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Sean Penn’s Zelensky-Ukraine Documentary Produced by Ex-CBS News Chief Susan Zirinsky to Premiere Next Month


Remember when Sean Penn was sneaking into Ukraine to hang out with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky?

Well, he’s made his documentary about being first to Kyiv and it’s premiering on Paramount Plus September 18th.

“Superpower” is produced by Susan Zirinsky, President of See It Now Studios. Zirinsky is the ex-head of CBS News, ex-head of “60 Minutes.” She became famous when Holly Hunter played a character fashioned after her in the great James L. Brooks movie, “Broadcast News.”

“See it Now” is named by Zirinsky for the original “60 Minutes” on CBS in the 1950s created by legends Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly.

The film was financed by FIFTH SEASON and VICE News, with VICE Studios and Projected Picture Works producing alongside Penn,  Billy Smith, Sergei Bespalov, Danny Gabai and Lauren Terp. Executive Producers are Kate Ward, Katie Peck, Andrew Freston, Bruce Dixon, Hozefa Lokhandwala, Subrata De, Susan Zirinsky, Terence Wrong, Anthony Gudas, Chad A. Verdi and Sasha Cherniavsky. FIFTH SEASON is handling the global distribution of the film.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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