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|Wed, April 06, 2011 at 7:03 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
CBS Radio announces that actor, comedian, TV and WXRK (92.3 NOW)/New York morning host Nick Cannon will host of a new weekly countdown show to be broadcast on CBS stations and syndicated by Citadel Media. Cannon's Countdown will be available for both CHR Pop/Rhythmic and Urban stations, featuring a mix of music and celebrity interviews. The four-hour and three-hour shows, respectively, will debut in two dozen markets including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Phoenix, Oklahoma City, New Orleans and Little Rock the weekend of April 23.
Launching in conjunction with Cannon's Countdown is cannonscountdown.com, an online destination showcasing the program's weekly list of the most popular Urban or CHR Pop/Rhythmic songs. The show will be available for streaming online at http://www.cannonscountdown.com and through the Radio.com mobile application. National over-the-air advertising and syndication will be managed by Citadel Media. Dom Theodore, Vice President of CHR/Top 40 Programming for CBS Radio, will serve as executive producer of the programs.
"CBS Radio has been an incredible partner," says Cannon. "With the success that we've had together with my morning show on 92.3 NOW in the New York City tri-state I am thrilled to now have the opportunity to reach radio listeners nationwide with my new Cannon's Countdown show."
CBS Radio SVP of Programming Chris Oliviero added, "Nick is a unique personality who is a trusted source when it comes to music and pop culture for this generation. His uncanny sense of humor and engaging style will bring a new and modern twist to the countdown format and allows him to speak candidly while interviewing guests and breaking down celebrity gossip. With the launch of www.cannonscountdown, Nick will give his audience a 360-degree experience on-air and online while sharing his latest interests and insights via the web."
"Nick Cannon represents a dynamic brand and provides an ideal vehicle for advertisers wanting to reach the young-end consumer," said Ed Rivera, SVP of Sales for Citadel Media. "He has demonstrated his ability to attract top level advertisers and seamlessly integrate their messaging while affording them a connection to his loyal fans. Cannon's Countdown will offer significant opportunities for sponsorships and product integration and our team is looking forward to leading the national sales effort."
Cannon's Countdown will be heard on:
WVIB/Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek
KLAL/Little Rock-Pine Bluff
|Tue, April 05, 2011 at 4:20 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Will and Jaden Smith
Will Smith will co-star with his son Jaden Smith in a futuristic sci-fi adventure, as yet untitled. Will Smith's own production company, Overbrook Entertainment, will produce the film in partnership with M. Night Shyamalan and it will be released through Columbia pictures.
Overbrook Entertainment was started by Will between 1997 and 1999 and is based in Beverly Hills. Overbrook's co-founders, Ken Stovitz and James Lassiter will also be involved in the film's production.
It's an unusual and unique arrangement for Shyamalan, who always likes to maintain complete control over the production of any movie he's involved with. Shyamalan said, "The chance to make a scary science-fiction film starring Jaden and Will is my dream project."
Not many details have been released about the film's plot, but it's rumored to resemble a cross between Smith's I Am Legend (2007) and The Road (2009), which starred Viggo Mortensen. It will be set 1000 years in the future and chronicles a young boy's attempts to find and rescue his estranged father on an abandoned planet Earth, after their ship crashes.
Doug Belgrade, president of Columbia Pictures said, "Night is an outstanding filmmaker who has a tremendous vision for this science-fiction adventure story, and we couldn't be more excited to be working again with Jaden after our experiences on The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) and The Karate Kid (2010). We're thrilled to have the two of them together on this project."