SHOWTIME® DOCUMENTARY FILMS ANNOUNCES NEW DOCUMENTARY SERIES SPECTOR
FROM DIRECTING TEAM OF DON ARGOTT AND SHEENA M. JOYCE
Oscar® Nominee Jonathan Chinn and Oscar Winners Simon Chinn and James Marsh
Will Executive Produce Four-Part Docuseries About Legendary Music Producer and Convicted Murderer Phil Spector
Premiering on Friday, November 4
Network Releases Official Trailer and Key Art
LOS ANGELES – September 27, 2022 – SHOWTIME Documentary Films announced today that the network will air SPECTOR, a four-part documentary series produced by Lightbox from directors Sheena M. Joyce and Don Argott (Framing John Delorean, Believer) 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 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. SPECTOR is executive produced by Oscar-nominated producer Jonathan Chinn (LA 92, Tina) and Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn (Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man) and Oscar-winning director James Marsh (Man on Wire, The Night Of). Stephen Neely (Goodnight Oppy, Murder Mountain) also serves as executive producer and Janet Ginsburg produces. The announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.
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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. In doing so, 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 the definitive 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.
James Marsh is an Oscar and BAFTA® -winning and Emmy-nominated director. His 2009 feature Man on Wire won the Best Documentary prize at the Academy Awards®, BAFTAs and Film Independent Spirit Awards, along with the Best Film Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival that year. Marsh was nominated for a Best Director Emmy for his work on the series The Night Of, and received a Best Director BAFTA nomination for The Theory of Everything, the feature film on scientist Stephen Hawking, which won the BAFTA for Best Picture in 2015.
Jonathan Chinn and Simon Chinn are co-founders of Lightbox, their production company based in Los Angeles and London. Their recent critically acclaimed series and theatrical releases include SUPERVILLAIN:THE MAKING OF TEKASHI 69, available to stream on SHOWTIME, alongside Tina, Whitney, The Princess, Sins of Our Mother and Curse of The Chippendales.
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. Fifth Season is handling rights outside of the UK and U.S.
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