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SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deal With Record Labels On Contract For Music Video Performers

SAG-AFTRA has reached a tentative agreement with the major record labels — Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and Disney Music Group — on a new industry-wide contract covering dancers and other performers on music videos. The two-year deal is a successor the the previous agreement approved in June 2012. The new deal will be reviewed by the SAG-AFTRA national board at its regularly scheduled meeting set for this weekend. The first round of… Read

TV

MTV Video Music Awards Returning To L.A.’s Fabulous Forum

Cue the California songs. MTV said today that its 2017 Video Music Awards is returning to the West Coast with an August 27 date at the Fabulous Forum in L.A.-adjacent Inglewood. It will be the second time the Moonman statuettes will be handed out at the venerable venue, the first being in 2014 after its major renovation. Last year’s VMAs were staged at New York’s Madison Square Garden after being held at the Microsoft Theater in… Read

Film

Tribeca Opener ‘Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives’ Goes To Apple Music

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The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival’s opening-night film, Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, is headed exclusively to Apple Music. The news was announced on the eve of its premiere tonight at Radio City Music Hall. The Chris Perkel-directed documentary from IM Global and Scott Free Productions is based on Davis' 2013 bestselling autobiography that chronicles the influence of "The Man with the Golden Ears," who rose from humble beginnings to became one of the… Read

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Musicians Local 47 Vows To Battle Nonunion Work “Done In The Shadows”

Saying that its contracts have been "put at serious risk" by "work done in the shadows," Local 47 of the American Federation of Musicians is preparing to launch a campaign "to ensure that musicians can earn a livable wage working in Los Angeles." In a recent communique with its members, the local's executive board said more and more musicians "are being asked to record music for major, well-funded projects without union contracts. If union contracts are made irrelevant by… Read

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‘Step’ Trailer Showcases The Dance Moves That Charmed Sundance

“Making music with our bodies” is how one of the high-school step dancers describes her group in this trailer for Fox Searchlight’s Step, and that’s as good a summary as any. Amanda Lipitz’s documentary, acquired by Fox Searchlight at the Sundance Film Festival, chronicles the senior year of a girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. Each girl tries to become the first in her family to attend college. Produced by Lipitz and Steven… Read

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MTV Plans Awards-Day Afternoon Fan Festival; Bands Include All Time Low

MTV will stage a party-atmosphere afternoon festival outside its newly combined Movie & TV Awards next month in Los Angeles. The free event adjacent to the Shrine Auditorium red carpet will be hosted by Terrence J and MTV News correspondent Gaby Wilson and feature full sets by All Time Low (pictured), Zara Larsson and Bea Miller. The MTV Movie & TV Awards Festival is set for Sunday May 7 from 2-5 pm PT. Organizers say the festival will give the crowd a “front row seat” to… Read

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Linda Hopkins Dies: Broadway Star Of ‘Me And Bessie’ & ‘Black And Blue’ Was 92

Linda Hopkins, one of Broadway’s great gospel and blues voices, died Monday in Milwaukee. She was 92. Perhaps best known for her popular one-woman show Me and Bessie — a 1970s tribute to blues singer Bessie Smith — and the 1980s revue Black and Blue, Hopkins won a Tony Award in 1972 for her show-stealing performance in the musical Inner City. Described today by Harvey Fierstein as an “irreplaceable American original,” Hopkins’ success in Black and Blue — in which she… Read

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‘All Eyez On Me’ Trailer: The Short But Crucial Life Of Tupac Shakur

‘This is a brilliant opportunity to bring together the revolutionaries and the gang communities. And you can unite them.” So a young Tupac Shakur is told in the first trailer for All Eyez On Me, Lionsgate’s biopic starring newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the groundbreaking and ground-shaking rapper — and actor, poet and activist — who was killed in 1996 while at the top of his game. He was 25. “We love your music, Tupac,” the LA record exec says. “You paint a picture for… Read

Film

Lynyrd Skynyrd Biopic ‘Street Survivors’ Ready To Rock

EXCLUSIVE: Ian Shultis, Taylor Clift, Samuel Kay Forrest and Rich Dally III have been cast in Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash, a biopic about the iconic Southern rockers that begins shooting at month’s end in Los Angeles via Cleopatra Films. Jared Cohn directs the film, which he wrote from a story by longtime Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle. Originally announced as Free Bird, it traces the band’s tragic history centering on Pyle (Shultis)… Read

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Amazon Tuning Grateful Dead TV Series; ‘Straight Outta Compton’s Jonathan Herman To Write

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studio’s passion for The Grateful Dead will extend beyond the four-hour Amir Bar Lev-directed feature documentary Long Strange Trip that it acquired at Sundance last January. Also in the works, say sources: a biographical TV series that will be written by Jonathan Herman, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his Straight Outta Compton script about the formation of seminal hip-hop group N.W.A. Herman will adapt the untitled series based on Home Befor… Read

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Abramorama Turns Up Green Day-Produced Punk Docu ‘Turn It Around’

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Indie distributor Abramorama and band Green Day are teaming to distribute Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk, a feature documentary directed by Corbett Redford and executive produced by the band. The docu centers on the fertile punk scene in the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1970s and ’80s especially at the 924 Gilman Street music collective in Berkeley, which helped launch Green Day, Rancid and others. Iggy Pop narrates and Redford and Anthony Marchitiello… Read

Business

Carrie Underwood Exits Sony For UMG’s Capitol Records Nashville

Multiple Grammy winner Carrie Underwood has signed a global recording deal with Universal Music Group, ending the former American Idol winner’s run at Sony Music, where she had released all five of her multiplatinum studio albums via Arista Nashville. Underwood's new label home will be Capitol Records Nashville, one of four labels that form UMG Nashville. Sony Music and Idol have been locked in a $10 million lawsuit over royalties the former Fox competition show producers… Read