VH1 Partners with Actor-Writer-Producer Nick Cannon for Original Movie ‘Drumline: A New Beat”

nickcannonVH1: Los Angeles, CA — Building on the ratings success of last year’s “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” VH1 has green lit its next scripted movie, “Drumline: A New Beat” (tentative title). Entertainer and producer Nick Cannon joins movie producers Wendy Finerman, Jody Gerson and Dallas Austin, producers of the original Drumline feature film from Fox 2000, as executive producers on the project. Cannon also will appear in the movie, which is being penned by Regina Hicks and Karin Gist. Principal photography will begin in the spring, targeting a Fall 2014 premiere. The movie is produced by VH1 in partnership with Fox Television Studios.

“Drumline: A New Beat” will eschew a sequel format, instead focusing on a new set of characters at a fictional New Orleans university. The story follows Danielle (Dani) Bolton, an upper class Brooklyn girl who defies her parents in order to attend a college in Louisiana so she can join – and revitalize – their once-prominent drumline. Dani’s quest to become the first female section leader of the drumline in the school’s history will be hampered by upperclassmen (including her cousin, Tyree), her feelings for fellow band mate and rival, Jayven, and the school’s crosstown rivals.

“DRUMLINE was not just a successful film; it was a cultural happening,” says Nick Cannon. “Even though it was released over a decade ago, I am constantly approached by people on the street who tell me how much of an impact it made on them. As a producer, my thought was, ‘How do we create an updated version that would translate to today’s audience and still feel fresh and original?’ Adding a female lead character really makes sense and VH1 is the perfect network to partner with on this modernized take on what is considered a unique and classic film experience. ”
“’Drumline’ has become one of those beloved cornerstone films for a generation, always generating high ratings when we air it on VH1,” said Susan Levison, Executive Vice President of Original Programming & Production, VH1. “We’re beyond excited to revisit that ‘Drumline’ magic with Nick Cannon, Wendy Finerman, Dallas Austin and Jody Gerson to create a film that features a strong, relatable storyline, great music and a little nostalgia — all of which viewers have come to expect from a VH1 original movie.”

“Drumline: A New Beat” is the latest project fueling VH1’s successful momentum into the scripted arena. VH1 delivered the highest-rated original cable movie of 2013 among adults 18-49 with “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.” 4.5 million total viewers tuned in for its October 21 premiere, which earned a 2.9 rating in the A18-49 demo and scored as the most-tweeted TV topic that day, generating over 2 million tweets. VH1 also had the highest-rated new scripted cable series last summer in the adult 18-49 demo with its freshman series “Hit The Floor.” VH1 has carried that ratings success into 2014 with the third season premiere of “Single Ladies,” which ranked first in its time period among non-sports cable networks with adults 18-49, women 18-49 and women 18-34.

In addition to Nick Cannon, Wendy Finerman, Jody Gerson, and Dallas Austin, “Drumline: A New Beat,” will be executive produced by Maggie Malina and Michael Goldman. Susan Levison and Jill Holmes will executive produce for VH1.


The Stellar Awards is Heading to Las Vegas March 2015

stellarsTBR — The Stellar Awards produced by the Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. (CCP) and known for recognizing and honoring the biggest names and best in Gospel Music on a platform set just for the Gospel Community, is getting set to make a few changes. After originally taping its award show at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago, and then taking the Stellar Awards to Nashville, TN and occasionally to Atlanta, GA, a new location and venue is about to be announced.

According to www.Stellarawards.com , the next Stellar Awards show and taping date, which will also mark its 30th Anniversary, will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The show will actually air April 5 – May 9, 2015.

Important Dates:

Eligibility Period for Online Submissions: September 1 – September 30, 2014

Radio Stations of the Year Online Registration: September 1 – September 30, 2014

Ticket Packages Go On Sale: July 26, 2014

Stellar Pre-Show AwardsFriday, March 27, 2014

Stellar Gospel Music Radio Awards & Showcase: Saturday, March 28, 2015

Special Announcement:   First time collaboration with the GMWA Convention: Kicking Off Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show was founded by Don Jackson in 1970.  Jackson also serves as the executive producer of the show along with Barbara Wilson for Central City Productions.


Stay tuned for more details.

6th Annual Pan Pacific Film Festival To Showcase Family-Friendly and Faith-Based Filmmakers & Movies

jennHosted by Jenn Gotzon & Dr. Drake Travis, PPFF brings together professional and corporate leaders in film, family and faith.

FG/PR — Los Angeles, CA – The annual Pan Pacific Film Festival (PPFF) brings together a forum of movie industry professionals and cinephiles to share stories of redemption and transformation. The international event draws a unique and diverse audience of filmmakers and filmgoers who seek encouragement and support for the production of positive family and/or faith audience films.

Held annually in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, this year’s 6th annual film festival event will be held in the Aratani Community Center (JACCC) in Los Angeles, CA through July 24 – 26, 2014.

This year’s event is co-hosted by actress Jenn Gotzon & Dr. Drake Travis. Gotzon is know best for her work in Hulk and  Frost/Nixon, and has appeared in over 15 inspirational and redemptive feature films including the 2014 Oscar Nominated (rescinded) inspirational French and Indian War true-story Alone Yet Not Alone, mystery-drama Doonby, and more. Dr. Travis is currently the Director of Global Ambassadors for The Resurrection Project and is the author of two published works including Christ Our Healer Today and Healing Power: Voice Activated. He is currently working on a new talk show called “The High Road”, which is scheduled to be produced by end of this year.

PPFF activities consist of screenings of family-friendly and faith-based films, mini-concerts by artists, workshops led by top Hollywood producers, a model talent search, movie premieres and much more. Each night, PPFF will host a red carpet event featuring some of Hollywood’s most influential professionals, along with the movie premiers of Jackson’s Run and Footprints (Friday) and God’s Eye View and Apostle (Saturday).

The opening night of the festival features an awards ceremony celebrating excellence in independent filmmaking. The ceremony honors the year’s best submitted films and talent, and serves to encourage and affirm creative talents. Winners receive monetary prizes, stipends for future films, recognition by Hollywood professionals, International distribution agreements with broadcasting channels, DVD production, and more.

Award categories include: Best Short Narrative, Best Feature Narrative, Best Mission, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Soundtrack, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Under 7, Best “4 to 14,” Best “The Faithful,” Best Theatrical, Founder’s Pick, Best Director, Best Short Documentary, and Best Feature Documentary.

The festival is presented in partnership with International Media Mission (IMM), CGN TV, and The JUCE Network. Key partners include leading family-friendly and faith-based organizations such as The Christian Post, The Resurrection Project, MovieGuide, FrontGate Media, ChristianCinema.com, NewReleaseTuesday.com, Sonoma Christian Home, Christian Film Database; Actors, Models & Talent for Christ (AMTC), and others.

Ken An, Co-Founder of PPFF shares, “We started out just wanting a place to screen family-friendly movies. Now PPFF has grown to be a creative home for family and faith artists; a center for professionals to work on their craft, and an international provider of high quality, family and faith friendly content.”

The winners of each nominee awards are listed at http://stellaeawards.com/nominees  and will be awarded on the day of the festival. For a schedule of events and speakers and for more information, visit http://www.ippff.com .

Tyler Perry’s New Television Drama “If Loving You is Wrong” To Premiere Tuesday, September 9 On OWN

Tyler PerryOWN PR: Los Angeles – On the heels of OWN’s popular series “The Haves and the Have Nots” comes Tyler Perry’s new primetime drama “If Loving You is Wrong,” premiering on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Tuesday, September 9 with two back-to-back, one-hour episodes from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT.

With a diverse cast and storylines ranging from heartfelt to scandalous, the sexy, sleek drama takes viewers into the lives of a group of husbands, wives and friends that live and love in the same middle class neighborhood.  On the surface they are true-to-life, relatable people – raising children, working jobs, finding and maintaining romance – but just below the veneer of happiness, their lives are entangled by heartbreak, deceit and lies that threaten to destroy everything.

The season premiere opens in the middle of a torrid affair between neighbors Randal (Eltony Williams, “24”) and Alex (Amanda Clayton, “John Carter”). Randal’s wife Marcie (Heather Hemmens, “Hellcats”) desperately wants children, but Randal’s attention is focused on the wife of his best friend Brad (Aiden Turner, “All My Children”).  Just down the street, divorcee Esperanza (Zulay Henao, “Single Moms Club”) is trying to move on with her life, while keeping a budding relationship with Julius (Octavio Pizano, “East Los High”) a secret from her vindictive ex-husband Edward (Joel Rush, “Days of Our Lives”). Meanwhile, neighbor Kelly (Edwina Findley, “Treme”) longs to marry Travis (Denzel Wells) who is away on a relief mission in Haiti and who has promised to help her raise her 8-year-old son, Justice.  Outside of the neighborhood, single mother Natalie (April Parker-Jones, “Jericho”) struggles to raise her children in the inner city.   Lushion (Charles Malik Whitfield, “Law and Order”), the father of her son Frank, has returned to town and stepped up to the plate to help.  In addition, Natalie grapples with the tough decision whether or not to allow her fourth son, Joey (Matt Cook), to return home once he is released from prison.

Throughout the season, “If Loving You Is Wrong” continues to follow Alex, Kelly, Marcie, Esperanza and Natalie on their quest to find love in the midst of managing very complex lives. For these women, love is an ever-present necessity in spite of the high price that sometimes must be paid.

Plan to attend The Antelope Valley Praise in the Park Festival August 30th, 2014

avpipnewbannerLook out Antelope ValleyThe 1st Annual “Antelope Valley Praise in the Park Festival” is Coming to Lancaster

LANCASTER, CATotal Deliverance Church, the fastest growing church in the Antelope Valley announces the first inception of the Antelope Valley Praise in the Park Festival event which will take place on Saturday August 30, 2014 from 1:00pm-5:00pm at the American Heroes Park located at 701 W Kettering Avenue Downtown Lancaster, CA. The goal for this event is to become the epitome of outdoor gospel experiences for the urban community in the Antelope Valley.

“Praise in the Park is going to be an Epic event for the entire family”, says Bishop Avery Austin of Total Deliverance Church. “The fun, joy and laughter will be remembered for a life time. We must bring events of this magnitude to our community to keep peace and empowerment alive.”

 The Antelope Valley Praise in the Park Festival will consist of a fun day of live music, food, and activities for youth such as bouncers/jumpers, face painting, basketball, comedy, giveaways, back to school drive and much more.The main attraction throughout this entire event will include special celebrities and Grammy Awards Nominated Artists like Kierra “Kiki” Sheard of BET’s Sunday Best, Stellar Award Winning Artist Jonathan Nelson, Christian Band The Outsiders of Palmdale, Jamelle Jones & F.R.E.E.D, Markita Knight & Southern California 1st Jurisdiction Choir, and many invited guests such as Actor Flex Alexander, Keke Palmer, Actor Tyler Lepley and more. The event is hosted by Comedian Barry Brewer and Grammy Award Winning Artist Adrian Anderson of Trin-i-tee 5:7.

The Antelope Valley Praise in the Park Festival will impact over 3,000 people from across the Antelope Valley and its surrounding areas. Lunch will be provided for all VIP attendees as well as many prizes and give-a-ways. A percentage of gross proceeds give aid with the continuous effort of feeding over 1200 homeless souls each month, providing sober living homes with toiletries and materials in the Antelope Valley Community. There will also be a Back to School Giveaway where sponsors can donate items to assist with getting youth ready for school in the fall.

Businesses are encouraged to partner by giving a financial donation, securing a vendor booth at the park, providing in-kind donations and placement in the program catalog for day of event. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Kids ages= 8-17 pay $5 and youth ages7 and under are FREE. VIP tickets are available for $35. Visit http://www.avpraiseinthepark.com more details.

For more information or to become a Sponsor, please email avpraiseinthepark@gmail.com. Tickets going on sale Monday July 7th, 2014.