The five artists will be celebrated Dec. 7 at the center’s 37th gala, to be broadcast Dec. 30 on CBS. Attendees at the event, one of the annual highlights of Washington’s social scene, are again expected to include President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, plus other notables from the worlds of politics and showbiz.
The ceremony will again be produced by George Stevens Jr. and Michael Stevens. Following the usual format, the benefit will cap a full weekend of celebrations to include a private dinner at the U.S. State Department hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry, and a private reception at the White House on the Sunday afternoon before the evening event.
Unveiling this year’s honorees, Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein called Hanks one of “the greatest actors of any generation,” and said Tomlin “continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit.” He saluted New York City Ballet principal McBride as “one of the world’s greatest ballerinas,” and praised the unique voices of Sting and Green.
Saturday’s blackout in New York had an outsized effect on the city’s nightlife, with Madison Square Garden and the entire Broadway district seeing multiple shows cancelled due to the the power outage. As a result, StubHub has refunded more than $500,000 worth of tickets for cancelled events. According to a statement from the company, the StubHub [...]
The L.A. County District Attorney’s office has filed 64 counts against Girard Saenz, the man who allegedly kept a stockpile of more than 1,000 weapons at a Bel-Air home linked to the Getty family. Saenz is accused of illegal possession of assault weapons, transferring handguns without a dealer license, possession of short-barreled shotguns, and possession [...]
Fox Corporation is the latest to benefit from stronger-than-expected trends in TV ad spending, as the company notched strong gains in advertising commitments for its next cycle of programming – its first since selling off a large chunk of its media assets to Walt Disney. Ad demand was stronger than many executives anticipated, according to [...]
BMI today announced that David Levin has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Licensing, effective immediately. In his newly expanded role, Levin is responsible for all of BMI’s domestic licensing and revenue generation, encompassing radio, television, digital media, cable, satellite and general licensing. Levin, who will oversee teams in New York and Nashville, reports [...]
Warner Music Group has acquired First Night Record, an independent record label for West End and Broadway musical theatre cast recordings. The company will be overseen by WMG’s Arts Music Division, led by President Kevin Gore. First Night co-founder John Craig will join the Arts Music team under a multi-year consulting agreement to identify and record musical theatre productions in [...]
If nothing else, the producers of Woodstock 50 are persistent. After two permit applications to hold the troubled festival at the Vernon Downs racetrack in Upstate New York were rejected by the town of Vernon codes office, the producers and venue owner Jeffrey Gural today invited the local community “to embrace the Festival’s spirit of [...]
Sydney, Australia, is to be home to Industrial Light & Magic’s fifth production hub. The Disney-owned special effects company currently has facilities in San Francisco, Vancouver, London and Singapore. The decision to open the Sydney outpost was announced Monday local time by executive creative director and head of ILM Rob Bredow, ILM executive Luke Hetherington, [...]