From Wilshire Studios, each episode anthology 'Immortals' will focus on a different artist.
The Rock and Roll Hall Fame is getting into the episodic TV space.
The organization is teaming with Wilshire Studios to develop docuseries Immortals. Each episode the anthology will team renowned film and TV directors with Rock Hall inductees for an exploration the artistic and cultural significance some the world's greatest rock 'n' roll legends. A network is not yet attached; Wilshire Studios will shop Immortals to streaming platforms and cable networks.
The current plan will be to see the Rock and Roll Hall Fame open its collection archival materials and artifacts and invite an acclaimed director to explore the impact their favorite rock artist on their work and the cultural landscape as a whole.
"The Rock and Roll Hall Fame is such an amazing brand to be able to partner with,” said BJ Levin, senior vp development at Wilshire Studios. “Their wealth untapped research material and resources will allow this series to stand among some the great music doc series."
While the Rock and Roll Hall Fame's annual induction ceremony has been televised on HBO, Amazon will stream this year's induction to international audiences beginning on July 1. Immortals marks the organization's first foray into ongoing episodic TV work. Rock and Roll Hall Fame Foundation president and CEO Joel Peresman will exec produce alongside Andrew Hoegl (High School Reunion, Flipping Out, The Real Housewives New York City).
"The mission the Rock and Roll Hall Fame is to honor the legacy and influence our inductees," Peresman said. "With this new partnership with Wilshire Studios, we now have another outlet to produce stories about the huge influence rock and roll has had on our lives and culture."
Members the Rock Hall include Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, the Supremes, Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Cash, Tina Turner, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Elton John, Bob Marley, Janis Joplin, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Prince, U2, Blondie, R.E.M., Madonna, the Beastie Boys, Nirvana and N.W.A., among scores others. Inducted during the April 14 event were Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues and Nina Simone.
NBCUniversal-based Wilshire Studios is overseen by Dawn Olmstead and George Cheeks, who also serve as co-presidents Universal Cable Productions. Wilshire Studios, which focuses on unscripted fare, also exec produces the E!'s Live From the Red Carpet and the People's Choice Awards, among others.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.