1. 2017 Oscar Nominations: 'La La Land' Ties Record with 14 Nominations

    January 24, 2017 8:17 AM EST The nominees for the 89th Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning (Jan. 24) and, as expected, the movie musical La La Land lead all contenders with a record-tying 14 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best D ...

  2. Suburban Rapper Comedy 'Patti Cake$' Sparks $10M Bidding War at Sundance

    January 23, 2017 11:14 PM EST Suburban rapper comedy Patti Cake$ is the latest film to spark a heated bidding war at Sundance. Sources say the film, fronted by newcomer Danielle MacDonald, has crossed the $10 million mark following its world premiere at the festival on Monday. ...

  3. Stephen Colbert to Host 2017 Emmy Awards

    January 23, 2017 5:33 PM EST Broadcast's late-night hosts may have officially cornered the market on awards show gigs. CBS has tapped Stephen Colbert to emcee the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards, marking at least the fourth marquee kudos to be hosted by a late-night personali ...

  4. Dick Clark Productions, Twitter to Live Stream Red Carpets from Billboard Music Awards, AMAs & ACM Awards

    January 23, 2017 1:20 PM EST Following on the heels of their partnership at the Golden Globes, Dick Clark Productions and Twitter have teamed up again to live-stream red-carpet programming from three upcoming awards shows. The companies said Monday that they will live stream ...

  5. Marilyn Petrone of Dick Clark Productions and United Artists Music Dead at 82

    January 20, 2017 8:27 PM EST Marilyn Petrone — the music industry executive who has worked with such top artists as Ike and Tina Turner , War, ELO, Shirley Bassey, Bobby Womack, Kenny Rogers, Paul Anka and Johnny Rivers — has died, according to Sheryl Feuerstein of East West ...

  6. Jonas Akerlund's Rammstein Documentary Getting Theatrical Release

    January 20, 2017 3:39 AM EST Grammy-winning Swedish director Jonas Akerlund's upcoming doc about legendary German heavy metal rockers Rammstein is heading to the big screen.  Rammstein: Paris , shot at the band's sell out shows at Paris' Bercy Arena in 2012, ha ...

  7. Angie Martinez to Develop TV Projects With Endemol Shine

    January 19, 2017 9:27 PM EST Angie Martinez is looking beyond radio. The popular host, no stranger to commuters in New York and Miami, has signed her first development deal. Martinez has entered into a pact with Endemol Shine North America, where she'll develop TV projec ...

  8. 'La La Land,' Justin Timberlake Among Guild of Music Supervisors Awards 2017 Nominees

    January 19, 2017 5:53 PM EST The Seventh Annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards will take place Feb. 16 at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. The awards recognize outstanding music supervisors in 14 categories, representing movies, television, games and trailers. ...

  9. Grammys 2017: Why Adele's '25' Probably Won't Nab Album of the Year

    January 19, 2017 11:06 AM EST The words " Adele " and "underdog" might not seem to go together in any known ­universe. Her album 25 has earned 10.4 ­million equivalent album units in the United States, according to Nielsen Music, of which 9.2 million were i ...

  10. Sean Hannity's Inauguration Playlist: 'A Reminder That America Has Many Enemies That Want to Destroy Us'

    January 19, 2017 10:58 AM EST For the week leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump,  Billboard  asked the hosts and anchors of some of cable news' most-watched shows to put together inauguration playlists -- their personal soundtracks for the Jan. 2 ...

  11. The White Stripes' 'Seven Nation Army' Leads Top TV Commercials Chart for December

    January 18, 2017 2:22 PM EST There’s a new No. 1 on Billboard & Clio’s Top TV Commercials chart, powered by Shazam, for the second straight month, as The White Stripes ’ “Seven Nation Army” leads the tally. Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales and streaming in ...

  12. Watch Adidas Originals' Experimental Brand Film Starring Snoop Dogg, Dej Loaf & More: Exclusive

    January 18, 2017 1:21 PM EST Athletic brand Adidas is known for it's luxury sportswear, iconic three stripes logo, and their collaborations with the music industry’s top artist. Just this past year, they’ve worked with Pusha T , Pharrell Williams , and have announced a l ...

  13. Russia Limits Foreign Ownership of Amazon Prime, Netflix and Other Digital Services

    January 18, 2017 8:50 AM EST Russia's State Duma, the lower chamber of Parliament, has adopted in the first reading legislation introducing restrictions on the foreign ownership of online video services, a move targeting the likes of Netflix, Apple's iTunes and Amaz ...

  14. Tupac Biopic 'All Eyez on Me' Lands at Lionsgate, Confirms Release Date

    January 17, 2017 3:26 PM EST All Eyez on Me , the long-gestating biopic of rapper Tupac Shakur, is finally on its way to theaters. Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment has acquired the U.S. rights to the Morgan Creek Entertainment film that follows the life of the iconic � ...

  15. Academy of Country Music Awards Moves to T-Mobile Arena in Vegas

    January 17, 2017 2:01 PM EST The Academy of Country Music Awards is moving its annual show to the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The 52nd annual awards show will be held April 2 and will air on CBS, the Encino, California-based group announced Tuesday. Last year's show ...

  16. Univision, Televisa to Combine Content Development, Production

    January 17, 2017 9:05 AM EST Univision Holdings and Mexican TV giant Grupo Televisa on Tuesday unveiled a strengthened and expanded relationship between the two companies that will see them unify their content development and production efforts. As part of the change, Isaac L ...

  17. As Michael Lynton Exits, Will Sony Double Down on Hollywood or Sell?

    January 16, 2017 12:25 PM EST It’s a rare thing for an executive who presides over a corporate disaster to remain on the job and even get promoted. But departing Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton managed to do exactly that. Two years have passed since the Sony hack was not ...

  18. 'Portlandia' Renewed for Eighth and Final Season

    January 15, 2017 2:30 PM EST It's official: IFC is ending Portlandia . IFC president Jennifer Caserta announced Saturday that the comedy starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein has been renewed for an eighth and final season in 2018. Season seven returned this month. ...

  19. Scooter Braun Teams With 'Hidden Figures' Writer on Scripted E! TV Series

    January 13, 2017 9:33 PM EST There may be no music executive more qualified to oversee a TV series about an up-and-coming songwriter trying to make it in Los Angeles than Scooter Braun -- being that he both lives in L.A. and knows a thing or two about guiding the careers of s ...

  20. Pharrell Williams on Producing 'Hidden Figures' & Projects That Are 'Sticky'

    January 13, 2017 4:26 PM EST For Pharrell Williams , the most rewarding part about being a producer and co-composer on Hidden Figures isn’t that the film beat Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to top last week’s box office, it’s that the story about three African-American women wh ...

  21. Controversial Michael Jackson Comedy 'Urban Myths' Pulled Following Criticism From Family

    January 13, 2017 5:08 AM EST U.K. pay TV giant Sky said Friday it has decided not to air a TV program about Michael Jackson after his daughter Paris Jackson said she was "incredibly offended" by the portrayal of the late music star . The episode was scheduled to be ...

  22. Apple Reportedly Plans to Launch Scripted TV, Movies This Year

    January 12, 2017 10:48 AM EST In a move that would pit it against the likes of Netflix, Amazon and HBO, Apple is reportedly on the cusp of unveiling film and TV programming of its own. According to the  Wall Street Journal , Apple wants to "build a significant new busines ...

  23. Viacom Acquires Minority Stake in Israeli TV Company

    January 12, 2017 9:28 AM EST Viacom's Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) unit said Thursday it has acquired a minority stake in Ananey Communications Group, an Israeli pay TV channel provider and content producer. Financial terms and the size of the stake weren&# ...

  24. Jamie Foxx to Host 'Beat Shazam' App-Based Game Show

    January 11, 2017 4:18 PM EST Jamie Foxx is turning game-show host. The Oscar-winning actor will host Fox TV's Beat Shazam , an interactive game show based on the song-identification app Shazam. The game show's producers include Mark Burnett of Survivor and The Voice ...

  25. Sony's AXN Signs Deal for More of Simon Cowell's 'Asia's Got Talent'

    January 10, 2017 8:59 AM EST Sony Pictures Television Networks has signed a multi-year deal with FremantleMedia International and Syco Entertainment for a second season of regional hit Asia’s Got Talent. The English-language show premiered on Sony’s AXN channel in 2015. AXN s ...

  26. Carrie Fisher: Hospital Confirms Heart Attack as Cause of Death

    January 10, 2017 12:26 AM EST Carrie Fisher's death certificate confirms that the actress died of a heart attack, but it says more investigation is needed to try to determine the underlying cause. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued the death certifi ...

  27. James Corden's 'Carpool Karaoke' Apple Series Shifts Focus From Just Singers to Celebrities

    January 09, 2017 4:33 PM EST The new Carpool Karaoke won't necessarily cannibalize its popular predecessor. Segment creators James Corden and Ben Winston, the creative duo behind CBS' The Late Late Show , sold the viral sensation to Apple in 2016 as a series unto it ...

  28. Pete Fisher Departs Grand Ole Opry to Helm Academy of Country Music

    January 09, 2017 12:01 PM EST The Academy of Country Music has tapped a highly regarded Nashville music executive to fill its vacant chief executive officer position. Grand Ole Opry vp/GM Pete Fisher will step into the role effective Jan. 30. The ACM is based in Encino, Calif. ...

  29. Soundtracks Score Blockbuster Week in Top 10 of Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    January 09, 2017 9:35 AM EST Hooray for Hollywood! For the first time in more than 18 years, a whopping four soundtracks are in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart at the same time. The film tunes parade is led by the surging soundtrack to Moana , which leaps from No. 6 to ...

  30. How James Van Der Beek's Diplo Spoof Became a Scripted TV Series

    January 05, 2017 9:55 PM EST Anything that incites fervor is ripe for parody, so it's not surprising that the world of big-tent dance music has inspired its fair share of send-ups: try Andy Samberg's Saturday Night Live digital short , where the bass drops with such ...

  31. Tommy Mottola Blames Mariah Carey's Professional Team For Botched NYE Performance

    January 04, 2017 11:25 PM EST Mariah Carey should ditch her advisers and “hire more seasoned and respected professionals” in light of her disastrous New Year’s Eve performance. That’s the line according to her ex-husband, Tommy Mottola.   Mottola, the one-time Sony Music chair ...

  32. Grammy Awards' Parent Company Buys Manhattan Property, Hinting at a Manhattan-Based Show in 2018

    January 04, 2017 4:05 PM EST The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), parent company of the Grammys, recently completed the purchase of a mansion, a source familiar with the purchase has confirmed to Billboard . The building, which the New York Post report ...

  33. James Van Der Beek Will Play Diplo in Viceland's First Scripted Show

    January 04, 2017 3:38 PM EST Ever wonder who would play you in a biographical series about your life? Diplo doesn't have to wonder anymore, because James Van Der Beek is all set to play him in a scripted television show. It will be the first series of its kind on Vicelan ...

  34. Mexico's Televisa Given FCC Approval to Increase Univision Ownership Stake

    January 04, 2017 2:13 PM EST Mexican media giant Televisa will be able to own a bigger share of U.S. based media giant Univision. According to a joint statement released today by both companies, the FCC, in a declaratory ruling, approved an increase in the authorized foreign ...

  35. European Entertainment Stocks Mostly Down in 2016, Mediaset and Entertainment One Rise

    December 29, 2016 12:15 PM EST European entertainment industry stocks are on track to mostly finish 2016 lower amid concerns about economic trends and advertising revenue momentum, as well as Britain's decision to leave the European Union and individual challenges.   As of ...

  36. French Media Giant Vivendi and Italy's Mediaset Declare All-Out War

    December 23, 2016 1:09 PM EST Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s media empire Mediaset has had a roller coaster of a year on the Italian stock exchange amid a showdown with Vivendi. And a peaceful Christmas does not seem to be in store for the companies.  Back i ...

  37. Behind X Ambassadors & Tom Morello's ESPN College Football Theme Song: Exclusive Video

    December 21, 2016 8:45 PM EST For decades, college football's soundtrack has been one of marching bands, cheerleaders and roaring fans. But lately, it's been getting an update via a partnership between Interscope and ESPN that's brought some of contemporary musi ...

  38. MTV, Comedy Central Head Doug Herzog Exits Viacom

    December 21, 2016 2:46 PM EST Doug Herzog is Viacom’s latest casualty. The news of his departure comes roughly a week after Bob Bakish was formally named CEO of the challenged media company. In the latter role, Bakish is posied to restructure a group that's already seen s ...

  39. Facebook Debuts Live Audio Broadcasts

    December 21, 2016 10:48 AM EST The BBC and HarperCollins are two of the publishers chosen by Facebook to test out its new answer to podcasting and radio, called Live Audio. The social network announced the feature on Tuesday, explaining in a blog post that "we know that so ...

  40. Nielsen to Acquire Gracenote From Tribune Media for $560M

    December 20, 2016 7:42 AM EST Tribune Media Co. said Tuesday (Dec. 20) that it has agreed to sell substantially all of its digital and data business operations, comprised of Gracenote video, music and sports, to the Nielsen Co. for $560 million in cash, subject to customary pu ...

  41. Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment Signs Development Deal With Star China

    December 19, 2016 6:01 AM EST Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment has signed a three-year development deal with Canxing Production/Star China, one of China's leading television production companies. The deal, announced by Cowell and Canxing/Star China CEO Jin Lei on Mo ...

  42. Anderson .Paak's 'Am I Wrong?' Leads Top TV Commercials Chart for November

    December 16, 2016 2:44 PM EST For the first time in three months, a new song graces the No. 1 spot of Billboard & Clio’s Top TV Commercials chart, powered by Shazam. Anderson .Paak’s “Am I Wrong?” featuring ScHoolboy Q , a hip-hop track combining R&B and neo-soul, lead ...

  43. Sumner Redstone to Leave Voting Role on Viacom Board

    December 16, 2016 12:02 PM EST Viacom said in a regulatory filing on Friday that chairman emeritus and controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone will leave the company's board as of the annual shareholder meeting in February. The filing showed 10 nominated board members that ...

  44. Ukraine Won't Lift Eurovision Ban on Some Russian Artists, Says Song Contest Isn't Moscow Bound

    December 15, 2016 1:05 PM EST Ukraine confirms that the country won’t temporarily lift an entry ban on Russian artists who supported the annexation of Crimea for the duration of next year's Eurovision contest, as some reports alleged. Meanwhile, it is confirmed that the s ...

  45. Net Neutrality's 'Days Are Numbered' as FCC Gears Up for Trump Years

    December 15, 2016 11:32 AM EST Last month's election of Donald Trump means the FCC is about to flip from Democratic control to Republicans, and one of the priorities of the regulatory agency, once its new makeup is established, could be the rolling back of net neutrality r ...

  46. Amy Elizabeth Striebel Kalas, Longtime Dick Clark Productions Staffer, Dies at 47

    December 15, 2016 1:19 AM EST Amy Elizabeth Striebel Kalas, a longtime employee of dick clark productions, died on Dec. 9 at the age of 47 after a long illness. She passed away at West Hills Community Hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif. Striebel Kalas began working at dick clar ...

  47. 'Beep' Documentary Traces History of Video Game Music

    December 14, 2016 4:02 PM EST Flying under the radar in recent months was  Beep: A Documentary History of Game Sound , a new, largely crowdfunded documentary focusing on the topic of sound design in the world of video games. "No longer just the 'ugly stepchild' ...

  48. Francisco 'Cisco' Suarez Exits Univision

    December 13, 2016 11:40 PM EST Francisco “Cisco” Suárez, the Univision Network’s longtime senior VP of special events, has exited the company, according to a report published Tuesday evening (Dec. 13) by Spanish media news site Produ.com . Requests to Univision for comment were ...

  49. Why Telemundo SVP Mario Ruiz Prefers Musicians Who Can Act Over Actors Who Can Sing

    December 13, 2016 1:33 PM EST When Mario Ruiz  was asked to help cast Telemundo's upcoming series Guerra de Ídolos ( War of Idols ), he had one goal: to find musicians who could act rather than actors who could sing. "We wanted to make sure we could transmit the feel ...

  50. Lawsuit Claims Private Equity Giant and 21st Century Fox Schemed to Strip 'American Idol' Producer

    December 13, 2016 12:05 PM EST Five years ago,  American Idol  was king of the television landscape, a seemingly invincible ratings-winner when Apollo Global Management, one of the world's biggest private equity firms, made a highly-leveraged deal to acquire Core Media Gro ...

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