June 12, 2013

Soledad O’Brien: Lands New Deal With HBO

Soledad O'Brien

Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien has landed her first post-CNN deal.

The former host of CNN’s “Starting Point” has inked an overall content development deal with HBO and also will join the network’s sports news magazine show, “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

O’Brien’s deal allows HBO to have first look at scripted projects and long-form programming concepts developed by O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group.

The 46-year-old media personality first piece for HBO is about an innovative regimen at a San Diego fight club that helps veterans combat mental illness and PTSD. The package will air on the June 25 edition of “Real Sports.”

“Soledad is a perfect fit for Real Sports,” said HBO Sports president Ken Hershman in a statement about the deal. “She’s an extraordinary interviewer and storyteller, and we’re thrilled to be able to add her to a franchise where the emphasis is on finding and presenting thought-provoking stories in the diverse and ever-fascinating world of sports.”

Soledad O’Brien

“Real Sports” host and former “Today” show anchor Gumbel also released a statement about her joining his team.

“Soledad’s a respected journalist with a proven track record. Her credibility, broad interests and passion make her a wonderful addition to our program. I’m thrilled to have her on our Real Sports team,” he said.

O’Brien departed CNN in April after a network overhaul was made by new CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker.

As part of her exit from the news network, the new visiting fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education was able to maintain ownership of her “In America” documentary franchise.


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