SIMON FULLER ANNOUNCES
‘Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN’ WITH
MARC ANTHONY JENNIFER LOPEZ AND JAMIE KING
(Los Angeles 4-27-11) Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment today announces a new partnership with iconic superstar couple Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, and acclaimed show director, Jamie King.
Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN is being sponsored by BlackBerry®, the award winning mobile communications brand.
Marc and Jennifer will embark on an epic three month long journey to create the ultimate live show celebrating Latin music, artistry and dance.
They will travel to various regions of the Americas, from remote villages to major cities. Their mission is to assemble a cast of incredible performers of all nationality and create a spectacular live show which will become one of the greatest celebrations of Latin culture that the world has ever seen.
This extraordinary undertaking will be documented in a ground breaking television series, Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN, that will capture the drama and intense emotions of the incredible stories and personal journeys that Jennifer and Marc uncover.
Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN will be filmed in three languages and broadcast simultaneously across 21 countries in North America, Central America and South America. This will be achieved through a collaborative partnership of networks, reaching an audience of many millions of TV viewers. Network partners are to be announced.
Marc Anthony comments: “I am really excited about this new endeavour with Jamie and Jennifer.
Throughout my travels around the world I have witnessed and encountered an amazing amount of undiscovered talent. “Q’ Viva!” would provide an outlet to a whole new generation that have been waiting to have their voices heard”.
Jennifer Lopez comments: ““This is a show for the 21st century with an unprecedented global and local story. The Latin culture is a tapestry that is rich in passion, tradition and artistry. We are going to places where all of this talent lives and wouldn’t have otherwise been discovered. This journey for me and Marc is going be exciting and groundbreaking.”
Simon Fuller comments: “Latin music and dance is loved all over the world but there has never been a particular show or live experience that truly celebrates its beauty and splendour. Q’Viva is that show”.
Jamie King comments: "I'm thrilled to be working again with Simon Fuller, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. We all share a love for Latin culture, the realness, the richness and purity of it and its traditional aspects. It's actually completely different to anything you've seen before. This is not about competition, it’s about finding great talent, cultivating that talent and sharing it with the world. I can't wait to put this show on a global stage."
For further information, please contact:
Roger Widynowski, XIX Entertainment 310-461-1788, rogerw
NOTES TO EDITOR:
About Simon Fuller:
Simon Fuller is one of the most influential forces at work in the entertainment business today. With a 25 year career marked by innovation and No.1 hits in TV, film, music, sport and fashion, Fuller has accumulated a formidable reputation for his work with the most successful girl group of all time (Spice Girls), dreaming up the world’s biggest TV franchise (American Idol) and developing the world’s most iconic talent brand (Beckhams). Simon Fuller has been certified by Billboard as the most successful British manager of all time, selling 360 million albums by stars that include Annie Lennox, Kelly Clarkson, Spice Girls, Amy Winehouse, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, David Cook, Adam Lambert and No.1 hit songwriter Cathy Dennis. In 2010 Apple and itunes publicly recognized Fuller for his achievement in selling over 250 million downloads on itunes, making him the biggest music manager of the digital age. American Idol, the multi-billion dollar TV format created by Simon Fuller, has aired in over 120 countries and established new records in audience size and interaction. So You Think You Can Dance has mirrored Idol’s success, becoming Fox’s No.1 rating summer show.
Fuller’s business XIX Entertainment houses partnerships with iconic sportsmen including David Beckham, tennis player Andy Murray and F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, as well as fashion businesses with designers Roland Mouret and Victoria Beckham. In movies, Simon Fuller is the Executive Producer of Bel Ami, starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricca and Kristen Scott Thomas, which is set for late 2011 release. Simon Fuller has an association with several charitable initiatives, including Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Save The Children, Keep A Child Alive, The Muhammad Ali Center, The Prince’s Trust, Malaria No More, the United Nations Foundation and Comic Relief. In launching XIX Simon Fuller has built upon twenty five years of unparalleled success to create a new form of business enterprise focused on entertainment, technology and consumer brands.
About Jennifer Lopez:
International icon, Jennifer Lopez is an actress, entertainer, recording artist, film & TV producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Lopez has sold over 55 million records worldwide and has starred in multiple # 1 box office films including The Wedding Planner and Monster-In-Law. 2011 is a milestone year in her lustrous career. The juggernaut TV series American Idol now in its 10th season has named her one of the celebrity judges. She has launched world-wide campaigns as the ambassador of L'Oreal and Venus Gillette. Lopez will launch an exclusive collection with Kohl's the first ever for the retailer and has been named the spokeswoman of the Boys & Girls Club of America. Lopez set the standard for celebrity branding in fragrance, apparel and accessories. Her recent fragrance, Love and Glamour marks 17 successful launches taking in over $1 billion combined.
Jennifer Lopez’s, eighth album, Love? will be simultaneously released around the world on May 3 by Island/Def Jam Group. The first single from the album and her best selling digital single of her career, “One The Floor” (featuring Pitbull) has been # 1 in 17 countries and is the highest debut single for any female in UK this year. The music video has received more than an astounding 120 million views online. “On the Floor” was co-written and produced by the red hot, RedOne. The album, Love? Brings together a stellar line-up of producers, artists and songwriters, Lady Gaga, RedOne, Lil’ Wayne, Pitbull, Stargate, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, Tiao Cruz, Danja, D-Mile and Radio.
In 2001, The Wedding Planner was the nation's top grossing film while her album, JLO, was #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The two simultaneous #1 honors made Lopez the first woman in history to have a #1 movie and album in the same week. Lopez made her feature debut in the highly acclaimed feature Mi Familia, which garnered her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her role as the young mother 'Maria Sanchez.' Lopez has earned widespread acclaim for her work in the title role of "Selena", which brought her a Golden Globe nomination. The National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino advocacy group in the nation has named her 'Entertainer of the Year' at the American Latino Media Arts Awards (ALMA) for TV and film. Lopez's production company, Nuyorican, is in development on several film and TV productions that includes a partnership with 20th Century FOX and projects with ABC and TruTV. She founded The Maribel Foundation along with her sister, Lynda, with a mission dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and children and raising the level of medical care available to them. The Foundation is currently working with Children's Hospital Los Angeles on a Telemedicine program that will help underserved communities by providing technology and top notch doctor resources. The first Telemedicine center opened in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2010.
About Marc Anthony:
Marc Anthony is a singer, actor, songwriter and philanthropist who is widely recognized as one of the most influential and successful artists today. He has sold over 12 million albums worldwide. The five-time Grammy winner has received gold and platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in multiple occasions. He has set records by receiving a total of 18 “Lo Nuestro Awards” and numerous “Billboard Latin Music Awards. Other recognitions include: being named by New York Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Most Influential New Yorkers” and receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington D.C. In 2009 Anthony became a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins.
Marc has also established a highly credible acting résumé and may be seen in Martin Scorsese's “Bringing Out the Dead” (1999); opposite Selma Hayak in the Showtime original film, “In the Time of the Butterflies” (2001); and appears with Denzel Washington and Christopher Walken in director Tony Scott's “Man On Fire” (2004). He also appeared in the 1997 Paul Simon musical, “The Capeman.” Marc Anthony starred as the Puerto Rican salsa pioneer Héctor Lavoe, with Jennifer Lopez as Puchi, in the biopic, “El Cantante,” directed by Leon Ichaso. May 2010 marked the release of his new production titled “Iconos” (Icons), an all ballad Spanish album produced by Marc Anthony and Julio Reyes including eight titles of his favorite balladeers
This summer he will return to the hit TV series Hawthorne on TNT.
About Jamie King:
Jamie King is the leading concert director in the world of pop music today. In 2006, Variety named King as one of the most influential “movers and shakers” in the music industry, branding him the “Jerry Bruckheimer of tent-pole concert tours". He is currently directing Rihanna's Loud Tour and Britney Spears' Femme Fatal Tour and well as writing and directing the upcoming Cirque du Soleil / Michael Jackson IMMORTAL World Tour. King recently directed Rihanna's Last Girl On Earth tour, Britney Spears' Circus tour, Celine Dion’s Taking Chances tour, and The Return of the Spice Girls reunion tour. For the past thirteen years, Jamie King has served as Madonna's creative director, having directed her 2008 Sticky & Sweet world tour, and her 2006 record-breaking Confessions world tour. He also directed & choreographed Madonna's Re-Invention and Drowned World Tours, and directed her hit music video, “Sorry”.
A multiple Emmy Award ® and MTV Video Music Award ® nominee, and greatly influenced by his early years working for both Prince and Michael Jackson, King has worked with an array of superstars including Mariah Carey, Shakira, George Michael, Elton John, Diana Ross, Jennifer Lopez and even Ellen DeGeneres. In 2005, his strong caché in the pop music world and his athletic dance moves caught the attention of athletic gear powerhouse Nike who tapped him to be their global spokesperson and to create the Nike Rockstar Workout ® (taught in gyms worldwide). Fitness publishing giant Rodale thereafter released his hip-hop inspired dance fitness best selling DVD and book, Rock Your Body ®.
About Research In Motion:
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com