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Television Academy Grants 2017 Governors Award to Itvs

Television Academy Grants 2017 Governors Award to Itvs
Documentary producer Itvs will receive the 2017 Governors Award from the Television Academy. The non-profit will be recognized for its focus on diversity and inclusiveness in documentary programming during its 25 years in broadcasting.

“Itvs cultivates projects that provide thought-provoking, innovative content from an enormously diverse group of creators,” said Michael A. Levine, chair of the Governors Award Committee. “We are proud to present the Governors Award to an organization that supports pioneering television and inclusion both on screen and behind the scenes.”

Known for the programs showcased in PBS’s lineup of nonfiction series including “Independent Lens,” “Pov,” “Frontline,” “American Master,” and “American Experience,” Itvs has also introduced audiences to the works of Barry Jenkins, Marlon Riggs, and Lourdes Portillo.

“We are incredibly honored to be the recipient of the Television Academy’s Governors Award,” said Sally Jo Fifer, president and CEO of Itvs. “It is our privilege to fuel the courageous work of the talented independent producers
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Emmys 2017: Where the Ladies At? The Brand New Music Supervision Category

Emmys 2017: Where the Ladies At? The Brand New Music Supervision Category
Among the more diverse Emmy groupings that were revealed on Thursday’s nominations announcement: the brand new Outstanding Music Supervision award, which featured three women among the five episodes in contention. Netflix and HBO rule the category, with each up for two — Netflix’s “Master Of None” and “Stranger Things,” and HBO’s “Girls” and “Big Little Lies” — while AMC’s “Better Call Saul” rounds out the group.

Some 75 shows were submitted for the category, which music professionals and fans alike have long complained was overlooked in the Emmy race. In May, Michael A. Levine, one of the Academy’s two music governors, explained that, “The job of music supervision has evolved, from what was once primarily an administrative task to becoming a creative and artistic one.”

Indeed, beyond the complexities of licensing and clearances for recorded tracks, which can easily push a music budget to over $1 million if songs by top-tier artists are used, the
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Music From ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Homeland’ Gets Top Billing at Television Academy Concert

The range and diversity of music in current television was vividly showcased in a live concert Thursday night at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center in North Hollywood. Nearly 600 attended “Words + Music: A Concert Celebrating Music Written for Television.”

From “Empire” to “Luke Cage,” “Feud” to “Fargo,” the performance of songs, themes and score excerpts gave composers and songwriters a rare opportunity to emerge from their studios. As “Stitchers” composer Kurt Farquhar quipped at the start of the show, “we’re always in a dark, windowless room for 16 hours a day.”

Actors and showrunners, introducing many of the tunes, were complimentary about the music-making behind the scenes. Actress Chrissy Metz talked about Siddhartha Khosla’s evocative scores for “This Is Us,” Gabourey Sidibe cited the contributions of hip-hop producers Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins to “Empire,” and “Homeland” executive producer Alex Gansa regaled the crowd with tales of composer Sean Callery as if he was a more
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Music Supervisors Celebrate Finally Winning Recognition From Creative Arts Emmys

Music Supervisors Celebrate Finally Winning Recognition From Creative Arts Emmys
Emmy Awards category growth continues apace.

For the first time this September, music supervision will be rewarded with an Emmy.

Rules for the new category, the sixth for music, defines it as “exceptional creative contributions to a program through the use of music, including the narrative impact of lyric-based songs, both original and pre-existing, the use of instrumental source music, and on-camera musical performances.”

Music supervisors have been lobbying for this honor for more than five years. They were finally allowed to join the TV Academy in 2015 and, three months ago, they were granted their own category.

“The job of music supervision has evolved, from what was once primarily an administrative task to becoming a creative and artistic one,” says Michael A. Levine, one of the Academy’s two music governors and a longtime advocate for the new category.

“The music supervision field has been overlooked for a long time,” adds
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Composer Michael A. Levine Talks Bringing the SXSW Hit “Served Like A Girl” to Life Through the Score

Served Like A Girl,” a documentary film chronicling the lives of female veterans as they compete for the crown of Ms. Veteran America made its much anticipated debut last month at SXSW. Through this film the director, Lysa Heslov, set out to put a spotlight on the issue of homelessness among female veterans and correct misconceptions about female soldiers’ frontline roles. While Heslov succeeds at both of these, one can’t help but notice the film’s score which brings the characters’ raw emotions even more front and center. After doing some research it’s no surprise that the film was composed by Michael A. Levine, whose extensive resume spans from "Resident Evil: Biohazard" to the famous Kit Kat “Gimme A Break” jingle. We decided to sit down...

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Horror Highlights: Q&A with Composer Michael A. Levine, Comet Network Contest, Demon With A Comb-over, Bloodlands

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His reimagining of the song "Go Tell Aunt Rhody" is currently haunting gamers playing Resident Evil 7, and in our latest Q&A, we caught up with composer Michael A. Levine to discuss his key contribution to the game. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have a Comet network contest, an excerpt from Stuart R. West's Demon with a Comb-Over, and a Q&A with Bloodlands writer/director Steven Kastrissios.

Q&A with Composer Michael A. Levine: Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Michael. How did you get involved with creating the theme song “Go Tell Aunt Rhody” for Resident Evil 7?

Michael A. Levine: The makers of the game, Capcom, were familiar with a track I produced (with Lucas Cantor) for Lorde: a dark and mysterious reimagining of the ’80s classic "Everybody Wants to Rule The World," which was used in Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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Exclusive Interview – Composer Michael Levine on creating Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’s famous theme ‘Go Tell Aunt Rhody’

We chat to Michael Levine about his work on Resident Evil Composer Michael Levine is no amateur when given the task of creating an iconic theme for a project. Levine is the man responsible for creating the famous Kit Kat ‘Gimme A Break’ jingle that every person with a TV has heard. More recently he produced Lorde’s rendition of ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. So when Capcom approached Levine about creating a theme for their upcoming Resident Evil 7: Biohazard videogame he was more than prepared to take on the task and doing so successfully, as it became the main song featured in the trailer also. As the much anticipated game was released this week we decided to speak with Levine about the process of creating ‘Go Tell Aunt Rhody’. Read the full interview below..

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Oscars 2017: Listen to Selections from 110 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

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Oscars 2017: Listen to Selections from 110 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award
A total of 145 scores were recently announced as being eligible for this year’s Academy Award, with everything from perceived frontrunner “La La Land” (Justin Hurwitz) and “Jackie” (Mica Levi) to outliers like “Sausage Party” and “Elle.” The final five will be nominated on January 24. In the meantime, avail yourself of this Spotify playlist featuring selections from 110 of the eligible scores — as well as the full list of every eligible score.

Read More: Oscar Best Score Contenders: The Inside Story of Creating 5 Diverse Frontrunners

Read More: Oscars 2017: Listen to 70 Songs Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer

Absolutely Fabulous The Movie,” Jake Monaco, composer

The Accountant,” Mark Isham, composer

Alice through the Looking Glass,” Danny Elfman, composer

Allied,” Alan Silvestri, composer

Almost Christmas,” John Paesano, composer

American Pastoral,” Alexandre Desplat, composer

The Angry Birds Movie,” Heitor Pereira, composer

Anthropoid,” Robin Foster, composer

“Armenia, My Love,
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145 Film Scores In Running For 89th Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 145 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2016 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 89th Academy Awards.

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

“The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer

Absolutely Fabulous The Movie,” Jake Monaco, composer

The Accountant,” Mark Isham, composer

Alice through the Looking Glass,” Danny Elfman, composer

Allied,” Alan Silvestri, composer

Almost Christmas,” John Paesano, composer

American Pastoral,” Alexandre Desplat, composer

The Angry Birds Movie,” Heitor Pereira, composer

Anthropoid,” Robin Foster, composer

“Armenia, My Love,” Silvia Leonetti, composer

Assassin’s Creed,” Jed Kurzel, composer

Autumn Lights,” Hugi Gudmundsson and Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson, composers

The Bfg,” John Williams, composer

Believe,” Michael Reola, composer

Ben-Hur,” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, composers

“Bilal,” Atli Ӧrvarsson, composer

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna,
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Oscars 2017: Best Original Score Category Whittled Down, with ‘La La Land’ and ‘Jackie’ Moving Forward

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Oscars 2017: Best Original Score Category Whittled Down, with ‘La La Land’ and ‘Jackie’ Moving Forward
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has announced the 145 scores eligible in the Best Original Score category, includeing work from “Jackie” and “La La Land.” The latter film, a musical directed by “Whiplash” helmer Damien Chazelle, picked up the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s award for Best Music earlier this month; “Jackie” was the category’s runner-up. Notably absent, meanwhile, are “Arrival” (which just landed a Golden Globe nod), “Manchester by the Sea” and “Silence.”

Read: ‘La La Land’: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s ‘City of Stars’ Duet Will Sweep You Off Your Feet – Listen

Justin Hurwitz composed and orchestrated the “La La Land” score, while “Jackie” marks “Under the Skin” composer Mica Levi’s second silver-screen effort. Decades after becoming one of the world’s most renowned film composers, Ennio Morricone won last year’s Oscar for his work on Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.
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‘American Idol’ to Receive Governors Award From Television Academy

‘American Idol’ to Receive Governors Award From Television Academy
And the winner is… “American Idol.”

The Television Academy has crowned the long-running Fox singing competition show with its annual Governors Award, which honors exceptional achievement in the television arts and sciences.

“‘American Idol’ wasn’t just a hit show. With its successful integration of social media, dominance of the pop-culture conversation and legions of imitators, it changed television in a profound way,” said Governors Award selection committee chair Michael Levine. “You could meaningfully divide the history of television into ‘before American Idol’ and ‘after American Idol’.”

Previous recipients of the Governors Award, which debuted in 1978, include A+E Networks, William S. Paley, Hallmark Cards, “Masterpiece Theater,” Comic Relief, the ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC networks for” America: A Tribute To Heroes,” and the “It Gets Better” Project.

American Idol,” which ran for 15 seasons from June 2002 on April 2016, received 59 Emmy nominations and won eight Emmys. It was created by Simon Fuller, and
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‘American Idol’ to Receive 2016 Governors Award From TV Academy

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‘American Idol’ to Receive 2016 Governors Award From TV Academy
The Television Academy has awarded “American Idol” with the 2016 Governors Award in recognition of its impact on the medium. “‘American Idol’ wasn’t just a hit show. With its successful integration of social media, dominance of the pop-culture conversation and legions of imitators, it changed television in a profound way,” Governors Award Selection Committee Chair Michael Levine said in a statement. “You could meaningfully divide the history of television into before ‘American Idol’ and after ‘American Idol.'” The show — which was created by Simon Fuller and produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment — ran from June 11, 2002,...
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Film Festival Roundup: Lower East Side Film Festival Unveils Winners, Telluride Names Guest Director and More

Film Festival Roundup: Lower East Side Film Festival Unveils Winners, Telluride Names Guest Director and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column.

Exclusive: The 6th Annual Lower East Side Film Festival and their 2016 panel of judges, including Ethan Hawke, Cindy Tolan, Steve Farneth and Raul Castillo have announced their winners. Check them out below.

Best Feature Film – “Americana” – By Zachary Shedd

Best Live Action Short Film – “Killer” – By Matt Kazman

Best Animated Short Film – “The Mega Plush: Episode I” – By Matt Burniston

Best Music Video – The Knocks’ “Collect My Love” – By Austin Peters, Music by The Knocks, featuring Alex Newell

Best Documentary Short Film – “Erosion” – By Brandon Bloch, Tim Sessler and Brandon Bray

The Advocacy Award Presented by Here TV – “Video” – By Randy Yang

The Lesff Neighborhood Award – “Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream” – By Michael Levine

Best of Fest, The Lesff Prix D’Or – “Art of the Prank” – By Andrea Marini

Audience Award
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Reelin’ In the Years Lands 1000 Hours of Brian Linehan Interviews for Licensing

Although most Americans are unfamiliar with the Canadian talk show host Brian Linehan, the stage, screen and TV artists he interviewed over the course of 25 years is a veritable who’s who of show business. Those subjects range from filmmakers George Cukor and Elia Kazan to Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg; from such elusive on-screen performers as Warren Beatty, Barbra Streisand and Russell Crowe to Jane Fonda, Meryl Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Now those 1,000-plus hours of filmed interviews are available to scholars, museums and filmmakers via Reelin’ In the Years Productions — an company known for its exhaustive archives from other talk show personalities like Merv Griffin and David Frost — that recently signed an exclusive representation deal with The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation.

Proceeds from the licensing of these filmed interviews, many of them from Linehan’s Toronto-based TV show, “City Lights,” which ran from 1973 to 1989, will go back into
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Reelin’ In the Years Lands 1000 Hours of Brian Linehan Interviews for Licensing

Although most Americans are unfamiliar with the Canadian talk show host Brian Linehan, the stage, screen and TV artists he interviewed over the course of 25 years is a veritable who’s who of show business. Those subjects range from filmmakers George Cukor and Elia Kazan to Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg; from such elusive on-screen performers as Warren Beatty, Barbra Streisand and Russell Crowe to Jane Fonda, Meryl Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Now those 1,000-plus hours of filmed interviews are available to scholars, museums and filmmakers via Reelin’ In the Years Productions — an company known for its exhaustive archives from other talk show personalities like Merv Griffin and David Frost — that recently signed an exclusive representation deal with The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation.

Proceeds from the licensing of these filmed interviews, many of them from Linehan’s Toronto-based TV show, “City Lights,” which ran from 1973 to 1989, will go back into
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The 36 Emmy Nominees for Actors in a Drama

Moss: Courtesy AMC; Henson: Michael Levine/Fox; Odenkirk: Courtesy AMC; Dinklage: Helen Sloan/HBO; Danes: David Bloomer Will a “Mad Men” actor finally triumph? Is this the year of Pornstache? Take a look at the nominees for drama series and makeyour picks! Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”You can count on Chandler to deliver in every role, from “Friday Night Lights” to “Grey’s Anatomy.” In “Bloodline,” his portrayal of John Rayburn—the son and local detective tasked with keeping his Florida Keys family from spinning out of control—feels lived-in and frayed. It’s as if he’s played John just as long as he’s been Kyle Chandler. Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”Very few actors can convincingly deliver writer and producer Aaron Sorkin’s lengthy monologues. In three short seasons of the HBO drama, Daniels mastered the mouthful of dialogue with such rage
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TV Academy Expands Membership to Music Supervisors

TV Academy Expands Membership to Music Supervisors
In the latest move in its efforts to expand its membership, the Television Academy has now opened up the music peer group to include music supervisors.

“Extending membership to music supervisors is part of our ongoing mission to have the Academy fully engaged with the varied and diverse creative professionals contributing to today’s vibrant television landscape,” said TV Academy chairman Bruce Rosenblum.

Music supervisors must apply for membership at TelevisionAcademy.com/join by June 12 in order to be eligible to vote in both rounds of the 2015 Emmy Awards.

“Music supervisors have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to television storytelling,” said Michael Levine, senior governor of the music peer group. “We are delighted to be adding their voices to our membership.”

To be eligible for membership, music supervisors must have worked on a minimum of 30 episodes (or 15 hours program length), produced or distributed for national exhibition. They must
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Television Academy Spars Over Membership of Music Supervisors

Television Academy Spars Over Membership of Music Supervisors
Should music supervisors be allowed to join the TV Academy?

It’s a controversial topic within the Hollywood music community, and a new move to admit them – without consulting the membership – is meeting with strong resistance from many composers, including several former governors.

Currently, the Acad’s “music peer group” consists of about 350 composers, songwriters and music directors. Music supervisors, who for the most part add pre-existing songs to the mix of many series, are not permitted. Last month, the branch’s 12-member executive committee voted to admit music supervisors and, in an email to committee members, the Acad’s two music governors stated flatly that they would not submit the idea to the full membership.

“We were elected to lead, not poll,” it said. “Had the people of Alabama been asked in 1964 if African Americans should be allowed to vote, they probably would have said no. But because it
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Win Tickets to the ‘Royal Opera House’ The Flying Dutchman at The Tivoli Theater in St. Louis

Experience the thrill of watching opera from the Royal Opera House in the comfort of the Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Boulevard, in The Loop, St. Louis, Mo, 63130) thanks to the ‘Royal Opera House at The Tivoli Theater’ series

We Are Movie Geeks has teamed up with the Tivoli Theater for a special giveaway! We have five pairs of tickets (a $30 value) for the first installment of this year’s ‘Royal Opera House at The Tivoli Theater’ which will be The Flying Dutchman (Der Fliegende Hollände) The date is next Sunday March 29th and the show begins at Noon.

All you have to do is leave a comment below and tell us what your favorite opera is – it’s so easy! We’ll contact the winners in a few days. Good luck!

These operas are shown on the Tivoli’s big screen in their entirety, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the
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