Entertainment Exec Anastasia Brown Joins American
ASG audition site receives over 2.1 million hits
TN USA July 12, 2016: Josephson
Entertainment announced the appointment of music, tv and film executive Anastasia Brown as a Producer for American Supergroup, the upcoming music
competition show airing this Fall on Pop
(cable network seen in 80+ million homes), followed by runs on MTV Live
& VH1 Classic. The show is filming in Nashville, Brown’s home since 1989
where she joins Executive producers Barry
Josephson, Kevin Wayne Waldrop and Gary
Wayne Bridges. CAA is the exclusive worldwide agent for the show and
international format rights are available.
Barry Josephson, ASG Exec Producer said: “American Supergroup is shaping up to be the most compelling music
competition show on television, especially now that Anastasia is onboard. Her
reputation and experience are stellar; and we look forward to her creative
input for the show. We are also excited to see the tremendous interest the show
has received from musicians and music fans from all over the country. Thousands
of people sent in audition material and we are pleased the ASG website has
received over 2 million visitors. American Supergroup promises to be a
truly amazing show this Fall.”
Anastasia Brown said, “It
is such a great opportunity to be part of American
Supergroup, working with such pros as Barry, Kevin, and Gary. This dream project has all the
elements for a truly fantastic program: it is filming in my town - Nashville -
America’s music capital and will feature the best musicians in the country.
Having worked with iconic artists who are also musicians, I love how this new
series puts a spotlight on the entire band, not just the lead singer. We promise that music will be front and
center and look forward to showcasing each and every member of the band in a
having worked on Emmy-winning, and Grammy, Oscar and Dove-nominated films and
TV series, has carved out a unique
career path that encompasses music, film and tv while building a bridge between
Nashville and Hollywood as a music supervisor, artist manager, music publisher,
film and TV producer, author, TV star, A&R and label executive, talent
scout and talent booker. Her extensive portfolio of film and TV credits
include The Shack, the upcoming Lionsgate
film based on the best-selling book (Music Supervisor); I Saw The Light (Associate Producer); Hot Pursuit (Music Supervisor); The
Americans (Music Supervisor); Billy
(Graham): the Early Years (Executive Producer & Music Supervisor); Footloose (Music Consultant); Nashville Star (Judge); Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken (Music
Supervisor); among dozens more.
an ear for talent, Brown spotted Keith
Urban in 1994 at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, and immediately signed him to her management
company with partner, legendary manager and record mogul Miles Copeland. With Brown’s
support, Urban proceeded to secure two record contracts with his new team,
leading to international success with Capitol Records. Brown proceeded to sign Waylon Jennings and Leon Russell to Copeland’s record label
and has worked with legendary artists/musicians such as Sting, Peter Frampton and Junior
Brown for years. As a judge on Nashville Star (USA) in 2006 Brown
predicted Chris Young would win the
competition, and he went on to record numerous hit songs.
American Supergroup’s recent call for musicians to audition has
been extremely well-received with the show’s audition website garnering over
2.1 million hits.
ABOUT AMERICAN SUPERGROUP
American Supergroup is
a music competition program showcasing the creation and evolution of the best
newband in the country. Guided by a panel of music experts, 25
finalists will be selected to form 5 groups of 5 members each -- best
guitarist, best drummer, best bass player, best keyboards, and best
vocalist. Each contestant must have 3 qualities, they must each be: a
monster vocalist, a master musician, and an accomplished songwriter. Musical
genres can be, but are not limited to, Pop, Pop-Country, Traditional
Country, Pop-Rock, R&B, Metal, Latin American, Alternative. Audiences
will interact with, and vote for, contestants (bands) via social media
platforms and an exclusive ASG app.
contestants will be mentored by some of the industry’s best musicians including
renowned, award-winning guitarist, James Burton, inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards. Burton
has recorded and performed with music legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash,
Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and many more. The James Burton Foundation is
partnering with ASG and its mission is to support music education for those in
need through guitar donations and music instruction to schools, hospitals and
community service organizations.
Judges will be comprised of a
panel of music experts: either a member of a multi-platinum selling band
or supergroup, from any genre; or an entertainment industry insider: manager,
record executive, producer, etc. All judges will hold proven credentials
that demonstrate their part in building the careers of legendary award-winning
Barry Josephson, Executive Producer American Supergroup:
Josephson Entertainment -- currently Executive Producer of Bones on FOX Network & Turn: Washington Spieson AMC Network. Josephson served as president of worldwide
production for Columbia/Sony Pictures. During his tenure, Josephson was
responsible for hits such as Men In Black, Air Force One, In The Line Of Fire, The Fifth Element, Anaconda, Bad Boys, The Professional,
Craft. He is the co-founder of Comic Relief; and he has managed artists
Paula Abdul, Patti Labelle, Morris Day, and Whoopi Goldberg, among others.
Gary Wayne Bridges, Executive Producer American Supergroup:
Gary has more than 30 years in the entertainment industry including his start
as an actor, musician and performer working with the Elvis Presley Estate
portraying Elvis himself. Gary then moved into direct response television
campaigns for household name entities including BMG and RCA. He then
began working in live theater productions producing and creating shows for the
Tropicana, Caesar’s Palace, and The Riviera in Las Vegas. Gary has now
transitioned to television projects co creating “ASG” and several more forth
coming television and entertainment entities.
Kevin Wayne Waldrop, Executive Producer American Supergroup: Kevin
Wayne has been a part of the great business of entertainment for over 20 years
working as a music, television and movie producer, musician, songwriter and
artist manager. His clients have ranged from entertainment conglomerates
such as Universal and Sony to high-powered management like Glen Parrish of
Irving Azoff’s Azoff, Geary, Paul, Smith to the legal power-houses of Greenberg
Traurig and Loeb and Loeb. He has assisted corporations like AARP, the
National Guard and Pro Football Hall of Fame in media marketing campaigns and
worked in the corporate sponsor world with entities such as Jim Beam and
Monster Energy Drinks. In addition to entertainment experience, Kevin has
an accounting background and is no stranger to the business side of the
industry. He has successfully structured deals for several larger than
life projects including a live, performance show on the Las Vegas strip as well
as several network television projects.
ASG Media contact:
(Ms.) MJ Sorenson, CEO
256 South Robertson Blvd - Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Anastasia Brown: FACES of Nashville
Anastasia Brown’s list of accolades is almost too long to count. As an entertainment visionary, she is revered for her prowess in discovering musical talent and her work as a music supervisor and producer for major motion pictures, television series and film soundtracks.
Some of her work includes — but is not limited to — consulting for
Footloose, music supervisor for
August Rush, executive producer for the movie and soundtrack
Billy Graham: The Early Years, music supervisor on
For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville, as well as on a movie based on the book
The Shack(to be released in November 2016) and many more projects. She also represents independent songwriters and publishers, has developed three television series, is the author of
Make Me a Star, is a liaison between Hollywood, New York and Nashville projects, and she’s a board member on the Nashville Film Festival.
Anastasia’s impact on the entertainment industry in Nashville and beyond, coupled with her unwavering commitment to artists and the growth of the film and television industry, is one of the many reasons it is so fitting for her to be featured as today’s FACE of Nashville.
Anastasia Brown, today’s FACE of NashvilleWhere are you originally from? How and when did you land in Nashville?
I was born in Coronado, CA, and raised in Denver, CO. I sang in bands and choirs most of my life. Before graduating from the University of Florida, I realized that I preferred booking, picking our songs and managing our band more than singing on stage in front of an audience. The problem was I didn’t know what opportunities existed. All I knew was that I had to move to a music city. So in 1990, I moved to Nashville.
Give us a peek at your agenda. What’s a typical day or week like for you?
There is no typical day in my life. The only common thread is music and coming up with ideas to promote artists and the music they create. In addition to music supervising, I am developing several music-driven TV series and films. In fact, proof that persistence is the difference between success and failure is a film I began developing in 2003 about the life of Hank Williams — it was finally released in theaters this month, 13 years later.In 2014, you were awarded the Trailblazer Award at the Women in the Workforce Forum & Awards.
As a role model for women of all ages, what advice do you have for those looking to make a name for themselves in their given industry?
Work hard, never give up, listen more than you talk and always follow through on every promise made. I have been trying to help build a self-sustaining film and TV industry in Nashville since 2002; we are not there yet, but I feel that the concept is gaining momentum and I will never give up.
As an active board member on the Nashville Film Festival how are you helping to grow the film and TV culture and opportunities in Nashville?
I believe a thriving film festival encourages a film and TV culture in every city that hosts one. Music City has grown into the “it” city because of our creative community; bringing greater opportunities for those content creators in the film and TV arena can benefit the future of Nashville greatly. That’s why we are bringing in buyers, studio and network executives, music supervisors, filmmakers and screenwriters … to connect them with our local creative talent.
Professionally, what do you see as your biggest achievement? What has been the greatest challenge you have faced? Being one of a small group of people to build a bridge between Nashville and Hollywood. The motivation behind this?
Creating new financial and creative opportunities for the local music industry, which has been hit hard by technology and pirating. As a music supervisor, I must pay for music; I can’t steal it or stream it. As a producer, a network or studio must pay for the content I help create. When I first began this journey in 2002 it seemed far out of reach; today I feel it is within our grasp.The biggest challenge I have and do face is my commitment to living in Nashville. As a music supervisor I really should be based in LA or NY, but instead I commute. That’s one reason why I look forward to the day more film and TV content are created and controlled here, so I can live and work in Nashville.“I have been trying to help build a self-sustaining film and TV industry in Nashville since 2002. We are not there yet but I feel that the concept is gaining momentum and I will never give up,” Anastasia says.
What music is on your dinner party playlist?
I create party playlists for my guests; if it’s a party with people from out of town I include songs by my favorite Nashville-based artists. If it’s a dinner party with family and chosen friends I would play music by artists like The Mavericks, Ruby Amanfu, Trent Dabbs, The Head and the Heart, Chris Stapleton, Punch Brothers, Lee Ann Womack, The Saint Johns, Beck, Stacey Randol, Kaleo, Mindy Smith … oh, there are too many to list.
Where can we find you hanging out around town?
What is your next restaurant destination? Sinema
When Anastasia isn’t working to elevate the film and television culture in Nashville, you can find her dining at local restaurants or enjoying great music.
What do you think distinguishes Nashville from other Southern cities?
The creative community and how friendly we are? What is the best piece of advice you have received, and from whom?
Years ago, my friend Laray Mayfield (casting director) said, “The opportunities you say no to are just as important as the ones you accept; think quality not quantity.”
What’s your bucket list travel destination?
Bali, Singapore and anywhere else I can scuba dive.
Anastasia Brown has a true ear for talent, and her unwavering commitment to artists in the entertainment industry is so inspiring!
And special thanks to Ashley Hylbert for the gorgeous photos.
MUSIC INDUSTRY VETERAN ANASTASIA BROWN TO JOIN FORMAT ENTERTAINMENT
Brown brings LA & NYC Based music supervision powerhouse Format to Nashville.
Anastasia Brown is one of the top power-players in the music industry and is proud to announce her newest endeavor; joining LA & NYC based Format Entertainment, a vibrant music company specializing in music supervision (Iron Man 1 & 2, Sex and the City 1 &2, The Blindside, Alvin and The Chipmunks 1 & 2, and Swingers), music production and soundtracks for film.
Brown brings with her a vast amount of music and film industry knowledge. Currently the go-to music supervisor based in Nashville, her film credits include August Rush, Road to Nowhere, It’s Complicated, Billy: The Early Years, Daltry Calhoun, the upcoming Paramount re-make of Footloose .
She also music supervised the Emmy Award Winner mini-series, Steven Spielberg executive produced, Taken and acts as a film consultant for projects pertaining to Heartland lifestyle and music. Julia Michels, Music Supervisor at Format, says “I have been lucky enough to work with Anastasia in the past to great success. I’m looking forward to continuing our close working relationship as part of the same team.”
1. Nickname as a judge on NASHVILLE STAR was "Simon in a skirt."
2. Her blog has been read by double/triple the viewers even than the blogs written by the various hosts and all other judges.
3. Best-selling author: Brown wrote Make Me A Star for aspiring songwriters, singers and musicians - an entertaining how-to book. Added as text book/curriculum at many U.S. music colleges.
Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer: Larry Mortorff & Martin Shiel
Billy: the Early Years Soundtrack
Paper Wings (Music Consultant)
Producer: Marty Bowen
The Winding Stream (Producer/Music Supervisor)
Feature Documentary for the Country Music Hall of Fame
Producers: Anastasia Brown, Eric Geadelmann
Daltry Calhoun (2005) (Music Supervisor)
Director: Katrina Holden Bronson
Exec. Producer: Quentin Tarantino
Daltry Calhoun Soundtrack (2005) (Executive Producer)
Moon Over Mansfield Productions, Inc.
Producer: Wendy Cooper-Porcelli, Dave Hodgin Jr., Tamara Trexler
The Dance: The Billy Roth Story (2003) (Music Consultant)
Producers: Eric Geadelmann, John Darling Haynes, Scott Mayo
*A Universal feature film based on this documentary starring Nicolas Cage and 50 Cent is currently in development.
Charlie’s War (2003) (Music Supervisor)
Director: David Abbott
(aka Alabama Love Story)
Producer: William S. Gilmore
Herb Alpert: Music For Your Eyes (2003) (Music Consultant)
Director: Thomas L. Neff
Dreamworks Television/Sci-Fi Network
Producers: Joe M. Aguilar, Steve Beers, Leslie Bohem, Darryl Frank, Julie Herlocker, Richard Heus, James Lima, Steven Speilberg
Taken Soundtrack (2002) (Executive Producer)
“Closing In On the Fire”
“Hank Wilson Vol. 3: Legend In My Time”