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Roger Ailes in 1996 supervised the launch of a multibillion-dollar business few people thought would ever get off the ground. In 2019 he may have a posthumous hand in instigating something equally complex: a ripped-from-the-headlines drama about the media industry, complete with portrayals of people who still help make it run.
If that foray is successful, plenty of similar stories are waiting in the wings.
Ailes - Debut - Growth - Fox - News
Ailes, who died in 2017, oversaw the debut and massive growth of Fox News Channel, a creation that both admirers and detractors acknowledge has changed the face of U.S. politics and news. On June 30, Showtime debuts miniseries “The Loudest Voice,” a warts-and-all account of Ailes’ early days building the outlet — and his later years, when former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson’s accusations of sexual harassment forced the network’s parent company to oust him, and sparked a spate of unsavory revelations about internal culture at media companies ranging from Miramax to NBC-Universal to CBS Corp. Ailes denied the claims against him.
“We really wanted to be as honest as possible,” says Alex Metcalf, an executive producer and showrunner of the series, in an interview. “We felt the weight of all those people we are portraying who might be watching the show.”
Story - Media - Business - Thing - Series
Telling a based-on-real-events story about the media business can be difficult. It’s one thing to make a series about doctors or police officers. It’s quite another to make one set in the not-too-distant past that features actors playing executives who continue to exert influence in the sector. “Loudest Voice” includes dramatized versions of Fox Corp. chiefs Rupert Murdoch and his son Lachlan as important characters.
“Divide and Conquer,” a documentary on Ailes that aired on cable’s A&E, didn’t make much noise, but Showtime plans a premiere for “Loudest Voice.” Its two stars, Russell Crowe, who plays Ailes, and...
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