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Posts Tagged ‘Sean “Diddy” Combs’

Diddy Wants to Save the Music Video (Good Luck With That)

One type of content we haven’t seen recently on broadcast television: the music video. Sean “Don’t Call Me Puffy” Combs wants to change that, and Time Warner Cable thinks he might be able to do it. This week he’s pushing his new Revolt TV venture as “the ESPN of music”, offering both your standard videos and some “behind the music” “news and information programming” (aka Snoop trying and failing to form a coherent thought).

So…a dated performer promoting a dated concept? It’s win-win!

It’s tough to make a video stand out without a little gratuitous nudity or a movie tie-in; the days of renting a suburban California mansion and turning a 48-hour party into a three-minute video are long gone. In other words, Diddy had better bring out the big guns: more famous friends, more flaming pianos.

On a side note, he can do comedy:

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Top PR Man Tied to Troubled Fundraiser

Staten Island State Representative Michael Grimm has a big PR problem on his hands—and it’s threatening to extend to some well-known faces within the industry itself.

The big news: On Friday, federal authorities arrested Israeli national Ofer Biton, who happens to be one of Grimm’s top fundraisers, and charged him with immigration fraud. The government has accused Biton of lying about his business ventures and extorting funds in an effort to win a permanent US visa–but this isn’t the first time he’s attracted suspicion.

Biton was a top aide to Upper East Side rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto until 2010, and investigators “have been investigating the possibility” that he was responsible for the disappearance of up to $6 million originally belonging to members of Pinto’s yeshiva. Biton solicited a good deal of cash from this crowd in support of State Rep. Grimm, and the rabbi’s followers believe that he also pocketed millions of dollars meant to go to politicians and related charities. Biton has even been accused of leaking negative stories about Pinto to reporters and then using the bad press to blackmail him into hiring a professional representative.

The big PR name in this sundry tale is that of Ronn Torossian.

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‘Diddy,’ ‘Magic’ to Launch New Comcast Channels

Sean “Diddy” Combs and Earvin “Magic” Johnson are each starting their own TV channels Comcast announced today. The new stations come as part of the deal Comcast made when it merged with NBCUniversal. Comcast will launch 10 independent stations over the next eight years. Eight of those stations will have African-American or Hispanic owners and operators.

Diddy’s station, Revolt, will launch in 2013 and focus on music and pop culture with a strong social media component. Magic Johnson’s network, Aspire, will debut in the summer and will focus on family programming targeting African-American audiences.

Also launching is El Rey, an English-language station targeting Hispanic viewers. Robert Rodriguez, the filmmaker behind Sin City, the Spy Kids franchise, and El Mariachi, is one of the names behind that venture. El Rey is coming in January 2014 and will focus on everything from news and documentaries to music and sports.

And finally, BabyFirst Americas is coming in April, targeting babies and their parents with offerings to improve verbal, math, and motor skills.

You can read the press release announcement here.

[via Multichannel News and The Hollywood Reporter. Image: "Magic" Johnson]