John Maggio‘s feature-length documentary on influential Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee will receive its television debut when it airs across premium cabler HBO this December.
A copro between HBO and Kunhardt Films, The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee will document the personal life and career of the pioneering journalist. Stricken with polio as a young boy in Boston, Bradlee would go onto a career that encompassed the most critical moments of the second half of the 20th century, including taking down U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1974 after breaking the Watergate story.
Told primarily in Bradlee’s own words, the film will feature previously unseen home movies, photographs and archival footage. The doc will also include interviews with Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Henry Kissinger, Norman Lear, Tom Brokaw, Robert Redford and Sally Quinn, among others.
The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee will premiere across HBO on Dec. 4, and will be made available via HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO on Demand and affiliate portals.
The documentary is executive produced by Peter Kunhardt and Richard Cohen, with Teddy Kunhardt and George Kunhardt producing. Sophie Goulding and Quinn Bradlee are co-producers. HBO’s Jacqueline Glover is senior producer and Sheila Nevins executive producer.