PAID IN FULL: THE BATTLE FOR PAYBACK (w/t)

Charting the systematic exploitation of Black artists by the music industry and explores what it would look like for Black artists to receive reparations.

With Executive Producers that include Idris and Sabrina Elba, the series documents documents the extent of the historic injustice suffered by Black artists, including the disparity of profits received by them, despite having created the records that have driven the fabric and culture of popular music.

Joining the dots between earlier decades in the story of the music industry, from jazz and rock and roll to soul and rap, the series will also look at racial inequality in the music industry both today and in the past.

Paid in Full: The Battle for Payback (w/t) will bring viewers all the way up to the present day, documenting the current state of play and will spotlight those who are fighting for change.

The series features contributions from legendary performers such as Smokey Robinson, Gloria Gaynor, Chaka Khan and Nile Rogers.

Also contributing as expert consultants are: MK Asante Jr, bestselling author, rapper, award-winning filmmaker and professor; Lawrence Lartey, Director of Innovation, Industry and Enterprise at Ravensbourne University, London who also works with the Obama Foundation on their My Brother’s Keeper initiative; and Professor Kevin J. Greene, one of the first legal scholars to examine the treatment of African American music under intellectual property law.

DURATION

3 x one hour

BROADCASTER

BBC, CBC Canada

YEAR OF PRODUCTION

2024

COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION

UK

Executive Producers

Idris Elba, Sabrina Elba, Greg Sanderson, Julie Bristow

Showrunner

David Upshal

Contributors

MK Asante Jr, Lawrence Lartey

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