Redford/Sundance to make “Chicagoland” reality series

Robert Redford and his Sundance Productions will produce an eight-part unscripted series about Chicago that examines the challenges the quintessential American city faces as it tries to rebuild from the consequences of the recent economic crisis. 

It will air on CNN early in 2014 and reach worldwide viewers.

“The vibrant culture and opportunities inherent in this 21st century, world-class city run alongside profound daily challenges,” Redford said in a statement.

“Much of it falls on the shoulders of its tough, visionary mayor, his team and people doing heroic work in neighborhoods throughout the city.”

Redford also said that “Chicago has always had a rhythm all its own. It’s a city that wears its heart on its sleeve and I am honored to be a part of telling this story.”

Redford will make “Chicagoland” with his Sundance Productions partner Laura Michalchyshyn and filmmakers Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin of BCTV, who made the award-winning “Brick City,” a documentary TV series about Newark, N.J.

Entelis, SVP/president of talent and content development at CNN Worldwide, who calls the show “unique” and says it is “a creative exploration of stories relevant to every city and every American.”

CNN Worldwide’s SVP/talent and development added that “’Chicagoland’ is a creative exploration of stories relevant to every city and every American.”

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