The highly anticipated documentary, Hitsville: The Making of Motown, is now scheduled to make its debut this fall. The news was officially announced May 19 that the movie, directed by Gabe and Ben Turner of Britain’s Fulwell 73, has been acquired for North American release by Showtime.
It is the first official documentary about Motown Records; company founder Berry Gordy is one of its executive producers.
In the UK and Ireland, Altitude Filmed Entertainment has acquired theatrical release rights to Hitsville: The Making of Motown. The London-based firm is known for producing 2018’s official Whitney Houston documentary, Whitney, among other titles. It is marketing a new documentary about Billie Holiday, currently in post-production.
Hitsville: The Making of Motown focuses on the legendary music company’s birth in Detroit in the late 1950s, covering its development and path-breaking success before its move to Los Angeles in 1972. Artists interviewed for the documentary include Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder. It includes rare performance and behind-the-scenes footage, sourced from Motown’s vaults and Gordy’s personal archives.