BET Networks will help tell the story about Andre Harrell’s iconic label Uptown Records. The media company has ordered a three-part series, with Harrell as executive producer.
According to a press release, each episode will take viewers from the label’s inception to current day. It will also feature music that helped mold what would become the label’s signature sound.
Known for breaking hip-hop artists like Notoroious B.I.G. and Heavy D & The Boyz, Uptown Records also helped launch the careers of R&B acts such as Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, Guy, Al B. Sure and Monifah, to name a few.
“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 of BET Networks. “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.”
Harrell added, “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.”
Dubbed Uptown, the new series is scheduled to premiere in 2020 on BET. At this time, there are no details on the cast.