THE ACADEMY, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MERCURY STUDIOS, ANNOUNCES PARTICIPANTS IN JONAS GWANGWAMUSIC COMPOSITION INITIATIVE.

Career Development Program for British Musicians Brought Together Academy Members, Composers and Industry Executives for Celebratory Event at Abbey Road Studios in London.

LOS ANGELES, CA and LONDON, U.K. – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in partnership with Mercury Studios, today announced Peter Edwards and Oleta Haffner as the participants selected for the Jonas Gwangwa Music Composition Initiative, a one-year career development program for Black British musicians interested in composing music for film.  Part of the Academy’s ongoing global outreach and engagement efforts, the program aims to foster broader representation in film music composition.

The Academy and Mercury Studios hosted an event celebrating Edwards and Haffner at Abbey Road Studios in London yesterday evening (October 6).  Academy CEO Bill Kramer and President Janet Yang welcomed guests, Academy Executive Vice President, Impact and Inclusion Jeanell English spoke about the importance of the Academy’s talent and development programs, and Academy member Misan Sagay (Writers Branch) reflected on the Jonas Gwangwa Music Composition Initiative and its goals.  Academy members Gary Yershon and Nainita Desai (Music Branch), who spearheaded the creation of the program with Sagay, then joined composers Segun Akinola and Bankey Ojo, along with Natasha Baldwin, Executive Vice President, Classics and Screen at Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), for a panel discussion on the challenges of the industry, their own career journeys, and how the program can help to pave new paths for participants.

“We are so honored to have Peter and Oleta, two incredibly talented composers, participate in this program, through which we seek to provide the connections, tools and opportunities needed to expand access to the global film industry,” said English.  “We also thank Mercury Studios and all of our partners for making this program possible.”

“Talent discovery and development is at the heart of what we do at Mercury Studios so we are looking forward to working with Peter and Oleta over the next year,” said Mercury Studios Co-President Marc Robinson.  “We hope this initiative will only expand as we continue to create ways to engage composers around the world.” 

Edwards is a composer, musical director and pianist who has been working in the London jazz scene for 12 years, and Haffner is a London-based composer who writes music for animated short films and theater productions.  Throughout the year, they will receive access to Academy members across various branches in order to gain an understanding of the filmmaking process; one-on-one mentorship with a member of the Academy’s Music Branch to learn about the practical aspects of composing for film; access to Academy events and screenings in London; and introductions to leading practitioners from all areas of film music, among other mentorship programming.  They also will be matched with a filmmaker who is in the process of making a short film and will be given the opportunity to compose music for the film.  

The composition work will be funded by two grants from Universal Music Group’s (UMG) Decca Records and Mercury Studios, a full-service, global production film and television studio.  Additional programming and support will be provided by UMG’s Abbey Road Studios.

Gwangwa, who died in 2021, was a prominent South African jazz musician and composer.  He received Oscar® nominations for Original Score and Original Song for his work, with George Fenton, on “Cry Freedom” (1987).

For more information on the Jonas Gwangwa Music Composition Initiative, visit https://oscars.org/learn/jonas-gwangwa-initiative.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the arts and sciences of the movies, including public programming, screenings, publications, educational outreach, exhibitions, and more.

ABOUT MERCURY STUDIOS
Mercury Studios is a full-service production studio originating, producing, selling, distributing and investing in scripted, unscripted and live content. Editorially independent, Mercury Studios is powered by Universal Music Group and represents the world’s leading catalogue of music-related content.

ABOUT ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
A global music icon and the world’s first purpose-built recording studio, Abbey Road Studios has been home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in music technology over the last 90 years. The studios’ phenomenal history encompasses celebrated work by artists from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Fela Kuti, Kate Bush, Oasis and Radiohead to Sam Smith, Florence + The Machine, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Frank Ocean, Amy Winehouse, Brockhampton and Little Simz, as well as scores to films from “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and many of the “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars” movies, to “Gravity,” “The Shape of Water,” “1917,” “Black Panther,” “Black Widow” and “Avengers: Endgame.” Since stereo was patented at Abbey Road in 1933, the studios have been home to numerous innovations in recording technology and continue to innovate today with Europe’s first music tech incubator, Abbey Road Red. Abbey Road Studios is part of Universal Music. Discover more at www.abbeyroad.com.

ABOUT DECCA RECORDS
Established over 90 years ago, Decca is one of the world’s most iconic record labels having been home to countless legendary musicians including Luciano Pavarotti, Dame Vera Lynn and Bing Crosby. Today, Decca provides the platform for a new generation of ambitious artists at the forefront of their scenes – names such as Andrea Bocelli, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Melody Gardot, Max Richter, Aurora, Jacob Collier, Nicola Benedetti, Ludovico Einaudi and Isobel Waller-Bridge, who continue to represent the label’s cultural legacy. Discover more at: decca.com.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates the Holiday Season with “Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and “Grinchmas” – Friday, November 25, 2022 and Running Daily Through Sunday, January 1, 2023. 

Holidays officially begin at Universal Studios Hollywood on Friday, November 25 through Sunday, January 1, with the return of popular seasonal activities “Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and “Grinchmas.” All Holiday Festivities are Included in the Price of Theme Park Admission. Click Here to Purchase Tickets to Experience the “Awesomest Celebration of the Season.”

Universal City, Calif.– October 6, 2022 – Universal Studios Hollywood rings in the “Awesomest Celebration of the Season” with the return of fan favorites “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” and “Grinchmas™” beginning Friday, November 25, 2022 and running daily through Sunday, January 1, 2023. All holiday festivities are included in the price of theme park admission.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” brings the spirit of the holiday season to the village of Hogsmeade™, which is transformed with festive décor and merriment. Guests can savor a delicious Hot Butterbeer™ while enjoying a special holiday a capella performance from the Hogwarts Frog Choir. Activities also include holiday shopping for exclusive items within the village shops, including personalized ornaments and notebooks, and dining on hearty holiday fare at Three Broomsticks™.

As night falls on the snowy town, Hogwarts™ Castle will come to life in a dazzling spectacle, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.” The impressive light projection show will amaze audiences with its stunning imagery and animation as the castle infuses the land with joyous wonderment and features music and sounds from the Harry Potter film series.

The cheerful “Grinchmas” Who-bilation will return in jolly fashion to Universal Plaza, located in the heart of the theme park. Festive park-goers can marvel in amazement at the topsy-turvy 65 foot-tall “Grinchmas” tree decorated with hundreds of ornaments and thousands of LED lights. Every evening, a jovial tree lighting ceremony will excite guests as they listen to the Grinch himself tell his story along with the Who-ville Whos, ending in a snowball flurry, bringing joy and merriment to all.

A variety of activities are available to guests looking to get into the “Grinchmas” spirit. The Grinch and his faithful dog Max will be available for photo opportunities throughout the day. Cindy-Lou Who leads daily story time for young visitors looking to learn of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and the Who-ville post office will be accepting postcards with holiday messages. Additionally, an array of sweet holiday treats, including hot cocoa, will be available for purchase.

Adding to the theme park activities, Universal CityWalk will be dressed for the holiday season with spirited décor and a 40 foot-tall Christmas tree featuring more than 200,000 LED lights. The infamous Voodoo Doughnut will tempt guests with delicious seasonal flavors to celebrate the holiday spirit.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Admission to Universal CityWalk is free. More information available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com.

UCLA Hockey Returns to The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center in Valencia for the 2022-2023 Season.

VALENCIA, Calif. – Welcome back, UCLA Hockey! The City of Santa Clarita and The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center | Powered by FivePoint, are excited to announce the return of the UCLA Men’s Hockey Team for the 2022-23 season. Just this year, the Bruins joined the West Coast Hockey Conference (WCHC) and will now compete against top teams, both nationally and in Southern California and Arizona. 

Fifteen UCLA games will be held at The Cube over the course of the 2022-23 season, including one against cross-town rival USC. Additionally, The Cube will host the WCHC Playoffs in early February 2023. The first home game for UCLA will be against the Loyola Marymount Lions on Friday, October 7, at 8:30 p.m. at The Cube. General admission is free but is subject to change. Times vary for each game, so please visit TheCubeSantaClarita.com for a full list.

The 2022-23 UCLA home schedule at The Cube is listed below:

  • October 7 vs. Loyola Marymount University
  • October 9 vs. University of Colorado, Boulder
  • October 14-15 vs. University of Connecticut
  • October 22-23 vs. Northern Arizona University
  • October 28-29 vs. University of Denver
  • November 4 vs. USC
  • December 2 vs. Long Beach State University
  • January 20 and 22, 2023 vs. Grand Canyon University
  • January 27, 2023, vs. University of Northern Colorado
  • February 3, 2023, vs. Loyola Marymount University
  • February 9–12, 2023 – WCHC Playoffs
  • March 3, 2023, vs. San Diego State University

While you cheer on the Bruins, make sure you stop by The Grille to order your fan favorite foods, snacks and drinks. Remember, it is always a chilly 54 degrees inside The Cube, so stay warm by visiting the City Store for sweatshirts, blankets and more! For more information about UCLA hockey games at The Cube, please visit TheCubeSantaClarita.com or call (661) 257-CUBE.

50th Anniversary Edition of Peggy Lee’s ‘Norma Deloris Egstrom From Jamestown, North Dakota’ Out November 18, 2022.

PEGGY LEE’S LONG-OUT-OF-PRINT FAN FAVORITE GETS A DELUXE EDITION NOVEMBER 18. Features Seven Bonus Tracks Making Digital Debut New Edition Of Miss Peggy Lee: An Autobiography Now Available.  “100 Years Of Peggy Lee” GRAMMY Museum Exhibit Extended Through May 2023.

LOS ANGELES – To honor one of her most treasured and evocative albums, Capitol Records and Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), in conjunction with Peggy Lee Associates, announce a 50th-anniversary edition of Peggy Lee’s Norma Deloris Egstrom From Jamestown, North Dakota

Set for a November 18 release, the deluxe anniversary edition features the ten original album master tracks plus seven bonus tracks consisting of five alternate takes, a session outtake, and an Oscar-nominated Best Original Song from the same era. The bonus tracks will make their digital debut. The title will be available on CD and digital formats and is now available for pre-order.

Originally released in 1972, the album was Lee’s 40th and her last for Capitol Records. The result of a brilliant collaboration between acclaimed producer Tom Catalano (Neil Diamond, Anne Murray), renowned arranger Artie Butler (Louis Armstrong, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick), and Lee’s manager and album coordinator Brian Panella, Norma Deloris Egstrom From Jamestown, North Dakota is widely regarded as one of her most beloved albums of all time and an artistic tour de force.

With a title that pays tribute to her roots, the introspective album includes such enduring classics as “A Song for You,” “Just for a Thrill,” “Superstar, “ “The More I See You,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” and many other songs about love, loss, and longing. The 23-page booklet, annotated by Iván Santiago, features new interviews with Tom Catalano, Artie Butler, and Brian Panella and previously unseen photos from the 1972 recording session.

This spring saw the release of a new edition of Miss Peggy Lee: An Autobiography. First published in 1989, the 2022 version features her never-before-released book of poetry, Softly With Feeling; a new cover; an epilogue by jazz and music writer Will Friedwald; a comprehensive discography and recommended listening section compiled by archivist Iván Santiago; and a new foreword by Peggy’s granddaughter, Holly Foster Wells.

Following Lee’s 2020 centennial, the celebrations for this extraordinary jazz legend continue, including a GRAMMY Museum exhibit, “100 Years of Peggy Lee,” which was recently extended until May 2023CBS Sunday Morning profile tracing “Peggy Lee and her cool power” back to her beginnings in North Dakota; and a recent Hollywood Bowl tribute to Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra with the Count Basie Orchestra, featuring special guests Billie Eilish, Debbie Harry, Dianne Reeves, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Seth MacFarlane, among others.

Born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, she was christened Peggy Lee in 1937 by a local North Dakota DJ, Ken Kennedy. With her captivating voice and sultry style, Lee helped redefine what it meant to be a female singer and artist, breaking barriers and blazing trails for generations of artists who have followed. 

Coined “the female Frank Sinatra” by Tony Bennett, Lee did something few of her male counterparts attempted: she wrote songs. As one of the first contemporary singer-songwriters, Lee ranks among the most successful female singer-songwriters in the annals of American popular music. Over her remarkable seven-decade career, she wrote over 270 songs and recorded over 1,100 masters.

Norma Deloris Egstrom From Jamestown, North Dakota  [CD; digital]

1. Love Song – (Lesley Duncan) 

2. Razor (Love Me As I Am) – (Jack Schechtman)

3. When I Found You – (Mike Randall)

4. A Song For You – (Leon Russell)

5. It Takes Too Long To Learn To Live Alone – (Leon Carr, Robert Allen)

6. Superstar – (Leon Russell, Bonnie Bramlett)

7. Just For A Thrill – (Lil Hardin Armstrong, Don Raye)

8. Someone Who Cares – (Alex Harvey)

9. The More I See You  – (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)

10. I’ll Be Seeing You – (Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal)

Bonus Tracks:

11. It Changes – session outtake^ – (Robert Bernard Sherman, Richard Morton Sherman)

12. Pieces of Dreams – 45-single^ – (Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Michel Legrand)

13. When I Found You – alternate take^

14. A Song For You – alternate take^

15. Someone Who Cares – alternate take^

16. The More I See You – alternate take^

17. I’ll Be Seeing You – alternate take^

^making digital debut