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Shout!, Country Hall of Fame to produce series


Documentarians David Leaf and Morgan Neville will chronicle the history of country music in a series exec produced by Shout! Factory and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The two entities will seek worldwide broadcast distribution. Shout! Factory, which has music and homevideo divisions, and the Hall of Fame will retain homevid and digital rights.

The individual segments will be thematically divided. On the slate are "The Roots of Country and Bluegrass," "The Honky Tonk Tradition," "Outlaw Country," "The Nashville Sound," "The Politics of Country," "Country Songs and Songwriters," "California Country" and "No Depression," a look at the alternative country music movement.

"Each self-contained original film will examine a crucial aspect of the heritage and the history of country in a way that presents this American music in a contextual framework that shows how what was once called 'hillbilly music' remains a dominant form of expression in American popular music," Neville and Leaf said in a joint statement.

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Neville recently produced and wrote the Leaf-directed doc "The Night James Brown Saved Boston." Leaf's other credits include "Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of Smile," "The U.S. vs. John Lennon" and "Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)." Neville's music docs include "Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story" and


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