Paramount, Universal Gear Up for Super Bowl Commercials

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Paramount, Universal Gear Up for Super Bowl Commercials
Lights, camera, Super Bowl: Viacom’s Paramount and Comcast’s Universal will run advertising in NBC’s coming broadcast of Super Bowl LII, according to spokespersons for the studios, suggesting that movie trailers will – yet again – likely represent a healthy portion of the glitzy commercials supporting the game. Movies are typically one of the biggest categories […]
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The parade after the Rose Parade: About 200 march for universal health care

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The parade after the Rose Parade: About 200 march for universal health care
About 200 protesters marched down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena on Monday at the conclusion of the Rose Parade in support of universal health care. The marchers waved signs saying, “Medicare for all” and “Public health not corporate wealth” and sang songs emphasizing the need for a health care plan that will cover all Americans. “What […]
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Universal Music signs multiyear licensing deal with Facebook

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Universal Music signs multiyear licensing deal with Facebook
Universal Music Group just became the first major music label to license its recorded music and videos on Facebook. The global, multiyear deal will enable users of Facebook, as well as its Instagram app and Oculus virtual reality platform, to upload videos that contain licensed music. They’ll also be able to personalize their music experiences…
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Hot Butterbeer returns to Universal Studios’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the holiday season

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Hot Butterbeer returns to Universal Studios’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the holiday season
Butterbeer is a delightfully decadent wizarding beverage that those familiar with the Harry Potter franchise know is the favorite drink of the students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The popular butterscotch-flavored drink has been served in regular and frozen form on beverage carts and inside Hog’s Head Pub since The Wizarding World of […]
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Universal Launches Sound of Vinyl: A ‘Tinder for Record Collectors’ Curated by Henry Rollins

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Universal Launches Sound of Vinyl: A ‘Tinder for Record Collectors’ Curated by Henry Rollins
Universal Music Group’s The Sound of Vinyl project is turning everyday into Record Store Day. Imagine a Tinder for LPs, with text-messaged recommendations that offer daily suggestions based on the algorithms of your profile and past purchases (with links to order).  You can also text specific requests. The site, which had been in beta, launches […]
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How producer Jason Blum got his bloody fingerprints all over Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights

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How producer Jason Blum got his bloody fingerprints all over Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights
Even as a kid, Jason Blum was always over-the-top with Halloween. With the help and influence of his mother, each year around Sept. 1 he’d start to construct his own handmade costume made of mostly carefully molded papier-mâché and paint. He’d proudly strut the neighborhood dressed as Godzilla or the abominable snowman, gladly accepting any […]
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Wolf Films Veteran Danielle Gelber Re-Ups Deal With Universal TV

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Wolf Films Veteran Danielle Gelber Re-Ups Deal With Universal TV
The news comes after she recently launched her own television production company, Acoustic Productions. read more
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Universal Signs First-Look Deal With 'Girls Trip' Director Malcolm D. Lee

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Universal Signs First-Look Deal With 'Girls Trip' Director Malcolm D. Lee
Lee has made five of his nine films with the studio. read more
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Court Voids Universal Music Group's $31 Million Deal With Prince Estate

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Court Voids Universal Music Group's $31 Million Deal With Prince Estate
UMG still controls the rights to administer Prince’s publishing worldwide, as well as to make his merchandise. read more
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Universal Music's Lucian Grainge Gets Cannes Lions Honor

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Universal Music's Lucian Grainge Gets Cannes Lions Honor
“Today I hunt for brands, digital platforms and new thoughts in technology,” said the former talent scout who is credited with saving the music biz. read more
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'Criminal Minds' and 'Mudbound' Writer Inks Overall Deal With Universal Television

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'Criminal Minds' and 'Mudbound' Writer Inks Overall Deal With Universal Television
Virgil Williams is exiting the CBS drama and will develop new projects for NBC’s studio counterpart. read more
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Universal TV Bolsters Drama Department With Erin Underhill, Vivian Cannon

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Universal TV Bolsters Drama Department With Erin Underhill, Vivian Cannon
Underhill has been promoted to senior vp, while Cannon joins the studio after a long collaboration at Original Film. read more
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Disney, Universal Among Partners for New PGA Enviromental Production Intiative

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Disney, Universal Among Partners for New PGA Enviromental Production Intiative
NBC, Sony and Warner Bros. are also among the partners that contributed to the guild’s Green Production Guide. read more
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Universal Music Group Donating $500,000 to Manchester Victims

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Universal Music Group Donating $500,000 to Manchester Victims
Many of the headlining artists of the One Love Manchester benefit show are making their own donations as well. read more
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Universal Wins Movie Rights to "Modern Love" Column "You May Want to Marry My Husband" (Exclusive)

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Universal Wins Movie Rights to "Modern Love" Column "You May Want to Marry My Husband" (Exclusive)
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who had terminal cancer, created a dating profile for her husband in the heartbreaking New York Times essay. read more
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'Get Out' Filmmaker Jordan Peele Signs First-Look Deal With Universal (Exclusive)

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'Get Out' Filmmaker Jordan Peele Signs First-Look Deal With Universal (Exclusive)
Under the two-year deal, the studio stakes a claim to Peele’s next film, an untitled social thriller that he will write, direct and produce. read more
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Christmas is coming! Universal Orlando will finally introduce a…

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Christmas is coming! Universal Orlando will finally introduce a…
Christmas is coming! Universal Orlando will finally introduce a new Christmas experience for the first time at its wildly popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Get the details!
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Amazon’s first German series is a universal story of stolen identity

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Amazon’s first German series is a universal story of stolen identity
“You Are Wanted,” Amazon’s first original series from Germany, premieres Friday in the US — and in over 200 countries and territories worldwide. The dark, Kafka-esque drama stars Matthias Schweighöfer (“Valkyrie”) as Lukas Franke, manager of the Waldorf Astoria in Berlin, whose identity is hacked during a citywide blackout by a person (or persons) bent…
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Universal Music's Michele Anthony Named UJA Music Visionary of the Year

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Universal Music's Michele Anthony Named UJA Music Visionary of the Year
“She is an inspiration,” says Glassnote’s Daniel Glass. read more
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