YouTube has ordered The Lou Pearlman Project (working title), a documentary about the rise and fall of Lou Pearlman, the notorious record producer and convicted fraudster who was behind such successful boy bands as *NSYNC, and Backstreet Boys.*NSYNC member Lance Bass serves as an executive producer on the project, from Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Media Group, a Lionsgate company, which is set for premiere later this year on YouTube Red.
The docu details the story of Lou Pearlman, his remarkable successes and offenses, and his tragic end while serving a 25-year prison sentence for multiple felony convictions. The Lou Pearlman Project 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.
Featured in the documentary are in-depth interviews with 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, and moms Diane Bass (mother of Lance Bass) and Lynn Bomar Harless (mother of *NSYNC member and superstar Justin Timberlake).
Also taking part 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 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.”
The Lou Pearlman Project is produced for YouTube Red by Pilgrim Media Group; Craig Piligian, Nicholas Caprio and Sam Korkis are executive producers, along with Lance Bass.
“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,” Pilgrim Media Group CEO Craig Piligian said. “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.”
Several projects about Pearlman were put in development following his death in 2016, including a limited series, The Lou Pearlman Story, from Leslie Grief’s ThinkFactory Media and songwriter-producers Desmond Child and Andreas Carlsson.