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Viacom And MuseAmi Partner To Integrate Hook'd 'Singing Selfie' App Across Key MTV Music Properties

-- Hook'd to be integrated in Isle of MTV Malta, Say it in Song and the 2015 MTV EMA

NEW YORK and LONDON, June 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Viacom International Media Networks has teamed up with fast growing technology firm MuseAmi to integrate the Hook'd app into three of its biggest MTV International music properties across a number of European countries. Hook'd will be featured in advertising and other promotional activity at MTV's flagship Summer concert, Isle of MTV Malta, in MTV's newest music driven social series, "Say it in Song" and in MTV's global music awards show, the 2015 MTV EMA.

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MuseAmi's hugely popular Hook'd mobile app enables users to record and share "selfie" videos as they sing popular songs from an ever-growing catalogue of hits giving users access to hundreds of popular songs to choose from. Hook'd has amassed nearly one million users since it was introduced in Summer 2014. All user videos, which feature the original recording artists' master tracks, can be easily shared with any number of friends on YouTube via an elegant and intuitive user interface for mobile devices. Professional-grade audio tools are provided to make each music video sound its best.

The Hook'd app will be used in Malta to grab Hooks from music fans on the island, giving them a chance to win Golden Circle pit tickets at the Isle of MTV, with the winner being announced on stage ahead of the show. Hook'd will also be integrated into the 2015 MTV EMA via a bespoke competition allowing fans to submit their EMA Hooks through the app with a chance to win tickets to the coveted 2015 MTV EMA in Milan on October 25th.

"We are excited about this partnership, which begins with the integration of our app and technology resources in these high-profile MTV properties," said Bob Taub, MuseAmi CEO. "Hook'd is a formidable platform for reaching young music fans by generating engaging content that is a natural fit for broadcast, online and mobile social media outlets."

"We are constantly looking for innovative and creative ways to engage the MTV demographic, especially through their mobile device. We know how much our audience loves to create and share content, and integrating Hook'd into some of our key music properties gives us a great opportunity to provide our fans with social, shareable content we know will excite them," said Peter Griffin, EVP Global Business Development, Viacom International Media Networks. "We have enjoyed great success in generating a massive amount of digital and social engagement across our MTV music properties on all platforms, and our unique relationship with our fans across every screen puts us in an ideal position to help brands develop new connections not only on our own platforms but also our partners," added Griffin.

The Viacom International Media Networks advertising sales team has been instrumental in helping partners create customised, content-led campaigns that exploit the unrivalled, multi-platform ability of Viacom's brands to deliver mass consumer engagement across TV, digital and social media. With more than 300 million social media followers for MTV, and franchises like the MTV EMA attracting more than half a billion votes and 389 million mentions via social media when it was last staged in Glasgow in November, MTV is best placed to take advantage of these unparalleled social media touch points for its clients.

For more information on Hook'd, visit www.getmehookd.com.

About MuseAmi
MuseAmi is a growing, privately held music technology company based in Princeton, N.J. The company was founded in 2007 by renowned concert pianist Robert Taub to enhance ways in which individuals create, collaborate, learn and share music. With a team of industry leaders in the fields of music, machine learning and digital signal processing, MuseAmi creates highly efficient software to detect, analyze, and categorize visual and audio inputs in real world contexts. The company has developed significant intellectual property and has an extensive patent portfolio that the company commercializes with its world-leading strategic partners.

About Viacom International Brand Solutions:
VIMN Advertising & Brand Solutions is Viacom's international in-house brand solutions sales business. It represents all the TV, digital and mobile channels of Viacom International Media Networks–including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, non-premium Paramount Pictures branded channels, VH1, VIVA, MTVHD, COLORS, and Spike. Viacom brands are seen globally in more than 3.2 billion households in approximately 170 territories and 40 languages via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties.

CONTACT: For MuseAmi: Doug Wright, Giles Communications, +1-914-798-7126, [email protected]; or For Viacom: Seema Alibhai, +44-203-5802106, [email protected]

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