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[07/11/24 - 08:02 AM]
Video: MGM+ Unveils Trailer For Four-Part Docuseries "Hollywood Black" from Filmmaker Justin Simien
By unearthing personal stories from actors, writers, directors, and producers who fought for their place on the page, behind the camera and on the screen, the series provides a critical reexamination of a quintessentially American story - in brilliant color.

[via press release from MGM]

MGM+ Unveils Trailer For Four-Part Docuseries "Hollywood Black" from Filmmaker Justin Simien

The series is set to premiere on MGM+ on Sunday August 11, 2024

Inspired by the book from historian Donald Bogle, Hollywood Black, directed by Justin Simien, chronicles the history of cinema, but from a radically Black perspective. By unearthing personal stories from actors, writers, directors, and producers who fought for their place on the page, behind the camera and on the screen, the series provides a critical reexamination of a quintessentially American story - in brilliant color.

Debuts August 11, 2024 on MGM+

Featuring | Justin Simien, W. Kamau Bell, Steven Caple, Jr., Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Issa Rae, LaKeith Stanfield, Gabrielle Union, Lena Waithe, Forest Whitaker, and more

Executive Producers | Culture Machine's Justin Simien and Kyle Laursen; Significant Productions' Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi; RadicalMedia's Dave Sirulnick, Stacey Reiss, and Jon Kamen; Jeffrey Swartz; and Shayla Harris, who also serves as showrunner.

Director | Justin Simien

Episode Descriptions:

Episode 1: Built On Our Backs - August 11, 2024

From the silent era to the late 1960s, an emboldened generation of Black actors and directors make films that counter denigrating imagery of Black people and forever change Hollywood's perception of Black storytellers.

Episode 2: The Defiant Ones - August 18, 2024

Following the unrest of the 1960s, Black filmmakers look to celebrate Black culture on screen. As Hollywood begins to see dollar signs, Black actors and directors try to maintain their dignity without selling out.

Episode 3: The Price of Admission - August 25, 2024

In the 1990s, a new generation of Black filmmakers and megastars are embraced by the studio system. Yet independent and female filmmakers who diverge from mainstream portrayals of Black life still struggle for recognition.

Episode 4: Dear Black People - September 1, 2024

After the election of President Barack Obama, Hollywood offers Black filmmakers more opportunities than ever. From Selma to Get Out to Black Panther, Black filmmakers embrace new genres to critical and commercial success.

About MGM+

MGM+, an Amazon company, is a premium linear channel and streaming service delivering a broad lineup of exclusive original series and docuseries, current movie releases, and classic film franchises - all available in the U.S. on TV, on-demand, online, and across devices. MGM+ is a destination for premium content, with original series including crime drama Hotel Cocaine, the Western adventure Billy the Kid, suspense thriller Emperor of Ocean Park, sci-fi horror FROM, Emmy-winning series Godfather of Harlem, and the forthcoming Earth Abides, along with limited series A Spy Among Friends and cinematic dramatic series Rogue Heroes, War of the Worlds, and Beacon 23. The network is also the home of acclaimed docuseries, including the critically acclaimed In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon, Emmy-nominated Laurel Canyon, My Life as a Rolling Stone, and NFL Icons, as well as the anticipated docuseries Hollywood Black and The Wonderland Massacre & The Secret History of Hollywood. Premium movies are also available, including IF, Mission Impossible - Dead Reckoning, The Beekeeper, The Boys in the Boat, American Fiction and Mean Girls. MGM+ is available nationwide through cable, telco, satellite, digital distribution channels and the MGM+ app. For more information about the current MGM+ lineup, go to www.mgmplus.com or follow us on X, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube.





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