Mick Jagger’s production company is developing a new series titled “Being” with cable channel A&E Network. Each hour-long episode of will be in the vein of the 2001 documentary “Being Mick,” in which Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (“One Day in September”) followed the Rolling Stones frontman around the world as he recorded a solo album, produced a movie, played with his kids and hung out with celebrities.
“Being” will profile a single celebrity — including musicians, actors, athletes and newsmakers — in an up-close, all-access look at what it’s like to be a star. The cameras will follow the subjects to such locations as movie and TV show sets, recording studios or star-studded parties as well as more intimate moments in their lives with friends and family.
Jagger is executive producing, while Victoria Pearman — who runs his Jagged Films banner — is producing. The company previously produced the World War II intelligence thriller “Enigma,” starring Kate Winslet.
“The viewer will really feel the intimacy [of being with the celebrity] and have access with them in their home, recording studio — wherever they might be,” A&E Sr. VP programming Bob DeBitetto said. “It does require the talent allowing a level of access they are not used to.”
DeBitetto added that “Being,” which will likely debut sometime in 2006, will not feature the “traditional” style of storytelling that most shows in the biography genre employ.
“One of the things we’re working hard on is trying to explore new ways of telling biography stories that feel fresh and hopefully will be more attractive to young adults,” DeBitetto said. “We think ‘Biography’ was groundbreaking for its time and hope this will be viewed as a groundbreaking way of showcasing famous people today — it’s the evolution of how we approach the genre.”
For example, each episode will focus on the celebrity’s present-day life rather than feature the typical birth-to-present style of storytelling and will have more of a cinema verite feel than traditional biography programs, he said.
DeBitetto added that the show will likely include a range of celebrities, including those who appeal to younger audiences as well as older ones.