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Gretchen Carlson inks overall deal with A+E Networks

Journalist Gretchen Carlson is returning to television by way of an overall partnership with A+E Networks to create and host a number of documentary specials that will be developed by A+E ...
April 24, 2018

Journalist Gretchen Carlson is returning to television by way of an overall partnership with A+E Networks to create and host a number of documentary specials that will be developed by A+E Originals, the network’s newly minted non-fiction content development division.

Carlson – the former Fox News anchor who sued her late boss, Roger Ailes for alleged sexual harassment in the workplace – has become a leader in the #MeToo movement, and wrote a book about her experience, titled Be Fierce. 

Now she’s coming to A+E Networks to work on three documentary specials, including Lifetime’s tentatively titled The Brave with Gretchen Carlson. The project will focus on the untold stories of everyday working women who are also saying #MeToo.

Other specials in the series will focus on inspirational stories of every day Americans.

Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat, Liz Gateley and Gretchen Carlson will serve as executive producers.  Executive producers for Lifetime are Gena McCarthy and Brie Bryant.

“We need to shine a light on the predators and their enablers, rather than ostracizing and blacklisting the innocent victims whose dreams and careers have been destroyed,” said Carlson in a statement.

The collaboration with Carlson marks another major deal for A+E Originals on the heels of their recently announced partnerships with Leah Remini and Elizabeth Vargas.

A+E Originals will develop long-form series, specials and documentaries in all genres for distribution across the A+E portfolio and third-party entities. The division is spearheaded by Paul Buccieri, president of A+E Networks Portfolio Group and A+E Studios; and Steve Ascher, who serves as VP of A+E Originals.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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