In a move that will probably allow her to sleep in later than she has in a long time, CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien is taking her love for documentaries to new levels. According to a Feb. 21 article in The Hollywood Reporter, O’Brien is leaving her morning show “The Starting Point,” to produce documentaries for the network.
CNN said that O’Brien is forming a company called Star Media Group, which will partner with the network to produce documentaries. Star Media Group will produce three documentaries for CNN in 2014.
“We greatly value Soledad’s experience, and her first-rate storytelling will continue to be an asset to CNN,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide. “Documentaries and longform storytelling are important to our brand, and we’re anticipating more of what we’ve come to expect from her -- riveting content.”
After much speculation regarding whether or not O’Brien would last through all the latest changes by Zucker, the anchor hit The Wendy Williams Show on Feb. 21 where she addressed the rumors head on. She started off saying she would be “talking about my role” with CNN.
She then explained that she would be doing the kind of reporting she likes to do - documentaries. “As you know, it's been reported a lot that the morning show is going a different direction. So, we're talking about what ways I can contribute to CNN, doing the stuff that I like to do, which is hard-hitting journalism.”
O’Brien’s shows and stories on CNN show how passionate she is about documentaries. Who wouldn’t want to wake up every morning living their passion? It’s a luxury that O’Brien appreciates. “To do the thing that you’re really passionate about is a very nice luxury, and that’s what I am getting to do now,” the anchor said.
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