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The Greatest Night in Pop

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On January 28, 1985, dozens of the biggest names in music convened at a studio in Los Angeles, checked their egos at the door and recorded a song to benefit African famine relief that would alter global pop culture history. The Greatest Night in Pop chronicles the massive undertaking to assemble the world’s most impressive supergroup in a world before cell phones and email. That group of artists — led by the song’s co-writers and two of the most significant musicians of the 20th century — Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie — came from different worlds but united to record “We Are the World.” Featuring never-before-seen footage, the film details the early planning stages, including the writing sessions with Richie and Jackson, and goes inside the famed Henson Studios where “We Are the World” was recorded. Many of the artists who were there that legendary evening -- Richie, Bruce Springsteen, Smokey Robinson, Cyndi Lauper, Kenny Loggins, Dionne Warwick, and Huey Lewis -- reminisce alongside musicians, engineers, and production crew about one of the most storied nights in music history.
Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2024 - Special Screenings - World premiere


Type of film
Bao Nguyen
Julia Nottingham, Lionel Richie, Bruce Eskowitz, Larry Kelin, Harriet Sternberg, George Hencken
Terry Leonard, Kent Kubena
Executive Producer
Amit Dey, Angus Wall, Becky Read, Paul Brownstein
Nic Zimmerman, Will Znidaric, David Brodie
Director of Photography
Caleb Heller
Production Designer
Hanrui Wang
Goh Nakamura, Darren Morze
Archive producer
Lina Caicedo, Jackie Clary, Melissa Jacobson
Music supervisor
Gary Welch

Production status


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Last updated 25th January 2024

Production Company

UK, US co-production

Dorothy Street Pictures
+44 203 9766670 phone

Production partners: Republic Pictures, MRC, MakeMakeEntertainment


Distributor: Netflix