK
VidCon
Watering Seeds
Wounded Warrior Project
YouTube
Mental Health Action Day is being planned in partnership with TaskForce, a cultural organizing agency that builds capacity for those taking on the most pressing challenges facing our communities, our nation and our world.

“From Covid-19 to economic struggles and the continuing fight for racial justice, the other half of the twin pandemic is the rise of our mental health challenges,” said Erika Soto Lamb, Vice President of Social Impact Strategy at MTV Entertainment Group. “This is a critical moment to shift our culture from mental health awareness to mental health action and MTV is proud to come together with diverse cross-sector leaders on this inaugural day to encourage and empower people to take action — for themselves, for their loved ones or for the systemic changes needed to improve our social and emotional wellbeing.”

Additional participants and more information about how each partner will activate on May 20 will be forthcoming. More on Mental Health Action Day and initial partners can be found at www.MentalHealthActionDay.org and follow along at #MentalHealthAction.

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About Mental Health Action Day

Mental Health Action Day is an open-source movement of brands, organizations and cultural leaders to drive culture from mental health awareness to mental health action. The first Mental Health Action Day will take place on May 20, 2021 with a mission to encourage and empower people to take their first steps towards mental health action — whether for themselves, for their loved ones or to advocate for systemic changes, because mental health is health. Learn more at www.MentalHealthActionDay.org

Additional statements in support of Mental Health Action Day:

Talinda Bennington, Founder of 320 Changes Direction:

“320 Changes Direction was founded after I lost my late husband, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, to suicide in 2017. Our mission is to change the culture surrounding mental health. Over the last several years, there has been a significant shift towards a more open dialogue surrounding mental health and more access to mental health resources. MTV’s Mental Health Action Day is the most significant step yet; Moving from Mental Health Awareness to Mental Health ACTION! 320 Changes Direction is honored to be a founding partner in this extraordinary endeavor.”

Susan Stilwell, Founder of AIM Youth Mental Health:

“Just like we need the science to find vaccines for COVID-19, we need the science to find better treatments for mental illness. While talking about young people’s mental health is important, it is not enough. We need to find the answers, and to find the answers, we have to fund the science – the research – that is so desperately needed right now. On Mental Health Action Day, let’s not only encourage the mental health conversation, but also the urgent need for mental health research.”

AIR Attitudes In Reverse®:

“Mental illness is like AIR. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. It is all around us.”

Dr. Christine Yu Moutier, Chief Medical Officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:

“More people than ever are recognizing that mental health is just as important as physical health. With this increased public understanding and the need to deepen the public’s understanding of how to take care of mental health, we are proud to participate in the MTV Mental Health Action Day. All of these combined community and organizational actions, and a public day that amplifies the importance, helps in AFSP’s mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.”

Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc.:

“We believe that when someone has a mental illness, it should be far easier, and more affordable, than it is today to get help. And when someone is experiencing a full-blown mental health crisis, cops shouldn’t be the first responders. It’s time for change.”

Alexi Robichaux, CEO and Co-Founder of BetterUp:

“At BetterUp, we actively champion the importance of mental fitness – which is about tapping into our strengths and building resilience in order to be our best, happiest, and healthiest selves. We started the company eight years ago with a vision to build the gym for mental health, and while the conversation around mental wellbeing has become more open in the past year, we’re excited to help people shift from awareness to action, to proactively take care of their mental health today. Mental health is health, and we’re proud to be a part of this initiative to elevate the importance of mental fitness and to help others work toward a greater sense of clarity, purpose, and passion.”

Amanda Lasik, BlueSky Program Manager at Blue Shield of California:

“Mental illness is the number one reason California children are hospitalized and the pandemic has only exacerbated the crisis. That’s why Blue Shield of California’s BlueSky Initiative is committed to helping connect youth, educators and parents with holistic mental health resources and support. We are excited to join partners across the nation in MTV’s first Mental Health Action Day. Working together, we can spotlight common mental health concerns and support even more youth and families in need.”

Michelle K. Sugihara, Executive Director/CEO of CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment:

“CAPE is proud to be a founding partner of MTV’s inaugural Mental Health Action Day. May is both Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month and we’re excited to highlight the intersectionality within our communities.”

Charity Bomb:

“Charity Bomb’s congruous alignment with MTV for Mental Health Action Day allows us to showcase and offer our invaluable EQ/SEL resources to galvanize young minds from mental illness during this challenging time.”

Marissa Andrada, Chief Diversity, Inclusion & People Officer of Chipotle Mexican Grill:

“At Chipotle, our vision for people is to create a culture where employees can thrive and pursue their passion. To ensure our employees can build a supportive network and ensure mental fitness, we are proud to offer access to mental health benefits for both our employees and their family members. We are inspired by the momentum of Mental Health Action Day and will continue to amplify the message year round with our voice and our actions.”

Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City and Founder of ThriveNYC and the Cities Thrive Coalition:

“There is no health without mental health. Children and their families will feel the adverse mental health effects of the pandemic throughout their lives, and we need to ensure that every American has access to mental health resources. New York City continues to break barriers to mental health care with a collaborative agency approach, groundbreaking ThriveNYC programs and tele-mental health services. I am excited to raise my voice on Mental Health Action Day to encourage more people to get the mental health support they need to live healthy lives.”

Deepak Chopra MD, Author and Founder of The Chopra Foundation:

“Mental well-being and mental hygiene are the number 1 priority to help prevent extinction from human causes, such as, climate change, social and economic injustice, war and terrorism, the pandemic of suicide in teens and adults, and from the psycho-pathology of collective insanity that it is now assumed to be normal. Mental Health Action Day supports the collective conversation creating emergent solutions for ALL.”

Poonacha Machaiah, Social Entrepreneur & CEO of The Chopra Foundation:

“The loneliness epidemic has been accelerated due to COVID. Loneliness and social isolation can be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. We need to democratize access to mental hygiene tools and rebuild our communities. We are incredibly grateful to partner with MTV and provide resources for Mental Health Action Day.”

Joel D. Corcoran, Executive Director and CEO of Clubhouse International:

“We are stronger when we stand together. At Clubhouse International and on behalf of our global network of Clubhouse communities, we call on governments everywhere to invest in meaningful support, services and opportunities for people overcoming mental illness. It is time for all of us to join the conversation. Mental health is everyone’s business. Let’s make Mental Health Action Day 2021 the start of something big! Be part of the change. Speak up for mental health.”

Rashad Robinson, President of Color Of Change:

“Color Of Change – the nation’s largest online racial justice organization – is proud to participate in the inaugural Mental Health Action Day in partnership with MTV. By joining forces with this powerful coalition, we will continue to build awareness among potential allies, turning energy around racial justice into real policy. A major part of mental health is ensuring that those in power are creating a safe and equitable world for Black people by means such as divesting from racist policing, and investing in communities and mental health services. Color Of Change, alongside our millions of members, will continue to demand the physical and mental protection Black people need not only to survive, but become powerful in our communities, as the devastating effects of COVID-19 continue to disproportionately affect and threaten our livelihoods.”

Communities In Schools:

“Communities In Schools ensures that all students receive the social, emotional and mental health support they need in schools and beyond the classroom. We are proud to raise our voice on Mental Health Action Day and join others in expressing the importance of empowering everyone to take the first steps toward mental health in their lives, in the lives of those they love and in their communities.”

Christian Baesler, President of Complex Networks:

“Since implementing remote work in early March of 2020, Complex Networks quickly began to explore more meaningful ways to support our employees as they navigated these unprecedented times. Most notably, we introduced Mental Health Fridays, a bi-weekly initiative that closes our remote offices and encourages employees to focus on themselves, friends and families, and any non-work-related activities. We are proud to join the ranks of conscious global brands that value their employees and audience’s wellness over all else.”

Johnny Crowder, Founder & CEO of Cope Notes:

“I grew up in an abusive environment while coping with multiple mental illnesses at the same time. When it felt like the world didn’t understand me, I would turn to music videos for comfort and relief. Partnering with MTV to raise mental health awareness and inspire action isn’t just a professional dream of mine, but a deeply personal one as well.”

Crisis Text Line:

“The core of Crisis Text Line’s mission is to promote mental well-being for our community in all of its racial, socioeconomic and mental health diversity. In a year filled with isolation, fear and grief, Crisis Text Line was dedicated to creating an empathetic and culturally responsive community where those facing their darkest moments could turn to feel hopeful, resilient and a little less alone. We are proud to partner with MTV Entertainment Group on Mental Health Action Day to advance our goals of creating a world led by compassion.”

Steven Angel, President of Drumming for Your Life:

“The Drumming for Your Life Institute is excited to be part of MTV’s Action Day to advance the cause of mental health by giving greater awareness to the problems and offering solutions. We are dedicated to using the power of rhythm to help children, youth and adults develop the emotional, academic, and social skills needed to succeed in school and in life.”

David Hanrahan, CHRO at Eventbrite:

“The pandemic has created difficult circumstances for countless people around the globe – from the loss of loved ones, social isolation, unemployment, and new caregiving struggles – all major factors driving declines in mental health. But it also shined a spotlight on how critical it is to prioritize and address mental health issues in the workplace. Our philosophy at Eventbrite is it’s OK not to be OK, and we’re proud to stand alongside hundreds of other organizations on Mental Health Action Day to help move mental health issues from just awareness to action.”

Jon Chapman, Co-Founder and President of EVERFI:

“Living through the coronavirus pandemic for the last year has cast a bright spotlight on health and wellness and amplified an already critical need for awareness and resources dedicated to mental health. Removing the stigma around talking about mental health is an important first step but access to resources to help is crucial. We are proud to be joining with MTV and so many like-minded organizations to raise awareness and provide resources to those in need.”

Nathaan Demers, Psy.D., VP of Clinical Programs and Strategic Partnerships at Grit Digital Health:

“For our team, ‘Mental Health Action’ day comes 365 days a year. In our work, we strive to increase mental health literacy, decrease stigma and connect individuals to the right mental health and well-being resources at the right time to promote holistic health. We are proud to join MTV’s Action Day, as bringing together leading brands, nonprofits and individuals is one of the best ways to move us toward a stigma-free society.”

Stephen Massey, Managing Director of the Health Action Alliance:

“The gravity of loss, despair and uncertainty over the past year has taken a tragic toll on our physical and mental health. As our country and our economy emerge from the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses can take decisive action to support the mental health of their employees, raise awareness and de-stigmatize mental health issues, and prioritize partnerships with public health organizations that provide mental health support to communities. The Health Action Alliance is a proud partner with Mental Health Action Day to develop and share new resources for employers, and to engage business leaders with tools and guidance to support the mental health of workers, customers and communities.”

Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond, Executive Director of Home Base:

“As a national organization dedicated to bringing healing and hope to Veterans, Service Members, and Families from across the nation who are suffering from the invisible wounds of war, Home Base is proud to join MTV and the countless other organizations committed to normalizing mental health care at a time when it is more important than ever before.”

Bill Smith, Founder of Inseparable:

“The mental health crisis is snowballing and it’s an all hands-on-deck moment to save countless lives in every neighborhood in America. We are grateful for ViacomCBS’ leadership and together we can, and will, advance a healthy mental health conversation and pass the policies we so need and all deserve.”

It’s On Us:

“As the nation’s leading youth sexual assault prevention nonprofit organization It’s On Us recognizes how critical mental health and wellness are to stopping violence. We are proud to partner with MTV on Mental Health Action Day to amplify these important messages.”

Courtney Knowles, Senior Advisor for The Jed Foundation:

“JED and PINK believe mental health is one of the biggest challenges…and opportunities for young adults today,” says Courtney Knowles, Senior Advisor for The Jed Foundation. “We’re partnering with MTV Entertainment Group on Mental Health Action Day to reach Gen Z where they are, using voices and messages that resonate to start conversations, and encourage them to make their move by taking actions to feel better and thrive, protect their mental health, overcome challenges and support one another.”

Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, Founder of The Kennedy Forum:

“It’s time to break down the barriers to care and support. There is no health without mental health! Through advocacy, policy, education, and partnership, The Kennedy Forum stands ready to make a difference. On Mental Health Action Day, let’s start a new conversation in this country—one that shines a spotlight on self-care, compassion for others, and better access to quality, evidence-based treatment that puts people on the path to recovery.”

Kenneth Cole, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Kenneth Cole and Founder of the Mental Health Coalition:

“I am proud to be a part of this collective effort to shine a light on such an important issue and to be able to work with so many impressive brands and inspiring organizations. I am confident that together, but only together, we can end the devastating stigma surrounding mental health that impacts so many.”

Dalouge Smith, CEO of The Lewis Prize for Music:

“The Lewis Prize for Music is proud to join MTV in observing Mental Health Action Day. The CDC has reported the expanded need for children’s mental health care services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lewis Prize for Music is proud to support creative youth development programs across the country that put music making at the forefront of combatting this growing mental health crisis.”

Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI):

“If there’s ever been a time when action on Mental Health is paramount, this is it. As we, in varying capacities, begin the journey to build back better from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we need to demand action for mental health from our leaders and continue to make the case for increased policy and financial commitments for mental health.”

Joan Steinberg, President of the Morgan Stanley Foundation, and CEO of the Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health’s Advisory Board:

“At Morgan Stanley, we’ve made it our mission to find ways to fund resources and raise awareness for mental health needs among children and young people – recognizing the profound impact it has on so many individuals. We look forward to continuing that work with MTV and the partners on Mental Health Action Day to drive mental health awareness for better outcomes.”

Mark Hedstrom, US Executive Director of Movember:

“We’re honored to be a part of MTV’s Mental Health Action Day and applaud their efforts in continuing to raise awareness about mental health. This past year has been especially challenging for so many people and Movember is committed to continuing our work alongside mtv and other partners. We know elevating the conversation, staying connected and taking action for our individual and collective mental health are essential to helping us all build healthier communities.”

Chuck Ingoglia, President and CEO of the National Council:

“The National Council for Behavioral Health is so proud to be part of this movement to call attention to mental health and substance use disorders. Starting conversations about mental health and substance use disorders is the first step to raise awareness, improve access and reduce stigma. Let’s do all we can to encourage people to speak openly and take action. We can’t start a movement until we start a conversation.”

Gabriella Wright, Actress and Co-Founder, Never Alone Mental Health & Suicide Prevention:

“It is not that we have that ONE solution to our ongoing mental health crisis, but together, as a collective, we ARE the solution, and in this way, mental health action day is an important stepping stone in the direction of creating a global alliance where all resources are accessible for everyone.”

Jacob Moore, Founder and CEO of No Stigma:

“The conversation about mental illness and suicide is finally happening. Now, it’s time to translate talk into positive action. The time for change is now and it starts with each of us.”

NowMattersNow.org:

“NowMattersNow.org knows we are all closer to a positive shift than ever. Today, you can help – give out free emotion-harnessing tools from Dialectical Behavior Therapy by sharing our website.”

Number Story:

“Number Story and ACE Resource Network are excited to be a part of Mental Health Action Day. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are a significant contributor to the mental health challenges we commonly experience as adults. We hope that people will use this day to explore their story and learn more at ACEResourceNetwork.org.”

Brandon Staglin, President of One Mind:

“As a schizophrenia survivor, I can attest that taking responsibility for one’s mental wellbeing unlocks self-confidence, hope and healing. I’m proud One Mind is participating in MTV’s Mental Health Action Day to inspire folks to take charge and to care for themselves and others.”

Louise Langheier, Co-Founder and CEO of Peer Health Exchange:

“Peer Health Exchange is honored to partner with MTV to make mental health a priority. Our mission is to build healthier communities with young people. Mental Health Action Day is a part of that commitment, and I hope it will be an everyday exercise— to center mental wellness as a part of our everyday lives.”

Elyse Cohen, Vice President of Social Impact & Inclusion at Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez:

“When Selena Gomez launched Rare Beauty, she wanted to make sure a clear purpose was at the center of her brand. That purpose has always been addressing mental health, which has had a profound impact on our founder’s life. At Rare Beauty, supporting the mental health of our community, employees, and partners is core to everything we do. Everyday, Rare Beauty aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental health, address the epidemic of chronic loneliness, and help give people access to the resources they need to support their mental health through our Rare Impact Fund. One percent of all Rare Beauty sales go directly to the Rare Impact Fund. We are thrilled to participate in Mental Health Action Day and shine a national spotlight on this issue.”

Reddit:

“Reddit is home to an ever-growing number of communities where people connect and find support in both uplifting and trying times. Today, we continue our commitment to providing our communities with safe spaces by joining MTV in recognition of the first Mental Health Action Day.”

Lauren Appelbaum, Vice President of Communications at RespectAbility:

“RespectAbility has been proud to partner with the MTV Entertainment Group on a variety of projects and Mental Health Action Day is one such initiative – one which should spur action 365 days a year. By bringing together a diverse group of corporations and nonprofits, MTV’s Mental Health Action Day can help both decrease the stigma that prevents people from living their authentic lives while also ensuring that people know where to find mental health and well-being resources. One way to do this is to ensure more authentic storytelling of mental health on screen. RespectAbility is honored to be joining in this effort to raise awareness, the first step in leading to concrete action.”

Saint City Culinary Foundation:

“Those that serve us everyday are often left with no one to serve them. The issue of mental health has never been more important in the lives of food & beverage industry workers than it is in this moment in time. Access to mental health resources, for these workers, is scarce and often unattainable. Our program, HEARD, is dedicated to shining a light on this issue as it brings practical and intentional resources to our food & beverage service industry family.”

Will Young, CEO and Co-Founder of Sana Benefits:

“Mental health is a vital determinant of overall health, and at Sana Benefits we have made access to mental health professionals a priority for both our members and employees. No-cost, virtual mental health is readily available to all members, and we will continue our commitment towards quick, easy, and affordable help the moment it’s needed.”

Mary Davis, CEO of Special Olympics:

“People with intellectual disabilities are among the most marginalized and excluded people worldwide. Over the last year, Special Olympics athletes have experienced acute loneliness, anxiety and stress due to their competitions being cancelled and the social isolation due to COVID-19. Special Olympics emphasizes how important mental health is to being at one’s best. Our Strong Minds programming provides activities to promote emotional well-being, reduce traumatic stress and improve coping skills and resilience. We are thrilled to partner with MTV in their first Mental Health Action Day, where they are putting a spotlight on the need for providing critical resources and information to promote emotional well-being and mental health.”

Gabrielle Magid, Founder & CEO Stronger Than Stigma®:

“MTV Entertainment Group shapes culture and sets standards. It’s so encouraging to see their commitment to mental health and the fact they recognize that “getting help” is complicated; a multi-step process, with the first one often being the hardest to take. Stronger Than Stigma® is proud to partner on and amplify this important work. As we always say, ‘There is strength in asking for help. Do it.”

Taskeen Health Initiative:

“Stories of resilience can help others open up and build resilience. By coming together to change the conversation around mental health, MTV’s Action Day encourages and empowers people around us to seek support and speak up about their struggles. Together we can amplify the message. Speak up for Mental Health.”

Teen Line:

“The youth mental health crisis has been compounded and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, youth need and deserve reliable, trustworthy peer-support. Teen Line is proud to stand with our mental health partners to help elevate the conversation and take action.”

Therapists in Tech:

“Therapists in Tech (TnT) brings over 400 thought-leaders from the digital mental health revolution together who are committed to advocating for mental health awareness and improvement of access and reach through digital health initiatives. For us, it’s mental health action day every day and we’re proud to partner with MTV on Mental Health Action Day.”

Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO of Thrive Global:

“Even before the coronavirus pandemic, we were already in a growing mental health crisis. And the past year has shown us the value of mental resilience, and the necessity of putting an end to the stigma around mental health and widening access to mental health services. Mental Health Action Day will help spur the culture shift we need on mental health and well-being.”

Trans Lifeline:

“Trans people are the experts in our own lives and experiences, and we know how to support each other in the face of discrimination in our healthcare & mental health care systems. If you need support from a trans community member who gets it, call our hotline. We never involve emergency services or police to support you, unless you make that explicit request.”

Ron Estrada, Senior Vice President of Head of Government Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility at Univision Communications Inc.:

“Univision’s commitment to informing and empowering our community related to health and wellness is long-standing. Providing resources and information about mental health, especially in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is critical for our community. We commend MTV for providing this platform and all those joining us in participating in the Mental Health Action Day to help young Latinos take the first step towards improving their mental wellbeing.”

Kimberly Williams, President & CEO of Vibrant Emotional Health:

“Stories of hope can save lives. By coming together to change the conversation about mental health, MTV’s Action Day encourages and empowers other people to seek support and tell their story, particularly younger generations.”

Vice Ventures:

“At Vice Ventures, mental health is built into nearly everything we do – from efficiently managing our own business, to our portfolio companies responsibly connecting with consumers. We see mental health as one of the hidden factors behind performance on any number of metrics, but especially in terms of thoughtful decision making.”

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington, CEO of Wounded Warrior Project:

“Millions of veterans live with the invisible wounds of war with some never seeking care. Wounded Warrior Project is dedicated to changing that through our Warrior Care Network and other signature programs and services. We’re proud to join MTV and the countless other organizations committed to normalizing mental health care.”



MTV Heats Up Wednesday Nights with the Return of “The Hills: New Beginnings”





MTV Heats Up Wednesday Nights with the Return of “The Hills: New Beginnings” on May 12th at 9PM ET/PT
After a year of lockdowns and lost time, the cast of Hollywood’s most iconic friend group is reuniting.
[via press release from MTV]
MTV heats up Wednesday nights with the return of “The Hills: New Beginnings” on May 12th at 9PM ET/PT

New York, NY (April 13, 2021) – MTV today announced that the highly-anticipated series The Hills: New Beginnings, based off the docuseries that changed the reality TV landscape, will make its epic return on Wednesday, May 12th at 9PM ET/PT.

After a year of lockdowns and lost time, the cast of Hollywood’s most iconic friend group is reuniting. This season finds them at a crossroads and their lives tested like never before. While some struggle with the financial strains from the global pandemic and rebuilding businesses, others are navigating through rocky relationships, struggling with addiction as well as their mental and physical health. From a highly-publicized divorce and rekindling former flames to starting new families and surprise pregnancies, all bets are off this season. Joined by a new Hollywood “it” girl on the scene and a long-awaited reunion with a former castmate, the group is writing their newest chapter once again.

Audrina Patridge, Ashley Wahler, Brandon Thomas Lee, Brody Jenner, Frankie Delgado, Heidi Pratt, Jason Wahler, Jennifer Delgado, Justin “Bobby” Brescia, Kaitlynn Carter, Spencer Pratt and Whitney Port return for the iconic series alongside newcomer Caroline D’Amore. Kristin Cavallari will also appear.

For more information and exclusive content, follow The Hills: New Beginnings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and join in on the discussion using #TheHills.

The Hills: New Beginnings is produced by MTV and Evolution Media.

About MTV:

MTV is the leading global youth media brand across every platform with operations that span cable and mobile networks, live events, theatrical films and MTV Studios.

About Evolution Media

Evolution Media, an MGM company, is known for its groundbreaking and buzzworthy non-fiction programming, spanning 70 series since its founding in 1987. The company’s current slate of hit series includes The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives of Orange County and Vanderpump Rules for Bravo; Netflix’s Country-ish; E! Network’s breakout format Botched and Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump; MTV’s hit revival The Hills: New Beginnings; Vanderpump Dogs for Peacock; and the stand-up comedy series Unprotected Sets along with the late-night documentary series Sex Life for the premium cable service Epix.



MTV Renews Hit Franchise “Double Shot at Love”





MTV Renews Hit Franchise “Double Shot at Love”
Following two wildly successful seasons that helped find love for DJ Pauly D, the beloved “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” bromance returns to find the perfect match for the ultimate bachelor, Vinny Guadagnino.
[via press release from MTV]
MTV renews hit franchise Double Shot at Love

Season three set to find the perfect match for Jersey Shore Family Vacation’s ultimate bachelor Vinny Guadagnino with the help of DJ Pauly D

NEW YORK, NY (April 13, 2021) – MTV today announced that the popular dating competition show Double Shot at Love, which was #1 in its time period, has been renewed for a third season. Following two wildly successful seasons that helped find love for DJ Pauly D, the beloved Jersey Shore Family Vacation bromance returns to find the perfect match for the ultimate bachelor, Vinny Guadagnino.

Slated to premiere later this year, Double Shot at Love finds Vinny back on the dating scene. After seeing first-hand how DJ Pauly D and Nikki found love on the show, Vinny is ready for his shot at love again – but he won’t be alone on his journey. Although DJ Pauly D is officially off the market, he and new love Nikki will be by his side every step of the way, guiding Vinny towards finding his own happiness . Will the one-two punch of DJ Pauly D and Nikki help Vinny land the perfect match? Whether he finds love or not, one thing is for sure… things are bound to get awk-ward!

Follow along with @DoubleShotAtLove on Instagram and Facebook, and @MTVShotAtLove on Twitter, and get in on the conversation using #DoubleShotAtLove.

Double Shot at Love is produced by Todd Radnitz, Dan Caster and Diana Morelli for MTV with SallyAnn Salsano and 495 Productions.

About MTV:

MTV is the leading global youth media brand across every platform with operations that span cable and mobile networks, live events, theatrical films and MTV Studios, a unit focused on developing series for SVOD and linear distribution partners.

About 495 Productions:

SallyAnn Salsano is the Founder, CEO, Executive Producer and creative force behind the Daytime and Primetime Emmy nominated 495 Productions team. Boasting the highest-rated shows for both MTV and CMT with “Jersey Shore” and “Party Down South,” multiple seasons of record-breaking “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” on VH1, and the showrunner of Fox’s reboot of “Paradise Hotel,” and “Peace of Mind with Taraji” (Facebook Watch) 495 Productions has cemented their place in pop-culture history. As one of the most recognized and successful leaders in the entertainment industry, Salsano has been honored for her exemplary work by The Hollywood Reporter, who featured her on their “Reality TV: Most Powerful” list for three years in a row, and included her in their “Women in Entertainment Power 100” list, as well. Variety Magazine also included Salsano on their “Reality Impact Report” for the last 5 consecutive years. Additionally, Ms. Salsano was one of the first woman inducted into Realscreen’s Hall of Fame in 2019. Some additional shows from 495 Productions versatile roster include: “Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D and Vinny” (MTV), “Floribama Shore” (MTV), “Bachelorette Weekend” (CMT),”The Untitled Action Bronson Show” (Viceland), “The Real” daytime talk show (syndicated), “Blue Collar Millionaires” (CNBC), “Winter Break: Hunter Mountain” (MTV), “Invitation Only” (Bravo), “Nashville Star” (NBC), “More To Love” (FOX), “Tattoo Nightmares” (Spike), “Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition” (Lifetime), “Snooki & JWOWW” (MTV), “Disaster Date” (MTV), “Tattoos After Dark” (Oxygen), “Repo Games” (Spike), “Wedding Wars” (VH1), “Taboo USA” (National Geographic Channel), several seasons of HGTV’s #1 rated show “Design Star,” Oxygen’s #1 rated show “Dance Your Ass Off,” “A Shot At Love” (MTV), “Tool Academy” (VH1), and many others.

Source: Nielsen, #1 time period rank based on LSD/P18-34 000s.



Groundbreaking Coalition of Media Companies and Mental Health Experts





Groundbreaking Coalition of Media Companies and Mental Health Experts

Unite to Tackle Growing Mental Health Crisis

Coalition to harness the power of media and storytelling, kicking off at a Mental Health Storytelling Summit which will take place the first week of May annually

Industry partners include MTV Entertainment Group, ViacomCBS, The Walt Disney Company, Amazon Studios, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Endeavor Content and other leading media companies

Expert partners include USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, The JED Foundation, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and top mental health leaders and organizations coming together to transform mental health representation in entertainment

Link to partner logos here

(New York) – April 6, 2021 – In recognition of the powerful role storytelling can play in addressing our nation’s mental health challenges, a coalition of leading media companies and experts is joining forces to change the narrative on mental health.

National suicide rates have increased substantially over the past two decades, with a recent spike amongst young people. Since the start of COVID-19, depression, anxiety, and mental health challenges have been on the rise, leading some experts to call mental health the “second pandemic”. This data reinforces that changing the conversation about mental wellness and suicide prevention has never been more important—and the entertainment sector has a key role to play.

Created in partnership with the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California and a newly formed Expert Advisory Council featuring over a dozen leading mental health experts and organizations, the Mental Health Storytelling Coalition includes the leading forces in entertainment.

Industry leaders, creators, and celebrities will kick off this collaboration at the Mental Health Storytelling Summit the first week of May which will include inspiring conversations, case studies, workshops and more.

The coalition will also unveil a first-of-its-kind comprehensive Mental Health Media Guide which provides best practices and evidence-based recommendations to support storytellers at any phase in the production process, across topics and genres.

The Industry Advisory Council includes: Amazon Studios, Anonymous Content, AwesomenessTV, BET, CAA Foundation, CBS, CMT, Comedy Central, Endeavor Content, MTV, NBCUniversal, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, SHOWTIME®, Spotify, Sony Pictures Entertainment, STARZ, The Ad Council, The Walt Disney Company, UTA Foundation, ViacomCBS, and VH1.

The Expert Advisory Council includes: Active Minds, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, Born This Way Foundation, Entertainment Industries Council, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Council for Behavioral Health, SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), The Boris L. Henson Foundation, The Jed Foundation, The Trevor Project, Vibrant Emotional Health (administers of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline), Dr. Jessi Gold, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, and Dr. Michael Lindsey.

“Media has enormous influence over how we collectively perceive and understand the most difficult issues in our society,” said Bob Bakish, President & CEO of ViacomCBS. “The mental health crisis impacts people of all demographics and geographies, and as content creators, it’s our responsibility to use our assets – through our stories, platforms and reach – to take action. Our ability to come together as an industry to meaningfully shift the narrative around mental health can transform the lives of people everywhere.”

“The mental health crisis is the silent pandemic that has been on an alarming rise for the last decade and we are so thankful to our partners for joining us in this coalition to unleash the power of storytelling to help shatter the stigma around mental health,” said Chris McCarthy, President of MTV Entertainment Group. “As storytellers, we have the opportunity to represent the continuum of mental health and empower people to help themselves and each other, because mental health is health.”

“It is a privilege and responsibility to help shine a light on the importance of mental health through stories and shows including ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘black-ish,’ ‘Love, Victor’ and ‘A Million Little Things’ that run on our broadcast networks and streaming platforms,” said Craig Erwich, President, ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals. “Feeling seen and understood is a powerful step toward seeking solutions, and we will continue to lean into the power of our storytelling and platforms to show support, raise awareness and change the narrative around mental health.”

“We were lucky to have formed a long term partnership with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Dr. Christine Moutier and other mental health experts throughout 4 seasons of 13 Reasons Why and can share first hand how rewarding and crucial these connections are. We are committed to making more content that both promotes empathy and awareness around mental health while also normalizing and humanizing the valid experiences of those who live with mental illness. Now more than ever, content must continue to shine a light on the varied ways mental health impacts our lives and the lives of those we love & help show audiences that they are not alone,” said Joy Gorman Wettels, Partner at Anonymous Content

“Television and film are powerful mediums that can inspire cultural change. CAA is proud to support the Mental Health Storytelling coalition, and the artist community, in its efforts to reshape mental health representation on screen,” said Joel Lubin, CAA Board Member & Co-Head of Motion Pictures

“As we continue to navigate these unprecedented and challenging times, it is important now more than ever to amplify the conversations surrounding mental health, and NBCUniversal is proud to partner alongside these incredible industry and expert voices for this groundbreaking initiative,” said Janine Jones-Clark, Executive Vice President of Inclusion – Talent & Content, Film, TV & Streaming, NBCUniversal. “The Mental Health Media Guide will be an invaluable industry tool as it’s our responsibility as content creators to ensure authentic portrayals of mental health given the impact our narratives and characters can have on audiences.”

“The depiction of mental health and suicide in popular entertainment serves as a valuable opportunity to change the landscape of people’s understanding around these critical topics. A wealth of research related to suicide prevention reveals that the way suicide is portrayed through storytelling can have positive or negative impacts on viewers, especially for those who may already be in a vulnerable state. By providing Safe Storytelling Guidelines and educating content creators, we can enhance their ability to creatively tell whatever stories they want to tell, and to do so safely. What’s more, by portraying everyday characters who proactively care for their mental health, and showing a world in which help is available (whether the characters themselves may realize it or not), entertainment can help create a culture that is smart about mental health,” said Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

“It is absolutely critical to give storytellers the tools they need to ensure that portrayals of mental health are inclusive, authentic, and safe, and that production teams work in an environment where mental health is valued,” said Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Founder of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. “With the Mental Health Media Guide, the coalition of experts, and the Mental Health Storytelling Summit, creative professionals will have access to information in a new capacity to positively influence the media landscape.”

“At Active Minds, our mission is centered on changing the conversation and culture around mental health. But this can’t happen in a vacuum. We need the support, collaboration, and creativity of other stakeholder and media organizations, which is why we are thrilled to participate in the Expert Advisory Committee,” said Margo Collins, chief marketing and development officer of Active Minds. “Creating real, tangible change in the ways we view mental health requires a new way of seeing, hearing about, and interacting with it. We’re excited to work with the Committee to bring new ideas around mental health into the conversation on a larger scale.”

“The past year has presented unprecedented challenges, weighing heavily on communities across the country,” said Heidi Arthur, Chief Campaign Development Officer at the Ad Council. “We are honored to be part of this critical and collaborative effort to share the best practices, messaging, tips and tools that will help millions of people struggling with mental health issues.”

“Our work at Born This Way Foundation is deeply rooted in the lived experiences of young people. We believe that fostering and modeling healthy discussions about mental health helps bridge the gap between the resources that exist and the young people who desperately need them,” said Maya Smith, Executive Director of Born This Way Foundation. “We’re so proud to be part of the group of changemakers shifting the conversation and helping our youth connect with the tools, resources, and support they need to thrive, not just survive.

“Entertainment Industries Council, (EIC) encourages artists in the entertainment industries to be the message and the messenger. When you can see it, you can be it; when you hear it, you can say it. Mental health issues and substance use disorders are treatable. Stories provide powerful opportunities to see and hear possibilities for health and wellness,” said Marie Gallo Dyak, President/CEO, Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC)

“We know entertainment media has a powerful impact on how we perceive and address emotional health, but too many aspects of the mental health continuum and groups facing unique struggles aren’t represented in the current storytelling landscape,” says Courtney Knowles, Senior Media Advisor for The Jed Foundation. “JED is proud to be part of a coalition that reflects the diversity and scope of expertise needed to expand representation, amplify impact and change lives.”

“Through its portrayal of people with mental health and addiction challenges, the entertainment industry plays an enormous role in how the public perceives people living with these conditions,” said Chuck Ingoglia, president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health. “Sharing stories about mental health or substance use challenges is an important step toward improving the public’s understanding and reducing the stigma real people with these conditions face every day. And those stories must be accurate. Mental illness and addiction are real, common and treatable – recovery is possible. We look forward to working with the new coalition to ensure a more thoughtful portrayal of people with mental illness and addictions so we can separate fact from fiction.”

“The entertainment community plays a key role in strengthening mental wellness and suicide prevention,” said Colleen Carr, director of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention housed at the Education Development Center. “Content creators are uniquely positioned to connect with and educate audiences through accurate stories that highlight hope, help, wellness, and resiliency. The Mental Health Media Guide is a powerful tool to support the creative community in developing compelling and life-saving storylines.”

“How mental health is portrayed in film, television and other popular media deeply impacts the public discourse about and perceptions of people with mental illness,” said Glenn O’Neal, Chief Communication Officer at the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “We’re proud to collaborate on this project so that the diverse experiences of people with mental health conditions are accurately represented, reducing stigma and discrimination.”

“In a ground-breaking collaborative effort, art and science are joining forces to help advance the way we communicate about mental health, substance use and suicide prevention,” said Dr. Dan Reidenberg, Executive Director of SAVE.org. “The new Mental Health Media Guide will help shape future generations’ understanding, acceptance of and need for care of our mental health and wellness. It will save lives.”

“After years of mental health experts, nonprofits, and advocates working with the entertainment industry, there is still significant room to improve the fair, accurate, and inclusive portrayal of mental health narratives in media. As the entertainment industry continues to include more storylines around LGBTQ youth, mental health, conversion therapy, and suicide, it’s important to reflect and validate these experiences without being sensational, and to showcase hope, resilience, and help-seeking. We’re grateful to be part of a changemaking coalition that worked to bring the Mental Health Storytelling Summit and Mental Health Media Guide to life, and to help provide ongoing guidance and resources to media and entertainment industry leaders,” said Amit Paley, CEO & Executive Director for The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people

“Good storytelling has the power to shape the way we talk about mental health in this country—normalizing it, providing education around it, and helping those with mental illness, particularly those in underrepresented groups, feel seen and less alone, and hopefully less afraid to show up in my office for treatment. It is critical that experts and the media work together to create true and lasting cultural change, and there is no better time than now,” said Dr. Jessi Gold, MS, MD, Assistant Professor and Director of Wellness, Engagement, and Outreach in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

“Stories of hope can save lives,” says Kimberly Williams, President & CEO of Vibrant Emotional Health. “The pandemic has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on our mental health. By coming together to change the conversation about mental health, this coalition of storytellers encourages and empowers other people to seek support and tell their story, particularly younger generations.”



MTV Entertainment Group launches Mental Health is Health a multi-year initiative





MTV Entertainment Group launches Mental Health is Health a multi-year initiative to tackle the nation’s growing mental health crisis

Campaign will harness the power of storytelling to destigmatize mental health as well as drive behavioral and cultural change that normalizes mental health conversations and inspires action

MTVE commits to doubling the number of mental health storylines across all 100+ shows in its portfolio and ensuring all portrayals are authentic and nuanced following original research with USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

New York, NY (April 1, 2021) – Even before COVID-19, the prevalence of mental health issues had been rising. Over the past year, the pandemic has upended daily life, causing mental health struggles to skyrocket. To meet the urgency of this moment, MTVE is launching Mental Health is Health, an initiative seeking to harness the power of storytelling to destigmatize mental health and drive behavioral and cultural change that normalizes mental health conversations and inspires action.

In a recent MTV study, 92% of adults said they feel it’s important to highlight mental health in entertainment. However, the 2019 USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study, “Mental Health Conditions in Film and TV: Portrayals that Dehumanize and Trivialize Characters,” found that across the industry, only 7% of TV characters in the 100 top-rated TV shows experienced a mental health condition, many of which weren’t positive.

“We all know the power of storytelling and how narrative can frame the way we look at an issue, which is why we’re doing our part to reimagine the role that content can play to demystify and destigmatize mental health, because it’s a crisis that’s rapidly on the rise and not enough people are talking about.” says Chris McCarthy, President of MTV Entertainment Group. “The sooner we all start to realize that it’s something that impacts all of us, we can begin to help ourselves and others; it’s really about creating a bigger conversation that leads to systematic change that becomes the norm and I’m confident that we can help spark this change.”

MTV has a proven track record of creating content and campaigns that create measurable behavior change on core health issues – from increasing STD testing 51% with “Get Yourself Tested” campaign to driving one-third of the nationwide decline in teen births with “16 & Pregnant.” The new mental health storytelling commitments seek to follow in that tradition.

To understand the storytelling and impact opportunities, MTV Entertainment Group in 2020 commissioned the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, the leading think tank studying diversity and inclusion in entertainment, to study mental health representation across its shows – scripted and unscripted.

“A content audit is a crucial first step in creating change. When MTV approached our team to understand how mental health is portrayed in their content, we knew they were interested in taking a clear leadership position on this issue” said Stacy L. Smith, PhD, Founder and Director of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. “MTV’s storytelling had a noticeable emphasis on help-seeking and support for mental health, though there are always opportunities to grow. With today’s commitments, MTV has demonstrated that they take mental health seriously, and that they intend to meaningfully shift the conversation around and representation of mental health in entertainment.”

Based on these evaluations and in consultation with leading mental health experts, MTVE has committed to the following:

2X the number of mental health storylines that represent the diversity of our audiences and their mental health experiences
Ensure that mental health storylines in all the 100+ shows in the portfolio are portrayed in an authentic and nuanced way
Provide training for all content creators, from writer’s rooms to showrunners to all external production partners.
MTV has a decades-long legacy of shining a light on mental health, from its groundbreaking news coverage of Kurt Cobain’s death to raw depictions of depression and anxiety on The Real World to Logic’s powerful 2017 VMA performance highlighting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Last year, 17 different MTVE Group series featured mental health storylines, driving more than 100K viewers to seek resources and support through the brand’s Peabody Award winning resource portal, Half of Us.