NBC Greenlights Songwriter Competition ‘Songland,’ With Shane McAnally And Ryan Tedder

NBC has green lighted the upcoming songwriter competition Songland, ordering an 11-episode first season of the series. Songland will offer undiscovered songwriters a chance to create a hit song. The first episode will include singer-songwriter-producer Shane McAnally, as well as OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, recording artist Charlie Puth, and songwriter Ester Dean.

Each episode will offer five contestants the chance to work with producers and an artist on new music, and one winner per episode will have his or her song released as an artist’s next single, according to NBC. The series is executive produced by Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart.

Songland will be produced by Live Animals in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio, Dave Stewart Entertainment and 222 Productions. Levine and 222 Productions are represented by Irving Azoff, Adam Harrison for management and WME for film and television.

“Songwriters shape the anthems and tell the stories of each generation, and now we’re pulling back the curtain on the collaborative process and opening the door for new talent to emerge,” said Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio. “While filming our first episode, the excitement was palpable as we witnessed the creative direction of our panelists transform and elevate the music right before our eyes. Without a doubt, Songland will inspire music lovers and give us all a greater appreciation for the songs we love.”

The series is currently seeking submissions at songlandcasting.com.


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