Johnny Depp-Produced Muscle Shoals Series Moves Forward


LOS ANGELES: IM Global Television will serve as the studio on a new limited series, produced by Johnny Depp, that is based on Rick Hall’s autobiography The Man From Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame.

The series is inspired by the true-life story of legendary record producer, songwriter, publisher and musician Rick Hall, founder of the modern-day “Muscle Shoals Sound,” and his career establishing FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. IM Global Television plans to work with partner company IM Global Music to make the songs themselves a focal point of the series. The company will be working on the show with Depp and Christi Dembrowski’s Infinitum Nihil, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced, and Joshua D. Maurer and Alixandre Witlin’s City Entertainment.

“Muscle Shoals is an important story that transcends music. We are pleased that this incredible project has found the right partner in Mark Stern and IM Global who share our passion and commitment,” said Virgin Produced’s CEO, Jason Felts. “This moving story about Rick Hall, the pioneering artists and the ‘Muscle Shoals’ sound that still resonates today, taps into Virgin’s music origins and possesses the makings of a great limited series.”

Dembrowski, the president of Infinitum Nihil, added, “Muscle Shoals is an extraordinary story in which, through adversity, some of the world’s most amazing music was created. It is perfectly suited for Infinitum as it combine’s Johnny’s love of music and its history and our company’s creative mission to tell these stories. We are excited to be working with such a great group in bringing Rick’s stories of Muscle Shoals to life.”

IM Global Television’s president Mark Stern, commented, “We couldn’t be more excited to be in business with this auspicious group of producers on such an incredible project. Rick Hall and his small Alabama recording studio fundamentally transformed the music industry. His personal and professional journey and the incredible talent he worked with is a compelling story that will make a great television series.”

IM Global Music’s president, David Schulhof, remarked, “Muscle Shoals is the spiritual breeding ground for some of the most iconic songs recorded in American history. The songs recorded at FAME Studios would later be embraced and recorded by artists around the world for generations to come. We’re proud to share this epic journey and expect an incredible soundtrack to accompany this story.”