Rap mogul Jay Z may have to lean on his political connects in the near future if he hopes to bring his popular Made In America music festival to Los Angeles later this year.
According to reports, Young Hov has received heavy backlash from a city official over the potential complications the event could create.
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar contends he was left out of discussions, spearheaded by Mayor Eric Garcetti in recent weeks, over bringing the two-day Budweiser Made in America music festival to Grand Park and the nearby steps of City Hall. Huizar, who represents most of downtown, called for the city to withhold approval of any permits for the Labor Day weekend event until the details are properly vetted. An application submitted for the event said it would have three stages, several beer gardens and street closures lasting from five to 10 days, depending on the location. (Los Angeles Times)
The councilman signaled the problems heavy amounts of people could have on Los Angeles streets a top concern.
“When we’re talking about bringing 50,000 people to downtown Los Angeles and closing streets potentially for 10 days, that’s really going to be a nightmare for the residents, for business owners and people who come to work here,” Huizar said Wednesday. (Los Angeles Times)
Last year, buzz about a documentary based on Hov’s annual festival bubbled online.
Phase 4 Films acquired North American distribution rights to Made In America, Ron Howard‘s first documentary, which he made in partnership with Imagine partner Brian Grazer and Jay-Z. CAA brokered the U.S. rights deal on behalf of the filmmakers; the Canadian rights were handled by The Exchange. Film premiered in Toronto and follows hip-hop icon Jay-Z as he plans the Budweiser Made in America Festival, a 2012 concert event with musicians including Drake, Pearl Jam, Run-DMC, The Hives, Passion Pit, Calvin Harris, Janelle Monáe and Skrillex that grossed $5 million in ticket sales and drew 80,000 fans in Philadelphia. (Deadline)
If all goes accordingly, the flick should make its way to theaters this summer.
If you missed Ron Howard’s Jay Z concert documentary, “Made in America,” on “Showtime,” you’ll have a chance to see it on the big screen. Phase 4 Films has acquired North American rights to the film, which aired on Showtime on October 11, and is planning a theatrical release for Summer 2014. (Billboard)