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Idris Elba to Make Music Industry Racism Documentary 'Paid in Full: The Battle for Payback'

Luther and Hobbs & Shaw star Idris Elba’ s Green Door Pictures and wife Sabrina Elba’s pink towel announcedPaid in Full: The Battle for Payback, a documentary about the exploitation of black artists by the music industry for the BBC ) and CBC networks.

The trilogy, powered by Zinc Media’s production label Supercollider, will also explore reparations for black artists, with Canadian indie producer Catalyst.

“This is a story that touches us all. It’s about the people who make the soundtrack of our lives in popular music and their pain of being exploited. It’s also for Holding the music industry accountable for the injustice suffered by generations of musical talent who have been denied their fair share of financial, status, and respect. At its core is the need to make amends—recognize and pay back what is due stuff,” Green Door CEO Idris Elba said in a statement on Monday.

Paid in full , David Upshal serves as producer and will be partially funded by Media Musketeers Studios and Abacus Media Rights.

While the pop music industry owes a lot to black artists, Elba’s documentary will focus on the historic injustices they face After their talents propelled popular music culture, from jazz and rock to soul and rap, they were denied the profits and recognition they deserved.

As Paid in Full focuses on the current struggle for industry change, this documentary will feature author, rapper and filmmaker MK Asante Jr, and Lawrence Lartey of Ravensbourne University in London, who worked with Barack Obama’s Obama Foundation on the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. Lartey also collaborated with Idris Elba and Asante on the British documentary How Hip Hop Changed the World.

as a pure A music documentary series, the series will explore the music industry in a racial context and reflect on the history of exploitation within the industry. It will also primarily discuss structural racism and those working to expose it,” added Zinc Television managing director Tanya Shaw in a statement.

“We look forward to sharing this important series with Canadian audiences, a much-needed and in-depth exploration of the structural racism inherent in the music industry and its impact for decades,” said Jennifer Detman, executive director of unscripted content for CBC ( Jennifer Dettman adds. BBC Two and BBC iPlayer and Canada’s CBC and CBC Gem streaming platforms greenlit. Supercollider’s Greg Sanderson, Green Door Pictures’ Idris Elba, Pink Towel’s Sabrina Elba and Catalyst’s Julie Bristow co-executive

Idris Elba’s Green Door wrote the TCV credits, including Hijack on Apple TV+; by Elba Wrote and starred in Sky One comedy In The Long Run; and Netflix comedyTurn Up Charlie, a co-production with Brown Eyed Boy co-written and starring Elba.

Film credits include Concrete Cowboy, in partnership with Neighborhood Film Co., Tucker Tooley Entertainment and Lee Daniels Entertainment for Netflix.



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