BEATLES: Not So Fast, NBC
The mini-series that NBC is said to be planning on The Beatles is not yet set in stone due to questions about music rights — and a similar project being developed by Sony Pictures Television.
Marty Bandier, who runs Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which owns all but six of the songs credited to John Lennon and Paul McCartney, says, “About six months ago, we were working with Sony Pictures TV on a show centered around the journey of The Beatles…We hadn’t taken the next step, which is to reach out to the Beatles. The proposal is still on the table.”
He also says, “NBC couldn’t produce a show without the songs, and we can’t produce a show without approaching the Beatles for their likeness rights.”