anonymous asked:

Thank you for talking about your concerns re: Sony/Columbia and Rob Stringer. I thought I was the only one who felt sick to my stomach at the thought of the man who has been friends with Simon for years, and was head of the US label that helped to closet H & L, being the one to sign H. I don't know why people are excited, because the power dynamics are really messed up now, and there's no guarantee that the stunts are going to stop for L anytime soon. Trying to have hope, but it's hard. :(

It’s very hard, and you’re perfectly welcome, anon.

I thought I had posted about Rob Stringer in the fall, but all I can find is some articles I uploaded, so I’ll revisit now. Stringer has spent his career at Sony, he’s been running labels there since the early 90s, and his brother was a main exec and CEO of Sony Corp (not music) for quite some time. Stringer has headed Columbia since 2008, and he’s done extensive business with Simon Cowell in that capacity. Indeed, Simon was the first quote in the Billboard article announcing Stringer’s appointment as head of Sony this October. Their working relationship has been extensive, as far as I can tell. He has credited his work with Simon on XFactor acts as his gateway to success for getting Glee to work, which was hugely responsible for his success turning Columbia around. [Adele as well, and he’s partly responsible for a lot of a resurgent trend of U.K. artists’ US success.] He has called Simon the “best A&R guy he knows” in multiple interviews.

One Direction signed to Columbia in 2012 as they were breaking the American market; the closet clamped down during this time.

Sony purchased controlling shares in Syco in July of 2015 – paying £85 million total for it, and absorbing the £70 million debt it had accrued. While making £45 million from it personallyis somewhat pathetic for Simon, that’s a far better fate than being jettisoned from Sony and declaring the company bankrupt within five years. The buyout was, it would appear, the best possible outcome for Simon given the failures of his television series, losing One Direction, and being unable to produce a suitably earning substitute.

Rob Stringer was announced the new head of Sony mid-October 2016.

I say all this to suggest that thinking of a ‘fresh start’ for Rob Stringer or Harry is not logically sound. Rob Stringer has been involved in their business since 2012 – but even say for argument’s sake that perhaps he didn’t determine their marketing. But Rob Stringer has been calling the shots at Sony since this fall (and potentially had input before that official announcement). And we know Sony now holds the Syco strings and has since July 2015, a date we are all very aware of – so Rob Stringer stepping into the office in the last six months has certainly had power to ameliorate the situation, and he has not done so.

Harry has been constructed as the big fish, the Justin Timberlake, almost since the beginning. It seems Sony’s going to be damned if they don’t get what they’ve always angled for, by hook or by crook. Given what we have seen, they’ve been successful at backing Harry into a corner, as well as Louis, with profound effects for Liam and Niall as well.

Columbia and Sony are sure to promote Harry’s music thoroughly, because it could make them a great deal of money. But that is the equation. It is very much in their best interests not to help Niall, Louis, and Liam or One Direction, as that would distract dollars and time from Harry’s solo work, which will make them a fortune. It is quite evident by now that Sony has had the power to step in but have not, because such an extreme power imbalance in negotiating is much more expedient for their bottom line. They’ve been monstrous and it’s gotten them Harry’s contract, which is what they wanted.

Hope is not any easy thing in such a situation. I think patience will continue to be the watchword. 

anonymous asked:

Cris, why is everyone acting like it's Sony the boys have old contracts with? Sony bought Syco shares recently, after 1D decided to ditch Syco. Sony is an ENORMOUS company and I doubt the bigheads there are involved with such petty things as smear campaigns in the Sun. It's all Simon. That's why I get all ?? when people moan about Columbia being a Sony label. So what? Sony has dozens labels with different people that had nothing to do with 1D. Ultra is a Sony label too and they were good to JHO.

People feel like Sony had every opportunity and reason to prevent Syco from treating the band like shit and, more recently, every opportunity and reason to prevent Syco from treating Louis like shit, especially after July 2015 when Sony became 75% owner of Syco.

Yes there are multiple labels, but the current incoming president of Sony Music, Rob Stringer, was the president of Columbia when their biggest cash cow was being run into the ground and smeared by the powers that be at Syco (i.e. Simon Cowell and Sonny Takhar).

So while I maintain that all labels are evil and that signing with a Sony label really is no worse than any other label now that the band members have some real power behind their names and good management backing them up (even Niall, who now is Modest’s “big fish” and he could dump them if he wanted to), the simple fact is that they were more interested in Simon’s TV shows bringing in one hit wonders every year than actively supporting and helping a band that was far more than anyone expected them to be.

Not to mention this horror show that is Louis’ current PR. Sony has the power now when it comes to Syco acts and you can see what they’re doing with it.

anonymous asked:

I don't understand. Why do they keep changing who her parents are? What's the point? Opportunities for new plots?

For a long time, Wanda and Pietro didn’t have parents or a last name. Then, in the 70′s, Marvel realized that was weird and decided to give them a backstory. Wanda was a very popular, prominent character at the time, which I suspect lead them to believe she needed special parents. So she and Pietro became the children of two golden age superheroes, Miss America and The Whizzer. In that same story, it was said they had been raised by the High Evolutionary.

The problem was that didn’t fit with what had already been established about their backstory, particularly the part about them being raised on Wundagore by the High Evolutionary. The other, bigger problem is that the stories about The Whizzer being their dad weren’t interesting. It just wasn’t working.

So a bunch of guys at Marvel set out to give them a new origin story where everything was explained and the answer to the parent mystery was satisfying. That story was Nights of Wundagore. It gave Wanda and Pietro a new red herring set of parents, Django and Marya Maximoff, in order to explain how they remembered having a mother and father, despite allegedly being raised by the High Evolutionary. Those were their adoptive parents.

Then, in addition to adding Chthon, it subtly (and then definitively in the letter column) showed that Magneto and his wife Magda were their biological parents. But Marvel editorial also decided Wanda and Pietro would never know Magneto was their birth father… until a few years later when they found out.

That was the status quo for decades. Most modern comics fans grew up with it and never knew anything else.

Then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.

In 2014, AXIS, a bad crossover event, was published, and in it, Wanda magically discovered Magneto was not her father. We know that this was a mandate that came directly from editorial, but editorial wouldn’t say why they mandated it, beyond “we’re telling a story.” This was all highly suspicious, and immediately, people began to suspect movie influence. Opinions ranged from “they want things to match the movie” to “they’re being petty because they hate Fox” to “they legally have to change it,” but most people agreed this had something to do with the movies.

I’ve read some of the Sony-Marvel documents and can’t figure out a reason they would have to change the backstory of a shared character. Sony and Marvel have a different relationship than Fox and Marvel though, and if there is a reason, it’s probably specific to that relationship. We don’t know what really happened with that, other than it was very suspiciously timed.

Then, in the early part of 2015, it was revealed Wanda and Pietro were the biological children of Django and Marya. That was an okay answer that required a lot of ignoring previous continuity. I think they were picked because they were the easiest available answer and Rick Remender, the writer, didn’t want to be writing the story in the first place. (He’s obsessed with Wanda’s relationship with Magneto, which is another matter entirely.) The reveal was a little iffy, and it was implied there was more to the story than what we were told.

But then Remender left Marvel comics, with a million unfinished storylines awkwardly scattered around the Marvel Universe in his wake. So a new writer, Robinson, decided to throw out the idea of Wanda being Django and Marya’s biological daughter (she acted like she’d never heard it and was still searching for her parents) and made her Django’s niece. Why? I don’t know. If I’m guessing (and I am), I’d say he just thought the Django-Marya reveal was boring and wanted Wanda to have a cool witch mom. He also left it open-ended as to who her father actually was. All we know is that he killed her mother.

Which brings us to the obvious question: Will it change again? Well, if you assume movie rights reasons are why it was changed, you should be encouraged by the fact that Marvel and Fox have a better relationship than they did in 2014. They’re working together on tv shows and the X-Men even seem to be coming to Avengers Academy, which is very interesting. There’s also the fact that who her father is was deliberately left open, making it possible Magneto is still her biological father, even if her mother is now Natalya and not Magda.

I’m not so optimistic. I don’t believe Marvel is going to suddenly reveal It Was Magneto All Along, but stranger things have happened.

anonymous asked:

It consoles me a little knowing that Sony has the majority share of Syco and that Simon is not the boss anymore. Not that I particularly like Sony but if Louis is indeed with Syco I prefer Sony to have more power then Simon. I actually wonder if Syco will be absorbed into Sony tbh. Or by another umbrella of Sony. It's curious that the last winner of the X Factor didn't sign with Syco but signed with RCA... I found it interesting since the X factor is Simons thing... I don't know, just wondering

I do wonder what sort of future Syco really has. Like do they have long term plans for it or will it be absorbed by other Sony labels? Not really sure what’s happening over there. I vote for letting it go away.


It’s hard to express what the new Broadway musical Hamilton means to me through only words, because in person my hands are moving impossibly faster than my tongue. Lin-Manuel Miranda has taken stodgy old wig-wearing who-cares characters from history books and turned them into PEOPLE. Living, breathing flesh with the emotions and yearnings of actual individuals, which - you know - is who they actually were. But beyond that, he’s made them visually accessible. They look like you and I. The actors in these roles are Latinx, Black and Asian. When we say “representation matters” I don’t think any of us imagined representation like this.

Lin-Manuel is a wonder. Sondheim and Jay-Z in one brain. You’d never know it, but it took him an entire year to write one song, the opening number “Alexander Hamilton.” Year Two saw him write a second song, “My Shot.” And the man kept at it, producing a score that is beyond anything Broadway has heard or seen since Next To Normal or maybe Avenue Q or maybe since - yes, I’ll say it - Rent.

What inspires me so much about this man is his audacity to be amazing. He told Vogue a few months back, “You go through the I’m a Fraud phase. You go through the I’ll Never Finish phase. And every once in a while you think, What if I actually have created what I set out to create, and it’s received as such?” That a man who is arguably one of the greatest in today’s industry can do what he does and still feel what he feels touches me on a spiritual level. As an author and filmmaker, I’ve felt those things to, but never would I have perceived something as Hamilton to be possible.

But these are our stories. Lin-Manuel’s father was passing American college a generation ago without knowing a stich of English. A Sony exec I met shared her story of living in her college library for several weeks because she couldn’t afford to pay housing. The son of an immigrant with the middle name Hussein is president during a racially-heated period in history. I look at these heroes and I ask myself why have I allowed expected limitations to impede on what I can achieve?

Look at all that marvelous melanin in the above images! Look at those names! Was this cast, this project possible two years ago? In the head of Lin-Manuel Miranda it was. So what’s in my head that I’ve been holding under lock and key? What’s in your head? It takes time and effort, but are you willing to work for it? Are you willing to wait for it?

Life doesn’t discriminate
between the sinners and the saints
it takes and it takes and it takes
and we keep living anyway
we rise and we fall and we break
and we make our mistakes
and if there’s a reason I’m still alive
when so many have died
then I’m willing to wait for it.

- “Wait For It”, from Hamilton, book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

📷 of Hamilton cast shot by Annie Liebowitz for Vogue, July 2015

anonymous asked:

It consoles me a little knowing that Sony has the majority share of Syco and that Simon is not the boss anymore. Not that I particularly like Sony but if Louis is indeed with Syco I prefer Sony to have more power then Simon. I actually wonder if Syco will be absorbed into Sony tbh. Or by another umbrella of Sony. It's curious that the last winner of the X Factor didn't sign with Syco but signed with RCA... I found it interesting since the X factor is Simons thing... I don't know, just wondering

yeah, I’m wondering the same. I’m thinking they’ll eventually spin Syco Music off from Syco Entertainment, which is the big TV show money maker.  Without 1D Syco isn’t much of a label. That way Simon can be the TV guy and someone else can handle the music without Simon tainting it with his bullshit.

I mean they have Little Mix and they’re doing well, but they’re not anywhere near as huge as 1D, but I think they’re the biggest artist that Syco has now, or maybe 5th Harmony is, but either way, not big money makers like 1D.

Tom Hardy to star in 'Spider Man' spin-off 'Venom'

New Delhi [India], May 20 (ANI): DC’s ‘Bane’ is going to be Marvel’s 'Venom’. The official Twitter handle of Sony Pictures shared the news of Hardy, starring in upcoming 'Spider Man’s spin-called 'Venom’. They captioned the snap, “Tom Hardy is Eddie Brock in #Venom, the upcoming film from Sony’s Marvel Universe releasing October 5, 2018 - production starts this fall.”

Tom Hardy is Eddie Brock in , the upcoming film from Sony’s Marvel Universe releasing October 5, 2018 - production starts this fall.

— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures)

The 'Revenant’ star will play Eddie Brock, the character who first became Venom. While, Ruben Fleischer, best known for directing 'Zombieland,’ is in final negotiations to helm the movie project centering on one of 'Spider-Man’s signature villains, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie is on top priority and the studio is not wasting time as the movie is set to open October 5, 2018. Venom has been one of Marvel’s top villains and a Spider-Man fixture since he was introduced in 1988, created by writer David Michelinie and artists Todd McFarlane and Mike Zeck. Scott Rosenberg, who worked on 2014s 'The Amazing Spider Man 2’ and Jeff Pinkner, wrote the script for Venom. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing, along with Amy Pascal. Plot details are still not out, yet. (ANI)
Simon Cowell sells off part of Syco entertainment empire for £86m
The music mogul, 57, has signed a new deal giving Sony a share in Syco, which owns the rights to the hugely lucrative X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent brands.

Simon Cowell has sold a stake in his entertainment empire for a staggering £86 million in a deal that means a windfall for his friend Sir Philip Green, it can be revealed.

The music mogul, 57, has signed a new deal giving Sony a share in Syco, which owns the rights to the hugely lucrative X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent brands, as well as a number of successful recording artists.

Sony paid £52.4m in cash in 2015 and will pay a further £33.4 by 2021, newly released accounts show.

It is understood Cowell has received an incredible £45 million from the initial payment. His friend and business associate, the shamed retail tycoon Sir Philip Green, has also received a cut as he was a 10 per shareholder in Syco Holdings, the firm set up to receive the investments.

Other documents show the two men also received lucrative dividend payments from Syco Holdings: Cowell, 57, was paid £1.5m while Sir Philip – under fire for his role in the collapse of BHS - received £68,049.

Cowell – who has launched the careers of some of the world’s most successful pop stars – is already worth an estimated £340 million, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

But the deal means he now only has a 20 per cent stake in the entertainment firm he set up in 2002.

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Syco Music denies dropping Zayn Malik from label
Former One Direction star Zayn Malik is still with Syco, according to the British music label founded by Simon Cowell....

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik is still with Syco, according to the British music label founded by Simon Cowell. Reports surfaced earlier Thursday that Malik was set to be ousted from the Sony label shared with his former band and to another label in the Sony family. For now, the 22-year-old and Syco are still associated. When reached for comment, a Syco spokesperson told EW, "Zayn is still with Syco.“

winestaineddressicantwearanore  asked:

people say tayvin is a fauxmance by sony atv. can you look into this?

Hi there!

Who were the people who said that? They obviously know nothing about the music business, or even business in general. 

Sony/ATV is a music publishing company. Sony/ATV only takes care of copyright issues (music licenses and royalties), ensuring the songwriters and composers under its care are paid when others use their compositions. 

They are very different from record labels such as Big Machine Records (Taylor’s record label) or Fly Eye Records (Calvin’s vanity record label via Sony Music). Record labels look into the recording of music, and in many cases, also artist scouting and development, as well as the marketing (promotion and distribution) of music.

The only link that Sony/ATV and Sony Music share is their link to Sony Corporation (with electronics being the main business). Sony to refer to Sony Corporation

Sony was incorporated in Tokyo, Japan. Sony Music is a fully owned subsidiary owned by Sony, but it was incorporated in New York, USA. They have different key people. Sony is very hands off Sony Music. Sony/ATV is owned partially by Sony. The other 50% is owned by the estate of Michael Jackson. Again, the key people are entirely different. 

The accounting books for Sony, Sony Music and Sony/ATV are entirely different. To think Sony or Sony/ATV has orchestrated a Tayvin fauxmance just to sell records is absolutely ludicrous. Like I said, Sony/ATV deals with music licenses and royalties. Sony cares about their electronic business, their main business, which is currently losing money. The Japanese execs at Sony are probably more concerned about making their bread and butter turn profitable, than to waste time creating a fauxmance to boost profits for its subsidiary company, Sony Music. Sony Music is an asset Sony can sell away anytime for liquidity purposes.

If it’s anyone that would supposedly create a Tayvin fauxmance to supposedly boost records, it would be the talent management companies.

However, Taylor owns her own management company, 13 Management. She’s hired Tree Paine as her publicist, whose background is mostly in country music

Calvin is signed with Three Six Zero. Both founders of Three Six Zero have prior extensive background with the EDM industry, and connected with Calvin via MySpace. They’ve helped him grown from zero to hero, where he is now (most paid DJ in the world) by making smart business decisions, not creating fauxmances. Both Paine and Three Six Zero come from two entire different music worlds, and it doesn’t even make sense to come up with a fauxmance between Calvin and Taylor. I’m more inclined to go with the story that they met via mutual friends, and was set up by Ellie Goulding. 

In any case, if Taylor was in a fauxmance to boost record sales, wouldn’t it make more sense for her to get together with someone before 1989 was launched on 27 October 2014? Not when her album has already been out for for months. Calvin’s Motion was also out around the same time on 31 October 2014. It would have made sense if they got together in July/August 2014 to create news in anticipation for 1989 and Motion, not in February/March 2015 where no albums by Calvin or Taylor will be released anytime soon.

Hope this clears it up!