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Exclusive: Peter Chernin’s The North Road Company Hires JPMorgan Chase’s Darian Singer As CFO –



Peter Chernin’s The North Road Company Hires JPMorgan Chase’s Darian Singer As CFO

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Peter Chernin has found his new CFO.

Chernin’s The North Road Company, which was formed after he paid around $200M for the U.S. assets of Red Arrow Studios, has hired former JPMorgan Chase Darian Singer in the role.

He will lead the integration of North Road assets and oversee the development of North Road infrastructure as it looks to grow further. He reports to Chernin, who is Chairman and CEO of North Road.

Singer was most recently Managing Director within JPMorgan Chase’s Entertainment Industries Group, which he joined in 2011. He was previously with Union Bank and Dresdner Kleinwort.

The North Road Company consists of those Red Arrow assets, which includes Love Is Blind producer Kinetic Content and The Circus producer Left/Right, as well as Chernin Entertainment and Connor Schell’s non-scripted business Words + Pictures.

Chernin told Deadline recently that he believes there is a “big opportunity to build a meaningful company”.

“Darian brings the right combination of skills and experience to North Road as we integrate and scale our business. I am very pleased to have him on board,” Chernin said.

Singer added, “It’s incredibly exciting to join North Road at such a promising and pivotal juncture. I greatly look forward to leveraging North Road’s centralized resources to empower each company within its portfolio, while also creating an infrastructure that allows and encourages the banner to scale even further.”



Exclusive: Taylor Swift claps back at Shake It Off plagiarism lawsuit saying she's never heard plaintiffs' Playas Gon' Play –




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Taylor Swift clearly believes she’s being played in court, as a declaration she filed to the judge in a Shake It Off plagiarism lawsuit laid out her contention that she never heard the song she’s accused of lifting, Playas Gon’ Play, until after she was made aware of the legal action.

“The lyrics to Shake It Off were written entirely by me,” Swift said in paperwork filed in response to the allegation from two songwriters that her 2014 smash infringed upon a single from the group 3LW that peaked at No. 81 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2001.

“Until learning about Plaintiffs’ claim in 2017, I had never heard the song ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ and had never heard of that song or the group 3LW,” Swift wrote in a filing first reported on by Billboard.

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Taylor Swift filed a declaration to the judge in a Shake It Off plagiarism lawsuit saying she never heard the song she’s accused of lifting, Playas Gon’ Play, until after she was made aware of the legal action (PA Images via Getty Images)

She said she would have had little opportunity to hear it during its brief chart run, since her parents “did not permit me to watch (MTV’s hit countdown show) TRL until I was about 13 years old.”

Regardless of exposure to the tune, Swift and her attorney made the case that any similar phrasing is a result of the terminology being a part of everyday language, and was part of the popular vernacular before Sean Hall and Nathan Butler wrote “Playas Gon’ Play” around the turn of the century – at which point the hitmaker says she was hearing that language on the playground, not on the airwaves.

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“I recall hearing phrases about players play and haters hate stated together by other children while attending school in Wyomissing Hills, and in high school in Hendersonville,” the Pennsylvania-bred star wrote.


“These phrases were akin to other commonly used sayings like ‘don’t hate the playa, hate the game,’ ‘take a chill pill,’ and ‘say it, don’t spray it.’ … I was struck by messages that people prone to doing something will do it, and the best way to overcome it is to shrug it off and keep living.”

Taylor Swift poses in the press room with the award for album of the year for "Folklore" at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, March 14, 2021
The Grammy-winning performer maintains she wrote all the lyrics to the hit song herself (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Swift noted that the phrasing was common enough that she had worn a T-shirt bearing the words “haters gonna hate” at a 2013 concert – one that was not custom-made, but purchased at Urban Outfitters.

The songs appear to have nothing in common except the core contested lines – with the 3LW tune repeating the lyrics “Playas, they gonna play / And haters, they gonna hate,” while Swift’s track uses the lines “‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” as the linchpin of its chorus.

Still, that was enough for an earlier judge to overturn a prior dismissal of the lawsuit, which has been making its way through the courts for five years. It was set aside by a federal judge in 2018, but the suit was reinstated by an appeals court the following year. It’s due to be decided by a jury at an undetermined date in the future, but Swift attorney Peter Anderson is arguing that further evidence shows the plaintiffs’ claims are baseless enough to not warrant a trial.

Although Playas Gon’ Play made minimal impact on the pop charts in 2001, Billboard did place the song at No. 87 on a 2017 ranking of “the 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.”

As internet sleuths have pointed out, the contested phrases or close variations on them have appeared in a number of other 21st century songs, both before and after Shake It Off, including Eric Church’s The Outsiders in 2014 and BTS’ Mic Drop in 2017. The Notorious B.I.G. is often credited as popularising the phrase “Playa Hata” with his 1997 song of that name.

In his initial dismissal of the case, before it was sent back to him by an appeals court, federal judge Michael Fitzgerald wrote that the lyrics were “too brief, unoriginal, and uncreative” to be protected.

“In the early 2000s, popular culture was adequately suffused with the concepts of players and haters to render the phrases ‘playas … gonna play’ or ‘haters … gonna hate’ standing on their own, no more creative than ‘runners gonna run,’ ‘drummers gonna drum,’ or ‘swimmers gonna swim,’” he continued.

Subsequently, upon having the case returned to him by the higher court, the judge said that Swift’s lawyers “made a strong closing argument” but added that it was not so clear-cut that leaving it to a jury was unwarranted.

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Exclusive: Avery Dixon: 5 Things To Know About The Amazing Golden Buzzer Act On ‘AGT’ –




Avery Dixon: 5 Things To Know About The Amazing Golden Buzzer Act On ‘AGT’

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After his incredible audition, Avery Dixon will be back on America’s Got Talent during the August 9 live shows. The musician made a splash with his first performance and earned rave reviews from the judges. Avery is an incredibly talented musician and could go far in the competition.

So, who is Avery Dixon? At just the age of 21, Avery has already accomplished so much. Learn more about the young saxophonist as AGT season 17 continues.

Avery Dixon after receiving the Golden Buzzer. (NBC)

1. Avery got the first AGT Golden Buzzer of season 17.

Avery wowed the judges and audience with his incredible saxophone skills during his audition. “You will change the world,” Howie Mandel declared. Simon Cowell said this is Avery’s “destiny.” Host Terry Crews was so impressed that he gave Avery the first Golden Buzzer of the season.

Avery wanted to learn how to play an instrument and picked out the saxophone while he was in the store. He was a natural from the beginning and learned how to play “harder songs within the first month of playing,” according to a 2013 interview. Avery received a letter from President Obama congratulating him on his musical accomplishments.

2. Avery was ‘not expected to live’ when he was born.

Avery was born 24 weeks premature and weighed only 1 lb. 8 oz. He was “not expected to live,” according to his official bio. “His little finger wouldn’t even wrap completely around my pointer finger,” his mother, Lisa, said in 2013. He has released an EP titled Entrees.


3. Avery’s voice was impacted by his long stay in the hospital.

Avery spent 39 days with a tube down his throat that kept him alive. The tube left a small hole in Avery’s vocal cords. This causes his voice “to be pitchy and airy because his vocal cords do not close completely,” according to his bio. This complicates his asthma and makes it difficult for him to breathe at times.

He revealed to the judges that he was bullied when he was younger. “I was in such a dark place I actually wanted to commit suicide,” Avery admitted. Just before giving Avery the Golden Buzzer, Terry told the musician to tell his bullies that he’s got a “big brother named Terry Crews” who will always have his back.

4. Avery shows off his musical talent on social media.

Avery frequently posts videos of himself playing the saxophone on Instagram and TikTok. He covers songs by Alicia Keys, Boyz II Men, and John Legend. He gives inside glimpses of his performances at weddings, festivals, and more.

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Avery Dixon during his ‘AGT’ audition. (NBC)

5. Avery is following in his great-grandfather’s footsteps.

Avery’s great-grandfather was Maxwell Davis. Maxwell was an R&B saxophonist, arranger, and record producer. He worked with artists like BB King, Etta James, and more.

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Exclusive: Britney Spears responds to ex Kevin Federline’s claims about her sons –




Britney Spears responds to ex Kevin Federline’s claims about her sons

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Britney Spears has responded to her ex-husband Kevin Federline‘s “hurtful” claims about her relationship with their sons.

In a since-viral interview released Saturday, Federline said the relationship between Spears and their two shared sons, Sean, 16, and Jayden, 15, has become distanced.

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“The boys have decided they are not seeing her right now. It’s been a few months since they’ve seen her,” Federline, 44, told the Daily Mail.

Federline claimed the boys decided on their own accord not to attend their mother’s recent wedding to Sam Asghari, 28. Federline said regardless of their attendance, the boys are “happy” for their mother and “wish her and Sam all the best going forward.”

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“This whole thing has been hard to watch, harder to live through, harder to watch my boys go through than anything else,” Federline said in the interview, referring to Spears’ recently ended conservatorship battle. “It’s been tough. It’s the most challenging thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.”

Spears, 40, was released from her 13-year conservatorship in November. Contrary to popular opinion, Federline said he believes the conservatorship held by Spears’ father Jamie “saved” the Toxic singer.

“I saw this man that really cared, and really cares about his family and wanting everything to be OK,” Federline said in the interview. “When Jamie took over, things got into order. He saved her life.”

Federline also told the Daily Mail that Spears’ frequent near-nude Instagram posts have had a negative impact on their sons, calling the situation “tough.”

The former dancer said he has tried to explain to his sons that “maybe that’s just another way [Spears] tries to express herself.”

“But that doesn’t take away from the fact of what it does to them,” Federline added. “I can’t imagine how it feels to be a teenager having to go to high school.”

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On Saturday, Spears responded to Federline’s claims on her Instagram story.

“It saddens me to hear that my ex-husband has decided to discuss the relationship between me and my children,” she wrote.

“As we all know, raising teenage boys is never easy for anyone .. It concerns me the fact that the reason is based on my Instagram … it was LONG before Instagram,” Spears continued. “I gave them everything. Only one word: HURTFUL … I’ll say it … My mother told me ‘You should GIVE them to their dad.’ I’m sharing this because I can. Have a good day folks!!!”

On Sunday, Spears shared another post to Instagram, adding to what she said on her story the day prior. Spears referenced Federline’s current wife, Victoria Prince, who told the Daily Mail, “Whatever is happening outside has nothing to do with this home.”

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“The conservatorship has only been over for 8 months !!!!” Spears wrote in the emoji-filled post. “Reminder that the trauma and and insults that come with fame and this business not only affect me but my children as well !!!! I’m only human and I’ve done my best.”


“During my conservatorship I was controlled and monitored for nearly 15 years … I needed permission just to take Tylenol !!! I should embark on WAAAY more than going topless on the beach like a baby !!!!” Spears wrote.

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Asghari also made a statement on social media, writing on his Instagram story, “There is not validity to his statement regarding the kids distancing themselves and it is irresponsible to make that statement publicly.”

“The boys are very smart and will be 18 soon to make their own decisions and may eventually realize the ‘tough’ part was having a father who hasn’t worked much in over 15 years as a role model,” he continued.

“Kevin’s gravy train will end soon wich [sic] probably explains the timing of these hurtful statements,” Asghari wrote. “I do not know him personally and have nothing against him aside him chosing [sic] to vilify my wife. His character is revealed by approval of the cruel 13 year [conservatorship] and his loyalty to Jaimie [sic] indicates his approval at time of its conception as well.”

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Spears and Federline met in 2004 when he was a dancer in a Hollywood club. They married later that year, but divorced in 2006, shortly after the birth of their second son.

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