Investigation Discovery Greenlights ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN
March 30, 2009
(Silver Spring, Md.) Investigation Discovery (ID) announced today that journalist Paula Zahn's development project has received a series greenlight. Under the agreement, Zahn and producing partners Scott Weinberger of Weinberger Media and Scott Sternberg of Scott Sternberg Productions will produce a new weekly investigative series for ID. The network ordered 13 episodes of ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN, set to debut in October 2009. Paula Zahn, Scott Weinberger and Scott Sternberg will serve as executive producers.
"We're delighted to have Paula join Investigation Discovery as executive producer and host of her own series," said Deborah Adler Myers, senior vice president, programming, Discovery Emerging Networks. "Paula's passion for investigative journalism is infectious � she will get us interviews that viewers have never seen, profiling both unknown cases and some of the headline-making cases in the news today."
"I'm thrilled to be part of a show that ID has made such a strong commitment to," said Paula Zahn. "I'm also excited that I will play a key role in each and every investigation."
"I'm truly excited about working along side one of television's best talents," said executive producer Scott Weinberger. "Paula's straight forward style of story telling and ability to get people to open up will be evident in our series."
"Producing an important new brand for ID is a privilege and a wonderful challenge," said Scott Sternberg, executive producer. "We hope to make this program a must-see for those who love investigative mysteries filled with twists and turns."
On the Case with Paula Zahn will take viewers on a visually compelling journey inside the most fascinating mysteries and investigations. Personal stories from the people closest to the case, along with analysis from experts will allow viewers to share the experience, through every twist and turn, until the episode reaches its dramatic conclusion. In every episode, Paula Zahn will conduct the pivotal interview with the controversial or key figure in the case.
About Paula Zahn
A 30-year news veteran, journalist Paula Zahn most recently anchored for CNN, where she was based in the network's New York bureau and hosted the primetime show Paula Zahn Now. Before joining CNN, Zahn was the host of The Edge with Paula Zahn, a daily news program on Fox News Channel. She joined Fox in 1999 as anchor of its evening news, The Fox Report. Previously she spent 10 years at CBS News, where she co-hosted CBS Morning News and anchored the CBS Evening News Saturday Edition. Earlier, Zahn served as co-anchor of World News This Morning and anchored news segments of Good Morning America on ABC.
Throughout her career, Zahn has interviewed dignitaries and newsmakers, including former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, Cuban President Fidel Castro, former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, first lady Betty Ford, civil rights leader Stokley Carmichael and human rights activist Winnie Mandela. Zahn has won nine Emmy Awards, the National Commission of Working Women Broadcasting Award and an AWRT Award for reporting on gender bias in education.
About Investigation Discovery
Investigation Discovery is the source for fact-based investigative content about culture, history and the human condition. Providing the highest-quality investigative programming from the past to the present, Investigation Discovery draws on absorbing storytelling techniques that take audiences through the twist and turns of mysteries and stories of justice shaping our culture and defining our world.
About Weinberger Media
Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter Scott Weinberger is CEO of Weinberger Media. The New York- based reality television production company just completed season two of the groundbreaking series "The Academy" currently airing on Fox Reality. Prior to launching Weinberger Media, Scott Weinberger served as chief investigative reporter for the CBS flagship station WCBS-TV in New York City, and for nearly a decade was the investigative reporter at the NBC Flagship station WNBC-TV in New York City. Weinberger's extensive investigative experience began as a decorated member of law enforcement.
About Scott Sternberg Productions
Scott Sternberg Productions is a full service television production company focusing on unscripted programming. Emmy-award winning CEO, Scott Sternberg, founded Scott Sternberg Productions in 1991. The firm provides content to broadcast and cable networks, web portals and satellite radio stations. Scott Sternberg Productions also produces branded content for major non-broadcast entities. No Studio Entertainment and Spanglish Entertainment are wholly owned subsidiaries of Scott Sternberg Productions. Both produce regional and local programs, with Spanglish Entertainment providing content for Spanish language outlets. Scott Sternberg Productions is located at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. www.ssprods.com.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.