CNN Sets ‘RBG’ Premiere

CNN on Sept. 3 will debut a documentary based on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with limited commercial interruption, the network said Monday.

The RBG documentary, which explores the legal legacy and life of Ginsburg, will also feature a multiplatform distribution plan that will feature unique content and an original podcast series, said network officials.

RBG is directed and produced by award-winning filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen and produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

“When Betsy and Julie approached us about this film three years ago, it was before many #MeToo and #TimesUp stories had risen to national attention, but there was already a deep fascination about Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” said Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide in a statement. “We knew we wanted to help make this film to explore Ginsburg’s significance to the way women live their lives today – and this exceptional film about her life has only become more relevant with the success of the film, the current interest in the Court, and continued necessary attention to workplace protections for women.”

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.