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CNN+ slates “Murdochs” docuseries for streaming platform’s launch

CNN+ will premiere a documentary series about the Murdoch family, The Murdochs: Empire of Influence, as an exclusive to the streaming service when it launches in the spring. The CNN Original ...
February 18, 2022

CNN+ will premiere a documentary series about the Murdoch family, The Murdochs: Empire of Influence, as an exclusive to the streaming service when it launches in the spring.

The CNN Original Series is produced with The New York Times and Left/Right, and is based on a New York Times Magazine article by Jonathan Mahler and Jim Rutenberg, who serve as consulting producers for the series.

The six-part docuseries explores the legacy of Australian-born media mogul Rupert Murdoch (pictured, center) and the dynasty he built, as well as his influence around the globe and the succession battle between his sons James (pictured, right) and Lachlan (pictured, left). It features exclusive reporting from The New York Times and interviews with people who worked inside Murdoch companies, as well as decades’ worth of archival footage.

The Murdochs: Empire of Influence is executive produced by Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver and Erica Sashin for Left/Right, with Sam Dolnick and Kathleen Lingo executive producing for The New York Times and Amy Entelis and Lyle Gamm for CNN Original Series.

“Nothing captivates quite like family drama when an empire is at stake,” said Entelis, EVP for talent & content development at CNN Worldwide, in a release. “Through powerful storytelling and impeccable journalism, this series gives CNN+ subscribers a glimpse into the dynamics of one of the richest and most powerful families in the world and how they have wielded their influence.”

Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images.

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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