Hova Heads To TV: Jay Z’s ‘Made in America’ Doc Coming To Showtime
Jay Z is taking over Showtime–for one night at least.
The premium cable network has acquired Made in America, a star-studded documentary that chronicles Jay Z’s two-day 2012 Philadelphia music festival of the same name, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Directed by Ron Howard and executive produced by Jay Z himself, the doc will have its television debut Friday, Oct. 11. This will be roughly a month after the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7.
“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. “Ron Howard and Jay Z have crafted an inspirational portrayal of American resilience, drive and creativity, interwoven with an incredible showcase of musical talent.”
Passion Pit, Pearl Jam, Run D.M.C., Skrillex and Kanye West are just some of the diverse artists who perform and also discuss “making it in America” in the film.
“For Jay Z, the news comes the same week that the rapper made headlines for debuting his music video for ‘Holy Grail,’ a collaboration with Justin Timberlake, on Facebook,” reports THR. It became the first clip by a major music star to premiere on the social network, and it had a 24-hour window of exclusivity.
The Showtime and Facebook deals are just some of Jay Z’ s recent business moves. He also sealed a $30 million partnership with Samsung and has pushed into the sports agency business.
Will you watch the Jay Z documentary?