Elton teams with Costello on series

Program to air on Sundance, Channel 4, CTV

LONDON — Elton John and Elvis Costello are teaming up for a new music series set to launch on the U.K.’s Channel 4 and Sundance Channel in the U.S. later this year.

“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…” will be hosted by the English singer and songwriter and produced in conjunction with Elton John’s Rocket Pictures.

The 13-part series, which will also air on Canadian commercial web CTV, will feature a mix of in-depth discussions with both legendary performers and notable newcomers, as well as a variety of musical performances, including interpretations of other performers’ songs by Costello.

The series is a co-production of Rocket Pictures, and three Toronto-based companies, SpyBox Pictures, Prospero Pictures and Reinvention Entertainment.

FremantleMedia Enterprises will handle sales of the show to the rest of the world.

Best known for such hits as “Oliver’s Army,” “Watching the Detectives” and “Everyday I Write the Book,” Costello is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and a Grammy and Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter and performer. In recent years he has also appeared in various movies as himself, and has even filled in as guest host on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity to talk in complete thoughts about music, movies, art or even vaudeville, then frame it with unique and illustrative performances,” said Costello of the program.

Elton John added, “I thought it would be sensational to use his knowledge and intelligence to explore the artistry of musicians and other fascinating people involved in making great music, as well as true music aficionados.”

John and partner David Furnish will serve as exec producers, along with Costello, Rocket Pictures’ Steve Hamilton-Shaw, Jordan Jacobs of SpyBox Pictures, Martin Katz (Prospero Pictures) and Stephen Warden (Reinvention Entertainment).

Co-executive producer is Alex Coletti.

Through an association with the (Product) RED charity, select program excerpts and performances will also be distributed in a variety of new media and conventional platforms, with a share of the profits going to the Global Fund to fight Aids in Africa.

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