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TV News Roundup: Conan O’Brien Heads to Israel for TV Special

17 August 2017 4:04 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s roundup, Conan O’Brien is taking “Conan” to Israel, and NBC helms a new special on Princess Diana.

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TBS is taking “Conan” internationally for the seventh time in two years as host Conan O’Brien travels to Israel. “Conan Without Boarders: Israel” will be a primetime special airing Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. O’Brien plans to visit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, among other locations yet to be announced. “Conan” airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. on TBS. The show is produced by Conaco LLC, with Jeff Ross serving as executive producer.

“Diana, 7 Days,” a two-hour documentary capturing the week following the 1997 death of Princess Diana, will air on Friday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. on NBC. The film documents the time between Princess Diana’s tragic death and her funeral, and the effect it had on the United Kingdom and the world. This marks the first time her two sons, Prince William »

- Rebecca Rubin

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Ken Burns Says Vietnam Documentary Is Only Possible at PBS

30 July 2017 7:20 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With President Donald Trump pushing to eliminate funding for public broadcasting, filmmaker Ken Burns defended the model Sunday as the only one able to accommodate his brand of longform documentary filmmaking.

Appearing at the Television Critics Association press tour to promote his upcoming documentary “The Vietnam War,” Burns said, “I need to give a commercial to public broadcasting,” adding “there is no other place that this could have been made,” having spent 10 years working on the 18-hour series.

Those in the commercial-television world apparently agree with him.

“There’s not a business model where any film production company — and I’m very good friends with [HBO CEO] Richard Plepler, and he agrees — that we can spend the resources and the time and the scholarship to do this, except public broadcasting,” Burns said.

Burns’ comments came two months after Trump proposed a federal budget that would eliminate most funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — which provides hundreds of millions »

- Daniel Holloway

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Ken Burns: ‘Vietnam’ Doc Relevant In Country’s Current “Stew Of Anger And Recrimination” — TCA

30 July 2017 3:45 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

"We try super-hard not to put our thumbs on the scale to promote an agenda, political or otherwise," Ken Burns said of his 10-part documentary series The Vietnam War,  which he made with producing partner Lynn Novick, featuring testimony from about 80 witnesses including Americans who fought in the war, those who opposed it, as well as North and South Vietnamese soldiers and civilians. Because “human nature never changes” Burns argued the project helps us understand this… »

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Tribeca 2017: 10 Must-Attend Events at This Year’s Festival

18 April 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Each year, the Tribeca Film Festival fills out its schedule with a variety of events that extend far past the typical film fest fare, including their signature Tribeca Talks program and a continuing bent towards the possibilities of Virtual Reality. This year’s slate is no different, offering up intimate chats between industry luminaries (did you know that Robert Rodriguez and Barbra Streisand are pals? they are!) and special screening opportunities for projects both new (Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War”) and classic (a “Godfather” one-two punch). There’s a little something for everyone here.

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 19 – 30. Check out some of our must-attend events below.

Read More: Tribeca 2017: 14 Must-See Films From This Year’s Festival

Tribeca Talks: Jon Favreau with Scarlett Johansson

Friday, April 21 at 5:00Pm

The must-see event at Tribeca’s Directors Series is “Iron Man »

- Indiewire Staff

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Why ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is the Most Anticipated Screening of the Tribeca Film Festival

17 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

You can’t accuse the Tribeca Film Festival (April 19-30) of bandwagon jumping: Back in 2005, it screened the series finale of “Friends” outdoors on a Hudson pier for rapturous fans. Today, TV is a fait d’accompli as Tribeca expands its second annual TV program to 15 shows and five series. Golden-age TV draws viewers, Hollywood filmmakers, and a wider audience.

Last year, the TV program included world premieres of “The Night Of” (HBO, from Oscar-winning executive producer Steve Zaillian), “The Night Manager” (AMC, directed by Oscar-winning Susanne Bier), and “O.J.: Made in America” (Espn, directed by eventual Oscar-winner Ezra Edelman).

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Review: The Scariest TV Show Ever Made, Because It Feels So Real

This year’s highest-profile debuts include the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) starring Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes, and directed by indie filmmaker Reed Morano »

- Anne Thompson

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Why ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is the Most Anticipated Screening of the Tribeca Film Festival

17 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

You can’t accuse the Tribeca Film Festival (April 19-30) of bandwagon jumping: Back in 2005, it screened the series finale of “Friends” outdoors on a Hudson pier for rapturous fans. Today, TV is a fait d’accompli as Tribeca expands its second annual TV program to 15 shows and five series. Golden-age TV draws viewers, Hollywood filmmakers, and a wider audience.

Last year, the TV program included world premieres of “The Night Of” (HBO, from Oscar-winning executive producer Steve Zaillian), “The Night Manager” (AMC, directed by Oscar-winning Susanne Bier), and “O.J.: Made in America” (Espn, directed by eventual Oscar-winner Ezra Edelman).

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Review: The Scariest TV Show Ever Made, Because It Feels So Real

This year’s highest-profile debuts include the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) starring Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes, and directed by indie filmmaker Reed Morano »

- Anne Thompson

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Why ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is the Most Anticipated Screening of the Tribeca Film Festival

17 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

You can’t accuse the Tribeca Film Festival (April 19-30) of bandwagon jumping: Back in 2005, it screened the series finale of “Friends” outdoors on a Hudson pier for rapturous fans. Today, TV is a fait d’accompli as Tribeca expands its second annual TV program to 15 shows and five series. Golden-age TV draws viewers, Hollywood filmmakers, and a wider audience.

Last year, the TV program included world premieres of “The Night Of” (HBO, from Oscar-winning executive producer Steve Zaillian), “The Night Manager” (AMC, directed by Oscar-winning Susanne Bier), and “O.J.: Made in America” (Espn, directed by eventual Oscar-winner Ezra Edelman).

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Review: The Scariest TV Show Ever Made, Because It Feels So Real

This year’s highest-profile debuts include the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) starring Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes, and directed by indie filmmaker Reed Morano »

- Anne Thompson

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Ken Burns’ Next Documentary Will Profile Muhammad Ali

29 March 2017 9:42 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon are producing and directing a documentary for PBS about the legendary American boxer Muhammad Ali, who passed away last June. Production of the two-part, four-hour documentary began in early 2016 and the film is expected to premiere in 2021.

Read More: HBO Announces Multi-Part Muhammad Ali Documentary From Director Antoine Fuqua

Muhammad Ali’s passing last year gave us reason to celebrate his boxing feats as well as his contributions as an ambassador for human rights, and as a voice and symbol of pacifism,” said Sarah Burns in a statement. “But it’s easy to forget how divisive a figure he was, proudly associating with the Nation of Islam, refusing induction into the Army before the Vietnam War had become deeply unpopular. We’re eager to get beyond the archetypes and examine who and what influenced his choices, and how he maintained the courage of »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Ken Burns’ Next Documentary Will Profile Muhammad Ali

29 March 2017 9:42 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon are producing and directing a documentary for PBS about the legendary American boxer Muhammad Ali, who passed away last June. Production of the two-part, four-hour documentary began in early 2016 and the film is expected to premiere in 2021.

Read More: HBO Announces Multi-Part Muhammad Ali Documentary From Director Antoine Fuqua

Muhammad Ali’s passing last year gave us reason to celebrate his boxing feats as well as his contributions as an ambassador for human rights, and as a voice and symbol of pacifism,” said Sarah Burns in a statement. “But it’s easy to forget how divisive a figure he was, proudly associating with the Nation of Islam, refusing induction into the Army before the Vietnam War had become deeply unpopular. We’re eager to get beyond the archetypes and examine who and what influenced his choices, and how he maintained the courage of »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Tribeca TV Lineup 2017 Unveiled: ’Handmaid’s Tale,’ Albert Einstein’s ‘Genius,’ Ken Burns’ Vietnam War Doc and More

23 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Cue the handmaids.

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its second annual Tribeca TV program on Thursday and it includes a range of world premieres, popular show returns and a slate of independent pilots. One of the most highly anticipated debuts will be Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Fillms From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons Lead the Eclectic Mix

The series has been in the news lately, and not only because it will premiere soon. The dystopian story about a government forcing fertile women to become breeders for their high-ranking officials has struck a nerve among progressive women who are wary of having their health and reproductive rights controlled. Recently, protestors dressed in the handmaids’ red robes and white bonnets made an appearance in the Texas Senate gallery as its members were passing abortion legislation.

The TV lineup »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Tribeca TV Lineup 2017 Unveiled: ’Handmaid’s Tale,’ Albert Einstein’s ‘Genius,’ Ken Burns’ Vietnam War Doc and More

23 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Cue the handmaids.

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its second annual Tribeca TV program on Thursday and it includes a range of world premieres, popular show returns and a slate of independent pilots. One of the most highly anticipated debuts will be Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Fillms From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons Lead the Eclectic Mix

The series has been in the news lately, and not only because it will premiere soon. The dystopian story about a government forcing fertile women to become breeders for their high-ranking officials has struck a nerve among progressive women who are wary of having their health and reproductive rights controlled. Recently, protestors dressed in the handmaids’ red robes and white bonnets made an appearance in the Texas Senate gallery as its members were passing abortion legislation.

The TV lineup »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ NatGeo’s ‘Genius’ to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival’s TV Program

23 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival has set the lineup for its second annual TV festival, Tribeca TV. Five series, including Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and NatGeo’s Albert Einstein bioseries “Genius,” will have their series premieres, and events for 10 other shows will be held during the run of the Festival, from April 19-30.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” will screen its premiere, followed by a conversation with cast members Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Alexis Bledel, Samira Wiley, and Max Minghella. “Genius” will get a similar treatment, with an after-premiere panel featuring executive producers Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Gigi Pritzker, as well as stars Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush. USA’s anthology crime thriller “The Sinner,” starring Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman, will open at Tribeca TV as well and be accompanied by a discussion with Biel, Pullman, and director Antonio Campos. Comedy streaming service Seeso will debut the Tony Danza-starring “There’s…Johnny »

- Oriana Schwindt

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Genius’ & ‘Vietnam War’ Among Tribeca TV Fest Slate

23 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Hulu/MGM’s The Handmaid’s Tale and National Geographic’s Genius are among the big-name highlights of this year’s Tribeca TV, the second annual television slate of the Tribeca Film Festival. Fifteen shows, including five series premieres, four season premieres and a sneak peek at PBS’ Ken Burns-Lynn Novick docu-series The Vietnam War will screen during the April 19-30 fest. The TV lineup was announced today, and also includes season debuts of Episodes, Unbreakable Kimmy Sch… »

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TCA Winter Press Tour Day 11 Quotes: Ken Burns Brings Trent Reznor to PBS

16 January 2017 3:16 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

The centerpiece of the first of two PBS days at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour was a long-gestating project that won't even be out before our summer press tour.   Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's The Vietnam War won't premiere until September, but it's been between six and 10 years in the making, depending on whose math you use. Burns, who probably holds a place on the Mount Rushmore of TCA panel participants, will be back again in the summer after critics have seen actual episodes of the docuseries, but he and Novick and »

- Daniel Fienberg

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‘The Vietnam War’ First Look: Horrific Christmas Bombing Was a ‘War by Tantrum’ in Ken Burns Docuseries

15 January 2017 12:56 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Having already made longform documentaries about the Civil War and World War II, Ken Burns will next release a docuseries about a more recent conflict: “The Vietnam War,” which is coming to PBS later this year. Watch a clip of the 10-part, 18-hour doc co-directed by Lynn Novick below.

Read More: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Composing the Score to Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War

“On December 18,” begins the narrator, “Nixon unleashed round-the-clock airstrikes that flattened targets around Hanoi and Haiphong. It would be remembered as the Christmas bombing.” Officially known as Operation Linebacker II, the 1972 campaign lasted until December 29 and resulted in more than 1,600 civilian casualties. An American prisoner of war and a Vietnamese man are both interviewed in the segment, the latter lamenting the loss of life in his village — including a pregnant woman.

Read More: Ken Burns Responds to Donald Trump’s Central Park Five Comments: ‘A »

- Michael Nordine

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‘The Vietnam War’ First Look: Horrific Christmas Bombing Was a ‘War by Tantrum’ in Ken Burns Docuseries

15 January 2017 12:56 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Having already made longform documentaries about the Civil War and World War II, Ken Burns will next release a docuseries about a more recent conflict: “The Vietnam War,” which is coming to PBS later this year. Watch a clip of the 10-part, 18-hour doc co-directed by Lynn Novick below.

Read More: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Composing the Score to Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War

“On December 18,” begins the narrator, “Nixon unleashed round-the-clock airstrikes that flattened targets around Hanoi and Haiphong. It would be remembered as the Christmas bombing.” Officially known as Operation Linebacker II, the 1972 campaign lasted until December 29 and resulted in more than 1,600 civilian casualties. An American prisoner of war and a Vietnamese man are both interviewed in the segment, the latter lamenting the loss of life in his village — including a pregnant woman.

Read More: Ken Burns Responds to Donald Trump’s Central Park Five Comments: ‘A »

- Michael Nordine

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Ken Burns Teases New ‘Baseball’ Doc Pegged to Cubs World Series Win

15 January 2017 12:37 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With his new documentary “The Vietnam War” scheduled to premiere on PBS in September and multiple other films in the works, Ken Burns has a full plate. But he’s looking to add another project: an addendum to his 1994 series “Baseball,” pegged to the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 World Series victory.

“I’m sort of obligated,” to add another hour to the series, Burns — who last year said that he would direct a new “Baseball” episode if the Cubs won a World Series — told Variety Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “I don’t know where it fits in.” Burns said that columnist George Will, who appeared in the original “Baseball,” emailed him the night that the Cubs won Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians in November to take their first World Series Championship since 1908. “He says, ‘Now you have to and do ‘The Eleventh Inning.'”

Burns added that he and collaborator Lynn Novick “have to »

- Daniel Holloway

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