Scorsese to co-exec produce six-part mini

Helmer blues crews

Martin Scorsese and Jody Patton will exec producer a six-part documentary miniseries on blues music, with such helmers as Michael Apted, Charles Burnett, Marc Levin and Wim Wenders on board to direct separate episodes.

Scorsese may direct one of the episodes as well. No broadcast deal has yet been made.

Series will be produced jointly by Paul Allen’s Clear Blue Sky Prods., Gotham-based Henri Kessler’s Offline Entertainment and Scorsese’s Cappa Prods.

Sharing credits

Series producer will be Alex Gibney, prexy of Offline TV. Cappa Prods.’ Margaret Bodde will share producing credits with Gibney.

Co-exec producers are Offline’s Kessler, David Peipers and Ezra Swerdlow.

“I have always felt an affinity for blues music,” Scorsese said. “The culture of storytelling through music is incredibly fascinating and appealing to me. The blues have great emotional resonance and are the foundation for American popular music.”

Cultural landscape

Added Patton, prexy of Clear Blue Sky Prods.: “From Howling Wolf to Muddy Waters to B.B. King, this seminal music genre is a rich part of our cultural landscape. We are excited to be working with this range of directors.”

OffLine Entertainment Group produced the Sundance award-winning pic “Slam,” helmed by Levin, “Thug Life in DC” and David Halberstam’s “The Fifties.” The company recently produced “The Huntress” for USA Networks, now being produced as a series. Current projects include docus for HBO and TV movies for Fox.

Cappa Prods., which has produced docus and features, is currently involved with feature “Gangs of New York.”

Founded in 1997, Clear Blue Sky has produced such films as the forthcoming “Luzhin Defense” as part of a co-production deal with Renaissance Pictures; Academy Award-nominated “Titus,” directed by Julie Taymor and starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange; John Sayles’ “Men With Guns;” and Michael Apted’s docus “Inspirations” and “Me & Isaac Newton.”

At Cannes 2000, Clear Blue announced a multiyear development and production deal with Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler’s Killer Films.

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