Paramount’s US network Showtime will air Spector, a four-part documentary series produced by Lightbox from directors Sheena M. Joyce and Don Argott (Framing John Delorean, Believer).

The series is about enigmatic, legendary music producer Phil Spector and what happened on the fateful night of February 3, 2003 when actress Lana Clarkson was shot dead in his mansion.

All four episodes of the docuseries will release on demand and on streaming platforms for Showtime subscribers on Friday, November 4, ahead of its on-air premiere on Sunday, November 6.

Spector is produced by Lightbox for Showtime, in association with Sky Documentaries. It is executive produced by Jonathan Chinn, Simon Chinn, James Marsh and Stephen Neely, together with Poppy Dixon and Jack Oliver for Sky. Janet Ginsburg produces.

Spector examines how the destinies of Phil Spector and Lana Clarkson became intertwined with the report of a fatal shooting of a woman at the eccentric French chateau style mansion in Los Angeles owned by the legendary music producer. The victim was Lana Clarkson, a charismatic and once prolific film actress whom he had met just that night. Through the lens of this notorious crime and the infamous trial which followed, this four-part documentary series peels back the layers of what actually happened that night to tell the stories of both Clarkson and the man who was convicted of her murder.

Spector re-examines the life and career of an important yet enigmatic cultural figure of the 20th century – a man responsible for countless hit records, including Be My Baby, Da Do Run Run and You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling – and a bygone era of Hollywood and the music industry.

The score for Spector was composed by Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, Aja Volkman and Daniel Wayne Sermon.

Argott and Joyce together run 9.14 Pictures. Their recent projects include Framing John Delorean, a documentary feature about the winding, twisted tale of famed auto maverick John DeLorean, and the feature-length doc Believer, which follows Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons, as he challenges the Mormon Church’s stance on LGBTQ issues. Upcoming is a feature documentary on heavy metal legend, Ronnie James Dio, called DIO Dreamers Never Die, and the recently released doc series The Bond, from Discovery+, that was executive produced by Susan Downey and Robert Downey, Jr.

The announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, executive vice president, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks.

Fifth Season is handling rights outside of the UK and U.S.

Pippa Considine

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