Murdochs: Empire Of Influence vs Succession
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The Murdochs: Empire of Influence (CNN)
on the riveting reporting by the New York Times Magazine,
this CNN Original Series explores the legacy of media
mogul Rupert Murdoch.
MURDOCHS: EMPIRE OF INFLUENCE (9 P.M., CNN)
This new seven-part CNN original documentary series
about Rupert Murdochs media dynasty is based
on Jonathan Mahler and Jim Rutenbergs New York
Times Magazine article How
Rupert Murdochs Empire of Influence Remade the
World. It features exclusive reporting from
The New York Times, interviews with people who worked
inside the Murdoch companies, and decades of rich
archival footage. Mahler and Rutenberg serve as consulting
producers for the series.
Original Series The Murdochs: Empire of Influence
To Air on CNN This Fall
Produced with Left/Right and The New York Times Based
on Their Groundbreaking Article
Series Launches with Special Two-Episode Premiere
on Sunday, September 25 at 9pm & 10pm ET
YORK (June 16, 2022) CNN announced today
that the highly anticipated The Murdochs: Empire of
Influence will air on the cable network this fall.
Produced with Left/Right and The New York Times, this
is the definitive telling of the worlds most
powerful media family and their complicated history.
The CNN Original Series launches with a special two-episode
premiere Sunday, September 25 at 9pm and 10pm ET,
only on CNN.
on Jonathan Mahler and Jim Rutenbergs riveting
New York Times Magazine article How
Rupert Murdochs Empire of Influence Remade the
World, this CNN Original Series explores
the legacy of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and the dynasty
he built. Featuring exclusive reporting from The New
York Times, interviews with people who worked inside
the Murdoch companies, and decades of rich archival
footage, this seven-part series goes behind the scenes
of the improbable rise of a media tycoon, his outsized
influence around the globe, and the intense succession
battle between his children over who will inherit
his throne. Cinematic and thrilling, The Murdochs:
Empire of Influence charts the high-stakes deal making,
political maneuvering, and dynastic betrayals
and how the ambitions of one family birthed one of
the largest media empires in history. The series will
regularly air on Sundays at 10pm ET on CNN.
Executive producers for The Murdochs: Empire of Influence
are Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver and Erica Sashin
for Left/Right; Sam Dolnick and Kathleen Lingo for
The New York Times; and Amy Entelis, Lyle Gamm and
Jon Adler for CNN Original Series.
Journalists Jonathan Mahler and Jim Rutenberg of The
New York Times serve as consulting producers for the
Murdochs: Empire of Influence will stream live for
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The Murdochs: Empire of Influence Paints
a Media Mogul Whod Say Then Betray
Anything to Get His Way
keeping ones word is the measure of a man, well
Rupert Murdoch comes up way short in The
Murdochs: Empire of Influence. From his beginnings
as an Australian newspaperman to becoming the worlds
most influential media mogul, Murdoch repeatedly made
promises that not only did he not keep, but brazenly
broke the moment he got what he wanted.
of that, CNNs seven-part documentary miniseries
plays The Murdochs largely down the middle
a surprisingly nonpartisan portrait of a man
and his family, produced by a bitter political and
journalistic rival, thats light on bombshells
(virtually none) and heavy on fascinating archival
footage of a young Murdoch who never seemed to stop
trying to please his late father.
The Murdochs: Empire of Influence was
made without the participation of its main subjects:
Murdoch and his three middle children Elisabeth,
Lachlan and James who are, to this day, aligning
themselves to be his sole successor. (Inevitable comparisons
to the hit show Succession would seem
silly since the HBO drama was originally conceived
as a movie about the Murdochs, but the one-successor-to-rule-them-all
theory is indeed the reality.)
the patriarch, now 91, suffered a near-death scare
in a fall aboard son Lachlans megayacht in 2018,
the derby to control one of the worlds most
powerful media empires continues apace. And though
Lachlan seems to have a strong inside track, with
this family, fortunes can change quickly.
has always intended to pass off his company to one
of his children in particular, says New York
Times journalist Jonathan Mahler, co-author of an
extensive 2019 piece on the Murdochs. But to
designate an heir would be an admission of his mortality.
of Influence was originally produced as an original
documentary for the doomed digital platform CNN+,
long before Warner Bros. Discovery axed the flailing
startup and brought aboard Chris Licht to give the
network a less partisan tone. For that reason, its
all the more impressive how restrained its portrait
of Murdoch turned out to be. Which is not to say punches
pays particular attention to Murdochs willingness
to tell potential sellers once-liberal bastions
like Australias The Daily Telegraph, Londons
News of the World and The New York Post in particular
that he has no plans to meddle with their editorial
then do exactly that the very moment
he gets the keys to the front door.
was, says Roger Stone (yes, that Roger Stone!)
the most ruthless man in business history.
Murdochs broken promises werent a mere
matter of publishing right-wing opinion and leaning
into visceral, tabloid-heavy muck. The first two episodes,
which aired Sunday, also dive into Murdochs
aggressive political meddling, from using the Post
to anoint New York City Mayor Ed Koch in 1977 to helping
deliver New York State in 1980 for a victorious Ronald
Reagan (a favor he would call in many times, from
expedited U.S. citizenry to the extraordinary FCC
exception he was granted in order to buy TV stations
in markets where he already owned newspapers).
newspaper can create great controversies, it can throw
light on injustice, a young Murdoch calmly tells
an interviewer in the late 60s. Just as
it can do the opposite, it can hide things and be
a great power for evil.
own words but a typical CNN viewer who might
be hoping to see Murdoch with horns and a pitchfork
will be disappointed. They may even find themselves
admiring a young and forward-driving Murdoch, dark
of hair and eyebrows, barely recognizable were it
not for that satisfied half-smile he continues to
wear to this day.
whatever pathos Murdoch bears on the surface seems
to come from his father Sir Keith Murdoch,
himself a self-made newspaper mogul in the time of
the World Wars, who was by all accounts hard
and cold toward his eldest son.
didnt think Rupert had what it took, says
Jim Rutenberg, also co-author of the New York Times
piece from 2019, reporting upon which much of Empire
Keith Murdoch died, Rupert was studying abroad. By
the time he made his way home, his father was already
buried, and his mother had been convinced to sell
half of his newspaper holdings. With only a single
Adelaide newspaper left to start with, Murdoch felt
cheated and went on a mission to restore the
other half (and with the steamroller forging ahead,
certainly didnt stop there).
a father himself, Rupert Murdoch is described as loving
and attentive, if not always around. And when he was,
he stoked interest in the media in his boys (Elisabeth
wasnt considered a contender early on because
of her gender, though that changed as she began to
grow into her natural acumen).
was not raising children, he was raising media moguls,
Mahler says. This is the origin story of three
children whose entire lies would be shaped by the
pursuit of one thing.
in terms of handicapping the race to take over Murdochs
vast wealth and influence, Empire presents
no clear favorite by the end of Episode 2. Elisabeth
is very savvy, very cunning, Rutenberg says,
the closest thing to a candidate endorsement in Empire.
Shes the most like Rupert.
is portrayed as the most ambitious, openly gunning
for the job and currently co-heads Fox with
his father. James, at first seemingly disinterested
in his fathers Machiavellian schemes, becomes
a player as the TV piece of the puzzle takes centerstage.
enough, by Episode 2, were beginning to see
Murdochs blooming interest in television in
the 80s. With that big assist from Reagan, he
makes a huge gamble on buying Metromedia TV stations
for $2 billion, then 20th Century Fox for $575 million
the ingredients he would need to create NewsCorp
and, by proxy, Fox News.
has a great vision for what its lacking in the
landscape, not only in print but in television,
says Maury Povich, whose Inside Edition
would be an early glimpse into the Murdoch TV ethos.
might not deliver any new revelations about the Murdoch
family saga, but does an admirable job of weaving
together the arc of a family story that has now touched
10 decades and shows no signs of coming to
a conclusion soon.
is giving the corporate bro wardrobe an update - December
cast of Succession are changing the way men dress
for the corporate arena
since Mad Men taught executives how to fold pocket
squares has a television show about awful people been
so widely imitated in the workplace as Succession.
While women have dissected the working wardrobe of
turtleneck-loving Australian actress Sarah Snook as
Shiv Roy, its the spiteful sons of Logan Roy,
played by unexpected influencer Brian Cox, who are
changing the corporate office dress code for men.
definitely having an impact and gotten to the point
where I am going to have to watch the show for work,
says Andrew Byrne, co-founder of mens tailor
The Cloakroom. Its not so much about the
individual characters. Its the way they appear
as a group. In a scene at a wedding in Italy everything
is a uniformity to the relaxed business approach of
the characters, such as Kieran Culkin and Jeremy Strong
as Roman and Kendall Roy, where ties are signals of
stress or remnants of the old guard, puffer vests
are worn like armour and the desperation of logo-laden
coats and jackets is replaced by the reassuring expense
of pieces in plain cashmere.
are still wearing suits, said Miles Wharton,
co-founder of The Bespoke Corner Tailors. The
shift has changed towards the uber luxury we are seeing
in Succession. People are ordering handmade suede
jackets, and you just didnt see that in Australia
no longer enough for corporate bros to flash a Rolex
or Panerai watch, undo some shirt buttons, roll up
their sleeves and wear RM Williams instead of polished
brogues to look as though they are moving towards
a corner office instead of a hot desk.
can get a leather bomber jacket for a more relaxed
look, but you might want to match your zip to the
same colour as your watch, Byrne said. We
have a factory three hours outside Tokyo that works
with sheep leather, which is super soft and can find
a matte black zip for your matte black watch.
to look rich, not surprisingly, costs a lot of money.
That jacket, softer than the seat of your private
jet, costs from $3595. Youre effectively
making a piece from scratch and can dial in all the
details that make a difference.
everyone is rocking up to work in four figure bomber
jackets, with Byrne noting that people become courageously
casual the higher they rise in an organisation. Just
like Successions bumbling, bottom of the totem-pole
Cousin Greg (Nicholas Baum), conservative suits are
still the staple for those starting out.
is dressing for the station that they want to be and
that means that you cant be too forward or ostentatious,
Byrne said. Translation, if the boss is wearing MJ
Bale and a Swatch watch dont turn up in a Prada
suit flashing a Cartier tank.
there are the challenges of nailing the relaxed cool
of the Roys once youre on the ascendant.
People think its easy to wear sneakers
and a bomber with jeans to work. Its not. You
have to consider the fit, where the bottom of the
bomber hits on your body and the style and wash of
trend Successions power brokers own is non-branded
baseball caps. Dont head into the back of your
wardrobe and unpick the label off an old Ed Hardy
trucker. These simple caps will cost you $690 if youre
shopping at Succession favourite Brunello Cucinelli.
Thats the wool version, you will need to save
more for the cashmere.
thought about selling our own version, said
Wharton. Our shoppers are looking for those
plain fabrics, such as cashmeres and premium wools.
We almost ordered some.
might just have made a shrewd business decision worthy
of the Roy family. A representative from KPMG consultancys
Sydney office confirmed that there have been no cashmere
baseball caps this week. Perhaps next season.
Sydney Morning Herald)