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.”