Live Nation Productions is Live Nation’s new film and television production division. Launched in 2016 and run by Heather Parry, the production arm is devoted to telling groundbreaking, musically-driven stories for audiences worldwide. Under Parry, Live Nation Productions creates and develops innovative, culturally impactful films, television and documentaries in both scripted and unscripted forms, extending the breadth of assets included in the renowned Live Nation’s Brand.
Live Nation Productions partnered with Warner Bros on its first scripted production called A Star is Born, which will be released on October 5, 2018. The film marks four-time Academy Award® nominee Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, in which he co-stars with the multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Lady Gaga in her first studio starring role. In this tragic love story, Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Gaga). Ally has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
Recent releases include the documentary Believer, an Official 2018 Sundance Film Festival selection. Believer won runner-up for the Sundance Festival Favorite Award out of 123 films screened. The documentary follows Imagine Dragons’ Mormon front man Dan Reynolds as he takes on a new mission to explore how the church treats its LGBTQ members. It debuted on HBO on June 25, 2018. Another recent release is The After Party, which stars Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Kyle Harvey (better known as the artist Kyle) and Teyana Taylor. The film, which premiered on Netflix on August 24, 2018, follows an aspiring rapper and his manager/best-friend looking to land a record deal at a wild NYC party before one heads to college and the other enlists in the military.
Among Live Nation Productions previously released titles is Gaga: Five Foot Two, an intimate and unfettered portrait of a year in the life of Lady Gaga, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival before becoming available on Netflix in 190 countries and won Best Music Documentary at the 2018 MTV & TV Movie Awards and Best Music Film at the 2018 NME Awards. In the film, Emmy-nominated filmmaker Chris Moukarbel (Banksy Does New York) pulls back the curtain to introduce the woman behind the performer.
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story chronicles Sean “Diddy” Combs as he tries to bring his family of artists back together for the first time since the tragic loss of their beloved friend and one of the most influential rappers of all time, the Notorious B.I.G. After premiering at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival the film became exclusively available on Apple Music, where it hit No. 1 on the iTunes Documentary charts across the Globe. The film then went on to win the Hollywood Documentary Award at the 2017 Hollywood Film Awards.
Other work includes the powerful Colin Hanks directed documentary Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis which premiered on HBO. Nominated for two Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, including Best Documentary, the film chronicles the American rock band’s return to Paris following the tragic terrorist attacks that took place during their concert in November 2015. Live Nation Productions also financed Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids, a feature-length concert documentary directed by Jonathan Demme and released on Netflix.