SummitMedia, LLC announces a new morning show for hit music station WHZT-FM (HOT 98.1). “The Dex and Barbie T Morning Show" will premiere Monday, July 31 from 6 until 10 AM. Personality Dex Mitchell will join present co-host Barbie T for the new show. Dex already has a weekend show on Hot 98.1, as he was commuting from Asheville, NC, where he hosted a morning show.
Dex said, “I am so excited to start this new chapter in my radio career with Hot 98.1 and the great team they have in place. We’re planning lots of hit music and a ton of fun."
Mike Klein, Operations Manager for SummitMedia Greenville, is enthusiastic. “Dex is a great talent and the perfect person to take WHZT to the next level. We're looking forward to building a local morning show with Dex and Barbie T designed for millennials in the Greenville/Spartanburg market."
MTV today announced global pop superstar Katy Perry will host the 2017 “MTV Video Music Awards” live from the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, August 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. In advance of the world tour for her most recent, chart-topping album, Witness, Perry will light up the stage as the first performer announced for this year’s show. Earlier this week, she secured a spot as one of the top nominees for the 2017 VMAs with nods in five categories, including: Best Pop, Best Direction and Best Visual Effects for “Chained to the Rhythm,” Best Art Direction for “Bon Appetit,” and Best Collaboration for Calvin Harris’ “Feels” featuring Pharrell Williams, Perry and Big Sean.
“I’ve been training with MTV in zero gravity, eating astronaut ice cream, and I’m on a group text with Buzz Aldrin and Neil deGrasse Tyson,” said Katy Perry. “Come August 27th, I’ll be ready to be your MOONWOMAN! Brace for impact, kids.”
“We’re thrilled to have global phenomenon Katy Perry as the host and a performer at the 2017 VMAs,” Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom. “She is at the forefront of music culture and the perfect person to anchor this year’s show, which promises to be one of the most diverse and music-filled in VMA history.”
Katy Perry’s new album, Witness (Capitol Records), debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking her third album to debut atop the chart. It marked the biggest week for an album by a female artist in 2017. It also claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Current Albums and Current Pop Albums charts. Globally, Witness topped the iTunes Albums chart in 46 countries.
The official video for “Bon Appétit,” set a new record for Katy, surpassing 100 million views in just 18 days. Her video for “Firework” just passed one billion, while “Dark Horse” and “Roar” have all surpassed two billion. This year Katy’s iconic song “Roar” earned a Diamond certification surpassing the 10-million threshold counting song sales and streams in the United States. “Roar” follows previously Diamond-certified songs “Dark Horse” and “Firework,” and makes her the first artist in the Recording Industry Association of America to earn three RIAA Diamond Song Awards. Additionally, she reached a new milestone on Twitter as the first person to reach 100 million followers; Katy has been the most followed person on Twitter since 2013.
MTV released the full list of nominees for the 2017 “MTV Video Music Awards” earlier this week in a first ever Instagram live collaboration between an elite squad of nine Instagram stars. The announcement revealed Kendrick Lamar leading the pack with eight nominations for his video “HUMBLE.” Katy Perry and The Weeknd are tied with five nominations each, following closely behind is Bruno Mars and DJ Khaled tied with four, and Ed Sheeran and Alessia Cara tied with three nominations each. Performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.
Fans can vote for their favorites across eight VMA categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” “Best Collaboration” and more by visiting www.vma.mtv.com. Additionally, voting for the “Best New Artist” award, presented by Taco Bell®, will remain live through the 2017 “MTV Video Music Awards” Pre-Show airing at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT. The top two artists will be revealed during the pre-show, kicking off a live Twitter hashtag vote with the winner being announced during the live main telecast. Nominees for the socially voted category, “Best Song of Summer,” will be announced at a later date.
Jesse Ignjatovic returns as Executive Producer for the 2017 “MTV Video Music Awards.” Bruce Gillmer, Garrett English and Lee Lodge are Executive Producers. Melanie Block serves as Executive In Charge of Production. Amani Duncan is Music Executive in Charge. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive in Charge.
Official sponsors of the “2017 MTV Video Music Awards” include: Extra® Gum, PEPSI®, Swiffer®, Taco Bell®, truth®, and Verizon.
BET Networks announces Taraji P. Henson as the host of the “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” 2017 Awards, which will tape on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall in Newark, NJ and premiere on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 8:00 P.M./ET on BET. Created by celebrity DJ and women’s empowerment advocate Beverly Bond, the “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™”2017 Awards honors the groundbreaking achievements of Black women who have fearlessly broken barriers in the areas of art, business, entertainment and community service.
“I’m honored to host the ‘BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™’ Awards. I love the message and I love Beverly Bond and her vision. I was lucky to be honored in 2011. It is truly a highlight of my life. Now I’m back to be part of this amazing night to honor the strong and powerful Yara, Issa Rae, Roberta, Suzanne, Derrica and Natalie. Let’s make history together as we come together as women of brains, beauty and in support of each other,” said Henson.
Taraji P. Henson starred in the Academy Award nominated FOX Feature Hidden Figures based on the life of Katherine Johnson at NASA. The cast received Best Ensemble at the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Taraji received the 2016 Golden Globe for Best Actress in Drama Series, Critic’s Choice Award and two Emmy nominations for her star turn as Cookie Lyon in the groundbreaking and award winning hit series Empire. Taraji released her NY Times Best Seller Around The Way Girl published by Simon and Schuster October 2016. She stars in the three features Acrimony/Lionsgate, Proud Mary/Sony and the independent film Best of Enemies set for release in 2018. Taraji has received seven NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress and Entertainer of the Year. She also received five BET Awards for her work in film and television.
This year, the three-time NAACP Award-winning “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” Awards celebrates “Insecure” creator, actress, writer and producer Issa Rae (Star Power Award), actress and activist Yara Shahidi (Young Gifted and Black Award), GRAMMY Award-winning songstress Roberta Flack (Living Legend Award), Wall Street powerhouse and pioneer Suzanne Shank (Shot Caller Award) and Community organizers Derrica Wilson and Natalie Wilson of The Black & Missing Foundation (Community Change Agent Award).
The televised special is a BET Networks, B.G.R. Enterprises Inc./BONDVISION MEDIA and Jesse Collins Entertainment production. The executive producers are Beverly Bond, CEO, Founder and Creator of “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™”, Connie Orlando, Interim Head of Programming for BET Networks and Jesse Collins and Jeannae Rouzan – Clay of Jesse Collins Entertainment.
McKool Smith has secured a $9.4 million jury verdict on behalf of legendary music producer Quincy Jones against the late music icon Michael Jackson's production company, MJJ Productions Inc., in a breach of contract and royalty dispute. Mr. Jones produced a number of the King of Pop's most acclaimed albums, including "Off the Wall," "Thriller," and "Bad."
The lawsuit centered on allegations that MJJ Productions Inc., which is controlled by Michael Jackson's estate, failed to pay Mr. Jones royalties for the soundtrack to "This Is It," a documentary that was released just months after Michael Jackson's death, and Jackson's Cirque du Soleil productions, which both feature several musical hits produced by Jones.
The verdict was announced on July 26, 2017 following a two-week jury trial before Judge Michael L. Stern in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles. After deliberating for more than two days, the jury returned a verdict in favor of McKool Smith's client finding that MJJ Productions Inc. owes Mr. Jones $9.4 million in unpaid royalty fees.
"The jury worked tirelessly to listen to all of the evidence and weigh the facts of the case," said Mike McKool, a founder and Chairman of McKool Smith and lead counsel for Quincy Jones. "As we have maintained throughout trial, based on contractual obligations and a long standing agreement with Mr. Jackson himself, Quincy Jones is clearly entitled to his fair share of royalties based on his significant contributions to many of Michael Jackson's most iconic pieces of work. We are very pleased with the jury's decision."
The McKool Smith trial team included Mike McKool, J. Michael Hennigan, Robert E. Allen, Scott L. Cole, and Caroline M. Walters, along with Henry Gradstein and Maryann R. Marzano of Gradstein & Marzano PC.
The case is Quincy Jones et al. v. MJJ Productions Inc. et al., case number BC525803, in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles.
With more than 180 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C., McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America's leading trial firms. Since 2006, the firm has secured ten nine-figure jury verdicts and ten eight-figure jury verdicts. The firm has also won more VerdictSearch and The National Law Journal "Top 100 Verdicts" over the last ten years than any other law firm in the country. Courtroom successes like these have earned McKool Smith critical acclaim and helped the firm become what TheWall Street Journal describes as "one of the biggest law firm success stories of the past decade." McKool Smith represents clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense matters.
Miami’s Sportsradio 560 WQAM announced today that Chris Wittyngham has been named the new pre-game co-host for Dolphins broadcasts this season. Wittyngham will work with former Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder as host of Dolphins Gameday on WQAM, KISS 99.9 and the Dolphins Radio Network.
“I’ve been going to Miami Dolphins games since I was seven years old,” said Wittyngham. “It’s an honor to join the broadcast in any capacity. I look forward to working with Channing Crowder to bring South Florida Sports Fans the best Dolphins game day coverage every week.”
“Chris has already established himself locally as a talented, versatile sports media professional,” said WQAM Program Director, Ryan Maguire. “We’re thrilled that he’s agreed to work with us more extensively during the football season.”
Wittyngham currently works for CBSSports.com as a host on their digital channels. He also works for BeIN Sports Television Network as a play-by-play announcer of soccer matches.
Dolphins Gameday will air two hours prior to kickoff during pre-season games and four hours prior to kickoff for all regular season and playoff games. Following the pre-season, the first two hours will be carried on WQAM only.
The rest of the Dolphins game day radio broadcast team will remain the same for 2017 as it was the previous year. Jimmy Cefalo, Joe Rose and Bob Griese will be the game announcers with Kim Bokamper working as the sideline reporter. “The Big O” Orlando Alzugaray and former Dolphin running back Troy Stradford will host the Dolphins 5thQuarter Postgame Show. The program will run for two hours following the conclusion of all pre-season games and four hours following all regular season and post-season games. Following the pre-season, the final two hours will air on WQAM only.
Wittyngham attended The University of Miami and worked as the sports director of the student station, WVUM. After graduating, he moved on to work as a host on WAXY-AM in 2012, eventually moving up to co-host the station’s weekday afternoon show before leaving that position in 2016.
This month, nationally syndicated radio host, Lenny Green, and his famed show, The Quiet Storm With Lenny Green, will begin airing on radio stations owned by Perry Broadcasting, which includes markets in Georgia and Oklahoma.
“This continues to be a dream come true for me,” states veteran radio personality lenny green. “I am so incredibly humbled to have the opportunity to join the Perry Broadcasting Family and extend my show’s reach into their markets. My team and I work diligently every evening to produce a quality show that is relevant and also resonates with our audience. Now more people will get to experience this.”
Founded in 1979 by Russell M. Perry, Perry Publishing & Broadcasting Company, Inc. is the largest independently minority owned and operated radio broadcasting company in the U.S. The company is an aggressive media company that owns and operates radio stations, a newspaper, digital platforms, as well as television and cable programming in the states of Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Georgia. The Quiet Storm With lenny green will now air on FOXIE 103 Jamz in Augusta, Georgia as well as on the company’s two stations in Oklahoma. These additional markets expands the reach of The Quiet Storm With Lenny Green, which currently airs in over 9 markets, from its flagship station on 107.5 WBLS in New York City to such cities as Youngstown, Ohio, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Lafayette, Louisiana.
“Lenny has an awesome show. His deep, rich, smooth and sultry voice appeals to most. In addition, his show includes a playlist with timeless R&B hits, along with interesting topics, and intriguing conversations with musical legends,” shares Velvet Perry, VicePresident and General Manager of Perry Broadcasting of Augusta, a subsidiary of Perry Publishing & Broadcasting Company, Inc. “Lenny is definitely the best way to end a long day after work.”
Eligible TV viewing from Hulu and YouTube TV is now measured and reported through Nielsen's Digital in TV Ratings and contributes directly to C3/C7 currency Nielsen announced today. With this inclusion, Nielsen measurement will provide media buyers and sellers with a more comprehensive and transparent view of audiences engaging with linear TV programming across digital devices.
Combining digital viewing of eligible Live, DVR and On-Demand TV on Hulu's live service and YouTube TV with traditional linear audience metrics, Nielsen will capture audiences watching linear TV through these services on desktop, tablets and smartphones. This capability will provide broader audience coverage and inclusion and allow Nielsen clients to more effectively monetize content across platforms.
"The inclusion of eligible TV viewership from Hulu and YouTube TV viewership in C3 and C7 through Digital in TV Ratings is a major accomplishment in delivering Nielsen Total Audience to the marketplace," said Megan Clarken, President of Product Leadership at Nielsen. "We are proud to be able to deliver this solution to our clients as part of our commitment to provide trusted, independent measurement of the evolving modern media landscape."
Launched in 2015, Nielsen's Digital in TV Ratings provides a method for programmers and buyers to account for all viewers across desktop and mobile devices as long as the program content and commercials match the linear TV airing. This capability brings together census-based data, persons demographics and Nielsen's high-quality, representative panels to report audiences across national and local markets.
"We built YouTube TV to bring the most popular 'must watch' TV to today's video streaming audiences and we're already seeing that live TV represents the majority of time spent watching on the service. Our network and advertising partners will benefit from Nielsen DTVR measurement of YouTube TV," said Heather Moosnick, Director of Content Partnerships for YouTube TV.
"Our goal is to make it possible for viewers to watch their favorite shows whenever and wherever they want – and be able to measure that viewership. We are pleased with Nielsen's launch of this capability, and look forward to the new insights it enables," said Cindy Davis, EVP Consumer Experience of Disney-ABC Television Group.
Added Wanda Young, SVP of Marketing and Consumer Engagement from sister company ESPN, "This move represents an important step forward toward complete cross-platform measurement, and we are encouraged by Nielsen's efforts to capture viewing across the shifting media ecosystem – particularly among the growing number of partnerships between programmers and digital distributors."
Discovery Communications And Universal Pictures Join With Producer Will Packer To Form Will Packer...
Leading Hollywood producer Will Packerhas partnered with Discovery Communications and Universal Pictures to form Will Packer Media, a first-of-its-kind production and branded content company. The venture will focus on the New American Mainstream audience, with an Black millennial core that is defining and driving pop culture at large. Packer, who has had nine films open at number one at the box office, will serve as CEO. Will Packer Media will produce episodic scripted and unscripted series across television and digital platforms; create compelling content for brand clients; and build a consumer-facing digital destination offering short-form content for millennial audiences.
"We have put together a dream team of the best talent and partners to help us create bold and fresh content for audiences hungry for something special," said Packer, whose Will Packer Productions maintains its first-look film production deal at Universal Pictures and continues to operate as a separate entity. "We are creating a new model for content production that sees TV and digital as equals, and combines the best of storytelling and brands for an underserved audience."
"As the media industry continues its rapid transformation, and as younger, more diverse viewers seek to be nourished by content across all screens, it's more important than ever to have a direct line to the most creative minds in the business," said David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications. "Discovery is proud to lead the investment in Will Packer Media and we are excited for the opportunities, both creative and commercial, that this new model of company and its strong leadership team can bring to life for audiences and advertisers."
"Will is a creative genius and one of Universal's most important partners within our film studio," said Jeff Shell, Chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. "We are proud to back Will and his exceptional team and look forward to continued success together."
As a key part of the Discovery Communications investment, OWN and Will Packer have entered into a unique programming relationship, highlighted by first-look television opportunities, furthering the momentum around the network's successful scripted programming strategy.
"Will Packer has an incredible track record of proven hits and we couldn't be more excited to work together on new scripted and unscripted programming opportunities for OWN with this new venture," said Erik Logan, President, OWN. "His unique voice and connection with audiences is unparalleled."
In support of its mission, Will Packer Media has acquired creative and technology agency Narrative_, which will form a core part of the new company. Co-founded by Tricia Clarke-Stone and Russell Simmons, Narrative_ develops marketing campaigns for blue-chip brands and start-ups including Under Armour, JCPenney, Samsung and Santo Mezquila, and creates technology products to help brands build deeper connections with consumers. The award-winning firm recently received a Webby, and was shortlisted for a Cannes Lion Award for its campaign for Showtime's Billions.
Clarke-Stone has been named Will Packer Media's Head of Brand Studio, leading all brand initiatives. Alix Baudin, most recently SVP and GM of Digital Operations at Scripps Networks Interactive, has joined the new company as Co-Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing day-to-day operations, growth strategy and digital initiatives.
"Our goal is to be the leading storytelling company focused on our core demographic of New American Mainstream audiences across multiple devices and platforms," said Baudin.
Clarke-Stone added, "Will has developed a flawless reputation over the past decade for creating entertainment that crosses demographics and influences the culture at large. We are excited to join this team, and to take the knowledge, creativity, and innovation that we've developed at Narrative_ to even more audiences and brands."
Packer's films have earned more than $1 billion, and include the RIDE ALONG and THINK LIKE A MAN franchises, THE WEDDING RINGER, STOMP THE YARD, and the recently released GIRLS TRIP, which earned the largest domestic box office opening for a live-action comedy this year. He served as an executive producer on the $203 million-grossing STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON. In television, he was an executive producer of the Emmy-nominated remake of "Roots" and is an executive producer on the BET series "Being Mary Jane," starring Gabrielle Union.
Will Packer Media will have offices in Los Angeles, New York City and Atlanta. CAA advised Packer on the transaction, and attorneys Matthew Johnson at Ziffren Brittenham and Michael Eisner at Eisner Jaffe also advised Packer and Will Packer Media. Financial terms were not disclosed.
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The Southern California Broadcasters Association (SCBA) has introduced the first in a series of high profile, in depth Southern California Radio client interviews that are called "SCBA Spotlight on…" The debut interview is now available for its Southern Californiamember Radio stations, clients, PR firms, and the press, via its website at www.scba.com.
The series will be an ongoing effort of the SCBA to showcase and highlight the vast amount of Radio clients in Southern California and their unique and singular success using Radio as a strategic partner in their business growth.
"Southern California Radio clients have such rich and diverse backgrounds and their lives and business stories are so compelling, we wanted to highlight their success and showcase their growth and how our member Radio stations have played a critical and strategic role in that growth," said SCBA President, Thom Callahan.
The SCBA is beginning its First "SCBA Spotlight on…" Interview with Mr. Shawn Matian, one of the leading legal defense attorneys in Southern California and the founder of the Matian Law Firm, APC. Matian is one of Southern California's most successful Radio advertising clients, and through his advertising agency, 711 Media, places extensive campaigns on Hispanic Radio in our region.
"It's an honor to participate in the first of the SCBA Spotlight on series," said Shawn Matian, founder of the Matian law firm. "Radio has built my business and we will continue to grow our business using Southern California Radio as our bedrock medium."
Matian has become a successful litigating attorney, criminal defense expert, immigration activist, legal consultant to the stars, and founder of the Los Angeles based law firm called The Matian Firm, APC. And he also happens to be a big believer in the power of Radio and its ability to "make the phones ring."
His passion for legal defense work and his vision of protecting the rights of immigrants are very evident from the moment he sat down for the interview.
"The Hispanic community in Southern California was the key for my business. Hard working, vibrant, good people, who came here for the same reasons my parents came here: a better life, a brighter future. And they need help." Matian created a brand-name, "La Liga Defensora", translated The League of Defenders, which is exactly what he had planned to do, to create a law firm that defended the rights of this community that he loves so much.
Shawn has committed his practice to "a check on government" and the "inherent right of all individuals to avoid intrusion by the government" has led Shawn Matian to launch an immigration division.
You can read the entire interview about the Matian firm at Defensora.com or in English at Matianlegal.com and the Southern California Broadcasters Association site at SCBA.com