From left: Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Kenny Leon, L.A. Reid
‘Cotton Club’ will focus on the lives of black entertainers who performed at the club and the white gangsters who ran it.
Fox is looking for its next musical soap.
The network has put into development Cotton Club, a 1920s music drama from the all-star producing team of Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Kenny Leon and L.A. Reid, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The project, from Sony Pictures Television and Zadan and Meron’s Storyline Entertainment, is being envisioned as an event series.
The drama is described as a sexy, soapy music series based in the hottest club in Harlem in the Roaring ’20s, chronicling the interconnected lives of the black entertainers who performed there and the white gangsters who ran it.
Ayanna Floyd, a co-executive producer on Fox’s Empire whose credits also include Hannibal, Falling Skies and Private Practice, will pen the script and serve as showrunner should Cotton Club move forward. Floyd will exec produce alongside Zadan and Meron — whose credits include NBC’s Smash and all of the network’s live musicals including Hairspray and The Wiz. Kenny Leon is on board to direct the pilot, should the script move forward. He also will exec produce and reteam with Zadan and Meron after helming The Wiz Live as well as Hairspray Live. The project also reteams Leon with Floyd, who worked together on ABC’s Shondaland drama Private Practice.
Epic Records CEO Reid is also on board as an exec producer and will serve as the music supervisor after helping to shepherd acts including Bobby Brown, Boyz II Men, Outkast, Mariah Carey, Paula Abdul, Pink, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Kanye West and more. Cotton Club brings the former Island Def Jam CEO back to Fox after serving as a judge on the network’s The X Factor.
Mark Nicholson, John Rice and Joe Batteer are also on board as co-exec producers.
Cotton Club arrives as Fox has already committed to additional seasons of Lee Daniels’ Empire and Star for the 2017-18 broadcast season.
Zadan, Meron, Leon and Reid are all repped by CAA; Floyd is with ICM Partners, Rain Management and Erik Hyman.
Story via – The Hollywood Reporter
FUTURE’S SURPRISE SELF-TITLED ALBUM FUTURE CAPTURES #1 ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200
(February 24, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) Future’s undisputed reign at the top continues as his surprise album, FUTURE [Epic Records/A1/Freebandz], clinches #1 on the Billboard Top 200 marking his fourth consecutive chart bow at the top in less than two years. He’s ready to make history yet again though, unleashing another album, HNDRXX [Epic Records/A1/Freebandz], today! It’s already blasted to #1 on iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart and Rap/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. With the rabid excitement and enthusiasm for both releases, Future’s on track to achieve two straight Billboard Top 200 #1 debuts two weeks in a row—a historical first.
It’s the record fans have been waiting for. Among its hypnotic 17 tracks, HNDRXX boasts “Comin Out Strong” [feat. The Weeknd] and “Selfish” [feat. Rihanna]. Moreover, he lives up the album’s namesake by consciously bending boundaries and conjuring a definitive body of work in the process. See the full tracklisting below.
This past week, Future shook up late night television on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a mesmerizing performance of “Draco,” the lead single from FUTURE. Watch it HERE and catch the official music video on VEVO.
Next Thursday, March 2, Future makes his debut on Ellen. He’s gearing up for a very special HNDRXX performance, so be sure to tune in!
Setting the pace and changing the game with every subsequent album, Future engaged a full court blitz in 2015 that resulted in one of rap’s most impressive winning streaks ever. In under a year, he achieved three back-to-back #1 albums on the Billboard Top 200—the platinum DS2, platinum What A Time To Be Alive with Drake, and EVOL. His catalog encompasses double-platinum smashes such as “Low Life” [feat. The Weeknd] and “Where Ya At” [feat. Drake], platinum hits “Stick Talk,” “F*ck Up Some Commas,” and “Turn On The Lights,” and has amassed over 1 billion streams worldwide. Future infiltrated the mainstream performing on Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and more in addition to gracing the covers of Rolling Stone, GQ, XXL, Spin, and many others. In 2017, he goes full Beast Mode yet again, continuing his unbeatable record.
2017 stands primed to be his biggest year yet. Future launched his brand new show FREEBANDZ Radio on Beats 1, Apple Music’s global radio station co-hosted by Future and DJ Esco. He scored yet another #1 album on the Billboard Top 200 with FUTURE. Next up, he embarks on the summer’s biggest tour, the Nobody Safe Tour. Migos, Tory Lanez, and Kodak Black support on all dates with A$AP Ferg and Young Thug supporting on select nights. Tickets are on sale now http://smarturl.it/NobodySafeTour. Each ticket purchase will come with a digital copy of Future’s FUTURE.
CULVER CITY, Calif., February 23, 2017 – GRAMMY® Award-winning superstar MEGHAN TRAINOR will release her new song “I’m a Lady” from Sony Pictures Animation’s upcoming film Smurfs: The Lost Village tomorrow on Epic Records worldwide. The accompanying music video will premiere next Friday, March 3.
Trainor also announced that she will be voicing one of the new characters from Smurfs: The Lost Village, SmurfMelody, in the fully animated film.
“I’m so excited to be singing ‘I’m a Lady’ for this movie,” said Trainor. “It’s a song that I love and am very proud of, and I can’t wait for the world to finally hear it! Getting to play a small part in the film with my character, SmurfMelody, makes this all the more exciting! So happy to be a part of the Smurfs family!!!”
In this fully animated, fresh new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history! Directed by Kelly Asbury, the film is written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon, based on the characters and works of Peyo. Produced by Jordan Kerner and Mary Ellen Bauder Andrews, the film features the voices of Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel, Joe Manganiello as Hefty Smurf, Jack McBrayer as Clumsy Smurf, Danny Pudi as Brainy Smurf, Michelle Rodriguez as SmurfStorm, Ellie Kemper as SmurfBlossom, Ariel Winter as SmurfLily, with Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf and Julia Roberts as SmurfWillow. The film will be released in the US on April 7, 2017.
New York, NY (February 23, 2017) – MTV today announced that four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated and multiplatinum, 21st century rap legend, Rick Ross will host and perform at the “2017 MTV Woodies.” The 13th annual “MTV Woodies,” will air LIVE on Thursday, March 16 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT from Austin, Texas during South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW). Prior to the one-hour live telecast, MTV will once again host its emerging artist festival beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET which will be available via livestream on woodies.mtv.com. Additional performers will be announced at a later date.
“I’m excited to attend SXSW this year. The biggest boss is hosting the ‘Woodies’ and my album drops March 17. MTV, get ready.”
“Untouchable” is the best way to describe Rick Ross’s decade-plus run at the top of rap. Along the way, he achieved five Billboard Top 200 #1 debuts and three #2 debuts, received four GRAMMY Award® nominations, graced the cover of Rolling Stone twice, and made history more than once. His debut single “Hustlin’” became the “first mastertone ever certified RIAA platinum before the associated album had been released.” He sold millions of singles and albums and cemented his status as one of rap’s biggest and brashest voices. Moreover, he founded Maybach Music Group home to Meek Mill, Wale, and more. Signing to Epic Records in 2016, his “untouchable” streak continues with the March 17 release of his ninth full-length “Rather You Than Me.”
The “MTV Woodies” is a yearly event that spotlights an eclectic roster of emerging artists across musical genres. The 2016 line-up boasted Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, A$AP Ferg, BØRNS, The Chainsmokers, CHVRCHES, Jack Garratt, Jidenna, Kehlani and Lukas Graham. Past “MTV Woodies” performers include Wiz Khalifa, Twenty One Pilots, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Steve Aoki, Foo Fighters, Odd Future, The 1975, Childish Gambino, Santigold and Mac Miller.
Official sponsors of the “2017 MTV Woodies” broadcast include Cricket Wireless, Doritos®, Pepsi®, REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups and State Farm®.
Garrett English and Ryan Kroft are the Executive Producers with Vanessa Whitewolf and Andria Parides serving as Producers for the “2017 MTV Woodies.”
MTV is a global youth culture brand inspired by music. For more information, check out mtvpress.com. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA).