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NBC’s Hillary Clinton Project Looks Doomed, Rivals Say.


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NBC’s Hillary Clinton miniseries looks likely to fizzle out, executives at two rival networkstold TheWrap.”It’s going to die a slow death,” one of the executives said, following NBC entertainment Bob Greenblatt statement Friday that the project was only in development and might never be made. The executives spoke on condition of anonymity.

Greenblatt’s statement came in response to the Republican National Committee voting to bar NBC and CNN from hosting 2016 Republican primary debates. CNN Films is also planning a Clinton project, a documentary. Republicans say the projects give the former Secretary of State an unfair publicity boost over their candidates.

On Friday, the same day as the RNC vote, Fox Television Studios said it woud not produce the film.

Greenblatt announced the project in remarks to television critics last month, but noted in his statement Friday that not all projects in development actually air.

“The Hillary Clinton movie has not been ordered to production, only a script is being written at this time. It is ‘in development,’ the first stage of any television series or movie, many of which never go to production,” Greenblatt said. “Speculation, demands, and declarations pertaining to something that isn’t created or produced yet seem premature.”

The four-hour miniseries would be written and directed by Courtney Hunt and would star Diane Lane.

“The Kennedys” producer Joel Surnow blamed political pressure from the left two years ago when his drama was dropped by History and aired instead on Reelz. This time, the pressure is coming from conservatives – though it was unclear whether it was the reason for the project’s recent obstacles.

CBS passed on the project before NBC decided to move forward, a knowledgeable executive told TheWrap. Fox passed as well.

A representative for Hunt declined to comment Tuesday on the status of the project. So did NBC. A representative for Lane did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Soon after the miniseries was announced, NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd griped that it was a “total nightmare” for NBC News, which is separate from Greenblatt’s entertainment wing.

“We know there’s this giant firewall, we know we have nothing to do with it. We know that we’d love probably to be as critical or whatever it is gonna be if it comes out, but there’s nothing we can do about it and we’re gonna only own the negative,” Todd said.

Last week, he said the RNC’s decision to shut out CNN and NBC was “smart” because it would enable the party to hold fewer debates, and deny a forum to less viable candidates.

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Source: NEWSmax.com

Fox Pulls Out of Hillary Clinton Mini-Series.


An outlet of Fox Entertainment said Friday that financial issues led it to pull out of a mini-series about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that is being planned for NBC.

The decision by Fox Television Studios came on the same day as the Republican National Committee unanimously passed a resolution to prevent NBC and CNN from covering its 2016 GOP presidential primary debates.

The New York Times reported Friday that an executive involved in the negotiations between Fox and NBC said political pressure was not a factor.

Rather, the financial terms being offered by NBC simply were not attractive to Fox, the executive told the Times.

The RNC, meeting in Boston at its summer meeting, asked the networks Friday “to cancel these political ads masked as unbiased entertainment.” Clinton is considered a likely Democratic presidential candidate in 2016.

CNN is planning a documentary about Clinton from director Charles Ferguson, who won an Oscar in 2011 for his film “Inside Job.” Ferguson used his Oscar acceptance speech as a platform of sorts, saying, “Three years after a horrific financial crisis caused by massive fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail, and that’s wrong.”

“The Hillary Clinton movie has not been ordered to production. Only a script is being written at this time,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt told The Hollywood Reporter. The network plans to produce the series on its own.

“It is ‘in development,’ the first stage of any television series or movie, many of which never go to production,” Greenblatt said. “Speculation, demands, and declarations pertaining to something that isn’t created or produced yet seem premature.”

The executive who spoke to The New York Times, who insisted on not being identified because of the private nature of the talks, said Fox’s research indicated that foreign sales of the film might not be as strong as anticipated.

Fox Television Studios would have gained international sales rights to the mini-series, a crucial factor in its interest, the Times reports.

It was announced last week that Fox TV Studios, the home of the Fox News cable channel, might produce the planned four-hour mini-series, written and directed by Courtney Hunt and starring actress Diane Lane.

Fox TV did not respond to requests for comment. NBC also declined to comment.

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By Todd Beamon

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