The Linda Lindas Earn Two Libera Awards Nominations from American Association of Independent Music, Inc.

The Linda Lindas are feeling Libera-ated

A2IM (The American Association of Independent Music, Inc.) has announced the nominees for the 2023 Libera Awards, with the all-girl rock band earning two nods.

The Linda LindasThe Linda Lindas, comprised of Bela Salazar, Eloise Wong, Lucia de la Garza and Mila de la Garza, is nominated for Breakthrough Artist.

In addition, the band is up for Best Punk Record for their album Growing Up.

Calexico is nominated for Best American Roots Record for the band’s latest album El Mirador.

Rodrigo y Gabriela (Weird Fishes/Arpeggi) and Los Bitchos (Let the Festivities Begin!) are nominated in the Best Global Record category for.

Adrian Quesada’s band The Black Pumas are nominated for Best Live/Livestream Act.

The Best Latin Record nominees include Adrian Quesada (Boleros Psicodélicos),
Combo Chimbita (IRE), Eliane Elias (Quietude), Flora Purim (If You Will), Helado Negro (Ya No Astoy Aquí), Sessa (Estrela Acesa) and Silvana Estrada (Marchita).

The Libera Awards will take place at the historic Town Hall in New York City on June 15. The A2IM is a not-for-profit trade association that represents independent music recording owners and advocates for music owners on a policy level to ensure fair compensation for their work.

“Huge congratulations to all our talented and accomplished nominees for the 12th annual A2IM Libera Awards,” Dr. Richard James Burgess, president and CEO of A2IM, said in a press statement. “The A2IM Libera Awards is the world’s largest award show for the diverse universe of independent music and this year’s event will be the biggest and best to date.”

Here’s the full list of nominations below:

Record of the Year

Alvvays – Blue Rev (Polyvinyl Record Co.)
Dry Cleaning – Stumpwork (4AD)
Plains – I Walked With You A Ways (ANTI-)
Soul Glo – Diaspora Problems (Epitaph)
The Smile – A Light for Attracting Attention (XL Recordings)
Wet Leg – Wet Leg (Domino Recording Co.)

Label of the Year (5 or fewer employees)

Don Giovanni Records
Fire Talk
Innovative Leisure
Oh Boy Records
Topshelf Records

Label of the Year (6-14 employees)

Captured Tracks
City Slang
Daptone Records
Glassnote Records
Saddle Creek
Yep Roc Records

Label of the Year (15 or more employees)

ATO Records
Hopeless Records
Merge Records
New West Records
Ninja Tune
Partisan Records
Sub Pop Records
Third Man Records
Warp Records

A2IM Humanitarian Award

Allison Russell
Hopeless Records
Killer Mike
Margo Price
Tegan and Sara

Independent Champion

Aaron Axelsen
Secretly Distribution

Video of the Year presented by YouTube Music

Amanda Shires – Hawk For The Dove (ATO Records)
Fontaines D.C. – Jackie Down The Line (Partisan Records)
JayWood – Thank You (Captured Tracks)
NoSo – Parasites (Partisan Records)
Wet Leg – Ur Mum (Domino Recording Co.)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Spitting Off the Edge of the World (Secretly Canadian)

Breakthrough Artist/Release

Allison Russell (Fantasy Records)
Charlotte Sands (CS Records/Lakeside)
Soul Glo (Epitaph)
Sudan Archives (Stones Throw Records)
The Linda Lindas (Epitaph)

Best Alternative Rock Record

Alvvays – Blue Rev (Polyvinyl Record Co.)
Dry Cleaning – Stumpwork (4AD)
Mitski – Laurel Hell (Dead Oceans)
Nilüfer Yanya – Painless (ATO Records)
Wet Leg – Wet Leg (Domino Recording Co.)

Best American Roots Record

49 Winchester – Fortune Favors the Bold (New West Records)
Angel Olsen – Big Time (Jagjaguwar)
Calexico – El Mirador (ANTI-)
Charley Crockett – The Man From Waco (Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers)
Kevin Morby – This Is A Photograph (Dead Oceans)
Nikki Lane – Denim & Diamonds (New West Records)

Best Blues Record

Ben Harper – Bloodline Maintenance (Chrysalis)
Delbert McClinton – Outdated Emotion (Hot Shot Records/Thirty Tigers)
North Mississippi Allstars – Set Sail (New West Records)
Shemekia Copeland – Done Come Too Far (Alligator Records)
G. Love – Philadelphia Mississippi (Philadelphonic Records/Thirty Tigers)
John Mayall – The Sun Is Shining Down (Forty Below Records)

Best Classical Record

Dawn Richard & Spencer Zahn – Pigments (Merge Records)
Deru – We Will Live On (Friends of Friends)
doeke – memorie (Nettwerk Music Group)
James Heather – Invisible Forces (Ahead Of Our Time)
Jonas Colstrup – At the Crest (!7K Records)
Sean Shibe – Lost & Found (Pentatone)

Best Country Record

Colter Wall – Cypress Hills and the Big Country (La Honda Records/Thirty Tigers)
Dolly Parton – Run, Rose, Run (Butterfly Records)
Joshua Hedley – Neon Blue (New West Records)
Lavender Country – Blackberry Rose (Don Giovanni Records)
Margo Price – Change of Heart (Loma Vista Recordings)
Plains – I Walked With You A Ways (ANTI-)
Steve Earle and The Dukes – JERRY JEFF (New West Records)

Best Dance Record

Bicep – Water (Ninja Tune)
Kelela – Happy Ending (Warp Records)
Logic1000 – Can’t Stop Thinking About (Therapy/Because Music)
Romy feat. Fred Again… – Strong (Young)
Theo Parrish – DJ-Kicks (!K7 Records)

Best Electronic Record presented by Ingrooves

Bonobo – Fragments (Ninja Tune)
Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul – Topical Dancer (DEEWEE/Because Music)
Jockstrap – I Love You Jennifer B (Rough Trade Records)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Let’s Turn It Into Sound (Ghostly International)
ODESZA – The Last Goodbye (Ninja Tune/Foreign Family Collective)
Shygirl – Nymph (Because Music)
Sylvan Esso – No Rules Sandy (Loma Vista Recordings)

Best Folk Record

Aoife O’Donovan – Age of Apathy (Yep Roc Records)
Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You (4AD)
Christian Lee Hutson – Quitters (ANTI-)
Julia Jacklin – PRE PLEASURE (Polyvinyl Record Co.)
Skullcrusher – Quiet The Room (Secretly Canadian)

Best Global Record presented by Redeye Worldwide

Dungen – En Är För Mycket och Tusen Aldrig Nog (Mexican Summer)
Ibibio Sound Machine – Electricity (Merge Records)
Los Bitchos – Let the Festivities Begin! (City Slang)
Mdou Moctar – Afrique Refait (Matador Records)
Rodrigo y Gabriela – Weird Fishes/Arpeggi (ATO Records)
Tinariwen – Kel Tinariwen (Wedge)
Vieux Farka Touré et Khruangbin – Ali (Dead Oceans)

Best Heavy Record

Bad Omens – The Death of Peace of Mind (Sumerian Records)
Beartooth – Riptide (Red Bull Records)
black midi – Hellfire (Rough Trade Records)
Russian Circles – Gnosis (Sargent House)
Show Me The Body – Trouble The Water (Loma Vista Recordings)
Soul Glo – Diaspora Problems (Epitaph)

Best Hip-Hop/Rap Record presented by Virgin Music

Danger Mouse & Black Thought – Cheat Codes (BMG)
Denzel Curry – Melt My Eyez See My Future (Loma Vista Recordings)
Kenny Beats – LOUIE (XL Recordings)
Run The Jewels – RTJ CU4TRO (BMG)
Saba – Few Good Things (Pivot Gang LLC)
Sampa The Great – As Above, So Below (Loma Vista Recordings)

Best Jazz Record

Ezra Collective – Where I’m Meant To Be (Partisan Records)
Kamasi Washington – The Garden Path (Young)
Leland Whitty – Anyhow (Innovative Leisure)
Sun Ra Arkestra – Living Sky (Omni Sound)
Terri Lyne Carrington, Kris Davis, Linda May Han Oh, Nicholas Payton, Matthew Stevens – new STANDARDS Vol. 1 (Candid Records)

Best Latin Record

Adrian Quesada – Boleros Psicodélicos (ATO Records)
Combo Chimbita – IRE (ANTI-)
Eliane Elias – Quietude (Candid Records)
Flora Purim – If You Will (STRUT Records)
Helado Negro – Ya No Astoy Aquí (4AD)
Sessa – Estrela Acesa (Mexican Summer)
Silvana Estrada – Marchita (Glassnote Records)

Best Live/Livestream Act

Bartees Strange – Live at the Getty (4AD)
Black Pumas – Colors Live at Abbey Road Studios (ATO Records)
IDLES – Live on ‘From The Basement’ (Partisan Records)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard at Red Rocks (KGLW)
Low – Live (Sub Pop Records)
Phoebe Bridgers – Glastonbury 2022 (Dead Oceans)
Wet Leg – US 2022 tour (Domino Recording Co.)

Best Outlier Record

Animal Collective – Time Skiffs (Domino Recording Co.)
Matisyahu – Matisyahu (Fallen Sparks Records/Thirty Tigers)
Moor Mother – Jazz Codes (ANTI-)
Nick Hakim – COMETA (ATO Records)
NNAMDÏ – Please Have A Seat (Secretly Canadian/Sooper Records)
yeule – Glitch Princess (Bayonet Records)

Best Pop Record

Björk – Fossora (One Little Independent/MRI)
Let’s Eat Grandma – Two Ribbons (Transgressive Records)
Lucius – Second Nature (Mom + Pop Music)
MUNA – MUNA (Saddest Factory Records)
NoSo – Stay Proud of Me (Partisan Records)
Rina Sawayama – Hold The Girl (Dirty Hit)
Tegan and Sara – Crybaby (Mom + Pop Music)

Best Punk Record

Big Joanie – Back Home (Kill Rock Stars)
Special Interest – Endure (Rough Trade Records)
The Linda Lindas – Growing Up (Epitaph)
The Wonder Years – The Hum Goes On Forever (Hopeless Records)
Wu-Lu – LOGGERHEAD (Warp Records)

Best R&B Record

Bettye LaVette – Let Me Down Easy: Bettye LaVette In Memphis Sun Records 70th / Remastered 2022 (Sun Label Group, LLC)
Khruangbin & Leon Bridges – Texas Moon (Dead Oceans)
Sudan Archives – Natural Brown Prom Queen (Stones Throw Records)
Thee Sacred Souls – Thee Sacred Souls (Daptone Records)
Yaya Bey – Remember Your North Star (Big Dada/Ninja Tune)

Best Re-Issue

Bon Iver – Bon Iver, 10th Anniversary Edition (Jagjaguwar)
Fela Kuti – Fela with Ginger Baker Live! (Partisan Records)
Karen Dalton – In My Own Time, 50th Anniversary Edition (Light In The Attic Records)
Lou Reed – Words & Music, May 1965, Deluxe Edition (Light In The Attic Records)
Nancy Sinatra – Nancy & Lee (Light In The Attic Records)
Neko Case – Wild Creatures (ANTI-)
Ray Charles – A Message From The People (Tangerine Records)

Best Remix

ACRAZE + Tiësto – Do It To It (Tiësto Mix) (Thrive Music)
Bartees Strange – Wretched (keiyaA Remix) (4AD)
Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul – Cliché (Soulwax Remix) (DEEWEE/Because Music)
Clipping – Nothing Is Safe (remx) (Sub Pop Records)
Hiatus Kaiyote – Get Sun (Georgia Anne Muldrow Remix) (Brainfeeder/Ninja Tune)
Nilüfer Yanya – Midnight Sun (Sampha remix) (ATO Records)
Wet Leg – Too Late Now (Soulwax Remix) (Domino Recording Co.)

Best Rock Record

Built to Spill – When The Wind Forgets Your Name (Sub Pop Records)
Fontaines D.C. – Skinty Fia (Partisan Records)
Jack White – Fear of the Dawn (Third Man Records)
Soccer Mommy – Sometimes, Forever (Loma Vista Recordings)
Spoon – Lucifer On The Sofa (Matador Records)

Best Short-Form Video

Belle And Sebastian – Scooter (Matador Records)
Black Midi – Hellfire TikTok promotion (Rough Trade Records)
Boy Harsher – The Runner (City Slang)
Cigarettes After Sex – Pistol (Partisan Records)
Kenny Beats – LOUIE 001 Instagram vignette series (XL Recordings)
Toro y Moi – MAHAL TikTok series (Dead Oceans)

Best Singer-Songwriter Record

Aldous Harding – Warm Chris (4AD)
Allison Russell Feat. Brandi Carlile – You’re Not Alone (Fantasy Records)
Beth Orton – Weather Alive (Partisan Records)
MJ Lenderman – Boat Songs (Dear Life Records)
Weyes Blood – And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow (Sub Pop Records)

Best Soul/Funk Record

Lee Fields – Sentimental Fool (Daptone Records)
Ray Charles – Live In Stockholm 1972 (Tangerine Records)
SERATONES – Love & Algorhythms (New West Records)
St. Paul & The Broken Bones – The Alien Coast (ATO Records)
Swamp Dogg – I Need A Job…So I Can Buy More Auto-Tune (Don Giovanni)

Best Spiritual Record

Brent Cobb – And Now, Let’s Turn to Page… (Ol’ Buddy Records/Thirty Tigers)
Israel & New Breed – Worship Anywhere: Live from Camp NewBreed (District 11 Entertainment)
Lecrae – Church Clothes 4 (Reach Records)
Montell Fish – JAMIE (Lord’s Child)
The Harlem Gospel Travelers – Look Up! (Colemine Records)

Self-Released Record of the Year

Echosmith – Cool Kids (our version) (Echosmith)
Jessie Baylin – Jersey Girl (Missing Piece Record/The Orchard)
Rita Wilson – Rita Wilson Now & Forever: Duets (Sing it Loud)
Sarah Davachi – Two Sisters (Late Music)
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – When the Lights Go (Nice Age)

Best Sync Usage

Angel Olsen – Go Home, Empire of Light Trailer (Jagjaguwar)
Fela Kuti – Water No Get Enemy, Airbnb (Partisan Records)
Lawrence – Don’t Lose Sight, Microsoft (Beautiful Mind / Lakeside)
Sinéad O’Connor – Drink Before the War, Euphoria (Chrysalis Records)
Stereolab – A Flower Called Nowhere, Atlanta (Warp Records)

Creative Packaging

Black Country, New Road – Ants From Up There, Deluxe (Ninja Tune)
Jack White – 2022 Collectors’ Set (Third Man Records)
Lou Reed – Words & Music, May 1965, Deluxe Edition (Light In The Attic Records)
Mitski – Laurel Hell (Dead Oceans)
My Morning Jacket – Circuital, Deluxe Edition (ATO Records)
Sleep – Dopesmoker, Weedian High-Fi Edition (Third Man Records)

Marketing Genius

Fontaines D.C. – Skinty Fia (Partisan Records)
Ghost – IMPERA (Loma Vista Recordings)
Sudan Archives – Natural Brown Prom Queen (Stones Throw Records)
Wet Leg – Wet Leg (Domino Recording Co.)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Cool It Down (Secretly Canadian)

Raúl Martínez Signs with The Gersh Agency

Raúl Martínez has new representation…

The Gersh Agency has signed the 51-year-old Mexican director.

Raúl Martínez,Martinez is known for Spanish-language titles including The Waiter, which came in as the highest-grossing film native to the country in its July 2021 debut.

In the comedy penned by Alberto Bremer and Martínez, a waiter pretends to be an important businessman in order to reach the upper class through his entrepreneurial dreams.

Other notable big-screen titles from Martínez include Cuando sea joven for Eugenio Derbez’s 3Pas Studios and Lionsgate’s PantelionThe Patriarch for Panorama Global and Distant Horizon; and Grumpy Christmas for Panorama and Netflix.

Martínez is currently attached to direct the comedy Cholitas, based on a script by Jason Richman and Kira Kalush, for 20th Century Studios and Hulu. Blumhouse will produce alongside Michael Seitzman’s Maniac Productions, with casting underway.

The Mexico City-based artist, who has also helmed over 40 episodes of the sketch-comedy series Backdoor, continues to be managed by Jorge Garcia.

Johnny Sibilly Signs with Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Johnny Sibilly has new representation…

The 35-year-old Cuban & Dominican American actor has signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

Johnny SibillyBest known for his role as Wilson on the first two seasons of HBO Max’s Emmy-winning comedy series HacksSibilly will return for Season 3 this year.

Sibilly previously starred as Noah Hernandez in the Peacock Original series, Queer As Folk.

He has also appeared opposite CAA client Billy Porter in the FX series Pose, and alongside CAA client Liza Koshy in YouTube’s Liza On Demand.

As a content creator, Sibilly is a fervent advocate for LGBTQ+ and Latino rights, growing a considerable social following as a result of his progressive and comedic voice that includes his popular online character, “Julissa.”

He has also partnered with brands including Viktor&Rolf, AT&T, 21 Seeds, Smirnoff, Abercrombie & Fitch, Nissan, Oculus and Bonobos.

Eugenio Derbez’s 3Pas Studios Signs Multi-Year Production Deal with Audible

Eugenio Derbez is getting audible

The 61-year-old Mexican actor, writer, director and producer’s 3Pas Studios, the entertainment company he co-founded with business partner Ben Odell, has signed a multi-year production deal with Audible.

Eugenio DerbezThrough their overall exclusive audio deal, 3Pas Studios will produce scripted and unscripted audio content for Audible in both English and Spanish.

“The partnering of Audible’s powerful medium with 3Pas’ culturally authentic stories is an exciting combination. We will be developing fiction and non-fiction stories in both English and Spanish in order to reach audiences with our storytelling pillars of the 3 H’s: Humor, Heart, and Humanity,” said Odell, CEO and co-founder of 3Pas Studios.

To lead these efforts, 3Pas has hired Cristy Marrero as Head of Podcast Content Development; Marrero will oversee all creative and physical production of 3Pas podcast content.

An award-winning bilingual journalist and media executive with over two decades of experience in the U.S. Latino and Latin American markets, Marrero has held leadership roles at Dotdash Meredith, Courier Newsroom, Hello and Hola. At age 30, she became the youngest Latina Editor in Chief, leading Meredith Corporation’s Siempre Mujer magazine.

3Pas brings culturally-inspired stories to life through feature films, scripted and unscripted television, podcasts, digital, and more. With first-look English language deals at Lionsgate for features, ABC Signature for television and TelevisaUnivision for Spanish language content, and Audible for audio content, 3Pas develops and produces English and Spanish language content for global audiences.

This collaboration joins Audible’s production and development deals with top industry creatives including President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground, George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures, Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street, and Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani’s Hillman Grad Productions and Daniel Dae Kim’s 3AD Productions, to name a few.

Julio Reyes Copello Signs Multiyear Worldwide Deal with Sony Music Publishing

Julio Reyes Copello has a new worldwide deal…

The 53-year-old Colombian producer, songwriter and record engineer has inked a multiyear worldwide deal with Sony Music Publishing.

Julio Reyes Copello I am thrilled to be starting this new phase of my creative life as part of the great Sony Music Publishing family,” says Copello, who won producer of the year honors at the 2022 Latin Grammys. “I am very grateful for the belief, respect and enthusiasm that [Sony Music Publishing president/CEO for Latin America & U.S. Latin] Jorge Mejia and his team have shown, which will be essential in order to find new outlets and homes for my music.”

“I have known and admired Julio for many years,” adds Mejia. “He is widely respected as a musician’s musician, with a deft touch at the piano and a sensitivity as a producer and songwriter, that makes all manner of artists and writers feel right at home whenever they work with him. It is a dream come true, therefore, to finally be able to work directly with Julio, as well as the artists and songwriters he’s developing. I can’t wait for what comes next.”

Reyes is currently working on upcoming releases with Spanish pop star Pablo Alborán, Marc AnthonyAlejandro Sanz, among many others.

The four-time Grammy and seven-time Latin Grammy winner is widely considered one of Latin pop’s most important songwriters, producers and musicians.

Since launching his career in 2001, the Cúcuta alchemist has also penned hits for the likes of superstars Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Thalía, Chayanne, Laura Pausini, Kany García and more.

In total, he has earned 48 Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations; he also has more than 10 ASCAP awards under his belt.

Aside from his songwriting career, Reyes founded Art House Records, a talent incubator where he continues to discover and develop emerging artists, which includes Joaquina, Riza, Ela Taubert and more.

Additionally, he partnered with Abbey Road Institute — the first U.S. music production school, and an extension of the music production education program held at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

Together, both parties established the Art House Academy & Abbey Road Institute Miami, where they specialize in music performance, music production and sound engineering to develop and educate “the next generation of singer/songwriters, music producers and sound engineers.”

Manu Rios Signs with William Morris Endeavor (WME)

Manu Rios has new representation…

The 24-year-old Spanish actor and singer, best known for his starring role on Netflix’s popular Spanish YA series Elitehas signed with William Morris Endeavor (WME) for representation.

Manu RiosRios portrays Patrick Blanco on the international hit series, which is heading into its seventh season on the streamer.

Rios will next be seen starring alongside Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal in the upcoming short film Strange Way of Life from Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodóvar. The short is set to premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The story follows the reunion of an outlaw and a sheriff after 25 years apart, and the romance that followed them there.

Rios is also set to star in the upcoming Netflix limited series El Silencio from Aitor Gabilondo.

He was previously seen in the limited series La Edad de la Ira for Atresmedia.

Cecilia Aldarondo Signs with United Talent Agency (UTA)

Cecilia Aldarondo has new representation… 

The Puerto Rican director-producer has signed with United Talent Agency (UTA).

Cecilia AldarondoAldarondo’s third feature, You Were My First Boyfriend, premiered in Documentary Feature Competition at the SXSW Film Festival on Friday.

The hybrid documentary written and directed by Aldarondo and Sarah Enid Hagey is billed in SXSW’s official program as an examination of “the power of adolescent fantasy, the subtle violence of cultural assimilation, and the fun house mirror of time’s passage.”

Aldarondo also produced the film heading to HBO later this year, which sees her revisit her 1990s adolescence, a generation after she thought she’d left it all behind.

Aldarondo previously directed and produced the feature docs Memories of a Penitent Heart and Landfall, both of which were co-produced by the award-winning PBS series, POV.

The former title world premiering at Tribeca picks up 25 years after Miguel’s death from AIDS, as his niece cracks open a Pandora’s box of unresolved family drama, by tracking down his estranged lover. The latter, also screening at Tribeca, which examined the fraught relationship between the U.S. and Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, won DOC NYC’s Viewfinders Grand Jury Prize, also landing Aldarondo noms at the Cinema Eye Honors Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards.

A former Women at Sundance Fellow who was named to DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40 list Aldarondo has also previously received a Guggenheim Fellowship and an IDA Emerging Filmmaker Award, among other accolades. While continuing to build on her career behind the camera, she teaches filmmaking at Williams College in Williamstown, MA

Melissa Barrera & Jenna Ortega’s “Scream VI” Breaks Franchise Record with $44.5 Million Opening Weekend

Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega are officially Scream queens…

The 32-year-old Mexican actress and singer and her 20-year-old Puerto Rican and Mexican American’s Scream VI collected $44.5 million in its opening weekend, a great start for Paramount and Spyglass Media’s long-running slasher film series.

Melissa Barrera & Jenna OrtegaThe ticket sales were enough to top domestic box office charts over two newcomers, Sony’s prehistoric sci-fi thriller 65 and Focus Features’ heartwarming comedy Champions, as well as last weekend’s victor Creed III.


The initial haul for Scream VI is frighteningly strong for the sixth installment in a franchise. Not only did it greatly improve upon the start of last year’s hit reboot Scream, which scored with $30 million, but it crushed the series’ opening weekend record, previously set by 2000’s Scream 3 with $34 million. Scream VI cost $35 million, so it’ll easily turn a profit in its theatrical run.

“It’s extraordinary to have this type of result after six films,” says Chris Aronson, Paramount’s president of domestic distribution. “We blew away the opening of the last ‘Scream.’ That doesn’t happen.”

The R-rated “Scream VI” added another $22.6 million from 53 international markets, bringing its global tally to $67.1 million.

“Reviews and audience scores are very good, and international business should be solid,” says David A. Gross, who runs the film consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research. “27 years after launching in 1996, the franchise is healthier than ever.”

Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, Scream VI follows survivors of Ghostface’s murders as they leave Woodsboro behind for a fresh start in New York City. Courteney Cox, Barrera, Ortega and Hayden Panettiere return for the film, which is the first installment without Neve Campbell’s Sidney Prescott. The actor departed the film because she felt “the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise.

”Opening weekend audience members skewed slightly male (51%), while 71% were between the ages of 18-24.

Giovanni M. Porta Signs with Range Media Partners

Giovanni M. Porta is expanding his range

The Latino screenwriter and producer has signed with Range Media Partners.

Giovanni M. PortaPorta’s first produced project, At Midnight, premiered on Paramount+ in February.

The Mexican rom-com directed by Jonah Feingold tells the story of two people who do their best not to fall in love. The film centers on hotel manager Alejandro (Diego Boneta), who lives a predictable life according to plan, and Sophie (Monica Barbaro), a beautiful rising movie star with an unreliable celebrity boyfriend. During a visit to Mexico’s beach to shoot scenes for her new movie, Super Society, Sophie meets and becomes enamored with Alejandro. Neither of them will be able to avoid falling in love and going against all odds.

Porta wrote the script with Feingold and Maria Hinojosa and also served as co-executive producer.

He currently has further projects in development with Paramount+, as well as such notable producers as Platinum Dunes, Mandalay Pictures, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Karen Rosenfelt.

Porta previously penned the biopic Hedy, on the Old Hollywood starlet Hedy Lamarr, which Amazon Studios awarded Best Screenplay, as part of the Athena’s List screenwriting competition in 2019.

The Pepperdine University grad was born and raised in both Miami, Florida and Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Range Media Partners is a management and production company, founded in September of 2020, with clientele spanning film, television, music, literary, tech and activism.

Natanael Cano’s Los CT Imprint Signs Global Deal with Downtown Music Services

Natanael Cano’s record imprint has a new partner…

Downtown Music Services has inked a global distribution, creative marketing and synch licensing deal with the 21-year-old Mexican rapper and singer-songwriter’s record imprint, Los CT.

Natanael CanoThe label’s current roster includes Gabito BallesterosAlejandro Buelna, Tyan G and more.

Under the deal, Downtown Music Services will be responsible for all aspects of global distribution, creative marketing and synch for Los CT. This includes providing listeners with access to new music releases, securing strategic marketing and synch opportunities and ensuring that Los CT artist releases are available on all major digital streaming platforms.

Cano launched Los CT last year amid a public dispute with his former label, Rancho Humilde, as an opportunity to continue broadening the Mexican music style he’s been actively internationalizing.

“I am always very happy to work with people who supported me from the beginning,” Cano said in a press release. “Now being able to distribute my music with some of the same people who always believed in me, I am extremely grateful and motivated to continue giving my all alongside the Downtown Music Services team.”

Downtown Music Services vp of A&R Latin, Ray Tapia, worked side by side with Cano’s manager, Ramon Emilio Hernández, to make this partnership a reality. A subsidiary of Downtown Music Holdings, Downtown Music Services offers bespoke distribution, publishing administration, creative marketing and finance solutions to entrepreneurial creators and their partners.

Tapia said, “We are thrilled to partner with Natanael Cano and the Los CT record label team. The Mexican music scene is undergoing a transformation with an increasing number of collaborations and a growing number of artists attracting millions of monthly listeners. This genre remains one of if not the most independent, and we are super excited to have the opportunity to contribute to its success. ¡Ánimo!

“We have been working on this for a minute and I am really excited about this partnership and how we are helping put this new era of the culture out there,” added Hernández. “There is so much promising talent in this space and we look forward to working with some of these artists and the team at Downtown Music. They really knew the genre, the music and understood our goals from the beginning.”

This year, Cano has achieved three entries on the Billboard Global 200 chart, including “AMG” with Gabito Bastelleros and Peso Pluma which hit No. 35 on the tally. He’s also scored two entries on the Billboard Hot 100.