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Warner Music, Jigsaw, Imagine team for doc on Philly Soul

Warner Music Entertainment is partnering with Imagine Documentaries and Jigsaw Productions on The Sound of Philadelphia, an upcoming documentary that will celebrate the history of the Philly Soul music genre. Alex Gibney (Enron: ...
February 2, 2022

Warner Music Entertainment is partnering with Imagine Documentaries and Jigsaw Productions on The Sound of Philadelphia, an upcoming documentary that will celebrate the history of the Philly Soul music genre.

Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) is set to executive produce the film, which will be directed by Sam Pollard (Mr. Soul!, Sammy Davis, Jr: I Gotta Be Me). The documentary will employ exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage to explore the legacies of musical icons Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell (pictured), known as “The Mighty Three,” who wrote and produced such hits as “Love Train” by The O’Jays, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and “Me and Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul.

The documentary will chronicle how the trio crafted the singular Philly Soul sound, founded Philadelphia International Records, and created “The Sound of Philadelphia,” as well as exploring their roles in producing and writing major hits for artists such as The Jacksons, Dusty Springfield, Elton John, The Temptations and the Supremes.

In addition to Gibney, the film’s other executive producers include Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Sara Bernstein and Justin Wilkes from Imagine; Charlie Cohen from WME; Ashley Winston from WCM; Stacey Offman, Richard Perello and Erin Edeiken from Jigsaw; and Amanda Ghost and Gregor Cameron from Unigram.

“After six decades, we are incredibly proud to finally share our life stories with the world and showcase all the hard work that has gone into creating this great music,” Gamble, Huff and Bell said in a joint statement.

“We are even more excited to be working with the incredible teams at Imagine and Warner Music, as well as Alex Gibney and Sam Pollard. Our longtime fans and new fans will get a unique look into the creation of the Sound of Philadelphia.”

Gibney added: “I am thrilled to coproduce this film about these exceptional songwriters, whose words and music continue to have an impact. And pleased to be working again with my friend Sam Pollard[,] a fine director with a profound understanding of music.”

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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