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CNN and New York Times Plan Documentary Series on Rupert Murdoch

Two of his media empire’s biggest competitors are teaming up to tell the mogul’s story.

Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch

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CNN and the New York Times are collaborating on a multipart documentary series about Rupert Murdoch, according to people familiar with the matter, turning a lens on one of the most influential media executives of the past half-century.

Jonathan Mahler and Jim Rutenberg, who profiled the Murdoch media dynasty for the New York Times Magazine, are working on the effort, with the goal of releasing it in 2022, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the project hasn’t been announced yet. Their story, “Planet Fox,” won an award for best feature from the Gerald Loeb Awards in the past year.