As head of Austin-based Ashber Corporation, Bruce Furst provides licensing services for a variety of entertainment-based ventures in television and film. Also possessing a background in independent film production, Bruce Furst has helped discover and nurture top Hollywood talent, including Booboo Stewart and Adam Sevani.
Adam Sevani emerged as an icon through what Mr. Furst described as a combination of first-rate dance moves, leading-man looks, and the ability to “make an audience laugh.” Among the actor’s popular vehicles is the film Step Up 2: The Streets. On the 10th anniversary of the movie, which follows the personal lives of dance and music students, the International Business Times looked at the career arcs of actors involved.
Known for his turn as the character Moose in the film, Adam Sevani continued in his popular role in three Step Up sequels and recently reunited with longstanding co-star Alyson Stoner in a high-profile YouTube video. The November 2017 video, titled “If Life Were a Dance Movie,” takes a humorous look at the formulaic nature of the dance-movie genre and also stars Step Up stalwarts Ian Eastwood, D Trix, and Matt Steffanina.
As president of Ashber Corporation in Austin, Texas, Bruce Furst has been an executive producer of music and films for almost two decades. Bruce Furst recently relocated his business to Austin, a city with a vibrant music scene and a large variety of live music venues. Find some of the top venues in Austin below.
1. Located downtown on Congress Avenue, the Elephant Room is one of Austin’s few venues dedicated to jazz music. The space is in a comfortable basement setting with brick walls and low lights and ceilings, making for an intimate experience.
2. In existence for almost 100 years, the Paramount is Austin’s oldest theater. Originally headlining Vaudeville and variety shows, the theater now features live music, comedy, and film screenings. As opposed to the Elephant Room, the Paramount is a majestic venue with balconies, murals, elaborate moldings, and immense ceilings.
3. With a renowned musical history, Hole in the Wall has been operating for 44 years. Past performances include such famous singers as Stevie Ray Vaughn and Lucinda Williams. It has long held the title of best college bar in what used be known as a college town. The venue features both new and touring artists every month.
Bruce Furst has spent nearly 18 years as president of Ashber Corporation in Austin. Over the course of his career in licensing music for use in film productions, Bruce Furst has worked with or produced projects involving Tony Bennett, Christina Aguilera, Luther Vandross, and many other artists.
Christina Aguilera is one of the best-selling popular artists of all time. She has released seven full-length studio albums, in addition to various collaborations and singles, which have sold a combined 50 million units around the world.
Aguilera experienced significant success early in her career, as her self-titled debut album premiered at No. 1 on the US Billboard charts and spawned a number of popular singles. The record is perhaps best known for its lead single, “Genie in a Bottle,” which spent five weeks as the No. 1 song in the country.
Aguilera’s self-titled album sold 14 million copies around the world, including nearly 10 million in America, and charted in the top 20 of seven countries. In addition to “Genie in a Bottle,” the album sent “What a Girl Wants” and “Come On Over” to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Bruce Furst has spent nearly two decades as president of Ashber Corporation, a company that specializes in licensing music content for use in films. More recently, he has joined the team at Intergalactic Royalty Operations Corporation. Over the course of his career, Bruce Furst has distributed music featuring high-profile artists including Christina Aguilera, Luther Vandross, and Tony Bennett.
Tony Bennett’s career has consisted of numerous successful singles, including 30 charting singles and three No. 1 hits. In 1967, Bennett released “For Once in My Life,” which peaked at No. 91 in the United States. It would stand as his last top 100 single for nearly 35 years.
In 2011, Tony Bennett achieved a unique record with the release of “Body and Soul.” The single charted at No. 87, bringing an end to the longest gap between charting singles for a living artist. Bennett sang alongside Amy Winehouse for “Body and Soul,” which was followed by duets with popular singers such as Michael Buble and Lady Gaga. The renewed interest in Bennett’s career resulted in his 2014 album of duets with Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. At 85, he became the oldest living artist to secure a No. 1 album.