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Timberland Mens

The Timberland team recently completed a Q&A answered by Senior Director – Product Management, Donald Desalvio. They highlighted the new American Craft Collection for this feature! Check it out below!

What inspired the new fall [AMERICAN CRAFT] premium men’s collection?

The American Craft Collection embodies generations of authentic American bootmaking. Weset out to build a collection with timeless silhouettes that are made by a socially responsible factory in America using global materials. The boots and shoes are created by dedicated people who understand that time, skill, and the best materials are the difference between the usual and the truly exceptional.

Who’s responsible for the overall look and feel of the newest offerings?

Timberland Men’s Design Director, Chris Mondelli and Senior Product Manager, Troy McErlain, worked closely with the family-owned Munro Company in Wynne, Arkansas, to leverage their legacy of craftmanship – every style in the collection is cut, stitched and assembled in their factory. The importance of the human element in the creation process was a large part of designing each style.

Where were the newest offerings manufactured?

The American Craft Collection was manufactured by the Munro Company in Wynne, Arkansas — a family owned and operated business since 1972. They are dedicated to the craftsmanship of the product and the hands that create it.

Timberland has been a household marquee for so many since the late 1990’s, how are you repositioning to the next generation of consumers?

The next generation of consumers is always changing and evolving. That’s why at Timberland weare continually working to understand the products our consumers want, what is most important to them in terms of style and technology, and how that fits in with our core values and beliefs.

Is there anything we should be on the lookout from Timberland when it comes to innovation and technology?

Timberland is constantly testing and developing new innovations to inspire our current and future lines. One of our current innovations – Aerocore Energy System – comes to life in new styles this season like the 1978 FlyRoam Hiker and CityForce Reveal Leather Boot.

Charles Wachter

Charles Wachter is the Emmy Award-winning founder and president of Hard Twenty. He has produced over thirty television series, most recently he served as the executive producer and show-runner for Apple’s Planet of the Apps, MTV’s Fear Factor, as well as numerous network and cable television shows including Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution for ABC, King of the Nerds  for TBS, and the reboot of American Gladiators for NBC. Prior to alternative television, Charles was an English major at Yale, a Sundance Film Festival Institute Finalist, and has a graduate degree in film from NYU. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.

Robert Davi × Georgós Wine

Georgós Greek Wine, an innovative wine company that uses the best of American techniques to handcraft small batch wine in Sonoma Valley from imported Greek fruit, is proud to announce a partnership with Robert Davi, the award-winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer and jazz vocalist.

Davi has appeared in more than 130 films including, THE GOONIES; JAMES BOND: LICENSE TO KILL; DIE HARD, the upcoming film REAGAN, as well as the groundbreaking TV series Paper Empire.

Currently touring in his show “Davi Sings Sinatra,” where he performs notable tunes from the legendary crooner, Davi has also just released the documentary, “DAVI’S WAY” that explores the challenges and thrills of singing Sinatra’s uniquely American masterpieces.

In addition to his ‘tough-guy’ roles, Davi is well known as a singer. He has performed at The Venetian, The Orleans and Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, headlined the Friars Club’s 90th Anniversary Tribute to Tony Bennett with Robert De Niro and Scarlett Johansson, and recently performed at the United Nations to celebrate its 70th Anniversary. Davi acted and performed in the Frank Sinatra 100th Birthday Special on PBS—most fitting since Sinatra’s work has been foundational in Davi’s own life and career.

Davi and Georgós Greek Wine formed a partnership after Davi purchased a bottle of wine at Whole Foods Market in San Francisco. The bottle happened to be Georgós’ “Santorini” wine. After Davi tasted the crisp white varietal, he fell in love instantly and called it, “one of the smoothest damn wines I’ve ever had.” He then dove into the reds and was inspired to connect with Georgós.

Robert Davi will work with the Georgós team as its brand ambassador to broaden its reach by spreading the wine’s unique story and to help create more great tasting wines. “In my family, wine was as necessary a drink as water. I helped my grandfather make his homemade wine at our family home on Long Island, and have been searching for an opportunity to once again become intimate with the process,” Davi said recently, “I’ve always been a lover of all things Greek – poetry, food, culture, and after tasting all the Georgós blends, it was ordained that I join with them! Robert Rex is a genius at blending wines—rather like a great composer creating a symphony, he blends the notes and tones in these wines creating an experience you will want to go back to time and again. These are truly ‘Greek wines redefined.’ The wines, sustainable and low in sulfites, are not only healthier but will most likely never give you a headache!”

The partnership between Davi and Georgós Greek Wine comes fresh off the heels of another collaboration between the winemaking team and personalities of note. Earlier this year, in partnership with ultra-marathon living legend and one of Time’s “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World,” Dean Karnazes, they created Marathon Wine.

Georgós Greek Wine founder Georgos Zanganas is especially thrilled to work with Davi, as he sees it as a partnership between two parties who are constantly redefining. “One of my favorite movies of all time is JAMES BOND: LICENSE TO KILL. Robert played a tough guy, and established a great reputation in that archetype,” Zanganas says, “now he has the opportunity to show another side of his personality by singing Frank Sinatra classics at some of the greatest venues across the globe. We have taken the best of the American winemaking techniques and applied them to our imported Greek fruit to change traditional Greek Wine into a super-premium experience – like visiting the Greek Isles in a glass. This partnership will help us spread Georgós and #GREEKWINEREDEFINED to the world.”

Georgós was born after founder Georgos Zanganas moved to San Francisco to work as an engineer. Zanganas is very sensitive to sulfites in wine, and he struggled to find a wine that did not give him a headache or stop the red flush of his face. He even found it difficult to come by good quality Greek wine in the area. Surprising, as the US market was saturated with all things Greek – such as yogurt or olive oil – but curiously not wine. He decided to make a wine perfect for him: clean tasting with low sulfites and no additives. Zanganas discovered Deerfield Ranch Winery in Sonoma Valley (known for their “Clean Wine”), on a trip to Sonoma, where he met winemaker Robert Rex, who was recently named 2018 Winemaker of the year by the American Fine Wine Competition. Together they embarked to make a “clean wine” with imported Greek fruit. Zanganas and Rex spent one year, tasting over 400 samples until they found the perfect recipe to create Georgós Super-Premium Greek wine, which is fruit forward with soft tannins. The rest, as they say, is history.

Zanganas added on the company’s journey, “I never thought that I would be in the wine business, but I wanted everyone to be able to drink a great quality wine without experiencing a headache. I also found the opportunity to make Greek wine in the heart of the US winemaking region an irresistible challenge. It’s like importing and making California olive oil in Kalamata, Greece – to succeed you have to believe in it with passion.”
Currently, Georgós has seven, small batch super-premium Greek wines to market, available direct from the winery online, at Whole Foods in Northern California, and at fine restaurants and hotels in San Francisco and Los Angeles:

Santorini, “Sophia’s Smile”: a 2017 Assyrtiko similar to a dry, crisp Sauvignon Blanc.
Mykonos, “Wine of Hercules”: a 2013 vintage Agiorgitiko in the Pinot Noir style.
Corfu, “Siren’s Lure”: a 2015 Bordeaux style red blend.
Ios, “Aphrodite’s Kiss”: a 2017 Dry Rosé of Agiorgitiko grapes.
Ithaka, “Penelope’s Spell”: a 2015 blend of premium Greek Cabernet Sauvignon.
Marathon, “Athena’s Vineyard”: a 2017 Assyrtiko blend similar to a dry Sauvignon Blanc.
Marathon, “Nike’s Vineyard”: a 2017 Rosé with the structure of a Pinot Noir.
Georgós Greek Super-Premium Wines are the direct result of a team pursuing excellence in flavor and the highest degrees of quality possible. They look forward to creating future partnerships and bringing their delicious and healthy wines to enthusiastic devotees across the country.

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LAUNCH OF ELITE FREQUENCY GROUP

Daniel “Malakai” Cabrera and John “Fingazz” Stary have announced the formation of Elite Frequency Group (EFG), a boutique music label focused on developing emerging talent, collaborations with well-known talent, and attracting those who are inspired by fusion. They seek to stand out by rising above.

Besides Malakai and Fingazz themselves, artists currently signed to the label include: Allen Paris; 9Theory; Colt.22; Scarub; OpenOptics; Lexis Janay; and D.Rae.

EFG represents the aural side of Malakai and Fingazz’ business. The visual side, the artistic production collective Substance Over Hype, has been producing original and branded content for film, music videos and commercials since 2013 Click Here

EFG launches in style TONIGHT, June 28 with an exclusive night of great music from EFG’s up and coming L.A.- based artists, as the sun sets at the beautiful W Hollywood Hotel Wet Deck, on Thursday, June 28th. The event features video premieres on a sixteen-foot video wall, and sample sets from each of EFG’s amazing artists. EFG’s Allen Paris headlines the night. His live set takes guests on a journey to a retro-future with songs from his new album GLOW.

Malakai is a writer, director, and producer. Among his most recent accomplishments has been writing, directing, and producing the TWO BELLMEN franchise for Marriott Content Studios. TWO BELLMEN is an action-comedy series with three short film installments filmed thus far, which has received over 20 Million views on YouTube alone. Malakai’s projects are often a culmination of his passions and include: storytelling, dance, stunts, comedy, and music from up and coming artists (including Malakai). Most recently, Substance Over Hype produced THE OTHER END OF THE EARTH, an award-winning short film currently making rounds of film festivals from Shanghai to Louisiana. The piece was shot around the world and includes voice over talents from Academy Award® Nominee, Diane Lane. Fingazz is a multi-platinum producer known for hits such as “Lean Like A Chollo” and “Summer Nights,” as well as numerous number one singles in China, Korea, and Europe.

Malakai and Fingazz have had a long collaboration. Back in 2015, the pair worked together to create a soundtrack album for TWO BELLMEN. The album was a genre-bending mash-up of musical styles ranging from hip-hop to acid jazz to dance to downtempo to R&B and even classical, and included a re-work of the Bill Withers classic hit “Lovely Day.” The soundtrack’s first single, “Queens and Kings,” was an homage to the so-called “Queens and Kings” of Substance Over Hype—many of whom appear in TWO BELLMEN. Check out the amazing music video directed by Malakai and Mike Diva—the “Mario Shopping Karts Edition”—inspired by the FAST AND FURIOUS series: View Video Here. The album’s original content and arrangements are by Fingazz and Malakai. Other original production is by Fingazz.

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Sony Pictures Classics’ BOUNDARIES NYC Premiere

Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Lewis MacDougall, Peter Fonda and writer/director Shana Feste attended the NYC Premiere of Sony Pictures Classics’ BOUNDARIES alongside some furry friends from the North Shore Animal League! Download the photos here and don’t miss BOUNDARIES, opening in NY & LA June 22nd!

Cast: Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Lewis MacDougall, Bobby Cannavale, Kristen Schaal, Dolly Wells, Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Fonda

Written and Directed By: Shana Feste

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Rated: R

LAURA (Vera Farmiga) is a single mother living in Seattle, who has a constant need to put others & animals before her. When her estranged, criminally-minded father JACK (Christopher Plummer) is kicked out of his retirement home, Laura agrees to drive him down the coast to live with her sister JoJo (Kristen Schaal) in LA. Along for the ride is her bright but troubled son HENRY, and an assortment of animal charity cases. Without telling Laura, Jack convinces Henry to help him sell off his copious supply of marijuana at every stop of their journey, resulting in unexpected reunions with old friends and family.

MARKUS KLINKO × “2000s”

Markus Klinko

Award-Winning Fashion and Celebrity Photographer,

Presents a Decade of World-Renowned Work in “2000s The Exhibition”

Mouche Gallery, Beverly Hills

Beyonce “Dangerously in Love” Album Cover (2003) by Markus Klinko All Rights Reserved 2018

Exhibition Presents June 15 through June 30, 2018

Award-winning fashion, celebrity photographer and director Markus Klinko is pleased to present “2000s”, an exclusive exhibition featuring the decade’s most iconic photographic images. The gallery has partnered with FujiFilm and will host several in-gallery artist appearances: Saturday, June 16th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Saturday June 23rd from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Saturday June 30th, 2018 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Mouche Gallery 340 N Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

For me, this collection goes beyond celebrity photography and more so defines a greater cultural connection. The early 2000’s was a very influential time of fashion, music, and entertainment that we are seeing resurface today. Being able to capture it photographically gives us a window into our past and it how it has helped form our future.” – Markus Klinko

Klinko and his subjects

Throughout the years, Markus Klinko has become one of the most recognizable celebrity photographers across the globe. For his upcoming exhibition, “2000s”, Mouche Gallery has assembled a collection of famous images from his archives. The collection depicts a variety of pop culture milestones that have truly defined the decade of the early 2000’s. Highlighted works include: Beyonce’s Dangerously in Love album cover; a series of Mary J. Blige album covers documenting her meteoric rise to superstardom; and images from Klinko’s wildly successful David Bowie Unseen international exhibition. With these works and more to see, Klinko can be credited for capturing some of the most legendary moments in each of his subject’s careers.

David Bowie “Heathen” Album Cover (2002) by Markus Klinko Ó All Rights Reserved 2018

Klinko’s works were recently displayed in a New York Subway station with a large-scale photographic installation and interactive displays celebrating the late, great David Bowie. The installation was unveiled earlier this month and runs until May 13. It coincides with the opening of Bowie Is – an exhibition celebrating the musician’s contribution to popular culture – at the Brooklyn Museum.

The centerpiece of the takeover was an installation that stretched across 30 metal ‘L beams’ and was seen at either end of the station from steps leading down to the platform. It features black-and-white photographs of Bowie as the Thin White Duke – a persona he adopted in the mid- 1970s and taken by Masayoshi Sukita and Markus Klinko.

INSTALLATION NYC SUBWAY 2018

As David Bowie’s and Iman’s photographer for over 15 years, Klinko’s client list reads as a who’s who of Hollywood royalty. Other notable pop culture icons that will be featured in the exhibit include: Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell, Kelis, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West and more.

“Mouche Gallery in Beverly Hills is honored to present this exhibition in collaboration with FUJIFILM North America Corporation, and is thrilled to add Markus Klinko to its prestigious roster of internationally acclaimed photographers. We look forward to continuing the tradition of featuring museum quality art and photographs at the forefront of culture.” – Keiko Noah, Gallerist & Principal: Mouche Gallery

Made possible by FUJIFILM North America Corporation, “2000s” will feature a rare retrospective collection of select cameras and lenses used by Klinko to photograph these images and will be installed at Mouche Gallery. As one of the earliest adopters of digital post-production, Klinko pioneered a style that widely influenced trends in current fashion and celebrity photography. Klinko credits his usage of the FUJIFILM GX680III, a 6x8cm medium format system, in conjunction with FUJICHROME PROVIA 100F for the vibrant palette and exceptionally high resolution of his work. In 2001, Klinko also started shooting with the FUJIFILM FinePix S1 Pro, the early predecessor of the current line of the FUJIFILM X Series and GFX system. A previously unseen series of new images, taken in 2018 with the FUJIFILM GFX medium format mirrorless system, will be unveiled on June 14th, featuring re-emerging signature ’00s staples, connecting his works from past and present. All of Klinko’s works to be featured in “2000’s” were created with FUJIFILM cameras and/or film products.

Given the exhibition’s fashion and celebrity culture focus, thirteen of Klinko’s most celebrated images will be sold via Paddle8 (http://www.paddle8.com/auction/cfda) to benefit the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Foundation to help support its programs dedicated to fashion education and professional development. To learn more about the CFDA, please visit the organization’s website at www.CFDA.com

For more information on photographer Markus Klinko, please visit his website at www.markusklinkostudio.com or follow him @MarkusAndKoala on Instagram.

To learn more about FUJIFILM North America Corporation, please visit their website at www.FUJIFILMXGFX.com or follow Fujifilm at www.twitter.com/FujifilmX_US, www.facebook.com/FujifilmXUS, and www.instagram.com/FujifilmX_US.

To learn more about Mouche Gallery and to meet the world-renowned photographer and visit this once-in-a-lifetime Collection: “2000s The Exhibition” in Beverly Hills, please visit Mouche at www.mouchegallery.com.

ALL WORKS ON EXHIBITION & AVAILABLE FOR ACQUISITION

WITH IN-GALLERY APPEARANCES BY MARKUS KLINKO ON

SATURDAY, JUNE 16th 4:00-7:00PM PST

SATURDAY, JUNE 23rd 2:00-5:00PM PST

SATURDAY, JUNE 30TH 4:00-7:00PM PST

MOUCHE GALLERY

340 N. Beverly Drive

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

All appearances are complimentary and open to the public: RSVP’s strongly suggested.

For more information, please contact Keiko Noah at:

(310) 858-8114 or

RSVP @ info@mouchegallery.com

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All Images Courtesy of Markus Klinko. All Rights Reserved 2018. For Editorial Usage Only. No Commercial Usage Allowed.

Image: Markus Klinko 2018 Los Angeles

ABOUT MARKUS KLINKO:

Markus Klinko is an award-winning, international fashion/celebrity photographer and director, who has worked with many of today’s most iconic stars of film, music, and fashion.

Klinko has photographed Beyonce, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell, and Iman. His editorial clients include Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, and Interview. Brands such as Lancôme, L’Oréal Paris, Nike, Hugo Boss, Anna Sui, Pepsi, Skyy Vodka, and Remy Martin have hired Klinko to create advertising campaigns. His campaign for Keep A Child Alive raised over one million dollars for children with AIDS in just 3 days.

Born in Switzerland of French, Italian, Jewish, and Hungarian descent, Klinko spent his early years training to become a classical harp soloist. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. Later, Klinko signed an exclusive recording contract with EMI Classics, as well as a management contract with Columbia Artists Management. He received the Grand Prix de Disque for his recording of French harp music, with members of the orchestra of the Paris Opera Bastille. Klinko performed in recitals and as a featured soloist with symphony orchestras around the world. He was also regularly featured in such publications as Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair, GQ, The New York Times, Madame Figaro, Stereo Review, and Ongaku no Tomo.

After a hand injury, Klinko decided to become a fashion photographer and retired from his international concert and recording career. During that time, he met Indrani, who later became a regular collaborator in her role as his studio’s digital post production artist and photo editor.

Isabella Blow discovered Klinko’s work while at the London Sunday Times and commissioned cover stories from the emerging photographer. Around the same time, Ingrid Sischy, at Interview magazine hired Klinko for various shoots. Iman and David Bowie followed, giving the up and coming photographer a chance to photograph them for their respective book (I am Iman) and album covers (Heathen).

From there, he went on to create some of the most iconic album covers of his time, including Beyonce’s Dangerously in Love, and Mariah Carey’s The Emancipation of Mimi.

Many of Klinko’s famous celebrity photographs can be seen in his coffee table book ICONS (Perseus). Lincoln Center in New York presented an art exhibit showcasing many prints from the book and since, art galleries and museums in Europe (Opera Gallery, Monaco) and the USA (National Portrait Gallery, Washington) have featured his work.

AT&T and REESE WITHERSPOON’S HELLO SUNSHINE

Though women make up 50% of moviegoers, they represent only 17% of creators in Hollywood, outnumbered by men in most roles within film and TV production, from writing and cinematography to production and editing jobs.  To address the gender imbalance and bring more diversity to the screen, AT&T, Hello Sunshine, and Fresh Films have joined forces to create the AT&T Hello Sunshine Filmmaker Lab, an unforgettable opportunity for young women to immerse themselves in a professional film production and learn from industry experts, including Reese herself.

“Everyone at Hello Sunshine is ecstatic about this program where we can share our resources with young female storytellers and filmmakers,” says Witherspoon, “Hopefully, it will provide young women with the tools to tell their own stories , and ultimately, start a chain reaction that leads to continued access and opportunity for them in our industry. “

“AT&T is excited to collaborate with Hello Sunshine and Fresh Films to support the next generation of female filmmakers,” said Charlene Lake, senior vice president, corporate social responsibility, AT&T.  “It is critical that we develop a pipeline of talent who will create content that captures diverse perspectives and stories.  We’re looking forward to working with the exceptional young women selected for this program and supporting their journey as storytellers.”

Through the AT&T Hello Sunshine Filmmaker Lab, which will be held in Los Angeles July 30-Aug. 6, teen girls will learn the ins-and-outs of storytelling and production as they rotate through all key filmmaking positions – from camera and editing to sound and costume – while being mentored by professionals from Fresh Films, AT&T and Hello Sunshine. Hello Sunshine was launched in November 2016 by Reese Witherspoon in partnership with The Chernin Group and AT&T under Otter Media’s growing portfolio.

Girls 13-18 with a passion for storytelling and creating videos can apply online at www.att.com/filmmakerlab now through June 10 to become one of 20 teen girls selected for the experience.

The program is free and open to teen girls of any experience level.  And like in all Fresh Films programs, teen girls in the AT&T Hello Sunshine Filmmaker Lab program will gain career skills and practical experience on a real project.  This hands-on, on-set experience will grow the teen’s problem solving, communication, collaboration and tech skills.

Fresh Films’ past summer programs for teens have produced feature film “The Stream” featuring Mario Lopez and Rainn Wilson as well as Emmy-nominated kids’ TV show “Detectives Club.”

“Fresh Films was a great program to work with. I thought the skills they were offering to teach were so priceless,” said Maya Brown, a Fresh Films alum who participated in the summer program sponsored by AT&T in 2017. “AT&T did a great job by sponsoring this program through influencing young minds to invest their time in something productive and magical.”

Future employers of these female movie makers can take note:  according to research compiled by Women and Hollywood, the inclusion of more female perspectives at all levels within the film industry results in more diverse and interesting storytelling. Additionally, female directors consistently employ more diverse production teams and casts, and films with diverse cast enjoy the highest median global box office. In short, bringing voices of women to the industry means making better and higher grossing movies.

About Fresh Films:  Fresh Films has been engaging youth behind the camera and creating youth-targeted TV shows, films and original content since 2002 – all purposed to make a difference in young lives.  Teen creatives have worked on over 150 short films, documentaries and features, including recent productions  “The Stream,” a coming-of-age family comedy created by teens, benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of America and featuring Mario Lopez (Extra), Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs) and Rainn Wilson; “Detectives Club,” a science TV show for kids featuring Tim Kazurinsky; “Traveling Without Moving” starring Steve Guttenberg and Harry Lennix; and season two of “Detectives Club,” which will debut in late 2017.  Fresh Films is the non-profit arm of Dreaming Tree Films with info at www.fresh-films.com

Fresh Films is now located on-campus of Augustana College, a top-tier liberal arts college located on the beautiful Mississippi River in Rock Island, IL.

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ABOUT HELLO SUNSHINE

Hello Sunshine is a media brand and content company dedicated to female authorship and storytelling across all platforms. Hello Sunshine is producing feature films, television shows as well as unscripted series, audio storytelling and social series under the Hello Sunshine brand, all anchored by a singular mission: to change the narrative for women. Hello Sunshine is also the home for Reese’s Book Club, fast-growing in reach and influence. Some of the film and TV projects that have already been announced by Hello Sunshine include the highly-anticipated limited series from Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller Little Fires Everywhere, as a Hulu Original Series, a 10-episode comedy series for Apple executive produced by and starring Kristen Wiig that was created by Colleen McGuinness (30 Rock) and inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s upcoming short-story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It; Are You Sleeping, executive produced by and starring Octavia Spencer, which is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber that is created and written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife, Justified) for Apple; an Untitled Morning Show Project produced by and starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, which was given a two-season, straight-to-series order by Apple with Kerry Ehrin (Bates Motel) serving as showrunner; a film for Fox 2000 based on Catherine Steadman’s novel Something in the Water, being adapted by Julia Cox; and A White Lie, a psychological thriller for TriStar Pictures produced by and starring Zendaya based on Karin Tanabe’s critically-acclaimed novel The Gilded Years, which will be adapted by Monica Beletsky (Fargo, The Leftovers). Hello Sunshine recently launched its first original podcast series, How It Is, which features powerful, personal stories told by a diverse group of high-profile women and hosted by actor and author Diane Guerrero (Orange Is The New Black, Jane the Virgin). The content company most recently launched the podcast How It Is, which features powerful, personal stories told by a diverse group of high-profile women and is hosted by actor and author, Diane Guerrero.

MADONNA × ‘TAKING FLIGHT’

GOLDEN GLOBE AND GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING GLOBAL ICON MADONNA TAKES FIRST POSITION TO DIRECT MICHAELA DEPRINCE’S MEMOIR ‘TAKING FLIGHT’ FOR MGM

 

Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) announced today  Golden Globe and Grammy Award winning global icon Madonna (W.E.) is set to direct Taking Flight, based on Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince’s Random House Children’s memoir Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. The announcement was made by Jonathan Glickman, President, Motion Picture Group, MGM.

Camilla Blackett (Fresh Off the Boat, New Girl) will adapt the screenplay for Taking Flight, which follows DePrince’s life as an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone as she overcomes great odds to become a world- famous ballerina. DePrince was featured in the 2012 ballet documentary First Position and later debuted as a professional dancer at the age of 17 in the Joburg Ballet in South Africa. She appeared in Beyonce’s 2016 cultural phenomenon “Lemonade” and is currently a soloist at the Dutch National Ballet.

Madonna made her directing debut on 2008’s Filth and Wisdom, a comedy centered on three flatmates living desperate lives in London which she co-wrote with Dan Cadan. She also directed and co-wrote 2011’s W.E. alongside Alek Keshishian. The drama chronicled the relationship between British King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson.  Her upcoming projects include co-writing and directing a film adaptation of Andrew Sean Greer’s novel, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells. Tentatively titled Loved, the film portrays the protagonist’s relationship with her gay twin brother. She produced and wrote I Am Because We Are, a documentary looking into the lives of Malawi’s over one million orphans in the wake of the AIDS pandemic.

A master of personal and professional reinvention, Madonna is the highest-selling female recording artist of all time. She has sold more than 300 million albums worldwide and has won over 200 awards including seven Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes Awards and two Brit Awards.

Glickman said, “We could not be more thrilled that Madonna will bring this remarkable story to the big screen.  There is no director better suited to tell Michaela’s journey with passion and sensitivity, and we cannot wait to bring this film to audiences all around the world.”

Madonna said, “Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,” said Madonna.  “We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside. I am honored to bring her story to life.”

Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Elysa Koplovitz Dutton will produce alongside Ben Pugh and Guy Oseary. Glickman and Tabitha Shick, MGM’s Executive Director of Worldwide Motion Pictures, are overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.

“We were immediately awestruck by Michaela’s journey and know Madonna’s vision and passion for the material will deliver a film that inspires audiences everywhere,” said Les Morgenstein.

MGM has had a successful track record adapting books to screen, most recently with Warner Bros. Pictures on the romantic drama Everything, Everything, based on Nicola Yoon’s best-selling novel and produced by Alloy Entertainment; Me Before You, based on Jojo Moyes’ international best-seller, which went on to gross $200 million worldwide with Warner Bros. Pictures; If I Stay, based on the young adult best-seller from Gayle Forman, which went on to do well at the box office with Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line. Warner Bros. Pictures, MGM and Alloy Entertainment are currently in pre-production on The Sun Is Also A Star, based on the bestselling YA novel by Nicola Yoon, directed by Ry Russo-Young and starring Yara Shahidi.

MGM’s upcoming 2018 slate includes: The Hustle, a hilarious new comedy about two female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who compete to swindle a naive tech billionaire out of his fortune starring Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, will release in theaters on June 29; Fighting With My Family, a comedy-drama written and directed by Stephen Merchant, based on the true personal story of WWE Superstar PaigeTM and her family of professional wrestlers,starring Florence Pugh, Vince Vaughn and Dwayne Johnson, will release in U.S. theaters on September 14; Operation Finale, directed by Chris Weitz and starring Golden Globe Winner Oscar Isaac and Academy Award Winner Ben Kingsley will release on September 21; Creed II, a continuation of the Rocky saga, starring Golden Globe Winner and Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan, will be released in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures on November 21.

Alloy Entertainment is behind the global television franchises Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl and feature films Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Sex Drive. Most recently Alloy Entertainment produced Everything, Everything, with MGM and Warner Bros., staring Amandla Stenberg and is currently in post-production on Good Girls Get High for Verizon’s go90 directed by Laura Teruso.

Madonna is represented by CAA and Maverick Management. ICM Partners and Full Circle Literary represent Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.

 

About Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network EPIX, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors.  In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms and interactive ventures and is producing premium short-form content for distribution. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

About Alloy Entertainment

Alloy Entertainment, a Warner Brothers Entertainment Inc. Company, is a creative think tank and full-service editorial partner that develops and produces original books, television series, and feature films. The company generates unique commercial entertainment franchises and collaborates with authors, leading publishers, television networks, and movie studios to deliver its properties to the world.

Serena Foster’s Flat Line Love

Los Angeles-based recording artist Serena Foster drops newest music video“Flat Line Love” this Friday, March 9th.

 

Produced by Raz Klinghoffer, Serena releases the single as a way to make a statement on today’s society and how we’re all constantly glued to our phones, ultimately affecting the relationships that matter to us most. Stemming off of her own past relationship where she was in a dead-end relationship that she knew wasn’t developing anywhere, but was addicted and obsessed with having someone to text all the time. This “flat line love” relationship further escalated her own procrastination from developing herself as an individual and actually focus on her own pursuits in life.

 

 

You can watch the music video HERE

 

Serena will also perform a show on March 15th, opening for DEV at The Rose in Pasadena.

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The Listening Project

Next month, the American Cochlear Implant Alliance will host the premiere of The Listening Project, a documentary co-created by renowned audiologist Jane Madell and Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky. The film profiles 15 young adults who were born deaf but can now hear, thanks to cutting-edge technologies, including cochlear implants.

 

The Listening Project shows that nothing is impossible for deaf kids,” Madell said. “Thanks to years of determination and hard work – and with an assist from some innovative technology – these young adults have built lives and careers the world may not have thought were possible for them.”

 

The film’s stars are 15 deaf twenty- and thirty-somethings who rely on groundbreaking medical devices to hear. Most received cochlear implants – electronic hearing devices that bypass a wearer’s ears and send auditory signals directly to the brain.

 

Some received their devices as young children, while others did not get them until they were teenagers. All underwent years of therapy with Madell in order to acclimate their brain to hearing and learn to speak. They’ve gone on to build successful careers as doctors, business analysts, neuroscientists, musicians, and audiologists, among other pursuits. Most speak like they’ve never had a hearing loss.

 

“The young people in The Listening Project offer an example that all of us can aspire to, both those with hearing loss and those without,” said Donna Sorkin, executive director of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. “The future for deaf children today is even brighter, as cochlear implant technology has improved rapidly since the stars of the film were kids.”

 

 

 

WHAT: The Listening Project Documentary Premiere

WHEN: Friday, March 9, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, DC 20008

 

Contact :

Andrew Grafton 

andrew@keybridge.biz 

(202)-471-4228 ext. 119.

 

About the American Cochlear Implant Alliance

The American Cochlear Implant Alliance is a not-for-profit membership organization created with the purpose of eliminating barriers to cochlear implantation by sponsoring research, driving heightened awareness and advocating for improved access to cochlear implants for patients of all ages across the U.S. ACI Alliance members are clinicians, scientists, educators, and others on cochlear implant teams as well as parent and consumer advocates.