When most people think of Live Nation they’ll more than likely think of the concert. However, for the past few years, Heather Parry has been at the helm of Live Nation Productions; in keeping with its namesake, the majority of the films that Ms. Parry and the production-house have been focused on have been music related. So far the company has been hugely successful and has been behind some of the biggest hits of the last few years. The earliest successes came in the likes of the Lady Gaga documentary Five Foot Two, the Eagles of Death Metal documentary Nos Amis and the scripted film The After Party, starring Wiz Khalifa, French Montana and Teyana Taylor.
The success of each of these films, as well as a few more, led Heather Parry and Live Nation Productions to what’s probably their most notable film yet; the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga-driven A Star Is Born. However, despite being behind some of the most significant music-related films of the past few years, it took Ms. Parry quite a lot of effort to get the film made. Her involvement came about after she had heard Bradley Cooper had signed on to direct; Ms. Parry was a friend and immediately called his agent to see how Live Nation could become involved.
With that, the company was on board as producers of the film. However, it took some convincing to get funding for the project and more. This changed when Heather Parry dinner party for Martha Stewart at producer Bill Gerber’s house. Instead of speaking with Ms. Stewart about food and recipes, however, Ms. Parry spent the evening pitching A Star Is Born to Mr. Gerber. The surprise pitch worked, and the film went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year. This has spurned Ms. Parry on to greenlight a few other projects. This includes the likes of a film based on a book written by Virginia Hanlon Grohl, mother of Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl; the book also contains stories from the likes of Dr. Dre’s mother Verna Griffin, Janis Winehouse and Marianne Stipe.