Academy Award- and Emmy-Nominated Director Leslie Iwerks &

Academy Award- and Emmy-Nominated Director Leslie Iwerks & Hearst
Corporation Announce Citizen Hearst 
The First Documentary Chronicling the 125-Year History of the Media
Giant Founded by William Randolph Hearst; Docu Screens at Asia
Society Texas Center in Houston Tonight (October 31) 
HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 10/31/12 --  Leslie Iwerks Productions
and Hearst Corporation announced that one of the great media success
stories -- the compelling and dramatic story of the rise of one of
America's best known companies -- is told in a new full-feature
documentary, Citizen Hearst. (Watch the trailer at 
In Citizen Hearst, which screens for invited guests at Houston's Asia
Society Texas Center tonight, Academy Award(R)- and Emmy(R)-nominated
director Leslie Iwerks (The Pixar Story, Pipe Dreams, Recycled Life)
explores the 125-year history of Hearst Corporation, from William
Randolph Hearst's conviction that print newspapers could boldly
inform public opinion, to the global impact of the company's
multimedia brands and diversified businesses today. The film is
narrated by Academy Award(R)-nominated actor William H. Macy and had
its world premiere the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival on
October 5. The film is now on the festival circuit and a wide release
is planned for 2013. 
The iconic nature of W.R. Hearst-an important and indelible part of
American history -- has long enthralled the public, and was famously
dramatized in the 1941 film Citizen Kane, starring Orson Welles.
Citizen Hearst, produced by Iwerks and Jane Kelly Kosek, is the first
in-depth look at how the company has navigated the changing times
over the span of two centuries. 
Crafted from interviews and historical footage, Citizen Hearst
features the personal stories and trials and tribulations that have
made today's Hearst Corporation. Featured interviews include Hearst
executives and editors, including Frank A. Bennack, Jr., CEO of
Hearst, who has led the company longer than any Hearst executive
other than W.R. Hearst himself; Oprah Winfrey; Mark Burnett; Ralph
Lauren; Donna Karan; Dan Rather; Bob Iger; Leonard Maltin; Dr. Oz;
Heidi Klum; Nina Garcia; Timothy Greenfield-Sanders; and several
descendants of W.R. Hearst, among others. 
The film chronicles the rise of Am
erican journalism and Hearst's
newspaper rivalry with Joseph Pulitzer; traces the beginnings of
newsreels and films, and later magazine brands and cable; glimpses
inside the personal lives of W.R. Hearst and Marion Davies (including
reactions to Citizen Kane); explores the influences of media on
politics through the decades; investigates Hearst's steadfast pursuit
of creative expansion; and examines the bold commitment the company
made in a changed media world to building Hearst Tower in the wake of
Viewers will get a never-before-seen view of the company, from behind
the glass exterior of New York's Hearst Tower to inside the famous
Hearst Castle near San Simeon, Calif. 
"Citizen Hearst explores the creative genius and sharp foresight that
has been handed down from one Hearst leader to the next, all in the
pursuit of innovation across all media platforms," Iwerks says.
"Hearst has always believed in its creative people to build and
expand the organization. The film follows the thread that began with
the unprecedented vision and risks of William Randolph Hearst and
continues under the leadership of CEO Frank Bennack today." 
Commenting on the film, Frank A. Bennack, Jr., CEO of Hearst
Corporation, says: "It is clear today that we are a very different
company than 125 years ago, but in one sense Hearst has not changed
at all: Our mission is still to inform, entertain and inspire. This
is the first time our story is told in film, from William Randolph
Hearst's first Examiner edition to the global information company we
are today. Citizen Hearst is a documentary 125 years in the making --
we are all 'Citizen Hearsts' in a sense, informed by journalism and
media that W.R. Hearst is responsible for creating." 
Visit for more information on film, including
details on upcoming screenings. Find the film on Facebook at 
About Leslie Iwerks Productions 
 Leslie Iwerks Productions, Inc. is
based in Santa Monica, Calif., and over the last twelve years the
company has produced award-winning documentaries, television specials
and digital content for Disney, Pixar, HBO, Starz, Bravo, National
Geographic, Babelgum, among others. Iwerks' short documentary
Recycled Life was nominated for an Academy Award(R) in 2007, and The
Pixar Story a feature documentary about Pixar Animation Studios, was
nominated for an Emmy(R) in 2008. Her short documentaries Downstream
and Pipe Dreams were both shortlisted for Oscars. Iwerks' latest
television documentary, Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the
Impossible aired on Encore last fall and included George Lucas,
Steven Spielberg, JJ Abrams, Ron Howard, Robin Williams and was
narrated by Tom Cruise. The company is currently in development and
production on a number of short and feature-length documentary and
narrative projects; visit for more information. 
About Hearst Corporation
 Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Hearst
Corporation ( is one of the nation's largest
diversified media and information companies. Its major interests
include ownership of 15 daily and 36 weekly newspapers, including the
Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News
and Albany Times Union; hundreds of magazines around the world,
including Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, ELLE and O, The Oprah
Magazine; 29 television stations, which reach a combined 18 percent
of U.S. viewers; ownership in leading cable networks, including
Lifetime, A&E, History and ESPN; significant holdings in electronic
and medical/pharmaceutical industries; a 50 percent stake in the
global ratings agency Fitch Group; Internet and marketing services
businesses; television production; newspaper features distribution;
and real estate. Follow us on Twitter @HearstCorp. 
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For further information, contact:
Jane Kelly Kosek
Leslie Iwerks Productions
Paul Luthringer
Hearst Corporation
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