Two-time Emmy winner and 2009 Academy Award nominee Christopher Plummer (The Last Station) will narrate Turner Classic Movies' ambitious, seven-part original production Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood. This comprehensive true story behind the making of the American movie industry is being co-produced by TCM and Bill Haber's Ostar Productions. The series is slated to premiere in November 2010.
"It is an honor for us to welcome Christopher Plummer to TCM's largest and most important original production to date," said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TCM, TNT and TBS. "His distinctive and elegant voice will be the perfect guide through the extraordinary history of American film."
The true story of the American film industry has as many ups and downs, twists and turns as the latest big-budget thriller, not to mention a cast of characters worthy of a shelf full of Oscars®. Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood will tell this extraordinary tale over the course of seven one-hour documentaries, each focusing on a different era of American movie history. Spanning from the invention of the first moving pictures to the revolutionary, cutting-edge films of the 1960s, this production will feature rarely seen photographs and film footage, clips from memorable American movies and interviews with distinguished historians and major Hollywood figures.
At its heart, the documentary series will be a personal history of Hollywood, detailing the personalities, inter-personal relationships, collaborations and conflicts that created an industry and an art form. The series will also serve as a history of America, looking at how moviemakers responded to such major events as the Great Depression, World War II and the Civil Rights movement.
Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood is executive-produced by Bill Haber (TNT's Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King; Broadway's The History Boys and Monty Python's Spamalot). It is being directed, written and produced by four-time Emmy nominee Jon Wilkman.