Documentary Feature Will Explore U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations

And Marks The Third Collaboration For Gibney And Wright  

LOS ANGELES – January 7, 2019 – As the complicated dynamic between the current White House and Saudi Arabia continues to reveal itself and dominate the news, Showtime Documentary Films today announced plans for HOUSE OF SAUD (wt), a documentary feature that will examine the relationship between the two powerful nations. Beginning with the October murder of Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi, the feature will explore the history between the two nations in the decades leading up to today’s troubling interactions between the Trump administration and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Oscar and Emmy® award winning director Alex Gibney (ENEMIES: THE PRESIDENT, JUSTICE & THE FBI) is set to produce under his banner Jigsaw Productions in collaboration with Emmy and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright (The Looming Tower).

Gibney is a preeminent documentarian, with his projects earning an Academy Award®, multiple Emmy Awards, a Grammy® Award, several Peabody Awards, the DuPont-Columbia Award, and Writers Guild Awards. Gibney was awarded the International Documentary Association’s (IDA) Career Achievement Award in 2013 and the first ever Christopher Hitchens Prize in 2015. Wright is an acclaimed author, staff writer at the New Yorker, and was awarded the Pulitzer for his book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Gibney and Wright previously collaborated on the Emmy-nominated  series The Looming Tower and the three-time Emmy-winning documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, based on Wright’s book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.

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