Feb 112017
 
Charlie Wilson To Perform at Microsoft Theater

Additional L.A. concert added due to popular demand!

CHARLIE WILSON

IN IT TO WIN IT TOUR

FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST FANTASIA & JOHNNY GILL

BY OVERWHELMING DEMAND A SECOND SHOW JUST ADDED

MARCH 9TH AT MICROSOFT THEATER

 

Due to overwhelming fan demand, eleven-time Grammy nominee, Charlie Wilson, has just announced a second Los Angeles concert has just been added to his upcoming national tour “In It To Win It” which will now include two unforgettable nights at Microsoft Theater on March 8 & 9, 2017.

“In It To Win It” is also the title of Wilson’s new album, slated for release on February 17th, featuring musical guests Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Robin Thicke, Wiz Khalifa, and the first single from the album, “I’m Blessed.”

Tickets for the newly announced LA show go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 10th at 10am at AXS.com.

For information on presale tickets, VIP packages or to purchase tickets visit charliewilsonmusic.com.

“I am excited about being on the road with my friends Grammy-Award winner, Fantasia, and four time Grammy-Award nominee, Johnny Gill,” stated Wilson. “As usual, folks should come prepared for a party. I am looking forward to performing my new single, ‘I’m Blessed’ together with some music from my new album and my classic hits.”

“2017 is going to be an epic year for Charlie Wilson,” stated Michael Paran, Wilson’s manager and CEO of P Music Group. “The new album represents some of the best music Charlie has recorded in his career thus far. He has a very diverse fan base and there is something on this album for everyone.”

Charlie Wilson has received numerous awards during his critically-acclaimed career including eleven Grammy nominations and a 2013 BET Lifetime Achievement Award which included performances by Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, and India Arie.

 

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Feb 022017
 
2017 Academy Awards

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OSCAR® WINNERS LEONARDO DICAPRIO, BRIE LARSON, MARK RYLANCE AND ALICIA VIKANDER RETURN TO THE OSCARS® STAGE

Academy Award® winners Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander will present at the 89th Oscars, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced today. All return to the Oscars stage after winning last year in their respective acting categories. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live on Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network.

DiCaprio won last year for Actor in a Leading Role for “The Revenant.” He was previously nominated for his performances in “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013), for which he also received a Best Picture nomination, “Blood Diamond” (2006), “The Aviator” (2004) and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (1993). His film credits also include “The Great Gatsby” (2013), “Django Unchained” (2012) and “J. Edgar” (2011).

Larson’s performance in “Room” earned her an Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role. She has also appeared in “Trainwreck” (2015) and “Short Term 12” (2013). Her upcoming films include “Captain Marvel,” “Kong: Skull Island,” “The Glass Castle” and “Unicorn Store.”

Rylance won for Actor in a Supporting Role for “Bridge of Spies.” His other film credits include “The BFG” (2016) and the upcoming features “Dunkirk” and “Ready Player One.” A prolific stage actor, he earned Tony Awards for his performances in “Twelfth Night,” “Jerusalem” and “Boeing-Boeing.”

Vikander won for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Danish Girl.” Her recent film credits include “The Light between Oceans” (2016), “Jason Bourne” (2016), “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” (2015) and “Ex Machina” (2015). Her upcoming films include “Euphoria,” “Submergence” and “Tomb Raider.”

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by De Luca and Todd and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, also will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 7,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

 

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Nov 282016
 

Superstar Group Il Volo To Come To L.A.

INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTARS IL VOLO ANNOUNCE NEW U.S. DATES FOR 2017 TOUR

The Global Superstars Launch Notte Magica – A Tribute to The Three Tenors Tour at Radio City Music Hall on March 4th

Tickets On Sale Friday, December 2nd

VIP packages Will Be Available For Sale

 

IL VOLO announced they are performing concerts once more across North America in 2017. The vocal trio are set to launch Notte Magica – A Tribute to The Three Tenors tour in New York on March 4th at the world famous Radio City Music Hall. The tour will culminate in Atlanta on April 3rd at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

“We are looking forward to seeing our U.S fans once more and honored to perform for them our new music which we are very excited about!” said IL VOLO.

IL VOLO is set to pay homage to their biggest inspiration, The Three Tenors, and their tour will be very much like the concert they filmed in Florence this past July, at Italy’s famed Piazza di Santa Croce. This spectacular concert was the setting for their special airing on PBS this Fall.

For general information about the Notte Magica – A Tribute to The Three Tenors tour, please visit: www.ilvolomusic.com

  • 3/4/2017 New York City, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
  • *3/7/2017 Philadelphia, PA @ Verizon Hall at Kimmel Center (on sale 12/9)
  • 3/9/2017 Washington, DC @ MGM National Harbor
  • 3/11/2017 Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods
  • 3/14/2017 Boston, MA @ Wang Theatre
  • 3/16/2017 Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
  • 3/18/2017 Chicago, IL @ Civic Opera House
  • 3/20/2017 Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
  • 3/23/2017 Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater
  • 3/25/2017 Las Vegas @ Park Theater (Monte Carlo Resort & Casino)
  • 3/27/2017 San Jose, CA @ City National Civic
  • 3/30/2017 Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay PAC (Straz Center)
  • 4/1/2017 Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
  • *4/3/2017 Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony Hall (on sale 12/9)

About IL VOLO:
In just a few years IL VOLO have performed worldwide, released top-selling albums, toured with legendary songstress Barbra Streisand, and taken the stage for four acclaimed PBS specials. The powerhouse trio is now returning to the States, following charting at #1 on Billboard Classical chart with Notte Magica – A Tribute to The Three Tenors. The vocal group were discovered and are managed by Michele Torpedine, who discovered and managed Andrea Bocelli, The three young singers, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble always bring audiences their best live performances of pop and traditional English, Italian and Spanish songs, accompanied by symphony orchestras.

For more information on IL VOLO visit: www.ILVOLOMUSIC.com

 

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Nov 012016
 

The Academy

One hundred forty-five features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 89th Academy Awards®.

The submitted films, listed in alphabetical order, are:

  • “The Abolitionists”
  • “Abortion: Stories Women Tell”
  • “All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone”
  • “Almost Holy”
  • “Amanda Knox”
  • “Among the Believers”
  • “Anne Frank Then and Now”
  • “The Anthropologist”
  • “Apparition Hill”
  • “Art Bastard”
  • “The Ataxian”
  • “Audrie & Daisy”
  • “Author: The JT Leroy Story”
  • “The Bad Kids”
  • “Be Here Now (The Andy Whitfield Story)”
  • “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years”
  • “A Beautiful Planet”
  • “Beauty Bites Beast”
  • “Becoming Mike Nichols”
  • “Before the Flood”
  • “Behind Bayonets and Barbed Wire”
  • “Behind the Cove – The Quiet Japanese Speak Out!”
  • “Best and Most Beautiful Things”
  • “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits”
  • “Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened”
  • “A Billion Lives”
  • “Black Women in Medicine”
  • “Blood on the Mountain”
  • “Boy 23: The Forgotten Boys of Brazil”
  • “The Brainwashing of My Dad”
  • “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds”
  • “By Sidney Lumet”
  • “The C Word”
  • “Cameraperson”
  • “Citizen Soldier”
  • “City of Gold”
  • “Class Divide”
  • “Colliding Dreams”
  • “Command and Control”
  • “Dancer”
  • “Danny Says”
  • “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War”
  • “Disturbing the Peace”
  • “Do Not Resist”
  • “Don’t Blink – Robert Frank”
  • “The Eagle Huntress”
  • “Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words”
  • “Eating You Alive”
  • “Equal Means Equal”
  • “Eva Hesse”
  • “Everything Is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted”
  • “A Family Affair”
  • “Finding Babel”
  • “Fire at Sea”
  • “The First Monday in May”
  • “Floyd Norman: An Animated Life”
  • “Francofonia”
  • “Generation Startup”
  • “Gimme Danger”
  • “Gleason”
  • “Harry & Snowman”
  • “Hate Rising with Jorge Ramos”
  • “Holy Hell”
  • “Hooligan Sparrow”
  • “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change”
  • “Huntwatch”
  • “I Am Not Your Negro”
  • “Indian Point”
  • “Into the Inferno”
  • “Iron Moon”
  • “Ivory. A Crime Story”
  • “The Ivory Game”
  • “Jim: The James Foley Story”
  • “Kate Plays Christine”
  • “Keepers of the Game”
  • “Landfill Harmonic”
  • “The Last Man on the Moon”
  • “Life, Animated”
  • “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World”
  • “Look at Us Now, Mother!”
  • “The Lovers and the Despot”
  • “Magnus”
  • “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA”
  • “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures”
  • “Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing”
  • “Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame”
  • “Mavis!”
  • “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise”
  • “Mifune: The Last Samurai”
  • “Miss Sharon Jones!”
  • “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble”
  • “My Love, Don’t Cross That River”
  • “National Bird”
  • “National Parks Adventure”
  • “Never Surrender”
  • “Newtown”
  • “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You”
  • “Notes on Blindness”
  • “Nuts!”
  • “O.J.: Made in America”
  • “Off the Rails”
  • “Older than Ireland”
  • “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice”
  • “On the Map”
  • “100 Years, One Woman’s Fight for Justice”
  • “Our Last Tango”
  • “Presenting Princess Shaw”
  • “The Red Pill”
  • “Rigged 2016”
  • “The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip across Latin America”
  • “Rooted in Peace”
  • “The Ruins of Lifta”
  • “Seasons”
  • “The Seventh Fire”
  • “Shadow World”
  • “Silicon Cowboys”
  • “Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang”
  • “Solitary”
  • “Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four”
  • “Starving the Beast”
  • “The Syndrome”
  • “Thank You for Your Service”
  • “Theo Who Lived”
  • “They Will Have to Kill Us First – Malian Music in Exile”
  • “13th”
  • “This Is Life”
  • “Tickled”
  • “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru”
  • “Tower”
  • “The Trans List”
  • “Trapped”
  • “Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria”
  • “USS Indianapolis The Legacy”
  • “The Uncondemned”
  • “Under the Gun”
  • “Under the Sun”
  • “Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro”
  • “Unlocking the Cage”
  • “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe”
  • “Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience”
  • “We Are X”
  • “Weiner”
  • “When Two Worlds Collide”
  • “The Witness”
  • “Zero Days”

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules in order to advance in the voting process. A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December.

Films submitted in the Documentary Feature category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Oct 182016
 

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L-R Adam Chanler-Berat, Kimberly Grigsby, Sam Pinkleton, Pam MacKinnon, Phillipa Soo and Doug Baker at a workshop for “Amélie, A New Musical,” which will be produced at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre December 4, 2016, through January 15, 2017. Photo by Joan Marcus.

FULL CAST IS SET FOR CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S PRODUCTION OF “AMÉLIE, A NEW MUSICAL” AT THE AHMANSON THEATRE DECEMBER 4, 2016 THROUG H JANUARY 15, 2017

Casting has been set for Center Theatre Group’s production of “Amélie, A New Musical” at the Ahmanson Theatre which begins previews December 4, 2016, opens December 16, and continues through January 15, 2017.

In addition to the previously announced Phillipa Soo (Tony Award nominee for “Hamilton”) in the title role, the cast will feature, in alphabetical order, Emily Afton, Alys Alan Louis, David Andino, Randy Blair, Heath Calvert, Adam Chanler-Berat, Alison Cimmet, Savvy Crawford, Manoel Felciano, Harriett D. Foy, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Tony Sheldon, Jacob Keith Watson and Paul Whitty.

Based on the motion picture written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant, “Amélie, A New Musical” will have its Broadway premiere in 2017 with full casting, Broadway theatre and dates to be announced soon. Amélie captured our hearts in the five-time Academy Award-nominated 2001 French film.

Now she comes to the stage in an inventive and captivating new musical directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “Clybourne Park”), with a book by three-time Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas (“An American in Paris”), music by Daniel Messé (“Hem”), lyrics by Nathan Tysen (“The Burnt Part Boys”) and Daniel Messé, musical staging and choreography by Sam Pinkleton, musical direction by Kimberly Grigsby, vocal arrangements by Kimberly Grigsby and Daniel Messé, and orchestrations by Tony Award winner Bruce Coughlin.

“Amélie, A New Musical” features scenic and costume design by Tony Award winner David Zinn, co-lighting design by Tony Award nominee Jane Cox and Mark Barton.

Sound design by Tony Award nominee Kai Harada and projection design by Drama Desk Award winner Peter Nigrini.The musical follows the mesmerizing journey of the inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie who turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her.

After discovering a mysterious photo album and meeting a handsome stranger, Amélie realizes that helping others is easier than participating in a romantic story of her own.

In 2015, “Amélie, A New Musical” had its critically acclaimed world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and topped “Best Theater of 2015” lists in the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times called it “… a sparkling musical comedy,” that “… slyly revels in the infinite possibilities of theatrical merrymaking … The score … flowers with originality.” Robert Hurwitt of the San Francisco Chronicle said, “A dreamy movie becomes a dream of a stage musical … wit crackles and charm fills the house, emanating  from the book, lyrics and melodies.Director Pam MacKinnon creates a seamless blend of visual, narrative and performance delights.”

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.

In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES

CRAIG LUCAS (Book). Craig’s plays include “Missing Persons,” “Reckless,” “Blue Window,” “Prelude to a Kiss” (Tony no mination), “God’s Heart,” “The Dying Gaul,” “Small Tragedy” (Obie Award), “Stranger,” “Prayer for My Enemy,” “The Singing Forest,” “The Lying Lesson,” and “Ode To Joy.”

His movies include “Longtime Companion,” “The Secret Lives of Dentists” and “The Dying Gaul,” which he also directed. He wrote the libretti for “The Light in the Piazza” (Tony nomination), “An American in Paris” (Tony nomination), “Three Postcards” and the opera “Two Boys” (Metropolitan Opera).

He directed the world premiere of “The Light in the Piazza,” Harry Kondoleon’s “Saved or Destroyed” and “Play Yourself,” and the film “Birds of America.”Craig has received three Tony nominations, the New York Film Critics Best Screenplay Award, the Sundance Audience Award, the Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Steinberg Award, three Obies (one for direction), and the Laura Pels Mid-career Achievement Award from PEN; he has been a Pulitzer finalist.

DANIEL MESSÉ (Music and co-lyricist) is the founder and principal songwriter of the band Hem, which has garnered worldwide acclaim over the course of six studio albums.

Starting as a DIY project out of Dan’s bedroom, Hem was signed to DreamWorks Records by legendary music producer Lenny Waronker and has been featured in every major media outlet including the “New York Times,” the “New Yorker,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Fresh Air with Terry Gross,” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

In 2009 the Public Theater tapped Hem to score “Twelfth Night” for Shakespeare in the Park (starring Anne Hathaway and Audra McDonald, directed by Daniel Sullivan) for which they earned a Drama Desk Award nomination.Daniel has written four shows for Theatreworks USA (including “Black Beauty” and “Nate the Great”) with collaborator Mindi Dickstein.

They were the recipients of a Jonathan Larson Grant from the American Theatre Wing and were commissioned by Play wrights Horizons to write the full-length musical “Trip” through the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Commissioning Program.

NATHAN TYSEN (Co-lyricist) was represented on Broadway last season with the new musical “Tuck Everlasting.”Recent projects include “Stillwater” with band Joe’s Pet Project at Kansas City Rep.In 2014, Nathan was awarded both the Edward Kleban Prize for most promising lyricist and the Fred Ebb Award for excellence in musical theatre songwriting (co-won with Chris Miller).Work with Miller includes lyrics for “The Burnt Part Boys” (2009 Lucille Lortel nomination for Best New Musical), and “Fugitive Songs” (2008 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Revue), both of which have cast albums available at iTunes and Amazon. Additional work with Miller includes songs for “Sesame Street” and “The Electric Company,” as well as two circuses for Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey.

Nathan was a contributing lyricist to the musical revue “Stars of David,” and has written material for the Broadway Inspirational Voices and BCEA’s Gypsy of the Year. He has worked for over a decade writing and directing for the Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts, helping to create over a dozen new musicals with young adults. MFA: NYU Tisch, BFA: Missouri State Univ.

PAM MACKINNON (Direction) won Tony and Drama Desk Awards and received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for her direction of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Other Broadway credits include Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park” for which she won an Obie Award and garnered Tony and Lucille Lortel Award nominations, David Mamet’s “China Doll,” Edward Albee’s “A Delicate Balance” and Wendy Wasserstein’s “The Heidi Chronicles.”Her many off-Broadway and regional credits include Bruce Norris’ “The Qualms” (Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Playwrights Horizons), Sarah Treem’s “When We Were Young and Unafraid” (Manhattan Theatre Club), Craig Lucas’ “The Lying Lesson” (Atlantic Theater Company), Horton Foote’s “Harrison, TX” (Primary Stages) and Itamar Moses’ “Completeness” (South Coast Repertory and Playwrights Horizons).

Pam is an alumna of the Drama League, and the Women’s Project and Lincoln Center Theater Cast Set for “Amélie, A New Musical” 4 Directors Labs, and is an associate artist at the Roundabout Theatre, as well as an executive board member of Stage Directors a nd Choreographers Society, and board chair of the NYC downtown company Clubbed Thumb.SAM PINKLETON (Musical staging and choreography) is a New York City-based director and choreographer.As a choreographer his recent work includes “The Heidi Chronicles” (Broadway); “Machinal” (Broadway); “Pretty Filthy” (The Civilians); “Kansas City Choir Boy” (Prototype Festival, with Courtney Love);“Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812” (Kazino); “Heisenberg” (Manhattan Theatre Club); “Significant Other” (Roundabout Theatre Company); “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play;” “Fly By Night;” and “Stage Kiss” (Playwrights Horizons); “Marie Antoinette” (Soho Rep); “I Promised Myself to Live Faster” (Pig Iron/Humana Festival);

“HAIR: Retrospection” (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); “The Understudy” (McCarter Theatre Center); “The Lightning Thief” (Theatreworks USA); “Spring Awakening”(Olney Theatre Center); and “Buyer and Cellar” (Barrow Street Theatre/tour). He is an associate artist with The Civilians and Wit-Cartel’s “ONTHEFLOOR.” Sam teaches “Bustin’ Moves” at NYU.

Sep 202016
 

2017 BET Experience at L.A. LIVE

BET NETWORKS AND AEG ANNOUNCE 2017 BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE TO TAKE PLACE JUNE 22-25, 2017

MORE THAN 165,000 FANS ATTENDED THE 2016 BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE

DEPOSITS FOR GOLD, PLATINUM AND DIAMOND VIP TICKET PACKAGES AVAILABLE NOW AT BETEXPERIENCE.COM

BET NETWORKS and AEG announced the 2017 dates for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE as June 22-25, 2017. The four-year old festival drew its highest attendance last year with 165,000 guests, a 10% increase from 2015. Deposits for VIP ticket packages are now being accepted for BET Experience 2017. These packages are available for guests who don’t want to miss out on the three-day festival filled with music, comedy and concerts taking place at The Novo by Microsoft and STAPLES Center. Plus, they get to see “106 & PARK” and attend the FREE BET Experience Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center that features seminars, a celebrity basketball game, celebrity meet & greets and other special appearances.

The 2016 BET Experience at L.A. LIVE sold-out of more than 1,000 VIP Packages. In addition to VIP amenities throughout the BET Experience weekend, three levels of BETX VIP Packages offer guests the only opportunity to purchase tickets to the highly anticipated BET Awards, broadcast live from Microsoft Theater. In anticipation of another stellar lineup announcement for the 2017 BET Experience weekend, guests interested in VIP Packages for 2017 can place a deposit to secure their spots early and guarantee priority seating at all STAPLES Center shows and the BET Awards starting now for past VIP ticket buyers and September 15 for new VIP ticket buyers. Non-refundable deposits are available for the following BET Experience VIP Packages: Diamond ($500 deposit), Platinum ($200 deposit) and Gold ($100 deposit). Full 2017 VIP Package details and pricing will be released in the coming months, but to reference elements of the 2016 Packages, please visit BETExperience.com. Deposits may be placed for 2017 BETX VIP Packages by visiting BETExperience.com or by calling (877) 234-8425.

Follow BET Experience on Twitter @betexperience for the latest and greatest and join the conversation by using #BETX. Feel free to also check us out online at BETExperience.com.

ABOUT BET NETWORKS
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B sted NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE BET Networks, an entertainment powerhouse, and AEG, one of the leading entertainment companies in the world and developer/ operator of L.A. LIVE, have teamed up once again to create the BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE (BETX), June 22-25, 2017. This four-day festival will be filled with music and comedy concerts taking place at The Novo by Microsoft and STAPLES Center; “106 & PARK”; FREE BET Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center including seminars, celebrity basketball games, celebrity meet & greets; and other special appearances. The weekend will be capped off with the “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Microsoft Theater.

ABOUT AEG
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. With offices on five continents, AEG operates in the following business segments: AEG Facilities, which with its affiliates owns, manages or consults with more than 120 preeminent venues around the world including The O2 Arena, the Sprint Center and the Mercedes-Benz Arena; AEG Live, one of the largest live music companies in the world dedicated to producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals; AEG Sports, the world’s largest operator of sports franchises and high-profile sporting events; AEG Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships; and AEG Real Estate, which develops world-class venues and sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands, AXS.com ticketing platform, AXS cable television channel and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 100 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at www.aegworldwide.com.