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History commissions “Watergate” from Representational Pictures

A+E Network-owned History has commissioned a new original docuseries from Representational Pictures about the criminal conspiracy and corruption of politics of Watergate. The  series tells the story of June 17, 1972, when a ...
May 23, 2017

A+E Network-owned History has commissioned a new original docuseries from Representational Pictures about the criminal conspiracy and corruption of politics of Watergate.

The  series tells the story of June 17, 1972, when a security guard working at the Watergate office complex in Washington, DC called the police after noticing a door being repeatedly tapped open.

The police investigated and found five men who were in the process of installing surveillance and photographing documents in the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee. This incident sparked one of the biggest scandals in American history, one that brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon and sent over 40 people to jail.

It’s a story that also touches on Vietnam, the unrest of the 1960s, a near World War, the opening of China and the moment when people in both political parties came together to bring down the White House.

The docuseries will feature interviews with journalists, senior Nixon Administration officials, members of Congress, and prosecutors. The material will be interwoven with existing archival material including the taped conversations recorded by Nixon and other members of his administration, footage from Congressional hearings, interviews conducted during the investigation, transcripts from criminal trials and Supreme Court arguments other legal proceedings, and written first-person accounts from people involved in the scandal.

Nuance Communications, a leading voice recognition, language processing and AI firm, is performing, for the first time, advanced computer analysis of the Nixon White House tapes which may reveal new information.

Watergate is produced by Representational Pictures for History. Charles Ferguson is director and producer and Krista Parris is the producer. Jana Bennett is executive producer. Molly Thompson and Michael Stiller are executive producers for History.

Image via the National Archives and Records Administration, public domain/CC0

 

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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