BBC Radio 1Xtra, iPlayer slate Legends Fall in the Making podcast and doc
BBC Radio 1Xtra is launching its first investigative documentary podcast series, featuring journalist and presenter Ashley John-Baptiste: Legends Fall in the Making: The Story of Juice WRLD, Pop Smoke, XXXTentacion & Lil Peep.
The eight-part podcast series explores the lives and careers of the quartet of young American rappers, each of whom disrupted the hip-hop world before dying early, either from violence or drug overdoses. None was older than 21 at the time of their deaths.
The episodes are built from archive material of the young artists, along with exclusive interviews with friends, fans and musical colleagues, including Ski Mask the Slump God, Rico Nasty, Lil Tecca and Wicca Phase Springs Eternal. John-Baptiste will explore each rapper’s journey to fame and examine why things went wrong for them.
An accompanying screen documentary, also titled Legends Fall In The Making, will debut on BBC iPlayer in early 2022.
Legends Fall in the Making is a BBC Studios Factual Podcasts production for BBC Sounds. It was produced by Tayo Popoola, with series editor Anya Saunders and executive producers Georgia Moseley and Poppy Damon. The podcast was commissioned for BBC Sounds by pop commissioning executive Louise Kattenhorn.
Marquee TV secures investment ahead of global rollout
UK-based specialist streamer Marquee TV, which focuses on arts and culture, has received £6.7 million in a Series A funding round from two entrepreneurial, private equity-backed media groups to accelerate the upgrade and global rollout of its platform.
The investment, from Dutch-based TV and media provider United Group and global media company Viasat World, will be used to bolster Marquee TV’s content with more originals and exclusives, particularly in support of new talent.
The investment will also fund Marquee TV’s expansion onto global OTT platforms and international cable networks and allow the company to upgrade its product and community features to better meet the post-COVID needs of audiences, performers, producers, rights owners and venues.
Launched in 2018 and dubbed “Netflix for the arts,” Marquee TV has subscribers in over 100 countries and offers a mix of dance, ballet, opera, theater, classical music, and documentaries.
“We are thrilled to raise this capital from not one but two brilliant strategic investors,” said Marquee co-founder and CEO Simon Walker in a statement. “United Group and Viasat World are both entrepreneurial organizations who understand what it takes to succeed in today’s digital media market. With their backing I’m confident we can accelerate our vision to bring the incredible gift of the performing arts to online audiences across the world.”