Showtime Picks Up Berry Gordy-Produced Motown Doc ‘Hitsville’

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Celebrating the iconic label’s 60th-anniversary.

A new Motown documentary is headed to Showtime this fall.

Announced via Variety this morning, Hitsville: The Making of Motown will chronicle the Detroit label’s rise from local force to global sensation, focusing on the period between the label’s 1958 founding and its relocation to Los Angeles in 1971.

The feature-length film is directed by Gabe and Ben Turner, executive produced by the label’s founder, Berry Gordy. It’s slated to feature interviews with the Hitsville honcho, along with members of an iconic roster of musicians. A Showtime rep tells Variety, “Hitsville is critical not only to the history of music in America, but also the history of America itself,” adding, “You’ve never seen Motown explored and remembered the way that Gabe and Ben Turner do it here.”

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Hitsville adds yet another stellar music doc to Showtime’s rotation. The network recently released the Wu-Tang Clan close-up, Of Mics and Men, which joins an excellent Teddy Pendergrass documentary in If You Don’t Know Me By Now, and an exclusive license on Prince’s Sign O’ The Times concert film. Ample weekend couch-lock fodder.

No release date has been announced just yet, but Hitsville is expected to land by Motown’s 60th-anniversary in September. Hold tight for updates in the weeks ahead.



Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

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