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Michael Blackhawk

United Kingdom

Member since October 01, 2012


  • Lopez, Kardashian to host 'The X Factor'

    Communication, Fashion Design

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian Odom are officially joining "The X Factor."

    After weeks of speculation, Fox announced Tuesday that the "Extra" host and the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" co-star will indeed host the second season of the talent competition. Lopez and Odom will first appear as hosts during the show's live broadcasts next month, the network said.

    "The worst kept secret in Hollywood is out," said "X Factor" creator and judge Simon Cowell in a statement. "Mario and Khloe are our hosts. They will debut on our first live show in November, and I couldn't be happier."

    British television personality Steve Jones served as the sole host for the first season of the U.S. edition of the show.

    The addition of Lopez and Kardashian is the latest shift for the underperforming singing contest. Britney Spears and Demi Lovato joined Cowell and L.A. Reid on "The X Factor" judging panel at the start of the second season. The pair replaced Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.

    "I'm very excited to be joining 'The X Factor' team," said Lopez, who has also hosted MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew" for the past seven seasons. "I love the show, and I've been a big fan of Simon Cowell and the judges for a long time. Khloe and I have been friends for years, and I know we'll be a great team and have a blast."

    The current second season of "X Factor" is ear...

  • Bono_177_

    MY BLACK HAWK MUSIC: As executive vice president of digital media for MTV’s music brands, Dubliner Dermot McCormack is confronting head-on the challenges all media companies face in an ever-changing digital landscape. IT’S HARD TO know what to envy Dermot McCormack for most – his 17th-floor, corner office (the sign, in America, at least, that you have truly arrived) overlooking Times Square, or the fact that Bono has a nickname for him: Digital Dermot from Dublin. To be fair, he has earned it. McCormack is now executive vice president of digital media for MTV’s music brands – including MTV itself, VH1, Country Music Television (CMT) and Logo TV.

    “My job is to move these cable TV brands into new platforms, expand the brands, expand the audience and make money while I’m doing it,“ says McCormack – who is originally from Ballyfermot – as though this were easy peasy. Few know quite as well as him, however, just how tricky the internet can be. An early pioneer of new media in the 1990s, McCormack was around for the dot com bubble (the first one, as some would argue). In fact, he was right at the heart of it. Having moved to New York in the early 1990s (the day after he graduated from DIT Kevin Street with a degree in electronic engineering – “My poor Mom,” he says. “I never came back!”), McCormack was among those who built some of the earliest websites. Eventually, he went to work in advertising for the hottest new things around at the time – a website callediVillage.co...