ZZ Top’s Gibbons drives Discovery’s “Rockin’ Roadsters”

The U.S. net has commissioned the Billy Gibbons-fronted automotive pilot (pictured) from LA-based prodco Intuitive Entertainment, while Toronto's Banger Films will produce a feature-length doc on the hirsute American rock band.
February 8, 2016

U.S. net Discovery Channel has commissioned the Billy Gibbons-fronted automotive pilot Rockin’ Roadsters (pictured) from LA-based prodco Intuitive Entertainment.

The pilot will follow the hirsute ZZ Top frontman and veteran hot rod builder Jimmy Shine as they head to the California desert in search of the perfect speedster in need of repair – a 1984 El Camino in poor order. The pilot will see the pair, alongside a team of mechanics, restoring the roadster with the unconventional parts Gibbons has collected throughout his travels in time for a Hollywood event.

Rockin’ Roadsters is slated to air on Discovery Channel on February 29 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Intuitive’s Mechelle Collins and Kevin Dill are exec producing, with Tyson Caffo as executive in charge of production. For Discovery Channel, Craig Coffman serves as executive producer with Todd Lefkowitz as coordinating producer.

Elsewhere, Toronto-based Banger Films, in association with producer-distributor Eagle Rock Entertainment, will produce Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn‘s feature-length untitled documentary on ZZ Top.

The film will provide an in-depth history of the Texas-based band while interweaving exclusive interviews with those closest to the rockers and unseen footage and photos, as well as unreleased audio tracks.

The filmmakers have called on collectors and fans of ZZ Top to provide their rare photos, videos and audio to the film by sending descriptions of their content to: with the subject “ZZ Top Fan Submission.”

Banger Films has previously produced such music documentaries as Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage  and Super Duper Alice Cooper.

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