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MTV on Canvas

canvasToday MTV unveiled the first promo, “Canvas,” to launch the creative campaign for the 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards.” The spot pays homage to the “VMAs” at Madison Square Garden for the first time in its history, offering an awe-inspiring black and white portrait of the world’s most famous arena as a gift; a blank canvas on which each performer will express unparalleled artistry and vision. 

Anthony Mandler, one of today’s top commercial and video music directors, directed “Canvas.”  He has helmed over 15 of Rihanna’s music videos and directed videos for Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Drake, Eminem, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, to name a few. The theme song of the campaign, “Do Your Thing” by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, serves as the featured music in the spot with Swizz Beatz lending his powerful voice to the spot.

As MTV locks in performers for the show (all still to be announced), each performer will select a signature Pantone color and message, and MTV will commission a visual artist or filmmaker to bring their words and vision to life via a 30-second content piece.  This content will then be incorporated into the larger campaign.  With each artist, a new color and creative piece will be added to the VMAs palette, filling in this blank canvas and advising the scheme for entire campaign (and ultimately the show).  The result will be a campaign that’s highly personal, artist driven and reflective of this year’s main show look and feel.  Additional works of art will be released throughout the campaign that feature each performing talent’s own words as to why the VMA stage is one of the greatest opus of which they dream.


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MTV.com: http://www.mtv.com/video-clips/ezc10d/vma-2016-vma-2016-the-canvas-is-ready

Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/VMAs/videos/532878483503907/

This year’s campaign follows the 2015 “VMAs” campaign which won four coveted Cannes Lion awards.

The 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards” will air LIVE from New York’s Madison Square Garden on Sunday, August 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. To apply for press credentials, please visit www.mtvpress.com.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.Today, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International plus freelanced for others. Valerie donates and works closely with the Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), GLSEN, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal and the Desert Aids Project. She is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her fave getaway Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Old Las Palmas area community member. Valerie was a veteran 17-year member, and one of the "chief organizers” of the prestigious and long running, TCA: Television Critics Association’s press tour. For years Valerie was a board member and one of the chief organizers of the association. TCA press tours are “a must” for hundreds of TV critics twice a year, in Beverly Hills and in Pasadena.