ABC TO AIR ‘BEYONCÉ PRESENTS: MAKING THE GIFT,’
AN INTIMATE BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE MAKING OF
THE 23-TIME GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING ARTIST’S
‘THE LION KING: THE GIFT’ ALBUM
Global entertainer Beyoncé is set to take viewers on a journey through Africa with an hour-long documentary special, “Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift,” set to air Monday, Sept. 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. This intimate behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album, “The Lion King: The Gift,” features candid footage and interviews detailing the hard work and passion that went into her love letter to Africa.
As previously announced, “The Lion King: The Gift,” a musical ode to Disney’s “The Lion King” from Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records, was released on July 19, 2019, in conjunction with Walt Disney Pictures’ feature film and remake of the classic animated film of the same name “The Lion King.”
The Beyoncé-executive-produced album is a masterful recording, with a robust soundscape bringing together some of the most important African artists of the day with well-known American talent to both re-interpret the powerful story and themes of the iconic film and bring the authentic sounds of Africa to a global audience.
Now, viewers will be taken through the creative process as Beyoncé carefully curates the album, creating new music and collaborating with exceptionally talented artists and producers, while seeking inspiration from deeply rooted African influences. This creativity is informed by her travels throughout the continent, from the tranquility of the pyramids of Egypt to the bustling and joyous atmospheres of Nigeria and South Africa. The narrative, steeped in love and appreciation, highlights the beauty of the people and the vibrant sounds of a pulsating continent.
“Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift” was written, directed and produced by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Co-director is her long-time collaborator Ed Burke. Executive producers are Steve Pamon and Erinn Williams.
About Parkwood Entertainment
Parkwood Entertainment is a film and production company, record label and management firm founded by entertainer and entrepreneur, Beyoncé in 2010. With offices in Los Angeles and New York City, the company houses departments in music, film, video, live performances and concert production, management, business development, marketing, digital, creative, philanthropy, and publicity. Under its original name, Parkwood Pictures, the company released the film Cadillac Records (2008), in which Beyoncé starred and co-produced. The company has also released the film Obsessed (2009), with Beyoncé as star and executive producer, the winner of the Peabody Award for Entertainment, Lemonade (2017), and the Emmy® Award-nominated Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé (2019), which documents Beyoncé’s history-making performance at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in 2018. Parkwood Entertainment produced The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013-2014), The Formation World Tour (2016), and the aforementioned “Homecoming” performances at Coachella (2018), and co-produced the ON THE RUN TOUR (2014) and ON THE RUN II (2018).
About ABC Entertainment
ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” the longest-running medical drama in prime-time television; riveting dramas “The Good Doctor,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “A Million Little Things” and “Station 19”; the Emmy® Award-winning “Modern Family” and trailblazing comedy favorites “American Housewife,” “black-ish,” “Bless This Mess,” “The Conners,” “The Goldbergs,” and “Schooled”; the popular “Summer Fun & Games” programming block, including “Card Sharks,” “Celebrity Family Feud,” “Holey Moley” and “Press Your Luck”; star-making sensation “American Idol”; reality phenomenon “Shark Tank”; “The Bachelor” franchise; long-running hits “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; “General Hospital,” which has aired for more than 55 years on the network; and late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”; as well as the critically acclaimed hit special ”Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons.’” The network also boasts some of television’s most prestigious awards shows, including “The Oscars®,” “The CMA Awards” and the “American Music Awards.”
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