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Amazon Studios, eOne in production on Mary J. Blige documentary

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth is directing an as yet untitled documentary on seminal R&B singer Mary J. Blige for Amazon Studios and Entertainment One (eOne). The film will pull the ...
December 3, 2019

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth is directing an as yet untitled documentary on seminal R&B singer Mary J. Blige for Amazon Studios and Entertainment One (eOne).

The film will pull the curtain back on Blige to offer an intimate look into the life of the nine-time Grammy winner and two-time Oscar nominee, charting her rise to fame despite struggling with poverty, abuse, addiction and heartbreak.

The doc will additionally trace the music legend as she sets out on a special concert tour to perform her pivotal sophomore album, My Life, in full for the first time ever ahead of the record’s 25th anniversary.

Blige will serve as an executive producer under her Blue Butterfly banner alongside Ashaunna Ayars and Nicole Jackson. Tara Long of eOne, Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez of Creature Films, and Sean “Diddy” Combs also serve as exec producers.

The film will be made available to stream via premium streaming service Amazon Prime Video. A premiere date has yet to be announced.

“We all know Mary J. Blige as the two-time Oscar nominee, Grammy Award winning, multi-hyphenate who has sold over 80 million records,” said Matt Newman, co-head of movies at Amazon Studios, in a statement. “But through this documentary, audiences will see a raw and honest side of Mary J. Blige opening up about her personal journey of redemption and healing.”

“I have long admired Mary as an artist, an icon, and a strong, fearless woman. The story of her life has inspired us enormously and we are thrilled to be making this project with her and her team, Ashaunna and Nicole,” added Long, eOne’s president of global unscripted television. “Mary’s album My Life is both iconic and tremendously impactful; we hope that by bringing it to screens we can continue to inspire audiences around the world as her music has done for decades.”

Blige is repped by APA, The Lede Company and Granderson Des Rochers LLP.

(Photo courtesy maryjblige.com)

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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