MIPCOM: Lightbox follows Marilyn Manson’s fall from grace in new C4 doc

MIPCOM: Lightbox follows Marilyn Manson’s fall from grace in new C4 doc

Marilyn MansonLightbox is in production on a new documentary series for Channel 4 examining the fall from grace of controversial musician Marilyn Manson. 

The three-part series, Marilyn Manson: Behind the Mask (w/t) is co-financed by Channel 4 and Fifth Season and produced in partnership with Rolling Stone Films.

It will launch to international buyers at MIPCOM 2023. 

The doc follows the singer – real name Brian Warner – as his controversial persona made headlines around the world as he rose to fame over two decades. 

In early 2021, several women accused Manson of sexual assault and within 24 hours he was dropped by his manager, his agent and his record company. Later that year, an article was published in Rolling Stone magazine containing further allegations, leading to a police raid and criminal investigation into Manson. 

To date, no charges have been made but civil cases are pending.

Lightbox was founded by Simon Chinn (Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man) and Jonathan Chinn (LA 92, Tina). Marilyn Manson: Behind the Mask is a Lightbox and Rolling Stone Films Production for Channel 4 in association with Fifth Season and Media Finance Capital. 


For Lightbox, the series director is Karen McGann, the series producer is Zoe Jewell, Nic Preston is line producer, Selina Ferguson is production executive, and the executive producers are Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn and Suzanne Lavery. Jason Fine and Gus Wenner are executive producers for Rolling Stone Films. It was commissioned by Sacha Mirzoeff at Channel 4. 

Lavery, SVP Unscripted, Lightbox said: “MARILYN MANSON: BEHIND THE MASK (w/t) tells the definitive story of the controversy surrounding the star, charting his career from its early days through to his being dropped by his manager, agent and record label as a result of the allegations made against him. In first hand testimony, we hear intimate accounts from his accusers, as well as those who robustly refute their allegations. 

“The series asks timely questions about how the music industry draws the line between rock n roll excess and transgressive behaviour and examines whether Manson’s constructed persona reflects the reality of the human being behind the performer, and what the future holds for the freedom of expression and the right to shock.”

Marilyn Manson photo credit @CultCoInc. 

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