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‘Jagged Little Pill’ Producers Appoint External Firm to Investigate Mistreatment Allegations Made by Former Cast Member

“Broadway shows are by their very nature collaborative human efforts, so there is nothing more important to us than our people,” the producers said. “We are committed to continuing to nurture a work environment where everyone feels valued and respected.”The statement follows former cast member and non-binary actor Nora Schell alleging in a social media…

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‘Jagged Little Pill’ Producers Appoint External Firm to Investigate Mistreatment Allegations Made by Former Cast Member

“Broadway shows are by their very nature collaborative human efforts, so there is nothing more important to us than our people,” the producers said. “We are committed to continuing to nurture a work environment where everyone feels valued and respected.”The statement follows former cast member and non-binary actor Nora Schell alleging in a social media post mistreatment by stage management and other members of the show’s creative leadership, with Tony-nominated actress and fellow former cast member Celia Rose Gooding pointing to “harm to the trans and nonbinary community both onstage and off” as part of why she departed the production.The producers did not specify which former cast member’s allegations they were responding to.In her own statement Friday on Twitter, Gooding, who was recently announced to play Uhura in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, said she had stepped back from the show in part “to focus more on work that I can align myself with emotionally and morally.”“I cannot ignore the harm Jagged has done to the trans and non-binary community, including cast members on stage, off stage, and behind the scenes in the production making process,” she wrote. “They are owed a space to exist and perform free of transphobia and the opportunity to tell their own stories, just as I have over the years.”In a more lengthy statement also posted to Twitter on Friday, Schell alleges that despite numerous efforts to communicate with the musical’s creative team about their polycystic ovary syndrome and related symptoms, as well as keep them updated of their treatment as it may have impacted their ability to perform, they say their messages were not relayed to creative leadership. Furthermore, once they did make their evolving medical situation clear, Schell alleges creative leadership “effectively coerced” them to go against their medical professional’s advice and delay a necessary surgery.Schell identifies stage management as the first point of contact, alleging that in 2019 the actor disclosed details around their ongoing PCOS care. That included communication about a previous surgery, medications and related anemia. Schell says they were told this information would be relayed to the creative team by management several times following in-person and email communications.They describe instances of going “in and out of consciousness” and nearly losing their balance on stage — the result of their anemia caused by losing blood for over four weeks — during a rehearsal. It’s at this time they say it became clear creative leadership had not been made aware of the issue or prior attempts at communication by stage management. But once they had, they say they collapsed on stairs that same day, after being told to “nap” instead of going home and getting emergency medical care.Once they came back, they say the treatment and response to their medical care did not improve. While recovering they were “intimidated” by company management, with their recovery period “diminished and dismissed.” They said they were also told that they would not be paid while taking personal days, were met with “exasperation” and told that future days off due to their PCOS “wouldn’t be considered paid medical leave.”On Friday afternoon, Actor’s Equity released a statement noting that they are “deeply concerned about the revelations in @noritachiquita‘s statement” and that they are “looking into everything they brought forward” and “recognize this was a truly painful experience that shouldn’t have happened.”The allegations follow the show’s lead producers’ lengthy statement on Sept. 17 apologizing for how its team publicly discussed and then featured one character’s gender journey in the show as it transitioned from Boston to Broadway. The statement also included several pledges and announcements about significant production changes around casting, writing and the show’s creative environment that have put in place to ensure that the show’s on and off-screen treatment of nonbinary and trans narratives and production members is equitable, authentic and safe.This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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Shawn Mendes Promises ‘It’ll Be Okay’ on New Song: Stream It Now

Shawn Mendes mends his broken heart following his high-profile breakup with Camila Cabello on his new song “It’ll Be Okay,” which was released Wednesday (Dec. 1). He first teased the single via Instagram on Tuesday with a 12-second snippet of him singing, “Are we gonna make it?/ Is this gonna hurt?” over swelling, organ-like synths.…

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Shawn Mendes Promises ‘It’ll Be Okay’ on New Song: Stream It Now

Shawn Mendes mends his broken heart following his high-profile breakup with Camila Cabello on his new song “It’ll Be Okay,” which was released Wednesday (Dec. 1).
He first teased the single via Instagram on Tuesday with a 12-second snippet of him singing, “Are we gonna make it?/ Is this gonna hurt?” over swelling, organ-like synths. He continues singing about patching up the wounds of a lost love in the chorus: “If you tell me you’re leaving, I’ll make it easy/ It’ll be okay/ If we can’t stop the bleeding/ We don’t have to fix it/ We don’t have to stay/ I will love you either way/ Ooh-ooh, it’ll be oh, be okay/ Ooh-ooh.”

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“It’ll Be Okay” arrives just two weeks after Mendes and Cabello announced their breakup after the all-star couple had been dating for more than two years. The pop stars, who hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 together with “Señorita” in 2019, released a joint statement addressing their split, promising fans that they “started our relationship as best friends and will continue to be best friends.”
The song also marks Mendes’ first solo music release since his fourth studio album Wonder, which he released almost exactly a year ago on Dec. 4, 2020, and topped the Billboard 200. He’ll be taking Wonder all around the world during his 2022 tour, which kicks off its European leg in spring before heading Stateside next summer with openers Dermot Kennedy and Tate McRae.
Listen to “It’ll Be Okay” below.

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John Ivey Promoted at iHeartMedia, Will Hand Over KIIS FM Program Director Duties

Programming veteran John Ivey is moving up at iHeartMedia. Effective immediately, Ivey will take on the role of president of CHR (Contemporary Hits Radio) content development and strategy.   In his new role, Ivey will focus on the recruitment, training, deployment and career growth of talent across all of iHeart’s CHR stations. In addition, Ivey will work closely with executive vp of…

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John Ivey Promoted at iHeartMedia, Will Hand Over KIIS FM Program Director Duties

Programming veteran John Ivey is moving up at iHeartMedia. Effective immediately, Ivey will take on the role of president of CHR (Contemporary Hits Radio) content development and strategy.  
In his new role, Ivey will focus on the recruitment, training, deployment and career growth of talent across all of iHeart’s CHR stations. In addition, Ivey will work closely with executive vp of talent development Dennis Clark to coach and develop talent.  
Ivey takes on the new role after being named president of CHR programming strategy in 2017. With the new promotion, he’ll be stepping down as program director at powerhouse Los Angeles station KIIS FM, a job he’s held for 20 years, with a successor to be announced tomorrow. Ivey will continue reporting to Tom Poleman, chief programming officer and president of the national programming group for iHeartMedia. 
“For over 20 years, John has been a key part of our successful Los Angeles market and our CHR stations across the country,” said Poleman in a release. “Now he will step into another integral role within iHeart – a role which represents that iHeart is a talent-first company dedicated to building the skills, capacity and drive of our nationally-recognized on-air personalities. John’s extensive experience in programming and his credibility within the industry are perfect for leading and elevating this initiative.” 
Throughout Ivey’s tenure as KIIS FM program director, the station has maintained large audiences with hit shows including the morning show On Air with Ryan Seacrest. Ivey has also been instrumental in securing top-tier talent for iHeartRadio’s KIIS FM Jingle Ball and Wango Tango, two of the largest live radio events of the year. This year’s Jingle Ball will include performances from Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, Lil Nas X and Kane Brown.  
“My mother took me to a radio station for the first time on my sixth birthday. The PD of that station, Mrs. Potter was my first mentor. Next was my first PD, Steve Hagen and later the legendary Steve Rivers. Now it’s my turn to focus on talent first at iHeart,” said Ivey in a release. “Thanks to Bob Pittman for always supporting me and allowing me to pitch a dream and turn it into a job. I love supporting talent, watching them grow and achieve their goals. Let’s GO!” 
Ivey is a 40-plus year radio veteran and the longest-running program director for KIIS FM. He began his radio career as an on-air personality and music director in his hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky and later led programming efforts for stations in New York, Tennessee and Boston. He joined iHeartMedia Los Angeles in 2001 and throughout his tenure has served in a variety of roles, including vp of programming for the market, program director of KYSR FM and KHHT FM, senior vp of programming and CHR brand manager for iHeartMedia.  

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Anitta Shares 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Her

During rehearsals for the 2021 Latin GRAMMYs, Anitta shared five interesting facts about herself, including her go-to breakfast, her biggest fears and how her family bets on her relationships.

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During rehearsals for the 2021 Latin GRAMMYs, Anitta shared five interesting facts about herself, including her go-to breakfast, her biggest fears and how her family bets on her relationships.

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