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.