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Jill Holmes Departs VH1 as West Coast Development Chief

20 June 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jill Holmes is stepping down from her role as senior vice president of West Coast development and production for VH1. She has signed a multi-year first-look production deal with the network. Her departure was announced Monday in a memo to staff from VH1 and Logo president Chris McCarthy.

Holmes is a 17-year veteran of VH1, having joined the cable channel in 1998 as vice president of series production. Among the series she helped create for VH1 are “Behind the Music,” “T.I. and Tiny,” “Dating Naked,” “Basketball Wives,” “Flavor of Love,” “Rock of Love” and “I Love New York.”

Holmes’ departure comes nearly three weeks after McCarthy was promoted to president of VH1 and Logo.

Read the memo from McCarthy below:

Hi everyone,

I have some news to share about our good friend and one of our senior leaders here at VH1, Jill Holmes. After nearly 20 years as an integral part of the VH1 family, Jill »

- Daniel Holloway

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Endemol Shine Signs Left Hook Media to Production Deal

8 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Unscripted production company Left Hook Media has signed a production deal with Endemol Shine North America and subsidiary True Entertainment, the companies announced Wednesday.

Left Hook and founders Scott Teti and Matt Odgers are already in production with Endemol Shine North America on “Almost Impossible Game Show” for MTV and with True Entertainment on “Summer House” for Bravo.

Teti and Odgers previously worked at Endemol Shine North America co-ceo Chris Abrego’s 51 Minds Entertainment, where they produced series such as “Flavor of Love,” “Rock of Love” and “I Love New York.”

“I’m personally thrilled to have both Scott and Matt back working with me and with our extended team here at Endemol Shine,” Abrego said. “They are two of the most creative, hard-working guys in this business and they’ve produced nearly every type of unscripted show imaginable. And they are already off and running with several series coming »

- Daniel Holloway

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LatinoBuzz: 'Hostile Border' Star Veronica Sixtos on Learning About Herself from Playing

25 April 2016 6:19 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

I screened "Hostile Border" (Fka "Pocha, Manifest Destiny") at Urbanworld Film Festival ( last September after hunting it down for what felt like an eternity having followed the project since its audition process. Not only did Veronica charm fellow filmmakers and audiences alike, she gave an understated and captivating performance that carried the film effortlessly. One that should take the young Cali Latina to dizzying heights. 

Read More:How Dir. Michael Dwyer Devised a Neo-Western About a Conflicted Pocha in 'Hostile Border'

LatinoBuzz: Is there an artist whose career you greatly admire?

Veronica Sixtos: I greatly admire Jennifer Lawrence's career. She was put on the map by her performance in an indie film called Winter's Bone. Knowing that gives me faith that I can lead a similar path. I can tell that she puts everything she has into giving the audience the most honest performance that she can. I adore her for her bravery in letting go. She chooses her roles wisely and she's not afraid push the limits. I love that. I also love how she presents herself in public. Whether it's a TV interview, red carpet, or a tweet, she is not afraid to be herself and I think that makes her so unique.

LatinoBuzz: Does your music help you with your acting and vice versa?

Veronica Sixtos: I was an actress first before I was a musician and songwriter. So what I had learned about letting go and trusting my human instincts in the art of acting I applied to my music. When I write and perform my music I do my absolute best to always come from an honest and sincere place. I imagine it would be more difficult to get to that place if I was not also an actor. During the filming of Hostile Border I would play my guitar and sing my songs during down time. It helped me unwind after an intense day of work. It also helped me to tap into the more emotional side of my character.

LatinoBuzz: Did making Hostile Border help you gain a better understanding of the complexities of the immigration issues?

Veronica Sixtos:: Before making "Hostile Border" I had a limited understanding on the immigration issues today. Being a part of this project has allowed me to gain a lot of insight and perspective on immigration/deportation on a more personal level. One thing that has really stood out to me is the extent of how many people's lives are affected by it and how they are all affected in different ways. 

LatinoBuzz: What was the most important element you wanted to bring to the role of "Pocha"?

Veronica Sixtos: Humanity. I wanted to bring to my character such a level of humanity that the audience would identify with her whether she was making bad decisions or not. I didn't want it to be a performance. I wanted to share with the audience a real human experience.

LatinoBuzz: How did the whole experience of making the film change you in any way?

Veronica SixtosAround the time that I was offered the role of Claudia I was feeling like I was at a stand still in my career and in my life in general. I was tired of living the same routine everyday and auditioning for similar stereotype roles all the time. Without realizing it I was waiting for an opportunity to express my art in such a way that it would make a real impact on people. I wanted to jump into something that had never been done before where I could have the freedom to truly push the boundaries of what is considered correct or acceptable. Playing this role forced me to completely let go of ego. I had to let go of the preconceived ideas of what women in movies are supposed to be like. This was one of the biggest challenges I faced in the making of this film. What I continued to remind myself was that it was not about me... it was about the art, the message, and the experience of the audience. Embodying such a complicated character required for me to delve into the darkest parts of myself in order to portray Claudia in the most authentic way possible. Doing that wasn't easy and I found myself learning a lot about self acceptance and transformation. To this day I am still learning and changing from this experience.

LatinoBuzz: The film first premiered on the east coast at Urbanworld Film Festival and took the jury prize for Best Narrative Feature Film. How was that experience to come to New York for the first time and accept the award?

Veronica SixtosI love New York. Walking the beautiful city streets in designer pumps and dress was like a dream!! What an incredible time I had watching beautiful films and meeting incredibly talented and passionate people at the festival. Seeing Tyrese Gibson watching my movie was an insane surprise. He even stayed for the Q & A and asked me a question! I felt so honored just for him to have seen it let alone hear his thoughts on it. During the awards ceremony I remember looking around and feeling overwhelmed that I was lucky enough to even be there to witness these film makers accept their awards. Which is why I was completely caught off guard when they announced that my film had won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative feature film and I was the only one there to accept it! In front of all those people. I was so over joyed that I couldn't stop giggling like a little girl. I'll never forget that experience.

LatinoBuzz:Is there a filmmaker you really want to work with? Put it out there!

Veronica Sixtos: Alejandro G. Inarritu. After watching "The Revenant" I fell in love with this directors work. I started doing research on him and found that we have some things in common! He was born and raised in Mexico (I wasn't but I'm Mexican and I love Mexico!). At a young age he went traveling around the world which he says has heavily influenced him as a filmmaker (I love to travel too!). He is a musical artist and says that music has a bigger influence on him as an artist than film (I can totally relate!). He has a long list of critically acclaimed films and one day I hope to be in one of them. I think we would work really well together. Can someone send him a "Hostile Border" screener???

LatinoBuzz: What's the ultimate game plan for Veronica?

Veronica Sixtos: I love film. I want to keep working on movies and I have high hopes that Hostile Border will bring forth more opportunities for me. Currently I am working on completing my first Ep called Chapters. Eventually it will be available on Itunes and hopefully Spotify etc. I love writing music and sharing it with those who need it. Travel is another one of my passions... I don't quite have a game plan yet on how to accomplish this... but I would like to somehow incorporate travel with music and acting. All in one. That would be my ultimate dream.

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 Written by Juan Caceres. LatinoBuzz is a feature on SydneysBuzz that highlights Latino indie talent and upcoming trends in Latino film with the specific objective of presenting a broad range of Latino voices. Follow [At]LatinoBuzz on Twitter  »

- Juan Caceres

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Susan Sarandon Is 'Open' When It Comes to Dating - but Isn't So Sure About Tinder

19 April 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Susan Sarandon isn't totally against using a dating app, but she hasn't hopped on the bandwagon just yet. The actress is still holding on to hope of finding someone in New York City the old-fashioned way: face to face. "I'm a New Yorker, I've always lived here but one of the reasons that I love New York is that the serendipity is just so thick here, so you can go out on the street and just see things you didn't count on and you don't have to swipe left or right," the actress said recently, referring to dating apps like »

- Maggie Parker

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Watch 'Trump' Grill Ted Cruz on Immigration, 'New York Values' on 'Fallon'

15 April 2016 6:37 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jimmy "Donald Trump" Fallon offered fellow Gop candidate Ted Cruz some valuable advice ahead of his Thursday Tonight Show appearance, staging a warm-up interview over the phone. Though fake-Trump interrupted Cruz's "843rd" viewing of The Princess Bride, the rivals set aside competition to discuss issues like immigration, Cruz's infamous "New York values" criticism and the size of Trump's package. 

Cruz thanked Trump for "being the bigger man" and offering some help. "Oh, I'm the bigger man," the Republican frontrunner responded. "With the bigger hands. And the bigger – you can't see me, »

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Andrew Dice Clay on 'Dice' and How He Pleases Women

13 April 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It takes approximately two minutes of speaking to Andrew Dice Clay before he starts a routine. "I was just in New York," he says in the same stentorian, street-tough voice that narrated his filthiest nursery rhymes at a sold-out Madison Square Garden in 1990. "It was so cold. I hate fuckin' bundling up, like. You know how you got to do it – the fuckin' scarf with the hat and the bullshit. But, you know, I love New York. I'm a Brooklyn boy."

Dice is now home in L.A. where it's »

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