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Universal Film Music Teams With Dreamworks Animation To Discover Young Composers

Universal Pictures

Universal Filmed Entertainment Group's (UFEG) Global Talent Development & Inclusion group has announced the eight finalists of the Universal Film Music Composer Initiative: DreamWorks Animation. The inaugural initiative is designed to identify up-and-coming composers to create original scores for two DreamWorks Animation short films currently in production. The initiative also aims to identify and develop talent with a focus on underrepresented groups in the film music… Read


Elton John’s Broadway-Bound ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Names Lyricist

Shaina Taub, creator of an acclaimed 2016 Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night, has signed on a lyricist for the Elton John-Paul Rudnick Broadway musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada. Based on Lauren Weisberger's best-selling 2003 novel and the 2006 Fox 2000 Pictures film, the in-development Prada is being produced by Kevin McCollum, Fox Stage Productions and Rocket Entertainment. A production time-line and additional creative team members will be… Read


B&E Productions Nabs Film Rights to Ron Liebman’s Novel ‘Big Law’ – Film Briefs

Filmmaker Mike Smith’s B&E Productions has obtained the film and television rights to Big Law, a legal thriller novel from Ron Liebman. The book, which was released January of last year via Penguin Group LLC, centers on a Carney Blake, a young lawyer at one of NY’s most prestigious law firms, and his discovery that things aren’t what they seem in the business of big New York City law. Smith, an NY native, will write and direct the film which will shoot on location. Smith… Read


Billboard Music Awards Reveals Non-Televised Award Winners

Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with six awards already won in the non-televised award categories for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, taking place today in Las Vegas and set to be broadcast live on both coasts via NBC-TV. Lamar is tied with Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran this year for most nominations (15). His already secured awards include Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Male Artist, Top Rap Album, Top Streaming Songs Artist and Top Streaming Song… Read


Metropolitan Opera Counter-Sues Former Conductor James Levine, Raises New Allegations

James Levine

The Metropolitan Opera has filed a counter-lawsuit against its former conductor, James Levine, detailing allegations of abuse and sexual harassment that were not previously disclosed. The long-time face of the Met, Levine filed his own suit in March against the company after being fired for alleged sexual misconduct, charging them with defamation and breach of contract. In the filing today, the Met claims its investigation disclosed credible evidence that Levine "used… Read


Shania Twain & Jake Owen To Host Country Music Competition Series For USA Network

A star search for fresh country music talent in solo artists, duos, and groups will bow this fall on USA Network with hosts Shania Twain and singer-songwriter Jake Owen. Titled Real Country, the series has been picked up for eight parts that will film this summer in Nashville. The show is produced by Wilshire Studios, with Twain, Nicolle Yaron, Stijn Bakkers and Leslie Garvin set to executive produce. It marks USA’s return to the competition reality space where the… Read


‘Black Panther’ Composer Ludwig Goransson Tapped To Score Sony’s ‘Venom’

EXCLUSIVE: Ludwig Goransson, the composer behind Disney/Marvel’s uber-successful Black Panther,  has signed on to score the next film in Sony’s universe of Marvel characters, Venom, starring Tom Hardy as the Spider-Man supervillain. The film will reunite Goransson with Venom‘s director Ruben Fleischer after the Swedish composer and record producer worked on Fleischer’s 2011 film 30 Minutes or Less. Goransson, who has teamed with Ryan Coogler on his two other films, Fruitva… Read


Jóhann Jóhannsson Saluted By Film And Music Communities For His Brilliant Works

Darren Aronofsky

The world of film and music took to Twitter today to mourn the passing of one of its brightest young composing lights, as accolades poured in for Jóhann Jóhannsson, the Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning Icelandic composer, musician and producer, who died Friday in Berlin at age 48. Composer, World of Warcraft, Neal Acree: Shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. A fresh and unique voice gone way too soon. — Neal Acree… Read


Jóhann Jóhannsson Dies: ‘The Theory Of Everything’ Composer Was 48

Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning Icelandic composer, musician and producer, died in Berlin yesterday. He was 48, and a cause of death was not immediately known. Jóhannsson’s death was confirmed by his manager, Tim Husom. Known for compositions that often blended electronics with classical orchestrations, Jóhannsson credits include the Golden Globe-winning score for 2015’s The Theory of Everything and last year’s mother! The Theor… Read


Nicholas Britell On The Champion Score For ‘Battle Of The Sexes’: “This Isn’t Just A Sports Movie” – Crew Call Podcast

In quite a short time, Nicholas Britell has quickly established his voice as a film composer, breaking out with the score to the 2012 South by Southwest and Cannes film festival premiere Gimme the Loot, and landing his first Oscar nomination earlier this year for the emotionally affecting, poetic music heard in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. Britell cut his teeth as a virtuoso pianist at an early age, landing in Juilliard’s pre-college division, but since then he’s become… Read