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PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 AT 9PM ET/PT
(Black PR Wire) (New York, NY) — VH1 announced that the new music competition show “SIGNED” will premiere on Wednesday, July 26th at 9PM ET/PT. The eight, hour-long episodes follow three moguls — rapper, entrepreneur and hip-hop artist Rick Ross, recording artist and Grammy award-winning songwriter The-Dream and Roc Nation’s SVP of A&R / Artist Management Lenny S— as they work to develop unsigned hip-hop and R&B artists in Atlanta.
“SIGNED” features aspiring musicians who will undergo auditions and workshops to hone their craft and determine if they really have what it takes to get signed to a deal. Through personal sessions with the music moguls and surprise visits from superstars like DJ Khaled, Meek Mill and Bangladesh, these young artists will face challenges and eliminations as they work their way toward a finale performance showcase. The artists who most impress the moguls have an opportunity to be signed to Maybach Music, Radio Killa Records or Roc Nation.
“Three of the biggest bosses in music coupled with the raw talent of the contestants makes for a fresh new take on a competition series” says Nina L. Diaz, EVP, Head of Unscripted, MTV, VH1 and Logo. “We’re thrilled to partner with MGM, Mark Burnett, Rick Ross, The-Dream and Lenny S and can’t wait for fans to experience this authentic and compelling journey.”
“What an incredible opportunity it has been to bring together these cutting edge, one of a kind music moguls who are at the top their games. Watching them discover and mentor the next greatest talents in hip hop and R&B is a new type of gritty music competition,” said executive producer Mark Burnett, President, MGM Television Group and Digital. “Summertime on VH1 is perfect for this show.”
“For ‘SIGNED’ we didn’t build a shiny floor set in Hollywood, instead we took our cameras to the real, raw streets and recording studios of Atlanta. It is gritty, intense and life changing for the aspiring artists who ultimately get signed. They are given the once in a lifetime opportunity to collaborate with the biggest moguls in music today,” said Barry Poznick, President, Unscripted Television, MGM.
“SIGNED” is executive produced by Mark Burnett, Jason Sands and Barry Poznick for MGM Television. Tiffany Lea Williams and Dan Caster are executive producing for VH1. The series is produced by MGM Television and distributed by MGM.
ABOUT MGM TELEVISION
MGM Television is a leading producer and global distributor of premium content for television and digital platforms, with distribution rights to original productions and a robust catalog of television episodes and feature film titles including such premiere entertainment franchises as James Bond, Rocky, Stargate and The Hobbit trilogy. Current scripted and unscripted multi-platform projects include Fargo (FX); Vikings (HISTORY); The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu); Get Shorty (EPIX); The Voice (NBC); Survivor (CBS); Shark Tank (ABC); Teen Wolf (MTV); Steve Harvey’s FUNDERDOME (ABC); Beat Shazam (FOX); Lucha Underground (The El Rey Network). Through its finance and distribution entity, Orion TV Productions, the syndicated courtroom series Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court is currently airing its fourth season and is in production on the new syndicated daytime courtroom series Couples Court with The Cutlers. MGM’s television programming regularly airs in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
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