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Hitmaking Producer Phil Ramone Dead at 72

Streisand, Sinatra, Billy Joel among artists who worked with him

(Newser) - You may not know his name, but Phil Ramone—one of the most successful music producers of his era—died in a New York hospital this morning at age 72, Billboard reports. He had been admitted late last month with an aortic aneurysm. His incredible career included 14 Grammy awards,... More »

Alicia Keys Weds Producer Beau

Singer and Swizz Beatz are expecting their first child

(Newser) - So that's where the celebrities were—Alicia Keys married rap producer Swizz Beatz yesterday in a small ceremony attended by, among others, Bono and Queen Latifah, reports the Daily Mail . Though overshadowed by Chelsea Clinton's blowout in New York's Hudson Valley, the exchange of vows on the French island of... More »

Wife Breaks Silence on Spector

Rachelle says she's not a trophy wife

(Newser) - She was muzzled by a court order during her husband’s trial, but now that Phil Spector has been convicted of murder, Rachelle Spector is free to talk to the media. The 28-year-old tells the Los Angeles Times she’s no trophy wife—“I don't take anything from my... More »

Credit Crunch Saps Funding for Indie Films

Drop-off in foreign rights sales leaves producers looking for cash

(Newser) - Independent film producers are losing a once-reliable source of funding, the sale of foreign-distribution rights. Traditionally, the demand for American movies has been so high that producers can sell the rights to distribute the film—in many cases, even before it’s finished—in order to cover costs. But the... More »

How Will TV Writers Work if TV is Dead?

Writer negotiations overshadowed by an Internet dominated future

(Newser) - TV writers could walk out any day now, leaving late night TV and topical shows like The Daily Show in the lurch, and one of the sticking points in their talks with entertainment producers is their demand for a larger slice of DVD and online video revenue. But as Saul... More »

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