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Asher Roth, Janelle Monae, Byron Ward, Tim Kash, John Loscalzo, Matt & Kim, Clipse, Tony DiSanto, Kim Stolz and More At The Woodies Afterparty

December 14, 2009 — 3

The Woodie Awards afterparty is always quite wonderful on many, many levels, most of which can't be discussed. In the heart of a recession, it's not like there's gonna be a holiday party, so this becomes a holiday party. It's a perfect combo of drunk artists, drunk celebs, drunk executives, drunk fans, drunk bartenders, drunk security, drunk...you get the idea. This year I stayed sober and found myself in hilarious conversations, including one in which a colleague asked if I attended the show this year. Attended? Um, yeah, dickfor. Anyway, here's some of what I remember... - DiSanto and I had a drink and talked about I can't remember what and even if I did I couldn't write it down here. - Kim Stolz slipped me her badge because I'd given mine to someone else so they could get into the party. - I had a great talk with Nick from Seven2 about how he needs to meet Kevin at Area/Code. I hope to work more with them both. - VJ Dana Sky and Nick Brown from The Real World were dancing and having more fun than anybody. - VJ Tim Kash analyzed the Woodies, in depth, which surprising I really needed and appreciated. - Clipse drank. - Byron Ward and I spoke about wtf comes next, and he told me about his comedy showcase thing, which I'm going to check out. - Asher Roth and I hugged. - Gina Esposito I thanked and thanked and thanked. - Chris McCarthy hooked me up. - John Loscalzo looked hot. - Doug Everson makes me happy. - Will I Am, I lost you... - Zooey, I am sorry. - Kim (of Matt & Kim) and I toasted her and Matt's huge performance, not to mention their surprise Best Video Woodie win (I called it months ago!). And then Asher Roth and Janelle Monae went and did this...

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New VJ Boldly Admits A Bird Shat On Her Head As She Announced New York Stock Exchange Partnership

August 27, 2009 — 3

Erinn Westbrook just did her first shoot for MTV, appearing on-air to announce mtvU's new partnership with the New York Stock Exchange. This competition is vintage mtvU, much in the same spirit of mtvU's 3-year partnership with the Fulbright Fellowship program. It began when my colleague Matt Spielman invited Dario Spina and me down to Wall Street to meet NYSE Euronext CEO Duncan L. Niederauer, and his team, to discuss ways to discover, empower and celebrate the next generation of pioneering business leaders. For more on what mtvU is doing with NYSE, click here. Now the good part... New VJ Erinn just came by and told me that a bird shat on her head as she was filming her piece announcing the competition. What a way to begin your career on TV! (I wish I had the tape of it actually happening.) Anyway, congratulations to Erinn on her mtvU debut, and much respect to her for being such a great sport. Untitled from Ross Martin on Vimeo.