Sunday, July 21, 2024

Pop Star The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) Said to Be Starting Production Company After HBO Show Filmed (Exclusive)


“What is a weekend?” asked the Dowager Countess on “Downton Abbey.”

I can tell you: The Weeknd, with the extra e, is a producer.

Abel Tesfaye has had such a good time producing an HBO series called “The Idol” that sources tell me he’s starting his own production company.

I’m told the company would include his good friend Reza Fahim, who’s been his writing and producing partner already on “The Idol” and smaller projects.

Tesfaye has already had many blockbuster successes in the music world. He co-stars as an actor in “The Idol” with Eli Roth, Lily Rose Depp, and the late Anne Heche.

A new production might be called XO., we’ll have to wait and see.

Stay tuned. Suddenly all the pop stars want to be in the movie business. Drake and the Future were involved in the coming “Amsterdam.” Taylor Swift brought her short film to Toronto. Joe Jonas is in a new film. And Harry Styles, you may have heard of him is in like two movies right now. Wow!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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