A&E IndieFilms has picked up the feature-length documentary Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes, executive produced by Academy- and Emmy Award-winning director Alex Gibney.
Directed by Alexis Bloom (Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds), the film will chart American cultural and political life from the 1950s up to the present day, as told through the successive triumph and precipitous downfall of Fox News founder Roger Ailes, who died in May 2017 at the age of 77.
Serving as the “emotional heart” of the film will be various accounts from women at Fox News who came forward with allegations of the media giant’s workplace sexual harassment. Ailes led Fox News for two decades before his ouster on July 21, 2016 in the face of mounting pressure to resign from his post at the network.
As previously reported by realscreen, Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions will produce the film in association with Baird Films. Impact Partners and Baird Films are co-financing the project.
Bloom and Will Cohen are producers.
Executive producers on the film include Molly Thompson, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Robert Sharenow (A&E IndieFilms); Alex Gibney and Stacey Offman (Jigsaw Productions); and Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin, Regina K. Scully, Geralyn White Dreyfous and Maiken Baird.
Cinetic Media will handle sales for the film.
Following a film festival and theatrical run, Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes will make its world television premiere on A&E.
“Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes is a fascinating look at a man who was at times brilliant and at times divisive, but whose impact on American politics and media will be felt for generations to come,” said Molly Thompson, SVP of feature films at A+E Networks, in a statement. “This film is highly relevant for the times we are living in and sheds light on how we got where we are today.”