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Amblin Television & Alex Gibney To Adapt The Washington Post’s ‘Afghanistan Papers’ Into Limited Documentary Series & Drama

  • Deadline
The Washington Post’s report on The Afghanistan Papers, which tells the secret history of the war in the country, is set to be turned into a documentary series and a scripted drama after Amblin Television acquired the rights.

The television division of Steven Spielberg’s production company has closed a deal with the Amazon-owned newspaper for the rights to At War with the Truth, the paper’s investigation into the six-part report.

It has tied with Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, who runs Jigsaw Productions, to develop the project as both a limited documentary series and limited scripted series.

The report was the result of a three-year investigation and a battle between the news organization and the U.S. government to have the documents released under the Freedom of Information Act. It tells the secret history of the war in Afghanistan, exposing behind-the-scenes frustrations, concerns, and blunt acknowledgements of
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Director Alex Gibney On His Political Thriller ‘Citizen K,’ Doc About Russian Oligarch-Turned Dissident Facing “Kill Order”

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Director Alex Gibney On His Political Thriller ‘Citizen K,’ Doc About Russian Oligarch-Turned Dissident Facing “Kill Order”
This year has brought more evidence to cement Alex Gibney’s reputation as the hardest working man in documentary film.

His six-part documentary series Why We Hate, executive-produced with Steven Spielberg, debuted on Discovery Channel last month. Earlier this year his documentary The Inventor: Out For Blood in Silicon Valley—about disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes—hit HBO. And his latest documentary, Citizen K, opens in theaters this Friday. All in all, an active 2019.

Citizen K tells the story of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a “Russian oligarch-turned dissident,” who built a vast fortune in the years of “Wild West capitalism” that flourished after the Soviet Union’s collapse. Some estimates put his net worth at its height at $15 billion.

“He became Russia’s richest man,” Gibney notes, “one of the richest men in the world.” Khodorkovsky collected his first pile of rubles in the banking business, then leveraged that wealth to acquire ever more valuable enterprises.
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‘Why We Hate’ Review (Discovery Channel)

  • Nerdly
Why We Hate is a six-part documentary series that aired this October on Discovery Channel, and is an exploration into why human beings hate and how, if at all possible, we can overcome it. Directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Sam Pollard, this Stephen Spielberg produced series is both harrowing, depressing and terribly frightening, whilst also presenting hopeful points, images and stories of human empowerment, of fighting back against hatred, and of building bridges rather than walls.

I watched Why We Hate in just two sittings, and it wasn’t easy. Not because it was boring, or tedious, not because I was disinterested, but because of how heavy it is, how full-on it confronts the hatred of our cultures, of our history and of our current climate. It doesn’t shy away from the political walls being built, figuratively and literally, and how history should be learned form but seemingly isn’t.
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David Zaslav On How Steven Spielberg Ended Up Being Prescient In Making ‘Why We Hate’

  • Deadline
The Discovery Channel on Sunday evening debuts a six-part series, Why We Hate, that looks at the scientific and evolutionary links to hate by looking at some of the most recent examples of racial and religious violence and discrimination.

Discovery CEO David Zaslav, on a recent visit to Washington, D.C. to screen the first part at Atlantic Live, said that the project was originally conceived with executive producer Steven Spielberg five years ago. But he said that at the time, they did not envision the resurgence of hate, whether it be in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017, or in European countries as they grapple with immigration.

“We were going to be looking retrospectively, and try to understand better,” Zaslav said. “But we never imagined that as you look around the world now, the rise of hate — hate for immigrants, for Jews, for Mexicans, for African-Americans, for Hispanics, hate for ‘the other.
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Steven Spielberg’s ‘Why We Hate’ Is More Timely Than Ever, David Zaslav Says

  • Variety
Steven Spielberg’s ‘Why We Hate’ Is More Timely Than Ever, David Zaslav Says
The political state of the world today has made the upcoming docuseries “Why We Hate” relevant in a way that its producers, Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney, hardly expected when they began developing the project five years ago, Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav said Thursday.

“Things are much more of a challenge and hate is significantly on the rise,” Zaslav said. “Hate of immigrants, hate of skin color, hate of different people for their religious beliefs.”

That has made getting to the roots of such hostility all the more important – a question that fascinates Spielberg, the director of “Schindler’s List” and founder of the USC Shoah Foundation in 1994 to record stories from the Holocaust. “Why We Hate,” a six-part investigation, begins airing on Discovery next month.

Spielberg told Variety last year that “getting to the root of the human condition is something I find not only fascinating, but
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Discovery CEO David Zaslav on How Steven Spielberg's New Docuseries Fights Hate

Discovery head David Zaslav used his keynote talk at the Royal Television Society's annual Cambridge Convention in the U.K. to introduce the media giant's upcoming docuseries Why We Hate, a collaboration with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and Alex Gibney's Jigsaw Productions.

Zaslav revealed that the origins of the six-part series – described as an "exploration into the human condition for hatred and how we can overcome it" – began with a conversation he had with Spielberg five years ago.

"I said to him, 'What's the story you want to tell? What's ...
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Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney’s Docuseries ‘Why We Hate’ Gets Premiere Date From Discovery (Exclusive)

  • The Wrap
Discovery Channel has set Oct. 13 as the global premiere date for Steven Spielberg’s and Alex Gibney’s docuseries, “Why We Hate,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. We’ve also got your first look at the six-part investigation into the motivation behind hatred.

Why We Hate” hails from Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions in association with Escape Artists for Discovery Channel, and went into production earlier this year. Sam Pollard (“Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”) and Geeta Gandbhir (“Love the Sinner”) co-direct the multi-part documentary.

The Discovery Go platform gets “Why We Hate” one week ahead of cable TV, boasting an Oct. 6 debut, we’re told. Linearly, the docuseries airs Sundays at 10 p.m.

Also Read: 'Flip or Flop' Star Tarek El Moussa on Why He and Ex-Wife Christina Agreed to Do Another Season

Watch TheWrap’s exclusive sneak peek via the video above.
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‘Rashomon’ TV Series in the Works From Amblin Television

  • Variety
Amblin Television has acquired the rights to Akira Kurosawa’s acclaimed film “Rashomon” with plans to develop it as an anthology series.

Each season of the 10-episode series would focus on a singular event told from multiple points of view where each of the main characters provides a unique and different perspective of the event based on their specific and subjective point of view. Only by watching each of the episodes, and seeing the differing character’s perspectives, will the audience come away with the truth behind the mystery.

Amblin TV’s Co-Presidents, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, will executive produce along with Atmosphere’s Mark Canton and David Hopwood, with Leigh Ann Burton from Opus 7 also executive producing

“We couldn’t be more excited to adapt this extraordinary film as the foundation for a new dramatic mystery thriller series,” said Frank and Falvey. “It will explore the boundaries of
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