Vin Di Bona, Michael Stipe are exec producers
Cable channel Fuse has announced a handful of shows in development that shift genres but all have a musical backdrop at its core.Net is bringing exec producers on board as diverse as Vin Di Bona (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) to former REM frontman Michael Stipe. Looking to add on to a slate that already includes “Hoppus on Music” with Mark Hoppus from Blink-182, interview series “On The Record” and the live concert skein “Fuse Presents,” net is moving into both the scripted and animated space. Among the projects in the pipeline are reality series “Ambassadors of Rock,” where devoted music fans invite touring bands that they don’t know to stay in their homes. Show is exec produced by Donita Sparks, Robert Fagan and Bobby Pura. Other series include an untitled mockumentary scripted series from actor Eric Balfour, about a young band in Los Angeles struggling for success. Balfour stars and exec produces with Stephanie Varella. — Scripted comedy “Radio Free” was created by Gerald Cuesta and Michael Cuesta, about a group of college students in the early 1980s who identify themselves by the new wave of music they’re listening to. The Cuestas exec produce with Stipe and Sandy Stern. — Docuseries “Bounce” examines the high energy movement hailing from New Orleans. Project is from shingle World of Wonder. Demo target for Fuse, which is owned by Madison Square Garden, is the 18-34 crowd.