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MIPCOM Picks 2011: Metal Evolution

Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn, the dudes who founded Banger Films, know heavy metal. This year, the team is presenting a comprehensive series charting the evolution of the musical genre.
September 26, 2011

METAL EVOLUTION

Partners: Banger Films, distributed by Tricon Films & Television

Length: 11 X 60 minutes

Airing: VH1 (U.S.) and MuchMore (Canada), November 2011

Rights available: Worldwide excluding U.S. and Canada

Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn, the dudes who founded Banger Films, know heavy metal, as can be seen (and heard) via their earlier productions, including 2005′s Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, 2007′s Global Metal, and last year’s MIPCOM Pick Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. This year, the team is presenting a comprehensive series charting the evolution of the musical genre, tracing its flame-throwing, devil-horn salute roots to the flamboyant theatricality of Little Richard and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and beyond.

Using the “Heavy Metal Family Tree” (yes, such a thing exists) as his road map, Dunn travels the globe to explore metal’s 40-year history. Guests range from erudite rock scholars to legends such as Alice Cooper (pictured), Iggy Pop, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson and influential pioneers such as Arthur Brown.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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