JEOPARDY! MAKES STREAMING DEBUT ON HULU

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After 35 years in syndication, JEOPARDY! - the most honored quiz show in television history – makes its streaming debut today on Hulu

To celebrate the premiere, Hulu has curated 60 episodes of some of JEOPARDY!’s flagship special events, including a TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS, a COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP, a KIDS WEEK, as well as some of the show’s fan-favorite contestants throughout its history.

  • In a new deal between Hulu and Sony Pictures Television, JEOPARDY! makes its subscription streaming debut today on Hulu.
  • To kick off the premiere, Hulu has curated collections of some of JEOPARDY!’s flagship special events, including a TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS, a COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP, and a KIDS WEEK, as well as BATTLE OF THE DECADES, which features some of the show’s fan-favorite contestants from its 35-year history, like all-time money winner Brad Rutter and long-running champion Ken Jennings.
  • Hulu will make it possible for viewers to continuously test their knowledge by refreshing its offering of popular episodes ofJEOPARDY!.
  • With a weekly audience of 23 million viewers, JEOPARDY! is the top-rated quiz show on television, and has won numerous awards and distinctions over the course of its 35 years on the air, including the 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Game Show. The show holds the Guinness World Records® title for the most Emmy® Awards won by a TV game show (34 Emmys); it is also the recipient of a 2011 Peabody Award. JEOPARDY!’s 35th anniversary season will premiere Monday, September 10.
  • JEOPARDY! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company; it is distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Television International, both units of CBS Corp. For more information, please visit Jeopardy.com.
  • The deal reinforces Hulu’s efforts to grow its library with premium programming from across all genres. The series is among the top 5 broadcast programs on Hulu’s live TV service (non-news, non-sports) and joins thousands of episodes of popular competition and unscripted programming currently available to stream on Hulu.

FRENCH RAPPER MHD DEBUTS “BELLA” FEATURING WIZKID TODAY, NEW ALBUM 19 SET FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 19

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Superstar French rapper MHD unveils new single “Bella” featuring Nigerian vocalist Wizkidalongside a video today—listen/watch HERE. “Bella” is the second single to be released from MHD’s massively anticipated new album 19, named for Paris’ 19th arrondissement where he grew up and set for release September 19 onMotown Records

“Bella” follows the previously released “Bodyguard,” streamed more than ten million times to date—watch the video here.

One of the biggest stars of French rap and the progenitor of the fast-growing genre he has namedAfro Trap, MHD is set to tour the world next year following appearances at Coachella and every major European festival. Dates include Paris’ 20,000 seat Accor Hotel Arena on March 29, 2019, with many more to be announced worldwide.

19 follows MHD’s 2016 self-titled, internationally Gold-certified debut album, as well as hits including “Bravo.” MHD’s music, mixing African instrumentation and trap beats, has over 470 million streams on all platforms and 730 million views on YouTube globally.

MHD is 23-year-old Mohamed Sylla, a French artist of Guinean and Senegalese descent. In 2015, MHD was delivering pizzas when he began posting videos of his original freestyles on YouTube. His videos quickly went viral, attracting the attention of artists, tastemakers and professional athletes around the globe, including Drake, Stormzy, Paul Pogba of Manchester United and more. In April 2016, he released his self-titled debut album to much critical acclaim. MHD reached #2 on the French charts and has since gone double platinum.

 

 

NEW MUSIC: Milan Christopher "BeastMode" Album Available Now

“Beast Mode” is available for purchase on all major digital retailers now. Please share and post. Thanks!

MUSIC: “DRIP” - https://youtu.be/H1sLCqpjocY [lifted from “BeastMode” album]

MUSIC: “Nicki Minaj” - https://youtu.be/-OdI8N2rO38 [lifted from “BeastMode” album]

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Extraordinary Entertainment Launches Co-Development Deal with India's B4U - Slate of Three Films will include the Actioner OPERATION WILD, with Renny Harlin aimed to direct

EXTRAORDINARY ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES CO-DEVELOPMENT DEAL DURING GROUND-BREAKING CHINA INDIA EVENT AT THE SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Slate of Three Films will include the Actioner OPERATION WILD, with Renny Harlin aimed to direct

SHANGHAI (June 19, 2018) –– Renny Harlin and Daljit DJ Parmar’s Extraordinary Entertainment announced today that it will be entering a China/India co-development deal with India’s B4U. This is a result of a fruitful and high-profile China/India event that took place today at the Shanghai International Film Festival, hosted by the Australian AACTA’s Asia International Engagement Program and in partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, the Film and Television Producers Guild of India, and Shanghai Franlyn Media. Indian Consul General Anil Kumar Rai attended as the guest of honor on behalf of the Indian government.

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The first of three films in Extraordinary and B4U’s co-development slate is the actioner Operation Wild, written by Brian Brightly (Inside Man 2, Bleed) with Renny Harlin (Skiptrace, The Legend of the Ancient Sword) set to direct. The film will co-star prominent Indian and Chinese actors. While plot details are being kept under wraps, Operation Wild is described as a large-scale action adventure story, in which two elite combat warriors from China and India lead covert forces to shut down a global wildlife poaching criminal organization.

This ground-breaking event has created an opportunity to engage in intercultural dialogue between the Chinese and Indian film industries, providing a platform to encourage further collaboration in culture and cinema. This co-development deal follows an impressive run of Indian films in the Chinese box office in recent years, including Indian films Dangal, which made $200 million (1.29 billion yuan) and Secret Superstar, topping the imported movies box office with over $118 million (746 million yuan).

“There is a very unique cultural synergy between Chinese and Indian cinema. The enormous success of co-production films like Kung Fu Yoga and other Indian films has helped pave the way for Indian content in China. Building on this, we are excited to develop our new China-India film slate beginning with Operation Wild and our partner B4U, one of India’s most renowned Entertainment companies,” said Extraordinary Entertainment’s CEO Daljit DJ Parmar.

Extraordinary Entertainment’s CCO Renny Harlin also commented: “I’m a huge fan of Indian cinema and feel that the talent in India, both in front of and behind the camera, is some of the best in the world. The stories are original and the films are filled with genuine energy and passion that touches the heart. I firmly believe that these combined markets will be the most potent force for storytelling in the world, breathing new life into the global film industry.”

B4U’s CEO Ishan Saksena commented: “I have known DJ and Renny for years and have loved working with them. I was thoroughly impressed with their emphasis and detail behind the human emotions that underpins the storylines of their slate of Indo-China films. I think these films will highlight the emotional bond and cultural values that are common between the people of China and India. B4U is very proud to be with Extraordinary on this ground-breaking partnership.”

Lawyer Cao Yu negotiated the deal on behalf of Extraordinary, which is represented by UTA globally, with legal representation by Stephen L. Saltzman, Paul Hastings LLP, and Haiwen & Partners in China. Brightly is also represented by UTA.

About Extraordinary Entertainment

During Cannes last month, Director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger) and Producer Daljit DJ Parmar (Kung Fu Yoga) launchedExtraordinary Entertainment, a production and finance company based in Beijing and Hong Kong. Parmar serves as CEO and Harlin as Chief Creative Officer. The company focuses on developing international co-productions, as well as local language Chinese productions, and is backed by funding from strategic investors targeting the Chinese market, with a pipeline of $10MM-$50MM Action/Sci-Fi/Comedy/Adventure theatrical feature films, and new age premium scripted online television series. The outfit also serves as a directing vehicle for Harlin, as well as a platform for top Chinese up-and-coming directors.

Extraordinary Entertainment’s current slate includes Solara, which Harlin is aimed to direct and produce with Parmar, from the writing team of Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt (London Has Fallen, Expendables 3, Olympus Has Fallen). Solara is a Chinese tentpole Sci-Fi epic adventure revolving around an international team who have to work together in order to save the earth from a global catastrophe which threatens the entire human existence.

About B4U

B4U network is India’s leading Media and Entertainment company with a host of Bollywood movie and music channels that have presence and viewership in over 100 countries. B4U is also a large movie studio which successfully releases 10-15 movies per year. B4U’s recent successes include movies such as, “Queen” (IIFA best film 2014), “Airlift” (top 10 highest grossing films 2016), “Kaabil” (blockbuster film of 2017), “Punjab nahi Jaungi” (released 2017, and highest grossing film in Pakistan cinema history), Punjabi film “Carry on Jatta 2” (currently in theatres-highest grossing punjabi film in Indian cinema history), and “3 Stories” (official selection Shanghai Film Festival 2018).

Stuart Ford Launches Content Company AGC Studios

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STUART FORD LAUNCHES CONTENT COMPANY AGC STUDIOS

IM Global Founder Announces New Film, TV And Digital Production, Financing & Sales Powerhouse Based in Hollywood and London with backing from Latin America, Silicon Valley and The United Arab Emirates.

Stuart Ford, the founder and former Chief Executive Officer of independent film and television company IM Global, has launched a new international film and television production and licensing company, AGC Studios, it was announced in Los Angeles today by Ford.

AGC Studios is initially backed by three key strategic investors; Latin American private asset management firm MediaNet Partners; Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Symantec CEO and founder and chairman of Fibonacci Films, Greg Clark; and Image Nation Abu Dhabi, one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the Arabic-speaking world.

AGC Studios will develop, produce, finance and globally license a diverse portfolio of feature films, scripted, unscripted and factual television, digital and musical content, produced from its dual headquarters in Los Angeles and London. The new studio’s Hollywood output will have a wide-ranging multicultural focus, designed for exploitation across an array of global platforms including major studio partnerships, streaming platforms, traditional broadcast and cable television networks and independent distributors, both in the US and internationally.

Ford is joined as a partner in the new venture by former IM Global CFO, Miguel Palos, in the role of Chief Operating Officer at AGC Studios.

Said Ford: “Amidst unprecedented levels of evolution in the entertainment industry, AGC Studios’ state of the art and highly flexible business model allows us to create and efficiently distribute a prolific array of premium film and television content. We’re fortunate enough to have a committed trio of top class international backers who share my vision for where the industry is headed and how AGC can maximize this incredible market opportunity.”

Said Juan Aguerrevere, partner at MediaNet Partners: “Our two main goals are to invest in talent and to find true partners along the way. In Stuart we have found both in spades. His proven track record and understanding of the industry and its changing nature is second to none. We look forward to working with Stuart in this new adventure.”

Said Greg Clark, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, CEO of the American Fortune 500 software company Symantec and founder and chairman of Fibonacci Films: “We are excited to partner with Stuart and his team. Stuart is a distinguished leader in the industry and an excellent steward to navigate the structural changes that are happening across the entertainment business. Stuart and his team’s experience, business acumen and creative capability are exemplary.”

Said Ben Ross, Head of Narrative Film and Television at Image Nation Abu Dhabi: “Over the last few years, Image Nation has enjoyed a close partnership with Stuart and are pleased to be a founding investor in his new venture.  We believe AGC Studios is in a unique position to capitalize on the changing trends in the marketplace.”

AGC Studios will have three principal operating subsidiaries covering production, distribution and finance.

AGC Productions will develop and produce a diverse multicultural slate of mainstream English language feature film and TV projects. Aside from traditional Hollywood output, dedicated sub-divisions within AGC Productions will focus on generating material for Latino and Urban audiences as well as music-driven IP. The television output will include scripted series, unscripted and reality projects, factual content and content specifically created for digital platforms.

Secondly, AGC International will operate a substantial international film and television licensing and distribution platform, building on Ford and his management team’s lengthy track record at the forefront of licensing content to major studios, independent studios, broadcasters and streaming platforms globally.

Finally, AGC Capital will provide development, production and post-production financing to both AGC Productions’ output as well as to select third-party produced film and TV productions via a portfolio of equity, senior and mezzanine debt, soft money and bridge-capital financial products.

An extensive management team will be put in place to operate the three business divisions and will be announced within the next few weeks.

Ford and Palos were represented by Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation throughout the investment negotiations and corporate structuring. MediaNet Partners were represented by Shepherd, Mullin, Richter and Hampton, LLP. Clark was represented by Loeb & Loeb LLP and Image Nation Abu Dhabi by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

NETFLIX UNVEILS TRAILER AND ART FOR DAUGHTERS OF DESTINY

NETFLIX UNVEILS TRAILER AND ART FOR DAUGHTERS OF DESTINY
Directed by Oscar® winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth, the documentary series  will launch globally on July 28, 2017

Daughters of Destiny is a 4-part Netflix original documentary series that chronicles the lives of five girls from Indian families who are among the so-called “Dalit” caste and most impoverished communities in the world. The series witnesses the girls grow up  (ranging in age from 7 to 23 over the course of the 4 episodes) while they are raised at Shanti Bhavan, a unique co-ed residential school in Tamil Nadu.  The expectation for these girls and all the children who attend Shanti Bhavan is that they must grow up to support themselves, lift their families and communities out of poverty and contribute to the larger world. 

Directed by Academy Award® winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth (Freeheld, Best Documentary Short, 2007), the series highlights the struggle of students as they strive to define themselves, re-define gender and class and create a new future for the generations that will come after them. The strength and power of the girls’ own storytelling and dramatic experiences over the 7 years of filming from the gates of Shanti Bhav, into their homes brings viewers through their stories of family, love, loss, hard work and courage. An original music score by Academy Award® and Emmy winning composer A.R Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire, 2008), punctuates this emotional journey. 

As we watch them grow up, they travel between home and school, and are forced to navigate the stark contrasts between family traditions and their modern and global views and knowledge.  Daughters of Destiny highlights the  journey of a generation of children on the precipice of a new life that is inconceivable to their ancestors, and brings into question the notions of fate, free will and the human longing for opportunity, purpose and meaning. 

Movies You Don't Wanna Miss this Fall-Winter!

The winter is coming, and it's going to be fun! Winter, specially in east-coast, can be brutal. The snow, the wind chill, the below freezing temperatures, are not fun. It can feel like a time to stay indoors. Although it's also time for some wonderful holidays. From Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year (along with several other Jewish, Hindu and other holidays), it's a fun time. Time to spend with family, with friends, and just have fun. And that's when wonderful these wonderful winter movies come to your rescue, for you to stay home, and enjoy some amazing films.

The winter 2016 is getting HOT with some amazing films. Here are 5 movies coming this winter, that you don't wanna miss!

 

 

ALMOST CHRISTMAS | In Theatres November 11  

SYNOPSIS: A new comedy from writer/director David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim) and producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like a Man series, This Christmas), Almost Christmas tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle.

Directed by: David E. Talbert
Cast: Nicole Ari Parker, Gabrielle Union, Danny Glover, Mo'Nique, Omar Epps, Romany Malco, Kimberly Elise
Writers: David E. Talbert

Official Website: http://www.almostchristmasmovie.com/
Like Almost Christmas on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/almostchristmasmovie
Follow Almost Christmas on Twitter: https://twitter.com/almostchristmas
Follow Almost Christmas on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/almostchristmasmovie/
#AlmostChristmas

LA LA LAND | In Theatres December 16

SYNOPSIS: Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Amiée Conn, Terry Walters, Thom Shelton
Writers: Damien Chazelle

Official Website: http://www.lalaland.movie/
Like La La Land on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaLaLand/
Follow La La Land on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaLaLand
Follow La La Land on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LaLaLand/
#LALALAND

SING | In Theatres December 21

SYNOPSIS: Dapper Koala Buster Moon presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life's ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine.

Directed by: Garth Jennings
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, Leslie Jones
Writers: Garth Jennings

Official Website: http://www.singmovie.com/
Like Sing on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SingMovie/
Follow Sing on Twitter: https://twitter.com/singmovie
Follow Sing on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/singmovie/
#SingMovie

FENCES | In Theatres December 25

SYNOPSIS: A former professional baseball player creates tension in his family when he denies his teenage son's dream of playing college football and comes home with the baby he had through an affair.

Directed by: Denzel Washington
Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis
Writers: August Wilson

Official Website: http://www.fencesmovie.com/
Like Fences  on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/FencesMovie/
Follow Fences on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FencesMovie
Follow Fences on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/FencesMovie/
#FencesMovie

HIDDEN FIGURES |In Theatres December 25

SYNOPSIS: NASA mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson cross gender and race lines to help launch astronaut John Glenn into outer space. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of these three women, known as "human computers", we follow them as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds.  

 Directed by: Theodore Melfi
Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
Writers: Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi

Official Website: http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/hidden-figures
Like Hidden Figures on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HiddenFigures
Follow Hidden Figures  on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HiddenFigures
Follow Hidden Figures  on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hiddenfiguresmovie/
#HiddenFigures

SING - Check out the TV Spot!

SING FOR THE GOLD

Watch a new TV spot for Illumination Entertainment’s SING.
 

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SING – In Theaters December 21
 
Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history.  Following the release of The Secret Life of Pets in summer 2016, Illumination presents Sing at the holidays.  Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly star in an animated feature about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.
 
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times.  Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it.  Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. 
 
Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.  Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.
 
Featuring more than 85 hit songs, Sing is written and directed by Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy.  Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters for the holiday season on December 21, 2016. 
 
Genre: Animated Feature            
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Serafinowicz, Leslie Jones, Jay Pharoah, Nick Offerman, Beck Bennett
Written and Directed by: Garth Jennings         
Produced by: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy