ACTOR AND BIKER-ENTHUSIAST NORMAN REEDUS HITS THE OPEN ROAD IN SIX, ONE-HOUR EPISODES TO EXPLORE MOTORCYCLE CULTURE AND ITS HISTORY
NEW YORK, NY – October 29, 2015 – AMC announced today that it has greenlit the non-fiction series “Ride with Norman Reedus” (working title), which will debut in 2016. Six one-hour episodes will follow actor and biker-enthusiast Reedus as he takes viewers on a ride on the open road to explore local motorcycle culture and its history and celebrate some of the best and brightest collectors, mechanics and motorcycle craftsmen around the country. The series is produced by Left/Right Productions.
Each episode of “Ride” will begin in a different city where Reedus and his riding companion – a fellow actor, musician, friend, or local chopper fanatic who shares his passion for motorcycles – will journey to a new destination. Along the way, they will stop at various locales such as custom bike shops, tattoo parlors, collector’s warehouses, or a roadside smokehouse…with plenty of time for unplanned detours and tire changes. The series will also showcase different types of motorcycles each week including vintage, minis and cruisers.
“We love being the home of people’s passion projects, and there is nobody more passionate about motorcycles than Norman Reedus,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “He is an avid rider and aficionado who is deeply immersed in motorcycle culture. There is also nobody more fun to hang out with. This show will bring those two elements together for a weekly ride into the incredible world of motorcycles and the people who live and breathe them.”
“Norman’s interest in motorcycle culture and his natural ability to make friends wherever the road takes him are just two of the key ingredients that make this show so exciting for us,” said Ken Druckerman, co-president of Left/Right. “We look forward to taking viewers on a fun, imaginative, and revealing ride.”
“I’m incredibly excited and thankful to AMC for giving me the opportunity to share a passion of mine with our fans, and hopefully a whole new audience. I had a lot of fun filming and exploring, and I hope it shows,” said Reedus.
“Ride with Norman Reedus” is executive produced by Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver (“This American Life,” “Small Town Security,” “Odd Mom Out”). The series joins a slate of compelling and entertaining non-fiction programming that sits organically side-by-side with AMC’s iconic scripted series. AMC’s first docu-drama series, “The Making of The Mob: New York,” returns with a second cycle in 2016 focusing on Al Capone in “The Making of The Mob: Chicago.” In addition, AMC recently announced a greenlight of the documentary series “The American West” from executive producers Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn with Sundance Productions and Stephen David Entertainment. Fan favorites “Talking Dead” and “Comic Book Men” also continue their successful runs. Overseeing “Ride with Norman Reedus” from AMC are Eliot Goldberg, senior vice president of non-fiction and alternative programming, and Marco Bresaz, vice president of non-fiction and alternative programming.
Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade, or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row with “Mad Men,” and six of the last eight with back-to-back honoree “Breaking Bad.” The network boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last three years with “The Walking Dead.” AMC’s current original drama series include “The Walking Dead,” “Better Call Saul,” “Hell on Wheels,” “TURN: Washington’s Spies,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” “Humans,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” and the forthcoming “Into the Badlands,” “The Night Manager,” “Broke” and “Preacher.” AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like “Talking Dead,” “The Making of The Mob,” “Comic Book Men” and the upcoming “The American West.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.
LEFT/RIGHT has produced hundreds of hours of television in an extraordinarily eclectic mix of genres ranging from hard-hitting documentaries to side-splitting docu-series, single-camera sitcoms to multi-camera melodramas, and everything in between. Past and present projects range from This American Life (Showtime), the Emmy Award-winning television adaptation of the popular public radio show…to Mob Wives (VH1), the hit series about a group of women who are married to the mob…to Small Town Security (AMC), the surreal and stranger-than-fiction comedy series about a private security business like no other. Our scripted productions include the comedies Odd Mom Out (Bravo) and Donny! (USA). The company’s documentary unit produces features and specials for networks such as PBS, History, Discovery, and many others. Our shows have been nominated for over a dozen Emmy Awards and have won multiple awards, including the Emmy for Best Nonfiction Series. Left/Right is part of the Red Arrow Entertainment Group, an international production and distribution company. For more information, visit www.leftright.tv.
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