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Extra: CNN’s Jimmy Carter doc gets Jan. debut; “Tough as Nails” format goes global

CNN Films to air Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President in January  WarnerMedia news network CNN will premiere Mary Wharton’s feature-length documentary Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President in the new year. The 95-minute film (pictured), ...
November 11, 2020

CNN Films to air Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President in January 

WarnerMedia news network CNN will premiere Mary Wharton’s feature-length documentary Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President in the new year.

The 95-minute film (pictured), which closed the AFI Docs Film Festival in June, chronicles the role popular music played in propelling a relatively unknown candidate from Georgia to the White House, and the role that music played in Jimmy Carter’s life and work.

Produced by Not Just Peanuts, the doc provides insight into how the 39th President of the United States utilized music to help define his administration while also forming lifelong bonds with renowned musicians including Bob Dylan, Gregg Allman, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash and Willie Nelson.

Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President premieres Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN, and will also be made available to stream for subscribers via CNNgo and on the CNN mobile apps.

The project is produced by Chris Farrell and Dave Kirkpatrick. Executive producers include Dan Braun, Peter Conlon, David Crawford and Wharton.

Image courtesy of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library 

Fremantle, ViacomCBS ink Tough as Nails format deal

Global producer-distributor Fremantle has inked a multi-territory format deal with ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group for the CBS original format Tough as Nails.

The competition series, recently picked up for a second season, is a competition series which tests the strength, endurance, agility and mental fortitude of individuals who are tough as a result of their physically demanding everyday jobs.

Fremantle has acquired the format rights in territories including Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

Tough as Nails was created by Emmy Award-winning producer Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race) and Louise Keoghan for U.S. commercial broadcaster CBS.

Its launch in July served as CBS’ highest new reality format launch since 2015.

ZDF Enterprises sells Great Inventions globally

ZDF Enterprises, the commercial and distribution arm of German pubcaster ZDF, has secured a number of sales for its landmark innovation series Great Inventions with broadcasters across the globe.

Produced by Off the Fence, Doc Station, World Media Rights and K22, the 35 x 50-minute series offers insight into the development of life-altering inventions, including batteries, beer, cars, computer games, glass, roller coasters, suspension bridges, X-rays and much more.

International broadcasters to acquire the series include Sweden’s SVT; Russia’s TV Kultura; AMC Chello in Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic; Spain’s Telefonica Audiovisual Digital; Austria’s Servus TV; and Germany’s ZDF.info.

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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