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Discovery first off the block with Bin Laden death doc

U.S. cable network Discovery Channel has commissioned Bin Laden Dead, the first of an anticipated slew of quick turnaround documentaries looking at the death of the world's most infamous terrorist (pictured), to air May 15 at 10 p.m. EST.
May 3, 2011

U.S. cable network Discovery Channel has commissioned Bin Laden Dead, the first of an anticipated slew of quick turnaround documentaries looking at the death of the world’s most infamous terrorist, to air May 15 at 10 p.m. EST.

The tentatively titled hour-long special promises “an intimate, second-by-second account” of the military operation that led to the death of Osama Bin Laden (pictured above), from the gathering of intelligence in 2010 through to his burial at sea on Sunday.

“Bringing Osama Bin Laden to justice is one of the biggest stories of our country’s lifetime,” said Clark Bunting, president and general manager of the Discovery Channel. “Discovery Channel’s global reach, strong partnerships and unique non-fiction storytelling ability allow us to delve deep into this story and provide viewers with answers to the questions they are asking as well as context and historical perspective.”

Discovery said the doc would use “local reporters, fixers and cameras on the ground in Abbottabad, Pakistan” to look into the details of the black ops mission that resulted in Bin Laden’s death. The special will also investigate how intelligence agents gathered the information that led to the terrorist mastermind’s hideout, including the tracking of a senior Al Qaeda courier.

Encore airings of the doc will run on Discovery Channel’s sister networks – Military Channel, Science, Investigation Discovery and Planet Green – in the U.S., and the doc will also air internationally within Discovery’s portfolio of global networks.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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