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“Deadliest Catch” producer Original Productions preps Dan Rather doc

Fremantle’s Original Productions (OP) is partnering with Wavelength, Anchor Entertainment and The Kennedy/Marshall Company on a feature-length documentary about journalism and the life of legendary media figure Dan Rather. Through conversations ...
April 9, 2021

Fremantle’s Original Productions (OP) is partnering with Wavelength, Anchor Entertainment and The Kennedy/Marshall Company on a feature-length documentary about journalism and the life of legendary media figure Dan Rather.

Through conversations with Rather (pictured), the film will take a close look into his more than 60-year career and examine the evolution of American journalism through the personal lens of Rather, an Emmy, Peabody and Edward R. Murrow award winner.

The Dan Rather documentary will be directed and executive produced by Emmy-nominated One9 (Nas: Time Is Illmatic, The Talk: Race in America, L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later) and Jessica Sherif (Dan Rather Reports, Right To Offend).

Additional executive producers include Jeff Hasler from Original Productions, Ethan Goldman from Anchor Entertainment, Jenifer Westphal and Joe Plummer from Wavelength, Frank Marshall and Ryan Suffern from The Kennedy/Marshall Company, and Wayne Nelson from News and Guts Media.

The project represents OP’s second foray into feature-length documentaries, following last year’s release of Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles. The producer’s other credits include Deadliest Catch, Deadliest Catch: Bloodline and Bering Sea Gold.

“There is not a single person throughout history who has helped to shape and guide America’s views and understanding of current events more than Dan Rather,” Hasler, president of Original Productions, said in a statement.  “His continued impact on news media is undeniable and there simply couldn’t be a more profound subject for documentary filmmaking.”

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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