Updated: Mar 17, 2020
Some great news to share with you. On December 4th, a documentary about my father will premiere on HBO. It is called The Newspaperman:The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee. I had been wanting to pitch this idea for almost five years, and when I couldn't wait anymore, I took a chance and wrote Richard Plepler who is the President at HBO to see if it could be done. He was a big fan of my dad and so was another producer, Sheila Nevins whom I had worked with as an assistant producer on another documentary called I Can’t Do This But I Can Do That which was based on my memoir A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures.
When I wrote to Richard, I wasn’t sure if he was going to respond because I knew he is a really busy person. He wrote back that it was a “no-brainer” and the project was a go. I was beside myself that somebody wanted to fund my idea for a documentary on my father, let along have it be produced by HBO. I had a wonderful time working as a co-producer on this project and being a part of the crew. We interviewed a lot of people, some of them having even been hired by my dad. The documentary features interviews with Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Robert Redford and Henry Kissinger.
I would like to personally thank Richard, Sheila, and all the amazing crew for making a dream of mine come true.
The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee premieres Monday, December 4th at
8 pm eastern on HBO
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