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Audible Names Pat Shah Head of Content Acquisition and Development (EXCLUSIVE)

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Audible, the Amazon-owned audiobook and audio entertainment company, has tapped Twitch and Spotify veteran Pat Shah to become its head of content acquisition and development.

Shah will steer Audible’s content acquisition strategy, leading its content acquisition teams. He will report to Audible head of U.S. content Rachel Ghiazza, who boarded the company just over a year ago.

“Pat is a proven industry veteran with nearly a decade of experience managing industry-leading content companies,” said Ghiazza. “From driving music strategy at Twitch to heading Spotify’s original content division, Pat has consistently pioneered customer-centric content acquisition strategies, and his deep wealth of leadership expertise will be invaluable as Audible continues to expand its best-in-class audio storytelling and audiobook portfolios.”

Shah comes to Audible from live-streaming platform Twitch, where he served as head of music strategy and licensing for two years, negotiating global licensing deals and developing ways to create new value for artists, labels and publishers. Previously, Shah led Spotify’s original content strategy on the licensing and business side; his work there prompted the company’s expansion into podcasts. His career has also included time as vice president of digital business development at Universal Music Group.

“Audible’s explosive growth in the content and storytelling spaces over the past several years has been remarkable to witness,” said Shah. “I’m tremendously excited to join Rachel and many other dedicated members of the content acquisition team to continue Audible’s mission of delivering quality audio storytelling and audiobook content to millions of consumers, while developing relationships with professional creators from across the globe.”

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RHOBH Star Garcelle Beauvais Says Jamie Foxx Is ‘Hung Like A Horse’ As Their Podcast Interview Gets HOT!

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Jamie Foxx is a whole lotta man — too much for Garcelle Beauvais, apparently!

On the most recent episode of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star’s podcast, Going to Bed with Garcelle, the actress reunited with her former co-star for a chat that got VERY intimate.

As fans know, Foxx and Beauvais played love interests Jamie and Fancy on The Jamie Foxx Show on the WB network from 1996 to 2001. While their on-screen chemistry was undeniable, the pair made a pact that they wouldn’t date until after they stopped filming — but Beauvais was in another relationship by the time production wrapped. Now they’re each other’s one that got away… Awww!

During the podcast episode, however, it became clear there was another reason Garcelle decided to never shoot her shot with the Oscar winner: she was apparently intimidated by his humongous d**k!

Related: Lisa Vanderpump Shades Teddi Mellencamp After Her RHOBH Firing!

The conversation got steamy after the pair talked about how the Ray star used to shade the men that the Bravolebrity chose to date — including her short-lived relationship on the most recent season of RHOBH. Foxx shared as Beauvais laughed:

“I seen you with the dude, you introduced me — ‘This is my man,’ and it was all uncomfortable.”

Garcelle then noted that Jamie “never really [gave] any guy that I’m with any real attention,” to which the 52-year-old actor replied:

“Ever. I hate them all. I think me and you should have been together. So every time I see them, I’m always like, ‘Damn. I f**ked up.’ So every dude, I be like — I give them a really s**tty look.”

Garcelle quipped:

“I feel it, and they feel it.”

The conversation got even hotter from there, with Jamie joking that he and Garcelle “are in a relationship forever,” which prompted the actress to say:

“Forever, no matter what. You know what I always say? Kandi Burruss was on the podcast and she goes, ‘You know, I don’t get it. Why aren’t you and Jamie together?’ And I said, ‘Well, you know, we have a really great relationship now.’ And then I said, ‘He’s also hung like a horse. What would I do with all of that?!‘”

Ha! We’re sure Katie Holmes could give you some pointers, gurl!

Jamie then replied jokingly:

“You take it one step at a time. What you can’t eat, just put in a doggie bag and save it for later.”

Genius!

He continued on a serious note:

“I don’t know, it’s a tough thing when it comes to relationships, because you’ve got to find something, I think, that’s someone that you can really understand and be yourself with, especially in our business because it’s an up and down thing… And there’s a lot of emotions that people don’t understand. Somehow, being a celebrity, they feel like you’re not human, and we do have things that are afforded to us or rewarded to us because we are [celebrities]. But on the inside, we’re still the same people from Texas or from Haiti. We’re still the same people. And that’s so hard, but it has to be a person that really understands. And that’s been tough.”

Aw, now we wish they would get together! But it does sound like they’ll always have a place in one another’s… well, heart anyway! Ha!

[Image via WENN]

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Cannes Critics’ Week Winner Laura Ferrés Sets Up Feature Debut at Fasten Films, Le Bureau (EXCLUSIVE)

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Director of 2017 Cannes Critics’ Week short film winner “The Disinherited,” Laura Ferrés will direct her awaited feature debut “The Permanent Picture,” which is a co-production between Barcelona-based Fasten Films and Le Bureau, based out of Paris and London.

International sales will be handled by The Bureau Sales, the sales arm of the French-British label.

A sort of “depressing comedy” – according to Ferrés – “The Permanent Picture” follows middle-aged Carmen, a casting director whose world collapses when her boss retires and the production company she works for takes a dramatic turn. Carmen will be forced to participate in a campaign for a corrupted party.

Selected by Variety as a Spanish talent to track, Ferrés studied at Barcelona’s prestigious Escac film school. She developed her feature debut script at the Next Step Program, a workshop created by Cannes’ Critics’ Week, The TorinoFilmLab and the Moulin d’Ande screenwriting support program.

“The feature will question the promises of personal fulfillment through work, as well as the construction of our present through politics and its images,” said Ferrés, who found inspiration for her feature debut in her years working as a casting director in the advertising sector.

Aki Kaurismäki, Jacques Tati, Karen Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” and Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll’s  “Whisky” were inspirations for the film’s deadpan comedic tone, she added.

“What’s amazing in ‘The Disinherited’ is how Laura explored deep issues in a very simple way, and also with humor and affection and string visual concepts which may define her idea of cinema,” said Adrià Monés at Fasten Films the company behind David Ilundain’s “One for All” and Justin Webster’s “The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy.”

Le Bureau productions include Jessica Hausner’s “Little Joe” and Andrew Haigh’s “45 Years.” The Bureau Sales handles more than 600 titles including Celluloid Dreams’ and Rezo Films’ libraries.

Agnés Piqué,  the cinematographer of “The Disinherited,” will re-team with Ferrés on her feature debut.

Cast is still to be determined. Shooting is scheduled to begin next year.

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Michelle Obama & Jennifer Lopez Bond Over Virtual Learning

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Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez may be two of the most famous women in the world, but at home, the powerhouse women are known simply as “mom.”

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, they’re able to do a lot more hands-on parenting than their normally busy schedules would allow. In a new Instagram video about the importance of getting out and voting in the upcoming election, the two women discussed the upside to having their kids at home while attending school virtually. 

“Things are confusing, not quite safe,” Michelle admitted about how her two daughters – Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19 – cannot return to their college campus. “I’m just glad they’re staying put, even if they’re sick of me!”

Malia is currently studying at Harvard University, while Sasha attends the University of Michigan. 

Jennifer, whose children Emme and Maximilian, 12, are in 7th grade, said that she also feels lucky she can keep her kids close. 

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