*Shonda Rhimes has churned out another drama for ABC – this one a “part soap, part conspiracy thriller” titled “The Circle.”
The hour-long project, which hails from ABC Studios, follows ten friends, adopted as children by a billionaire philanthropist, who begin to
question their past when one of their own is murdered, notes The Hollywood Reporter.
Richard Robbins will write and executive produce the project, while Rhimes and her producing partner Betsy Beers serve as
non-writing executive producers.
The news marks Shondaland’s fourth sale of the season. The “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” showrunner sold period luxury hotel drama “Gilded Lillys” to ABC with Gossip Girl scribe K.J. Steinberg attached in August.
Last month, the network also picked up an untitled drama project from Rhimes protégé Jenna Bans (“Off the Map”) revolving around a
young, idealistic and recently fired defense lawyer who struggles to start his own firm.
More recently, she sold “Wildwood,” which revolves around a wise-beyond-her-years teenager who poses as an adult in order to land a job at a bar on the Jersey Shore in Wildwood, N.J., to Fox.
*(Los Angeles) – Ten acts from Iran, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina and Los Angeles competed for Best Vocal, Best Songwriting and Best Dance Awards at the recent Los Angeles “Uplifting Minds II” entertainment conference’s national talent competition showcase held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The showcase was hosted by KDAY 93.5’s DJ Surreal and followed the conference’s entertainment business seminars.
Hip-Hop artists Young Reckless Riders from Long Beach, California won Best Vocals and Los Angeles natives R&B group Certified PYT won Best Dance and rappers The Circle won Best Songwriting. Young Reckless Riders tied in both the Vocal and Songwriting categories – the audience cheered whole-heartedly so the judges and host could hear their choices as to who the winners should be.
Judges were (pictured left) young film director/producer Ben Foster (www.BenFosterFilms.com); actress/singer Ashley Argota (“True Jackson, VP”) and comedienne/actress Annie McKnight (The Soloist, “BET Comic View”), along with legendary radio personality Lee “The Voice” Bailey (Radioscope, www.EURweb.com), award winning guitarist Vernon Neilly (www.Boosweet.com), and publicist/author Phyllis Caddell-M (www.PCPublicRelations.com).
Seminars included “PR/Media and Promotions Strategies” by PR/media and promotions consultant Eunice Moseley (www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com); “Artist Management Strategies” by label owner Debra French (www.FrenchRoyaltyEnt.com); “Finding Gigs Online” by former model/actress/artist manager Kerri Moseley-Hobbs (www.Anthony-Michael.com), and “Marketing in the 21st Century” by label owner Vernon Neilly (www.boosweet.com) – attendees received the “ULMII Music Business Handbook.”
Prizes for the three winners consist of the ULMII Award; a free music video courtesy of Ben Foster (www.BenFosterFilms.com); free music track from four-time ULMII winner VIP (www.DustDemAFF.com); 30 minutes free legal consultation from Paul Gardner II, Esq. (www.TheGardnerLawGroup.com) and Richard Jefferson, Esq. (www.metallawgroup.com); a slot as an opening act for L.A. Urban R&B singer/songwriter Trueful (www.FrenchRoyaltyEnt.com); 50% off marketing and promotions of social media pages by Boosweet Records (www.Boosweet.com), and vocal coaching from vocalist Nadiyah Kareem (Superstar Entertainment).
The next Los Angeles “Uplifting Minds II” entertainment conference is Sunday, October 17, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (West Hall Theater). Media sponsors include www.EURweb.com, the L.A. Watts Times and KDAY 93.5. For more on the entertainment conference log onto its website at www.UpliftingMinds2.com.
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