Hitsville: The Making of Motown chronicles the enormous success and enduring cultural impact of Motown Records, which will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in September. Directed by Benjamin and Gabe Turner (Class of 92, I Am Bolt, One Direction: This Is Us), the feature-length documentary, which debuts on Showtime on Aug. 24, focuses on the period beginning with the birth of the company in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. The film tracks the unique system the company’s visionary founder, Berry Gordy, assembled that enabled Motown to become the most successful record label of all time. The creation and initial success of Motown was achieved during a period of significant racial tensions in America and amid the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. The company’s music and postracial vision were significant factors in helping the U.S.–and the world–evolve through this transformative period in history.
The remarkable story of the legendary Motown Records is told through new and exclusive interviews with Gordy and many of its superstar artists and creative figures, as well as rare performances and behind-the-scenes footage unearthed from Motown’s vaults and Gordy’s personal archives. Hitsville: The Making of Motown is the first documentary about the iconic label made with Gordy’s participation.
Hitsville: The Making of Motown premieres on Showtime Saturday, Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.