Premium cable network HBO has partnered with sports analyst, podcaster and ’30 for 30′ co-creator Bill Simmons and his digital media company The Ringer to create a multi-part docuseries rooted in the world of music.
The as-yet-untitled, six-part documentary film series will provide an in-depth analysis on pivotal moments in the careers of seminal artists or bands, iconic albums or the music business as a whole.
Each film will be helmed by a different director and is expected to premiere in 2021 on HBO over a six-week period.
The series is executive produced by Simmons, Polygram Entertainment and Universal Music Publishing Group executives Jody Gerson and Marc Cimino.
Simmons is the co-creator of ESPN’s Peabody Award-winning 30 for 30 film series. Additionally, HBO has previously teamed with Simmons and his company to produce Andre The Giant, a feature-length documentary about pro-wrestler and actor André Roussimoff.
“It’s been a dream of mine to put this project together,” said Simmons in a statement. “It wasn’t until I started working with Jody and Marc that the potential of it started to seem real. We see an opportunity to elevate the storytelling form with music docs much like 30 for 30 changed the landscape for sports documentaries at the end of last decade. We don’t want to make music docs that just cover the beginning, middle and end of someone’s career. We think there’s a different way to do these. And we want to work with the best directors possible, talented filmmakers who have the same passion for this project that we do. I couldn’t be more excited for the challenge. Being able to explore this with HBO is like the cherry on top.”
“We’ve had a longtime collaboration with Bill, and we are thrilled that he came to HBO with this idea,” added Casey Bloys, president of programming at HBO. “We look forward to working with him and the team at The Ringer to illuminate many of the fascinating artists and moments that have shaped the music industry.”