2019 "BET Awards" To Recognize Entertainment Mogul Tyler Perry With The Ultimate Icon Award For His Cultural Impact
REGINA HALL WILL HOST THE 19TH ANNUAL AWARDS SHOW AIRING LIVE ON SUNDAY, JUNE 23 FROM MICROSOFT THEATER IN LOS ANGELES AT 8PM ET #BETAWARDS
NEW YORK, June 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today BET Networks announces Tyler Perry will be honored with the Ultimate Icon Award at the 19th annual "BET Awards." The entertainment powerhouse and business mogul will be presented with the Ultimate Icon Award for his continued cultural impact in entertainment. The 2019 "BET Awards" will air LIVE on Sunday, June 23 at 8pm ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on BET.
Tyler Perry, the now world-renowned producer, director, actor, screenwriter, playwright, and author, built his entertainment empire up from meager beginnings. Inspired by a simple piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey, Perry began his career by simply putting his thoughts and life experiences to paper, creating the foundation of his acclaimed catalog of plays, films, television series, and award-winning novels. Taking his iconic character Madea from stage to screen, Perry introduced the world to a "God-fearing, gun-toting, loud-mouthed grandmother," in 2005's "Diary of a Mad Black Woman." He's since gone on to create numerous successful feature films and scripted series like "House of Payne" and "The Haves and The Have Nots" that bring messages of spiritual hope and down-home humor into homes across the country.
In the Fall of 2006, Perry opened a 200,000 square foot studio in Atlanta which during its operation, was home to over 15 films and 800 episodes of Perry's five television series. In 2015, Tyler Perry expanded and opened a state-of-the-art film and television studio on the historic grounds of the former Fort McPherson army base. The new 330-acre campus is one of the largest production studios in the country boasting 40 buildings on the national register of historic places, 11 purpose-build sound stages, 200 acres of green space and an expansive backlot. His unique brand of inspirational entertainment has authentically spoken to and impacted black culture and helped shape the future of black entertainment.
As previously announced, the first group of performers for the 19th annual "BET Awards" include Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Migos, H.E.R., Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lizzo, Mustard, Lil Baby, Yung Miami of City Girls, Lucky Daye and Kiana Ledé. Additionally, Taraji P. Henson, Lena Waithe, Morris Chestnut, Yara Shahidi, and Marsai Martin were also announced as presenters.
The "BET AWARDS" 2019 will simulcast LIVE at 8pm ET across seven Viacom networks in the U.S. including BET, BET HER, MTV, MTV 2, MTV Classic, VH1, and Logo. Internationally, the show will simulcast for the first time on BET Africa at 2 am CAT on June 24th, followed by international broadcasts in the UK on June 24th at 9pm BST, South Korea on June 25that 9 pm KST and in France on June 25th at 9pm CEST. Internationally, BET will honor Best International Act in-show, along with the fan-voted category Best New International Act and BET International Global Good Award during the live red carpet pre-show.
Connie Orlando, Executive Vice-President, Head of Programming at BET will serve as Executive Producer for the "BET Awards" 2019 along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.
BET.com/betawards is the official site for the "BET Awards" and will have all the latest news and updates about this year's show.
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- As a marriage becomes comfortable and a sex life idle, it's common for a couple to wonder about alternative possibilities. "Marriage Killer" takes the viewer on a vicarious journey of the potential danger of inviting the unknown into a stable relationship that has possibly become a bit too routine. The film is thought provoking and suspenseful entertainment, offering VOD audiences a moment of pause to experience the consequences of inviting trouble into their lives.
Available Today on following platforms Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Xfinity, GooglePlay Sony PSN and InDemand.
"Marriage Killer," story told by an award-winning cast about a professionally, socially successful married couple, including Robert, (Jason London) and his wife Morgan, (Barbie Castro). The couple are still in love but seek to add sizzle to the marriage in exploring a "members-only night club." The couple realize the deadly consequences after meeting Isabelle, a sexy and manipulative woman (Kristen Renton), as it impacts the couple and their daughter Abbey, (Taylor Castro). "Marriage Killer" is a suspenseful drama that draws the viewer into an emotionally, tense family journey.
"This film is a reminder of family strengths and the dangers of introducing another person into a relationship that will potentially test the marriage to its limits. I'm excited to release this film to offer opportunities for thought provoking conversations and engaging entertainment." Barbie Castro, President of Concord Films.
"Marriage Killer" is the winner of four prestigious awards including Barbie Castro, "Best Actress in a Leading Role," Taylor Castro, "Best Young Actress" by Actors Awards LA, and winner of "Best Supporting Actress" at The NYC International Film Festival. "Marriage Killer" also won a Silver Award at the California Film Awards.
Written by David Chester. Cast includes Jason London ("Dazed and Confused"), Barbie Castro("Killer Island" and "Boyfriend Killer"), Kristen Renton("Days of our Lives") and Taylor Castro ("Dream Killer" and "Girlfriend Killer"). Executive producers Eric R. Castro and Barbie Castro, directed by Bernard Salzmann, and composed by Chad Rehmann.
Benching the NBA's superstars has significant impact on the price of secondary tickets, game attendance, and TV ratings, and results in millions of dollars in welfare losses
New MIT Sloan Management Review Counterpoints podcast interview explores the economic impact of sitting NBA superstars and raises questions about how much teams owe fans when making on-the-court decisions.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 2, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- The NBA is widely regarded as a "superstar-driven league." However, superstar players are often intentionally rested by teams, and this practice has serious impact on fan welfare and, ultimately, on the business of basketball. Just how much is everyone losing when stars sit out? And how much do teams owe fans when deciding which of their star players to rest, and when? To get to the bottom of these questions, Berkeley PhD candidate Scott Kaplan investigated the economic impact and impact on fan welfare of the NBA's biggest stars sitting in suits rather than sweating in jerseys. He reveals his findings in "The Economic Impact of Sitting Superstars," Episode 14 of Counterpoints, the sports analytics podcast from MIT Sloan Management Review.
"Research shows there is evidence that ticket prices fall when star players don't play, especially for some of the most popular superstars like Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, and Anthony Davis," says Scott Kaplan, who presented his paper detailing the economic impact of NBA superstars at the 2019 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. "These unforeseen absences leave fans watching a game of much lower quality or having to sell their tickets for a much lower price than they paid for them."
To measure this impact, Kaplan studied listed price changes in the secondary ticket marketplace associated with a specific superstar's absence for a game. He discovered that when star players were benched, the ticket value decreased 9%-24%, or $9.00-$33.00 per ticket. Over a season, this can lead to millions of dollars in welfare losses.
Kaplan found that the percentage of decrease in ticket value depended on the benching of certain players, like Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, who exhibited much larger away game absence effects, while others like Anthony Davis and Kristaps Porziņģis experienced much larger home game absence effects. Further, the negative impact of a superstar absence was much smaller for games played in larger markets.
Kaplan emphasizes that the impact of sitting players has downstream effects beyond decreases in secondary-market ticket prices. Fan welfare is damaged, as fans don't believe they are getting the value of the ticket they paid for. Teams have to deal with empty seats and consequently, the game's in-person experience suffers. Television networks feel the impact of decreased viewership.
"This analysis has significant ramifications for NBA policies on resting or suspending players and announcement timing of player absences, team decision-making on dynamic pricing, signing free agents, drafting or trading players, and scheduling promotional events, secondary ticket marketplace pricing algorithms, and potential ticket insurance schemes to protect fans from risk associated with these absences," says Scott Kaplan.
His research and data also provoke the questions: Could a player's popularity also become a burden? How should the league mitigate the negative impact on sitting superstars on fan welfare? Should teams take a longer-term planning approach and announce a schedule when players would sit? Will TV networks embed a performance clause in their contracts? And ultimately: How much does the NBA and individual team management owe fans when making on-the-court decisions?
Scott Kaplan and Counterpoints host Paul Michelman, editor in chief of MIT Sloan Management Review, engage in a lively and data-driven discussion to explore these questions and more.
To listen to the full episode, please visit the podcast.
Tickets Go on Sale Saturday, May 4, 2019 Shows Begin Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019
LAS VEGAS, May 1, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Singer, dancer, choreographer and pop legend Paula Abdul will headline her new Las Vegas residency "Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl" at Flamingo Las Vegas beginning Aug. 13, 2019. The remarkable multimedia experience will highlight Abdul's incomparable career through song, dance and stories of her three-decade career ride atop the charts and entertaining millions of fans worldwide. She will sing and dance her way through her biggest hits and even reveal some behind the scenes fun during American Idol. Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. with a presale for Caesars Rewards members, Caesars Entertainment's loyalty program and Ticketmaster customers on Friday, May 3 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.
"It's a real thrill to have the iconic Flamingo Las Vegas welcome me to their stage," said Paula Abdul. "After 30 years as an entertainer, I can't think of any better place to showcase my love for performing than Las Vegas."
Having been a force in the music industry since her debut album Forever Your Girl hit the charts in 1988, Paula Abdul is the first female to ever receive four No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 singles off a debut album. One of those singles, and arguably Abdul's most recognized hit, "Straight Up," is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. After first making her mark as a Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader and choreographer, Abdul focused her talents on music.
Her debut album, Forever Your Girl, hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 1989, completing a record 64-week climb to the top spot. The album also generated four No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 singles in 1989-90, a first for a debut. Her 1991 LP, Spellbound, also topped the Billboard 200 and spun off two more Hot 100 No. 1s. As she gained a new generation of fans as a judge on American Idol, she added a No. 2 hit, "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow," on the Dance Club Songs chart in 2008 with then-fellow judge Randy Jackson. In Abdul's 30-plus year career, she has earned six No. 1 songs, eight Top 10 and 15 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2018, Abdul traveled the U.S. for the sold-out "Straight Up PAULA!" tour, her first solo headlining tour in over 25 years. To date, Abdul ranks No. 10 on Billboard's All Time Top 200 Albums by Women.
"Paula Abdul is a phenomenal talent with a celebrated history of record-breaking hit songs, and she has garnered a long list of extraordinary accomplishments since hitting the world's stage," said Eileen Moore, president of Flamingo Las Vegas. "We are extremely excited to welcome Paula to our family of superstar entertainers, and we are certain "Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl" will have guests on their feet and dancing in the aisles."
Tickets are available Saturday, May 4 for the dates listed below:
Aug. 13, 15 – 17
Oct. 22, 24 – 26
Nov. 26, 28 – 30
Dec. 23 – 24, 27 – 28, 31
Jan. 1, 3 – 4
"Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl" performs at 8 p.m. in the showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas, with a limited number of meet and greet packages available for purchase. Tickets start at $69 (additional service fees apply) and are available at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office, by calling 702-777-2782 or 855-234-7469 or online at ticketmaster.com/paulaabdul. For groups of 10 or more call (866) 574-3851 or email EntertainmentGroupSales@Caesars.com.
R.U.N: First Live Action Thriller by Cirque du Soleil Will Premiere at Luxor in Las Vegas in Fall 2019
LAS VEGAS, April 30, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is excited to announce R.U.N – a groundbreaking new show and the entertainment group's first live action thriller, premiering at Luxor this fall. R.U.N is an unprecedented entertainment experience, using live action performance, cutting-edge technology and multimedia to explore the world of stunts.
Audiences will be plunged into a sensory experience where special effects collide with human performance, pushing viewers to the edge of their seats. Chapter by chapter, guests will be taken through a gritty, cinematic story featuring bold, rebellious and fearless characters. The show will follow two clans in an adrenaline-filled adventure where a striking bride leads a series of fast-paced chases, combat and stunts through the fictional dark underground of Las Vegas.
Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, said, "R.U.N is very different from the other shows within the Cirque du Soleil portfolio. With R.U.N, we will reinvent the concept of a thriller, drawing inspiration from action movies and graphic novels. This action-packed live performance happening in front of and around the audience, will offer a new form of entertainment to a more diversified Las Vegas guest. We are really excited to bring this unique and edgy concept to Luxor."
An innovative and distinctive show that will push the limits of a live entertainment experience, R.U.N is the 10th partnership between Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts International.
"Throughout MGM Resorts' more than 25-year relationship with the creative geniuses at Cirque du Soleil, we have watched them deliver spectacle after spectacle, wowing guests from around the world and giving them new reasons to visit," said George Kliavkoff, MGM Resorts' President of Entertainment & Sports. "This fall, the launch of R.U.N at Luxor, a show that represents a complete departure from anything Cirque du Soleil has created before, will mark a new and exciting phase of this very successful partnership."
R.U.N will begin performances on October 24, 2019 and play in the R.U.N Theater at Luxor Hotel and Casino Wednesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and start at $69 plus tax and applicable fees. Tickets can be purchased by visiting RUNLASVEGAS.com, by calling (702) 352-0221, or (855) 706-5433 as of May 1, or in-person at the R.U.N Theater box office.