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Freeform, ABC News’ “Nightline” line up Parkland doc

Disney–ABC Television Group-owned cable network Freeform has partnered with ABC News’ Nightline on a documentary that provides insight into the aftermath of the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas ...
April 20, 2018

Disney–ABC Television Group-owned cable network Freeform has partnered with ABC News’ Nightline on a documentary that provides insight into the aftermath of the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The hour-long For Our Lives: Parkland will feature footage captured by ABC News reporters documenting a group of students who have been leading a campaign of gun control since the Valentine’s Day shooting that left 17 teachers and pupils dead. The program, marks the first-ever partnership between Freeform and ABC News’ Nightline.

Hosted by journalist Elaine Welteroth, the special offers audiences an in-depth look into the student-led meetings with state lawmakers, the resumption of classes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for the first time since the shooting, the national school walk-outs, culminating with the “March For Our Lives” in Washington D.C.

The project will also feature a series of “explainers” from media company ATTN: that provide context to issues and conversations addressed by these student activists. The four fact-based interstitials will “address topics such as the state of gun laws in America, semi-automatic weapons, and the importance of young adult involvement in the decisions of our country,” the network said in a press release.

For Our Lives: Parkland premieres April 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform.

Jeanmarie Condon¬†serves as senior executive producer with ABC News’ Steven Baker as executive producer. Eric Johnson¬†is supervising producer.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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