New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Deal Involves Live Concert Documentary, Unreleased Masters, Hologram Live Concert & Additional Feature Film Of Holographic Concert.
Even though AMG Visuals' Chairman Mark S. Berry can be an uncompromising guy, when he had a chance to get involved with making a movie about James
Brown two years ago, he chose to wait until the family was ready as he knew their involvement would be an invaluable asset to the success of the project. That patience has paid off big time. AMG Visuals has reached an agreement with Loochie Records And Publishing LLC/James Brown Family and is now moving forward with what it hopes will be the ultimate live-concert documentary film on the man whose vocal wizardry and dance sensibilities made him one of the most iconic stars in soul/pop history.
AMG has established a theatrical street date of October 2015 that will be produced by Berry and its international team of producers Kevin
Stallings & Ryan Hamsho. Mark S. Berry and AMG's EVP Rob "Kelo" Hendricks will executive produce for AMG. Best of all, Brown's best known tunes, from Sex Machine, Get Up Off That Thing to Living In America, will be used as part of the films live soundtrack that was Mr. Brown's last live recorded performance in Anaheim, California, just prior to his death in 2006. AMG had negotiated directly with Stallings whom directed the live portion of the concert. Potential interviewees include family members of James
Brown, the JB's Fred Wesley
Ray (Brown's long timer friend and MC), singer Chris Brown, Bootsy Collins and many more.
Also in the deal are multiple unreleased James
Brown audio masters (not from the film) that will become a duet CD (along the lines of Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable
") with some of today's biggest pop/urban stars for a release in 2016. There will be a further future live concert development of the project in preserving and promoting the great talent and contribution of James
Brown to the Music
and Performing Arts.
Guy Morel in Australia is on board as a Co-Executive Producer with regards to the DUETS LIVE CONCERT and the Holographic imaging of James
Brown. A performance including holographic, state of the art technology and fellow artists at a major performance venue in the USA for 2016 will be announced soon. Co Executive Producer Morel adds, "We want to get this right so it's an event worthy of Mr. Brown's great talent and contribution to the arts. Some of the music industries major artists, promoters and legals want this to be the first of many projects in the preservation and promotion of this great performers iconic talents".
This show would be an entire evening of Holographic Duets with the artists that perform on the Duet CD with inter-cut James
Brown interview/family footage along with archival as well. This will be a huge international event and bring an entire new generation of listeners to James
Brown music. Berry and Morel and their team see this as their way of giving back to an industry that's forever evolving but knowing that the foundation should be maintained and preserved. Morel is currently scouting partners for the Holographic imaging.
Daryl Brown, Mr. Brown's son says, "I have never been so excited about a project, Kevin
Stallings has really captured the great essence of my father from the footage already shot. Mark Berry and AMG are the right team to see it come to fruition for a theatrical, broadcast & DVD release of the film properties and the duet CD. It is right there with the feelings I got when I first stepped on stage with my father".
Stallings adds," I would like to thank my creator, the James
Brown family & associates for trusting me and being a part of a memorable production based on the legacy James
Brown established throughout his ground-breaking career as one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Mark Berry's vision of introducing the James
Brown of yester-year through the superstar Duet CD will see this legacy continue to a whole new audience".
"Being involved with such a high profile project from the films to the audio Duet CD is needless to say humbling; I could not be more excited to be teaming up with Loochie, Daryl Brown and the family of James
Brown. Their passion and vision for the films and unreleased masters felt like the perfect strategy to bring it to international audiences," says AMG's Chairman Mark S. Berry. "It's been an amazing ride so far with such a great and supportive team on board, we are thrilled to be moving forward."
This will be a big scale picture for AMG's Berry, who recently worked alongside Hendricks as Co-Executive Producers on the live DRAKE HOMECOMING - The Lost Footage, which teamed Drake, Rap-A-Lot's James
& Jas Prince
for an exhilarating live film released through Specticast & AMC/Cineplex to 1200 theaters worldwide in March of 2015.
About Mark S. Berry & AMG:
AMG is a leading Toronto based entertainment & media company with an unparalleled client list of artists and content creators across film, television, music and digital media. Led by an experienced and innovative management team, AMG was formed in 1998 by international record producer, engineer & mixer Mark S. Berry, Music
Producer and operates under his leadership as Chairman. Berry, whose extensive production, engineering & re-mixing talents has earned him 36 international gold & platinum records for such notable Grammy & Juno nominated musical icons as, Davie Bowie, Duran Duran, Yes, Boy George, Billy Idol, Kool & The Gang, Cameo, Carly Simon, Joan Jett
& many, many more. The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices in NYC, LA, Hong Kong, Seoul & Beijing.
Through its partner companies, including award-winning global creative music supervision agency AttackTrax, AMG also provides clients with unique music advertising, music brand integration and marketing opportunities across traditional, social media, mobile, film, television and gaming platforms. Already the owner of an extensive music publishing catalogue in affiliation with BMG Music, AMG's mission is to target potential acquisitions in the music, film & television industries ranging from independent record labels, artists, writers, DVD, feature length films, extreme sports content to purchases in the music publishing sector. AMG's focus is music distribution through its deal with Universal Music
Group Distribution, the insertions of music into international feature film & television, as well as the development of reality based and documentary television programming.
AttackTrax is one of the world's leading providers of 100% pre-cleared production music in all media. AttackTrax is committed to quality and offers 10,000+ tracks of music in all genres from world renowned music publishing catalogs. Previous AttackTrax insertions have included Making of The Matrix
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