Disney’s ABC News Studios has announced details on a brand new documentary which is going to take a look at the life of Barbara Walters, who sadly passed away on December 30th 2022.

The upcoming documentary is being created in partnership with Imagine Documentaries and it has been directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker and journalist Jackie Jesko, this film will feature unaired footage from ABC’s extensive archives and interviews with people who knew and worked with the broadcast legend who paved a path in journalism unlike any other.

David Sloan, senior executive producer at ABC News, said in a statement:

“Barbara left her indelible stamp not just on those of us who had the honour of working with her at ABC News but on the entire news industry.  With never-before-seen footage and interviews with those who knew her in her private and public lives, this film will shed new light on one of the most famous broadcasters of all time.”

Sara Bernstein, president of Imagine Documentaries, said:

“Barbara Walters is the OG trailblazer of broadcast journalism. Imagine Documentaries is thrilled and honoured to be working with award-winning filmmaker Jackie Jesko, Oscar nominee Betsy West and the entire team at ABC News Studios on this project to share her inspirational life and career with a new generation.”

In her unparalleled career, Walters has arguably interviewed more politicians and stars than any other journalist in history. The documentary will examine Walters’ pivotal role in the history of broadcast journalism and her trailblazing example for women in the industry. By speaking to a broad audience, the film will explore themes of sexism, power and the price of “having it all.”

The documentary, which has yet to be titled, is produced by Imagine Documentaries for ABC News Studios in association with Latchkey Films and directed by Jesko. For Imagine Documentaries, the film is produced by Marcella Steingart, Bernstein, Justin Wilkes and Meredith Kaulfers. Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Betsy West serve as executive producers. For ABC News Studios, Muriel Pearson is the executive producer, and Sloan is the senior executive producer. ABC News Studios is led by Mike Kelley, and Reena Mehta is the SVP of Streaming and Digital Content.

This new documentary will be released on Hulu and Hulu On Disney+ in the United States in 2025.   As with other documentaries, I’d expect this to also be released as a Star Original on Disney+ internationally.

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Roger Palmer

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