Academy Award- and Emmy-Nominated Director Leslie Iwerks, D&E Entertainment & Hearst Corporation Announce Citizen Hearst to Hit

Academy Award- and Emmy-Nominated Director Leslie Iwerks, D&E Entertainment & 
Hearst Corporation Announce Citizen Hearst to Hit
Movie Theaters Nationwide March 11 
VIP Screening at Hearst Castle March 8 Followed by West Coast
Premiere at San Luis Obispo International Film Festival March 10 
NEW YORK, NY and LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/06/13 --  
Leslie Iwerks Productions and Hearst Corporation, in conjunction with
D&E Entertainment, announced today the nationwide theatrical release
of Citizen Hearst beginning March 11 in multiple cities, including
New York and Los Angeles. To kick off the national run, there will be
a red carpet premiere at Hearst Castle on March 8 and the film will
be feted as the closing night film of the San Luis Obispo
International Film Festival on March 10. (Watch the trailer and buy
tickets at 
Citizen Hearst, directed by Academy Award(R) nominee Leslie Iwerks
and narrated by Academy Award(R) nominee William H. Macy, traces the
125-year history of the Hearst media empire, from William Randolph
Hearst's pioneering and controversial days of headline-grabbing
newspapers and yellow journalism to today's successful and
culture-shaping news, magazine, television and digital brands around
the world. The film had its world premiere at the Hamptons
International Film Festival in October 2012.  
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, which screened at Hearst Castle for the first time during the
2011 San Luis Obispo Film Festival. 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
Crafted from interviews and historical footage, Citizen Hearst
features the personal stories and media milestones that have made
today's Hearst Corporation. 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.
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
The film chronicles the rise of American journalism and the 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, as well as the
impact of Citizen Kane on W.R. Hearst himself; explores the
influences of media on politics through the decades; investigates
Hearst's steadfast pursuit of creative expansion; and examines the
bold commitment to building Hearst Tower in the wake of 9/11. 
"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, Bennack 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
Visit for more information on film, including
details on the national theatrical release. Find the film on Facebook
About D&E Entertainment
 D&E Entertainment
(, based in Hollywood, Calif., was formed
by entertainment industry executives Doug Kluthe and Evan Saxon -- a
unique partnership experienced in the marketing of digital cinema
events and innovative alternative content solutions in the
groundbreaking digital format. D&E offers filmmakers and content
owners innovative digital distribution opportunities to maximize
marketing, social engagement, and revenue generating opportunities. 
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, films 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 (2010) and Pipe Dreams (2012) were both
shortlisted for Academy Awards(R). Iwerks' television documentary,
Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible aired on Encore in
2011 and included George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, JJ Abrams, Ron
Howard, Robin Williams and was narrated by Tom Cruise. Iwerks is a
third generation filmmaker from a two-time Oscar(R)-winning family.
Her documentary for the Walt Disney Company The Hand Behind the Mouse
chronicles the story of her grandfather, Ub Iwerks, the original
designer and co-creator of Mickey Mouse. Leslie Iwerks Productions is
currently in development and production on a number of documentary
and live action projects; visit for more
About Hearst Corporation
 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 the automotive, electronic,
medical/pharmaceutical and financial information 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
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Rubenstein Communications
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Rubenstein Communications
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