Los Angeles, 12 July, 2019: Actor Darren Criss is set to play the lead in musical comedy series “Royalties” for Quibi.

The “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” star will also executive produce and write songs for the show, reported Deadline.

Described as a “satirical take on the oft-untold story of songwriters behind the world’s biggest hits”, the show will follow the ascent of a ragtag songwriting duo Sara and Pierce (Criss) as they navigate the strange and hilarious challenges of creating a truly great song, week after week.

In every episode, real-life entertainment personalities will be making appearances, portraying fictional music stars.

The show is backed by Gail Berman’s newly launched banner SideCar.

Apart from Criss, the project will be executive produced by Nick and Matt Lang, Berman, Hend Baghdady, Joe Earley and Ricky Rollins.

Quibi, co-founded by Hollywood heavyweight Jeffrey Katzenberg and former HP CEO Meg Whitman, is set to launch next year.

The streaming service has already lined-up an impressive slate of projects in collaboration with celebs like Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Lopez, Idris Elba, Chrissy Teigen, Lena Waithe, Don Cheadle, Tyra Banks and Lorne Michaels.

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