Lifetime and A&E will broadcast the two-hour documentary “TLC Forever” on Saturday, June 3rd at 8PM ET/PT. This feature length doco chronicles the journey of the most successful female group in American music history, who have left an indelible mark on popular culture with their music, message and style.
T-Boz and Chilli narrate their story for the first time in this documentary, which is directed by Matthew Kay and executive-produced by Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams (The Apollo) and his production company One Story Up, alongside Emmy® Award-winning producer Geoff Martz.
TLC was founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1990 by Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins. With over 85 million records sold worldwide, 35 awards, and nine top ten songs (including four number ones with “Creep,” “Waterfalls,” “No Scrubs,” and “Unpretty”), the trio found considerable success. They have also had nine singles in the top ten, won four Grammys, five MTV Video Music Awards, and five Soul Train Music Awards.
But, they have encountered several obstacles on their way. They have encountered darkness, controversy and tragedy, as well as internal fallouts, external attacks, bankruptcy and illness. Left Eye’s untimely death in 2002 was a shock to everyone. As a result, the band was thrown into a tailspin of despair and confusion, and they felt betrayed by the entertainment industry despite their widespread acclaim. TLC have overcome all their challenges with strength, love, and unity. They plan to start a new tour in the summer of 2023.
Roger Ross Williams is a documentary director who has achieved a great deal of success in the past decade. His work includes HBO’s The Apollo, which won an Emmy® in 2020 for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, the Emmy-nominated VR Experience Travelling While Black, and the Academy Award-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning Life, Animated. Notably, Williams was the first African American director to win an Academy Award for his film Music By Prudence.
Recently, Kay has directed and shot a variety of projects for broadcasters such as BBC and platforms like Netflix. His documentary Little Miss Sumo was acquired by Netflix.
TLC Forever is produced by One Story Up and Lauren Fulton for Lifetime and A&E Network. Executive producers for One Story Up are Roger Ross Williams and Geoff Martz. Executive producers for TLC are Tionne Watkins, Rozonda Thomas, Bill Diggins for Diggit Entertainment Group, and Rick Krim. Executive Producers for A+E Networks are Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson. Williams is one of the executive producers on this project.
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