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THE LOUDEST VOICE

Premieres Sunday, June 30 at 10/9c.

 

THE LOUDEST VOICE – PRESS KIT

 “Tell the people what to think and you’ve already lost them. Show them how to feel and they're yours forever.” – Roger Ailes

THE LOUDEST VOICE is based on extensive reporting by Gabriel Sherman in his bestselling book The Loudest Voice in the Room, which included interviews with more than 600 people and Sherman’s reporting for New York Magazine. In addition to Russell Crowe, the star-studded cast includes Academy Award® nominee Naomi Watts as former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, Golden Globe® nominee Sienna Miller (Layer Cake) as Ailes’ wife Elizabeth, Oscar® nominee and Emmy® winner Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) as former Fox News PR chief Brian Lewis, Screen Actors Guild Award® nominee Simon McBurney (The Theory of Everything) as News Corp leader Rupert Murdoch, Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders) as former Fox News booker Laurie Luhn and Aleksa Palladino (Boardwalk Empire) as Ailes’ longtime assistant Judy Laterza. Guest stars include Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Josh Charles (The Good Wife) as Casey Close, Gretchen Carlson’s husband and Josh Stamberg (The Affair) as former Fox executive Bill Shine. Emmy nominee Kari Skogland (The Handmaid’s Tale) directed multiple episodes.

Even after his passing, no figure looms larger in today’s politically charged media landscape than Roger Ailes, who molded Fox News into a force that irrevocably changed the conversation about the highest levels of government. To understand the events that led to the rise of the modern Republican Party, one must understand Ailes. The upcoming limited series THE LOUDEST VOICE takes on that challenge. Primarily focusing on the past decade when Ailes arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader, it also touches on defining events in Ailes’ life, including experiences with world leaders that gave birth to Ailes’ political career and the sexual harassment accusations and settlements that brought his Fox News reign to an end. The series aims to shed light on the psychology that drives the political process from the top down.

The first episode of the limited series was written by Oscar winner Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) and Sherman. The project is a co-production from SHOWTIME® and Blumhouse Television (Sharp Objects, The Jinx, Get Out). In addition to Crowe, McCarthy serves as executive producer with Alex Metcalf and Emmy winner Jason Blum, as well as Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold for Blumhouse Television, Liza Chasin of 3dot Productions, Kari Skogland and Padraic “Pat” McKinley.

 

 THE RISE OF ROGER AILES

 

1940 – Roger Ailes is born in Warren, Ohio.

1961 – Ailes begins his career as a producer on The Mike Douglas Show.

1968 – Ailes meets Richard Nixon when the former presidential candidate is a guest on the show. Impressed by the young producer’s ideas, Nixon hires him as a political consultant. Ailes works to shape Nixon’s campaign and help make the candidate more appealing to voters. That fall, Richard Nixon is elected the 37th President of the United States.

1974 – Roger Ailes joins Television News Incorporated, a right-wing TV network that’s viewed by many as a forerunner of Fox News.

1975 – When Television News Incorporated folds, Ailes goes back to political consulting.

1984 – President Ronald Reagan hires Ailes to work on his re-election campaign. Reagan’s victory bolsters Ailes’ reputation as a political consultant.

1988 – Presidential candidate George HW Bush hires Ailes as campaign director and media advisor. Ailes successfully guides Bush to victory.

         – Ailes co-authors You Are the Message: Secrets of the Master Communicators, a book about persuasion, influence and communication.

1993 – Roger Ailes becomes president of NBC’s business and financial news network CNBC.

1994 – Ailes creates America’s Talking, a cable network focused on talk shows. It struggles to find an audience and flounders in the ratings.

1995 – Less than two years after its launch, America’s Talking is rebranded as MSNBC. Ailes is forced to leave NBC and, over Christmas 1995, negotiates a severance package with Jack Welch, CEO of NBC’s owner General Electric. It includes a clever loophole: although Ailes is prevented from working at other existing news networks, no mention is made of him starting a new network.

1996 – Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corporation, hires Ailes to create Fox News. The “fair and balanced” network would go on to become an influential voice in conservative politics and highly profitable for Fox.

2005 – Roger Ailes becomes chairman and CEO of Fox Television Stations, replacing Murdoch’s oldest son Lachlan.

2014 – In The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News – and Divided a Country, author Gabriel Sherman alleges that Ailes offered a producer a raise in exchange for sex. Fox denies the allegations.

2016 – Gretchen Carlson files suit against Roger Ailes, alleging she was fired from Fox News for rejecting his sexual advances. Fox eventually settles.

         – Under pressure from Rupert Murdoch, Ailes resigns from Fox News two weeks after Carlson’s lawsuit is filed. He’s given a $40 million severance package.

         – After his resignation, more than two dozen other women came forward to accuse Ailes of sexual harassment.

2017 – After falling and hitting his head in the bathroom of his Palm Beach mansion, Roger Ailes dies of a subdural hematoma. Ailes was a hemophiliac, a condition that prevented his blood from clotting. He was 77.

 

 

CAST

“If you’re looking for someone powerful who can change your life or send you straight to hell, you’re talking to him.” – Roger Ailes

Russell Crowe          Roger Ailes

 

RUSSELL CROWE is a three-time Best Actor Oscar nominee, winning for Gladiator. He is also a five-time Golden Globe nominee as Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, winning that award (as well as BAFTA and the SAG honors for Lead Actor) for his Oscar nominated performance in A Beautiful Mind. Crowe’s work in The Insider earned him nominations from the Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTA and SAG. The long list of films in which he played memorable roles also includes Romper Stomper, L.A. Confidential, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Cinderella Man, American Gangster, State of Play, Robin Hood, Les Misérables and Boy Erased.

 

“It’s not your show Gretchen. It’s my show. Do your job or you’ll be doing weather in a bikini in Des Moines.” – Roger Ailes

Naomi Watts             Gretchen Carlson

NAOMI WATTS is a multiple Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee, as well as a Golden Globe nominee. She has been directed twice by David Lynch, starring in the critically acclaimed film Mulholland Drive and the recent 18-part SHOWTIME® limited series Twin Peaks. On the big screen, she stars in the upcoming films Luce and Ophelia. Her feature film credits include The Impossible, 21 Grams, I Heart Huckabees, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), St. Vincent, The Ring, King Kong, Eastern Promises, Fair Game, J. Edgar, The International and The Painted Veil.

 

“This isn’t going to work, Beth. You need to choose. Me or the job.” – Roger Ailes

Sienna Miller            Elizabeth Ailes

SIENNA MILLER made her film debut opposite Daniel Craig in the 2004 indie thriller Layer Cake, directed by Matthew Vaughn. Additional film credits include Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, Clint Eastwood’s Oscar nominated American Sniper, Live by Night, Factory Girl, Alfie, The Lost City of Z, Casanova, The Edge of Love (British Independent Film Award nomination), Interview (Independent Spirit Award nomination, London Critics Circle Award nomination), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Unfinished Business, Burnt and High-Rise (British Independent Film Award nomination). She was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2008.

Miller can be seen in the upcoming drama American Woman, directed by Jake Scott, and the upcoming crime drama 21 Bridges, opposite Chadwick Boseman.

In 2005, Miller made her West End debut in the Shakespeare revival of As You Like It.  Additional theatre credits include The Royal Haymarket production of Flare Path and starring as the infamous Maggie in the 2017 Old Vic production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, opposite Jack O’Connell. In 2009 Miller made her Broadway debut in the play After Miss Julie. She also starred as Sally Bowles in Cabaret in the 2015 Broadway revival. Miller has supported many causes close to her heart and has served as a Global Ambassador for the International Medical Corps (providing emergency relief to those struck by disaster) for over a decade, traveling to Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Haiti and most recently South Sudan. She was born in New York, but quickly moved to England and lived and studied there for most of her life.

 

“I’m pretty damn sure that I’m still the boss. So how ‘bout you just do what I tell you, Bill?” – Roger Ailes

Seth MacFarlane                Brian Lewis

SETH MacFARLANE’s talents encompass every aspect of the entertainment industry. He’s created some of the most popular content on television and film today while also expanding his career in the worlds of music and philanthropy. At 24, MacFarlane became the youngest showrunner in television history when he launched his animated series Family Guy, which is gearing up for its 18th season and has numerous nominations and four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance and Outstanding Music and Lyrics. He also serves as co-creator, executive producer and voice actor on American Dad!; executive produced the 21st century version of Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey and is currently executive producing the next installment of the series, Cosmos: Possible Worlds. He recently created, executive produces and stars in the live-action, one-hour space adventure series The Orville.

MacFarlane made his feature film directorial debut in 2012 with comedy film Ted. In 2013, he hosted the 85th Academy Awards in 2013 and was also nominated that same year for “Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song” for “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted. Due to its great success and cult following, the highly anticipated sequel Ted 2 was released in June 2015. He also wrote, produced, directed and starred in A Million Ways To Die In The West. Up next, his production company Fuzzy Door will produce the female ensemble comedy Fairy Tale Ending. As an actor, MacFarlane voiced Mike in the 2016 animated musical family comedy Sing. He also appeared in the heist film Logan Lucky.

MacFarlane’s debut album of standards Music is Better Than Words went on to receive four Grammy® nominations. His 2014 first-ever Christmas set, Holiday for Swing, also debuted at No. 1 and was followed by No One Ever Tells You and In Full Swing, his first No.1 Traditional Jazz album, garnering him two more Grammy nominations. His fifth album, Once In A While, was released earlier this spring.

MacFarlane created The Seth MacFarlane Foundation to focus his charitable efforts. He also executive produced the climate change documentary inspired by the nonfiction bestseller by Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything. Through his foundation, MacFarlane continues to be an avid supporter of science communication, cancer research, the Human Rights Campaign, Oceana, People for the American Way, Chrysalis, Perry’s Place and National Public Radio.

 

“A man in my position, a private man in a public world, I need absolute discretion. Absolute loyalty.”

– Roger Ailes

Simon McBurney               Rupert Murdoch

SIMON McBURNEY will next be seen starring in the first season of Carnival Row, opposite Orlando Bloom. His feature film credits include Allied, The Conjuring 2, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, The Theory of Everything, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Manchurian Candidate, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Body of Lies, opposite his The Loudest Voice co-star Russell Crowe. Recently on stage he starred on Broadway in his critically acclaimed one-man show The Encounter, which he also created and directed.

 

Annabelle Wallis                 Laurie Luhn

ANNABELLE WALLIS was most recently seen in the feature film comedy Tag. She is currently in production on Robin Pront’s The Silencing, opposite Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. She recently wrapped Agata Alexander’s Warning as well as Joe Carnahan’s Boss Level, opposite Mel Gibson. Wallis was previously seen in the highly successful reboot of The Mummy, opposite Tom Cruise, as well as King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, the action thriller series Come and Find Me, opposite Arnie Hammer and in the psychological thriller Mine. Prior to this, Wallis appeared in the third season of Peaky Blinders. Other credits include The Brothers Grimsby, Annabelle, The Conjuring and Bond Girl. Among her other television credits are the four-part series Fleming, Pan Am and the SHOWTIME® original series The Tudors.

 

Aleksa Palladino                Judy Laterza

ALEKSA PALLADINO has starred in many film festival favorites such as Manny & Lo, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole and Storytelling. She went on to work with legendary director Sidney Lumet on Find Me Guilty and Before the Devils Knows You’re Dead. While on Boardwalk Empire, Palladino began her working relationship with Martin Scorsese and has recently wrapped The Irishman, opposite Robert De Niro. On television, she starred in one season of Halt and Catch Fire and One Dollar. In addition to acting, Palladino is a singer-songwriter for Exitmusic, for which she has received much recognition and critical accolades. The 2012 release of her album Passage earned the 2nd place spot on NPR’s best 10 albums of the year. Palladino’s songs have appeared in numerous TV shows including Shameless and Eastbound & Down. Her latest album, The Recognitions was released in spring 2018.

 

CREDITS

Cast

Russell Crowe                                  Roger Ailes

Sienna Miller                                    Elizabeth Ailes

Naomi Watts                                     Gretchen Carlson

Seth Macfarlane                               Brian Lewis

Annabelle Wallis                              Laurie Luhn

Simon McBurney                             Rupert Murdoch

Aleksa Palladino                              Judy Laterza

 

Josh Stamberg                                 Bill Shine

Emory Cohen                                   Joe Lindsley

Patch Darragh                                  Sean Hannity

Jaime Jackson                                 Ian Rae

Guy Boyd                                          Chet Collier

John Finn                                          Jack Welch

Mackenzie Astin                               John Moody

Susan Pourfar                                  Dianne Brandi

Barry Watson                                    Lachlan Murdoch

Rod McLachlan                                Jimmy Gildea

Taylor Louderman                           Carrie

Julee Cerda                                      Wendi Deng

David Cromer                                    David Axelrod

Lucy Owen                                        Suzanne Scott

Josh McDermitt                                 Glenn Beck

Erin Darke                                         Kat Lindsley

Joe Cortese                                       Roger Stone

Fran Kranz                                        Gabriel Sherman

Josh Charles                                    Casey Close

Jessica Hecht                                   Nancy Erika Smith

Timothy Busfield                              Neil Mullin

Josh Helman                                    James Murdoch

 

Production

Directed by                                        Kari Skogland (#101, #102, #105)

Jeremy Podeswa (#103 & #104)

Stephen Frears (#106)

Scott Z. Burns (#107)

 

Written by                                          Alex Metcalf

Tom McCarthy

Laura Eason

Gabriel Sherman

Jennifer Stahl

John Harrington Bland

 

Based on the book The Loudest

Voice in the Room and the New

York Magazine articles by              Gabriel Sherman

 

Developed by                                    Tom McCarthy and Alex Metcalf

 

Executive Producers                       Tom McCarthy

Jason Blum

Alex Metcalf

Liza Chasin

Kari Skogland

Jeremy Gold

Marci Wiseman

Padraic McKinley

Russell Crowe

 

Co-Executive Producers                 Laura Eason

Gabriel Sherman

Jennifer Stahl

Kerry Orent

 

Supervising Producer                     John Harrington Bland

 

Producers                                          Tamara Isaac

Agatha Warren Barnes