Report: Pressure from the Kennedy Family Helped Kill ‘Kennedys’ Miniseries on History

Jan 10, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Pressure from the Kennedy family played a crucial role in History’s decision to kill the miniseries "The Kennedys," reports Matthew Belloni in The Hollywood Reporter.

As previously reported, the History Channel said it decided not to air its eight-part multimillion-dollar miniseries because the content wasn’t historically accurate enough for its standards. 

Belloni reports that members of the Kennedy family  had never stopped lobbying to kill the project ever ince it was announced in December, 2009.

 Anne Sweeney, the head of Disney/ABC Television Group and a board member of the AETN, was personally lobbied by Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy, the story says. It adds that Caroline Kennedy has a book deal with Disney’s Hyperion division to publish a collection of previously unreleased interviews with her mother.

Another Kennedy relative, Maria Shriver, was also said to have voiced her feelings about the project to outgoing NBC Universal executives Jeff Zucker and Jeff Gaspin, with Gaspin also serving on the AETN board. Shriver is also a friend of Sweeney’s, the story says. 

The Walt Disney Co., Hearst, and NBC are co-owners of History Channel parent AETN.

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