- Words Miriam Balanescu
The artist and actor, ARLO, is slated to create and star in a new television series that follows the life of a musician navigating his music industry success and working-class roots.
A new TV drama from musician and actor ARLO is in the works, homing in on the UK music industry. It will be produced by Lionsgate – creators of Orange is The New Black, Nashville and Mad Men – and Eleven Films – the team credited with Netflix’s high-school hit, Sex Education.
Taking the artist as both the frontman and behind-the-scenes creator, the show’s protagonist tussles with industry success in light of his working-class background.
ARLO, who signed a major recording deal with Sony Music Entertainment’s Arista Records earlier this year, as well as dropping a collab, “Changing”, with Grammy nominee Mick Jenkins, has been dubbed an artist to watch.
The series is being made in collaboration with writer and director Aki Omoshaybi, who burst onto the film landscape in 2019 with “Real”. Omoshaybi’s first feature film debuted at the BFI London Film Festival and the filmmaker has also picked up a number of accolades including the “Rising Star Award” at 2020’s Screen Nation Awards.
Eleven Film’s co-founder and creative director, Joel Wilson has spoken about the upcoming drama: “Arlo and Aki are prodigiously talented, insightful people as well as being beautifully in tune when it comes to the story they want to tell together. It has been a real privilege to sit with them and watch this series begin to come to life.”
Lionsgate and Eleven Films have yet to announce a release date.