CNN Films Hires Inconvenient Truth Producer

by Andrew Johnson

CNN’s latest hire in its film division looks like the validation the Republican National Committee was looking for. After the RNC voted the network from hosting future presidential debates if it follows through on plans to produce a Hillary Clinton documentary, the network’s films division has announced it will bring on film executive Courtney Sexton, who has a long history of working on left-leaning flicks.

Deadline details that Sexton’s past works include Al Gore’s climate-change documentary An Inconvenient Truth, as well as 2010’s Climate of Change, which “focused on the efforts of everyday people all over the world who are making a difference in the fight against global warming.” She also worked on Man From Plains, which followed former president Jimmy Carter’s 2007 book tour. She’s spent her eight years before joining CNN at Participant Media, a production company focused on activist projects.

“Any concerns the Clinton team had are all gone,” RNC communications director Sean Spicer told Politico in an email in reaction to the announcement. “This puts the ‘p’ in ‘puff piece.’”

“What’s next, Michael Moore directing?” he quipped.

Sexton’s other credits include activist films such as agribusiness documentary Food, Inc., the Abu Ghraib film Standard Operating Procedure, and Casino Jack and the United States of Money, which focused on lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his ties to the Bush White House. Before joining Participant, she worked on HBO’s Deadwood with the eventual director of An Inconvenient Truth.

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