Showtime is in the Jay Z business.
In keeping with its documentary push, the premium cable network has acquired Made in America, the star-studded documentary that chronicled Jay Z’s two-day music festival of the same name. The doc, which is directed by Ron Howard and executive produced by the music mogul, Howard and his Imagine Entertainment producing partner Brian Grazer, will have its television debut Friday, Oct. 11.
"As soon as we saw this film we knew it was a perfect fit for Showtime," Showtime’s entertainment president David Nevins said in a statement announcing the news Friday. “Ron Howard and Jay Z have crafted an inspirational portrayal of American resilience, drive and creativity, interwoven with an incredible showcase of musical talent. We are proud to bring Made in America to Showtime where it joins our impressive roster of provocative and compelling documentaries helmed by award-winning filmmakers."
The film, which is produced by RadicalMedia and Participant Media, features performances and interviews with a diverse roster of musicians, including Rita Ora, Passion Pit, Pearl Jam, Run D.M.C., Jill Scott and Kanye West, among several others. It will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 7.