Music mogul JAY-Z‘s growing Roc Nation franchise has officially expanded. The hip-hop icon’s entertainment company is launching a TV production division.
According to an exclusive Variety report, Weinstein Co. executive Patrick Reardon is going to head the department.
As Roc Nation’s exec VP of scripted and unscripted television, Reardon will be responsible for building and running the TV department, focusing on developing and producing premium scripted and unscripted content. Reardon is a veteran producer and executive who had served as exec VP and co-head of Weinstein Co.’s TV department since 2015.
Over the past 12 months, JAY has kept busy working on multiple TV projects.
Roc Nation’s recent TV and film projects include Spike TV’s “Time: The Kalief Browder Story,” which has earned a Peabody award this year, and the upcoming “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” which just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Both were executive produced by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. Future television endeavors include an unscripted series with Amazon. (Variety)
Last year, Dipset’s Jim Jones talked about joining JAY’s Roc Nation team.
“I’ve become more mature and I’ve become way more of a businessman. I don’t operate off my emotions like I used to when I was younger. I haven’t had a conversation with Jay. It was kinda done like the mob. It was sanctioned by Jay but we have a mutual friend, a real good mutual friend. [Jay Z collabo on my next album?] I’m looking forward to him making an appearance on my next album. I’ve been a fan of Jay for years. [Will it happen?] In the spectrum of making music, I wouldn’t see why it wouldn’t happen. He’s the leader of the family. You know how that goes. Whatever happens, happens. I’m here to make the best Jim Jones effort I can. They’re willing to push me to the moon and giving me a platform I haven’t had in my whole career. My whole career I’ve done independently, if you know anything about my music. So for me to take this major step is a blessing. Whether I make songs with Jay, I’d love to, I’ve been a fan of his since he was making music. So you know, it’s a great feeling.” (TMZ)
A couple years ago, singer Rita Ora parted ways with Roc Nation.
Rita Ora and Jay Z’s Roc Nation have officially parted ways, following a lawsuit filed last year describing an “orphaned relationship” between the British singer and the label, which issued a counterclaim a month later. A source confirms to Billboard that Ora has signed with Warner Music, though specifics of the deal have not been disclosed. Requests to Roc Nation for confirmation of a settlement between Ora and the company were not returned. (Billboard)