CNN Films acquires documentary feature PRESIDENT IN WAITING from Director Jeffrey Roth

CNN Films announces the acquisition of the documentary feature PRESIDENT IN WAITING from director Jeffrey Roth (41, The Wonder of it All).  Roth also wrote and produced the film with Paul Basta of Playground Productions.  Stephen Beck is executive producer.  Now-President-Elect Joe Biden discusses his deliberation in accepting his nomination of Vice President, and explores in detail, his relationship with President Barack Obama, and the key counsel he offered at pivotal moments during their time in office.  CNN Films has acquired linear television rights throughout North America for the feature; the film will premiere Saturday, Dec. 5 at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN.  

Roth interviewed all six living Vice Presidents, including Joe Biden(now President-Elect),  assembling for the first time in a film, the former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter, along with Vice Presidents, Mike Pence, Dick Cheney, Al Gore, Dan Quayle,and Walter Mondale.Exceptionally relevant to the current political moment, PRESIDENT IN WAITING is an intimate and illuminating examination of the relationships between the American President and Vice President, and their views of the power of the Vice Presidency, in their own words. 

Each exclusive interview reveals the singular forces that shaped the tenures of these Vice Presidents, from war to diplomacy to political crises and defining decisions, and illustrates how the modern Vice Presidency has evolved to become one of the most powerful political offices in the land.  The documentary is a blend of contemporary interviews, footage of events, and evocative photographs and other archival media that document the central role of the men at the heart of American power.  

“Jeffrey Roth’s storytelling and his ability to bring this incredible cast of subjects together on film, make PRESIDENT IN WAITING essential viewing,” said Courtney Sexton, senior vice president for CNN Films.  “Everyone wanting to better understand contemporary American history will want to see Jeffrey’s thoughtful film,” she said.

The deal announced was negotiated by Josh Braun, Matt Burke, and Ben Schwartz of Submarine Entertainment, on behalf of the filmmakers, and by Stacey Wolf, senior vice president of business affairs, and Kelly MacLanahan, assistant general counsel, both of CNN Worldwide, on behalf of CNN Films.  Submarine presented the film to international buyers at American Film Market (AFM) last week.

During the Saturday, Dec. 5 television premiere, PRESIDENT IN WAITING will stream live for subscribers via CNNgo ( and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android.  The film will be available on demand beginning Sunday, Dec. 6, via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms, and CNN mobile apps through Saturday, Dec. 12.  

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