Coachella 2019 Celebrity Sightings: See Hollywood Take Over the Music Festival

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Moore From L.A.: How Hollywood Turned the Apple Stage Into a Red Carpet

There was no actual red carpet, no flashbulb clicking press line. But Hollywood made its style known in Cupertino, Calif., on Monday, when Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and more took the stage to tout Apple’s new content strategy and streaming TV offerings.
Although Apple doesn’t have a specific dress code for its office or events, its late cofounder Steve Jobs is still the archetype of Silicon Valley fashion; his uniform of black turtleneck, jeans and sneakers still permeating the keynote stages of tech power nearly eight years after his death.
What was interesting on Monday was to see how Hollywood challenged that carefully dressed-down image, both on the Apple presentation stage and at the party the night before that had stars capturing candid snapshots and chatty social media posts that invited the public into the notoriously private, Norman Foster-designed Apple campus.
“In association with the misfits, rebels and troublemakers,” the opening film credits teased in the Steve Jobs Theater, setting the stage for the storytellers from down South who Apple is counting on to transform its hardware-based business model and help take it into a content-driven future.
Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook wore his 2019 version of Jobs’ tech uniform: gray jeans,

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The Week in Movie News: Noah Centineo is He-Man, First ’Toy Story 4’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Trailers and more

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Why Hollywood may have mercy on Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman

Former “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman and actress Lori Loughlin, best known for playing Aunt Becky on “Full House,” are facing court appearances later this month related to allegations they participated in a college admissions cheating scheme. In the court of public opinion, however, it’s hard to say whether fans and Hollywood will, as Uncle Jesse says, “Have mercy.”


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Hair Wars: Hollywood Actresses Want Black Hairstylists

Model Olivia Anakwe sparked and discussion on Instagram about on set hair styling; venting that hair stylists at shoots generally are clueless when it comes to working with Black hair/natural hair.

Anakwe expressed her frustration with “texture discrimination” in Hollywood after she was booked to wear cornrows during a Paris Fashion Week show but there wasn’t a hairstylist backstage with knowledge of styling textured hair, Vice reported.

Several black actors, including “Insecure’s” Natasha Rothwell, Gabrielle Union, and Yvette Nicole Brown, shared their own experiences and noted how they often bring their own hair and makeup supplies to set because stylists aren’t prepared for black actors.

“Black models are still asking for just one hairstylist on every team no matter where your team is from to care for afro hair,” wrote Anakwe.  Peep her lengthy IG post below.

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This message is to spread awareness & hopefully reach anyone in the hair field to expand their range of skills. Black models are still asking for just one hairstylist on every team no matter where your team is from to care for afro hair. I was asked to get out of an empty chair followed by having hairstylists blatantly turning their backs to me when I would walk up to them, to get my hair done. If I am asked to wear my natural hair to a show, the team should prepare the style just as they practice the look and demo for non-afro hair. I arrived backstage where they planned to do cornrows, but not one person on the team knew how to do them without admitting so. After one lady attempted and pulled my edges relentlessly, I stood up to find a model who could possibly do it. After asking two models and then the lead/only nail stylist, she was then taken away from her job to do my hair. This is not okay. This will never be okay. This needs to change. No matter how small your team is, make sure you have one person that is competent at doing afro texture hair care OR just hire a black hairstylist! Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others? It does not matter if you don’t specialize in afro hair, as a continuous learner in your field you should be open to what you have yet to accomplish; take a class. I was ignored, I was forgotten, and I felt that. Unfortunately I’m not alone, black models with afro texture hair continuously face these similar unfair and disheartening circumstances. It’s 2019, it’s time to do better. || #NaturalHair #ModelsofColor #BlackHairCare #HairCare #Message #Hair #Hairstyling #Backstage #BTS #AfroTexturedHair #Afro #POC #Braids #Message #Spreadtheword #Speak #Awareness #Growth #WorkingTogether #BlackGirlMagic #Melanin

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Putting their tresses in the hands of untrained hair stylists could lead to permanent hair damage, as Union pointed out.

“The pressure to just be happy they picked you & you got a job, don’t ask for the SAME things every other actor/model gets on GP,” she wrote on Twitter. “Listen, if u stay quiet, u WILL have bald spots, hair damage, look NUTS (tho they will tell u its cuuuuuuuuute).”

 

 

But using your own stylist often isn’t permitted on unionized projects and Gabby stressed that point, writing on Twitter, “getting [stylists that can do black hair] in [the union] has NEVER been easy or smooth.”

“What alot [sic] of non-industry folks don’t realize is that u can’t just use [your] normal hairstylists/barbers/makeup artists on a union job (most jobs are union) Those artists HAVE to be IN THE UNION & getting them in has NEVER been easy or smooth. Ever. Like never,” she shared.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen, who played Black Manta in “Aquaman,” shared how she has been “ignored” and “forgotten” by hairstylists and how “too often [hair stylists] begin to ‘figure it out’ the second we sit in the chair.”

Actress De’Adre Aziza summed up the convo with a tweet noting that a “[Hair stylists are] out there, Hollywood simply had to care enough to hire them.”

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Hollywood stars including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among dozens of people charged in connection with an alleged $ 25m (£19m) university admissions cheating scam in the US, according to court documents.
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Milicent Patrick helped invent a new kind of animation at Disney. She was the first woman to work in special effects for a movie studio. And she designed sci-fi and horror creatures that would go on to influence filmmakers from Steven Spielberg to Guillermo del Toro. Patrick was such a big deal in her day…
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Regina King, Her Rise to Hollywood Royalty, And How She Survived Financial Hard Times

Regina King delivered a tearful and moving speech on Sunday when she won the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk. The 48-year-old actress thanked the film’s director, Barry Jenkins, and paid tribute to James Baldwin, who wrote the 1974 book with the same title.

“To be standing here, representing one of the greatest artists of our time, James Baldwin, it’s a little surreal,” said King. “James Baldwin birthed this baby; Barry, you nurtured her, you surrounded her with so much love and support and so it’s appropriate for me to be standing here because I’m an example of when support and love is poured into someone.”

At one point during her speech, the award-winning actress became emotional as she thanked her mother, who sat in the audience. “Mom, I love you so much. Thank you for teaching me that God is always leaning — always has been leaning in my direction,” she said.



 

King picked up her first-ever Oscar nomination and win and after more than three decades of working in Hollywood. She launched her career back in 1985 when she landed a role in the television sitcom 227. She then made her film debut in the cult classic Friday in 1995. Since then, she has starred in the blockbuster film Jerry Maguire and has appeared in a number of hit films and television shows, including Enemy of the State, Ray, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and The Big Bang Theory.

Below is an exclusive interview with the actress from 2011. King, who today boasts a net worth of $ 12 million, opened up about her career, personal finances, and investments.

BLACK ENTERPRISE: As one of the few black actresses that has transcended race through your roles, what is the secret to your mainstream appeal?

It changes with time. When I was younger my unwillingness to compromise saved me from making choices that I might later regret. Then, I became a mother, which taught me patience and that has been a tremendous help in my career’s perseverance. It reinforced my belief that if you are truly committed to doing something and believe it will happen, it will happen in due time. Patience and obedience [to your craft] is key in this industry.

Indeed, and you credit that with helping you wait for the better roles after having been typecast as the devoted or no-nonsense girlfriend or wife in the past?

At one point I was stalled with only those types of roles and I could have continued the wife roles because the offers were there, but I had to believe that the universe would provide another role if I turned one down. I also had to make sure that my finances were in place.

Self-preservation can be difficult in such a fickle industry. What are some practices that have ensured your financial stability throughout the years?

Often we see the big check, but don’t take time to think that it might have to last you all year. The worst thing is living hand-to-mouth. While I’m definitely a shopper, I make smart choices. I’m a huge Target fan and not ashamed to admit that I keep up with what they have new each month (laughs). I do my best not to buy things for the moment and spend less money on trendy items, but invest in timeless classics such as a pump or a watch.

As an actress, what other personal investments do you make for the long haul?

The Screen Actors Guild has a pension plan that you can put money in, which is equivalent to an employee setting up a 401(k) with their company. Whenever I get a big check I make some type of investment. I’ve done many of them in small ($ 65,000 to $ 120,000) in 24-hour fitness gyms and the amount of return was genius. People are always going to work out. If you’re going to try to invest, it’s important to take your time and find someone you really trust who can help advise you. I’ve been with my business manager for 13 years and he’s great. Try to keep abreast of business opportunities that fall between the lines of conservative and liberal. You don’t want to be too progressive. When the stocks dropped, I lost very little because I didn’t have any money in stocks. Find different types of investments like a storage company. When folks went bankrupt and lost homes they had to find storage for their personals. Sometimes the most practical items and services are the ones worth investing in.

After your HuffPost op-ed “The Emmys: As White as Ever” did you receive any backlash or did it generate healthy dialogue between you and colleagues?

I think it generated healthy dialogue between people. Those that are around me (black and white) mirror my sentiments, so I wouldn’t say I received a lot of backlash.

 


Editor’s note: This article originally published on Jan. 25, 2011. It was updated by Selena Hill.

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Next 3 Potential Oscar Contenders: ‘Gloria Bell,’ ‘The Highwaymen,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Next 3 Potential Oscar Contenders: 'Gloria Bell,' 'The Highwaymen,' 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

Musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Black Panther, Roma and Green Book each received three Oscars; the latter title was named Best Picture.

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I can still remember a time when I would’ve done anything to attend a Teen Vogue Young Hollywood party (short of crashing a la “The Hills” cast, of course); and on Friday night I finally made it onto a guest list filled primarily with people around half my age. After a brief hiatus, the annual …

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Robert Webb and David Mitchell knew it. As Webb affectionately put it on Twitter following her Golden Globe win: “Colman. She’s so bloody *nice*… She’s a consummate professional with seemingly unlimited talent. WHAT a shocking a*******.”
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From Hollywood to Saudi Arabia: The scandal that enveloped the world

Billions of dollars in allegedly misappropriated funds. Millions spent on luxury handbags and jewelry. One hit movie, two mediocre comedies, a swanky New York condo, a $ 250 million yacht and a Picasso. Leonardo DiCaprio, Paris Hilton, Miranda Kerr and Lindsay Lohan.


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Inside the horrors of Howard Hughes’ Hollywood sexcapades

Before there was #MeToo and Harvey Weinstein, there was Howard Hughes, a film producer, owner of RKO Pictures in the late 1940s through the 1950s, and one of the world’s richest men. He was also a legendary playboy — and an often emotionally and physically abusive man who seduced, harassed and cajoled scores of famous…
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Lyrica Anderson Of “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” Shares First Pictures Of Baby Ocean

Lyrica Anderson and her husband A1 Bentley seem to be enjoying the highs of parenthood.

Anderson took to her social media to share three photos of her little nugget, Ocean Zion Bentley, giving fans the first glimpse since his birth

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Snoop Dogg Will Receive A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame!

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that rap icon Snoop Dogg will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 19.

The West Coast legend will receive the 2,651st star on Hollywood Boulevard, in front of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” and the host will present Snoop with the honor during a taping of the show.

“Snoop Dogg is one of those people who can do anything. He raps, he acts, he hosts a television show, he cooks and helps community kids with his philanthropic work,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “He is a man of the ages and we welcome him to our Hollywood Walk of Fame.”

The Grammy-nominated performer is being recognized for his chart-topping singles, 17 studio albums and his ventures in sports, television and more.

Earlier this year, Snoop Dogg announced his first-ever cookbook, “From Crook to Cook,” and it offers some surprisingly good tips for Thanksgiving dinner.

“Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays,” Snoop says, “because it’s a double-hitter — you got good food and you got good football on the same day. I got a game-day menu in my book with plenty of munchies you can make before the main event. The best are the Suited and Booted Loaded Nachos. So easy and cheesy. All you do is spread your favorite chips on a baking pan, load ’em up with toppings, and bake in the oven. One pan slam.”

Snoop recently shared a series of Instagram videos showing him smoking a blunt outside the White House and saying “f*ck the president.”

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Kitty O’Neil, deaf Hollywood stuntwoman who worked on ‘Wonder Woman,’ dies at 72

Kitty O’Neil, a longtime Hollywood stuntwoman whose illustrious career included setting numerous records for speed and performing action sequences in place of Lynda Carter for “Wonder Woman,” has died at 72.

She passed away in South Dakota last Friday from pneumonia, The Washington Post reported.

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Julia Roberts Talks Ageism In Hollywood And More!

The famous actress got candid about her own career in Hollywood as well as the expectations of the industry. Julia Roberts tackled topics such as ageism, equal pay, as well as her Amazon series during a new interview, reports HollywoodLife.

Homecoming is set to premiere in just a few days, and she made sure to share with her fans that the psychological thriller is ‘a great old-fashioned yarn set in this really modern conundrum of a morality play.’

She went on to reveal that ‘I heard the podcast and, months later, I got a call about getting together with Sam Esmail [from Mr. Robot]. We had a Facetime meeting, and I just fell under the spell of his unique, nerdy genius. He is a total treasure, and I loved every minute that we spent together creatively and socially.’

Despite having a very successful and long career in Hollywood, Roberts still realizes that discrimination based on age is very much a reality in the film industry.

‘I think that’s made-up bulls**t that at a certain age, the bell is going to ring and you are done, go on back home. It is silly, and I do not think anyone buys into that. I do not think I am special. I have always been fortunate that I’ve always found the work I’m looking for. I mean, 30 years is a long time, and I’m grateful and satisfied.’

The actress also talked about equal pay for women.

‘It’s an ongoing thing that we wish was more in the rearview. But every day… today I know the World Surfing League announced they would have equal pay for their female and male surfers. And Manchester United has a female team that started this year. I think there are places where people are making those efforts in the right direction. So if it is a little bit of time, then we have to take it and be happy for it,’ Roberts told the outlet.

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10 of the Most Successful Black Producers in Hollywood

Just who are the most successful black producers in Hollywood?  Well, according to the Producers Guild of America they are engaged in decision-making functions, script revisions, and casting decisions, among other things. Other criteria: individuals had to have produced five or more films; at least three of those titles had to have generated at least $ 50 million at the box office and rank among the top 100 highest grossing films during the year of their theatrical release. By Hollywood standards, a film’s worth is based on its box office returns. So, the top 10 are ranked by lifetime cumulative gross box office receipts worldwide.

For example: “Think Like a Man” was a breakout hit in 2012. It recorded $ 96.1 million in box office receipts worldwide on a production budget of $ 12 million. In fact, it was No. 1 at the box office for two weekends–a sweet spot for a film with a predominantly African American cast and produced by African American power brokers Will Packer and Rob Hardy of Rainforest Films.

Regardless of that recent box office triumph, getting a film produced and distributed is difficult. The harsh reality is no one African American has the power to green-light a film.

Another somber truth is that African American filmmakers face smaller production budgets, receiving around $ 10 million to $ 12 million whereas the average cost of a major movie studio film is more than $ 90 million.

Even entertainment powerhouse Tyler Perry still needs the go-ahead from Lionsgate to get his next movie made, although his films are a bankable $ 50 million-plus on average, says Darrell D. Miller, a partner at Fox Rothschild L.L.P. and chair of the Entertainment Law Department.

Still, Perry arguably has the most leverage of any one writer-director-producer can muster in Hollywood, says Miller. And a number of other African Americans filmmakers are getting projects made with the stamp of approval from Hollywood executives and are generating box office hits often through movies that have crossover appeal and translate well for international markets.

Here is the list of established black producers who are killing it at the box office and some newer faces of Hollywood making great inroads.

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10. Will Packermost successful black producers

Will Packer has been a Hollywood mover and shaker with cult films such as Trois and hits like Stomp the Yard. He landed diva Beyonce Knowles for the femme fatale thriller Obsessed, and culled a star-studded cast that included Paul Walker and Zoe Saldana for the crime story Takers. Packer is at the top of his game with the hit Think Like a Man, featuring an ensemble cast led by funnyman Kevin Hart. The movie adaptation of Steve Harvey’s best-selling relationship book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, ranks among the 25 highest-grossing films of 2012–pulling down $ 96.1 million worldwide. The key to success, he says, is building solid relationships, which includes knowing how to sell to talent, financiers, and distributors. Up next: No Good Deed, and a remake of About Last Night.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 345.9 million (domestic),$ 382.1 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM:
“Think Like a Man”- $ 96.1 million worldwide

FILMS: “Think Like a Man,”  “Takers,” “Obsessed,” “This Christmas,” “Stomp the Yard,” “The Gospel,” “Pandora’s Box”, “Trois”

 

9. O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson


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Hip-hop luminaries have transcended the sound booth to become marquee favorites, but O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson is a rapper turned actor-producer with Hollywood staying power. While best known for creating his widely popular Friday trilogy, Jackson wanted to give younger fans family-friendly movies. The devoted husband and father of four produced “Are We There Yet?”, which critics panned but went on to gross $ 97.9 million worldwide in box office receipts. The sequel, “Are We Done Yet?”, grossed $ 58.4 million worldwide.

The franchise spawned the TBS television series “Are We There Yet?”, with Jackson serving as the show’s executive producer. Next up: another installment of the Friday series, and “Eye for an Eye,” a TV series developed with FX about a paramedic seeking vengeance.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 455.6 million (domestic), $ 486.6 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM:
“Are We There Yet?”- $ 97.9 million worldwide

FILMS: “First Sunday,” “The Longshots,” “Are We Done Yet?”, “Beauty Shop,” “Are We There Yet?”, “Barbershop 2,” “Friday After Next,” “All About the Benjamins,” “Next Friday,” “The Players Club,” “Friday,” “Dangerous Ground

8. Debra Martin Chase

 

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Not long after her Oscar and Emmy nods for the documentary “Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream,” Debra Martin Chase became the first African American woman to have a solo deal at a major studio: Martin Chase Productions, which is affiliated with the Walt Disney Co.

The Harvard-educated attorney’s breakout film was “The Princess Diaries,” which grossed $ 165.3 million worldwide in box office receipts. Chase executive produced one of the most successful films in the Disney Channel’s history, “The Cheetah Girls.” She also produced such urban films as the remake of “Sparkle” and “Just Wright” starring Queen Latifah, and ABC recently formalized its long-standing relationship with Martin Chase that dates back to 1997’s “Cinderella,” co-starring singers Brandy and the late Whitney Houston. Next up: working to develop series for ABC.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 391.5 million (domestic), $ 533.3 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM:
“The Princess Diaries”- $ 165.3 million worldwide

FILMS: “Sparkle,” “Just Wright,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “The Princess Diaries 2,” “The Princess Diaries,” “Courage Under Fire

7. Reuben Cannon

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Producer Reuben Cannon has earned a reputation for being an innovative and trendsetting force in Hollywood over the past three decades. He is credited with launching the movie careers of Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, whom he cast in “The Color Purple.”

Cannon formed a production alliance with Tyler Perry Studios in 2004. That powerful collaboration resulted in record-breaking box office grosses and television ratings. He helped perfect a strong, urban domestic distribution model that included hit makers “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Why Did I Get Married?”, and “Madea Goes to Jail.”

Last year, he split with Perry to reactivate his production company, Reuben Cannon Entertainment. RCE has a strategic relationship with Open Road, a distributor that is a joint venture between AMC and Regal theaters.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 575.5 million, (domestic), $ 577 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: ”
Madea Goes to Jail” – $ 90.5 million domestic

FILMS:
“Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “Why Did I Get Married Too?”, “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” “Madea Goes to Jail,” “The Family That Preys,” “Meet the Browns,” “Why Did I Get Married?,” “Daddy’s Little Girls,” “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “Woman Thou Art Loosed,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Get On the Bus,” “Dancing in September,” “Down in the Delta

6. Martin Lawrence

 

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Since 2000, Martin Lawrence has been riding the Big Momma’s House franchise all the way to the bank. All three installments, which credit Lawrence as a producer, were made for under $ 45 million, but collectively grossed nearly $ 395 million worldwide. His” Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat” holds the fourth spot among the highest-grossing stand-up comedy concert films. It grossed nearly $ 20 million at the box office. As executive producer and writer, Lawrence pushed the envelope with his groundbreaking Fox TV sitcom “Martin.” In 2010, Lawrence executive produced the TV One show “Love That Girl!” In the works is a new television comedy series.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 408.7 million (domestic), $ 605.9 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “Big Momma’s House” –  $ 174 million worldwide

FILMS: “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son,” “Big Momma’s House 2,” “Rebound,” “National Security,” “Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat,” “Black Knight,” “What’s the Worst That Could Happen,” “Big Momma’s House,” “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate,” “You So Crazy”

5. Eddie Murphy

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Behind the scenes, Brooklyn-born comic Eddie Murphy has written and produced such films as “Norbit.” Most recentl,y he joined the production end on the comedy caper “Tower Heist.” No stranger to setting historical records, Murphy’s 1987 stand-up comedy film “Raw,” which he co-wrote and executive produced, grossed more than $ 50 million. It remains the No. 1 box office comedy concert theatrical release to date.

A cultural icon and comedic pioneer, Murphy also has conjured up silver screen magic by penning the stories for such films as “Boomerang” and “Beverly Hills Cop II.” Up next: Murphy is revamping his unique brand of humor with a “Beverly Hills Cop” television show.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 492 million (domestic), $ 683.1 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: ”
The Nutty Professor 2″ – $ 166.3 million worldwide

FILMS:
“Tower Heist,” “Norbit,” “The Nutty Professor 2,” “Life,” “Vampire in Brooklyn,” “Harlem Nights,” “Eddie Murphy Raw”

4. Tyler Perry

 

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Tyler Perry built a multi-million-dollar brand by speaking to an urban audience often ignored in Hollywood. Perry made his foray into films transposing many of his straight-to-DVD stage productions into screen gems. Perry writes, produces, directs, and acts in most of his productions–cementing him as one of Hollywood’s most bankable talents. The $ 50.7 million box office success of his 2005 debut “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” secured a lucrative first-look, multi-year distribution partnership with Lionsgate.

Perry’s success extends to the small screen with TBS, producing and directing three original series. Up next: The powerhouse reunites with mentor-friend and media mogul Oprah Winfrey (the two co-produced the film “Precious”) for a multi-year partnership to produce, write, and direct the first scripted content for OWN.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 721.2 million (domestic), $ 738.8 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “Madea Goes To Jail” – $ 90.5 million domestic

FILMS: “Madea’s Witness Protection,” “Good Deeds,” “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “For Colored Girls,” “Precious,” “Why Did I Get Married Too?”, “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” “Madea Goes to Jail,” “The Family That Preys,” “Meet the Browns,” “Why Did I Get Married?”, “Daddy’s Little Girls,” “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”

 

3. The Wayans Bros 

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A family that creates together stays together. It’s a philosophy that has allowed writer-director-producer Keenen Ivory Wayans and his younger siblings to establish an entertainment dynasty in Hollywood. It was the Wayans brothers who gave birth to one of Tinseltown’s hottest franchises–the Scary Movie horror parody films.

Marlon and Shawn penned the screenplay for “Scary Movie” and “Scary Movie 2,” while Keenen directed both films.

“Scary Movie” topped $ 278 million worldwide at the box office on a $ 19 million budget, while the second installment, with Marlon and Shawn credited as co-executive producers, grossed $ 141.2 million worldwide.

The Wayans brothers also wrote, produced, and directed the buddy cop comedy “White Chicks,” a $ 113.1 million box office hit that was made on a $ 37 million budget. Collectively, the Wayans trio has grossed close to $ 750 million worldwide at the box office.

Getting movies made these days is a lot different than 20 years ago, Keenen says. “We’re in a global market now. You can’t just make movies for the states because the money is coming from overseas, so they want that film to travel to their regions. As a filmmaker you want to create as much value in your projects as possible.”

As the family’s artistic patriarch, Keenen set the family filmmaking wheels in motion. His visibility rose after hooking up with comedian Eddie Murphy, earning writing and producing credits on Murphy’s 1987 live concert feature, “Raw.” Partnering with actor-director Robert Townsend, Wayans scored his first feature film hit as a screenwriter with “Hollywood Shuffle” that same year, followed by the blaxploitation parody “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” which also marked his directorial debut.

But it was the Emmy Award-winning 1990 sketch comedy and variety show “In Living Color,” which ran for four years on Fox that brought big brother Wayans national prominence. Making it a family affair seemed only right with siblings Damon, Kim, Shawn, and Marlon joining the ensemble cast.

“I enjoy working with people who I love being around because at the end of the day, all you have is the experience, and I tried to make it as much fun as possible,” Keenen quips. “And having the opportunity to take your family out of poverty, who wouldn’t want to take advantage of that?”

The younger Wayans’ breakthrough film was “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood,” which Marlon and Shawn penned, produced, and starred in. The duo also created “The Wayans Bros.” sitcom, which ran for four years on the WB network.

“When we did ‘Scary Movie’ and ‘Don’t Be a Menace,’ [Keenen] made us keep rewriting until we got it right. He groomed us to be beasts. You have to be a force of nature in this business and I’m prepared to do that,” says Marlon, adding that his latest film shows his maturity as a writer and producer.

The youngest member of the Wayans clan is flying solo these days. Marlon’s independently produced horror comedy “A Haunted House,” a send-up of the Paranormal Activity film franchise, opens in theaters next month.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 460.5 million (domestic), $ 747.8 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “Scary Movie” – $ 278 million worldwide

FILMS: “Dance Flick,” “Little Man,” “White Chicks,” “Scary Movie 2,” “Scary Movie,” “Most Wanted,” “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood,” “Eddie Murphy Raw”

2. Broderick Johnson

most successful black producers

It was the sleeper hit The Blind Side that capitulated Broderick Johnson into the spotlight. The film was backed with a $ 29 million production budget and grossed more than $ 300 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful sports dramas in film history. The film’s Oscar nomination for Best Picture made Johnson just the third African American producer to earn an Academy Award nod in this category.

Johnson’s company has produced more than 20 films, typically costing less than $ 40 million to make and appealing to a wide mix of moviegoers. A favorable spot is Alcon’s distribution deal with Warner Bros. to finance and produce three films per year. Up next: a follow-up to the sci-fi classic “Blade Runner.”

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 980 million (domestic), $ 1.4 billion (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “The Blind Side” –  $ 309.2 million worldwide

FILMS: “Chernobyl Diaries,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “Joyful Noise,” “Dolphin Tale,” “Something Borrowed,” “Lottery Ticket,” “The Book of Eli,” “The Blind Side,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,””One Missed Call,” “P.S. I Love You,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “Racing Stripes,” “Chasing Liberty,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Insomnia,” “The Affair of the Necklace,” “Dude,” “Where’s My Car?,” “My Dog Skip,” “Lost & Found”

1. James Lassiter and Will Smith

 

most successful black producers

Over the past 14 years, James Lassiter and Will Smith have left their golden imprint on a diverse slate of critically acclaimed and blockbuster feature films. Their extraordinary hit list includes “I Am Legend,” “Hancock,” and “The Karate Kid” remake, which grossed more than $ 359.1 million worldwide.

Smith, a two-time Academy Award nominee, also continues to reap the rewards of his close to $ 3 billion box office draw. While most of Overbrook’s films are not “black-themed,” it has produced racial and culturally sensitive films such as “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “The Secret Lives of Bees,” and “Lakeview Terrace.” Additionally, Overbrook produced the television series “All of Us,” which ran for four years on UPN and the CW. Next up: sci-fi adventure “After Earth,: co-starring Jaden Smith and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 1.4 billion (domestic), $ 3 billion (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “Hancock” – $ 624.4 million worldwide

FILMS: “This Means War,” “The Karate Kid,” “Seven Pounds,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Lakeview Terrace,” “Hancock,” “I Am Legend,” “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “ATL,” “Hitch,” “Saving Face,” “I, Robot,” “Showtime,” “Ali”

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Just who are the most successful black producers in Hollywood?  Well, according to the Producers Guild of America they are engaged in decision-making functions, script revisions, and casting decisions, among other things. Other criteria: individuals had to have produced five or more films; at least three of those titles had to have generated at least $ 50 million at the box office and rank among the top 100 highest grossing films during the year of their theatrical release. By Hollywood standards, a film’s worth is based on its box office returns. So, the top 10 are ranked by lifetime cumulative gross box office receipts worldwide.

For example: “Think Like a Man” was a breakout hit in 2012. It recorded $ 96.1 million in box office receipts worldwide on a production budget of $ 12 million. In fact, it was No. 1 at the box office for two weekends–a sweet spot for a film with a predominantly African American cast and produced by African American power brokers Will Packer and Rob Hardy of Rainforest Films.

Regardless of that recent box office triumph, getting a film produced and distributed is difficult. The harsh reality is no one African American has the power to green-light a film.

Another somber truth is that African American filmmakers face smaller production budgets, receiving around $ 10 million to $ 12 million whereas the average cost of a major movie studio film is more than $ 90 million.

Even entertainment powerhouse Tyler Perry still needs the go-ahead from Lionsgate to get his next movie made, although his films are a bankable $ 50 million-plus on average, says Darrell D. Miller, a partner at Fox Rothschild L.L.P. and chair of the Entertainment Law Department.

Still, Perry arguably has the most leverage of any one writer-director-producer can muster in Hollywood, says Miller. And a number of other African Americans filmmakers are getting projects made with the stamp of approval from Hollywood executives and are generating box office hits often through movies that have crossover appeal and translate well for international markets.

Here is the list of established black producers who are killing it at the box office and some newer faces of Hollywood making great inroads.

10 of the Most Successful Black Producers

10. Will Packermost successful black producers

Will Packer has been a Hollywood mover and shaker with cult films such as Trois and hits like Stomp the Yard. He landed diva Beyonce Knowles for the femme fatale thriller Obsessed, and culled a star-studded cast that included Paul Walker and Zoe Saldana for the crime story Takers. Packer is at the top of his game with the hit Think Like a Man, featuring an ensemble cast led by funnyman Kevin Hart. The movie adaptation of Steve Harvey’s best-selling relationship book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, ranks among the 25 highest-grossing films of 2012–pulling down $ 96.1 million worldwide. The key to success, he says, is building solid relationships, which includes knowing how to sell to talent, financiers, and distributors. Up next: No Good Deed, and a remake of About Last Night.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 345.9 million (domestic),$ 382.1 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM:
“Think Like a Man”- $ 96.1 million worldwide

FILMS: “Think Like a Man,”  “Takers,” “Obsessed,” “This Christmas,” “Stomp the Yard,” “The Gospel,” “Pandora’s Box”, “Trois”

 

9. O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson


most successful black producers

Hip-hop luminaries have transcended the sound booth to become marquee favorites, but O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson is a rapper turned actor-producer with Hollywood staying power. While best known for creating his widely popular Friday trilogy, Jackson wanted to give younger fans family-friendly movies. The devoted husband and father of four produced “Are We There Yet?”, which critics panned but went on to gross $ 97.9 million worldwide in box office receipts. The sequel, “Are We Done Yet?”, grossed $ 58.4 million worldwide.

The franchise spawned the TBS television series “Are We There Yet?”, with Jackson serving as the show’s executive producer. Next up: another installment of the Friday series, and “Eye for an Eye,” a TV series developed with FX about a paramedic seeking vengeance.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 455.6 million (domestic), $ 486.6 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM:
“Are We There Yet?”- $ 97.9 million worldwide

FILMS: “First Sunday,” “The Longshots,” “Are We Done Yet?”, “Beauty Shop,” “Are We There Yet?”, “Barbershop 2,” “Friday After Next,” “All About the Benjamins,” “Next Friday,” “The Players Club,” “Friday,” “Dangerous Ground

8. Debra Martin Chase

 

most successful black producers

Not long after her Oscar and Emmy nods for the documentary “Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream,” Debra Martin Chase became the first African American woman to have a solo deal at a major studio: Martin Chase Productions, which is affiliated with the Walt Disney Co.

The Harvard-educated attorney’s breakout film was “The Princess Diaries,” which grossed $ 165.3 million worldwide in box office receipts. Chase executive produced one of the most successful films in the Disney Channel’s history, “The Cheetah Girls.” She also produced such urban films as the remake of “Sparkle” and “Just Wright” starring Queen Latifah, and ABC recently formalized its long-standing relationship with Martin Chase that dates back to 1997’s “Cinderella,” co-starring singers Brandy and the late Whitney Houston. Next up: working to develop series for ABC.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 391.5 million (domestic), $ 533.3 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM:
“The Princess Diaries”- $ 165.3 million worldwide

FILMS: “Sparkle,” “Just Wright,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “The Princess Diaries 2,” “The Princess Diaries,” “Courage Under Fire

7. Reuben Cannon

most successful black producers

Producer Reuben Cannon has earned a reputation for being an innovative and trendsetting force in Hollywood over the past three decades. He is credited with launching the movie careers of Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, whom he cast in “The Color Purple.”

Cannon formed a production alliance with Tyler Perry Studios in 2004. That powerful collaboration resulted in record-breaking box office grosses and television ratings. He helped perfect a strong, urban domestic distribution model that included hit makers “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Why Did I Get Married?”, and “Madea Goes to Jail.”

Last year, he split with Perry to reactivate his production company, Reuben Cannon Entertainment. RCE has a strategic relationship with Open Road, a distributor that is a joint venture between AMC and Regal theaters.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 575.5 million, (domestic), $ 577 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: ”
Madea Goes to Jail” – $ 90.5 million domestic

FILMS:
“Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “Why Did I Get Married Too?”, “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” “Madea Goes to Jail,” “The Family That Preys,” “Meet the Browns,” “Why Did I Get Married?,” “Daddy’s Little Girls,” “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “Woman Thou Art Loosed,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Get On the Bus,” “Dancing in September,” “Down in the Delta

6. Martin Lawrence

 

most successful black producers

Since 2000, Martin Lawrence has been riding the Big Momma’s House franchise all the way to the bank. All three installments, which credit Lawrence as a producer, were made for under $ 45 million, but collectively grossed nearly $ 395 million worldwide. His” Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat” holds the fourth spot among the highest-grossing stand-up comedy concert films. It grossed nearly $ 20 million at the box office. As executive producer and writer, Lawrence pushed the envelope with his groundbreaking Fox TV sitcom “Martin.” In 2010, Lawrence executive produced the TV One show “Love That Girl!” In the works is a new television comedy series.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 408.7 million (domestic), $ 605.9 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “Big Momma’s House” –  $ 174 million worldwide

FILMS: “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son,” “Big Momma’s House 2,” “Rebound,” “National Security,” “Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat,” “Black Knight,” “What’s the Worst That Could Happen,” “Big Momma’s House,” “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate,” “You So Crazy”

5. Eddie Murphy

most successful black producers

Behind the scenes, Brooklyn-born comic Eddie Murphy has written and produced such films as “Norbit.” Most recentl,y he joined the production end on the comedy caper “Tower Heist.” No stranger to setting historical records, Murphy’s 1987 stand-up comedy film “Raw,” which he co-wrote and executive produced, grossed more than $ 50 million. It remains the No. 1 box office comedy concert theatrical release to date.

A cultural icon and comedic pioneer, Murphy also has conjured up silver screen magic by penning the stories for such films as “Boomerang” and “Beverly Hills Cop II.” Up next: Murphy is revamping his unique brand of humor with a “Beverly Hills Cop” television show.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 492 million (domestic), $ 683.1 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: ”
The Nutty Professor 2″ – $ 166.3 million worldwide

FILMS:
“Tower Heist,” “Norbit,” “The Nutty Professor 2,” “Life,” “Vampire in Brooklyn,” “Harlem Nights,” “Eddie Murphy Raw”

4. Tyler Perry

 

most successful black producers

Tyler Perry built a multi-million-dollar brand by speaking to an urban audience often ignored in Hollywood. Perry made his foray into films transposing many of his straight-to-DVD stage productions into screen gems. Perry writes, produces, directs, and acts in most of his productions–cementing him as one of Hollywood’s most bankable talents. The $ 50.7 million box office success of his 2005 debut “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” secured a lucrative first-look, multi-year distribution partnership with Lionsgate.

Perry’s success extends to the small screen with TBS, producing and directing three original series. Up next: The powerhouse reunites with mentor-friend and media mogul Oprah Winfrey (the two co-produced the film “Precious”) for a multi-year partnership to produce, write, and direct the first scripted content for OWN.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 721.2 million (domestic), $ 738.8 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “Madea Goes To Jail” – $ 90.5 million domestic

FILMS: “Madea’s Witness Protection,” “Good Deeds,” “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “For Colored Girls,” “Precious,” “Why Did I Get Married Too?”, “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” “Madea Goes to Jail,” “The Family That Preys,” “Meet the Browns,” “Why Did I Get Married?”, “Daddy’s Little Girls,” “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”

 

3. The Wayans Bros 

most successful black producers

A family that creates together stays together. It’s a philosophy that has allowed writer-director-producer Keenen Ivory Wayans and his younger siblings to establish an entertainment dynasty in Hollywood. It was the Wayans brothers who gave birth to one of Tinseltown’s hottest franchises–the Scary Movie horror parody films.

Marlon and Shawn penned the screenplay for “Scary Movie” and “Scary Movie 2,” while Keenen directed both films.

“Scary Movie” topped $ 278 million worldwide at the box office on a $ 19 million budget, while the second installment, with Marlon and Shawn credited as co-executive producers, grossed $ 141.2 million worldwide.

The Wayans brothers also wrote, produced, and directed the buddy cop comedy “White Chicks,” a $ 113.1 million box office hit that was made on a $ 37 million budget. Collectively, the Wayans trio has grossed close to $ 750 million worldwide at the box office.

Getting movies made these days is a lot different than 20 years ago, Keenen says. “We’re in a global market now. You can’t just make movies for the states because the money is coming from overseas, so they want that film to travel to their regions. As a filmmaker you want to create as much value in your projects as possible.”

As the family’s artistic patriarch, Keenen set the family filmmaking wheels in motion. His visibility rose after hooking up with comedian Eddie Murphy, earning writing and producing credits on Murphy’s 1987 live concert feature, “Raw.” Partnering with actor-director Robert Townsend, Wayans scored his first feature film hit as a screenwriter with “Hollywood Shuffle” that same year, followed by the blaxploitation parody “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” which also marked his directorial debut.

But it was the Emmy Award-winning 1990 sketch comedy and variety show “In Living Color,” which ran for four years on Fox that brought big brother Wayans national prominence. Making it a family affair seemed only right with siblings Damon, Kim, Shawn, and Marlon joining the ensemble cast.

“I enjoy working with people who I love being around because at the end of the day, all you have is the experience, and I tried to make it as much fun as possible,” Keenen quips. “And having the opportunity to take your family out of poverty, who wouldn’t want to take advantage of that?”

The younger Wayans’ breakthrough film was “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood,” which Marlon and Shawn penned, produced, and starred in. The duo also created “The Wayans Bros.” sitcom, which ran for four years on the WB network.

“When we did ‘Scary Movie’ and ‘Don’t Be a Menace,’ [Keenen] made us keep rewriting until we got it right. He groomed us to be beasts. You have to be a force of nature in this business and I’m prepared to do that,” says Marlon, adding that his latest film shows his maturity as a writer and producer.

The youngest member of the Wayans clan is flying solo these days. Marlon’s independently produced horror comedy “A Haunted House,” a send-up of the Paranormal Activity film franchise, opens in theaters next month.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 460.5 million (domestic), $ 747.8 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “Scary Movie” – $ 278 million worldwide

FILMS: “Dance Flick,” “Little Man,” “White Chicks,” “Scary Movie 2,” “Scary Movie,” “Most Wanted,” “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood,” “Eddie Murphy Raw”

2. Broderick Johnson

most successful black producers

It was the sleeper hit The Blind Side that capitulated Broderick Johnson into the spotlight. The film was backed with a $ 29 million production budget and grossed more than $ 300 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful sports dramas in film history. The film’s Oscar nomination for Best Picture made Johnson just the third African American producer to earn an Academy Award nod in this category.

Johnson’s company has produced more than 20 films, typically costing less than $ 40 million to make and appealing to a wide mix of moviegoers. A favorable spot is Alcon’s distribution deal with Warner Bros. to finance and produce three films per year. Up next: a follow-up to the sci-fi classic “Blade Runner.”

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 980 million (domestic), $ 1.4 billion (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “The Blind Side” –  $ 309.2 million worldwide

FILMS: “Chernobyl Diaries,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “Joyful Noise,” “Dolphin Tale,” “Something Borrowed,” “Lottery Ticket,” “The Book of Eli,” “The Blind Side,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,””One Missed Call,” “P.S. I Love You,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “Racing Stripes,” “Chasing Liberty,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Insomnia,” “The Affair of the Necklace,” “Dude,” “Where’s My Car?,” “My Dog Skip,” “Lost & Found”

1. James Lassiter and Will Smith

 

most successful black producers

Over the past 14 years, James Lassiter and Will Smith have left their golden imprint on a diverse slate of critically acclaimed and blockbuster feature films. Their extraordinary hit list includes “I Am Legend,” “Hancock,” and “The Karate Kid” remake, which grossed more than $ 359.1 million worldwide.

Smith, a two-time Academy Award nominee, also continues to reap the rewards of his close to $ 3 billion box office draw. While most of Overbrook’s films are not “black-themed,” it has produced racial and culturally sensitive films such as “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “The Secret Lives of Bees,” and “Lakeview Terrace.” Additionally, Overbrook produced the television series “All of Us,” which ran for four years on UPN and the CW. Next up: sci-fi adventure “After Earth,: co-starring Jaden Smith and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 1.4 billion (domestic), $ 3 billion (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “Hancock” – $ 624.4 million worldwide

FILMS: “This Means War,” “The Karate Kid,” “Seven Pounds,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Lakeview Terrace,” “Hancock,” “I Am Legend,” “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “ATL,” “Hitch,” “Saving Face,” “I, Robot,” “Showtime,” “Ali”

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