CNN teams with Redford for “Chicagoland”

The docuseries, exec produced by Robert Redford, Laura Michalchyshyn and Brick City's Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin, will follow Chicago politicians and residents as they work together to revitalize the city.
May 8, 2013

CNN is bringing Chicagoland, a docuseries from Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn’s Sundance Productions and Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin’s BCTV, to air in 2014.

The eight-part series will document efforts by Chicago’s mayor, his team, and city residents to improve its public education system, as well as neighborhood and youth safety, in the aftermath of the economic collapse of 2008.

Redford and Michalchyshyn launched their prodco a little over a year ago, with its most recent effort, All the President’s Men Revisited, airing on Discovery in late April of this year. It was produced in association with Partisan Pictures.

Levin and Benjamin, meanwhile, are the team behind Brick City, which aired on Sundance Channel and was the recipient of a Peabody Award, a Cine Golden Eagle Award and a realscreen Factual Entertainment Award. Like the upcoming series, Brick City documented the efforts of a mayor and city residents – in this instance, Newark and its mayor Cory Booker – to revitalize their community.

“The vibrant culture and opportunities inherent in this 21st century, world-class city run alongside profound daily challenges,” said Redford in a statement. “Much of it falls on the shoulders of its tough, visionary mayor, his team and people doing heroic work in neighborhoods throughout the city.

“Chicago has always had a rhythm all its own. It’s a city that wears its heart on its sleeve and I am honored to be a part of telling this story,” he added.

“CNN is thrilled to collaborate with the team that brought the award-winning Brick City to television, and producers Redford and Michalchyshyn, to spotlight this groundbreaking story,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide. “Chicagoland will be shared with CNN’s global audience – and supported by supplemental reporting on the critical issues explored in the series.”

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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 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.