EXCLUSIVE: Fox has put in development Icon, an anthology drama series profiling some of the world’s biggest music legends, from producer Gail Berman and leading country music manager Jason Owen. The first installment will focus on Grammy-winning mother-daughter country music duo Naomi and Wynonna Judd, who will executive produce. A search is underway for a writer to pen their story.
Icon is inspired by the thrilling true stories of the music legends we think we know. Season 1 celebrates the Judds, country music’s only hitmaking mother-daughter duo. The trailblazing duo dominated country music in the 1980s and ’90s, winning countless awards, selling more than 20 million albums and creating a string of hits. The Judds stopped performing as a duo in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Wynonna then began a successful solo career. The two occasionally have reunited for special tours, the most recent in 2010.
The series will spotlight the drama behind the glamour and the dynamic relationship between the loving, yet often challenging, Naomi and Wynonna. It will tell their fascinating story through the music and songs that shaped their career and the country music genre. With a long line of personal tragedies, they are a true testament to a family bond like no other, with roots that go deeper than fame.
Icon is executive produced by Berman and Hend Baghdady for The Jackal Group and Owen for Sandbox Entertainment.
The first installment is executive produced by Naomi and Wynonna Judd. Their managers, Les Borsai, Greg Hill, Cactus Moser and Larry Strickland, will produce. Fox Entertainment is the studio.
The deal was done by Paradigm on behalf of Wynonna Judd and by WME on behalf of Naomi Judd.
This is the second high-profile country music-themed scripted series in the works at Fox. The network is opening a writers room for an Untitled Country Music Dynasty drama from writer/exec producer Melissa London Hilfers with an eye toward potential straight-to-series order for the 2021-22 season. It also is exec produced by Berman, Baghdady and Owen.
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