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MTV Crowns Newest VJ NZ Local Kristian “Krit” Schmidt

MTV Crowns Newest VJ New Zealand Local Kristian “Krit” Schmidt

Krit to feature on MTV’s six channels across Australia and New Zealand


Auckland, 5 May 2014 - On Friday night, MTV Australia and New Zealand crowned their newest VJ, Kristian “Krit” Schmidt in front of the masses at a VIP party in Auckland. Krit beat out hundreds of hopefuls to take the title of MTV VJ, after competing in two days of challenges against the chosen Top Ten finalists.

Krit has been inundated with well wishes and support after his cousin, The Rock, congratulated him on Twitter. “I’ve been on a nonstop high since Friday and everyone has been sending me love. As for my phone and social media – it’s been out of control!” said University of Auckland lecturer, Krit.

The Rock said of his cousin’s win, “Proud of my cuz @KRiT84! MTV is gettin’ a great host. Helluva sense of humor, hard worker & drinks from a pimp cup.”

Krit will be relocated to Sydney and join Aussie VJ, Kate Peck, as the face of the channel and take part in all aspects of being an MTV VJ. From interviewing local and international celebrities, attending red carpet events and blogging across the MTV platforms, Krit will do it all and feature on MTV, MTV Hits and MTV Classic on SKY NZ as well as MTV, MTV Music and MTV Dance in Australia.

Maria Barlow-Cooper, Manager – Entertainment External Channelssaid “MTV better be ready when our boy from Porirua, Krit, picks up the mic over in Sydney! Krit is a true international star; smart with a heart and swag to boot. We look forward to following his journey and adventures ahead. Congrats Krit and MTV, from your mates at SKY!”

The hundreds of hopefuls were narrowed down to a Top ten who partook in two days of MTV challenges before the winner was crowned. Finalist challenges included MTV Trivia and shot roulette, reading MTV News, interviewing New Zealand DJ and Producer, P-Money, partaking in press interviews and working out with SKY NEXT boxing up-and-comer, David Nyika at SKY’s onsite SKY Arena Boxing Alley.

Narrowing down the Top ten to a final five was no mean feat with Simon Bates, Director, MTV Australia and New Zealand saying, “MTV is dedicated to finding and nurturing the best new talent across the world and has helped launch the careers of Jay Reeves, Amber Peebles, Ruby Rose, Darren McMullen and Russell Brand, to name a few. New Zealand produced talent of a world class standard and it was incredibly hard narrowing the hundreds of entrants down to a Top 10, let alone choosing a winner. In the end, Krit’s personality and ease in front of the camera made him stand out from the crowd and we genuinely feel he has what it takes to go all the way.”

MTV is the world’s premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than half a billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. Outside of the United States, MTV is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.


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