February 23, 2021 - 09:44 GMT Sharnaz Shahid The Voice UK's Emma Willis shares extremely rare picture of lookalike sisters, Sharon and Rebecca Griffiths. Take a look here... Emma Willis has taken a trip down memory lane, reflecting on the moment she co-presented the 2017 BRIT Awards alongside Dermot O'Leary . On the four-year anniversary of the exciting career highlight on Monday, the TV presenter shared a series of behind-the-scenes photos - including one featuring both her sisters, Sharon and Rebecca Griffiths. MORE: Emma Willis professes love for husband Matt in hilarious selfie Loading the player... WATCH: Emma and Matt Willis unveil major home change "Post-show with my sisters," she simply wrote. Alongside another image, Emma touched upon her nerves from that night. MORE: Emma Willis shares incredible homeschool meal prep with fans during lockdown SEE: Emma Willis shares sweet glimpse into night in with husband Matt "4 years ago, this very night... the long and nerve-wracking walk to hosting The Brit awards, alongside the best in the biz @dermotoleary," she said. "Proper pinch myself moment, and huge tick on the old work wish list." In response, Dermot wrote: "The walk of doom! We were so nervous. Great flying with you xx." The night was clearly a momentous moment, with Emma being able to share the fun with her family. Emma with her sisters at the 2017 BRIT Awards Meanwhile, like the rest of the country, Emma and her husband Matt have spent the last couple of months in the midst of homeschooling. Speaking to Fabulous magazine this week, the mum-of-three admitted this lockdown has been the hardest. MORE: Having a birthday in lockdown at home? 52 quarantine birthday ideas "Some things are better, some things are worse," she said. "The snow was a good thing when everything felt brilliant, the kids were happy and we went in the garden, … [Read more...] about Emma Willis shares extremely rare photo of lookalike sisters
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Photo-Illustration: Vulture and Photos by Getty Images 1912: The U.S. government breaks up the New York–based conglomerate Motion Picture Patents Company, a.k.a. the Movie Trust. This paves the way for a newly formed Universal to open studios in L.A. and attract more of the budding film industry. 1928: Each of the big eight film studios now opens in L.A., ushering in the “Golden Age” of film in Hollywood. At the same time, Schenectady stations W2XB and WGY transmit the first-ever televised drama, The Queen’s Messenger , to Los Angeles. Direct lines between the entertainment industries on the two coasts begin to be drawn. 1938: After more than a decade of operating solely out of New York, radio-broadcast rivals NBC and CBS confirm the pull of L.A. by opening studios there. 1939: The earliest commercial-TV experiments begin with NBC station W2XBS, establishing New York as the new medium’s hub of innovation. 1946: Contrary to conventional East Coast wisdom, director Jerry Fairbanks eschews live broadcast and pioneers multi-cam TV production in L.A. Sitcoms are not far behind. 1948: Vaudeville superstar comic Milton Berle hosts first televised variety show, The Texaco Star Theatre , for NBC in NYC. Growing television audiences go nuts. 1951: Despite a network pull to film in New York, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz insist on shooting I Love Lucy in L.A. The sitcom soon bumps Texaco as the nation’s No. 1 TV hit. 1954: Tonight Starring Steve Allen — late-night variety talk-show precursor to the juggernaut that is The Tonight Show — begins broadcasting from New York’s Hudson Theater. 1956: The Milton Berle Show , descendant of Texaco Star Theatre , ends its broadcast not in New York but in Los Angeles. Despite Berle’s leap west, The Ed Sullivan Show continues to broadcast out of NYC and showcases early nightclub comics such as Phyllis Diller and Jackie Mason. 1963: Budd Friedman opens his first Improvisation club … [Read more...] about The History of Comedians Moving Between NYC and L.A.
Photo: SAG AFTRA Last month, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists — the labor union better known by its acronym SAG-AFTRA, though it’s my understanding most people just call it SAG — approved an “ influencer agreement ,” setting up a pathway for the now-ubiquitous creative class to gain membership and access protections typically afforded to more traditional forms of creative work. I learned this, of course, the same way I learn about most other economic developments in the influencer space, which is by reading Taylor Lorenz, who wrote an informative piece on the matter for The New York Times. What happens in influencer-land is increasingly pertinent to what happens here in podcast-land, in part because influencers as a talent ecosystem have flowed quite a bit into the podcast business in recent years, as they have just almost everywhere else as part of their search for greater revenue diversification. It’s also just interesting to see SAG-AFTRA, a staple component of the broader mainstream entertainment ecosystem which formed out of a 2012 merger between two unions that originated in the thirties, open its doors to this thoroughly modern creative class. It’s a move that theoretically creates value going both ways: As much as this story amounts to some mainstream recognition of this new influencer economy, it’s also about SAG-AFTRA working to keep up with the times. “Making it easier to cover this type of work has been a top priority for our organization,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris in the press release about the approval . “As new ways of storytelling emerge, it’s imperative that we embrace and lift up these artists.” That’s all well and good, of course. The question, however, is the extent to which the union will adequately do that embracing and lifting for all other kinds of emergent artists and industries as well. Around the time the influencer agreement was approved, I spotted a … [Read more...] about Can the Screen Actors Guild and Podcasters Get Along?
“I’m always speechless when I talk about being nominated. I can’t really wrap my head around the fact that I’m making stuff here, where I’m sitting.” Photo: Iris Gottlieb Kaytranada has what every producer strives for: an in-demand signature sound. His records glide fluidly between four-to-the-floor house beats, hip-hop sample-flipping, and P-Funk style 808 bass lines. He honed the technique as a teenager, and it has since grabbed the attention of some all-star collaborators: Pharrell Williams, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Anderson .Paak, and Kendrick Lamar. This year, he’s nominated for three Grammys, including Best Dance/Electronica Album for his 2019 sophomore release, Bubba , and Best New Artist. But Kaytranada is hardly new to music ; at 28, he has been building a career in the industry for more than a decade. Although the recognition may be overdue, the thrill of it hasn’t worn off. “I’m Kaytranada, all the way from Montreal, Canada — been making beats since I was young. And now here I am, [one of the] Best New Artists for the Grammys. It’s really crazy and exciting,” he says. On this week’s episode of Switched on Pop, co-host Charlie Harding spoke with Kaytranada about how his DIY approach to production led him to music’s biggest stage. Charlie: Take me to the start. What got you into making music? Kaytranada: Music was always in me. I always wanted to make music. When I was 14, I found out about software like VirtualDJ, Traktor, and FruityLoops, and I just really went into production and making beats. In my mom’s basement, we had a PC that we had to share with the whole family, and I was making my beats there. Charlie: And you were heavily into DJ culture and remixing songs for SoundCloud; it’s how you took off. What’s the backstory to the one that went viral first, your 2012 remix of Janet Jackson’s “If”? Kaytranada: I was really inspired by this Flying Lotus show that I’d just seen. And that night, I made that remix. Posted … [Read more...] about Kaytranada’s Decade-Long Journey to Best New Artist