*Amazon has teamed with Grammy-winning hip-hop collective The Roots and their Passyunk Productions to develop an animated children’s series, “South Street Sounds” (working title), as well as a live-action children’s program.
Both projects will be executive produced by The Roots’ Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, their manager Shawn Gee (Soundclash) for Philly Films, and Brian Sher (Boss) for Category 5 Entertainment, according to Deadline.com.
Written by Becky Friedman (PBS’ “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”) and featuring music by The Roots, “South Street Sounds” follows three friends growing up in the most musical of neighborhoods, where the birds tweet to a beat, every shop-keeper, pizza-maker and crossing guard dance perfectly in time, and having a bad day means literally singing the blues. With such musical surroundings, it’s only natural that these three friends have formed a band called “South Street.” Together, creative-scatterbrain Zora, future-entrepreneur Nick, and disaster-averse Tyson, pride themselves on playing gigs for any occasion: no event is too big or too small!
So far, no details have been released about the live-action series.
“As we venture into the world that is film and television production, we couldn’t think of a better partner than Amazon to help us develop these first two children’s projects,” stated Questlove.
Added Black Thought, “Our love for music started as young kids, and we hope to inspire a generation of future artists, musicians and music fans through the stories we tell and the music they hear on these shows.”