HBO, Scorsese unite for Bill Clinton doc

U.S. pay-TV network HBO and director Martin Scorsese are partnering for a documentary on William Jefferson Clinton (pictured), the 42nd U.S. President.
December 17, 2012

U.S. pay-TV network HBO and director Martin Scorsese are partnering for a documentary on William Jefferson Clinton (pictured), the 42nd U.S. President.

The documentary is being made with Clinton’s full cooperation, the network said, and will explore his perspectives on history, politics, culture and the world, with Scorsese producing and directing, and Steve Bing producing.

The production marks Scorsese’s fourth collaboration with HBO, following the documentaries Public Speaking (2010), and the Emmy-winning George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011), and the drama series Boardwalk Empire, on which he serves as an executive producer.

In a joint statement, HBO CEO Richard Plepler and programming president Michael Lombardo said: “President Clinton is one of the most compelling figures of our time, whose world view and perspective, combined with his uncommon intelligence, make him a singular voice on the world stage.

“This documentary, under Marty’s gifted direction, creates a unique opportunity for the President to reflect on myriad issues that have consumed his attention and passion throughout both his Presidency and post-Presidency.”

Scorsese added that Clinton was “a towering figure who remains a major voice” in world issues.

“President Clinton continues to shape the political dialogue both here and around the world,” he added. “Through intimate conversations, I hope to provide greater insight into this transcendent figure.”

And President Clinton added: “I am pleased that legendary director Martin Scorsese and HBO have agreed to do this film. I look forward to sharing my perspective on my years as President, and my work in the years since, with HBO’s audience.”

The news comes after Emmy and Peabody Award-winning director Barak Goodman produced the four-hour doc Clinton, which premiered to acclaim in two parts on PBS’s ‘American Experience’ in February this year. The doc earlier this month landed a WGA award nomination.

Clinton served as America’s leader from 1993 to 2001, in the process becoming the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice.



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