Fager takes over ‘60 Minutes’
CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager is stepping down from the post to devote all of his time to producing the weekly newsmagazine “60 Minutes.”
CBS News President David Rhodes will take over sole leadership of the division at the start of the year, according to a statement today. New York-based CBS Corp. extended Fager’s contract as executive producer of “60 Minutes” to early 2019.
Fager has produced “60 Minutes” for 11 years. He continued in that role at the 46-year-old program after becoming CBS News chairman four years ago. He and CBS Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves always planned for Fager to return to the show full-time, he said in a memo to staff.
Disney brings Broadway to TV
Disney will celebrate 20 years of making Broadway magic with a prime-time, hourlong special next month on ABC that highlights many of its musicals, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Aida,” “Tarzan,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “Newsies” and “Aladdin.”
“Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years,” will air Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. It will be hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson of “Modern Family” and have performances by Elton John, Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen (“Nashville”), Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) and Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”).
Viewers will get to see the touring cast of “Newsies” prepare for opening night in Philadelphia, see backstage during a performance of “Aladdin,” and witness a special rehearsal of “The Lion King.”
Calle 13 sets Grammy record
Enrique Iglesias picked up his first Latin Grammy in more than a decade Thursday, winning three trophies including song of the year for his platinum hit, “Bailando,” while Calle 13 set a record for most Latin Grammy wins with 21.
Iglesias accepted his awards from Paris, where he was tour. “Bailando” also won best urban song and performance, beating out Latin Grammy favorites Calle 13. Iglesias won his first Latin Grammy – and only one before Thursday – in 2003 for best male pop vocal album for “Quizás.”
Calle 13 walked into the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as the top competitors. Eduardo Cabra of the duo was nominated for 10 awards, including producer of the year, while the group was up for nine, including album, song and record of the year – all of which they lost.
Instead, Paco de Lucia – the celebrated Mexican guitarist who died earlier this year – won album of the year for his final effort, “Canción Andaluza.” The album also won best flamenco album, an award de Lucia won twice throughout his career.
Juanes, who was originally tied with Calle 13 with 19 Latin Grammys before Thursday, won best pop/rock album for “Loco De Amor,” giving him a career total of 20.
Jorge Drexler was a double winner Thursday night, taking home record of the year for “Universos Paralelos” with Ana Tijoux and best singer-songwriter album for “Bailar En La Cueva.” Marc Anthony, who got married earlier this month, won best salsa album for “3.0.” He performed with reggae-pop band MAGIC!, singing a Spanish version of their worldwide hit, “Rude.”