Said WIZARDMCE: “It was more than just a gut feeling to go with Shawn Holiday. I know that this is what I was looking for in a publisher and I couldn’t be more excited to work with Giant and Warner Chappell. I look forward to doing what I love the most — making magic.”
Prior to joining Republic,  Taylor served as EVP of creative at Kobalt for four years, where he signed Roddy Ricch and Gunna, among others. He began his career in 2002 at Elektra Records in the A&R department and has held roles at Atlantic Records, Warner/Chappell, Sony/ATV, and EMI Music Publishing.
+ Three music executives at Disney Branded Television — Mark Karafilis, Jay Stutler and Steven Vincent — have each been promoted in their respective areas of music expertise; it was announced today by Ayo Davis, president, Disney Branded Television.
+ Swedish producer WIZARDMCE (pictured), whose credits include five cuts on Polo G’s “Hall of Fame” album as well as Gucci Mane and BigWalkDog’s “Poppin,” has signed with TAC Giant Publishing, the new publishing venture helmed by Shawn Holiday with the Azoffs (Irving and Jeffrey).
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Paola Balestrazzi, A&R Director, Sony Music Publishing Italy said, “It has been a huge privilege to work with Måneskin over the past 4 years, because they reflect how music should be – free-spoken, inclusive, and authentic – and it’s why their songs are so incredible. Their songs have taken popular music forward into new uncharted waters around the globe, single-handedly creating a genre that is both new and fresh, as well as true to rock ‘n roll." Their achievements this year also remind us of the power of dreams, showing what’s possible through hard work, commitment, and strong will.” Guy Henderson, president of international for Sony Music Publishing, added, “We are thrilled that Damiano, Victoria, Ethan and Thomas have decided to extend their relationship with us.
+ Sony Music Publishing has extended its exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with Italian winners of the Eurovision Song Contest Måneskin. The deal renews the company’s long-established partnership with the band, which began in 2017, and covers futures and catalog. Recently, the group made its American television debut on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" and played their first-ever concerts in the U.S., including their opening performance for the Rolling Stones in Las Vegas.
Marty Diamond, EVP & managing executive at Wasserman Music, said, "We're very excited to have Adam join our team at Wasserman. His extensive artist development track record fits perfectly with our ethos, and he brings valuable perspective and experience to the important space of fair and festival bookings."
He began his professional career at Epic Records in New York. Based in New York, Romeo will oversee promotion efforts across multiple formats, guiding the promotion team and breaking artists in today’s new landscape. Romeo joined Republic in 2014 as regional promotion manager in Nashville, before returning to New York to serve as VP of Top 40.
+ The Nashville wing of the Records label has named Josh Easler executive VP of promotion and commercial strategy, and Joe Fisher as executive VP of the label, label co-founder and partner Barry Weiss announced Monday.
We will continue to be the most progressive promotion team as the music business evolves.” Romeo added, “I am grateful to Monte, Avery, and Gary for the opportunity to carry the flag into the next chapter of Republic.
Over the past year, he oversaw “We Win (Space Jam: A New Legacy)” the  collaboration between Kirk Franklin + Lil Baby, and with Stevie Wonder on forthcoming music. Taylor joined Republic Records in 2020 as EVP of A&R. + Republic Records has promoted Sam Taylor to executive VP or A&R and head of hip-hop / R&B —as announced today by co-founder Avery Lipman and co-president Wendy Goldstein.
“With the launch of Enterprise, the world’s biggest artists will see what the independent community has long known: HIFI is indispensable in empowering artists to maximize their financial resources.” “As the music business evolves through the streaming era, HIFI is the single point of integration where artists can view and analyze their finances across sources in real time,” said Matt Pincus, co-founder and CEO of MUSIC, as well as a HIFI investor and board member, alongside Splice’s Steve Martocci and Will Page, the former chief economist at Spotify and PRS for Music.
"We’re thrilled to be collaborating with them on this important new enterprise platform which will be hugely beneficial to our clients.” “HIFI was built with the independent community in mind, but we saw from the very start that the technologies they have developed are equally as powerful for artists operating at the major label level," said Sarna.
I’m honored to announce his promotion.” Goldstein added, “What Sam has done in the past year is nothing short of incredible. He’s the perfect choice to take charge of our Hip-Hop and R&B roster, and this is the beginning of a really exciting new chapter for Republic Records.” He really has an incredible ear for talent and the rare ability to not just spot the next wave, but actually instigate it. He brought an amazing amount of energy to our A&R department with a fresh perspective. Avery Lipman commented, “Sam understands the culture of hip-hop and R&B at a core level.
He’s managed by Rebin 'Rebstar' Shah, founder of Today Is Vintage. The 20-year-old newcomer, whose real name is Harry Potter, is also aligned with Ryan Press at Warner Chappell.
"As business managers, we’re constantly striving to maximize the upside for our artists. HIFI’s enterprise platform will help us do just that, ensuring we’re not leaving any of our clients’ money on the table.” "HIFI is bringing much needed innovation to a space that has historically been slow to embrace new technologies," said Justin Kobay, partner at LLBM.
Collectively, Vincent, Stutler and Karafilis have supervised the creative direction of tens of thousands of original songs for kids and family programming. They continue to play central roles in creating music for Disney branded animated and live action series and movies.
Deluge Music’s Managing Member, David Robkin, said, “We could not be more excited to launch Canyon Coast under the leadership of Danny Myrick. In addition to being a fantastic songwriter and producer, Danny’s vision and entrepreneurial spirit has brought us to California to develop and support the amazing talent based in the West. We are confident that this will be an exciting opportunity for Deluge Music and the artists/writers who work in or near the West Coast.”
I believe the main reason that sound is essentially nonexistent in current country music is the lack of attention given to the immense and unique talent pool in that region.” Danny Myrick adds, “From Buck & Merle to The Flying Burrito Brothers, to Ronstadt, the Eagles and Jackson Brown, to Dwight, Blackhawk, Highway 101 and Gary Allan, the untamed wildness of the California ‘country’ sound has always deeply resonated with me in an almost spiritual way.
He is based in Los Angeles. He has represented and developed artists including Conan Gray, Tate McRae, Zara Larsson, Audrey Mika, O.A.R, Gavin DeGraw, Capital Cities and Imagine Dragons. Brill was previously an agent at CAA for six years and worked at UTA and APA earlier in his career.
The dashboard is in preview now and expected to roll out in Jan. 2022.
Added Mike Merriman of Parr3: “HIFI Enterprise helps more efficiently fulfill our mission to make sure our clients get paid correctly for every type of royalty, on every song they make, from every source.”
+ Veteran agent Adam Brill has joined Wasserman Music as vice president of fairs & festivals; the department also welcomes Mike Sosin as a newly promoted agent.
Among the new partners is PSBM, whose clients include Billie Eilish, Lizzo and Halsey, which is helmed by managing director Phil Sarna; Parr3, business management home to Kehlani, 6LACK and Louis Bell; and LL Business Management, whose roster includes Lil Nas X, Timbaland and T-Pain.
According to the announcement, the company’s mission is to “find and develop emerging Americana and country artists in the region, providing production, publishing and live performance opportunities based in their own backyard.” + Deluge Music and songwriter/producer Danny Myrick, who has penned hits for Jason Aldean, Maddie & Tae, Craig Morgan, Tim McGraw and others, have announced the formation of Los Angeles-based Canyon Coast Entertainment.
Spangler said, “Lucas is the most forward-thinking modern promotion executive in the music business. There’s no one I’d rather have at my side as we sail into uncharted waters.” He is constantly one step ahead of the competition.
McGraw and Pagano are based in New York, Stephenson in Nashville and Lampcov in Los Angeles; all four are Downtown veterans and will report to global president Mike Smith. + Downtown Music Services has announced a number of senior executive promotions within its US team. Bruce Lampcov is promoted to the position of executive vice president & executive producer; Sean McGraw has been appointed to the newly created role of SVP of catalogue management; Emily Stephenson becomes VP of business operations; and Frank Pagano has been promoted to become VP of global client services.
Every day, we see the cultural resonance of their work all around us." Davis said, "These well-earned promotions recognize the remarkably strong contributions of Steve, Jay and Mark, talented and dedicated team leaders who for decades have made the magic happen when it comes to advancing our storytelling through music.
Republic Records has promoted Lucas Romeo to senior VP of promotion, effective immediately, EVP Gary Spangler announced on Monday.
Weiss commented, “We are so excited to be leveling up and raising the game with our efforts in Nashville and country music. They’re both established superstars in their respective fields in country music with great pedigree and substantial track records.” I can’t think of two better executives to take us forward and achieve this task than Josh Easler and Joe Fisher.
He joins Records Nashville following a stint as VP of promotion at Arista Nashville, and a prior gig at RCA. Based out of the company’s Nashville office,  Easler will oversee all radio promotion as well as all commercial strategy which includes all DSPs, commercial platforms, and the like.
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In his new role,  Fisher will oversee the signing, developing, and cultivating of new talent for the label. Fisher joins Records Nashville having previously spent most of his career at Universal Nashville, where he rose to VP of A&R under Luke Lewis. He also Fisher co-founded Boom, a publishing company, with Keith Urban and Ross Copperman in 2017.
+ HIFI, a membership community launched last year offering artists access to a financial platform that aggregates data from labels, distribution services, PROs and music publishers, among other revenue streams, has announced new partnerships with a dozen top business management firms to launch an enterprise version of its Royalties Dashboard, which provides a consolidated assessment of current and future earnings for independent and major label artists.
These positions reflect the tremendous contribution they have made to the company in recent years and underline our commitment to providing the best possible service to the songwriting community.” Smith said, “I am delighted that at the end of a successful year for Downtown Music Services, I am able to announce new roles for some of Downtown’s longest serving employees.  Emily, Sean, Frank and Bruce are hugely talented and dedicated people who have always enjoyed a close relationship with our songwriters and their catalogues.

“Los Protegidos: El regreso” A decade-later continuation of Antena 3’s original 2012 series “Los Protegidos,” about a group of superpower wielding kids who pretend to be a family to cover up their secret, will get a second season, as announced during the event.
2021 was a banner year for Atresplayer, which closed agreements with major broadcasting and streaming partners including Movistar, Vodafone, Google and Apple. Due to its global reach, the service has also become a lifeline to Spaniards living abroad, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers worldwide who tune in to keep up on Spanish news and culture.
Below, highlights from the first Atresplayer Premium Day:
“Vestidas de azul” A continuation of the service’s award-winning global hit series “Veneno,” picked as one of Variety’s best international series in 2020 which sold to HBO Max in the U.S. Series creators Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi are back to produce, through their label Suma Content, and direct.
Suma Content produces this series as well, with Buendía Estudios. “Cardo” One of 2021’s hottest indie series of the year which has shown up on several early best-of-2021 lists in Spain will be back for a second season as confirmed on Monday evening, again from creators and writers Claudia Costafreda and Ana Rujas, who also stars.
The series turns on three twenty-something women who create a secret group to fulfill their sexual fantasies, unintentionally launching a feminine revolution. “Zorras” Adapted from the first book in Noemí Casquet’s popular trilogy “Zorras, Balas y Libres,” “Zorras” is produced by Atresmedia Televisión with Morena Films (“Campeones,” “Everybody Knows”).
“Una Navidad con Samantha Hudson” An upcoming Christmas special which will stream on Dec. 19, produced by Atresmedia Televisión and “Veneno” and “Paquita Salas” producers Suma Content. LGBTI icon Samantha Hudson leads the holiday musical extravaganza which Atresplayer promises will break down barriers.
Spain’s Atresplayer Premium unveiled a slate of new and returning programs on Monday evening in a live presentation streamed from Madrid’s famed Gran Via, hosted by the streamer and featuring some of the most recognizable faces behind its impressive lineup of original local programming.
The streamer also confirmed that host Supremme De Luxe will be back to host a second season of “Drag Race España.”” /> A recorded version of the show will be available to stream on the platform starting Dec. “Gran Hotel de las Reinas” is an over-the-top drag show that has been touring Spain in the months since “Drag Race España” ended, which stars members of the Season 1 cast. 26.
“UPA Next,” a revival of the legendary Spanish series “Un paso adelante,” a musical drama similar to the ‘80s series “Fame.” Atresmedia Televisión partners with Spanish giants The Mediapro Studio on this ambitious reboot.
“Las noches de Tefía” A period series created by Miguel del Arco (“Las Furias”) which mixes music and comedy unspooling inside a Francoist labor camp known by the euphemistic name of Colonia Agrícola Penitenciaria de Tefía. Atresmedia Televisión produces with Buendía Estudios. At night, prisoners whose daytime lives are a living hell escape into stories shared by a bunkmate of El Tindaya, an imagined cabaret where each one of the prisoners has an alter ego.
“The Gypsy Bride” ViacomCBS International Studios, Banijay’s Diagonal TV and “Penny Dreadful” director Paco Cabezas back this crime thriller which adapts Carmen Mola’s “La Novia Gitana,” a global bestseller set in the heart of Spain’s Romani community.
With fresh eyes and the benefit of hindsight, Pajares is joined by more than 30 individuals close to him who reflect on the decade. The series is directed by Carlos Torres and produced by Atresmedia Televisión and Producciones del Barrio. “Pajares & CIA” Atresplayer is preparing to launch a new docuseries which revisits the media phenomenon that followed one of Spain’s most popular actors of the ‘80s, Andrés Pajares, and his partner Fernando Esteso.
“La edad de la ira” Shooting has wrapped on this adaptation of the eponymous novel by Nando López. Atresmedia Televisión produces with The Mediapro Studio’s Big Bang Media and Masficción. A YA thriller, the series boasts an impressive ensemble cast including Manu Ríos (“Elite”), Amaia Aberasturi (“Akelarre”), Daniel Ibáñez (“Caminantes”), Carlos Alcaide (“El internado Las Cumbres”) and Eloy Azorín (“Gran Hotel”).
“La Ruta” tracks the personal journeys of a group of young Spaniards attempting to find their place in the world. The streamer announced that development has finished, and the series will go into production early next year. One of them, after an experience pushes him towards the club scene, discovers his gift as a D.J., seen as a linchpin of the nightlife scene. “La Ruta,” announced by Variety in October 2020, and produced by Atresmedia Televisión and Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Caballo Films.

“Murder City” is a "thrilling contemporary crime story following a disgraced former cop who finds himself working for a ruthless female kingpin to pay off his estranged father’s debt and protect his family. Oolmos (“Windows on the World”), production on the film is slated to begin in 2022, with additional casting soon to be announced. "Cinnamon" follows a struggling small-town gas station attendant with big dreams, whose life is sent into a tailspin after a fatal crime in this intersecting crime thriller. Production begins in early 2022 with two original projects, “Cinnamon” and “Murder City,” the latter starring Mike Colter. Written and set to be directed by Bryian Montgomery Jr., the film is in pre-production with casting underway and is scheduled to begin shooting early next year in Atlanta. Directed by Michael D. Colter is repped by ICM, Silver Lining Entertainment and attorney Scott Whitehead.
“We needed Blaxploitation to get the experience so that we could be where we are today,” Scott says.
“As we continue to grow Tubi’s original content offerings, we remain focused on spotlighting emerging talent and celebrating fresh, authentic storytelling that reflects diverse experiences and perspectives to better serve our current audience, nearly half of which is comprised of viewers who self-identify as multicultural,” Lewinson adds.” />
Beyond passion, Garnett came to the table with ideas. As the duo, who were introduced by Garnett’s “Uncut Gems” co-star Adam Sandler, discussed what they loved about cinema, the topic of Blaxploitation films came up.
“I said, ‘I’m not interested.’ Because I’m not interested in taking a bad movie, [and] redoing it to make it Black,” Scott says.
“I’m interested in creating Black folk heroes — the dude on the corner who you don’t think amounts to anything but takes it upon himself to do something,” Scott explains. “I said, ‘Let’s explore the future and not try to re-create the past.’ Whether you use ‘Blaxploitation’ or another word, what I’m looking to do is chart the course of where we’re going.”
Inspired by classics like “Shaft,” “Super Fly” and “Cleopatra Jones,” Village Roadshow has partnered with Tubi to develop and produce the movies, which will exclusively debut on the Fox-owned free streaming platform in 2022. The initiative is also part of Garnett and Content Cartel’s first-look deal with Village Roadshow to develop and produce scripted and unscripted projects.
The initiative also will enhance the streamer’s “Black Cinema” collection, one of Tubi’s most popular content categories. From Mosko’s point of view, the Fox-owned ad-based service is the perfect home for the new films since the streamer doesn’t require a paid subscription, allowing a wider audience to access these stories.
“He just laid out how passionate he was about the business and building his company, and was beyond impressive,” Mosko tells Variety in a phone interview, recounting the lunch meeting. “I knew he just wasn’t another athlete who wanted a production shingle so he could tell his friends he has a production shingle.”
Because Blaxploitation films — and films produced by Black talent or for Black audiences in general — have historically been under-budgeted, Scott was also particular about the financial resources allocated for these projects.
“[Kevin] looked at me and — it was very heartfelt — he said, ‘Growing up as a kid, in the more traditional movies people that look like me were always criminals or being arrested. We’re always the bad guys. In [Blaxploitation] movies, it was the first place I saw someone like me portrayed in ways other than the villain. They were the heroes,’” Mosko recalls.
The titles are being shepherded by Jillian Apfelbaum and Tristen Tuckfield, executive vice presidents of feature film at Village Roadshow; Michael Thorn, president of entertainment at Fox Entertainment; and Adam Lewinson, chief content officer of Tubi. As CEO and Founder of Tubi, Farhad Massoudi oversees all operations for the streamer.
Despite his early skepticism, Scott realized that he and Mosko were on the same page about what Black Noir Cinema intends to do: redefine the concept of Blaxploitation.
“I know how to save a nickel, but I’ve got to have a nickel to save,” Scott says. “I’m not interested in doing the $1 million or $500,000, quick, down and dirty, bad movie that we pray will work. These films are going to be quality films.”
That anecdote laid the foundation for Black Noir Cinema, a new slate of movies from Village Roadshow Entertainment Group that are intended to reinvigorate the Blaxploitation genre and translate its spirit of empowerment to a new generation of Black audiences.
“Fox Entertainment has a longstanding history of diversity in the stories we tell and characters we showcase, and we’re honored to build on that legacy by welcoming independent film giant Village Roadshow to create this dynamic, new content for our growing Tubi audience,” Thorn said in a statement announcing the partnership. “Collaborating with Village Roadshow; our friend and colleague, Steve Mosko; and talent of Kevin and Oz’s caliber further elevates Tubi’s expanding portfolio of premium original programming, especially among viewers who crave bold, inclusive story-driven narratives.”
But Scott blanched at the concept of reviving the genre. Paul Bernard, who oversees scripted physical production at Village Roadshow, urged Mosko to enlist Oz Scott, the director and producer of “Bustin’ Loose,” “S.W.A.T.” and The CW’s “Black Lightning,” to help them pull off their big plans.
In addition to overseeing production on the franchise, Scott plans to direct some of the films, which will span a wide array of genres, from crime films and action thrillers to horror movies and buddy comedies. But most important of all, Scott notes, is the way Black Noir Cinema plans to embrace the genre’s legacy of creating opportunities for Black writers, directors and crews at a time when Hollywood’s doors were closed to them.
When Village Roadshow CEO Steve Mosko first met with Kevin Garnett to discuss the basketball star’s pivot to the world of entertainment, the longtime film executive says it was immediately clear that the NBA champion’s Content Cartel production company wasn’t merely a vanity label.

Lanez (real name: Daystar Peterson) is charged with felony assault regarding the July 2020 incident, which took place following a party at Kylie Jenner's home in the Hollywood Hills.
Lanez  is facing two felony charges: assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle, along with an additional allegation that he “personally inflicted great bodily injury.” Prosecutors say he is facing up to 22 years and eight months in prison if convicted of the charges; the purpose of Tuesday's hearing was to determine whether the matter will go to trial.
“As in every case, the lawyers for the parties discuss the possibility of resolving the case. This case is no different. That said, our position as to what did and did not happen in this matter remains unchanged,” she said in a statement.
Sources say that two sides were close to reaching a plea deal last month; Lanez’s attorney Shawn Holley declined to comment at a hearing last month but told Rolling Stone that the rapper’s plea of not guilty “stands.”
All three were forced by police to lay spread-eagled on the ground; surveillance footage shows Megan limping and leaving bloody footprints as she exits the vehicle. Police responded to reports of gunfire outside a different residence and, following a description provided by witnesses, pulled over the vehicle in which Megan, Lanez and the others were traveling. Lanez was arrested for possessing a concealed weapon and released on $35,000 bail.
While the two offer dramatically differing details about the incident, Lanez has repeatedly denied Megan's account — in social media posts and even on an hour-long album with extensive lyrics addressing the accusations against him — without directly saying he did not shoot her, beyond indirect statements in lyrics like "I ain't do it."
“Megan stated the defendant apologized for doing it and offered her money and begged her to please not say anything and made a reference to the fact he was already on probation and he begged her not to say anything,” Stogner testified. Megan has made this claim in the past, and a September 2020 report in Complex, citing an unnamed source, made a similar claim about Lanez's alleged comments at the incident.
An “intoxicated” Tory Lanez allegedly shouted, “Dance, bitch!” before shooting at Megan Thee Stallion during a roadside dispute after a July 2020 party at Kylie Jenner's house, hitting her in the foot, according to a police officer's testimony at Lanez’s preliminary hearing Tuesday in his felony assault case in Los Angeles, according to Rolling Stone.
Megan later claimed that Lanez offered her money to keep quiet about the incident. Police are just killing everybody for no reason, and I’m thinking, ‘I can’t believe you even think I want to take some money. Like, you just shot me.’ ” (A lawyer for Lanez denied to GQ that the rapper offered Megan and her friend money.) In an interview with GQ published in November 2020, she recalled thinking on the night of the incident, “[At this point] I’m really scared,” Megan says, “because this is like right in the middle of all the protesting.
The four were pulled over by police after a report of gunfire outside a second residence; a witness described the car they were traveling in. While initial reports said Megan had cut her feet on broken glass inside the car, she later claimed to be the “victim of a shooting,” but without identifying the gunman, whom she later identified in videos posted on social media as Lanez. The incident took place after Megan, Lanez, his bodyguard, and an unidentified woman who is speculated to be Megan’s former close friend Kelsey Nicole had attended a party at Kylie Jenner’s Hollywood home earlier in the evening.
The incident caused a judge to increase his bail amount from $190,000 to $250,000. He later joined DaBaby — who made homophobic comments during the set that later caused him to be canceled from multiple upcoming concert appearances — onstage wearing a disguise while Megan’s song “Cry Baby” played. He later removed his disguise and performed with DaBaby. Yet Lanez has remained defiant since the incident, shunned by many in the hip-hop community but embraced by others, including Chris Brown, who was found guilty of assaulting Rihanna in 2009, and DaBaby, who brought Lanez onstage at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami last summer directly after Megan’s set. For that appearance, Lanez was arrested for violating the criminal restraining order barring him from coming within 100 yards of Megan or harassing her; prosecutors claimed that he “attempted to rush the stage” during her set.
“You never asked Megan how much she had to drink that day, did you?” Holley asked.
His defense lawyer, Shawn Holley, questioned Stonger about whether or not he knew it was Megan who invited Peterson to the party at Kylie Jenner’s house that preceded the alleged shooting. Peterson sat quietly in the courtroom Tuesday, according to the report.
“Not specifically, no,” Stogner replied.
“Megan immediately felt pain to her feet, observed blood, fell to the ground, and then crawled to an adjacent driveway of a residence…She described her injuries as bleeding profusely,” he testified.
“But you are aware alcohol can impair a person’s perception and their ability to recall?” Holley asked.
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“Stop lying!” “You shot me, and you got your publicist and your people to [talk to] these blogs, lying and s––,” she said in a video.
At one point on the album, Lanez rapped “How the f— you get shot in your foot, don’t hit no bones or tendons?” He has disputed her accounts in social media posts and an hour-long album issued in September.
While initial reports indicated that Megan had been injured by broken glass following an argument, over the following days and weeks, she directly accused Lanez of shooting her in the feet. She also posted photos of her injured feet on Instagram.
He said Megan described Peterson as “half in, half out,” on the step board of the vehicle, when he allegedly fired, Stogner said. Peterson holding a firearm and then she observed him start to shoot,” Los Angeles Police detective Ryan Stogner testified Tuesday, basing his account on interviews with Megan (real name: Megan Pete). “(Megan) observed Mr.

"Parallel Mothers" is Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias' 13th film for director Pedro Almodóvar and, says Iglesias, "the best experience working for him" to date.
Almodóvar visited the composer every Sunday at his home for two months. "He comes over, we have tea together, he starts talking and I show him the music," Iglesias reports.
And in this case he began with the film's most intense moment: as Cruz's character learns the truth about her baby. Although Almodóvar routinely gives him a script to read, the composer prefers to wait until he's seen a cut of the film before committing himself to strong musical ideas.
The Madrid-based composer is a three-time Oscar nominee, but none of those films ("The Constant Gardener," "The Kite Runner," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") were by Almodóvar, his filmmaking partner since 1995.
Piano and a small complement of woodwinds rounded out his 49-piece ensemble at London's Air studios. Much of his score was written for string orchestra, "seven voices in complex harmonies, but at the same time transparent," he explains. A small chamber ensemble seemed more appropriate for the early birth scenes – "the idea of life, of vital force," he adds.
He has been a kind of master for me. Asked about their 13-flim, 26-year relationship, Iglesias says: "It's my life. He's not a musician, but he always asks me to dodge conventions, find my own way, my own melodic ideas. We have shared so many difficult, great moments.
"I followed the breathing of the actress; it was a guide for me, full of close-ups. "This was the soul of the movie," he says. I oriented the music to the suspense of this scene, and that gave me possibilities for other scenes."
He has six Goya Awards, Spain's equivalent of the Oscar, for Almodóvar films, including art-house hits "All About My Mother," "Talk to Her," "Volver," "Broken Embraces," "The Skin I Live In" and "Pain and Glory." He was nominated for a Golden Globe Monday for his "Parallel Mothers" score.
Sometimes he says, ‘Surprise me with something.' It's very good for a composer to have this kind of relationship with a director, because you have to put everything you have in your head, your soul, into the film. "He sees me as an artist. But you work for the film, not for him."” />
The music for the film's finale, which takes place at the graveyard and involves all of the principals, was actually introduced earlier in the film, "when they are at home, this idea of spiritual connections, preparing this idea of death and life – so it's, again, the parallelism of the film."
Their lives are intertwined from the time they meet in a hospital, and a subplot about unearthing Spanish Civil War graves eventually figures in the story as well. "Parallel Mothers" concerns two first-time single mothers, one middle-aged (Penelope Cruz) and excited, the other (Milena Smit) young and nervous.
"I didn't give each character a theme; they were two but they were one at the same time." "I followed this idea of parallelism in the structure of the music," Iglesias tells Variety.

Prior to that, Bowman was executive director of development for Buena Vista Productions and a manager of series development for VH1.” />
Bowman joined Fox from Freeform (formerly ABC Family), where she spent 12 years as senior vice president of development and programming. In that role, she oversaw a number of the network’s biggest hits, including “Baby Daddy,” “Shadowhunters,” “Switched at Birth,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “Greek,” “Bunheads,” “Young & Hungry,” “Make It or Break It” and “Kyle XY.” She joined ABC Family in 2004 as executive director of development, and was promoted to vice president of development and programming in 2005.
“Brooke has been an important and trusted part of our team, playing an invaluable role in helping shape and implement our blueprint to expand and diversify Fox's slate,” said Thorn. “Supremely creative, well-respected across town and fearless in taking big swings, she is primed to take over the reins; and I’m excited to have her alongside as we steer our drama strategy well into the future.”
She succeeds Charlie Andrews in the role, with Andrews exiting the company. The parting with Andrews is said to be on good terms, with his contract simply coming to an end.
During her time with Fox, Bowman has overseen series such as "The Resident," “Prodigal Son,” “Lethal Weapon,” “BH90210,” “Rosewood,” “Scream Queens,” “Sleepy Hollow” and, most recently, upcoming series "The Cleaning Lady" and "Monarch."
She will now report directly to Michael Thorn, president of entertainment at Fox Entertainment. Bowman was previously senior vice president in the Fox drama department. She will be based in Los Angeles.
Brooke Bowman has been promoted to executive vice president of drama development and programming at Fox Entertainment.

Though Bravo would not confirm who's sick for privacy reasons, Garcelle Beauvais posted to her social media that she has tested positive, and TMZ and People reported that Girardi and Lisa Rinna have also tested positive. A source close to the show tells Variety that production has continued filming with the rest of the cast, Dorit Kemsley, Sutton Stracke, Kyle Richards and Crystal Minkoff. The show is soon set to take its holiday break, which will give the women a chance to recover.
A representative for Rinna declined to comment; Girardi’s publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A spokesperson for Bravo also declined to comment.
In the show’s explosive (and highly rated) 11th season, which was filmed before the vaccine released to the public, Richards, Kemsley and Kathy Hilton all tested positive for COVID.” />
Season 11 largely revolved around Girardi’s financial and legal travails after it was revealed that her estranged husband, attorney Tom Girardi, was being credibly accused of stealing millions of dollars from his former clients. In order to capitalize on those events, which continue to unfold, the Bravo production began filming the new season in October. Girardi’s story — as well as the other cast members’ reactions to it — proved to be riveting television.
But now, COVID-19 has sidelined several of its cast members. To keep its Erika Girardi-fueled momentum going, Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” began filming its 12th season earlier this fall, without the usual months-long break between seasons.
In her tweet, Beauvais, who also co-hosts the talk show “The Real,” said her sons have tested negative, and that she feels OK. She wrote, “Thankful to be vaccinated and to not be showing symptoms.”

However, you can sign up for Casetify Club to join the waitlist and gain priority access to begin shopping at 7 p.m. The collection is available to purchase exclusively on Casetify's website on Dec. 15, starting at 9 p.m. PT. PT.” />
"Olivia used her voice to inspire people across the globe to express themselves, and that's what our mission is at Casetify," Wes Ng, Casetify's co-founder and CEO, said in a statement. "From her ability to connect with young people to her desire to support sustainability, we are excited to partner with her."
9, which makes Rodrigo the company's first-ever brand ambassador after dozens of successful celebrity collaborations. The lineup includes a chained-up "Broken Ego, Broken Hearts" case, a "DNT ANSWER" case and "Broken Butterfly" case, all done up with the same flash art and '90s-style imagery featured on her album. The exclusive collection, named "Hardened Hearts" and creative directed by Rodrigo, features cases and accessories inspired by her debut album. The singer announced her year-long partnership with the trendy phone case company on Dec.
If you couldn't get your hands on tickets to Olivia Rodrigo's "Sour" tour, you can at least don her signature Y2K style by way of her brand new collaboration with Casetify.
"It was really cool to be able to help create this collection with Casetify that reflects my vision and keeps sustainability at the forefront of each design," Rodrigo said in a statement.
Some of her designs will also be inlaid on their best-selling Ultra and Impact cases (made out of 65% recycled materials) and on their Ultra Compostable Case, made out of 100% biodegradable material. Rodrigo's pieces are at the forefront of the brand's new collection of sustainable cases, which uses Re/Casetify technology to create new products out of entirely recycled materials.

In this new role, Lowery will oversee media strategy and execution for the label and its roster of artists, and also play an integral role in a wide range of the label’s cultural and lifestyle initiatives. Lowery is based in Los Angeles and will report to Motown’s chairwoman & CEO, Ethiopia Habtemariam. Motown Records has named Courtney Lowery as executive vice president of media strategy and lifestyle.
Lowery added, “Motown is one of the most iconic record labels in music history. I look forward to working with Ethiopia, the dynamic executive team, the artists, and creatives within the Motown family. Under Ethiopia’s leadership, Motown once again has become one of the most culturally important music companies in the world and continues to elevate music and artistry. I’m humbled and excited to contribute to what she and the team have built and play a part in breaking the next generation of global superstars.”
“Courtney has not only distinguished himself as an effective media strategist but has become an integral part of culture through his work with some of today’s biggest artists and platforms,” Habtemariam said. “I’m excited to welcome Courtney to our senior leadership team as we continue to redefine and reshape what Motown Records is today.”
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He has also held publicity positions at eOne Entertainment, W & W Public Relations, and United States Olympics. In 2020, Lowery launched his own firm where he engineered campaigns for clients such as DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Isley Brothers, and the Verzuz competition. He previously spent eight years at Epic Records, where he worked closely with artists including Travis Scott, Future, Ciara, 21 Savage, Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, French Montana and more.

Should estimates hold, "No Way Home" will not only notch the biggest debut since 2019, it'll rank as the best start for Holland's Spider-Man trilogy after 2017's "Homecoming" opened to $117 million and 2019's "Far From Home" bowed to $92 million. There's a chance it could beat 2007's "Spider-Man 3" starring Tobey Maguire, which opened to $151 million (not adjusted for inflation) and still stands as the biggest Spider-Man opening weekend in history. Notably, "Spider-Man: No Way Home" ticket sales should even be reminiscent of pre-pandemic times.
But given pent-up demand and record pre-sales, some box office prognosticators are more bullish. They believe an opening weekend near $175 million could be within reach. Tom Holland's newest web-slinging adventure "Spider-Man: No Way Home" hits theaters on Friday and is poised to generate $150 million in its box office debut — a heroic feat even by pre-COVID standards. The film's distributor Sony Pictures modestly predicts a three-day tally closer to $130 million, which would still rank as a huge win.
Marvel's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is swinging to the rescue.
But the emergence of Omicron could stifle ticket sales — even Spider-Man may not be a match for the new variant. Only one film, Sony's comic book sequel "Venom: Let There Be Carnage," has come close to hitting that benchmark, with initial revenues at a still-impressive $90 million domestically. At the very least, "Spider-Man: No Way Home" looks to be the first pandemic-era movie to cross $100 million in a single weekend, an achievement that felt more like a distant dream this time last year. Movie theater attendance has stalled in recent weeks, so the comic book adaptation presents the best chance yet to bring audiences back to cinemas during the holiday season.
"Spider-Man: No Way Home" will undoubtedly crush its competition, but it won't be the weekend's only new nationwide release. Searchlight Pictures is opening "Nightmare Alley," a neo-noir psychological thriller from Guillermo del Toro ("The Shape of Water"). Debruge, who also reviewed "Nightmare Alley" for Variety, called the movie a "bravura carnival noir" and praised del Toro for assembling "a dream ensemble."” /> Adapted from William Lindsay Gresham's 1946 novel, the story follows an ambitious carny (Bradley Cooper) who teams up with an equally dangerous corrupt psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett). Along with Cooper and Blanchett, the star-studded cast includes Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara and Mary Steenburgen.
Robbins believes that "Spider-Man" could eventually cross the $1 billion mark. Even then, we have to be cognizant of the pandemic and how different markets are recovering at various paces while the Omicron variant also presents a new complication around the world." However, he adds that "…the absence of China will be notable.
Critics have embraced "Spider-Man: No Way Home," with The Daily Beast's Nick Schager calling it "the MCU’s best Spidey movie by a mile" and Variety's Peter Debruge describing the film as a "satisfying meta-adventure." In a review for Tribute Agency, film critic Katie Walsh says the movie is a "fast, loose and funny romp." She continues, "It whips through its two hour, 28 minute runtime at a breakneck pace, though it takes it’s time to breathe in the emotional moments. Turns out it’s a good thing when our Spider-Man flicks gain sentience, because it doesn’t get much more fun than this at the movies."
So far, there hasn't been a movie since the onset of COVID-19 to attain those box office heights. "Homecoming" hit $880 million at the worldwide box office, while its follow-up “Far From Home” glided past the $1 billion mark. In terms of Hollywood movies, MGM's James Bond sequel "No Time to Die" is the biggest earner with $771 million worldwide. Without China, the latest adventure could struggle to reach $1 billion. The $200 million-budgeted "Spider-Man," by far the biggest movie to open since COVID-19 hit, is especially vital to the theater business because the character is popular around the globe. "No Way Home" doesn't yet have a release date in China, which had been a huge market for "Homecoming" ($116 million) and "Far From Home" ($198 million). Two local Chinese movies, "The Battle at Lake Changjin" ($902 million) and "Hi, Mom" ($822 million) have come the closest.
"To reach $100 million or more in a single weekend for the first time during the pandemic, which this movie is likely to far exceed, would be a big win for theater owners and mark another step in the long-term box office recovery process," says Shawn Robbins, the chief analyst at Box Office Pro.
Directed by Jon Watts, the third chapter in Holland's trilogy takes place after Peter Parker's identity is revealed to the world, upending the lives of his girlfriend MJ (Zendaya), his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) and his aunt May (Marisa Tomei). In a crossover event of epic proportions, Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, Jamie Foxx’s Electro and Alfred Molina's Doctor Otto Octavius drop by to wreak havoc and torment Spider-Man. Desperate to restore a drop of normalcy, Peter asks for help from Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and accidentally unleashes a multiverse — featuring plenty of villains from past Peter Parker timelines.