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Lance Bass Producing Documentary on the Rise and Fall of Lou Pearlman

by VVN Music News Feed

Lionized "boy bands" like *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys sold millions of records and performed to sold-out crowds of screaming young fans in the 1990s and 2000s, but behind this multi-billion-dollar, pop-idol empire was a con artist who established himself as a maverick entrepreneur and music producer.

Now, a new documentary premiering on Youtube Red in 2018 lays bare the unfiltered story of Lou Pearlman, his remarkable successes and offenses, and his tragic end while serving a 25-year prison sentence for multiple felony convictions.

From producer Pilgrim Media Group, The Lou Pearlman Project (working title) reveals the dark side of stardom and the music industry as members of multi-platinum-selling bands like *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, O-Town and Take 5 tell all about working with Pearlman. The project includes in-depth interviews with those who collaborated most closely with Pearlman: Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean; O-Town's Ashley Parker Angel; recording artist and brother of Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter, Aaron Carter; *NSYNC's JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Lance Bass, who also serves as an executive producer of the project; and moms Diane Bass (mother of Lance Bass) and Lynn Bomar Harless (mother of *NSYNC member and superstar Justin Timberlake).

Also featured are entertainment industry experts who speak to the meteoric rise of the man responsible for these mega-acts, while federal agents, former friends and colleagues, and victims of Pearlman's unprecedented Ponzi scheme and other scams candidly expose the abuse and fraud that culminated in his stunning undoing.

 "Viewers are going to be captivated by these riveting stories from some of the biggest names in music as they recount the extraordinary challenges they've faced on their Rise to fame," said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. "Music is wildly popular on our platform, and this documentary gives fans a level of access to the true stories and real life highs and lows of their favorite artists that they can't find anywhere else."

 Said Executive Producer and former *NSYNC member Lance Bass, "I've always wanted to tell the story of the rise and fall of Lou Pearlman; I thought I knew most of the story since I had a front row seat. I was fascinated to learn so much more through the eyes of other artists that were also subjected to Pearlman and his nefarious operation."

 Added Pilgrim Media Group CEO and Executive Producer Craig Piligian, "This documentary marries pop-music history and true crime as it takes a unique look into how Pearlman created superstars, while all along taking advantage of them. Even as the film highlights the great talents that emerged on his watch, it sheds new light on a sad legacy and dramatic fall from grace."

The Lou Pearlman Project is produced for Youtube Red by Pilgrim Media Group; Craig Piligian, Nicholas Caprio and Sam Korkis are executive producers. Lance Bass also serves as executive producer. YouTube Red is a subscription that gives you access to Youtube Red Original movies and series, a premium music service and an uninterrupted experience across YouTube. Youtube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Korea.


Joe Mac Pherson said…
Please, STOP calling these groups, Boy Bands. None of them are Bands- they're Groups.
The Beatles, The Pretty Things, The Zombies, The Easybeats, The Creation, The Velvet Underground, The Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield, Procol Harum, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Roxy Music, Blondie, Talking Heads, Ultravox, Siouxie & The Banshees, The Associates, Duran Duran, The Motels, The Church, Romeo Void, Radiohead, The Verve, Tame Impala, Lord Huron, Foals, Boxed In, Ten Fe and so many other recording artists, are BANDS. They all play or played, musical instruments. They write their own songs. They understand music theory and composition. They all knew each other for many years, before becoming Bands. They actually create the music bearing their Band names.
Lou Pearlman's boys are NOT Bands. They were all total strangers to each other, until Pearlman chose them to record. Other people wrote their songs. Other people played the diverse instrumentation on their records. Pearlman's boys were given choreography lessons. They were told what steps to dance to, and how to sing, and exactly how to harmonize. They are, Boy Groups.
Can you honestly imagine The Yardbirds, The Standells, Traffic, Cream, Can, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Indochine, The Cocteau Twins, The Dream Academy. The Teardrop Explodes, Spoons, Boxer Rebellion, Hippo Campus or too many other Bands to mention, actually taking dance lessons? Seriously?
They are BANDS. Pearlman's boy were all Boy Groups. The difference is EVERYTHING.
VVN Network said…
Hi Joe,

While I understand the distinction you are making very well, it is not one shared by the music industry as a whole. From the beginning, groups like New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, N'sync, etc. have been called Boy Bands throughout the music world.