VH1 + PALLADIA TO WORLD PREMIERE JARED LETO'S AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY, "ARTIFACT" SATURDAY, APRIL 26TH AT 11 PM ET/PT
Film Follows Thirty Seconds To Mars Through Multi-Year Lawsuit With Band's Label + Struggle to Produce 2009 Release "This Is War"
NEW YORK (April 17, 2014) - VH1 and Palladia, Viacom Media Networks' hi-def music channel, will simultaneously premiere the award-winning documentary "Artifact" from Academy Award-winner Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyer's Club"), which chronicles the harsh realities of the modern music business. The film follows Leto's band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, throughout its multi-year, multi-million dollar legal dispute between the band and its label, Virgin/EMI, as the group prepped their 2009 album, This Is War. "Artifact" will make its television premiere on Saturday, April 26th at 11 PM ET/PT on both VH1 and Palladia. It will air on MTV channels later this summer. The film will also be available on-demand in the VH1 app.
Leto, along with fellow bandmates Shannon Leto and Tomo Milicevic, opened their lives for documentary cameras to give an inside look at how Thirty Seconds to Mars overcame a debilitating legal dispute with their label that nearly cost them everything. In 2008, Thirty Seconds to Mars was sued for $30 million by Virign/EMI, the band's parent label, for breach of contract following the group's attempted exit from its agreement over a royalties dispute. What follows is an epic battle between artist and label, with music and art caught in the legal crossfire.
"Music is in the DNA at VH1 and Palladia is all about the creative power of artists, so we naturally jumped at the chance to give our audience the fascinating, insider's look at the state of the music industry by premiering 'Artifact,'" said Tom Calderone, President, VH1 + Palladia. "Jared, Shannon and Tomo give us such an intimate, candid, unfiltered and compelling look at the state of the industry. We know 'Artifact' will resonate with our viewers."
"I hope that artists and audiences watch this film and get a greater understanding of how things work in the music industry, because understanding is the beginning of change," said Jared Leto. "Inevitably, we're all moving towards what I hope is a more transparent system."
"Artifact" took home the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice documentary award and the Audience Award at the 22nd Gotham Independent Film Awards. The film also played at DOC NYC and SXSW.
"Artifact" is produced by Jared Leto and Emma Ludbrook.
For more information on "Artifact," VH1 and Palladia, visit VH1.com and Palladia.tv.
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About Thirty Seconds to Mars:
THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS - comprising Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Milicevic - has sold over five million albums worldwide and the band's videos have more than 300 million views on YouTube. The group has received numerous awards, including a dozen MTV awards worldwide, a Billboard Music award and honors from NME, Kerrang! and Fuse. The band released their 4th studio album LUST LOVE FAITH + DREAMS (Virgin Records) on March 18th, 2013, which debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 in May. The album's single "City Of Angels" went top 10 and continues to grow on the alternative radio airplay charts. A short film inspired by the single was released on October 29th, 2013 which tells the story about Los Angeles and features and eclectic cast of characters including Kanye West, Steve Nash, Alan Cumming, Lindsay Lohan, Juliette Lewis, Selena Gomez, Shaun White, Ashley Olsen and more. Last December, the band released their critically acclaimed music documentary ARTIFACT on iTunes worldwide which chronicles the band's legal battles with record label EMI. The band just released their newest single, "Do or Die." They are currently on tour and will join forces with Linkin Park this summer for a North American tour, which includes special guests AFI. For more information please visit www.thirtysecondstomars.com.