ITV2, MTV plan Amy Winehouse specials

More networks have lined up Amy Winehouse-related programming following the death of the singer (pictured) over the weekend, with ITV2 in the UK and MTV in the U.S. among the channels planning specials.
July 26, 2011

More networks have lined up Amy Winehouse-related programming following the death of the singer (pictured) over the weekend, with ITV2 in the UK and MTV in the U.S. among the channels planning specials.

The news comes after UK broadcaster Channel 4 (C4) commissioned ITN Productions to make The Amy Winehouse Story, a revamped version of 2008 documentary Amy Winehouse: What Really Happened, as previously reported.

C4′s digital sister station, 4Music, also commissioned quick turnaround programming, requesting a separate special from ITN called Amy Winehouse: Lost Soul, which combines footage from her career and life with music videos.

Now rival UK digital net ITV2 has also tapped ITN for a doc, with ITV’s director of digital channels and acquisitions Angela Jain commissioning ITN Productions to produce Amy Winehouse: A Tribute.

The special will air this Friday (July 29) at 9 p.m. GMT and promises to tell the jazz singer’s story through music, archive footage and interviews. “The program will span from her time at the Sylvia Young Stage School to her explosion on to the charts and battle with drink and drugs,” the network said.

Amy Winehouse: A Tribute is exec produced by Steve Carsey and Jamie Scott at ITN Productions. Including the Norway Massacre commission for Discovery, which was reported yesterday, ITN has been commissioned to make a total of four quick-turnaround efforts for this week, three of which have been on Winehouse.

Elsewhere, tomorrow (July 27) at 6.30 p.m. EST, MTV in the U.S. will air a special encore performance of Winehouse’s 2007 concert performance recorded for the network as part of its 45th at Night series.

Filmed in April 2007, the performance “gives fans a look at the awe inspiring talent and soul of Amy Winehouse at the onset of her career as the world just began to realize the depth and power of her voice, sound, and musical genius,” MTV said.

Winehouse, who had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, was found dead in her North London home on July 23, aged 27. She was best known for her 2006 album Back To Black, which spawned hits including Rehab and Tears Dry On Their Own.

An initial post-mortem on her body yesterday proved inconclusive.

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