MTV News correspondent Joshua Horowitz ’98 will expand the scope of his digital entertainment projects in a new deal with Viacom.
As The Hollywood Reporter explains, Horowitz has signed a deal with MTV’s parent company “in which he’ll develop digital content through Viacom Digital Studios and linear projects for the company’s networks,” including the relaunching of Horowitz’s sketch comedy web series, After Hours.
“The series, which originally streamed on MTV.com starting in 2010, began debuting [new] episodes at the end of August across Comedy Central digital platforms,” the Hollywood Reporter notes. “The first episode, which dropped Aug. 23, features Sam Rockwell and Ben Schwartz,” with later episodes featuring “Joe Manganiello, Taran Killam, Anna Kendrick, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish and Benedict Cumberbatch.”
Horowitz, who joined MTV in 2006, will continue as an on-air and online correspondent for MTV News’ film coverage, and host the interview podcast Happy Sad Confused. As part of the Viacom deal, he will also develop digital franchises for MTV and branded content through Viacom Velocity, MTV, Comedy Central and, beginning in 2019, the Paramount Network.
Horowitz has written for a number of magazines, including Entertainment Weekly, Filmmaker, Interview and US Weekly. He has produced talk shows on CNBC and is the creator and producer of Junketeers, Comedy Central’s 2016 digital series lampooning celebrity journalism.
Incorporating his enthusiasm for filmmaking and interviewing, Horowitz began picking the creative minds of 20 popular filmmakers of the 2000s, including Kevin Smith, Trey Parker and Jon Favreau, resulting in his first book, The Mind of the Modern Moviemaker.
As a student at HWS, Horowitz majored in English, was a member of Chimera honor society, worked at WEOS-FM and spent a semester off-campus studying in New York City. He received the Nathan D. Lapham Prize in Public Speaking at Charter Day in 1998.