Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Returns Nov. 10, 2023-Jan. 7, 2024, with Seasonal Celebrations, Festive Décor and More.

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Returns Nov. 10, 2023-Jan. 7, 2024, with Seasonal Celebrations, Festive Décor and More 

  • Disney characters don all-new holiday attire at Disneyland Park and Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park  
  • Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland Hotel features holiday character outfits and décor for the first time, from Dec. 1, 2023, through Jan. 1, 2024  
  • Vibrant décor across the resort and nightly “snowfall” in the Downtown Disney District transform The Happiest Place on Earth into a winter wonderland 

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2023) — Holidays at the Disneyland Resort begins Nov. 10, 2023, through Jan. 7, 2024, with an invitation for families to create and relive treasured traditions, from sharing a meal with loved ones, delighting in festive entertainment, marveling at seasonal décor and more.  

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort offers distinctly Disney experiences guests of all ages can enjoy, such as Disney Festival of Holidays, the “Believe…In Holiday Magic” nighttime spectacular and magical “snowfall” in the Downtown Disney District.  

Some favorite Disney characters celebrate the holidays this year with festive new outfits at Disneyland Park and Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park. For the first time, characters will also get into the spirit of the season at Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel. 

Cultural celebrations in Disney California Adventure Park with Disney Festival of Holidays

Disney Festival of Holidays in Disney California Adventure Park draws inspiration from the diverse dishes and cherished traditions of Christmas, Navidad, Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day. Offering a feast for the senses, guests can sample new and returning food and beverages such as southern mac and cheese and kielbasa with pierogi accompanied by upbeat music at the Palisades Stage, Sonoma Terrace and for the first time, the Hollywood Backlot, where Disney Festival of Holidays will also be celebrated. 

Festivalgoers may purchase a Sip and Savor Pass, which offers eight coupon tabs to be shared among friends and family. Valid for the entirety of this season’s Disney Festival of Holidays, foodies may redeem their tabs for select food and nonalcoholic beverages from eight marketplaces and select dining locations in Disney California Adventure Park.*  

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! returns to Paradise Gardens Park for its tenth season. Paradise Garden Grill is serving many new menu items such as the shareable loaded torta and chocolate cake flan. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and The Three Caballeros will debut colorful new celebratory attire that creatively weave elements of traditional Latin American fashion with holiday motifs through playful textured fabrics and vibrant floral embroidery. They will once again host a joyous street party featuring Mexican folklórico dancers and mariachis, Brazilian samba dancers and percussionists, and giant mojiganga puppets. Additional festivities include live music and dancing, visits with beloved Disney characters and special appearances by Mirabel from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto.”  

Festive decor throughout Disneyland Resort

Décor brightens the season throughout Disneyland Resort, featuring grand Christmas trees decorated with uniquely themed ornaments in both theme parks, the Downtown Disney District, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disneyland Hotel.  

Icicles and snow-capped turrets adorn Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, and with a bit of Disney magic, “snow” is scheduled to fall every night in select areas of Disneyland Park. “Snow” is also scheduled to fall in the Downtown Disney District nightly every half hour from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. between Jazz Kitchen Coastal Grill & Patio and Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes starting Nov. 24 through Dec. 31. At Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, a new festive gingerbread house inspires amateur gingerbread architects with its intricate design inspired by pastries. 

Ornaments, lights and more embellish beloved attractions. In Disneyland, a merry boat ride on the wintry waterway of “it’s a small world” Holiday serenades guests with choruses of jolly tunes. In New Orleans Square, Jack Skellington from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” has redecorated the Haunted Mansion into the frightfully festive Haunted Mansion Holiday to create a collision between Halloween and Christmas. Guests can gear up for some cheer in Disney California Adventure on Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree, which both have seasonal spins for the “haul-idays.”  

Limited-time food and beverage and merchandise

The festive flair extends to dining locations across the Disneyland Resort. For the first time, Goofy’s Kitchen features characters dressed in holiday outfits, jolly décor and seasonal flavors from Dec. 1, 2023, through Jan. 1, 2024. Plus, more than 75 new and returning limited-time food and beverages can be found around the Disneyland Resort, such as the Mickey ornament macaron, celebration potato and Filipino feast burrito.  

Families and friends can remember their visit for years to come, and find great gifts for loved ones, with collections of holiday merchandise featuring the Disney Classics Christmas collection, the Disney Festival of Holidays collection and other festive seasonal attire. 

Seasonal spectaculars and entertainment

Mickey Mouse and some of his friends don all-new outfits in Disneyland, putting a spin on the classic red and green with midcentury modern-inspired looks. Through Dec. 24, Santa Claus poses for jolly family photos, making stops in Critter Country in Disneyland, Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in Disney California Adventure, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disneyland Hotel. 

“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade spreads holiday cheer in Disneyland Park, starring characters from Disney Animation’s “Frozen,” Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story” and more. The “Believe…In Holiday Magic” nighttime spectacular illuminates the night sky over Disneyland Park with breathtaking fireworks and sprinklings of snow. For guests who want to add even more holiday magic to their trip, the Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort Guided Tour offers a hosted experience of select seasonal offerings and reserved viewing for “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade.** 

Multiple times per day, Disney and Pixar characters march to the festive beat of the Holiday Toy Drummers in “Mickey’s Happy Holidays” in Disney California Adventure. The spirit of togetherness and love fills Paradise Bay as hundreds of fountains illustrate warm moments from Disney animated films in “World of Color – Season of Light” nighttime spectacular

In addition to holiday shopping and dining in the Downtown Disney District, guests can groove to a variety of “mistle-toe-tapping” live musical performances on select evenings. On some nights at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disneyland Hotel, live entertainment, including handbell and holiday carolers, creates a wonderfully cozy atmosphere.   

About the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact a local travel agent. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year-round. 

Entertainment, experiences, and offerings may be modified, limited in availability or unavailable, and are subject to restrictions, and change or cancellation without notice. Both valid Theme Park reservation and admission for the same Park on the same day are required for Park entry. Park reservations are limited, subject to availability and not guaranteed. Park admission and offerings are not guaranteed. Visit for important information to know before visiting the Disneyland Resort. 

*An event Sip and Savor Pass will expire on the stated date and will not be valid at any other event or at any other time. Passes are nonrefundable, subject to restrictions, and not valid for Theme Park admission. Other restrictions apply. Both valid theme park admission and park reservation required for park entry. 

**Separate fee and tour reservation required.  Additionally, both valid theme park admission and park reservation required for park entry. Cancellation fee and other restrictions may apply. Subject to availability, and change or cancellation without notice. 


Annual Kick-Off to the Holiday Season to Take Place November 18, 2023.

Newhall, Calif. – When you think of the holiday season, do you imagine yourself in a Winter Wonderland? A pile of snow? Taking pictures with Santa? If so, then you’re in luck! The City of Santa Clarita is thrilled to welcome the community to Light Up Main Street presented by Drink PAK in Old Town Newhall on Saturday, November 18, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Attendees will enjoy holiday festivities with family, friends and neighbors during an evening out on Main Street in the City’s premiere Arts and Entertainment District.

Join the Santa Clarita City Council in front of the Santa Clarita Public Library Old Town Newhall Branch as they flip the switch and illuminate a giant Christmas tree, as well as thousands of lights along Main Street at 6:00 p.m. Following the tree lighting, make sure to stop at Veterans Historical Plaza, located at 24275 N. Walnut Street, to experience another special tree paying homage to our Veterans and active duty military.

Throughout the event, attendees can enjoy live music from various acts on the Main Stage (Main Street and Lyons Avenue) or relish the sounds and visual appeal of local performance groups on the Community Stage, which can be found between Market Street and 6th Street, in front of The MAIN.

There is sure to be an activity to delight everyone in your group. Don’t miss the Snow Zone, presented by Snow Orthodontics, live ice sculpting, presented by Re/MAX, Letters to Santa, presented by Henry Rodriguez State Farm, the Candy Cane Carnival, presented by TriStar Home Loans and SCVMVP and a Grinch-tacular Whoville Celebration, presented by Elevate Church.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and take photos with Santa Claus, jump, slide and play in the Polar Playground and create festive crafts. Be sure to stop by the Maker’s Marketplace or shop at local businesses to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts from local artisans. For those guests who are sensory sensitive, take a break at the Chill Zone, in partnership with Include Everyone Project. Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and Logix Federal Credit Union will also be in attendance to help celebrate the holiday season.

If food and drink are the reason you attend, then prepare your taste buds for sweet and savory delights from food trucks located on Lyons Avenue and Main Street, between Market and 6th Street. In addition, consider supporting new and favorite local restaurants and drinking establishments that will be serving up their holiday best.

Residents are asked to be mindful of road closures that will be in effect for Light Up Main Street. Lyons Avenue will be closed between Walnut Street and Railroad Avenue and Main Street will be closed between Lyons Avenue and the roundabout. Residents are asked to use Railroad Avenue or Newhall Avenue as a detour. Closures on Main Street and Lyons Avenue will begin at 6:00 a.m. on November 18. All closures will be lifted by midnight.

Free public parking is available at the parking structure on 9th Street between Main Street and Railroad Avenue, the Newhall Community Center (22421 Market Street) and the lot at the corner of 6th Street and Main Street. Street parking is also available, but please be mindful of parking signs and blocking driveways of local residents. To find more information about Light Up Main Street, please visit

LACMA’s 12th Annual Art+Film Gala Honors Judy Baca and David Fincher and Raises More than $5 Million.

More than 650 Notable Guests Attended the Event, Co-chaired by Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio, Presented by Gucci.

Los Angeles, Calif. —The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) hosted its 12th annual Art+Film Gala on November 4, 2023, honoring artist Judy Baca and filmmaker David Fincher and featuring a special performance by Lenny Kravitz.

More than 650 notable guests from the art, film, fashion, and entertainment industries attended the event, which was co-chaired by LACMA trustee Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio with Gucci Creative Director Sabato De Sarno as the Gala Host Committee Chair.

This year’s gala raised more than $5 million to support LACMA’s efforts to make film more central to the museum’s curatorial programming, as well as LACMA’s broader mission. Gucci, which has partnered with LACMA since the first Art+Film Gala in 2011, returned as presenting sponsor of this year’s event. Electric vehicle transportation and additional support was provided by Audi.

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, owner of Six Flags Magic Mountain to merge with Cedar Fair, owner of Knott’s Berry Farm, in equal transaction. Combined company will benefit from expanded and complementary Portfolio of 42 iconic parks and 9 resort properties across 17 states, Canada and Mexico.

Diversified Geographic Footprint with a More Balanced Presence in Year-Round Operating ClimatesMore Robust Operating Model and Technology Platform to Drive Improved Guest Experience and Park EfficienciesStrong Financial Profile and Cash Flow Generation Expected to Facilitate Investments in Park Upgrades, Expansions and New, Innovative Offerings

Approximately $200 Million of Annual Synergies, Including $120 Million of Cost Savings Anticipated Within Two Years Following CloseExpected to be Accretive to EPS for Cedar Fair Unit-holders and Six Flags Shareholders within the First 12 Months Following Close.

SANDUSKY, Ohio & ARLINGTON, Texas – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Cedar Fair (NYSE: FUN) and Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX) today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to combine in a merger of equals transaction. The combined company, with a pro forma enterprise value of approximately $8 billion based on both companies’ debt and equity values as of October 31, 2023, will be a leading amusement park operator in the highly competitive leisure space with an expanded and diversified footprint, a more robust operating model and a strong revenue and cash flow generation profile.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, Cedar Fair unitholders will receive one share of common stock in the new combined company for each unit owned, and Six Flags shareholders will receive 0.5800 (the “Six Flags Exchange Ratio”) shares of common stock in the new combined company for each share owned. Following the close of the transaction, Cedar Fair unitholders will own approximately 51.2%, and Six Flags shareholders will own approximately 48.8%, of the combined company’s fully diluted share capital on a pro forma basis. One business day prior to the close of the transaction, Six Flags will declare a special cash dividend composed of: (i) a fixed amount of $1.00 per outstanding Six Flags share, totaling approximately $85 million in the aggregate, plus, (ii) an amount per outstanding Six Flags share equal to (a) the aggregate per unit distributions declared or paid by Cedar Fair to unitholders with a record date following today’s date and prior to the close of the transaction, multiplied by (b) the Six Flags Exchange Ratio, which special dividend will be payable to Six Flags shareholders of record as of one business day prior to the close of the transaction, contingent on the closing of the transaction.

“The combination of Six Flags and Cedar Fair will redefine our guests’ amusement park experience as we combine the best of both companies,” said Selim Bassoul, President and Chief Executive Officer of Six Flags. “Six Flags and Cedar Fair share a strong cultural alignment, operating philosophy, and steadfast commitment to providing consumers with thrilling experiences.”

“Our merger with Six Flags will bring together two of North America’s iconic amusement park companies to establish a highly diversified footprint and a more robust operating model to enhance park offerings and performance,” said Richard Zimmerman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cedar Fair. “Together, we will have an expanded and complementary portfolio of attractive assets and intellectual property to deliver engaging entertainment experiences for guests. The combination also creates an enhanced financial profile with strong cash flow generation to accelerate investments in our parks to delight our guests, driving increased levels of demand and in-park value and spending. I have great respect for the Six Flags team and look forward to joining forces as we embark on this next chapter together.”

“Our merger with Six Flags will bring together two of North America’s iconic amusement park companies to establish a highly diversified footprint and a more robust operating model to enhance park offerings and performance,” said Richard Zimmerman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cedar Fair.

“The combination of Six Flags and Cedar Fair will redefine our guests’ amusement park experience as we combine the best of both companies,” added Selim Bassoul, President and Chief Executive Officer of Six Flags. “Six Flags and Cedar Fair share a strong cultural alignment, operating philosophy, and steadfast commitment to providing consumers with thrilling experiences. By combining our operational models and technology platforms, we expect to accelerate our transformation activities and unlock new potential for our parks. We are excited to unite the Cedar Fair and Six Flags teams to capitalize on the tremendous growth opportunities and operational efficiencies of our combined platform for the benefit of our guests, shareholders, employees, and other stakeholders.”

Compelling Strategic and Financial Benefits

  • A Successful Amusement Park Operator with Complementary Portfolio of Attractive Assets: The combined company will operate a portfolio of 27 amusement parks, 15 water parks and 9 resort properties across 17 states in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The company’s complementary portfolio will include some of the most iconic parks in North America with significant brand equity and loyal, recurring guest bases within the highly competitive leisure space. The combined company will also have entertainment partnerships and a portfolio of beloved IP such as Looney Tunes, DC Comics and PEANUTS to develop engaging new attractions enabled by compelling characters, environments, and storytelling.
  • Diversified Footprint and Guest Experiences: Cedar Fair and Six Flags have minimal market overlap of park operations, and the combined company’s complementary geographic footprint is expected to mitigate the impact of seasonality and reduce earnings volatility through a more balanced presence in year-round operating climates. The portfolio will include diversified experiences for guests including safaris and animal experiences, campgrounds, sports facilities and luxury lounges, enabling the combined company to better meet rising consumer demand for varied and engaging entertainment options.
  • Enhanced Operating Platform to Improve Guest Experiences: By uniting Cedar Fair and Six Flags’ complementary operating capabilities, the combined company will benefit from a more robust operating platform for improved park offerings and more efficient systemwide performance. The companies expect to leverage Cedar Fair’s recent park investment experience to accelerate the transformation underway across Six Flags’ portfolio. Cedar Fair and Six Flags will seek to create a more engaging and immersive guest experience. The combined company will also offer expanded park access to season pass holders along with an enhanced, combined loyalty program featuring additional perks.
  • Experienced and Proven Leadership Team: The senior leadership teams of Six Flags and Cedar Fair bring different and complementary skillsets and experience to the combined company, including decades of park operating experience as well as significant expertise integrating businesses and achieving synergy targets.
  • Significant Cost Savings and Revenue Uplift Opportunity: Following the close of the transaction, Cedar Fair and Six Flags expect the combined company will benefit from the significant value created by total anticipated annual synergies of $200 million. Approximately $120 million of these synergies are expected to be related to identified administrative and operational cost savings, which the companies anticipate realizing within two years following transaction close. The companies also expect to leverage their complementary operating capabilities to deliver additional revenue uplift, generating approximately $80 million of incremental EBITDA that the companies anticipate realizing within three years of transaction close.
  • Strong Financial Profile: Over the last 12 months, through the third quarter of fiscal 2023, Six Flags and Cedar Fair collectively entertained 48 million guests, and, as a combined company, would generate pro forma $3.4 billion1 in revenue, $1.2 billion1 in Adjusted EBITDA2, and $826 million1,3 of free cash flow4, reflecting run rate cost savings of $120 million and revenue uplift resulting in $80 million of incremental EBITDA. The transaction is expected to be accretive to earnings per share for Cedar Fair unitholders and Six Flags shareholders within the first 12 months following transaction close. The combined company is also expected to have a pro forma leverage ratio of approximately 3.7x net debt to Adjusted EBITDA, inclusive of synergies, with a path to reduce the leverage ratio to approximately 3.0x within two years of transaction close.
  • Significant Free Cash Flow Generation and Enhanced Financial Flexibility: The combined company’s increased free cash flow will provide it with greater flexibility to invest in new rides and attractions, broader food and beverage selections, additional in-park offerings, and cross-park initiatives, such as consumer technology and enhanced guest services. The combined company’s resources are expected to be strategically deployed to grow attendance, increase per capita spending, and improve profitability, all while enhancing guests’ value and experience across the park portfolio. The combined company is committed to allocating capital to maximize shareholder returns once the company achieves its targeted net leverage ratio.

Leadership, Corporate Governance and Headquarters

The combined company will be led by a proven management team that reflects the strengths and capabilities of both organizations. Upon closing of the transaction, Richard Zimmerman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cedar Fair, will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the combined company and Selim Bassoul, President and Chief Executive Officer of Six Flags, will serve as Executive Chairman of the combined company’s Board of Directors. Brian Witherow, Chief Financial Officer of Cedar Fair, will serve as Chief Financial Officer of the combined company and Gary Mick, CFO of Six Flags, will serve as Chief Integration Officer of the combined company.

Following closing of the transaction, the newly formed Board of Directors of the combined company will consist of 12 directors, six from the Cedar Fair Board and six from the Six Flags Board.

Upon closing of the transaction, the combined company will operate under the name Six Flags and trade under the ticker symbol FUN on the NYSE and will be structured as a C Corporation. The combined company will be headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will maintain significant finance and administrative operations in Sandusky, Ohio.

Approvals and Closing

The merger is expected to close in the first half of 2024, following receipt of Six Flags shareholder approval, regulatory approvals, and satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Approval by Cedar Fair unitholders is not required. Six Flags’ largest shareholder, which owns approximately 13.6% of Six Flags’ shares outstanding, has signed a voting and support agreement to vote in favor of the transaction. The transaction is not expected to trigger any change of control provision under Cedar Fair’s and Six Flags’ respective outstanding Notes. The companies expect to refinance their respective revolving credit facilities, and Six Flags expects to refinance the Six Flags Term Loan, ahead of transaction close.

A-Zal’s latest single ‘Lonely Town’ draws audiences into his New York-inspired musical journey.

New York N.Y. – Fresh from the incredible success of his debut hit, Movie Script, which reached #51 on the iHeartMedia’s Mediabase Activator Chart, A-Zal, the New York-based pop sensation, released his heartfelt new single titled Lonely Town.

A-Zal’s latest single ‘Lonely Town’ draws the audience to the pop singer’s real story.

This release is not only a musical offering but a profound tribute to New York City and a reflection of A-Zal’s personal journey as an emerging artist. A-Zal’s path has been nothing short of remarkable, from busking for tips in New York’s subway stations to collaborating with industry giants like Marvel Studios and making a mark on US radio charts.

In the lyrics of Lonely Town, the city becomes a symbolic companion, walking alongside A-Zal throughout the highs and lows of his artistic journey. The song beautifully encapsulates the emotional rollercoaster of his pursuit, from moments of homelessness to finding solace in the bustling streets of New York.

A-Zal’s directorial talent also shines through in the music video, where he employs a narrative style to complement the song’s storytelling. His debut single’s music video garnered over 130k views on YouTube in just one month, showcasing his multifaceted creative abilities.

Speaking about the track, A-Zal explains, “Lonely Town is a song born during my early days in New York, when my livelihood depended on tips from subway performances. I moved to the USA in 2018 to chase my musical dreams, and the city’s streets and subways became my new home. Amidst the glamour, I felt a profound sense of loneliness while walking its bustling streets with empty pockets. Ultimately, New York City became my anchor, my inspiration, and my true home. This song is my heartfelt tribute to the city that gave me everything.”

Los Angeles Life and Style‘s Margie Anne Clark caught up with A-Zal about the release of his new single, Lonely Town.

MC: What inspired you to write Lonely Town?

A-Zal: All my songs have something to do directly with me and my life. I want my listeners to know me through my songs. So, its my journey that inspires me to write and create music. When I embarked on creating my album, it was crystal clear that I needed to draw inspiration from my personal experiences and weave them into my songs. I really had to tell my story about how I actually got to this magical city and how I started a new life in New York 5 years ago. It captures my life as a New York subway musician and the grind I had to go through before I bagged my first Hollywood project.

MC:  What is your favorite aspect of working in the music industry?

A-Zal: The best part about working in the music industry is you get to live your dream every single day. I start my day with music and I end it with music too. There is nothing more I could ask. The even better part is every Sunday evening, I’m not sulking about going to work the next day. I literally wait for my week to start. I consciously take time off during the weekend to balance out my personal life and also avoid creative fatigue. But, Monday mornings are the most exciting for me!

MC: How many instruments do you play and what is your favorite?

A-Zal: Over the years, I learnt how to play a ton of instruments – guitar, piano, ukulele, drums, mandolin etc. But, my favorite is the guitar and the piano. I do most of my compositions on these.

MC: Who are some of the artists that inspired you to become a singer/songwriter?

A-Zal: The biggest music influence in my life has to be Ed Sheeran. It is because of his song Perfect that I got inspired to write my own music. What inspires me the most about Ed Sheeran songs is the simplicity and honesty in his songwriting and lyrics. They directly pierce my heart and I feel there is no adulteration or ornamentation in crafting the lyrics to impress the audience. They are insanely raw and true. It inspires me to be a true musician and not fake anything about me in anyway to get new fans or impress my existing fans. Apart from Ed Sheeran, I absolutely love Dua Lipa’s songwriting and production. She is one artist I’d love to collaborate with. 

MC: Do you have any messages that you would like to share with your fans?

A-Zal: I just want to tell them that they may have not heard too many stories like mine. I came to this country to win their hearts. I’d also like to thank them for showering their love on my music. 

More Hip-Hop Superstars Added To Lineup For A GRAMMY Salute To 50 Years Of Hip-Hop – Concert at the YouTube Theatre Dec. 8, then Airing Sunday, December 10 on CBS and Paramount+.


LOS ANGELES, CA – The Recording Academy®, Jesse Collins Entertainment and CBS have expanded their lineup for A GRAMMY® Salute to 50 Years of Hip-Hop with even more hip-hop superstars including Arrested Development, Big Daddy Kane, Black Sheep, Cypress Hill, Digable Planets, DJ Quik, E-40, GloRilla, Gunna, Jeezy, Juvenile, Latto, Luniz, MC Lyte, Roxanne Shanté, Spinderella, Three 6 Mafia, Too $hort, T.I., 2 Chainz, Warren G, and YG to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.

The Recording Academy, Jesse Collins Entertainment and CBS present A GRAMMY Salute to 50 Years of Hip-Hop on Nov. 8, 2023, at YouTube Theater at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California. The live concert special will showcase and celebrate the genre’s profound history and monumental cultural impact around the world. The tribute special will air Sun, Dec. 10, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, on the CBS Television Network and be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Previously announced performers included Black Thought, Bun B, Common, De La Soul, Jermaine Dupri, J.J. Fad, Talib Kweli, The Lady Of Rage, LL COOL J, MC Sha-Rock, Monie Love, The Pharcyde, Queen Latifah, Questlove, Rakim, Remy Ma, Uncle Luke, and Yo-Yo.

A GRAMMY Salute to 50 Years of Hip-Hop is produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Jesse Collins, Shawn Gee, Dionne Harmon, Claudine Joseph, LL COOL J, Fatima Robinson, Jeannae Rouzan-Clay, and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson for Two One Five Entertainment serve as executive producers and Marcelo Gama as director of the special.

ABOUT YOUTUBE THEATER                                   
YouTube Theater is a 6,000-seat performance venue located at Hollywood Park, a near 300-acre sports and entertainment destination in Inglewood Calif., being developed by Los Angeles Rams Owner/Chairman E. Stanley Kroenke. The state-of-the-art theater is a 227,000 square foot, three-story indoor venue situated under the same roof canopy as SoFi Stadium and American Airlines Plaza. The venue can be configured to house three different crowd capacities, including intimate settings with minimum capacities of 3,400 and 4,400. Equipped with premium finishes throughout, the venue also offers guests both an interior and exterior balcony, luxury boxes, an industry room, and a private club with premium seats. Opened in August 2021, YouTube Theater is equipped to host a variety of events, including concerts, awards shows, esports competitions, community gatherings, conferences and more.
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International Student Film Competition Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary; Ceremony Held at Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight honored its student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 50th Student Academy Awards® ceremony.  The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards were announced and presented during an in-person ceremony held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received a total of 2,443 entries from 720 colleges and universities around the world.  With welcome remarks by Patricia Cardoso, the night’s category presenters included “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” directors Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, SAA committee chair Peggy Rajski and past winners Brad Bailey, Sujin Kim, Ken Kwapis, Freddy Macdonald, Olivia Peace and Kevin Wilson Jr.  The 2023 ceremony is available to view here.

The 2023 Student Academy Award medalists are:

Gold: “Skin,” Leo Behrens, American Film Institute

Gold: “Boom,” Gabriel Augerai, Romain Augier & Yannick Jacquin, École des Nouvelles Images, France
Silver: “Diplomatie de l’Éclipse,” César Luton, Achille Pasquier & Clémence Bailly, MoPA 3D Animation School, France
Bronze: “Mum’s Spaghetti,” Lisa Kenney, National Film and Television School, United Kingdom

Gold: “Wings of Dust,” Giorgio Ghiotto, New York University
Silver: “Duet,” Lyuwei Chen, New York University
Bronze: “Hasta Encontrarlos (Till We Find Them),” Jean Chapiro, Columbia University

Gold: “Invisible Border,” Mark Gerstorfer, Filmakademie Wien, Austria
Silver: “Revisited,” Iain Aigin Stronach Forbes, Den Norske Filmskolen, Norway
Bronze: “Istina (Truth),” Tamara Denić, Hamburg Media School, Germany

First-time honors go to École des Nouvelles Images (France).

All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for 2023 Oscars® in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film or Documentary Short Film category.  The 2023 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award® winners as Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Spike Lee, Patricia Riggen and Robert Zemeckis.  Past winners have gone on to receive 67 Oscar® nominations and have won or shared 15 awards.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is home to a global membership of more than 10,500 of the most accomplished film industry artists and leaders. The Academy recognizes and celebrates all aspects of the arts and 
sciences of moviemaking through renowned awards for cinematic achievement, including the Oscars®. With the 
world’s largest film museum and collection, the Academy preserves our cinematic history and presents honest and 
powerful programs about cinema’s past, present, and future. Across all initiatives, the Academy connects global 
audiences – its members, the film industry, and film fans – through their shared passion for making and watching films.




LOS ANGELES, CA – Live television event producer Raj Kapoor has been named as executive producer and showrunner, Katy Mullan as executive producer, and Hamish Hamilton as director of the 96th Oscars®, Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang announced today. It will be Kapoor and Mullan’s first time to executive produce and Hamilton’s fourth time directing the Oscars. Kapoor has worked on the show for the past seven years and most recently served as producer for the 95th Oscars. The Oscars will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, March 10, 2024.

A dynamic creative team returns from the 95th Oscars to work with Kapoor, Mullan and Hamilton to help shape the vision and direction of the 96th Oscars, including creative director Kenny Gravillis, production designers Misty Buckley and Alana Billingsley, red carpet show executive producer David Chamberlin, and red carpet creative consultants Lisa Love and Raúl Àvila.

“Raj and Hamish have been incredible Oscars collaborators, and we are delighted to welcome them and Katy to lead the 96th Oscars,” said Kramer and Yang. “Their deep love of cinema, fresh vision, and tremendous live television expertise is perfect for our reinvigorated show. We’re excited to work with them and our remarkable creative team – Kenny Gravillis, Misty Buckley and Alana Billingsley, David Chamberlin, Lisa Love and Raúl Àvila – to deliver an exceptional show for audiences worldwide.”

“As a Canadian boy of South Asian descent and a girl from London who grew up watching the Oscars, dreaming of being part of it, this is a ‘pinch me’ moment!” said Kapoor and Mullan. “This has been an exceptional year for the movies, and it’s an absolute privilege to be leading the team celebrating the global film industry and the astounding talents that bring these cinematic stories to life. We’re dedicated to making it a remarkable celebration for all.”

“Having worked with Raj, Katy and Hamish on many special and memorable projects over the years, we have full confidence in their vision for the 96th Oscars,” said Rob Mills, executive vice president, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television. “Their creativity, infectious energy and sincere love for the movies will be the ticket to making this year’s ceremony a night to remember.”

Kapoor has earned six Emmy® Award nominations and won for executive producing the Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) “Adele: One Night Only.” In addition to several Oscars shows, Kapoor’s credits include “The GRAMMY Awards®,” “ACM Awards,” “Latin GRAMMYS,” “The Emmy Awards,” “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration,” “Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter” and “The Disney Family Singalong” specials.
Mullan is an executive producer, showrunner and partner in the global live event production company Done + Dusted. Her work in live entertainment ranges from producing the London Olympics opening and closing ceremonies to “The Little Mermaid Live!” Mullan’s recent credits include “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration,” “Step Into…The Movies,” several Christmas and New Year’s Eve television specials and the “Disney Family Singalong” franchise.

Hamilton made his Oscars debut directing the 82nd Academy Awards® telecast in 2010 and subsequently directed the 86th and 87th Oscars, both of which earned him Emmy nominations. He has directed many other celebrated live televised events, including “The Emmy Awards,” “The GRAMMY Awards,” 14 Super Bowl halftime shows (most recently in 2023 featuring Rihanna), and the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics. Hamilton has earned 11 Emmy Award nominations, a Peabody Award, a BAFTA Award, and a GRAMMY Award nomination for the musical special “Robbie Williams – Live at the Albert.” He is a partner in the global live event production company Done + Dusted.

Gravillis returns to conceptualize the key art for this year’s Oscars marketing campaign. His design agency, Gravillis Inc., recently rebranded Orion Pictures and has developed iconic key art and campaigns for legions of movies, including “Dune,” “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” “Birds of Prey,” “Queen & Slim,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Free Solo,” “Iris” and many more. A member of the Academy’s Marketing and Public Relations Branch, Gravillis also created posters and collateral materials for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ retail store.

Buckley and Billingsley return as production designers for this year’s show. They earned Emmy nominations for their work on the 95th Oscars. Buckley has designed world tours and productions for such artists as Ariana Grande, Kacey Musgraves and Coldplay, including the band’s Super Bowl halftime show. She also designed the 2021 GRAMMYS, the London 2012 Paralympics Closing Ceremony, the 2015 Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony, the 2022 Commonwealth Games ceremonies, the Brit Awards and numerous television productions for the BBC and ITV. Buckley earned a BAFTA nomination for her work with Stormzy at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival and Emmy nominations for her production design of “Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl,” the 2021 GRAMMYS and Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Live!.” Billingsley was an art director on six previous Oscars broadcasts, for which she earned five Emmy nominations and won two Emmys. Additional credits include “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “The Emmy Awards,” “The GRAMMY Awards,” “CMA Awards,” “BET Awards” and numerous other live television productions.

Chamberlin will return for the fifth consecutive year to executive produce ABC’s “The Oscars Red Carpet Show,” the official live lead-in to the 96th Oscars broadcast. Chamberlin leads Full Day Productions, with credits including the ESPY Awards, NFL Honors, the “Savage X Fenty Show,” “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” multiple “30 for 30” films, and “Monday Night Football” with Peyton and Eli.

Love and Àvila will join the team for the second year to create the Oscars red carpet aesthetic and guest experience. They led the creative team for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ 2021 and 2022 galas and will lead the upcoming gala.

The 96th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is home to a global membership of more than 10,500 of the most accomplished film industry artists and leaders. The Academy recognizes and celebrates all aspects of the arts and sciences of moviemaking through renowned awards for cinematic achievement, including the Oscars®. With the world’s largest film museum and collection, the Academy preserves our cinematic history and presents honest and powerful programs about cinema’s past, present, and future. Across all initiatives, the Academy connects global audiences – its members, the film industry, and film fans – through their shared passion for making and watching films.



Hollywood, Calif. – Multi-platinum recording artist, fashion icon, and ‘The Voice’ coach, Gwen Stefani will be honored on Thursday, October 19, at 11:30 a.m. with the 2,764th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star will be unveiled at 6212 Hollywood Boulevard next to Amoeba Music. Stefani will be honored with her star in the category of Recording. There will be a street closure between Argyle and El Centro beginning at 10 a.m.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce administers the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame for the City of Los Angeles and has proudly hosted the globally iconic star ceremonies for decades. Millions of people from here and around the world have visited this cultural landmark since 1960.


“Gwen Stefani is the pride and joy of California!” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “Not only is she an acclaimed singer/songwriter and performer, Gwen is also a talented fashion designer and cosmetics mogul. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is ready to welcome not just a girl but a mega talent to the Hollywood Walk of Fame!” added Martinez.

As guest speakers, record label founder and entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine, CEO of the Azoff Company and manager Irving Azoff and country superstar and husband Blake Shelton will join emcee Ellen K for the star unveiling.

A three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, Interscope Records recording artist Gwen Stefani has achieved global success as a singer/songwriter, performer, charismatic frontwoman of No Doubt, and as a multi-platinum solo artist.  Currently, Stefani can be seen as a coach on NBC and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television’s Emmy®-winning series “The Voice.”

Stefani is a trend-setting music and fashion icon with an impressive array of honors: four MTV Video Music Awards, two Billboard Awards, an American Music Award, and a Brit Award.  To date, she’s sold more than 60 million units worldwide, and over ten billion streams, including her debut solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby.  The four-times platinum album delivered the hit singles “Rich Girl,” “What You Waiting For?” and the No. 1 hit “Hollaback Girl.”

Her sophomore album, The Sweet Escape, featured the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 single “Wind It Up” and the unforgettable anthem “The Sweet Escape.”  Her critically praised latest album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and includes her powerful No. 1 single “Used to Love You.”

In 2020, Stefani had two No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with husband Blake Shelton, “Nobody But You” and “Happy Anywhere.”   Stefani released the new song “True Babe” in June ahead of a series of major festival performances in for the U.K. and Europe this summer.

Before the music there was makeup. Stefani’s passion for makeup was integral in the launch of her beauty brand GXVE in early 2022. The clean, high-performance cosmetics collection is inspired by Stefani’s iconic looks and created for the community of makeup lovers who find their inspiration, individuality and self-expression through artistry.

One of pop culture’s most magnetic style icons, Stefani is one of the first artists to brilliantly merge music stardom into a series of global lifestyle brands including her fashion-forward clothing line, L.A.M.B., sister label Harajuku Lovers and her eyewear line gx by Gwen Stefani.

Stefani continues to make giving back a focus in her life supporting several charities and foundations.

Update, October 19, 2023

Gwen Stefani Honored with Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame video:

BAFTA Cymru Awards 2023 Winners announced.

Y SŵnGreenham and Save the Cinema win two awards eachTaron Egerton and Rakie Ayola among first-time BAFTA Cymru winners.

Sunday, 15 October 2023, Cardiff: The winners of the 32nd BAFTA Cymru Awards have been announced this evening at a special ceremony at the ICC Wales in Newport, hosted by Welsh TV presenter Alex Jones. The BAFTA Cymru Awards honour excellence and celebrate talent across film and television in Wales.

Y Sŵn received two awards, Feature/TV Film and Editing: Fiction, won byKevin Jones. Greenham won Factual Series withRhys ap Rhobert receiving the Editing: Factual award for his work on the series.

Save the Cinema scooped two awards with Jo Thompson winning Costume Design and Jonathan Houlding receiving the award for Production Design.

This year’s Siân Phillips award recipient Rakie Ayola also won her first BAFTA Cymru award for Actress for her performance in The Pact and Taron Egerton received his first BAFTA Cymru Award for Actor in Black Bird. Joining first time winners is Lisa Jên who received the Presenter awardforStori’r laith.

Entertainment Programme was won by Luke Evans: Showtime! and The Lazarus Project collected the award for Television Drama.

Sally El Hosaini won Director: Fiction for The Swimmers. Last year’s Breakthrough Cymru winner, Chloe Fairweather, wins the Director: Factual award for Scouting for Girls: Fashion’s Darkest Secret.

The winner of this year’s Breakthrough Cymru award went to Mared Jarman for the comedy drama How This Blind Girl… which she wrote and acted in.

Bjørn Bratberg received the Photography & Lighting: Fictionfor his work onGwledd/ The Feast and the Sound Team for The Rising received the Sound award.

Brothers in Dance: Anthony and Kel Matsena won the award for Single Documentary. Photography: Factual was presented to Sam Jordan-Richardson for the Our Lives – Born Deaf Raised HearingY Byd ar Bedwar: Cost Cwpan Y Byd Qatar won the award for News and Current Affairs.

Children’s Programme was awarded to Mabinogi-ogi for the second time and the Short Film category was won byHeart Valley.

Industry legend, Hywel Gwynfryn was awarded the Outstanding Contribution award presented by Rhuanedd Richards. Further details, as previously announced, can be found here.

Sir Jonathan Pryce CBE awarded Rakie Ayola with the Siân Phillips Award. Further information, as previously announced, is found here.

22 competitive awards in total were presented across the evening as well as two BAFTA special awards. The ceremony was broadcast on BAFTA YouTube channel and is available to watch here.

The BAFTA Cymru Awards’ partners and supporters are Acqua Panna, Bad Wolf, BBC Cymru Wales, Champagne Taittinger, Channel 4, Coco & Cwtsh, Deloitte, EE, Eric James Travel Services, Gorilla, ITV Cymru Wales, Lancôme, San Pellegrino, S4C and Villa Maria.

2023 BAFTA Cymru Awards: The Winners

GRAHAM LAND Dal Y Mellt – Vox Pictures / S4C
OWAIN ARTHUR The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings of Power – Amazon Studios / Amazon Prime Video
RHYS IFANS House of The Dragon – HBO in association with 1:26 Pictures / Bastard Sword / GRRM Productions / Sky Atlantic
TARON EGERTON Black Bird – Apple Studios / Apple TV+

EIRY THOMAS Y Sŵn – Swnllyd
KATY WIX Big Boys – Roughcut TV / Channel 4
RAKIE AYOLA The Pact – Little Door Productions / BBC One Wales
RUTH WILSON His Dark Materials – Bad Wolf / BBC iPlayer

EMILY MORUS-JONES Diomysus: More than Monogamy – BBC Wales & Emily Morus-Jones Production / BBC Three
ISSA FARFOUR Wales this Week and Wales at Six – ITV Cymru Wales
MARED JARMAN How This Blind Girl… – Boom Cymru / BBC Two

GWRACH Y RHIBYN – Boom Cymru / S4C
MABINOGI-OGI – Boom Cymru / S4C
Y GOLEUDY – Boom Cymru / S4C

JO THOMPSON Save the Cinema – Future Artists Entertainment Ltd / Sky Cinema
SARAH YOUNG WILLOW Lucasfilm Ltd. / Disney+
SIÂN JENKINS DREAM HORSE – Film 4 Productions / Topic Studios / Ffilm Cymru Wales / Ingenious Media / Raw TV / Popara Films / Warner Bros

CHLOE FAIRWEATHER Scouting for Girls: Fashion’s Darkest Secret – The Guardian / Wonderhood Studios / Sky Studios / Sky Documentaries
CLARE STURGES Charlie Mackesy: The boy, the Mole, the Fox, the Horse and Me – Embankment Films  / Apple TV+ / BBC Two
DYLAN WYN RICHARDS Greenham –  Tinopolis  / S4C
GRUFFYDD SION REES Stori’r Iaith – Rondo Media / S4C

ISABELLA EKLÖF Industry – Bad Wolf / BBC iPlayer
RICHARD STODDARD Brassic – Calamity Films / Sky Max
SALLY EL HOSAINI The Swimmers –Working Title / Netflix

GWYN JONES Italia 90 – Four Weeks that Changed the World – Blast! Films / Sky Documentaries
JOHN GILLANDERS & DAFYDD HUNT Stori’r Iaith – Rondo Media / S4C
RHYS AP RHOBERT Greenham – Tinopolis / S4C
SION AARON Chris a’r Afal Mawr – Cwmni Da / S4C

DAFYDD HUNT Yr Amgueddfa – Boom Cymru / S4C
JOHANNES HUBRICH The Lazarus Project – Urban Myth Films / Sky Max
KEVIN JONES Y Sŵn – Swnllyd
MALI EVANS Y Golau / The Light in the Hall – Triongl / Duchess Street / S4C

GOGGLEBOCS CYMRU – Cwmni Da / Chwarel / S4C
STEREOPHONICS LIVE IN CARDIFF: WE’LL KEEP A WELCOME – BBC Studios / Steroephonics / Aldgate Pictures / BBC One

A SPECIAL SCHOOL – Slam Media / BBC One Wales
GREENHAM – Tinopolis / S4C
STORI’R IAITH – Rondo Media / S4C

DONNA – Truth Department / Films de Force Majeure
FIVE DATES – Wales Interactive / Good Gate Media
Y SŴN – Swnllyd

COUNTY LINES – ITV Cymru Wales / S4C
LLOFRUDDIAETH LOGAN MWANGI – Multistory Media Cymru / ITV Studios / S4C

CHRISTIAN CARGILL Heart Valley – The New Yorker / Dalmatian Films / BBC Two Wales
PAUL JOSEPH DAVIES Greenham – Tinopolis / S4C
SAM JORDAN-RICHARDSON Our Lives – Born Deaf, Raised Hearing – On Par Productions / BBC One

BJØRN BRATBERG The Feast / Gwledd – Sgrech
DAVID JOHNSON His Dark Materials – Bad Wold /BBC iPlayer
SERGIO DELGADO The Pact – Little Door Productions / BBC One Wales

CHRIS ROBERTS Chris a’r Afal Mawr – Cwmni Da / S4C
LISA JÊN Stori’r laith – Rondo Media / S4C
SEAN FLETCHER Stori’r Iaith – Rondo Media / S4C

DANIEL TAYLOR Dream Horse – Film 4 Productions / Topic Studios / Ffilm Cymru Wales / Ingenious Media / Raw TV / Popara Films / Warner Bros.
JOEL COLLINS His Dark Materials – Bad Wolf / BBC iPlayer
JONATHAN HOULDING Save the Cinema – Future Artists Entertainment Ltd / Sky Cinema

CARDIFF – The Festivals Company
HEART VALLEY – The New Yorker / Dalmatian Films / BBC Two Wales
INNER POLAR BEAR – Gritty Realism Productions
NANT – Strike Pictures / Channel 4 Streaming

BLOOD, SWEAT AND CHEER – Little Bird Films / BBC Three

SOUND TEAM Industry – Bad Wolf / BBC iPlayer
SOUND TEAM The Feast / Gwledd – Sgrech
SOUND TEAM The Rising – Sky Studios / De Mensen / Sky Max

CASUALTY – BBC Studios / BBC One
THE LAZARUS PROJECT – Urban Myth Films / Sky Max
PERSONA – Cwmni Da – S4C

JOE BARTON The Lazarus Project – Urban Myth Films / Sky Max
PETE MCTIGHE The Pact – Little Door Productions / BBC One
RUSSELL T DAVIES Nolly – Quay Street Productions / ITVX

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