Music documentary

Bill Simmons and HBO’s Ringer Films to Produce Musical Documentary Series Similar to ESPN’s “30 For 30”

Sports editor Bill simmons is the latest entertainment media personality to try his hand at producing a series of musical documentaries. A new report shared by Hollywood journalist reveals Simmons and his team at The ring will partner with HBO for music-focused documentaries similar to ESPNis sport oriented 30 for 30 series.

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According to the report, the upcoming six-part series to air on HBO will see six filmmakers explore and represent “pivotal moments or periods in an artist’s career, iconic albums, or broader views on the music industry.” . Simmons and his Ringtone Movies– a subsidiary of its Ringer media group that provides digital content spanning wider pop culture – will produce the series alongside Polygram entertainment and Universal music publishing group executives Jody gerson and Marc Cimino.

The untitled project is slated to air on HBO sometime in 2021, and no specific director or documentary topic has been revealed with the report.

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“It’s a dream of mine to get this project going,” Simmons said in a statement accompanying Wednesday’s report. “We see an opportunity to elevate the form of storytelling with music documentaries much like ’30 For 30 ‘changed the landscape of sports documentaries at the end of the last decade. We don’t want to make music docs that only cover the beginning, middle, and end of someone’s career. We think there is a different way to do it. And we want to work with the best possible directors, talented filmmakers who have the same passion as us for this project.

Simmons has a long history with the subscription television and film platform, having previously produced his own sports-focused talk show and after-show for Game of thrones during the last years. Ringer Films also produced the 2019 HBO documentary about the larger-than-life wrestler. André the Giant. Ringer Film’s next movie for HBO, Children of showbiz, was directed and produced by Bill & ted actor, Alex Winter.

[H/T The Hollywood Reporter]