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Meghan Trainor × NBCUniversal

MEGHAN TRAINOR TEAMS WITH NBCUNIVERSAL TELEVISION AND STREAMING ENTERTAINMENT FOR CROSS-PLATFORM PARTNERSHIP

Grammy Award-Winning Performer to Develop Starring Vehicle Comedy as Part of Overall Deal

Meghan Trainor is coming to NBCUniversal Television and Streaming Entertainment with an NBC comedy series in development as the first project under a cross-platform overall deal between the global superstar and NBCU.

The new alliance is a first-of-its-kind for the company, encompassing potential projects across scripted and unscripted content throughout NBCUߣs larger Television and Streaming Entertainment portfolio, which includes NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, Universal Kids, USA, and Peacock. Within this ecosystem, Trainor will have the opportunity to leverage her talents across network, cable, streaming, and syndication programming.

“In addition to being a phenomenally talented performer, Meghan is a vibrant and hilarious ray of light who is the perfect fit for NBC’s brand”, said Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television & Streaming. “We love the idea of introducing Meghan into the world of scripted comedy as well working with her to find all the creative and crazy ways she can engage with fans across our brands. With eight distinct platforms, we’re able to provide the ultimate playground for multi-hyphenate artists, and this is just one of the ways we’re leveraging our new structure to benefit both talent and audiences.

This collaboration with NBCUniversal is so beyond a dream come true,” Trainor said. “I’m obsessed with and inspired by Susan and can’t wait to work with her and her incredibly talented team to bring our ideas to life.”.

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Meghan Trainor emerged with her 2014 breakout single All About That Bass; and disrupted contemporary music with nostalgic pop beats and powerhouse vocals that delivered a worldwide anthem for female empowerment. Trainor cemented her rising status as one of the most prominent artists in popular music by charting eight multi-platinum singles, selling millions of albums worldwide, selling out three headline tours, writing multi-platinum hits for top pop and country artists, and receiving countless industry awards and nominations. She is one of only five female artists to receive a diamond certification for her hit single All About That Bass, which shares the RIAA Gold & Platinum Awards top honor with only 15 other singles in history.

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The Backstory with Jason Bentley

The Backstory is brought to you by 101 Studios in partnership with Soho House and D’USSÉ Cognac.

Tune in to hear Episode 8 of The Backstory hosted by Jason Bentley, a special solo season finale episode featuring actor and 2021 Golden Globe nominee Jim Parsons (HOLLYWOOD, BOYS IN THE BAND). Watch episode clips HERE.

Bentley, former host of KCRW’s award-winning program Morning Becomes Eclectic, invites listeners to candid conversations between the innovators and creatives who shape our culture. The guests thinkers, artists and tastemakers from across the worlds of film, music, politics and beyond reveal what drives and inspires them through never-before-told stories about their personal histories and the projects that brought them professional acclaim. The Backstory’s first episode peaked at #25 on Apple Podcasts and was featured by Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, People, Good Morning America, E!, and more!

The Backstory is brought to you by 101 Studios in partnership with Soho House, with the support of D’USSÉ Cognac. Sullivan Doh, D’USSÉ’s global brand ambassador and premier mixologist, will create custom cocktails inspired by episodes from the podcast. Listeners can find the recipes included in the episode descriptions or can watch a step-by-step tutorial on D’USSÉ’s social channels.

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E!’S “DAILY POP” LISTINGS: JAN 5th – JAN 8th

Tune into E!’s “Daily Pop” weekdays at 11:00am ET/PT. Continue reading to see what E!’s “Daily Pop” will have in store January 5th through January 8th.

Tuesday, January 5  – Matt James joins us to talk about the season premiere of “The Bachelor.”  And we recap, discuss and get all the inside dirt on the 25th season of “The Bachelor” with Chris Harrison. Plus, Hollywood Skin Expert, Nurse Jamie joins us LIVE to discuss top plastic surgery trends for 2021.

Wednesday, January 6  –  Erin McKenna joins us LIVE in-studio to show us healthy treats for the New Year.

Thursday, January 7  – Author and Relationship Expert Diann Valentine joins us LIVE in-studio to chat about making over your love life in 2021 and celebrity fitness trainer Diann Valentine joins us LIVE in-studio to breakdown his fitness routine for the stars.

Friday, January 8  –  Fashion expert, Allison Deyette joins us LIVE in-studio to discuss styles to keep, ditch and try in 2021.

ABOUT E!’S DAILY POP

E! brings fans even more custom content when and where they are watching with the introduction of new live daytime broadcast series, “Daily Pop.” Hosted by pop culture personalities Carissa Culiner, Morgan Stewart and Justin Sylvester, the program delivers fun, insightful and relatable conversations centered around the biggest, most fascinating pop culture stories of the day. “Daily Pop” airs weekdays at 11:00am ET/PT on E!.

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QxA With Larry Namer

An entertainment industry veteran with close to 50 years of professional experience in cable television, live events and new media, Larry Namer is a founding partner of Metan Global Entertainment Group (MGEG), a venture created to develop and distribute entertainment content and media specifically for Chinese speaking audiences in China and abroad. In 2018, the company launched the MGEG Film Fund I and serves as a managing partner.  He is also the executive producer of the recently announced feature film “EMPRESS,” a new travel series for the China audience titled “Explore The World,” and an executive producer of the new crime series “Nova Vita.”  He is a co-founder of the recently launched lifestyle platform BeautyKween. Most recently, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of FanVestor.

Mr. Namer is the co-founder of E! Entertainment Television, a company now valued at over four billion USD, and the creator of several successful companies in the United States and overseas. Among those companies are Comspan Communications that pioneered Western forms of entertainment in the former Soviet Union and Steeplechase Media that served as the primary consultant to Microsoft’s MiTV for developing interactive TV applications.  

Early on, he was named the youngest general manager of a major cable system at Valley Cable TV (VCTV) in Los Angeles. His vision and direction garnered VCTV several Emmy and Cable ACE award nominations, as well as recognition by Forbes magazine as the national model for local cable television programming. In 1989, he was awarded the prestigious President’s Award from the National Cable Television Association. He was honored with the “Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television Award” at the 19th Asian Television Awards in Singapore and received the International Media Legacy Award at the 2017 Elite Awards Foundation Gala. He was the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2018 Hollywood Tribute Awards and the 2019 Hollywood China Night, presented by the American-Chinese CEO Society, both in celebration of the Academy Awards®.  In July 2019, he was awarded The Tribeca Disruptor Award at the Novus Summit, held at the United Nations, and in September 2020, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the French Riviera Film Festival. 

We sat down with Mr. Namer to ask him a few questions about the recent collaboration between the companies FanVestor and Cre8or Global. The companies are working together to connect celebrities with their fans. The companies want to deliver future investment opportunities, exclusive perks and experiences, as well as fan-focused sweepstakes, eCommerce exclusives and charity offerings to fans. 

What made FanVestor interested in partnering with Cre8or Global? 

We felt that Cre8or had a unique business model as well as all the resources to execute that plan. They already had some major celebrities and sports figures working with them on beauty, make-up, and wellness products which would fit perfectly into the FanVestor systems. We already had certain celebrities who were looking for strong partners who could take them into those spheres and develop and distribute the products. So, it was a clear and good match for both companies.

What are some things the public can look forward to as a result of this collaboration? 

Very quickly you will see a few major celebrities launch their new product lines directly to their fans via FanVestor. These will be special editions that come with some nice perks which can be collectibles or even unique dream experiences. After first exposing these to hardcore fans, then the products will be made available to the general public. Then a little further down the road, you will see that fans will have the opportunity not only to acquire products, but they will be able to invest in those very same companies

What lead you to become the chief operating officer for FanVestor? 

Well, I was on the advisory board at first because I was intrigued with the concept, but as time went on I learned a lot more and felt that with what FanVestor had accomplished so far coupled with my skills and connections, there was a great opportunity to make FanVestor a market leader and game-changer.

Are there any celebrities that FanVestor and Cre8or Global want to work with that you haven’t yet?

Yes, I would say there are hundreds of celebs that this makes sense for. FanVestor’s targets are sports, esports, fashion, art, film, TV and music stars, and influencers. Just take a dozen from each group and you are over 100. Then there are so many areas that are of interest to us and to celebrities, beyond unique products. There are securities, bonds, experiences and perks, charity fundraising, auctions, sweepstakes, and so on. Over the career of a celebrity, he or she might want to engage in projects within several of those activities.

Does FanVestor have any ideas for the future for other companies you would like to partner with? 

I think the concept of fans wanting to engage with their heroes and celebrities wanting to have a closer, more intimate relationship with their fans is universal. I can see us doing localized versions of FanVestor in other countries and other languages (other than English). I’m a strong believer in finding good, experienced, local partners whenever I engage in business outside the United States.

What advice would you give fans that want to invest in celebrities through FanVestor? 

While return on investment is certainly something to consider, think beyond just the monetary measures and of the intangibles that come with it. For example, the Green Bay Packers are owned by fans and they have special shareholder days and even a merchandise catalog of things only available to shareholders. Besides the monetary reward, they relish in having that stock certificate framed and hanging on the wall for all their friends to see. There is a pleasure to be had in supporting your team that way. So, it’s not just money that is part of the ROI. Choose the things you feel passionate about, whether it be a sports team or a celebrity doing great charity work.

How can the public get involved in this partnership between FanVestor and Cre8or Global? 

Starting next month, you will begin to see the Website and mobile apps populated with the first of a wave of fan opportunities. You can go on right now and register to be kept apprised of all the news

Since you are using the celebrities’ own fanbases, do you see any major problems occurring with promoting the product line?

Not at all. There will be some very clear communication between the celeb and the fans, so everyone knows what is being offered. When it comes to securities, everything is regulated on a federal level, so there is consistency in what and how opportunities are offered to fans.

Where do you see this partnership going in the future? Will the companies continue to work together to connect celebrities and their fans?

Yes, FanVestor and Cre8or are perfectly aligned. Crea8or knows how to develop and market new products with celebrity tie-ins. FanVestor knows how to monetize fandom. Today with the world-changing the way it has, celebrities and their managers, are looking for new ways, to connect to their fanbases and monetize those connections. FanVestor and Cre8or provide a one-stop shop for them.

Szemui Ho, 360 MAGAZINE, gift guide, illustration, gifts

Countdown to Christmas

by KATHERINE RILEY 

We love these products, and we hope you do too. E! has affiliate relationships, so we may get a small share of the revenue from your purchases. Items are sold by the retailer, not E!

Countdown to Christmas, E!’s very first shoppable advent calendar, is here! In addition to our regular 2019 Holiday Gift Guides, we have 22 exclusive gift guides curated by celebrities and influencers, including Nicole RichieNeil Patrick HarrisCamila CoelhoRuPaul, Aimee SongAyesha CurryMartha Stewart, Ally Brooke, Emeril Lagasse and many more.

Featuring gifts for her, for him, for kids, for the family and beyond, you’re sure to find something celebrity-approved for everyone on your list.

In true advent calendar fashion, a new holiday gift guide will be revealed each day in December, counting down to Christmas—so check back every day!

See the full advent calendar here: E!’s Countdown to Christmas.

Full article HERE.

Revenge Body

Mark your calendars!

As of today, we are officially 1 month away from the Revenge Body With Khloe Kardashian season 3 premiere (Sunday, July 7 at 9 p.m.) And, after taking a look at the latest teaser above, we couldn’t be more excited. Per the new footage, Khloe Kardashian‘s transformation series will “redefine” revenge. Not only will contestants shed pounds with the help of Revenge Body‘s trusted trainers, but the participants will also bulk up on muscle.”I only know how to do skinny,” one male participant admitted in a confessional.

Nonetheless, fitness and lifestyle consultant Ashley Borden assured her client that he could put on about 30 pounds. Of course, this won’t occur without some “blood, sweat and cheers.” “It’s not just about today. It’s about the rest of your life,” former professional rugby player Luke Milt on wisely noted on camera. All of this wouldn’t be possible without the wise guidance of Revenge Body‘s host. True story.

“You look amazing,” a contestant noted to Kardashian. “Honey, I’m trying to keep up with you,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star happily responded. For all of this and more, be sure to watch the new promo above!

Watch the season 3 premiere of Revenge Body With Khloe Kardashian Sunday, July 7 at 9 p.m., only on E!

E!’s “Daily Pop” Listings

E!’S “DAILY POP” LISTINGS: FEBRUARY 25 – MARCH 1

Tune into E!’s “Daily Pop” weekdays at 12pm ET/PT.

Monday, February 25 – Kristin Cavallari (“Very Cavallari”) and Fandango’s Nikki Novak on The Academy Awards

Tuesday, February 26 –Brie Larson’s personal trainer Jason Walsh shows her favorite workouts to get into superhero shape for “Captain Marvel”

Wednesday, February 27 – Tyler Henry (“Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry”), plus Alison Sweeney (“Chronicle Mysteries”)

Thursday, February 28 – Panel Discussion of the Day’s Entertainment Headlines

Friday, March 1 – Preview of this Weekend and Next Week’s Big Stories

Listings are subject to change.

ABOUT E!’S DAILY POP

E! brings fans even more custom content when and where they are watching with the introduction of new live daytime broadcast series, “Daily Pop.” Hosted by pop culture personalities Carissa Culiner, Morgan Stewart and Justin Sylvester, the program delivers fun, insightful and relatable conversations centered around the biggest, most fascinating pop culture stories of the day. “Daily Pop”airs weekdays at 12p ET/PT on E!

 

Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross Release “Safe Zone”

Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross release single ‘Safe Zone’ today.

Ashlee and Evan’s ‘Safe Zone’ was co-written by Ashlee and Evan and produced by Lamont Neuble and Tim Stewart.

It follows the release of their soul inflected ‘Paris’ and tender pop ballad ‘I Do’, which was co-written by Ashlee and Evan alongside legendary bassist Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire the first new music from Ashlee Simpson in over 10 years.

‘Safe Zone’ will be released as part of their weekly music series to coincide with the episode of E! docu-series Ashlee + Evan premiering in the U.S on 23rd September. The series, which is airing in 160 countries around the world, takes viewers behind-the-scenes on their journey through love, making music and raising a family. All roads lead to a duet album scheduled for this Autumn.

Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross Announces Single “I Do”

Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross have announced their long-awaited debut single, “I Do.” The song will make its world premiere on Ryan Seacrest‘s iHeart Radio show and will be available for download on Sept. 7.

“I Do” is a first on many levels. It marks the first time the couple has collaborated on music, and it’s the first new music from Ashlee Simpson in over 10 years. The tender pop ballad was written by Ashlee and Evan, along with legendary bassist Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire, Austin Brown, Brian London, and Palmer Reed.

“Music was always one of the things that connected us from the beginning. We liked our voices together, and as time went on, we thought it was something that we wanted to share. ‘I Do’ is our commitment to our music and each other,” Ashlee and Evan say.

“I Do” will be featured in the first episode of the E! docu-series Ashlee + Evan which will premiere in the U.S on 9th September and air in 160 countries around the world. The series, will take viewers behind-the-scenes on their journey through love, making music and raising a family. All roads lead to a duet album scheduled for this fall.

“I Do” is available through Access Records.

Craftsy Unlimited Rebrands As BluPrint

Craftsy, a service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, today announced that it is rebranding as Bluprint, a new, expanded subscription service and premier digital destination for lifestyle learning. Bluprint will offer online classes focusing on legacy crafts as well as new complementary and adjacent categories that promote and facilitate self-expression in areas including music, writing, dance, yoga, fitness, home décor, entertaining, and kids and family. Bluprint will also produce original entertainment series featuring creative experts who will help inspire, empower and entertain both the experienced creator and everyday doer. Bluprint’s deep content library with more than 3,000 hours of original classes will be available on-demand via its Bluprint subscription, accessible on desktop and mobile at http://www.mybluprint.com/, via the Bluprint app and on Roku.

Bluprint will continue to serve Craftsy’s passionate and engaged community of more than 13 million and growing, keeping them informed and one step ahead of trends. It will connect members with similar interests through premium and enhanced original editorial content, social media engagement and live, one of a kind events. Bluprint will introduce unique, robust programming and classes geared towards the entire family, so makers as young as six can find new ways to explore and nurture their creativity.

“Bluprint is a natural evolution of our subscription model, with our mission to revolutionize the way people engage with lifestyle passions and pursuits,” said John Levisay, Bluprint CEO. “Bluprint is uniquely positioned as the only destination combining premium content, world class talent, a robust community and access to all the tools you need to help you achieve your personal goals.”

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment acquired Craftsy in May 2017 and over the past year it has leveraged successful cross promotions and integrations across the NBCUniversal family of businesses including USA, SYFY, Bravo, E!, Oxygen and Universal Kids. These opportunities will continue for Bluprint, including an ongoing partnership with “The TODAY Show,” branded integrations within NBC’s upcoming new competition series “Making It,” hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, and much more in the pipeline.

“The new Bluprint brand lays the foundation for us to dramatically expand and enhance its unique content and commerce capabilities and fully exploit the power of NBCUniversal to help accelerate its growth.” said Dave Howe, President, Strategy and Commercial Growth, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We see tremendous potential to build Bluprint into a must-have streaming service that offers something for everyone.”

eCommerce remains an essential part of Bluprint’s growth strategy, tapping into the estimated $30 – $40 billion crafts retail market. This fall, the new brand will expand its retail capabilities with a full suite of curated products and kits that provide customers at all experience levels the tools they need to begin their creative journey.

WHAT’S NEW:

EXPANDED LIFESTYLE LEARNING CATEGORIES

Bluprint will offer enthusiasts of all kinds a premium platform for self-expression, and serve as a one-stop shop to turn passions and creative interests into actions. New family-focused content will be integrated across all categories, inviting makers young and grown to find new ways to tap into their creativity.

New class categories include:

Expanded classes in drawing, painting, and photography with an emphasis on digital photography

·         Fitness, dance and yoga

·         Home decor and entertaining

·         Family-focused projects and content in multiple categories

…and more to be announced in the coming months.

“We heard our members loud and clear – they have many creative passions. You may be a person who wants to improve your cooking skills, but also practice yoga; you might love to sing, and also be a budding writer,” said Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, Bluprint General Manager. “Bluprint allows you to explore all of these pursuits on a flexible platform that puts you in control, delivering the personalized experience you need, at the stage you are in, in that moment you need it. You join Bluprint for one interest, and stay for a diverse array of classes, episodes and other binge-worthy content.”

FRESH SLATE OF VIDEO CONTENT

Bluprint will feature thousands of hours of on-demand original classes and educational entertainment series featuring expert instructors, celebrities and personalities, across topics like dance, painting, yoga, woodworking, home decor, and much more.

New upcoming classes and series include:

“Ready. Set. Grill! with Al Roker and Matt Abdoo”

Join “TODAY’s” Al Roker and award-winning chef Matt Abdoo (Pig Beach NYC) for a one-of-a-kind cooking experience made in partnership with “TODAY.” In this class, Al and Matt bring you 10 of their favorite grilling and BBQ recipes that are perfect for busy weeknights or backyard entertaining. Along the way, get pro tips and tricks for standout steaks, seafood, and more.

Sneak Peak Premieres Tuesday, 7/17

“Spark” – Narrated by Padma Lakshmi (Bravo’s “Top Chef”)

Featuring dancer/choreographer Stephen “tWitch” Boss (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”), Barney’s NY Creative Ambassador Simon Doonan, body positive yogi Jessamyn Stanley and more. The series profiles a diverse group of artists and innovators, boldly redefining the creative landscape. Each episode takes one provocative theme, two creatives from different disciplines, and highlights their inspiring approaches to pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo.

Premieres Tuesday, 7/17

“Blank Wall Overhaul” – Starring James Worsham (Designer/Sculptor/Installation Artist)

Artist and woodworker James Worsham takes on a blank wall in each episode, walking viewers through the tips and tricks behind the design, build and install.

Premieres Tuesday, 7/17

“Re-Fashion” – Starring Marcy Harriell

Marcy Harriell, sewist, Broadway actress and creator of fashion sewing blog Oonaballoona, shows viewers how to turn the ordinary into extraordinary, transforming thrift store finds into party-ready drab-to-fab outfits.

Premieres Tuesday, 7/17

“Five Course Photo” – Starring Brooke Lark

Professional food photographer and videographer Brooke Lark brings viewers behind-the-scenes to learn how beautiful food photos are produced, teaching techniques to capture the ultimate #foodporn.

Premieres Monday, 7/23

“Doodle Wars” – Starring host Paul Costabile (Entertainment Reporter and Host of Universal Kids’ “Beat the Clock”), judge Jon Chad (Cartoonist/Illustrator), and judge Zoe Hong (Illustrator/Fashion Designer)

“Doodle Wars” is an irreverent, rule-bending, family-friendly reality competition series unlike any other, pitting budding artists from diverse backgrounds again each other in mind-stretching and inspiring challenges, where the artwork literally comes to life on the screen.

Premieres Thursday, 8/16

BLUPRINT SUBSCRIPTION

Bluprint is available for a monthly plan at $14.99/month, or an annual plan at $120/year. For a limited time, Bluprint’s monthly plan will be available for the first three months at $9.99 or an annual plan for $100.

With thousands of hours of engaging classes and entertaining series, Bluprint’s content is portable and can be enjoyed anywhere. Existing Craftsy and Craftsy Unlimited members will still have access to any previously purchased classes within their library. A seven-day free trial is currently available. For more information, please visit http://www.mybluprint.com. Customers can continue to purchase individual classes and kits at Craftsy.com.