Breaking News – Showtime Documentary Films Announces New ‘Spector’ Documentary Series From the Directing Team of Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce


Oscar nominee Jonathan Chinn and Oscar winners Simon Chinn and James Marsh will produce four-part docuseries about legendary music producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector premiering Friday, November 4

Network releases official trailer and key art

LOS ANGELES – September 27, 2022 – SHOWTIME Documentary Films today announced that the network will air SPECTOR, a four-part Lightbox-produced documentary series from directors Sheena M. Joyce and Don Argott (Framing John Delorean, Believer) set to the enigmatic music and legendary producer Phil Spector and what happened on the fateful night of February 3, 2003 when actress Lana Clarkson was shot dead in her mansion. All four episodes of the docuseries will air on demand and on streaming platforms for SHOWTIME subscribers on Friday, November 4, ahead of its on-air premiere on Sunday, November 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. SPECTOR is produced by Oscar-nominated producer Jonathan Chinn (LA 92, Tina) and Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn (Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man) and Oscar-winning director James Marsh (Man on Wire, The Night Of). Stephen Neely (Goodnight Oppy, Murder Mountain) is also executive producing and Janet Ginsburg is producing. The announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. To watch and share the trailer, visit:

SPECTOR examines how the fates of Phil Spector and Lana Clarkson intertwined with the report of a fatal shooting of a woman at the eccentric French chateau-style mansion in Los Angeles owned by the legendary music producer. The victim was Lana Clarkson, a charismatic and once prolific film actress he had met that night. Through the lens of this notorious crime and the infamous trial that followed, this four-part documentary series peels back the layers of what really happened that night to tell the stories of Clarkson and the man who was found guilty of his murder. In doing so, SPECTOR re-examines the life and career of an important yet enigmatic cultural figure of the 20th century – a man responsible for countless hit records, including “Be My Baby”, “Da Do Run Run” and “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” – and a bygone era of Hollywood and the music industry.

The score for SPECTOR was composed by Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, Aja Volkman and Daniel Wayne Sermon.

Argott and Joyce run 9.14 Pictures together. Their recent projects include Framing John Delorean, a feature-length documentary about the winding and twisted story of famed automotive maverick John DeLorean, and the feature-length documentary Believer, which follows Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds as he challenges the Mormon Church. position on LGBTQ issues. Coming soon is the definitive feature documentary about heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio, called DIO Dreamers Never Die, and the recently released documentary series The Bond, from Discovery+, which was produced by Susan Downey and Robert Downey, Jr. .

James Marsh is an Academy Award-winning, BAFTA(R)-winning and Emmy-nominated director. His 2009 feature, Man on Wire, won Best Documentary at the Academy Awards(R), BAFTA and Film Independent Spirit Awards, as well as Best Jury Film and Audience Award at the Film Festival. Sundance movie that year. Marsh was nominated for a Best Director Emmy for his work on The Night Of, and received a BAFTA Best Director nomination for The Theory of Everything, the BAFTA-winning feature film about scientist Stephen Hawking. for best film in 2015.

Jonathan Chinn and Simon Chinn are co-founders of Lightbox, their production company based in Los Angeles and London. Their recently critically acclaimed series and theatrical releases include SUPERVILLAIN: THE MAKING OF TEKASHI 69, available to stream on SHOWTIME, alongside Tina, Whitney, The Princess, Sins of Our Mother and Curse of The Chippendales.

SPECTOR is produced by Lightbox for SHOWTIME, in association with Sky Documentaries. It is produced by Jonathan Chinn, Simon Chinn, James Marsh and Stephen Neely, as well as Poppy Dixon and Jack Oliver for Sky. Fifth Season handles rights outside the UK and US

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