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Universal Music Group Relaunches Polygram, "The Story of Motown" First Effort

Universal Music Group Relaunches Polygram, “The Story of Motown” First Effort

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Universal Music Group Relaunches Polygram Entertainment To Accelerate Film And Television Strategy

Announces 'The Story of Motown' As Polygram's First Production

 

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Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today announced that it is re-launching Polygram Entertainment to accelerate UMG's film and television strategy. Polygram's inaugural production will be The Story of Motown, the first documentary about the history and cultural impact of the iconic record label with the participation of Motown founder Berry Gordy.

Polygram will develop and produce feature films and television, including scripted and unscripted productions as well as financing premium documentaries. The company will work closely with UMG's labels, Universal Music Publishing Group and other Vivendi companies, as well as Hollywood studios, networks, digital outlets and media partners. Polygram will provide deeper narratives and perspectives on the artists, music and cultural events that have come to define generations.

Polygram is based in Santa Monica and led by David Blackman, UMG's Head of Film & Television Development and Production. Blackman reports to UMG Executive Vice President Michele Anthony and Universal Music Publishing Group Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson.

"Polygram will play an important role in furthering UMG's global strategy to produce the very best in audio-visual storytelling and provide our artists with an important medium for their expression and creativity," Anthony said. "Music is essential to film and television – and the stories surrounding our artists and their music provide compelling narratives for audiences around the world."

"With Polygram, our multi-talented recording artists and songwriters will have even greater opportunities to work with the very best storytellers, writers, producers and directors in film and television," Gerson said. "With David's strong creative instincts and production experience, Polygram will enable new outlets for music-based programming, as well as provide a needed forum for stories about the artists, music and events that have shaped and impacted culture globally."

"It's a tremendous honor to carry on the Polygram name and its legacy of excellence," Blackman said. "I'm incredibly proud of the projects we have in development, especially our newest production, The Story of Motown. I'm thankful to Sir Lucian, Michele and Jody for this opportunity and their continued support of Polygram and our mission to provide music fans with fresh perspectives and stories about their favorite artists and music."

Polygram today announced its first project, The Story of Motown, a documentary spearheaded by Steve Barnett, Chairman and CEO of Capitol Music Group, and with the unprecedented participation of Motown founder Berry Gordy. Featuring footage and recordings from Gordy's personal archive, the documentary focuses on the time period stretching from Motown's birth in Detroit in 1958 until its 1972 relocation to Los Angeles, a period during which the label released some of the most iconic musicians of the 20th Century against the backdrop of tumultuous cultural and civil upheaval. Polygram, Motown, Ghost Pictures and Fulwell 73 are producing the film.

Polygram is also currently financing and co-producing Mystify, a film first announced last year that follows the extraordinary life of INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence. In September 2016, Polygram and Studio Canal co-distributed the Ron Howard-directed film The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, about the legendary band's earliest days on the road.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years was produced by Apple Corps, Imagine Entertainment, White Horse Pictures and UMG. Featuring never-before-seen footage of the band's formative years, the film garnered high critical praise (95% approval on Rotten Tomatoes) and is last year's highest-grossing documentary worldwide. The movie is nominated for a BAFTA and a Grammy for best documentary and recently received The Critics Choice Documentary Award for Best Music Documentary.

Mystify is a co-production of Polygram, Surfing Cowboys, Ghost Pictures and Passion Pictures, the multi-award winning production company with film credits including the Academy Award winning documentary Searching For Sugar Man. Directed by Richard Lowenstein and produced by John Battsek, Mystify provides an intimate portrait of Hutchence during the meteoric rise of INXS, which is signed to Universal Music Publishing Group, from its earliest days playing bars in Sydney, Australia, to headlining sold-out worldwide stadium tours to Hutchence's tragic death.

Polygram builds upon UMG's strong track record in feature films. UMG's recent credits include AMY, the Academy Award-winning documentary about Amy Winehouse released in 2015, and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, a 2015 documentary on the Nirvana front man's life, music career and death. In 2014, UMG acquired Eagle Rock Entertainment, a producer and distributor of music films and programming for theatrical, television, home entertainment and digital media with a library of 800 concert films and documentaries.

Tom Hanks' "Inferno" Movie Trailer

Tom Hanks’ “Inferno” Movie Trailer

A special bonus for Radio Facts readers, clip from Tom Hanks @tomhanks new movie coming in October @infernothemovie "Inferno" [flowplayer id="174164"] "Inferno" To Be Released Worldwide In IMAX® Theatres LOS ANGELES, June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Pictures Entertainment, IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX), and Imagine Entertainment today announced that Inferno, the latest film in the Dan Brown (Da Vinci Code) franchise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format. The film, starring Tom Hanks as Dr. Robert Langdon and directed by Ron Howard, will be released into IMAX® theatres worldwide coinciding with the film's general release dates. Inferno – which continues the $1.2 billion franchise, following the hits The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons – will be released domestically on Oct. 28. "Dan Brown's Robert Langdon is back, and Inferno is his most thrilling adventure yet with the patented Dan Brown twists and turns," said Rory Bruer, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures. "We've had an extraordinary response to the film from audiences – it's testing extremely well. Ron Howard has made Inferno the most visually stylistic film in the series so far, with intense action sequences and cryptic dream sequences that will have audiences wanting to experience this film in IMAX." "Beginning with the very first IMAX DMR® release—Apollo 13—IMAX and Ron Howard, along with the support of our partners at Imagine Entertainment, have created a longstanding and successful tradition of bringing awe-inspiring entertainment to movie-goers around the globe," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. "Together with our friends and colleagues at Sony, we are excited to continue that legacy with Dan Brown's latest franchise installment Inferno, which is sure to thrill audiences when it launches this fall in IMAX® theatres worldwide." The IMAX® release of Inferno will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie. Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown's (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world's population. The film's screenplay is by David Koepp, based upon the novel by Dan Brown. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are the producers. About Sony Pictures Entertainment Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to https://www.sonypictures.com. About IMAX Corporation IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you've never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX's network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe. IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2016, there were 1,066 IMAX theatres (952 commercial multiplexes, 17 commercial destinations and 97 institutions) in 68 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code "HK.1970." IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).
VH1's New Documentary Series "The Tanning of America" Looks at the Dominant Force of Hip Hop

VH1’s New Documentary Series “The Tanning of America” Looks at the Dominant Force of...

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Radio Facts: steve-stoute-book-tanning-of-americaVH1 is teaming up with acclaimed filmmakers Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman ("Cocaine Cowboys," "Broke," "The U") and famed author, award-winning entrepreneur, advertising executive, and record executive Steve Stoute for a 4-part documentary series based on Stoute's best-selling book, "The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy." VH1's "The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop" is a thorough examination of hip-hop as a cultural movement, whose profound influence in music, film, television, fashion, business, race relations and politics eventually paved the way for the election of barack obama. The 4-part 4-hour series will premiere in February 2014 on VH1. VH1's "The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop" provides a visual history of the hip-hopification of America – what Stoute calls "tanning" -- from "The Jeffersons" to the Fresh Prince; from "Do the Right Thing" to "8 Mile"; from the streets of Compton to Madison Ave; from block parties to the Hamptons; and from rappers to entrepreneurs to icons. The series unfolds in 4 one-hour episodes that together explore history's pivotal tanning moments from the 1970's to present day, and show how hip-hop is deeply woven into the American cultural fabric. It's the history of hip-hop remixed: an epic journey that begins in the Bronx and travels all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Through engaging and intimate first person stories, "Tanning" takes viewers where they've never been before: inside a steamy Madison Square Garden, when russell simmons cut a deal with Adidas sneakers during a Run DMC concert... inside the Harvard dorm room where two white Jewish kids decide to start The Source magazine... inside the car of fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger, as he drives through the streets of Harlem finding inspiration in baggy jeans... to the streets of Paris as Diddy takes over Europe for a Vogue fashion shoot... to a New York music studio where Mariah Carey collaborates with O.D.B, forever fusing pop and hip hop music; and with Dr Dre as he first hears a rapper who calls himself Eminem. Over the last three decades, hip-hop culture has been transformed from an underground Black movement to mass culture, permeating virtually every aspect of American life: the music we listen to, the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the cars we drive. Hip-hop has done more to erase perceptions about racial distinctions for the generations that grew up exposed to it than any other force since the Civil Rights Movement. There's now a whole generation of Americans who grew up immersed in this culture that are, for all intents and purposes, colorblind. This is the true story of that evolution. VH1's "The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop" features never-seen-before footage and interviews from numerous pop culture icons and entertainment personalities in America: Diddy, Dr Dre, Mariah Carey, Will.i.am, Russell Simmons, Pharrell, Nas, Reverend Run, Rick Rubin, Fab 5 Freddy, Jimmy Iovine, Al Sharpton, Cory Booker, Brett Ratner, Brian Grazer, Tommy Hilfiger, Ron Howard, Steve Stoute and many more. "The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop" is produced by Rakontur, with Billy Corben directing and Alfred Spellman producing. Steve Stoute is an executive producer on the project. Executive producing for VH1 are Susan Levison, Ben Zurier, Shelly Tatro, Brad Abramson and Stephen Mintz.

Jamie Foxx Serves as Director for Canon’s Project Imaginat10n

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