Monthly Archives: August 2012


Acclaimed motion picture, television and theater producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the 85th Academy Awards, Academy President Hawk Koch announced today. This will be the duo’s first involvement with the Oscars. The 85th Academy Awards will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

“Craig and Neil are forward thinkers who bring a unique perspective to the Oscar show,” Koch said. “Their enormous collective talent, coupled with their love of film, serves our show perfectly.”

“We are very excited to collaborate with Hawk and everyone at the Academy to produce this year’s Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron. “We hope to utilize our experience in producing features, TV and theater to bring something fresh and special to this incredible awards show. When we filmed ‘The Bucket List,’ we made our own personal bucket list, and producing the Oscars was #1. It’s truly a great honor.”  Read the rest of this entry

Recording Academy Campaign “Give Fans The Credit”: Quotes from Honorary Ambassadors

Quotes from Honorary Ambassadors

“Our industry has been crediting the musicians, engineers and other creative professionals who work on recordings for more than half a century, not only to publicly acknowledge their contributions to a project but to educate fans and keep them informed of the tremendously talented individuals and ensembles that further the legacy of recorded music. Sadly, and unfairly, this information is largely being lost in our digital age. Audiences want to know this information, and I fully support The Recording Academy’s initiative to ‘Give Fans The Credit.'”
— T Bone Burnett

“As a producer and songwriter for many Motown hits, I was privileged to work with the Funk Brothers, Motown’s legendary session band. But fans who listen to those songs on digital players don’t even see their names. Let’s ‘Give Fans The Credit’ — not just for songwriters like me, but for so many talented musicians who made the Motown sound what it is.”
— Lamont Dozier

“When a fan listens to any of my recorded tracks, I am acknowledged, by name, as the performing artist. But when they hear other popular recordings like “Mi Tiara,” “Dancing On The Ceiling,” “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” or “Purple Rain,” there is no way for fans to know the names of those of us who also placed our same talent on those tracks. Digital music has made so many amazing technological advances, and I look forward to solutions in resolving this shortcoming in the distribution method so fans may receive more information about the music they love.”
— Sheila E.
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Exclusive Look at “Hit & Run” – In Theaters Tomorrow!

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Country Stars Share Tips on Surviving Tour Bus Fires

Jerrod Niemann had just climbed aboard his tour bus after a March benefit show in Chattanooga, Tenn., for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital when his friend and fellow artist Lee Brice smelled something all too familiar — the acrid odor of a bus beginning to burn.

Lee Brice’s bus burns in Isle of Palms, S.C. Photo credit: Shawn Catz

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Lots of young artists come to Nashville to seek their musical fortunes. Dustin Lynch’s plans were more focused. He wanted to come to a specific part of Nashville — specifically, as close as he could get to the Bluebird Café so that he could hear and learn from the best songwriters in town as often as possible.

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Vocalist Annie Sellick in S. California

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The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that seven scientific and technical achievements have been selected for further awards consideration.

The list is made public to allow individuals and companies with similar devices or claims of prior art the opportunity to submit their achievements for review. The deadline to submit additional entries is Tuesday, August 28, at 11:59 p.m. PT.

The committee has selected the following methods or devices for further consideration:

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LACMA and The Academy Present First Stanley Kubrick Retrospective in the United States

ON VIEW: November 1, 2012–June 30, 2013
LOCATION: Art of the Americas Building

LACMA and The Academy Present First Stanley Kubrick Retrospective in the United States

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Academy) are pleased to co-present the first U.S. retrospective of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, developed in collaboration with the Kubrick Estate and the Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt. The exhibition provides access to the director’s extraordinary vision and working methods while illuminating the network of influences and conditions that came together to make his films universally regarded as modern masterpieces. The Los Angeles presentation is made possible by a generous gift from Steve Tisch.

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LOUNGE: Beth Cayhall with Stacia Watkins and Jordan Anderson

Don’t Miss Beth Cayhall Tonight in Nashville – Click the flyer for more info.

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New Music From Big & Rich And Blake Shelton


Pre-Order Hillbilly Jedi
The new album from Big & Rich, Hillbilly Jedi, is coming to you September 18! Pre-order your copy in the online storeand stay tuned to learn more about a Listening Party next month!Make sure you check out the ALL-NEW Take a look around and let us know what you think!

CLICK HERE to pre-order.

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