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Channing Dungey Named Warner Bros. TV Group Chairman

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Former Netflix executive Channing Dungey will take over as chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group.

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  • Dungey will succeed Peter Roth, who stepped down from the studio on Friday after 22 years. She previously left her position as VP of Original Content and head of drama at Netflix just over a week ago.
  • This news follows the departure of WBTV President Susan Rovner. Rovner was widely considered to be Roth’s successor to become chairman, but left to join Entertainment Content for NBCUniversal’s TV and streaming unit.
  • Dungey’s division is now part of WarnerMedia’s Studios and Networks Group, which oversees WB Pictures Group, HBO, DC, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT, and TruTV.
  • Dungey spent nearly two years at Netflix and brought on several original series including Octavia Spencer’s Self Made: Inspired By The Life of Madam CJ Walker and Darren Starr’s Emily in Paris. She was also responsible for deals that brought highly sought-after talent to Netflix such as Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Regina King, and Shonda Rhimes.

“This is a homecoming of sorts for Channing, who was a production executive at Warner Bros. early in her career, and we’re excited to have her rejoin the studio. Channing is one of the most talented, visionary, creative and respected executives working in television today. She has impeccable taste, a breadth of experience covering all platforms and genres, incredible relationships across the creative community and a keen sense of what’s next and how best to get it to audiences.” – Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group

Prior to Netflix, Dungey was president of ABC Entertainment. She was the first Black executive to run a Big Four network entertainment division and she oversaw series like The Good Doctor and Scandal.

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‘Insecure’ star Issa Rae marries Louis Diame in the South of France

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Issa Rae married her fiancé, Louis Diame, in a private ceremony in the South of France this weekend.

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  • The “Insecure” star and co-creator, 36, confirmed the news Monday on her Instagram.

“A) Impromptu photo shoot in a custom @verawang dress. B) My girls came to help me, but they all coincidentally had on the same dress! They were sooooo embarrassed. C) Then I took a few flicks with Somebody’s Husband,” she joked.

  • In the photos, Rae posed in a custom, strapless Vera Wang gown along with a floor-length veil and a bouquet of neutral-colored roses. Her businessman husband, for his part, wore a red velvet suit by Dolce & Gabbana.  Rae also shared picture of her five bridesmaids in matching mauve dresses. Each of them held miniature versions of the bride’s rose bouquet.
  • The photos were geo-tagged at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a French commune overlooking the Ligurian Sea.  Engagement rumors sparked in early 2019 when Rae wore a giant diamond ring on the cover of Essence. Reps for Rae wouldn’t comment on the relationship at the time, but her “Insecure” co-stars confirmed the news shortly after.
Congratulations to the newly weds!

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Live Nation Announces $20 All-in Tickets Summer Concert Campaign

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Live Nation announced its “Return to Live” summer concert campaign, offering fans $20 all-in tickets to nearly 1,000 shows this year.

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  • In a statement via Livenation.com the company proclaimed “the time is here to get outside and catch live music with friends, family and loved ones at over 40 Live Nation amphitheaters all across the country.” There are country, latin, metal, pop, and rock shows for fans to choose from. Lil Baby, Rod Wave, Pitbull and Trippie Redd are among the hip hop artists participating in the promotion.
  • Two months after Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino held a conference call to discuss the company’s financial results for the first quarter of 2021. Live Nation’s quarterly revenues were decimated by 98% last summer and 95% in the fall. Rapino also mentioned Live Nation was communicating with artists about scheduling tour dates safely. According to Rapino, at the time, there were some acts comfortable with performing this summer, and others who preferred to wait until 2022.

“Artists are patient and smart, we’re not looking to cram three years into one. Spread [the postponed tours] over two years and you find enough weekends.”

  • Rapino revealed that the pandemic also allowed Live Nation time to discuss new products that will help the company think differently about the fan and the artist. An increased virtual approach is one of the methods the company plans to pursue. Rapino said he’s “very confident that the next couple of years” will include new models for subscription and ad-business ideas as well as NFTs becoming a big attraction.

T-Mobile and Sprint customers will receive exclusive 24-hour early access to grab the $20 all-in tickets beginning Tuesday, July 27th. Everyone else can get their tix Wednesday, July 28th on Live Nation’s website.

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Pop Smoke’s ‘Faith’ Debuts At No. 1 On The ‘Billboard’ Album Charts

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Pop Smoke has the No. 1 album in America.  The rapper died February 19, 2020.

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  • A little over a year after the world received his posthumous debut album, Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon, Pop Smoke’s team regrouped to unveil another one, entitled Faith. It arrived earlier this month, with 20 songs and appearances from Kanye West, Pusha T, Rick Ross, The-Dream, 42 Dugg, 21 Savage, Dua Lipa, and many more. A week and a half after its release, Faith just became the second No. 1 album for the late musician.
  • The album debuted atop the Billboard 200 for the chart dated July 31. Faith achieved this by selling 88,000 total album units, with 83,000 of that being streaming equivalent album units, thanks to over 113 million on-demand streams of the album’s tracks. Pure albums sales contributed an additional 4,000 units to its first week numbers. Faith joins Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon as the No. 1 projects in Pop Smoke’s catalog, and it makes for his third album to enter the top 10 of the Billboard 200.

  • Faith debut atop the album charts comes days after a deluxe edition of the project was released. In total, four songs with guest appearances from G Herbo, OnPointLikeOP, Killa, Dread Woo, and Travi were added to the album.

Fans on social media have praised the album and continue to celebrate Pop Smoke as ‘one of the greatest rappers of our time.’

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