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.
Top showbiz attorney Bruce Ramer has been reappointed to the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the nonprofit org that administers federal funding for public broadcasting. Ramer, a partner at Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman, was elected chair of the CPB board in October. He previously served as board chair from 2010-2012. His [...]
The marriage of National Geographic Partners and Disney, which becomes official today, is the proverbial brand match made in heaven. Disney is taking over the stewardship of Nat Geo Partners — a joint venture with the National Geographic Society — as part of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. The transition comes at a time [...]
When NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said goodbye to his job in September after eight years, he became a free agent just when the largest players in media were taking a hard look at their management ranks. At the time, a top TV producer dubbed Greenblatt a “lethal weapon” that could be drawn by any [...]
Hollywood is fixated on the federal investigation into a massive college admissions scam. It’s a scheme that has all the ingredients of a ripping yarn, a portrait of the corrosive influence of celebrity and wealth in higher education. It’s also a story that has deep links to the entertainment industry. Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, [...]
Songtrust, the digital rights-management platform cofounded by Downtown Music Publishing’s Justin Kalifowitz, today announced that Joe Conyers III has been elevated to Chief Strategy Officer. According to the announcement, as co-founder and GM of Songtrust for the past eight years, Conyers has led the company from prototype to servicing over 20,000 publishers to collect their [...]
UPDATED: 21st Century Fox said Tuesday it has completed the distribution of shares to birth the Fox Corporation. “21CF and FOX are now each a standalone, publicly traded company,” 21st Century Fox said in a statement issued at 8:30 a.m. ET. The separation of new and old Fox begins a new era for the Murdoch [...]
Earlier this month, Amazon, Google, SiriusXM and Spotify challenged the Copyright Royalty Board’s decision to increase the compulsory mechanical rates paid to songwriters by 44% over the next five years. The streamers have come under fierce criticism for the move, which they claim is over the complexities of the CRB’s rules but is widely assumed [...]