CNN buys “Escape Fire”

CNN's chief medical correspondent will host an on-air discussion immediately after the U.S. net's premiere of Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (pictured) later this month.
March 1, 2013

U.S. net CNN has acquired the U.S. TV broadcast rights for Matthew Heineman’s doc Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (pictured).

The two-hour film, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and received honors at the 2012 Silverdocs and Full Frame festivals, looks at the U.S. healthcare system.

It was produced and directed by Heineman and Susan Froemke, and picked up for distribution by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate. It will debut on CNN in the States on March 10 at 8 p.m. EST, repeating at 11 p.m.

CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta will moderate a 30-minute discussion following the premiere, focusing on how Americans can cut through red tape “to save money and increase their access to healthcare.”

Heineman said: “CNN is the perfect place to release Escape Fire to spark an honest and important dialogue about the future of healthcare.”

Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, added: “CNN Films is very pleased to bring this documentary to television. The physical health of our nation and the cost of healthcare, impact every current fiscal challenge we face.

“This compelling film gives us an explanation of some of the factors that have contributed to our broken system and explains why we urgently need to fix it.”

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