Benny Medina
American businessman
Benny Medina
Benny Medina is the CEO of The Medina Company and son of legendary Jazz drummer Ahmad "Benny" Medina. He has worked in the music business as a producer, talent manager and record executive. He has been involved in the careers of a variety of recording artists and performers throughout his career.
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The Fresh Prince of Beverly Hills
Huffington Post - about 3 years
For Tom Hamilton, pop has no boundaries. Growing up in Calabasas, he spent a lot of time consuming pop music, rocking in high school bands, and cooking up all kinds of sonic concoctions. A chance encounter in the studio led to Hamilton's breakthrough winning MTVu song and video of the year, quickly adding his Music Video for "Sun" (produced by the Cataracts) into rotation on MTV2. After a brief stint as a solo artist, Hamilton realized that he really loved being behind the scenes and started collaborating with his best friend and fellow middle-school student, Hollywood "It" girl DJ Caroline D'Amore. Their teaming turned out to be a match made in heaven. Highlights of their barely over a year, super powered pairing has resulted in co-producing the Radio Show Heartbeatz with DJ Caroline D'amore, syndicated in 27 countries with weekly stars like Nick Cannon, Afrojack, Paris Hilton, Rehab and Carnage. Caroline tours and co-headlines with Allesso, Krewella and Rehab, and has opened at the H ...
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Sean "Diddy" Combs Passed on American Idol Because of Ex-Girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, Ex-Manager Benny Medina
US Magazine - over 3 years
So much for leaving the past in the past. It's been more than a decade since Sean "Diddy" Combs and Jennifer Lopez broke up, but it looks like there's still some lingering awkwardness between the former loves. A source tells Us Weekly exclusively that Combs, 43, was in contention for the third spot on American Idol's season 13 judging panel -- until his ex-girlfriend signed on to fill the second spot. PHOTOS: American Idol judges, then and now The source says that the hip hop mogul passed on the opportunity because of his apparently not-so-ancient history with Lopez, as well as his history with Lopez's manager, Benny Medina. (Medina also previously managed Combs; they parted ways several years ago.) PHOTOS: How Jennifer Lopez's style changed with each relationship Ultimately, the Dirty Money rapper "felt it was a 'her or me' situation," the insider tells Us. And producers went after her. (As previously reported, Lopez, who served on the panel in 2011 and 2012, will join ret ...
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Jennifer Lopez on Her Infamous Versace Dress at 2000 Grammys: "I Said, 'What's the Big Deal?' "
US Magazine - over 3 years
She may be Jenny From the Block, but that doesn't mean her childhood home in the Bronx holds only sweet memories. For an interview in W magazine's August issue, Jennifer Lopez returned to the house she grew up in, "a white two-story surrounded by an ornate metal gate" that sits next to a vacant lot -- and the emotions that accompanied her visit were complicated to say the least. PHOTOS: J Lo and her boyfriend Casper Smart Spying a back window, she laughingly recalled, "I would look out that window to see if my boyfriend was coming, and then I'd run out the door." But asked if she wanted to knock on the door of her former home, the singer-actress replied, "No. I don't want to go inside. The last time I was in there was when my mom and dad called us home to tell us that they were separating after 33 years of marriage. I think that's why I was nervous about coming here today." PHOTOS: J Lo's hot body evolution "It's like seeing someone from the past -- you're afraid to run int ...
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Jennifer Lopez' Crazy Demands Cost Her MASSIVE Gig
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
J.Lo's demands have cost her -- big time. The singer and actress was in the running for the opening ceremonies of India's Premier League cricket tournament, an event the New York Post says comes with a viewing audience of 60 million people. The massive opportunity, however, seems to have evaporated when organizers received Lopez' rider. Among the big asks that reportedly came through manager Benny Medina: a private plane and a host of hotel rooms for her cadre of stylists and handlers. Celebrity riders are the stuff of legend. Lady Gaga and J.Lo are both said to have demanded white couches (J.Lo also likes white candles and white foods, such as fish) and plenty of flowers at previous events, while Mariah Carey has reportedly asked for kittens and doves at prior events. Rihanna's rider, on the other hand, seems like a simple stoner's paradise: Haribo candie, Oreos, Baybel cheese and Red Bull. Katy Perry is said to have asked for a fridge with a glass door, and Kanye sup ...
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Bad News For J.Lo
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Jennifer Lopez got some bad news just in time for the new year. TMZ reports that the $20 million lawsuit the singer filed against her former driver has been dismissed. A judge has sided with Lopez’s onetime chauffeur Hakob Manoukian, who started the legal battle when he sued the 43-year-old singer for wrongful termination and breach of contract. Manoukian claimed he'd been forced out of the job after Lopez's manager Benny Medina berated him in public and stripped him of certain responsibilities. In turn, Lopez countersued, claiming that Manoukian had tried to extort her for $2.8 million or he would go public with confidential information about the singer that could have her criminally prosecuted. Manoukian’s lawyers filed a motion to dimiss Lopez’s countersuit, arguing that she was trying to punish him for filing a legitimate employment lawsuit against her, and the judge agreed. Manoukian’s original lawsuit against Lopez is still pending, and Lopez is develo ...
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TAB: Jennifer Lopez Ditching Friends For Casper Smart
Gossip Cop - almost 5 years
(GettyImages.com) “J.Lo Ditches Her Friends For Her Man,” reads a headline from In Touch, which claims Jennifer Lopez is so “head over heels” for Casper Smart that “she’s letting him take over her life — and pushing away the people she cares about most.” According to a supposed “source” for the mag, “She’s letting Casper call all the shots and that’s starting to upset some of her friends.” So, what specifically is he doing? The tab alleges that Lopez’s tour manager Fabian Herrera has “quit” working for her since she hired Smart as her choreographer, and quotes a so-called “pal” as saying, “There was no way Fabian was taking orders from a kid.” And Lopez’s boytoy is also allegedly interfering with her personal staff. In Touch says Smart “convinced J.Lo to get rid of some longtime staff members at her Hidden Hills, California mansion,” and also “alienated the singer’s personal assistant, Gilly Iyer, by treating her like his own personal slave.” The supposed insider claims ...
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Hot, Sexy, Performer It’s All Yours Jennifer Lopez
Amog - almost 5 years
Jennifer Lopez with Enrique Iglesisas and Yandel announce their Summer Tour Image Source: zimbio Jennifer Lopez Coming as music to her adoring fans’ ears hits the center stage with Enrique Iglesias and Wisin Y Yandel to announce their summer tour at Boulevard3 in Hollywood. Jennifer Lopez looking dashing in a peach and tan block colored dress by Lanvin matched up with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and accesorized with a large sparkling jeweled snake necklace. The American Idol judge and performer joined alongside Enrique Iglesias and Wisin Y Yandel to reveal plans for a joint Summer Tour. In personal news, Hakob Manoukian Jennifer’s former personal assistant are reportedly being sued by him including Jen’s manager Benny Medina after giving up his own company to become the head of her security and transportation for $200,000 a year. The 42-year-old performer reply has yet to comment. Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias both major forces in the Latin Pop Music scene will be shar ...
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Jennifer Lopez Being Sued by Former Driver
Pop Crush - almost 5 years
Jason Merritt, Getty Images Is Jennifer Lopez‘s former personal driver a victim of abuse from J. Lo and her manager, or is he a disgruntled employee trying to settle a score? Hakob Manoukian, who drove Lopez starting 2005, is suing the singer and manager Benny Medina for breach of contract. According to E! News, the Iraq-born driver said in court documents he was verbally abused and demoted without cause. Manoukian, who began driving Lopez and Marc Anthony in 2005 before becoming Lopez’s full-time chauffeur in April 2011, claimed he was denied meal breaks and was not paid for overtime. Though his base salary was $72,000, he had expected “production pay” to push his income to around $200,000. He said that when Lopez was filming ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ in 2011, Medina “chastised and humiliated” him, telling him he didn’t speak English well enough and that he never should have been hired in the first place. After he complained about Medina, Manoukian was allegedly ...
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Benny Medina on Jennifer Lopez dating 24-year-old: 'She lets obsessive guys pursue her' (Cindy Adams/New York Post)
Wesmirch.com - almost 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-378037" href="/Cindy+Adams+1">Cindy Adams</a> / New York Post: <a class="fplink fp-345266" href="/Benny+Medina+1">Benny Medina</a> on <a class="fplink fp-508861" href="/Jennifer+Lopez+1"><a class="fplink fp-508861" href="/Jennifer+Lopez+1">Jennifer Lopez</a></a> dating 24-year-old: ‘She lets obsessive guys pursue her’  —  <a class="fplink fp-508861" href="/Jennifer+Lopez+1"><a class="fplink fp-508861" href="/Jennifer+Lopez+1">Jennifer Lopez</a></a>'s manager, <a class="fplink fp-345266" href="/Benny+Medina+1">Benny Medina</a>, says that the singer and actress has a habit of letting “obsessive guys pursue her” and was on “fertile ground” to be swept off her feet following her split from husband Marc Anthony.
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Jennifer Lopez On Manager Benny Medina’s Comments On Her Relationships: ‘Things Can Be Taken Out Of Context’
Access Hollywood - almost 5 years
Jennifer Lopez hit the press line at “American Idol” last night where she addressed her manager, Benny Mendina’s, recent comments in April’s Vogue about her romantic life. In the new issue of the magazine, Benny, who is godfather to J.Lo’s twins, Max and Emme, said of her relationships, “The thing that I always sort of wished is that she would give herself time to just naturally meet someone, instead of having obsessive guys pursue her.”
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Regresan las estrellas - El Nuevo Dia.com
Google News - over 5 years
Este año, 97 pequeños sufrieron quemaduras, según informa Benny Medina. Basándose en un estudio del hospital HIMA de Caguas, la presidenta de la Fundación destaca las limitaciones económicas y servicios necesarios para tratar estos casos
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Aretha Franklin Wants To Block Release Of 1972 Concert Film 'Amazing Grace' - Deadline.com
Google News - over 5 years
... biggest selling album and the top selling gospel album of all time. Elliott is an accomplished film and TV composer and music exec, and stepbrother of producer-manager Benny Medina. No reply yet on a call to Warner Bros to clear up the rights issue
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Trailer Watch - Brandy's New Documentary 'On My Own' - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Besides, she&#39;s needs to get Benny Medina to manager her… LOL! YEah focus on music and tour. By RB on July 31, 2011 By other song on July 31, 2011 The Kim Kardashian tape wasn&#39;t bad, it was terrible. What a train to dullsville
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Jennifer Lopez celebrates her 42nd birthday - http://starlounge.ie.msn.com/
Google News - over 5 years
The singer, actress and &#39;American Idol&#39; judge sported an Emilio Pucci bikini top and headscarf as she partied onboard private yacht &#39;Never Say Never&#39; on Saturday (23rd July) with friends and relatives including manager Benny Medina, mum Guadalupe and
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J.Lo's birthday weekend - MiamiHerald.com
Google News - over 5 years
A newly single Jennifer Lopez, her manager Benny Medina, her male stylist and a group of six girls had dinner Friday night at The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar to celebrate part one of her birthday weekend as well as her first public
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Jennifer Lopez's Bikini-Clad Yacht Birthday Dance - The Gossip Girls
Google News - over 5 years
Turning 42-year-old on Sunday (July 24), the newly single &quot;American Idol&quot; judge joined family and friends including manager Benny Medina aboard the private yacht &quot;Never Say Never&quot;. Wearing a Emilio Pucci bikini top and matching head scarf, ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Benny Medina
    FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 51
    In early 2009, Benny Medina formed another company called the Medina Company.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 50
    He has also managed singer Mariah Carey, one of the biggest stars in the world of Tommy Mottola (his close colleague while working with Lopez) before being let go in September 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Medina was also dismissed by actress/recording artist Brandy (fired him in 2004), and R&B singer Usher (who fired him in 2008). Medina also managed singer-songwriter Vanessa Daou from 1996-1998 while the artist was signed to Krasnow Entertainment/MCA Records. When Daou chose to leave with label head Bob Krasnow and find a way out of her contractual obligations to MCA in 1998, Medina and his company Handprint Entertainmant, along with Daou, co-released the artist's internet-only album release 'Plutonium Glow'.
    As of 2008, Medina officially resumed his role as Lopez's manager, and is also a godparent to her twin children.
    More Details Hide Details Other clients were also managed by Medina to lesser extents, including Tyra Banks, whom Medina helped to create a largely successful television and fashion career. Medina managed Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and aided in the launch of the Sean John apparel and fragrance empire.
  • 2003
    Age 45
    In 2003, at the height of her popularity, Lopez and Medina had a public falling out, and split.
    More Details Hide Details They remained in contact with each other, and unofficially reunited during late 2007.
  • 1999
    Age 41
    Medina is best known for managing actress/singer/dancer Jennifer Lopez. Along with Lopez and then-head of Sony Music, Tommy Mottola, Medina launched Lopez's pop music career in 1999, after which he and Lopez worked intensively together building a dominant film, music, fragrance and clothing empire.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 21
    Medina started his career with the group Apollo, who released their self-titled debut on Gordy/Motown in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details Medina was the lead singer, other members included Kerry Gordy (keyboards), Cliff Liles (bass), Lenny Greene (drums) and Larry Robinson (guitar). Medina co-wrote three of the seven tracks, including “Astro Disco,” for which they are best known. The album was produced by Ray Singleton, former wife of Motown founder Berry Gordy. At age 24, Medina became the head of A&R for Motown, working as a protégé to Berry Gordy. Under Gordy, Medina wrote and produced for legendary Motown acts such as The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Billy Preston, Rick James and Teena Marie. Medina then moved on to Warner Bros. Records, where executive Mo Ostin tasked him to build and cultivate the careers of the company’s urban artists as VP/GM of its urban-music division. While there, Medina collaborated with artists such as Ray Charles, Babyface, Prince and Chaka Khan as well as Madonna, Paul Simon and Fleetwood Mac. He also worked with Naughty by Nature, Queen Latifah, De La Soul, Biz Markie, Kool G. Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shanté, and Monie Love.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Age 0
    Born in 1958.
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