SOURCE: Hollywood Studios International

March 06, 2007 09:30 ET

Artist International Announces the Signing of Producer/Rapper/Actor Pras

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 6, 2007 -- Hollywood Studios International (PINKSHEETS: HYWS) CEO Steven Saxton announced today that producer/rapper/actor Pras, one-third of the famed hip hop supergroup the Fugees, has signed with Artist International Management. Pras will be managed by Artist International's Heather McDowell in the company's New York office.

Current projects for Pras include "Skid Row," a documentary in which Pras lived on Los Angeles' famed skid row for nine days with nine dollars, appearances in both the film and on the soundtrack for the Jennifer Lopez-produced "Raggaeton," producing and acting in "The Mutant Chronicles" directed by Simon Hunter, and a role in "Go-Go Tales" directed by Abel Ferrara. Also slated for 2007 is a new solo album, as well as an accompanying feature film.

About Pras:

A member of the seminal '90s rap trio the Fugees, Pras' solo career has been a parallel effort focused on music, acting, and producing. Of Haitian descent (like his cousin Wyclef), Pras was born Prakazrel Michel in New Jersey. Along with his high-school classmate Lauryn Hill, he co-founded the rap group Tranzlator Crew in 1987; cousin Wyclef, who'd been hanging out with Pras quite a bit since moving to the United States, joined a short time later. Eventually, the trio renamed itself the Fugees, after an expression for Haitian refugees, and signed with Ruffhouse Records in 1993. In 1994 they debuted with"Blunted on Reality" and with their all-inclusive groundbreaking sophomore effort, "The Score," the Fugees created one of the best-selling rap albums of all time, adored by critics and record buyers alike. The album has sold over 18 million copies worldwide.

Pras cut his first solo track in 1997, covering Eddy Grant's '80s smash "Electric Avenue" for the soundtrack of the Chris Tucker film "Money Talks." In 1998, Pras contributed "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" to the soundtrack of Warren Beatty's "Bulworth." With appearances from Ol' Dirty Bastard and Mya, "Ghetto Supastar" became a substantial hit, climbing to number three pop and number one R&B.

The next year, Pras made his feature film debut in the 1999 Ben Stiller superhero comedy "Mystery Men," playing a supporting villain. He then set to work on "Ghetto Supastar" the movie, whose title was eventually changed to "Turn It Up." Pras has also appeared inepisodes of "Fastlane," as well as films "Higher Ed," "Go for Broke,"and "Nora's Hair Salon."

Pras continues to be repped by agent Brian Bunnin at ICM.

About Artist International

Artist International ( provides professional representation to actors, models, writers, directors, athletes, music performers, artists, and other entertainment properties. Its four divisions -- music, literary, sports, and talent -- operate with the singular focus of understanding the goals and talents of clients and maximizing their potential.

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Hollywood Studios International (, an entertainment holding company, exists to create award-winning entertainment which succeeds both artistically and commercially through the inherent synergies of combining elements of a traditional studio system with the structure of artist management. The Company has recently completed a financial audit and is filing the appropriate paperwork to begin trading in the US (PINKSHEETS: HYWS). Current subsidiaries and divisions include Artist International Management, Doc Hollywood Kidz, Doc Hollywood Records, and Bop City Records. The Company is currently structuring the financing for the acquisition of a feature film production/international distribution company. Due to a non-disclosure agreement, the Company cannot publicly disclose any further information regarding this transaction.

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