Two-part music docuseries from Jigsaw, Kennedy/Marshall, and Amblin to air in 2023
BEVERLY HILLS, California–September 28, 2022 – Premium network EPIX announced today that the music docuseries San Francisco Sounds (working title) has been greenlit. From Jigsaw Productions, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Amblin Television, and Jeff Pollack—the team behind the three-time Emmy-nominated documentary Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time—the series tracks the history of the San Francisco music scene from 1965 to 1975.
During this time period, there was a creative explosion in San Francisco that catalyzed and solidified a national movement for a whole generation. Incredible music, brilliant poster art, the birth of the FM radio DJ, the new journalism of Rolling Stone magazine, and seminal festivals—Monterey Pop, Altamont, and Woodstock—propelled Bay Area musicians onto a national scene and into the ears of millions. Some of the greatest artists of the ‘60s came out of that scene such as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Steve Miller, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Moby Grape and so many more.
“EPIX is excited to again join forces with Kennedy/Marshall, Amblin, and Jigsaw to add another definitive music documentary to our slate,” said Michael Wright, president of EPIX. “This time we turn the lens from LA’s Laurel Canyon to the seminal artists and musicians who emerged from the San Francisco music scene.”
“Just like with Laurel Canyon, I personally lived through this extraordinary musical period of time and visited the San Francisco scene on a regular basis, so I’m very excited to be working again with the same amazing team we assembled to create the Laurel Canyon doc series,” said executive producer Frank Marshall.
“We are thrilled to shed new light on this explosively creative and musical place in time through never-before-seen archival material and the personal stories of those who lived and breathed the San Francisco scene,” said co-directors Alison Ellwood and Anoosh Tertzakian.
Frank Marshall (Laurel Canyon, Mr. A & Mr. M: The Story of A&M Records), Alex Gibney (The Inventor; Crime of the Century), Jeff Pollack (Laurel Canyon, McCartney 3,2,1), Darryl Frank (Laurel Canyon, The Americans, Good Night Oppy), Justin Falvey (Laurel Canyon, The Americans, Good Night Oppy), Stacey Offman (The Line, Kingdom of Silence), Richard Perello (How To Change Your Mind, Totally Under Control), and Alison Ellwood (Laurel Canyon, How to Change Your Mind, The Go-Go’s) are attached as executive producers along with Jeff Jampol (Janis: Little Girl Blue, When You’re Strange: A Film About the Doors). Erin Edeiken and Tess Ranahan serve as producers. Ellwood is also attached to direct along with Anoosh Tertzakian. Jigsaw Productions is producing in association with Amblin Television and The Kennedy/Marshall Company.
About Jigsaw Productions
Jigsaw Productions is helmed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, considered one of the most prolific and provocative documentary filmmakers of our time. Jigsaw has produced a long list of high-profile documentary films, including the Emmy-winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, Oscar-nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, as well as Zero Days, Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, The Crime of the Century, Emmy-nominated feature, The Forever Prisoner, Totally Under Control released theatrically by Neon; and the two-part documentary Agents of Chaos, which examines the circumstances surrounding Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election for HBO. Jigsaw’s slate of highly visible TV series includes, on Netflix, an investigative series Dirty Money, two highly acclaimed food series, Cooked, with Michael Pollan, and Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, based on the book by Samin Nosrat, and top-rated How to Change your Mind, based on Michael Pollen’s book of the same name; on Discovery, in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, Why We Hate; on AMC, Hip Hop: Songs That Shook America; on Epix, the Emmy-nominated Laurel Canyon; and the scripted series The Looming Tower, based on Lawrence Wright’s 2006 book of the same name, premiered on Hulu. Jigsaw also produced the duPont-Columbia Award-winning podcast, The Line, on Apple TV+. In June of 2020, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine made a substantial investment in Jigsaw Productions making it a subsidiary of Imagine Entertainment.
About THE KENNEDY/MARSHALL COMPANY
Established in 1991 by veteran producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, The
Kennedy/Marshall Company is behind award-winning films The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Lincoln, and Sully as well as blockbuster franchises Jurassic World and Jason Bourne to name a few. The Documentary Division was created to tell non-fiction stories with the same passion and expertise. Past projects include Sinatra: All or Nothing at All (HBO), The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash (YouTube), Emmy-nominated docuseries Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time (EPIX) and The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart (HBO), and most recently Mr. A & Mr. M: The Story of A&M Records (EPIX), Carole King & James Taylor: Just Call Out My Name (CNN), and The Redeem Team (NETFLIX).
About Amblin Television
Amblin Television, a long-time leader in quality programming, is a division of Amblin Partners, a content creation company led by Steven Spielberg. Amblin Television’s Presidents, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, oversee all development, production and programming for the company. Amblin Television currently has fifteen projects in various stages of production and release, including season two of Resident Alien for SYFY, Halo and Fatal Attraction for Paramount+, Billy the Kid for Epix, Masters of the Air for Apple, a third season of Animaniacs for Hulu, two seasons of Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai for HBO Max, two seasons of Tiny Toons Looniversity for HBO Max and Cartoon Network, and documentaries Good Night Oppy for Amazon Prime Video, Big Vape for Netflix, and Mama’s Boy for HBO.
Amblin Television also produced the Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winning drama The Americans for FX, the Golden Globe-nominated and double Emmy Award-winning mini-series Into the West for TNT, Emmy-winning documentary series Why We Hate for Discover, the Emmy-nominated HBO movie All The Way starring Bryan Cranston, Smash for NBC, Under the Dome for CBS, Falling Skies for TNT, The Borgias and The United States of Tara for Showtime, and Las Vegas for NBC.
About EPIX, Soon to be MGM+
EPIX, an MGM company, is a premium television network delivering a broad lineup of quality original series and docuseries, the latest movie releases, and classic film franchises—all available on TV, on-demand, online, and across devices. EPIX has tripled the amount of original programming on the network and has become a destination for original premium content, with series including Western adventure Billy the Kid; sci-fi horror series FROM; Emmy-winning series Godfather of Harlem; and cinematic dramatic series War of the Worlds, Rogue Heroes, and Belgravia. EPIX is also the home of acclaimed docuseries, including Emmy-nominated Laurel Canyon, Women Who Rock, My Life as a Rolling Stone, and NFL Icons. Also available are premium movies including No Time to Die, House of Gucci, Cyrano, Licorice Pizza, and more.
EPIX is available nationwide through cable, telco, satellite, and emerging digital distribution platforms, as well as through its EPIX NOW app, providing more movies than any other network with thousands of titles available for streaming. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com or follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube.
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