.

Russell Simmons Signs Deal With HBO

Hip-hop mogul turns to home of 'Def Comedy Jam'

May 24, 2013 8:30 AM ET
Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons
Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company

Russell Simmons is reuniting with HBO: the hip-hop mogul has signed a two-year development deal with the cable channel that was home to Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Simmons will create and develop projects for HBO.

Russell Simmons Gives Rolling Stone Readers Financial Advice

Produced by Simmons, Def Comedy Jam ran on HBO from 1992-97 and 2006-08. The show helped give early exposure to comedians including Dave Chappelle, Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer and Chris Tucker. Simmons has also produced stand-up comedy series for Comedy Central and was an executive producer on the MTV shows Daddy's Girls and Run's House. 

Simmons helped build Def Jam Recordings into a musical powerhouse with co-founder Rick Rubin, and the label released influential music from the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and Slayer. Simmons is also an author: he published his most recent book, Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All, in 2011.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com