LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) "Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood," a 10-part documentary series about the American film industry, is in the works from Turner Classic Movies.
Set to premiere in 2010, "Moguls and Movie Stars" will consist of 10 one-hour documentaries, each focusing on a different era of movie history, from the invention of the first photographs that moved to the computer-driven imagery of the present. Each installment will feature rarely seen photographs and film footage, clips from memorable American movies and interviews with distinguished historians and major Hollywood figures.
The cable network's announcement that it has commissioned the series arrived, coincidentally, on the same day that HBO said it's teaming with "Sopranos" creator David Chase for a dramatic miniseries chronicling the evolution of the Hollywood movie industry.
"Our story will span more than 100 years of inventiveness and entertainment," said Jon Wilkman, who will write and produce the TCM series. "From Thomas Edison to Steven Spielberg, from Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford to Sean Penn and Kate Winslet, we'll tell the stories of moguls and movie stars, the lives they've lived, the movies they've made and the impact they've had on lives around the world."
Bill Haber's Ostar Productions and TCM are producing the project.