CNN Films Acquires Joe Biden Doc 'President in Waiting'

Joe Biden
Courtesy of Playground Productions

Jeffrey Roth's feature has now President-elect Biden and five other living U.S. Vice Presidents, including Mike Pence, talking about events that shaped their White House years.

CNN Films has picked up the North American linear TV rights to President in Waiting, a feature documentary from Jeffrey Roth where now President-elect Joe Biden discusses his years as vice president under President Barack Obama.

The film, which interviews five other living American Vice Presidents -- Mike Pence, Dick Cheney, Al Gore, Dan Quayle, and Walter Mondale -- about their White House years, is set for a Dec. 5 premiere on CNN.

"Jeffrey Roth’s storytelling and his ability to bring this incredible cast of subjects together on film, make President in Waiting essential viewing," Courtney Sexton, senior vp of CNN Films, said in a statement.

Biden in President in Waiting discusses accepting his nomination of Vice President, and his later relationship with President Obama, while his fellow VPs discuss their own experiences with war, diplomacy and other national events that shaped their own administrations.

Roth also wrote and produced the film with Paul Basta of Playground Productions. Stephen Beck is executive producer.

The acquisition deal was negotiated by Josh Braun, Matt Burke, and Ben Schwartz of Submarine Entertainment, on behalf of the filmmakers, and by Stacey Wolf, senior vp of business affairs, and Kelly MacLanahan, assistant general counsel, both of CNN Worldwide, on behalf of CNN Films.