Wednesday, December 4, 2019

BET Picks Up Three-Part Limited Series 'Uptown'

BET has today given a series order to the original limited series Uptown from executive producer Jesse Collins (The New Edition Story). The three-part series will premiere in 2020.

The limited series tells the comprehensive story of Andre Harrell's New York record label, Uptown Records. Launched in 1986, the MCA division is widely considered to have helped launch the careers of hit makers include Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G., Sean "Diddy" Combs, Heavy D & the Boyz, Russell Simmons, Jodeci, Father MC, Al B. Sure and many more. The series will explore the label's inception to present day, featuring music and the hit makers who helped mold what would eventually be known as the "Uptown sound" that defined a musical era that would impact generations to come.

Charles Murray, Carlito Rodriguez and Barry Michael Cooper are writing the series. They will executive produce with Collins and Harrell. Jesse Collins Entertainment will produce.

"We are proud to bring the story of Uptown Records to life and celebrate the indelible imprint the label has made on the industry, transforming the sound, face and business of hip-hop and R&B," said Scott Mills, President, BET. "We look forward to partnering with music industry titan Andre Harrell and powerhouse producer Jesse Collins on the Uptown miniseries, bringing viewers premium content that reflects and celebrates Black excellence."

"I am thrilled to partner with BET Networks and Jesse Collins Entertainment to share my story, the rise of Uptown Records and successful black entrepreneurship, and the management and cultivation of some of the most iconic artists to come out of the late '80s and '90s hip-hop, R&B and soul music era," added Harrell.