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Billie JD Porter heads C4 docuseries “Sound and Vision”

Channel 4 has commissioned a new four-part music documentary series which will look at socially-conscious icons in contemporary music. Sound and Vision, created and hosted by journalist and broadcaster Billie JD ...
June 7, 2017

Channel 4 has commissioned a new four-part music documentary series which will look at socially-conscious icons in contemporary music.

Sound and Vision, created and hosted by journalist and broadcaster Billie JD Porter, profiles some of the most innovative artists and music scenes of the current climate with the aim of telling wider stories about the power of music to inspire, and bring about change within society.

Across the series, Porter meets queer performance artist Mykki Blanco on the Bible belt of his U.S. tour. Porter also talks to rapper and producer Lady Leshurr, shining a light on the disappearance of community youth spaces across the UK.

Filmmakers are given intimate access to both musicians and their fans.

Sound and Vision is a real departure from everything I’ve made in the past, and the first time I’ve been given the opportunity to drive not only the editorial content, but the mood and aesthetic of a series as a whole,” said Porter, in a statement. “I began my career in music journalism, so it felt really good to be returning to that as a filmmaker.”

The series was commissioned by Jonny Rothery, commissioning editor for music and formats at Channel 4 and is directed by Siren Productions founder Nick Walters whose recent work includes Viceland’s hit series, Needles and Pins. The executive producer is Billie JD Porter. The series is set to air later this summer.

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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