Date: November 12th, 2016
New movie about last years of King of Pop.
A Michael Jackson movie that will show him as a doting parent in the final years
of his life is coming to TV. And the good news is, the producer is someone who
knew Jackson well from the beginning of his career, and still reveres him.
Casting notices have gone out for a Lifetime movie based on the book by
Jackson’s bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard. “Remember The Time:
Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days,” was published in 2014 and was
pretty much on track about Jackson’s life after he returned from his self
imposed exile abroad in 2006.
The most interesting thing about the casting notice is that the producer of the
film is former Motown chief Suzanne DePasse, who worked for Berry Gordy from the
late 60s until the company was sold. DePasse literally knows everything about
Motown. She was there when the Jackson 5 was discovered, and has maintained
excellent relations with the Jackson family and all the Motown acts over the
last four decades. She has two Emmy Awards, and three other nominations–
including nods for two highly regarded mini-series about the Temptations and the
Jacksons’ rise to fame. The Jackson legacy should be in good hands with DePasse,
that’s for certain.
I’m obviously curious about the movie, and Jackson fans will be, too. But
the bodyguards’ book is a good resource for the last couple of years of
Jackson’s life as it shows his struggles to find a new place to live after
leaving Neverland, dealing with his mounting financial crisis, and parenting his
three young children. There’s no doubt that Jackson was an excellent father–
just look at those kids seven years after his death. They’re thriving. He was
doing something right without a doubt.
So stay tuned. “Remember The Time” sounds like it might be the first step in
rehabilitating Jackson’s legacy via film. Jackson’s estate should be happy about
By Roger Friedman.
Source: Showbiz411.com / GeniusMJ
Date: June 2th, 2016
7 years ago.
The time is passing so fast, but the memory, music and all the leagcy of King
of Pop has unconditional life.
Forever in our hearts.
Date: June 23rd, 2016
The voice regarding recent article about photo-pornography:.
Statement of Thomas A. Meserau Jr. :
The Michael Jackson defense team has learned that information is circulating
throughout the media regarding alleged photographs supposedly seized from Mr.
Jackson's residence. That information is false. The prosecution has
confirmed that it is false.
We demand an immediate reaction from any news or
media organization that made such an announcement. Journalistic integrity is
an important factor in all reporting. This kind of reporting is
irresponsible. Mr. Jackson, like all other people in America, is entitled to
a fair trial. This case will be fought in the courtroom , not in th media.
Mr. Jackson is innocent and will be vindicated.
Statement of The Estate of
"The estate of Michael Jackson released the following statement on Tuesday
evening (June 21):
Seven years ago this coming Saturday, the world lost an amazing artist and
humanitarian devoted to helping children in need in all corners of the world.
Michael Jackson's fans, including the Executors of his estate, prefer to
remember the wonderful gifts Michael left behind instead of having to once
again see his good name dragged through the mud by tabloid trash.
Everything in these reports, including what the County of Santa Barbara
calls "content that appears to be obtained off the Internet or through
unknown sources" is false, no doubt timed to the anniversary of Michael's
passing. Those who continue to shamelessly exploit Michael via sleazy
internet "click bait" ignore that he was acquitted by a jury in 2005 on
every one of the 14 salacious charges brought against him in a failed witch
Michael remains just as innocent of these smears in death as he was in life
even though he isn't here to defend himself. Enough is enough.
The Estate of Michael Jackson"
Source: Estate of Michael Jackson/
MJJCommunity News Team / GeniusMJ
Date: March 19th, 2016
The Michael Jackson Estate's Billion-Dollar Turnaround:
From $500 Million In Debt to $500 Million in Cash.
Michael Jackson at a press conference held at the O2 Arena on March 5, 2009 in London, England.
MJ KIM/GETTY IMAGES
Nearly seven years after his death, the yawning, half-billion-dollar abyss of
debt that Michael Jackson left behind has turned into a mountain of profit whose
latest summit was topped this week thanks to a massive payday on his 50 percent
stake in Sony/ATV.
Sony to Buy Out Michael Jackson Estate's Half of Sony/ATV Music Publishing
The $750 million deal has Sony Corp. buying out the Jackson estate's piece of
Sony/ATV, the joint music publishing company, whose holdings include songs by
The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Jackson, who died in 2009, paid $41.5 million for ATV
Music in 1985.
It was just the latest in a string of blockbuster moves that last year pushed
Jackson to the top of Forbes' list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities with a
reported $115 million, ahead of Elvis Presley, Bob Marley and Marilyn Monroe.
According to that report, the singer's estate has rung up more than $1 billion,
pre-tax, to date. With the Sony deal, the estate's executors -- attorney John
Branca and music exec John McClain -- have pulled off what a source close to the
estate called a $1 billion turnaround, from $500 million of debt to $500 million
Here's how they did it:
· After feuding with the family over its release, the posthumous documentary
Michael Jackson's This Is It, released four months after Jackson passed in July,
2009, went on to become the highest-grossing music documentary of all time, with
worldwide box office in excess of $300 million. The estate took in 87 percent of
the back-end on the movie, with the source putting the gross figure going into
the estate's coffers at north of $200 million when TV rights and DVD sales are
· In 2010, Branca and McClain brokered what a source called the biggest record
deal in history, a $200 million guaranteed contract with Sony covering seven
albums and other associated projects.
· Jackson's catalog continues to be a monster. Estimates of posthumous sales in
the first five years after his death were in excess of 13 million in the U.S.
alone. Considering that Jackson has consistently sold an estimated 70 percent of
his records outside of the U.S., total sales since 2009 have easily surpassed 43
million worldwide. That makes Jackson the No. 1-selling global artist over the
past seven years, surpassing such contemporary superstars as Adele and Taylor
· The 2012 Michael Jackson: The Immortal Tour -- an equally split joint venture
with Cirque du Soleil in which the estate earned a 13 percent cut off the top of
box office sales -- grossed more than $370 million worldwide, making it one of
the top-grossing rock tours of all time.
· A permanent show at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Michael Jackson: One, is
another fifty-fifty joint venture with Cirque in which the estate earns a 10
percent box office take, which, like “Immortal” includes percentages for
royalties and publishing. A source said the permanent performance is one of the
top two grossing shows in Las Vegas, just behind Cirque's O, earning around $90
million a year.
· Money also continues to roll in thanks to the strength of the Mijac Music
catalog, which holds the rights to MJ's recordings and masters, as well as music
by Sly and the Family Stone, Ray Charles, Presley and Aretha Franklin.
· The estate recently renewed a deal with Bally Technologies for the Michael
Jackson King of Pop slot machine, extending the pact for five more years. A
source said the venture has brought in a healthy eight-figure sum so far.
Source: Billboard.com / GeniusMJ
Date: January 7th, 2016
'Off The Wall' Documentary by Spike Lee and special
release of CD, DVD & Blu-Ray.
The Estate of Michael Jackson announces that what you have been waiting for
is coming today but you are the first to know! We’re happy to share with you
that on February 26, the Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Legacy Recordings
will release a special CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray edition of Off The Wall. The
package will include Michael’s revolutionary album in its original form and the
new documentary Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, directed
by Spike Lee. Furthermore, the documentary will make its world premiere at
Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016, and its world television premiere on
SHOWTIME on Friday, February 5th at 9 P.M. ET/PT on-air, on demand and over the
internet. Following its premiere on SHOWTIME, it will be broadcast in other
territories around the world and those air-dates will be announced by the local
broadcaster in each market.
For all of you who were hoping for a television broadcast of the documentary -
the Estate heard you. For those of you ecstatic to introduce Off The Wall to a
new generation of fans, the Estate heard you.
We would like to re-interate that the album included in the package is a
re-issue of the original album – there is no additional music or remixes on the
CD or any “bonus” material with the documentary. We are sure some will be
disappointed that there is not extra material, but as everyone knows, this album
was early in Michael’s career. He did not write or record the number of songs
for this album as he did for later releases nor did he do any filming using his
own camera crews of the making of his short films or other events. Without a
wealth of material in the archives, the Estate and Sony decided to take a
different approach with this release – strip it down and keep it simple and
allow everyone to celebrate the album that started it all with a fun, specially
designed, collectible package that holds both the album as originally released
along with this special documentary and gives fans a chance to get creative with
Michael’s original concept for the album artwork. (You’ll see when you get it!)
Source: Estate of Michael Jackson /
MJJC News Team / GeniusMJ