Hip-Hop Producer Timbaland Joins Lee Daniels’ ‘Empire’ as Songwriter, Song Producer

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Music icon was named Billboard Magazine’s Songwriter of the Decade in 2011

Timbaland has joined Fox’s drama pilot, “Empire,” as a songwriter and song producer.

“Empire” — written by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, and directed by Daniels — is a family drama set in the world of a hip-hop empire, featuring original and current music. The show stars Academy Award nominees Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, and is executive-produced by Daniels, Strong, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo.

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Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley has hits for performers including Madonna, Beyonce, Jay Z, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, and Keith Urban. In 2013, he produced and co-wrote multiple tracks on four of the year’s biggest selling multi-platinum-albums: “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” “The 20/20 Experience Part I and II,” and “Beyonce.” Timbaland was acclaimed as Billboard Magazine’s Songwriter of the Decade in 2011.

Timbaland is repped by WME.