History unveils 9/11 anniversary programming

The A+E Networks-owned channel is slated to mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks with a week of commemorative programming. (Pictured: 15 Septembers Later)
August 26, 2016

A+E Networks-owned channel History is slated to mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks with a week of commemorative programming.

Kicking off History’s coverage is the Left/Right Productions special 15 Septembers Later(pictured), which looks to offer new perspective into the 9/11 attacks through stories and information unearthed over the past 15 years.

The film features recently declassified materials and interviews with such key individuals as John Lehman, a former member of the 9/11 Commission; Major Heather Penney, an F-16 pilot assigned the task of intercepting Flight 93; Ben Sliney, an FAA exec who cleared American airspace to land every non-military plane; and White House photographer Eric Draper.

15 Septembers Later, which premieres September 5 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, will also highlight interviews with such government officials, journalists and eyewitnesses as former President George W. Bush, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former Vice President Dick Cheney, Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather.

Left/Right’s Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver serve as exec producers alongside co-exec producer Michael Mezaros. History’s Jason Sklaver is co-exec producer and director with Michael Stiller listed as exec producer.

Elsewhere, Left/Right’s America’s 9/11 Flag: Rise from the Ashes will investigate the disappearance of the iconic American flag raised by three New York City firefighters shortly after the attacks. The film will air on September 11 at 10:30 p.m. EST/PST.

Druckerman, Tarver and Brad Meltzer serve as exec producers for Left/Right with Mezaros and Tim McConville co-exec producing. History’s Michael Stiller is exec producer.

Additionally, the network will broadcast an updated edition of Siskel/Jacobs Productions’ Emmy-winning doc 102 Minutes That Changed America: 15th Anniversary, which chronicles the event as it unfolded. The revised film, which bows September 11 at 8 p.m. EST/PST, also includes new interviews along with those featured in the original doc.

Executive producers include Greg Jacobs, Jonathon Siskel, Susan Werbe, Allison Ferner and Michael Stiller. Nicole Rittenmeyer is producer. Additional anniversary content was produced by Every Hill Films.

History will also present a raft of original short form digital projects to stream across the network’s website, app and social accounts.

“History made a commitment to be at the forefront of commemorating the events that unfolded that day and the extraordinary recovery efforts that followed by documenting the stories of the first responders, government officials, members of the military, the media and eyewitnesses,” said Jana Bennett, president and GM of History, in a statement.

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