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Ronald Reagan Documentary in Production for Public Television

July 14, 2010

New biography set to premiere in 2011, the 100th anniversary of Reagan’s birth

(Johnston, Iowa)  --  As the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Ronald Reagan approaches, The Duncan Group, Crouse Entertainment Group, and Iowa Public Television are joining forces to develop a presidential biography of the nation's 40th president.

One of America's most dynamic leaders, Reagan remains a guiding light for the Republican Party. Some historians and scholars believe Reagan re-shaped not just the political landscape, but the way many Americans view government – and each other. In this two-hour film, tentatively titled Watershed – A Portrait of President Ronald Reagan, the producers will focus on the eight years of the Reagan presidency. In addition to interviews with those who've spent years analyzing his policies and legacy, the producers will also interview key members of the Reagan team, as well as foreign leaders with whom the president interacted.

The documentary will be produced in a portrait style similar to the recent Duncan Group/Stamats Communications, Inc./Iowa Public Television production, Herbert Hoover: Landslide, which was broadcast nationwide on PBS last fall.

"Following the successful public television broadcast of Herbert Hoover: Landslide in October 2009, we’re pleased to be back in production on another presidential portrait," said Chip Duncan, executive producer, writer, and director of the film. "Ronald Reagan’s presidency has been called a 'watershed' moment in the 20th century. It's been almost 30 years since President Reagan's inauguration, ample time to explore the long-term impact of Reagan policies, strategies, successes, and failures. We're pleased to offer the program to public television stations during the same year as bi-partisan centennial celebrations marking President Reagan's birth."

The film is another of several collaborations between The Duncan Group and Iowa Public Television, and is slated for completion and broadcast in late 2011. Iowa Public Television will oversee production and present the completed film to public television stations across the country.

Duncan and David Crouse are executive producers, and Tracy Dorsey is the supervising producer. Duane Huey from Iowa Public Television is the executive in charge of production.

For more information about this documentary, contact Iowa Public Television at 515-242-3146.


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For immediate release:
July 14, 2010

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
(515) 725-9705

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