Kanye West, Adele, Eminem, Black Sabbath, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, LL Cool J, Kid Rock, and Slayer. Aside from making for one helluva concert and/or jam band, there's one one thing – or in this case, one person – who connects them all: legendary music producer Rick Rubin, the subject of Showtime Documentary Films' Shangri-La. Using Rubin's iconic studio in Malibu as the backdrop, the cable network's four-part docu-series focuses on creative conversation and the emotional side of music-making.
Stemming from Rubin, Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Morgan Neville (Won't You Be My Neighbor, 20 Feet From Stardom), and director Jeff Malmberg (Marwencol), Showtime's Shangri-La premieres on Friday, July 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. New episodes will be released on Showtime weekly – though all four episodes will be available immediately on July 12 for on-demand streaming, via the Showtime and Showtime Anytime apps as well as partnering on-demand platforms. Neville directed the first two episodes of the series, with the final two directed by Malmberg.
Rick Rubin's mark on the music scene has been indelible since he co-founded Def Jam Records while enrolled at New York University in the '80s, helping to launch the careers of Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys and Run-DMC under the label.
As a music producer and record label head, Rubin has produced critically acclaimed and multi-platinum albums in almost every musical genre, with credits including Kanye West, Adele, Eminem, Black Sabbath, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, LL Cool J, Kid Rock, Slayer and the Avett Brothers.
Rubin has won the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year multiple times, along with countless other Grammys for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Country Album of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, Contemporary Folk Album and Best Metal Performance.
Showtime's Shangri-La is a Tremolo production. Neville, Rubin, Malmberg, Danny Breen, Michael Goldberg, Isaac Heymann, Eric Lynn, Diana Schmedeman, and Jason Schrift serve as executive producers.