Netflix to turn Dolly Parton’s songs into a series


The songs of country-music legend Dolly Parton will come to life in a new Netflix Inc. anthology series.

Each installment of the eight-episode series, expected in 2019, will be based on a classic Parton song. Time Warner Inc.’s TWX, +0.00%   Warner Bros. Television will produce the series.

“As a songwriter, I have always enjoyed telling stories through my music,” Parton said in a statement Tuesday. “I am thrilled to be bringing some of my favorite songs to life with Netflix. We hope our show will inspire and entertain families and folks of all generations.”

Parton will be executive producer of the series, and may appear in the episodes as well. The deal resembles one she signed with Comcast Corp.’s CMCSA, -0.67%   NBCUniversal in 2015, which produced made-for-TV movies inspired by her life and songs, including the NBC hit “Coat Of Many Colors.”

Parton is the latest big name to sign a deal with Netflix. The streaming giant recently inked a deal to create films and series with former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, and it has also lured TV hitmakers Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, as well as Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle, among others, to production deals.

Netflix shares NFLX, +1.10%   hit a third straight record high Tuesday, and have soared more than 90% so far this year, compared to the S&P 500’s SPX, +0.07%   2.8% gain.