Lou Pearlman managed some of the most successful bands of the past 25 years including Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and O-Town, but underneath Pearlman’s successful and charismatic façade was a criminal. ABC News’ “20/20” dives into his past including his role in running one of the biggest Ponzi schemes ever, swindling investors and banks out of hundreds of millions of dollars; and the lawsuits brought against him – by almost all musicians he managed – for fraud and misrepresentation. “20/20” features interviews with *NSYNC’s Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick, and O-Town’s Jacob Underwood, Erik-Michael Estrada, Trevor Penick and Dan Miller, who open up about working with Pearlman and reflect on his personality and his role in their lives. “20/20” also explores Pearlman’s early career and his blimp business, how he first got involved in the boy band scene and how he led authorities on an international manhunt. “20/20” airs Friday, Dec. 13 (9:00 – 11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC.
“20/20” is anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach. David Sloan is senior executive producer.