OWN continues to expand it scripted slate, acquiring the rights to Darlene Love’s memoir My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story, to adapt into the network’s first original TV movie. Pic will be executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Oscar-nommed filmmaker Morgan Neville. Love also will exec produce.
Love was recently featured in the Oscar nominated docu film Twenty Feet From Stardom directed by Neville, which puts a spotlight on backup singers for some of music’s biggest acts. OWN also has licensed the first broadcast window to air Twenty Feet From Stardom beginning in 2015.
“The fantastic life journey of music great Darlene Love is the perfect choice for our first original scripted movie,” said Sheri Salata, president, OWN. “There are a handful of stories brought to the screen of daring American women who walked through fire and back to make their dreams come true and Darlene is one of the heroes on that list”.
Love sang on such 1960s hits as He’s a Rebel” and “He’s Sure The Boy I Love” by The Crystals. She began cutting records for legendary producer Phil Spector right out of high school. As part of The Blossoms, she was a regular on the 1960s TV show Shindig!, and toured the country as part of Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans. She later sang backup for acts that included The Mamas and The Papas, Dionne Warwick, and Sonny and Cher.