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Netflix Reveals First Unscripted Music Series, ‘Westside’

Netflix unveiled its first unscripted music show today. “Westside,” which premieres Nov. 9, is an eight-episode genre-defining series that follows the lives, loves, and varied struggles of nine aspiring artists (including the former “American Idol” finalist Pia Toscano) as they pursue ever-elusive success in the modern music industry. Eschewing the standard competition-style format, this innovative approach interweaves raw docu-series footage with artful music videos (directed by heavyweights such as Diane Martel, Hannah Lux Davis and Sophie Muller) and 20 original songs that set the mood. emphasis on the themes of the show and the story of the characters. bows.

The production quality of the show’s cinema-verite approach, along with a gritty, unfiltered look at the reality of Hollywood’s struggle for success, make “Westside” the polar opposite of the sanitized approach. of the “Cinderella” story of a show. like “American Idol”.

“Westside” also features original music written by some of today’s top hitmakers including Diane Warren, Philip Lawrence, Ryan Tedder, Shane McAnally, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Pat Monahan, Johan Carlsson, Ross Golan and Busbee. The soundtrack will be released by Warner Bros. Records. Two tracks are already available from DSP, “We Are the Ones” and “Vibe”.

The label’s co-president and COO, Tom Corson, said: “‘Westside’ immediately struck me as a quantum leap forward in the synergy of contemporary music with the raw vibe of innovations unscripted today. Musical diversity as a powerful social force is a cornerstone of Westside, and nowhere is this relationship better understood than at Warner Bros. Records.

“Creating original music for Westside – featuring an unrivaled team of multi-platinum producer/songwriters, working together in real-time with the cast and an unscripted narrative – produced a remarkable result,” added James Diener. , Executive Music Producer of “Westside.” “The Westside Music Integration Initiative will pave the way for original programming to come.”

VarietyThe first Music for Screens Summit, scheduled for Neuehouse in Hollywood on October 30, will feature a panel discussion with the team behind the Netflix show. To cap off the session, there will be a “Westside” screening and a networking lunch. For more information, visit the Music for Screens Summit site.

Watch the “Westside” trailer below: