Sundance net maps ‘Road’

Limited series features the Killers, the Who, Simon

NEW YORK — The Sundance Channel has bought U.S. rights to “Live From Abbey Road,” a limited series of 12 hourlong episodes focusing on top music performers as they record songs for their next album.

Produced by Michael Gleason and Peter Van Hooke, and distributed worldwide by Fremantle Intl., “Abbey Road” focuses on one musical act in each hour, among them the Killers, the Who, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Simon and Dave Matthews.

Fremantle has also sold the series to Channel 4 in the U.K., which will start running it next month. Abbey Road is the North London studio used, famously, by the Beatles for recording their albums.

Gleason said the series gives “an intimate and unique look” at the way an artist goes about creating the final version of some of the individual album cuts.

Earlier this year, Fremantle Intl. signed a deal to distribute programming produced by Sundance outside the U.S. Other shows distributed globally by Fremantle include “The Apprentice,” “Project Runway” and “Idols,” the series that spawned “American Idol.”

The brokers of the “Abbey Road” deal are Lisa Honig, VP of program distribution, North America for Fremantle Intl., and Laura Michalchyshyn, exec VP and GM of programming and creative affairs for the Sundance Channel.

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