The first documentary special to emerge from a partnership between Zig Zag Productions and The National Enquirer will focus on singer Whitney Houston, who died at the weekend.
Houston, famed for hits such as I Will Always Love you and One Moment in Time, was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room aged 48.
Her career was overshadowed by drug addiction and a turbulent marriage to fellow singer Bobby Brown. No foul play is suspected in her death.
UK indie Zig Zag and The National Enquirer magazine announced a tie-up last month and the companies are already working on a factual series following The Enquirer’s journalists.
The new project will delve into stories about Houston’s drug taking, marriage and family life.
Leila Monks, VP commercial and current production at Zig Zag, said: “Whitney’s death sees the end of one of the greatest talents of our time – we want to tell her true story.”
Elsewhere, cablenets in the US and Australia are already rushing out Houston content in tribute to the star.
A two-hour interview with Houston by talkshow legend Oprah Winfrey will air this week in both territories.
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will air the interview, filmed in September 2009, on Thursday February 16 at 21.00 (ET/PT).
In Australia, Foxtel’s Bio channel will air the same programme this Thursday at 20.30. This will be followed by her performance at the Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Celebration at 22.30 and her biography at 19.30 on Saturday February 18.
MTV Hits and MTV Jams have been airing non-stop Houston videos over the weekend and Hits is going commercial-free for 24 hours from 13.00 (ET) today to celebrate her life.
MTV News will air a tribute Whitney Houston: In Her Own Words later this week. VH1 will air Whitney Houston: Death of a Diva tonight at 21.30 today, featuring reactions from the music industry, and VH1 News Presents Whitney Houston’s Greatest Moments on Thursday February 16 at 23.00.
Viacom-owned BET Networks is using its flagship music programme 106 & Park to pay tribute in a three-hour episode tonight at 18.00.
And Lifetime will show a re-run of 1992 film The Bodyguard, starring Houston and Kevin Costner, at 20.00 (ET/PT) today.