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CNN Films picks up political doc “President in Waiting” from director Jeffrey Roth

CNN Films has acquired the North American linear television rights to Jeffrey Roth’s feature-length documentary President in Waiting, in which President-elect Joe Biden discusses his years under President Barack Obama. The film features intimate interviews with ...
November 19, 2020

CNN Films has acquired the North American linear television rights to Jeffrey Roth’s feature-length documentary President in Waiting, in which President-elect Joe Biden discusses his years under President Barack Obama.

The film features intimate interviews with all six living American Vice Presidents – Mike Pence, Dick Cheney, Al Gore, Dan Quayle, and Walter Mondale – that provide insights into their views on the power of the Vice Presidency, their years in the White House and how the role has evolved into one of the most powerful political offices in the world.

Also featured throughout are in-depth interviews with former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

President in Waiting will blend contemporary interviews, footage of events and archive materials that “document the central role of the men at the heart of American power.”

Roth produces the film alongside Paul Basta of Playground Productions. Stephen Beck is executive producer.

The deal was brokered by Josh Braun, Matt Burke and Ben Schwartz of Submarine Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers, and CNN Worldwide’s Stacey Wolf, SVP of business affairs, and Kelly MacLanahan, assistant general counsel, on behalf of CNN Films.

President in Waiting debuts Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN, and will also be made available to stream live via CNNgo and on the CNN mobile apps.

“Jeffrey Roth’s storytelling and his ability to bring this incredible cast of subjects together on film, make President in Waiting essential viewing,” said Courtney Sexton, SVP for CNN Films, in a statement. “Everyone wanting to better understand contemporary American history will want to see Jeffrey’s thoughtful film.”

Image courtesy of Playground Productions

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