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Bill Simmons-Produced Music Documentary Film Series Set at HBO

Six-part project is modeled after ESPN’s ”30 for 30“ film series that Simmons produced

HBO has ordered a six-part music documentary film series from Bill Simmons.

The project, similar to ESPN’s “30 for 30” film series that Simmons’ spearheaded during his time there, will have a different director for each film. Each one will concentrate on pivotal moments or stretches for a popular artist or band, an iconic album or the music business as a whole.

Executive produced by Simmons, Polygram Entertainment and Universal Music Publishing Group executives Jody Gerson and Marc Cimino, the series is expected to air in 2021 on HBO as a special six-week event.

“It’s been a dream of mine to put this project together,” Simmons said. “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.”

HBO is an investor in Simmons’ sports and culture media company, The Ringer.