A&E Network has greenlit five all-new Biography specials celebrating the careers of some of hard rock’s greatest legends. Produced by Banger Films under the award-winning “Biography” banner, the specials will celebrate icons including Alice Cooper, Bret Michaels, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, Sammy Hagar, and Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach. Set to premiere in late 2023, each documentary will feature exclusive interviews with each of the artists and those closest to them as well as archival footage and audio. The specials will go behind the scenes and give a backstage pass to the artists’ journeys to fame, legendary careers, and iconic music that defined the genre then and now.
“Biography: Alice Cooper”
Shock rock, hard rock, amazing rock – Alice Cooper has been described as the father of it all. The one-hour documentary “Biography: Alice Cooper” explores the highs and lows of an incredible journey and genre defining musician. From a kid with asthma in Detroit who had an obsession with art and performance to one of the most celebrated characters in music history to the challenges of addiction that turned the man into a character with the desire to offend, the documentary delves into the incredible career and legacy of a rock icon.
“Biography: Bret Michaels”
“Biography: Bret Michaels” chronicles how a boy from small-town Pennsylvania become a pop culture icon and one of the most recognizable faces in America. The two-hour documentary explores how grit and determination turned Bret Michaels into the ultimate front man of Poison, how he struggled to keep the band together, survived several near-death experiences, and embarked on a remarkable series of business ventures. From “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels,” to winning “Celebrity Apprentice,” the documentary showcases how his journey propelled him toward immense success both as a member of a band and a celebrated solo artist.
“Biography: Dee Snider”
“Biography: Dee Snider” shares the untold story of how Snider went from a high school choir boy to one of the most recognized faces in hard rock. The one-hour documentary depicts the disappointment of record label rejection and how this rejection ultimately led him to write the hit song, “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Viewers are taken on a whirlwind adventure as they find out just how far success would fuel Snider’s ego before things started to go wrong.
“Biography: Sammy Hagar”
“Biography: Sammy Hagar” traces Hagar’s path to fame, beginning as a poverty-stricken child, to the lead singer of the band Montrose, to launching a successful solo career, and ultimately joining Van Halen. The documentary explores how Hagar helped Van Halen get their first ever number one hit, finally uncovers what led a band that was on the top of world to suddenly split apart, and how Hagar has continued to leave his mark on the hard rock genre.
“Biography Sebastian Bach”
“Biography: Sebastian Bach” outlines how a small-town kid from Canada became the ultimate bad boy of hard rock. From a job offer as a rock front man at age 14 to a last-minute wedding invitation that led to him meeting the Bon Jovi family and joining Skid Row, the one-hour documentary explores the highs and lows of Bach’s incredible career.
The hard rock legend Biography specials are produced for A&E Network by Banger Films in association with Category 6 Media. Co-directors are Sam Dunn and Marc Ricciardelli. Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen serve as executive producers for Banger Films. Rick Krim is also an executive producer. Stephen Mintz is an executive producer for Category 6 Media. Executive Producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson.
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About Category 6 Media
CATEGORY 6 MEDIA™ specializes in the development and production of premium unscripted series and specials for the A+E Networks portfolio and the global marketplace. The CATEGORY 6 MEDIA™ group is currently developing and producing programming across multiple genres including true crime series, premium documentaries, limited series, quick turn specials, and podcasts.
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