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Global video platform YouTube has greenlit a documentary that will chronicle the rise and fall of disgraced music producer/manager and convicted fraudster Lou Pearlman.
Produced by Lionsgate-owned production company Pilgrim Media Group and exec produced by former *NSYNC member Lance Bass, The Lou Pearlman Project (working title) will document the story of Pearlman’s rise to prominence throughout the 1990s as the manager of such successful boy bands as Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC before his fall from grace landed him a 25-year prison sentence for multiple felony convictions.
The film, which is slated to premiere on subscription service YouTube Red later this year, will also include in-depth interviews with those who most closely collaborated with Pearlman, including Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean; O-Town’s Ashley Parker Angel; Aaron Carter, recording artist and brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter; *NSYNC’s JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick and Lance Bass; and mom Diane Bass (mother of Lance Bass) and Lynn Bomar Harless (mother of *NSYNC member Justin Timberlake).
“I’ve always wanted to tell the story of the rise and fall of Lou Pearlman; I thought I knew most of the story since I had a front row seat,” said Bass in a statement. “I was fascinated to learn so much more through the eyes of other artists that were also subjected to Pearlman and his nefarious operation.”
“This documentary marries pop music history and true crime as it takes a unique look into how Pearlman created superstars, while all along taking advantage of them,” noted Pilgrim Media Group CEO and exec producer Craig Piligian. “Even as the film highlights the great talents that emerged on his watch, it sheds new light on a sad legacy and dramatic fall from grace.”
The documentary will examine “the dark side of stardom and the music industry” by also featuring entertainment industry experts who provide insight into Pearlman’s meteoric rise, while federal agents, former friends and colleagues, and victims of Pearlman’s Ponzi scheme – labelled as one of the largest and longest-running in history – candidly expose the abuse and fraud that culminated in his undoing.
Besides Piligian and Bass, Pilgrim’s Nicholas Caprio and Sam Korkis also serve as EPs on the project.
“Viewers are going to be captivated by these riveting stories from some of the biggest names in music as they recount the extraordinary challenges they’ve faced on their rise to fame,” added Susanne Daniels, global head of original content at YouTube. “Music is wildly popular on our platform, and this documentary gives fans a level of access to the true stories and real life highs and lows of their favorite artists that they can’t find anywhere else.”