BET has ordered a three-part miniseries that will focus on a groundbreaking hip-hop record label, Uptown Records.
The scripted series, titled “Uptown,” will premiere next year, although an exact date has not been released. The three-night special will take viewers through its 1986 launch in partnership with MCA to the many hit-making artists that the label has birthed over the years. Heavy D & The Boyz, Russell Simmons, Lyor Cohen, Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Father MC, Al B. Sure, Christopher Williams, Teddy Riley, Notorious B.I.G., Sean “Diddy” Combs, are among some of the most notable acts to hail from the Andre Harrell founded music staple.
In a statement, Harrell gloated over the impending production, “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.”
Harrell, alongside Jesse Collins, will executive produce the series for Jesse Collins Entertainment, the production company behind the wildly successful ”New Edition Story” and ”Bobby Brown Story.”