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Tom Hanks to produce “The Sixties” for CNN

The Sixties, a coproduction between Herzog & Company and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's firm Playtone, will premiere in November with a 90-minute special marking the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination.
September 17, 2013

CNN has commissioned a 10-part documentary series about the 1960s from Herzog & Company (HCO), and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s firm Playtone.

The series, entitled The Sixties, will kick off in November with a 90-minute special called The Assassination of JFK (1963), which will mark the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.

It will then resume in April with episodes exploring the people, events and milestones that had a lasting impact on American culture. Subjects include the era’s music and technology, drugs, and the hippie movement.

“From protests to war, to human rights, The Beatles, innovative technologies, and politics, the 1960s were an extraordinary era of consequential cultural and global change,” said CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker in a statement.

“We are so pleased to partner with Tom, Gary and HCO to bring this very special series to our audience. Projects like this are emblematic of exactly the type of programming that we need more of, signifying a new direction and expanded sensibility at CNN.”

The Sixties will be executive produced by Hanks, Goetzman and Herzog & Company’s Mark Herzog.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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