Paul Simon Sells Catalog to Sony Music Publishing

Paul Simon Sells Catalog to Sony Music Publishing
Paul Simon has sold his publishing rights to Sony Music Publishing, the company announced Wednesday — marking the latest blockbuster catalog deal in the booming music-rights acquisition space.

Sony bought the total collection of his catalog, a spokesperson said, but declined to give financial details of the deal.

With the acquisition, Sony now owns one of the most celebrated song catalogs of the past 50 years, including classic tracks like Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer,” “Mrs. Robinson,” and the “Sound of Silence” along with Simon’s solo works like “Me and
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Unscripted TV Agent Brian Speiser Joins ICM Partners

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Unscripted TV Agent Brian Speiser Joins ICM Partners
Exclusive: Veteran reality TV agent Brian Speiser has joined ICM Partners.

Speiser moves to ICM Partners form Apa, where he was a partner and a leading packager in their Alternative & Factual programming division. He has packaged many successful series including A&e’s Emmy-winning Leah Remini: Scientology & the Aftermath.

Prior to joining Apa in 2012, Speiser co-founded the entertainment division of Ipg’s Octagon, where he executive produced the Emmy-nominated It Gets Better for MTV. He began his career in the William Morris Agency mail room in 2005.

Clients joining Speiser include Super Delicious (Food Network’s Cupcake Wars & Halloween Wars), Superjacket, Goodbye Pictures (Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Dallas), Ish Entertainment, Tremendous Entertainment and Wallfly (Quibi’s
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Rupert Penry-Jones, Ryan Corr and David Lyons join ‘The Commons’

Rupert Penry-Jones in ‘The Commons’. (Photo: John Platt)

British actor Rupert Penry-Jones, Ryan Corr (Bloom) and David Lyons have joined the cast of Stan/Playmaker Media’s The Commons.

They join the previously announced headliners Brit Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) and Damon Herriman, most recently seen on film in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and on Foxtel’s Mr Inbetween.

Additionally, the cast will be bolstered by television stalwart John Waters, Fayssal Bazzi (Stateless), Simone McAullay, Andrea Demetriades, Felix Williamson, Inez CurroĢ (Picnic at Hanging Rock), Dominic Ona-Ariki and Zara Michales (Diary of an Uber Driver).

The eight-part high end drama production was created by Aacta Award-winning showrunner Shelley Birse (The Code), who wrote the series with a team including Matt Ford, Michael Miller and Matt Cameron.

Currently being shot across Sydney, the thriller is directed by Jeffrey Walker alongside Rowan Woods and Jennifer Leacey. Described
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Rachel Perkins’ ‘Black Bitch’ to premiere in Toronto

‘Black Bitch’ (Photo credit: John Platt).

The first two episodes of Blackfella FilmsABC political drama Black Bitch will have their world premiere in the Primetime program at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Directed by Rachel Perkins and starring Rachel Griffiths as Australia’s embattled Prime Minister Rachel Anderson and Deborah Mailman as her rival Alex Irving, it’s one of six series from around the world in the line-up.

Perkins said: “News of our acceptance into Toronto, particularly given our series is one of the few chosen from the world, is a high point and a huge relief. Screening at Toronto is also special on a very personal level. It marks the 20th year of my collaboration with Deborah Mailman.

“My career has been built around her prodigious talent and I look forward to following our leading lady onto the red carpet.”

Among the other world premieres will be HBO’s Mrs.
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‘Wife Swap’ Revival: Cmt Sets February Debut for Reality Series’ Return to TV

Cmt announced its winter programming lineup Wednesday, which included the premiere date for the “Wife Swap” revival that the network has dubbed, “the greatest and most successful televised social experiment of our time.”

Per the cabler, each episode of the Cmt revival of the docuseries (which originally ran from 2004-2010 on ABC) will feature two families from different walks of life who switch spouses and slowly learn to embrace their differences to come together and find common ground.

Along with “Wife Swap,” the Cmt’s Thursday night winter primetime block will include “Racing Wives,” an hour-long unscripted series that follows the opulent world of the wives of top race car drivers including Kurt and Kyle Busch, which will premiere Thursday, Jan. 3 at 9/8c, and season two of the docuseries “Music City,” from creator of the “The Hills,” which will air at 10/9c.

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