CNN Acquires Rights To Immigration-Based Documentary

CNN has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to immigration-based documentary Documented, the news network announced Tuesday.

The film, which explores the life of undocumented immigrant and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, will debut on CNN in the second quarter of 2014 following its international run and U.S. theatrical distribution, said network officials.

Documented is written and directed by Vargas, with technology entrepreneur Sean Parker, Matthew Hiltzik (Paper Clips), Scott Budnick (The Hangover), and philanthropist Liz Simons as executive producers.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.