CKX’s 19 Entertainment Announces New Partnership with Storm Model Management
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–19 Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of CKX, Inc. (Nasdaq: CKXE), today announces that it has acquired a 51% ownership stake in Storm Model Management Ltd, the leading UK-based model agency run by Sarah Doukas and her brother Simon Chambers.
Storm is one of the world’s leading model talent agencies. Founded in London by Ms. Doukas in 1987, the agency represents an international roster of clients that includes Kate Moss, Jourdan Dunn, Lily Cole, Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Carla Bruni, Emma Watson and many others. It has remained at the cutting edge of fashion and lifestyle for over twenty years.
This deal is a continuation of CKX’s mission to form partnerships with high-value entertainment companies or individuals. Storm joins a roster that includes Muhammad Ali Enterprises, Elvis Presley Enterprises, David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, ‘American Idol’ and other world-famous entertainment brands.
19 Entertainment has a growing fashion portfolio which includes a joint venture with multi-platform fashion media brand Fashionair.com, Victoria Beckham’s critically acclaimed dress collection which sits alongside her denim and sunglass lines, a multimillion-dollar fragrance partnership with Coty, and a joint venture with designer Roland Mouret.
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Paula Abdul — $10 Million For Your Thoughts
We confronted Paula Abdul head-on with our story that she will return to “American Idol” for a cool $10 million. Trust us, it’s true, but Ms. Abdul played poker after landing at Burbank airport.
Sadly, our cameraman got it wrong by asking Paula if she was bent out of shape because she felt disrespected by Simon. She legitimately answered “no.” The truth is — even more than the money, she Twitter-quit because she felt disrespected by “A.I.” execs, who agreed to pay Ryan Seacrest $15 mil a year, Simon Cowell a gazillion a year, and Paula a puny $4 mil a year.
Idol Thoughts: Top 9 Paula Abdul Video Moments
When we think about Paula Abdul’s eight years on American Idol, the words journey, magic, gorgeous, star, jewelry and “Simon!” come to mind.
But that’s only because we’re pretty sure Paula once told a contestant, “Your journey of magic is just your gorgeousness and you’re already a star, ” while fiddling with her big ol’ rings, after which she turned to glare at Simon Cowell, who was rolling his eyes.
Or something like that. You sort of always knew what Paula was going to say, but the excitement lay in waiting to see how it would come out.
EXCLUSIVE: Posh Judged Harshly In American Idol Debut
Everyone agreed that Victoria Beckham looked lovely as she showed up for her first day of work Friday as an “American Idol” guest judge. But that apparently is where the compliments stop.
“It didn’t go too well, ” a source close to the production told RadarOnline.com exclusively. Posh Spice was apparently quite bland.
“She tried to hard to be ‘nice, ‘ but came off as icy and wooden, ” the source added.
Country star Kellie Pickler dazzles sold-out crowd
Country music star Kellie Pickler didn’t win “American Idol, ” but she had no problem winning over the audience Friday night at the 141st Wisconsin Valley Fair.
Neither the cool weather nor the lingering threat of rain kept fans away. Pickler performed for a packed crowd and sold out 700 reserved seats.
Pickler, 23, rose to fame in 2006, when she became a contestant on the fifth season of FOX’s “American Idol.” While her singing voice and Southern charm were enough to get her a place in the competition’s coveted top 12, Pickler was ultimately eliminated from the competition, coming in sixth place.
‘America’s Best Dance Crew 4’: Sundays Are For Worship. And Shane Sparks.
So You Think You Can Dance has only been over for three days, and I am already going through seriously methodonish withdrawals. But luckily, SYTYCD season 6 starts in only three weeks, and in the meantime there’s Shane Sparks’ other shiz-hot dancing show, America’s Best Dance Crew, kicking off its fourth season tonight in its new Sunday slot. Because, as the MTV slogan says, Sundays are for worship.
Backstage at Thursday’s SYTYCD season 5 finale, I had a chance to chat with Shane about what to expect from ABDC4. And as you can see from the clip below, we were both pretty frickin’ excited. How could we not be? And I was particularly psyched and intrigued to learn that this season, the show will welcome its first openly gay and transgendered crew.
Shannon Elizabeth, Derek Hough Split
Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough have called it quits.
The couple, who met on Dancing With the Stars and have been dating for a year, announced their split on Twitter Friday evening.
“Hi everyone, we wanted you all to know directly from us, that Shannon & I have decided to end our relationship as boyfriend & girlfriend…, ” they each posted in matching Twitter messages. “However, we love and care about each other very much and will reamin friends and in each others lives.”
A few hours later, the the 35-year-old actress — who began a relationship with the professional dancer during the hit show’s sixth season — thanked fans for their understanding.
So You Think You Can Dance Gets it Right
Did anyone see this one coming? Not until this week, I’m almost certain. For the first half of season five of “So You Think You Can Dance, ” Jeanine Mason, an 18-year-old contemporary dancer from Florida, was mostly known as the partner of pop-and-locking phenom Phillip Chbeeb. Sure, she’s been a lively, funny and strong dancer the whole time ‘â€ and managed to wow the judges with her hip-hop, tango and jive skills, long before picking her own style more than a month after the season began. That’s when, finally, she and partner Jason Glover made jaws drop with a beautiful, sexy performance (complete with lip-lock), choreographed by season-two vet Travis Wall. She showed that she could turn off that quirky, 1, 000-watt smile and embody whatever other emotion the dance called for.