Oscar Troubles: Online Balloting Confusing Some Members; Controversy Over Best Song Omissions

Pete Hammond

There’s exactly one week left to vote for Oscar nominations and there’s still ‘trouble in River City’.

After reporting on all the problems regarding the registration process for the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ initial foray into … Read More »

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Krista Vernoff, Diane Warren, Craig Zadan & Neil Meron Team For Music Dramedy At NBC

By | Thursday October 4, 2012 @ 11:39am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Diane WarrenEXCLUSIVE: Smash executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are developing another hourlong series for NBC in which music plays a key part. The duo is executive producing a dramedy written/executive produced by Grey’s Anatomy alumna Krista Vernoff. It will feature the music catalog of songwriter Diane Warren, who serves as a consulting producer.

Craig Zadan and Neil MeronThe hour-long dramedy centers on a 30-something songwriter who has written the most epic love songs of our time, despite, or perhaps due to the fact that she is painfully unlucky in love. While the logline understandably draws parallels to Warren, the central character is original and not based or inspired by her though the plot represents a fictionalized version of Warren’s career. Warren’s songs are expected to be organically integrated into the narrative with music used in a very different way than the Broadway-themed drama Smash. Warren’s catalog includes such songs as LeAnn Rimes’ How Do I Live, Celine Dion’s Because You Loved Me, Toni Braxton’s Unbreak My Heart and Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing. Read More »

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