‘Janet Jackson’ Team On How They Persuaded Superstar To Open Up For Docuseries – Contenders TV: Docs + Unscripted

pop superstar janet jackson He has revealed himself much more than before Life span,a and e documentary series apt title janet jackson,

The singer-actress reveals why her first marriage to James DeBurges failed (her drug use); her dream as a young woman (business pursuing law, not music); And why she advised Justin Timberlake to avoid public comment after the infamous Super Bowl halftime show of 2004, when he inadvertently ripped off Janet’s top, exposing her boobs (she wanted to protect her career) ).

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“Through this film, she’s been incredibly open and incredibly honest. And at times it’s been very difficult for her.” Benjamin Hirsch, director of the four-part series, noted during an appearance at the Contenders Television: Documentary + Unscripted event of Deadline. “I admire his honesty and his ability to do so.”

Jackson serves as an executive producer on the series. He tapped into a Manchester, England production company run by Workerbee. Rick Murrayto produce it.

“We met Janet five years ago. She lives in the UK a lot these days – she has family here – and through a joint we both knew we needed to go to behind the scenes footage of one of her tours and cover some Was told to do it,” Murray explained. “I sent my best director to Ben, and before he left I said in his ear … ‘With Janet we can do something big.’ And we both love making films, making feature documentaries, and we thought here’s a feature documentary from his life that hasn’t been told.”

Filming began in 2017. Hirsch says it took him a couple of weeks to gain Jackson’s trust so that he could ask her personal questions in a way that would provide compelling material for the series.

“For me, it was a little cheeky,” Hirsch recalled. “It was pushing my luck a little bit, which is really what I think she liked about me. The first interview I did with her, she said she only had 30 minutes and we chatted for three hours. .

Murray said, “There was no field or stone that Ben had left unturned, and I think she began to expect it from him.” Turning to Hirsch, he said: “You were persistent, and I think you always smiled. … Sometimes it was just waiting for that perfect moment, right? And you covered those topics. kept asking questions over and over again.”

Murray, Hirsch and their team also drew from a trove of exclusive material they shared with Jackson.

“He sent us 7,000 tapes and just said, ‘This is my personal collection,'” Murray revealed. “She recorded everything from rehearsals at the Super Bowl, through the recordings of what no one had seen before. [the music video] ‘Scream’ in studio recording rhythm nation, and no one had seen these tapes before. … it took us weeks and months to go through them.”

Watch back on Monday for the panel video, in which Murray explained why Jackson sent him “literally thousands of messages” via WhatsApp.