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Bill Clinton will be the executive producer of an untitled docu-series that will air on the History channel. The episodes will delve into the Commander-in-Chief position and struggles of the American Presidency.
According to Deadline, the 42nd US President is “immensely involved” in the project that is being produced in-house by A+E Networks’ own production unit. Clinton will be joined by other producers who have yet been announced.
Like Forever President Barack Obama, Clinton has joined entertainment and will “likely” appear on screen in the series. Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions company previously landed a deal with Netflix.
In February, Clinton participated in the History Talks event at New York’s Carnegie Hall along with former President George W. Bush. The event was moderated by Presidential Historian and Pulitzer-prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin. Clinton’s participation may be the deciding link to his role in the upcoming series.
A+E Networks Group President Paul Buccieri told Deadline that the series will follow the journey of the head of state, highlighting challenging times and their presidential personas.
“During that process, we started talking to President Clinton and his team, and we talked about a vision to work together. It was solidified after History Talks, he had a wonderful experience, and it’s so gratifying seeing him fully immersed in this project as an executive producer. He’s really really involved, breaking the creative, it’s fantastic. It’s quite a personal project for him,” he added.
Previously Clinton gave rights of his 2018 novel with James Patterson to Showtime. The premium channel will adapt, The President is Missing for the screen.
Wife, Hillary Clinton has also crossed the entertainment threshold and has teamed up with Steven Spielberg to produce an adaption of Elaine Weiss’ book, The Woman’s Hour.
The Daily Mail reports, A&E’s Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions produced a six-part documentary in 2018 on Clinton’s notorious affair with Monica Lewinsky. The network was set to release The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton, based on author Peter Baker’s novel, but has since decided against it.