BET Networks will develop an original scripted miniseries that will profile R&B/Hip-hop record label Uptown Records, the company said Tuesday.
The Uptown miniseries will feature the story of music mogul Andre Harrell’s creation of New York City based Uptown Records in 1986. The record label played a vital role in the careers of some of the most influential voices in hip hop, soul and R&B, including Heavy D & The Boyz, Russell Simmons, Lyor Cohen, Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Father MC, Al B. Sure, Christopher Williams, Teddy Riley, Notorious B.I.G., Sean “Diddy” Combs, said BET Networks.
Uptown is scheduled to premiere on BET in 2020.
“We are proud to bring the story of Uptown Records to life and celebrate the indelible imprint the label has made on the industry, transforming the sound, face, and business of hip-hop and R&B,” said Scott Mills, President, BET Networks in a statement. “We look forward to partnering with music industry titan Andre Harrell and powerhouse producer Jesse Collins on the Uptown miniseries, bringing viewers premium content that reflects and celebrates Black excellence.”
Uptown is executive produced by Harrell (Honey, New York Undercover), along with Jesse Collins (The New Edition Story, The Bobby Brown Story) for Jesse Collins Entertainment.