Network to Develop Slate of Two-Hour Movies With Legendary Country Icon as Producer
CITY, Calif. – Jan. 16, 2015 – NBC has signed a development deal with
Dolly Parton, one of the most honored female country musicians of all
time and an American icon.
am so excited to be involved with my friend Bob Greenblatt, who
produced the Broadway version of ‘9 to 5: The Musical’ with me, and my
longtime friend and former agent Sam Haskell. We want to create projects
for NBC that are both fun and inspirational with a family audience in
mind,” said Dolly Parton.
conjunction with production partner Sam Haskell of Magnolia Hill
Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, NBC will develop a slate of
two-hour TV movies based on the songs, stories, and inspiring life of
Dolly Parton. This extraordinarily prolific country music artist and
movie star will produce these projects that are meant to appeal to an
inclusive family audience.
“I don’t know anyone in the world who doesn’t love Dolly Parton, and
the idea of developing television movies inspired by her incredible life
and the stories she has sung about for decades is exciting to all of us
at NBC,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.” I hope
we will create some uplifting movies that the entire family can enjoy
together, a genre of programming that still seems largely untapped on
Added Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment: “We all feel so
lucky to be in business with Dolly. We’re so excited about working with
her to infuse these movies with her incredible work ethic and that
genuine hopefulness and positive outlook that has been her trademark for
years. And you can bet there will be a lot of her music in them too.”
Over the past 40 years, Parton has 41 albums that have reached the
top 10 in the country charts – the most for any artist – as well as 25
albums have either been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum. In
addition, 110 singles have reached the country charts. She has won 10
Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Assn. Awards and 7 Academy of Country
Music Awards. In fact, Parton has been nominated for 46 Grammys as both
she and Beyonce are the most Grammy-nominated women of all time.
She was twice nominated for an Oscar for her original songs “9 to 5”
and “Travelin’ Thru,” for the film “Transamerica.” As an actress, Parton
was nominated for three Golden Globes (two for “9 to 5,” one for “The
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”) and won two People’s Choice Awards.