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Discovery turns lens on White House chiefs of staff

The U.S. network and directors Gedeon and Jules Naudet are to examine the never-before-heard backroom debates that were integral to key moments in America's political history, in a special featuring interviews with former chiefs of staff such as Rahm Emanuel, Donald Rumsfeld and James A. Baker III.
March 28, 2012

U.S. net Discovery Channel is to air a special about the White House chiefs of staff called The Gatekeepers in 2013.

Directed by brothers Gedeon and Jules Naudet (9/11, In God’s Name) and produce by Chris Whipple (60 Minutes) and White House photographer David Hume Kennedy, the program will shed light on the never-before-heard backroom bargains and heated debates that were integral to key moments throughout history.

The Gatekeepers will span nine presidencies and feature interviews with former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush, as well as former chiefs of staff including Rahm Emanuel, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, James A. Baker III, John Sununu and Mack McLarty.

Topics that will be covered in the program include: former first lady Nancy Reagan’s astrologer, the Cold War, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s heart attack, the Iran hostage crisis, and former FBI head J. Edgar Hoover.

The Gatekeepers is being produced for Discovery Channel by Goldfish Pictures Inc. and CCWHIP Productions. Executive Producers for Goldfish are Gedeon and Jules Naudet; and Chris Whipple is the EP for CCWHIP Productions. Brooke Runnette is the executive producer for Discovery Channel.

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