Russell Simmons is reuniting with HBO. The media mogul has signed a two-year first-look deal with the cable network. Under the deal, Simmons will create and develop projects for HBO. In years past, HBO was home to Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam, which helped propel the careers of several African American comedians. And the cult favorite, Def Poetry that featured many industry legends reciting some amazing poems.
According to a source:
HBO has the right of “first refusal” on projects Simmons proposes to develop. If they’re not interested and they decline to back it, then Simmons can offer it up to other networks.
SHAKIRA & USHER BACK FOR S6 of ‘THE VOICE’
With season four of The Voice winding down, the question is, ‘who’s judging next season?’ Season four brought in newbie judges Shakira and Usher, replacing original judges Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green, whom left this season to pursue other projects.
Usher and Shakira’s enthusiasm for judging and popularity with fans has landed them back to the show for Season 6 of the singing competition. Christina and Cee-Lo will be back at their posts next season; season 5.
NICKI & MARIAH CALL IT QUITS WITH ‘IDOL’
The American Idol diva face-off has ended. Judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey have officially left their judging posts after one season.
Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!!
Mariah is currently promoting her smash single “#Beautiful” with R&B crooner Miguel, and prepping for a world tour, later this year.