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  • New Podcast What A Combo! With Fern Brady Debuts September 28
  • Sep 25

Launching on Thursday 28th of SeptemberWhat a Combo! is the ultimate feast for the ears: beloved comedian Fern Brady invites some of her famous funny friends to tuck into the best (and worst) food combos going.

From the sublime (chips dunked in milkshake), to the outrageous (watermelon and mustard), Fern knows there is no better – or funnier – way to get familiar with her celebrity guests than by uncovering the weird concoctions they gobble up when no one is watching. 

Knife and fork poised? The What a Combo! menu always has three dishes on offer; dishes that Fern and her guests actually sample on the podcast. First, guests’ offer up their perfect Snacking Combo – think banana and peanut butter, delightful! Then, their Wild Combo is revealed – AKA their guilty pleasure – the food pairing they have been too ashamed to share with anyone else…until now. Finally, they try the Twisted Combo – an off the wall dish that’s gone viral online – cooked up by the ‘scientists’ at Twisted HQ to wow and shock Fern and her guest.

Some of this season’s most Twisted combos…

Watermelon and mustard, as made famous by Lizzo
Apple pie and cheddar cheese
Swedish delicacy, banana pizza
Ice cream and chilli crisp
Biryani and Chocolate sauce, the Indian TikTok food sensation
Garlic bread and orange juice

Which flavour combos will wow and which will flop? Get ready for foodie fusions so oddly enticing, that you might just want to try them.

Guests tucking in this series include…

Nadiya Hussain
Tim Key 
Sindu Vee
Ivo Graham
Abi Clarke 

Jamali Maddix
And many more!

Fern Brady is one of Britain’s most exciting comedians – best known for TaskmasterLive at The Apollo andher Sunday Times best-selling memoir Strong Female Character. 

Why stop at food chat? Listeners can experience Fern’s meals in all their peculiar glory over on the Twisted YouTube channel and watch What a Combo! episodes in full.

New Podcast What A Combo! With Fern Brady Debuts September 28
  • Smash-Hit Interview Podcast ‘Out to Lunch’ Returns with Brand-New Host Ade Edmonson
  • Sep 25

Monday 25th September – Sony Music Entertainment has announced its smash-hit interview podcast Out To Lunch will be returning with a brand-new host at the helm, the much-loved British comedy actor Ade Edmondson. The new series will launch on Tuesday 3rd October.

After breaking into the comedy circuit in the 1980s, Edmondson has starred in countless films and TV shows, including The Young Ones, Star Wars: The Last JediRain Dogs and several projects alongside his wife, Jennifer Saunders. 

While he’s a whizz in the kitchen, having won Celebrity MasterChef and ‘star baker’ in The Great Sports Relief Bake Off, Edmondson will leave the cooking to the professionals in this podcast…

Throughout Out To Lunch, Ade will be taking guests from Ed Byrne, Chrissie Hynde and Reece Shearsmith, to Bridget Christie, Daisy Haggard, Nigel Planer and Tony Visconti to a restaurant of his choosing.

Listeners will have a ring-side seat to some crackling anecdotes and enlightening conversations, as Ade and his guests discuss topics close to their hearts over some delightful dishes. Subscribers will also get the chance to hear Ade’s guest’s top five places to dine and what they chose from the menu.

There’s no better vehicle for open, engaging chat than a good meal, and this podcast is proof.

Out To Lunch was previously hosted by Jay Rayner.

Listen to the trailer and follow the new series here.

Smash-Hit Interview Podcast ‘Out to Lunch’ Returns with Brand-New Host Ade Edmonson
  • Cult Classic Film “Crossroads” Starring Britney Spears Returns to Theaters for the First Time in Over 21 Years for a Special Two Day Celebratory Global Fan Event on October 23 & 25
  • Sep 21

Trafalgar Releasing, Sony Music Entertainment and RCA Records Announce Cinema Event To Coincide With Spears’ Highly Anticipated Memoir Release the Woman in Me on October 24

Tickets Go on Sale for Cinemas Worldwide on September 28 at

Los Angeles, CA – September 21, 2023 – Trafalgar Releasing, Sony Music Entertainment and RCA Records announced plans today to bring Crossroads, starring Britney Spears in her first feature role, to cinemas worldwide on Oct. 23 and Oct. 25, 2023 for a special global fan event. The Crossroads Global Fan Event will coincide with the release of Spears’ highly anticipated memoir, THE WOMAN IN ME, available worldwide on Oct. 24, 2023. The 2002 film, written by Shonda Rhimes (creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and Executive Producer of Bridgerton) and directed by Tamra Davis (13: The Musical, Dead To Me, Billy Madison), features a star-studded cast including Britney Spears, Anson Mount, Zoë Saldana, Taryn Manning, with Kim Cattrall and Dan Aykroyd

Tickets for the Crossroads Global Fan Event will go on sale Sept. 28, 2023, at 9:00 a.m EDT at The film will be distributed in over 875 locations across 24 countries.

The Crossroads Global Fan Event will also include a bonus sing-along of two Britney Spears’ songs from Crossroads following the film, which have never been seen on the big screen.

Crossroads tells the story of three childhood friends, Lucy (Spears), Kit (Zoë Saldana) and Mimi (Taryn Manning), who, after eight years apart, rediscover their friendship on a cross-country trip. With barely a plan, practically no money but plenty of dreams, the girls catch a lift with Mimi’s handsome friend Ben (Anson Mount) in his convertible. Along the way they not only gather experiences that will change their lives, but they also discover how important it is to hold onto their hearts’ desires.

Director Tamra Davis said of the Crossroads Global Fan Event, “I am beyond thrilled that Sony Music Entertainment, RCA Records and Trafalgar Releasing are rereleasing Crossroads in movie theaters. I recently rewatched Crossroads and was so enthralled with the time capsule of nostalgia that this incredible ensemble cast brings to the screen. Britney is absolutely breathtaking to watch, and Shonda is showing us her early expertise in writing complicated female characters. We had the best time in the world making this picture and the connection the actresses bring to their performances shows in every frame. The music will undoubtedly have audiences dancing and singing along and I know everyone will have as much fun watching these scenes as we had making them. I’m so grateful that Crossroads will be available so people can see Britney shine again.”

Crossroads, which premiered in 2002, has gone on to become a fan favorite following its original U.S. release, generating more than $61M globally. Today’s announcement marks the first time, in recent years, the film has been widely available since its original theatrical release date.

“We’re excited to partner with Sony Music and RCA Records to create an opportunity for fans to enjoy this highly sought after film in cinemas, and to rally in support of Britney telling her story in her upcoming memoir release,” said Marc Allenby, CEO, Trafalgar Releasing.  

The Crossroads Global Fan Event is part of a major investment and promotion of the classic film. On Oct. 20, 2023, RCA Records will release “Crossroads: Special Edition”, a soundtrack to accompany the re-release of the 2002 classic film. In addition to fan favorites, the album will include three new Britney Spears remixes: “Overprotected” (Richi Lopez Remix), “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” (Snakehips Remix) and “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” (Frank Walker Remix). Additionally, the re-release will include the launch of a Crossroads merchandise line featuring movie-inspired tees, sweats, jackets and more, in addition to recreations of wardrobe worn by the cast from the film itself.

Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will publish THE WOMAN IN ME, the eagerly awaited memoir from Britney Spears on Oct. 24, 2023. “We are thrilled that Sony Music, RCA Records and Trafalgar Releasing have partnered with us to celebrate the publication of THE WOMAN IN ME by Britney Spears. This special global theatrical re-release of Crossroads is a gift to Britney’s fans and a reminder of her enormous impact on pop culture worldwide,” said Jennifer Bergstrom, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Gallery Books.

  • The Stories Behind the Band, Songs & Ministry of GRAMMY Award-Winning, Multi-Platinum-Selling Group Casting Crowns Told for the First Time in New Film HOME BY SUNDAY
  • Sep 20

Film Brings Worshipful Experience to North American Theaters in a Brand New Documentary, with Limited Screenings Beginning November 30

Tickets on sale September 27

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 20, 2023 – Sony Music Entertainment, Provident Films and Trafalgar Releasing today announced the release of HOME BY SUNDAYthe remarkable story behind the journey, music and ministry of GRAMMY-winning, multi-Platinum-selling group Casting Crowns. Coming exclusively to North American theaters, with limited screenings beginning Nov. 30, HOME BY SUNDAY takes audiences on a worshipful experience 20 years in the making. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 27 and audiences can sign up for pre-sale information by visiting

Casting Crowns is known worldwide for its poignant songs of truth. Arguably one of the most successful CCM artists in the last two decades, since the release of their debut self-titled album in 2003, the band has sold more than 13 million albums worldwide, earned 15 career No. 1 singles and received numerous awards, including one GRAMMY, 18 GMA Dove Awards, four American Music Awards and two Billboard Music Awards. 

Yet despite the many accolades, to Mark Hall, Casting Crowns’ lead singer and songwriter, his most important title is “youth pastor.” Through 20 years of touring and recording, the band has been faithful to always be “home by Sunday” to keep their local church commitments. 

“We’re no different than the other people sitting next to us at church. They go out every week and do what God’s gifted them to do, and they use their gifts to reach the world with the Gospel in their way,” said Melanie Hall, Mark Hall’s wife who also leads the band’s tour operations. “Mark always says if you want to stay humble, go play in front of thousands of people Saturday night and then show up on Sunday morning, walk in for church and get snubbed by a middle schooler who says, ‘So, why weren’t you at my game last night?’”

From their beginning days as a youth group band to the inspiration behind one of their most beloved songs and a near-life-ending diagnosis, HOME BY SUNDAY gives a behind-the-scenes look into the mission and mindset that has driven Casting Crowns for the last two decades.

“What I love about this documentary is that it is not just a Casting Crowns origin story, but really a telling of how Casting Crowns’ songs have been woven into peoples’ individual stories over the last 20 years,” said Holly Zabka, president of Provident Entertainment. “These songs have walked with people through sorrow and celebration, rescue and redemption…always pointing to Jesus. That is the real story of Casting Crowns.”

In addition to the HOME BY SUNDAY theatrical event on Nov. 30, Casting Crowns is also releasing Lifesongs: A Celebration of the First 20 Years,a special edition album featuring reimagined versions of the biggest songs of the band’s storied career with featured collaborations. The band will also embark on their 20th anniversary tour starting on Sept. 28 in Albany, New York. The tour will visit theaters in 20 markets this fall and features a live orchestra.

“From their humble beginnings to the challenges they’ve overcome, we are excited to showcase Casting Crowns’ musical evolution, the stories behind their meaningful lyrics, and the unwavering faith that has been the cornerstone of their artistry,” said Kymberli Frueh, SVP for Programming and Content Acquisitions for Trafalgar Releasing. “This documentary is our way of celebrating Casting Crowns’ impact and expressing our gratitude to the fans who have supported them throughout the years.”

HOME BY SUNDAY is distributed by Sony Music Entertainment. It is produced and directed by Gregory Smith (ENDS OF THE EARTH). For more information, visit

The Stories Behind the Band, Songs & Ministry of GRAMMY Award-Winning, Multi-Platinum-Selling Group Casting Crowns Told for the First Time in New Film HOME BY SUNDAY
  • Taye Diggs Hosts You Had Me at Hello, New Podcast From Sony Music Sharing Extraordinary Love Stories From the Hearts of Everyday People
  • Sep 13

The Series Will Make Listeners Consider the Role Love, In All Its Forms, Plays in Our Lives

New York, NY – September 13, 2023 – Sony Music Entertainment today premiered You Had Me at Hello, a new podcast hosted by Taye Diggs where ordinary people share their soul-stirring stories of romance. This is real love of epic proportions – its highs and lows, messes and dramas, awkwardness and laughs – with world-class scoring, sound design and narration to match.

Diggs, the revered star of stage and screen, takes listeners on a journey through enchanting narratives of the heart. From forbidden love and second chances to heartbreak and revenge – one thing is for certain: these are real stories by real people. Some of the featured stories include: 

Dennis & Karen from Minnesota:
In 1950s Minnesota, the high school sweethearts, Dennis and Karen, are forced apart when she falls pregnant. They decide to give up the baby for adoption and the couple go their separate ways. 50 years later, Dennis decides to track down Karen.

Stephanie & Petter from Norway & Chicago:
In the 1980s, Petter (from Norway) saw an advertisement for American pen pals and he starts to write letters with Stephanie. They have an instant connection. As life throws them one curveball after another, their dream of meeting is put on hold for years. That dream slips further away when Stephanie gets engaged to another man. But that’s not the end of their love story.

Lori & Brendan from Chicago:
As wedding planner Lori approaches 40, she wonders whether she will ever meet the love of her life and finally be the one to walk down the aisle. After years of disastrous dating, she nearly gives up. She gives it one last try on a dating app. There’s a match; Las Vegas party boy Brendan.  

Jeff & Kelly from Iowa:
When Kelly dumps her high-school boyfriend three weeks before prom – she has one final favor, would Jeff still be her date? He agrees – but soon hatches a plan to sabotage Kelly’s prom night. After years of holding onto resentment for his first love and first heartbreak, Jeff meets Kelly at a school reunion.

“It’s been a real privilege hosting You Had Me at Hello and discovering these powerful, true stories of love against all odds. Amongst the negative news we come across day-to-day, I hope the podcast will remind everyone that love can be just around the corner… and I can’t wait to share it with listeners,” said host Taye Diggs. 

Listeners can subscribe to You Had Me At Hello on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. For more information on You Had Me At Hello and all other Sony Podcast shows, follow @SonyPodcasts on X/Twitter and Instagram.

Taye Diggs Hosts You Had Me at Hello, New Podcast From Sony Music Sharing Extraordinary Love Stories From the Hearts of Everyday People
  • Jonathan Van Ness Expands the Getting Curious Universe With New Spin-Offs – Curious Now and Pretty Curious
  • Sep 11

First Episode of Curious Now with Guest Alicia Roth Weigel Available Now

WHAT: Today, Jonathan Van NessGetting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness podcast host, in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment, announced the exciting expansion of the Getting Curious universe.

Each week Jonathan Van Ness gets curious about everything under (and sometimes beyond!) the sun with scientists, historians, activists, entertainers, and other brilliant guest experts. Starting today, Getting Curious is launching two new spin-off shows — Pretty Curious and Curious Now. Alternating episodes every Monday, Curious Now focuses on elections, LGBTQIA+ rights, and major pop culture moments, while Pretty Curious puts Jonathan in the expert chair to cover all things beauty, including product recommendations and reviews.

A new subscriber-only episode, Ask JVN, debuts new episodes every other Wednesday, allowing fans to get answers to some of their burning questions from Jonathan – nothing is off limits. 

WHO: Jonathan Van Ness is an Emmy-nominated television personality, 2x New York Times best-selling author, podcaster, comedian, celebrity hairstylist, and founder of JVN Hair. He stars on Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning reboot series “Queer Eye,” where he shines as the hair guru and self-care advocate, and he is the host and executive producer of the Netflix series “Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness,” based on Jonathan’s popular podcast of the same name. Jonathan also starred on the Emmy-nominated web series “Gay of Thrones,” a witty social commentary series recapping HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Launched in 2013, the series wrapped its eighth and final season last year and garnered three Emmy nominations for ‘Outstanding Short Form Variety Series.’ Fresh off of two successful worldwide comedy tours, Jonathan Van Ness: Road to Beijing and Imaginary Living Room Olympian, which sold out theaters in 40 cities in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, Jonathan is bringing their new show, Fun & Slutty, A Night with Jonathan Van Ness, to cities around the US, Canada and abroad. Unfiltered comedy, wildly entertaining and fun, the show is a celebration of joy and a showcase for all the sides of JVN you have never seen before.

WHEN: Curious Now debuts today, September 11, 2023. Pretty Curious premieres next week, September 18, 2023.

WHERE: Listeners can subscribe to Getting Curious, Pretty Curious, and Curious Now, on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. To keep up with Getting Curious, follow @CuriouswithJVN on Instagram and Twitter. For all other Sony Podcast shows, follow @SonyPodcasts on Instagram and Twitter.


About Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness 

  • Synopsis: Join Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye) each week as they get curious about everything under (and sometimes beyond!) the sun with scientists, historians, activists, entertainers, and other brilliant guest experts.
  • New Episodes: Every Wednesday
  • Listen: HERE

About Curious Now  

  • Synopsis: Elections. Climate change. LGBTQIA+ rights. Curious Now has you covered. This series will be a topical version of Getting Curious that covers news stories Jonathan and the team are following. It’s a chance to check in with past guests, keep up to date with LGBTQIA+ legislation, and chat about major pop culture moments. Preliminary guests will include intersex rights advocate Alicia Roth Weigel, elections strategist Annie Wu Henry, and the environmental group River Valley Organizing.
  • Launch Date: September 11, 2023
  • New Episodes: Every Other Monday 
  • Early episodes: HERE

About Pretty Curious 

  • Synopsis: Pretty Curious is ready to give the podcast world a glow up! For this series, Jonathan will cover all things skincare, haircare, self-care, and beyond. They’ll drop product recommendations and reviews, answer listener questions, and speak with fellow founders and influencers about their beauty journeys. The first episode will feature David Yi, founder of the beauty brand Good Light.
  • Launch Date: September 18, 2023 
  • New Episodes: Every Other Monday
  • Early episodes HERE

About Ask JVN 

  • Synopsis: Getting Curious and Jonathan Van Ness are rolling out the subscription-only series Ask JVN, where Jonathan is answering listener questions about sex, relationships, and more. Slip into something comfy and turn up the volume—because nothing is off limits.
  • Launch Date: August 16, 2023
  • New Episodes: Every Wednesday for Paid Subscribers 
  • Early episodes: HERE

Jonathan Van Ness Expands the Getting Curious Universe With New Spin-Offs – Curious Now and Pretty Curious
  • Chameleon: Gallery of Lies, Newest Season of Hit Podcast Series From Campside and Sony Music, Explores the Story of the Most Famous Art World Criminal You’ve Never Heard Of
  • Sep 05

Listeners Can Subscribe to The Binge to Listen To The Full Season Today

New York, NY – September 5, 2023 – Campside Media and Sony Music Entertainment today premiered Chameleon: Gallery of Lies, the newest season of the fan-favorite con-themed franchise podcast series Chameleon. Subscribers to The Binge can listen to all episodes, all at once today. 

Hosted by Bijan Stephen, this season of Chameleon chronicles the rise and fall and potential rise again of one of the most powerful figures in the global art market – German art advisor and dealer Helge Achenbach. In 2015 Achenbach was convicted of defrauding his friend and client Berthold Albrecht, an heir to the Aldi supermarket fortune, to the tune of about $20 million.

The series explores Achenbach’s life and crimes, along with his illustrious career. Before his arrest, Achenbach had invented the field of art consulting/advising in Germany, and was therefore instrumental in helping the art market globalize in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. He worked and socialized with artists like Warhol, Koons, and Richter, became president of his hometown soccer club, and even opened a number of restaurants before his fall from grace. These days, he lives in borrowed houses in the Canary Islands and in Dusseldorf, where he’s at work on a foundation called Culture Without Borders — meant to nurture artists from oppressed regions around the world. 

“The story of the German art dealer Helge Achenbach is fascinating. In his rise and subsequent fall, he seems to me something of a modern-day Icarus. And I’m certain listeners will find a lot here to love,” said host Bijan Stephen. 

An award winning series, Chameleon took home Podcast of the Year at the 2023 Ambies for its hit season Wild BoysChameleon: Gallery of Lies is produced by Bijan Stephen and Henry Lavoie, executive produced by Mac Montandon, engineered by Garrett Tiedemann, and edited by Emily Martinez and Matt Shaer at Campside. 

Listeners can subscribe to Chameleon: Gallery of Lies on The Binge, as well as all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. For more information on Chameleon: Gallery of Lies and all other Sony Podcast shows, follow @SonyPodcasts and @campsidemedia on X/Twitter and Instagram.

Chameleon: Gallery of Lies, Newest Season of Hit Podcast Series From Campside and Sony Music, Explores the Story of the Most Famous Art World Criminal You’ve Never Heard Of
  • Historian and Bestselling Author Dan Jones Returns To Host Season Three of Hit History Podcast This Is History: A Dynasty To Die For
  • Sep 05

Sony Music Entertainment launches season three of This is History: A Dynasty to Die For today. Hosted by award-winning medieval historian, broadcaster and author Dan Jones, season one topped Spotify’s UK History Chart, and the Apple History Chart in the US.

Power, greed, religion and sex: Dan brings the drama of medieval history to life through compelling stories, fascinating characters and vivid scenes, accompanied by an immersive soundscape. The podcast tells the story of the Plantagenets, one of the most powerful and dysfunctional families in European history. Their scandals, betrayals and bloody politics shaped the world we live in today. 

In Season three, King John takes his turn as the head of the Plantagenet empire – and finds himself fighting on all fronts. His reign is at risk from family rivalry, an aggressive French king, his unhappy barons and even the Pope. But perhaps the greatest threat is his own recklessness and vicious cruel streak.  

Over twelve action-packed episodes, listeners will find out how John’s misadventures lay the groundwork for modern Europe. Whether you think he’s a brilliant administrator, brutal murderer, or incompetent bungler, there’s never been a king quite like John.

If you’ve not listened yet, seasons one and two are available to listen to now so you can hear this wild story from the beginning. Dan guides his listeners through this tumultuous period of history in a manner that’s at once compelling and engrossing, as well as accessible and fun. Dan’s even heard from teachers that they use the podcast as a tool in history lessons.

Listen here.

Historian and Bestselling Author Dan Jones Returns To Host Season Three of Hit History Podcast This Is History: A Dynasty To Die For
  • Broccoli Productions Announces Five £1,000 GBP Podcasting Grants to Celebrate Its Industry E-learning Subscription Service BUILD
  • Aug 21

London, UK, Tuesday 22nd August – UK production company Broccoli today announces the launch of the BUILD Grant, an incubation programme which will provide a grant of £1,000 GBP each to five selected applicants looking to grow their podcasting careers. Applications can be submitted at from 10am (BST) on 22nd August 2023 until 23.59 (BST) on 21st September 2023. The BUILD Grant is open to UK and international applicants.

The Grant celebrates Broccoli’s e-learning subscription platform, BUILD, available on Patreon, Spotify and Apple Podcasts. BUILD is an expansive programme of over 40 podcast masterclasses delivered by experts in their field.

BUILD offers five channels of lessons to subscribers across Marketing, Business, Personal Development, Storytelling and Production. Its experts range from VOX and Today Explained’s Sound Engineers and Financial Times’ audio critic to the business coaches of top podcast hosts and a lawyer who specialises in protecting IP.

With a focus on hands-off creative development, the BUILD Grant will offer individuals the opportunity to expand their skills or attempt projects that would otherwise be unfeasible. Grant categories are paired to the five BUILD pillars: Marketing, Business, Personal Development, Storytelling and Production.

Applicants can submit their proposals by detailing the project they would create with the assistance of the BUILD Grant and how they would allocate the BUILD Grant funds. Grant applications will be shortlisted after a first-round review by Broccoli. The shortlisted applications will then be evaluated by the following expert representing each category: Arielle Nissenblatt (Marketing), Megan Tan (Production), Danielle Desir Corbett (Personal Development), Twila Dang (Business) and Eleanor McDowall (Storytelling).

Successful applicants will be notified in January 2024. In addition to the £1,000 GBP BUILD Grant which must be used for their proposed project, they will receive a 12-month subscription to the BUILD e-learning subscription platform and an hour session with a guest expert to offer guidance.

As the barrier to entry and gatekeeping of information continues to grow in the audio industry, Broccoli has created BUILD and the BUILD Grant to help the next generation of podcasters.

Renay Richardson, Founder and CEO of Broccoli Productions, says: “We are excited to launch the BUILD Grant to underscore the value we put on education and building up nascent talent within our industry. That’s why BUILD was developed in the first place – to create an accessible and affordable platform of masterclasses by established experts working within the creative industries to develop aspiring professionals skillsets.”

Visit to find out more about the BUILD Grant

Broccoli Productions Announces Five £1,000 GBP Podcasting Grants to Celebrate Its Industry E-learning Subscription Service BUILD
  • Lil Nas X and TIFF 2023 Announce World Premiere of “Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero” With Sony Music Entertainment
  • Aug 18

TORONTO — Lil Nas X and TIFF are excited to announce the world premiere of the groundbreaking, GRAMMY award-winning rapper, singer and songwriter’s documentary, Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero, which was shot during the course of his first ever tourA new addition to the Gala programme, the film, produced by RadicalMedia, in association with Sony Music Entertainment’s (SME) Premium Content Division, Columbia Records and Museum & Crane, follows Lil Nas X as he embarks on his first ever global tour. The diaristic film is a remarkably intimate portrait of an artist on tour navigating identity, family, expectations and acceptance, all while reflecting on his place within the legacy of Black, queer performers.

Directed by Carlos López Estrada and Zac Manuel, Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero captures one of today’s most provocative pop stars at a transformational point in his life, both on and off stage. Shot over the course of 60 days with unparalleled access, the film follows Montero Hill, aka Lil Nas X, on an emotional odyssey through the creation and performance of the critically acclaimed “Long Live Montero” show.

Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero is a triumphant ode to the extraordinary power of self-expression, music, and identity,” said Cameron Bailey, CEO. “In this groundbreaking documentary, we witness Lil Nas X challenging boundaries and reshaping the artistic landscape. The film’s captivating journey underscores the profound impact of Lil Nas X, who fearlessly brings audiences together through the universal language of music. We are thrilled to host Lil Nas X at TIFF this year.”

López Estrada is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker with credits including Blindspotting, for which he received a DGA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a First-Time Feature Film. Additional films include Summertime and Raya and the Last Dragon, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. López Estrada began his career directing music videos for musicians such as Billie Eilish, Thundercat and Flying Lotus, Katy Perry and Carly Rae Jepsen.

Manuel is an award-winning filmmaker focusing on documentary works that explore intimacy, Black masculinity, class, identity and inheritance. His cinematography and directing credits include the Academy Award-nominated Time, Alone (Sundance Jury Award Winner – Best Non-Fiction Film), Buckjumping, The Earth is Humming, America (Sundance Jury Award Winner), The CutThis Body, and Descendant.  

Since his instant rise to fame in 2019 when he released “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X upended the music industry. The single with Billy Ray Cyrus became the longest running #1 single in Billboard Hot 100 history after 19 weeks atop the chart. The 16-time Platinum hit was recognized with numerous awards including two GRAMMYs. In March 2021, Lil Nas X released the culture-shifting, five-time Platinum hit “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name).” The queer anthem debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained atop of the Spotify Global chart for over a month straight. After releasing his debut album Montero in September 2021, it went on to boast the five-time Platinum hit “Industry Baby,” which became the #1 most streamed hip-hop song of the 2020s on Spotify. It’s this success that has propelled Lil Nas X to be one of only a few artists who have had three songs surpass more than one billion streams on Spotify and create bombastic performances that have been hailed – according to NME – “undoubtedly a watershed moment for queer pop.”   

RadicalMedia, is an award-winning premium creative production company recognized for their work on the Academy Award-winning Summer of Soul (… Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and the Emmy Award-winning Hamilton directed by Thomas Kail and David Byrne’s American Utopia directed by Spike Lee.  

The documentary was produced by RadicalMedia with Dave Sirulnick serving as producer as well as Caryn Capotosto for Museum & Crane, Saul Levitz for Sony Music, Adam Leber, Adriana Arce and Hodo Musa for Rebel and Gee Roberson for BPG/Maverick. Meredith Bennett, Jon Kamen and Frank Scherma serve as executive producers for RadicalMedia. Tom Mackay and Krista Wegener also serve as executive producers for Sony Music. Wegener will lead global sales for the film.

Lil Nas X and TIFF 2023 Announce World Premiere of “Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero” With Sony Music Entertainment
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