Starz Orders New Documentary Series from Mass Appeal and Worldstar

With a number of successful scripted series already in place (including the smash 50 Cent drama Power), today Starz announced its first foray into the docu-series format with the acquisition of a handful of shows, including one from Survivor’s Remorse’s producers LeBron James and Maverick Carter as well as a series from Worldstar Hip Hop and MASS APPEAL. The latter, titled The Field, builds off the Worldstar series of the same name, and will tell the stories of different cities, exploring hip hop and socio-political culture through the eyes of a city’s most prolific hip hop characters—past, present and future.

According to Starz press release:

“Having shaped the culture from within, these characters tell their stories the way it really was, transporting the audience into the underbelly that composes the city, a place that is often seen but seldom accessed. It’s a series that showcases the hustle and determination of each city’s most iconic artists. It’s about their desire to rise out from their community but to never forget the place where they came from. The series takes the viewer into places only miles apart but worlds away and into the grit and grime that covers an entire metropolis.”

The Field will be executive produced by Worldstar’s Javier Sang and Ed Dwyer, alongside MASS APPEAL’s Sacha Jenkins and Peter Bittenbender, with Douglas Banker of Five All in the Fifth Entertainment. Mandon Lovett, the director of Worldstar’s The Field: Violence, Hip-Hop and Hope in Chicago, is set to co-direct the premiere episode with Sacha Jenkins and continue on to direct the series.

Other Starz shows announced today include LeBron’s Warriors of Liberty City, which follows Uncle Luke as he mentors a youth football program in the crime-filled Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, FL. Check out the full line up of new shows here.

“Unique voices and storytelling are the hallmarks of the Starz programming strategy, and we are proud to announce our investment in these filmmakers and the stories they passionately want to tell,” Starz’s President and CEO, Chris Albrecht, said in the release. “With each project, we will explore and better understand our collective cultural history.”

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