Gladys Knight’s life and times will be depicted onscreen in a new series executive produced by the music icon through her Empress of Soul Productions company. The acclaimed singer has collaborated with Cineflix Productions to create the project, which she hopes will be a reflection of her impact on the world and the entertainment landscape.
“At the age of 78, most people in my industry have retired, but I’m just getting started,” Knight said in a statement. “I’ve always been able to sing my stories.” I can now take advantage of this opportunity to demonstrate the meaning behind the words. Our collaboration with Cineflix, which will allow me to share my life story, will allow me to leave a legacy of hard work and dedication. That alone is more significant than any award I could ever receive. It is critical to leave large footprints in the right direction. This is why Empress of Soul Productions was established.”
J.C. Mills, President and Head of Content at Cineflix Productions, expressed her enthusiasm for the opportunity to assist Knight in sharing her world with the viewers who will tune in to watch the upcoming series.
“Gladys is a legend and true icon; her creative ambition and artistry are unparalleled,” Mills exclaimed. “Her life is a beautiful mosaic that we are honored to tell, spanning over five decades in music, film, television, and humanitarian efforts.”
In addition to Knight, McDowell, Joyce Miller Roy, William Bickley, Carl Buehl, Brian Bird, and Camille Tucker for Empress of Soul Productions, and J.C. Mills, Sherri Rufh, and Jeff Vanderwal for Cineflix Productions, will executive produce the scripted series.
Cineflix previously collaborated with fellow Motown alum Smokey Robinson on the Lifetime telemovie Miracle in Motor City, and the series will be formatted similarly to Netflix original series The Crown.
Knight is best known as the lead singer of Gladys Knight & The Pips, with whom she released her signature chart-topping hit “Midnight Train to Georgia” in 1973, earning her one of several Grammy Awards throughout her illustrious career. She is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has released over 38 studio albums as well as having a successful career in film and television. She won a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year in 1976 for her role in Pipe Dreams, and she most recently appeared in the 2021 film Coming 2 America.
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