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Karla Hidalgo and Christopher Martin, the veteran VH1 producers who developed or supervised some of the channel’s signature titles including Pop-Up Video and Behind The Music, have launched a new production company called TV Dinner Productions. Programs for Lifetime and History are in place, as well as a production deal with VH1. TV Dinner will concentrate on the creation, development and production of nonscripted programs for broadcast, cable and online networks. First… »
Susan Levison is exiting VH1, after over two years with the Viacom company, Variety has confirmed. Levison’s departure is one of many recent exec changes at Viacom.
Current VH1 programming execs Jill Holmes and Nina Diaz will “step up” and assume her duties, though Levison is not being directly replaced. Holmes and Diaz will report to VH1 general manager Chris McCarthy, who sent an internal memo to the network’s staff today.
Levison joined VH1 in 2013 as exec vice president of original programming and production, coming from Fishbowl Worldwide Media, replacing Jeff Olde who is now at E! Prior, she was a longtime Fox exec.
At Fox, Levison, whose exit was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, was senior vice president of comedy development, overseeing series including “Bob’s Burgers.” She also worked in drama development at the network, working on the launches of “House,” “Prison Break” and “Bones, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Employees at Manhattan's Angelika Film Center had been warned about what was going to happen, but they didn't know when it would start. And then, at noon on Tuesday afternoon, part-time actor and full-time agent of chaos Shia Labeouf settled into an aisle seat in the theater's smallest auditorium and began to watch — in reverse chronological order — all of the 27 feature films in which he's appeared over the span of his career. The marathon event began with Dito Montiel's brand new, yet-to-be-released Man Down; it'll end 58 consecutive hours later »
In 2014, pop star JoJo broke free from her contract with Blackground Records, ending a Behind the Music–worthy, nearly-decade-long legal battle with the label that signed her when she was just 12. Those following her story know it's an extreme example of music's convoluted business practices, but sadly, not all that rare in the major label world, with everyone from Big Boi to, most recently, Kesha having to fight for their right to release. At 13, JoJo became the youngest solo artist in Billboard history to score a No. 1 hit with 2004's "Leave (Get Out)," but her career stalled for more than seven years, when her label repeatedly failed to release the follow-up to her (aptly named) 2006 sophomore LP, The High Road, while also refusing to let her out of her seven-album record deal. Now, at 24, JoJo's back with a new label (Atlantic Records), a tringle (the »
- JoJo as told to Dee Lockett
The big topic of conversation among TV fanatics this past week? The overall lousiness of the network's new fall shows. After a summer filled with UnREAL, Mr. Robot, Show Me a Hero, and The Carmichael Show — not to mention the soon-departing Fear the Walking Dead, which aired its best episode yet — it was damned dispiriting to have to slog through the likes of Life in Pieces, Blindspot, and Rosewood. Where's the panache? Where are the series with something to say?
Yes, ABC's The Muppets and Fox's Scream Queens had memorable debuts, »
Now, you wouldn’t necessarily recognise him if walking down the street, but chances are, you’ll be an admirer of Michael Giacchino’s work, as the composer behind soundtracks that have enriched our favourite films, such as Star Trek, Super 8, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jurassic World. But he’s most renowned for his
- Stefan Pape
They sold out arenas thanks to era-defining ditties like "Freeway," "Walkin' Shoes" and "Mama You're a Dancer." The grainy, faded footage of them in concert in L.A. circa 1974 testifies that no one worked a country-tinged, Am-radio groove better. Cameron Crowe, Daryl Hall and the ladies of Haim are all diehard fans. "Every song was a single, and every single was great," claims Chuck Klosterman, in reference to the chart-topping album Catalina Breeze. "I was completely blown away by that record," says Kenny Loggins. "We all tried to capture that thing, »
Zeb Larson reviews The Wicked + The Divine #14…
Behind the music, Woden’s stayed back from the spotlight. But in this issue? We look beneath the mask. Shall we say it’s the most audacious and experimental issue of WicDiv yet? I think so.
The Wicked + The Divine #14 goes in the opposite direction of the prior issue, focusing on Woden. Most of the other deities are hardly healthy individuals, but Woden is a particularly diseased person, and this issue explores some of how he came to feel that way. I will be discussing spoilers in this review, so consider yourself forewarned.
Most of this issue is told through flashback and Woden’s own internal monologue. On the one hand, he’s got a guilty conscience, because of the women he exploits and his misdeeds with Ananke. Unlike the other members of the pantheon, Woden directly collaborates with Ananke, which means that »
- Zeb Larson
Country stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert split after four years of marriage, according to Us Weekly. In a statement, their representatives said, "This is not the future we envisioned. And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter." The couple started dating in 2006, and in an episode of Behind the Music, Blake said he first fell for Miranda when they performed together during Cmt's 100 Greatest Duets concert in 2005. They tied the knot in 2011, sharing more than a few sweet moments over the years. »
Directed by Asif Kapadia
It’s rare to find an artist so thoroughly capable of translating their inner turmoil into something so ferocious and beautiful. Amy Winehouse was one such musical artist. Simply, she was a conduit for the human condition. The new documentary, Amy, attempts to use archival footage, interviews, and performance highlights to better understand the woman behind the lyrics. Unfortunately, director Asif Kapadia’s kitchen-sink approach isn’t suited for such a complicated subject. In the end, what should have been a celebration of Winehouse’s unique talent becomes a cliché-ridden obsession to explain her downfall.
By the time she died of alcohol poisoning in 2011, 27 year-old Amy Winehouse had become a walking punchline. Her emaciated appearance (due to a longstanding eating disorder) and drug-addled antics made it easy to dismiss her amazing accomplishments. But beyond the Grammy Awards and the sensational concert meltdowns, there was a truly gifted artist. »
- J.R. Kinnard
As head of the company’s new TV department, Pope will work closely with Robinov as she builds and oversees Studio 8’s television business from the ground up.
The former Chernin television prez oversaw all development and production for the 20th Century Fox-based company, where she worked on Fox’s “New Girl.”
Previously, she spent a decade at NBC and NBC Universal Television Studios where she held the posts of network Evp and studio president, and developed series including “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Heroes,” “Chuck,” “Psych,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “American Dreams.” She started her entertainment career in network news and CBS and ABC News, producing documentaries. She also was a writer and producer on “Behind the Music.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Conan O'Brien was back with another round of Clueless Gamer -- but wait! It was the first-ever team multi-player edition of Clueless Gamer. "That's history, kids." Team Coco took on Team Silicon Valley, featuring Thomas Middleditch, Tj Miller, & Zach Woods of the HBO show "Silicon Valley," and they played "Halo 5: Guardians." Prepare for 9 minutes of hilarity. "I don't see anybody! I'm like my father at night looking for Fig Newtons. I'm just wandering around." Poor Conan.
This will make you Lol too. Aziz Ansari was on "The Tonight Show" to promote his book, "Modern Romance: An Investigation," and he and Jimmy Fallon chatted about embarrassing first text messages between guys and girls. »
- Gina Carbone
Long’s promotion comes as the division has prospered with series across five cable networks and a slew of projects in development for next season.
During its upfront, Bet announced its fourth show with eOne, “About the Business,” which follows a group of friends in the elite world of urban Hollywood. EOne also has “Nellyville,” currently in its freshman season, “It’s A Manns World,” going into its second round later this season, and “The Sheards,” which has also been renewed. Long is as an exec producer on all four shows.
Long, previously senior VP of alternative programming, launched eOne’s alternative division in 2012, and has been with the company for five years. During her tenure, seven projects have gone straight to series. The list includes Science Channel’s upcoming gameshow “Race to Escape, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Would UK entry Electro Velvet fare better than our last duo Jemini, who got nul points in 2003? How did special guest Australia get on? Stuart Heritage was there for every last Eurovision second
And now we are done. Sincerest congratulations to Sweden, and commiserations to all the other contestants, uniformly doomed as they are to become embedded YouTube clips in endless ‘What the hell was all that about’ Eurovision precursor articles a decade from now.
Now, while we go through our own individual post-Eurovision decompression routines – I don’t know about you, but mine involves putting my head into a metal bin and shouting ‘Why?’ over and over again until I tumble into the comforting arms of unconsciousness – it’s time for me to thank you. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, I appreciate you hanging out with me this evening. If you want to follow me on Twitter, »
- Stuart Heritage
“Self-destructive” is the label commonly attached by armchair pop psychologists to tragic figures like Amy Winehouse, the nervy, unruly and viciously talented British jazz-soul singer who died in 2011, aged just 27, from the cumulative effects of substance abuse. That term only tells half the story, however, in Asif Kapadia’s factually exhaustive, emotionally exhausting documentary “Amy,” which calmly identifies multiple collaborators — some with intentions better than others — in Winehouse’s demise. Hardly innovative in form, but boasting the same depth of feeling and breadth of archival material that made Kapadia’s “Senna” so rewarding, this lengthy but immersive portrait will hit hard with viewers who regard Winehouse among the great lost voices not just of a generation, but of an entire musical genre. Enduring local fascination ensures soaring returns when “Amy” arrives in Blighty this summer; across the pond, A24 should find success in a lower key.
The positioning of “Amy »
- Guy Lodge
Fans of the hit Fox soap opear should appreciate this "Behind the Music"-esque series likely created to keep you engaged while you wait for the second season next year. I suspect the marketing team has lots of other post-season engagement ideas, and that this YouTube series is just the beginning of what's to come between now and January 2015 (likely) when the show returns. Although this could also serve as a 4-part summary of the first season for those who have yet to watch it, and are plan to later (maybe via binge-watching). Title "The Inside Track: The Rise of Empire," go behind the drama you watched on TV every week, and get the "inside track" on how things really went down - going all the way back to the late 1970’s when Cookie and Lucious first fell in love, following the Philadelphia family through the ups and downs of their rise to power. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Fans of the hit Fox soap opear should appreciate this "Behind the Music"-esque series likely created to keep you engaged while you wait for the second season next year. I suspect the marketing team has lots of other post-season engagement ideas, and that this YouTube series is just the beginning of what's to come between now and January 2015 (likely) when the show returns. Although this could also serve as a 4-part summary of the first season for those who have yet to watch it, and are plan to later (maybe via binge-watching). Title "The Inside Track: The Rise of Empire," go behind the drama you watched on TV every week, and get the "inside track" on »
- Tambay A. Obenson
It's Not So Bad is a new feature on HitFix where a brave, stupid writer defends an unpopular pop culture subject. Every Madonna fan -- or every Madonna fan worth knowing -- has a bone or two to pick with the woman herself, and that's the way it should be. One of Madonna's primary functions as a pop culture phenomenon is agitator, and I was sufficiently agitated with her Britney lip-lock (because Britney is no Madonna heir, as we've now long understood), her "Hard Candy" album (because Timbaland and Justin Timberlake were her most uninspired choices as collaborators), and the leaden self-seriousness of her Mdna tour (because leaden self-seriousness is not very danceable). Otherwise I'm on board with her impish immortality and obvious potential as a standup comic. I'll always love Madonna. She's like if Marlene Dietrich were an American Gladiator. Thanks to her explosive kiss with Drake at Coachella this weekend, »
- Louis Virtel
It.s a cliché for biopics about musicians to follow the same sort of Behind The Music narrative structure . tracing the pattern of initial hardship, followed by rise to success, followed by superstardom, followed by self-destruction, followed by redemption . but that structure is far too simple to portray the life of The Beach Boys. Brian Wilson. The real legend of the singer/songwriter/composer is actually almost too incredible to believe, as it.s a tale of serious mental illness, intense abuse, and, of course, deep and passionate musical genius. And it.s a story that comes together in brilliant and emotional fashion in the new movie Love & Mercy, which had its United States premiere this week at SXSW. Unfolding as a dual narrative, the Bill Pohlad-directed movie follows Brian Wilson through two of the most significant time periods in his life. In the 1960s, Wilson is played by »
From the moment they formed Lady Antebellum in 2006, bandmates Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott vowed there was one thing they would never be: Bandzillas. "There was just this moment of, you know what? We've all watched these bands on Behind the Music. We know how this goes, and we’re not going to do that," recalls Haywood, 32. "Unless we love this, let’s do something else. But we love it and each other, and it's been a great ride since then." At a recent Country Radio Seminar panel discussion in Nashville, the trio shared the lessons they've learned »
- Nancy Kruh
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