Premium networkhas greenlit Punk, a four-part docuseries from executive producer John Varvatos. Varvatos brings his passion and deep connection to the roots of the PUNK movement to the series, partnering with filmmaker Derik Murray’s Network Entertainment to produce the quintessential story of punk. The series is currently in production, and will premiere on EPIX on March 11, 2019 at 10 PM.
Featuring original interviews with America’s punk pioneers and the U.K.’s most notorious bands, alongside a seamless blend of rare and unseen photos, gritty archival film and video, a crackling soundtrack of punk hits and misses, Punk explores the music, the fashion, the art and the DIY attitude of a subculture of self-described misfits and outcasts.
Iggy Pop joins the series as an executive producer, and adds his voice alongside exclusive interviews with luminaries such as artists Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols/Public Image Ltd./PiL), Marky Ramone (Ramones), Debbie Harry and Chris Stein (Blondie), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys/Alternative Tentacles), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters), as well as industry legends Danny Fields (Elektra Records), Legs McNeil (Please Kill Me/Punk Magazine), and filmmaker Penelope Spheeris (The Decline of Western Civilization, Wayne’s World), with more to be announced.
Said Varvatos, “Exploring and reliving the history of punk has been an absolute labor of love for me. Punk’s ability to transcend generations in its culture, music, and style is a story that needs to be told. So… Hey Ho Let’s Go!!”
“EPIX is thrilled to partner with John Varvatos, Iggy Pop, Derik Murray and the entire team on Punk,” said Michael Wright, President, EPIX. “Their rare insights, passion and unmatched talent have made this project an unforgettable journey, and we can’t wait to see this story unfold in the way that only this team can tell it.”
Punk is produced by Derik Murray and directed by Jesse James Miller.
ABOUT JOHN VARVATOS
John Varvatos has been recognized by the CFDA as Menswear Designer of the Year (June 2001 and June 2005) and was honored as GQ’s “Designer of the Year” in 2007. In October 2013, John released his first book entitled John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion, which documents the elements of rock style that are intrinsic in the music community. Further rooting the brand in music, John Varvatos formally launched John Varvatos Records in February 2014. In 2016, John was awarded the ICON Award for Social Impact for his conscience charitable work with The Stuart House Foundation and God’s Love We Deliver.
Varvatos grew up in Detroit – the music melting pot of America – where Motown, rock & roll, blues, jazz, and punk melded together during an unforgettable period in music history. At an early age, John was exposed to defining musicians, including The Who, Led Zeppelin, Detroit’s own MC5, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, and The Stooges.
ABOUT NETWORK ENTERTAINMENT
Network Entertainment’s documentaries and docu-series showcase the lives of the world’s most inspiring cultural icons and their endearing legacy. Our films have featured a compelling lineup of icons from the worlds of Music,Film,Comedy, Sports,Politics and Business. The Network brand of premium programming features outstanding casts and highly cinematic, richly crafted storytelling. Our productions are consistently embraced by both popular and critical acclaim garnering awards, record ratings and unparalleled media coverage. Network’s broadcast and distribution partners include: AHC, AMC, Discovery, CBC, CMT, CTV, Entertainment One, Epix, FremantleMedia, HBO Canada, History Channel, iTunes, Lionsgate, National Geographic, Paramount Network, Spike, Sundance TV, Thunderbird, TMN and YouTube Premium. Our work has been recognized by the Academy Awards, The Emmys, Realscreen Awards, The Gemini’s, The Leo’s, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Washington D.C. Silver Docs, Seattle International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Houston International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Banff Television Festival, and the International Film and Television Festival of New York. For additional information on Network Entertainment Inc., visit www.networkentertainment.ca
EPIX, an MGM company, is a premium television network delivering a broad line-up of quality original series and documentaries, the latest movie releases and classic film franchises – all available on TV, on demand, online and across devices. A destination for premium content, EPIX is tripling the amount of original programming on the network beginning in 2018, with a roster of original series including Get Shorty starring Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano, spy thrillers Berlin Station and Deep State, the return of Mark Burnett’s boxing competition series The Contender and late night stand-up comedy series Unprotected Sets from executive producer Wanda Sykes. In 2019, the network will premiere new series Godfather of Harlem starring Forest Whitaker, Pennyworth, the origin story of Batman’s butler Alfred, from DC, and Our Lady, LTD starring Sir Ben Kingsley. Launched in October 2009, EPIX is available nationwide through cable, telco, satellite and emerging digital distribution platforms providing more movies than any other network with thousands of titles available for streaming.