Citizen Hearst, directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Leslie Iwerks and narrated by 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 the global impact of the company's many successful newspaper, magazine, television and digital brands that have shaped our culture.
Iwerks provides a rare glimpse behind the glass walls of the Hearst Tower, interviewing top magazine and fashion editors of Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Town & Country, among others, while also traveling to San Simeon, California, for unprecedented access to the Hearst Castle and interviews with Hearst family members. The film features interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Dan Rather, Mark Burnett, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Bob Iger, Leonard Maltin, Dr. Oz and Heidi Klum, among others.
"You must keep your mind on the objective, not the obstacle."
– William Randolph Hearst
Born in San Francisco on April 29, 1863, William Randolph Hearst used his wealth and privilege to build a massive media empire. A founder of "yellow journalism," he was praised for his success and vilified by his enemies.View Full Profile
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