Award-winning music documentary series The Defiant Ones to premiere on Netflix


Award-winning music documentary series to premiere on Netflix on March 23, 2018

Today, Netflix, the world's leading Internet entertainment service, announced that the highly acclaimed documentary series The Defiant Ones will launch March 23rd exclusively on Netflix everywhere excluding the U.S. and Canada. All four episodes will be available at once to members around the world.

Set amid many of the defining events of the past four decades, The Defiant Ones tells the stories of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre — one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton — and their improbable partnership and surprising leading roles in a series of transformative events in contemporary culture. This revealing, compelling and often-gritty story takes place in recording studios, in humble homes and massive mansions, in criminal courts and in the highest corridors of corporate power.

The Grammy Award winning series is directed by Allen Hughes, who conducted extensive interviews with both men. The show also includes interviews with such music icons as Bono, David Geffen, Eminem, Nas, Stevie Nicks, Ice Cube, Gwen Stefani, Jon Landau, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Snoop Dogg, Bruce Springsteen, Diddy and will.i.am. The Defiant Ones also features never-before-seen footage from a multitude of recording and writing sessions with Eazy-E, JJ Fad, Stevie Nicks, N.W.A., Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and U2, among others.

"The Defiant Ones is essential viewing for anyone interested in the history of hip-hop and modern pop. Compelling and rich, the series is a time capsule of the last four decades of the music business,” said Bela Bajaria, Vice President of Content at Netflix. "More importantly, it’s a beautiful and inspiring tale of friendship for anyone pursuing their dreams.”

The Defiant Ones, written by Allen Hughes, Lasse Jarvi and Doug Pray, is a Silverback 5150 Pictures Production in association with Alcon Television Group. Executive producers are Allen Hughes, Doug Pray, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Jerry Longarzo, Michael Lombardo and Gene Kirkwood with Sarah Anthony, Steven Williams and Fritzi Horstman producing.

About UPHE CONTENT GROUP

Headquartered in London, UPHE Content Group is a repertoire centre of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, acquiring and producing multi-genre entertainment for distribution across theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital platforms on a worldwide basis. UPHE Content Group is part of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, which is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. 

About Alcon Television Group

Alcon Television Group is an independently owned television studio and production company. A division of Alcon Entertainment, Alcon Television Group develops, produces and distributes a bold and innovative slate of unique scripted content with appeal to a global market for distribution on premium subscription networks, digital platforms and major cable and broadcast networks.

About Beats

Beats by Dr. Dre (Beats) is a leading audio brand founded in 2006 by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Through its family of premium consumer headphones, earphones and speakers, Beats has introduced an entirely new generation to the possibilities of premium sound entertainment. The brand’s continued success helps bring the energy, emotion and excitement of playback in the recording studio back to the listening experience for music lovers worldwide. Beats was acquired by Apple Inc. in July 2014.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with over 117 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 140 million hours of TV programmes and films per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without adverts or commitments.

February 13, 2018 5:59am ET by Netflix  

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