EXCLUSIVE: PBS acquired the broadcast and digital rights in the United States for Icon: Music through the lens, a six-part FilmRise original series in partnership with Mercury Studios of Universal Music Group.
PBS will air the one-hour episodes as part of its prime-time summer programming, Brooklyn-based FilmRise announced today. The series explores studio portraits, record covers, music magazines, live performances, exhibitions, social media, tabletop books and the world of fine art, and delves into future music photography. .
Featured musicians include Alice Cooper, Craig David, Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Ziggy Marley, Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Zara Larsson, Stefflon Don and Dizzee Rascal. The show interviews photographers Jill Furmanovsky, Kevin Westenberg, Terry O’Neill, Kevin Cummins, Bob Gruen, Rachel Wright, Deborah Feingold, Baron Wolman, Neal Preston, Roger Sargent, Dean Chalkley, Tom Sheehan, Pooneh Ghana, Michael Zagaris, Danny Clinch, Rankin and Mick Rock.
FilmRise called the series “a thrilling journey into the incredible world and history of musical photography” retracing “the fascinating lives and often crazy experiences of those who documented popular music in pictures, from the early darkrooms to the Today’s rapidly changing digital landscapes, asking the question “What makes an image iconic?” “
“FilmRise and our production partner at Mercury Studios are delighted that the Icon a documentary series will be presented to the American public on PBS. This is a complete, definitive series that will appeal to all music and photography enthusiasts, ”said Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise.
Melissa Wohl, Sales Manager, FilmRise negotiated the deal and Zara Frankel, Director of Programming and Development at PBS, provided editorial direction for the program.
It was produced and directed by Music Director Dick Carruthers, who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Beyonce, White Stripes, Oasis, Paul McCartney and Black Sabbath, as well as series curator and music photographer Gered Mankowitz.