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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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