HBO is collaborating with Bill Simmons’ The Ringer to produce a 6 part documentary about music. Each film will have a different director and will focus on pivotal moments in music history, iconic artists and bands, important albums and the music industry as a whole. The as of yet untitled series will air in 2021 and is being executive produced by Simmons along with Polygram Entertainment and Universal Music Publishing Group executives Jody Gerson and Marc Cimino.
We don’t want to make music docs that just cover the beginning, middle and end of someone’s career,: said Simmons. “We think there’s a different way to do these. And we want to work with the best directors possible — talented filmmakers who have the same passion for this project that we do. I couldn’t be more excited for the challenge.”
“We’ve had a longtime collaboration with Bill, and we are thrilled that he came to HBO with this idea,” said Casey Bloys, President HBO Programming. “We look forward to working with him and the team at The Ringer to illuminate many of the fascinating artists and moments that have shaped the music industry.”
Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO of UMPG, says: “This series is about storytelling for musicians in a way that has never really been done before. There are countless great artists and songwriters who have culturally-defining stories and, for the first time, we can share those intimately with fans around the world. “