DISCOVERY CHANNEL'S "THE PRESIDENTS' GATEKEEPERS" TO PREMIERE AS TWO-NIGHT TELEVISION EVENT ON SEPTEMBER 11 AND 12
Two-Part, Four-Hour Television Event Explores the Power Behind the Presidency - The White House Chiefs of Staff - in Their Own Words
(Silver Spring, MD) Discovery Channel announced today THE PRESIDENTS' GATEKEEPERS will premiere as a two-night, four-hour event on Wednesday, September 11 and Thursday, September 12 at 9PM ET/PT. For the first time ever, all 20 living White House Chiefs of Staff come together to share their previously untold stories. The special spans nine administrations and 50 years. Considered the second most powerful - and the toughest - job in Washington, D.C., the White House Chief of Staff is the person the president counts on to transform his agenda into reality. He is also the confidant with whom the President, and the first lady, share their secrets. White House Chief of Staff and Vice President Dick Cheney says in the special, "The White House Chief of Staff's job has more authority and more power than the Vice President."
Exclusive interviews include former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush and Chiefs of Staff that include Howard Baker, Jr., James A. Baker III, Joshua Bolten, Erskine Bowles, Andrew Card, Dick Cheney, William M. Daley, Kenneth Duberstein, Rahm Emanuel, Jim Jones, Jacob Lew, Denis McDonough, Thomas Mack McLarty, Leon Panetta, John Podesta, Donald Rumsfeld, Samuel K. Skinner, John H. Sununu, Jack Watson and Marvin Watson.
From the acclaimed filmmaking team of brothers Gedeon and Jules Naudet (9/11, In God's Name) Peabody Award-winning news producer Chris Whipple (60 Minutes, ABC News) and Peacock Productions comes an unprecedented series looking at the key moments, the quiet conversations, back room bargains and heated debates that made history and have never been heard until now. In addition, Pulitzer Prize winning White House photographer David Hume Kennerly serves as producer of THE PRESIDENTS' GATEKEEPERS, lending his extraordinary body of work to tell this rich, untold history.
THE PRESIDENTS' GATEKEEPERS is produced for Discovery Channel by Goldfish Pictures Inc., CCWHIP Productions and Peacock Productions. Executive Producers for Goldfish Pictures are Gedeon and Jules Naudet. Executive Producer for CCWHIP Productions is Chris Whipple. THE PRESIDENTS' GATEKEEPERS is directed by Gedeon and Jules Naudet, and subjects are interviewed by Chris Whipple. Writers are Chris Whipple and Stephen Stept. Executive Producer for Peacock Productions is Knute Walter. David Hume Kennerly is Producer. For Discovery Channel, Nancy Daniels serves as Executive Producer.
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About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 209 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 149 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.