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Founded August 1, 1981
President Philippe Dauman
Company MTV Entertainment Group (Paramount Global)
Notable Series Catfish: The TV Show
The Challenge
The Real World
Jersey Shore
Teen Mom

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 Entertainment Studios, a unit focused on developing series for SVOD and linear distribution partners.



MTV was founded on August 1, 1981, and soon became a part of MTV Networks. At its conception "MTV" stood for "Music Television" as the channel was designed to show music videos, but the content has shifted over time toward a youth lifestyle channel featuring numerous reality shows.

At its inception, MTV only had eighty-five music videos to show. Fifteen of them were by Rod Stewart.(source: VH1 Classic) The first music video shown on MTV was Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles.


  • Program Listing: A complete listing of shows that aired new episodes on MTV.

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External Sites

  • Official website for MTV