NOBODY SPEAK: Trials of the Free Press
When online tabloid Gawker posted a sex tape starring former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, a high-stakes legal battle pitting privacy rights against the First Amendment ensued. Hogan won the case and the staggering settlement he received not only bankrupted Gawker, but exposed a controversial, behind-the-scenes benefactor: Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel. Taking examples like Sheldon Adelson’s purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, this documentary illustrates a growing, sinister trend at odds with our country’s free press. Billionaires are tipping the balance on the public’s access to news, posing new threats to society’s relationship to the truth.
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Femke Wolting, Korelan Matteson
Scott Sinkler, Jason Blalock
Nick Denton, A.J. Daulario, John Cook, David Folkenflik, Floyd Abrams, Peter Sterne, David Houston, Margaret Sullivan, Jay Rosen, John L. Smith
Co-Producer: Nora Chute, Assistant Editor: Kevin Cheung, Associate Producer: Victoria Marquette, Co-Editors: Jason Decker, Tom Maroney, Kaylyn Thornal, Brian Knappenberger, Associate Producer: Sarah Fiori, Additional Music: John Draggonetti, Motion Graphics: BigStar, Digital Intermediate: Different By Design , Publicity : David Magdael & Associates, Sales and Distribution: Submarine
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