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’48 Hours’ Celebrates ‘The Whole Gritty City’ at NYC Premiere

The Whole Gritty City premiereMore than 300 people attended a premiere of a new “48 hours” feature-length documentary, “The Whole Gritty City,” at the Leonard Nimoy Theater in NYC on Thursday night. The film, which is by “48 Hours” editor-producer Richard Barber and photojournalist Andre Lambertson, follows three New Orleans marching bands as they prepare to march in Mardi Gras parades.

Several “48 Hours” staffers attended the event, including correspondent Susan Spencer and senior producers Peter Schweitzer, Anthony Batson and Judy Tygard. In a speech at the premiere, senior executive producer Susan Zirinsky said the film, which will air on CBS at 9pmET on February 15, was both heartbreaking and inspirational.

“Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for just getting us here,” Wilbert Rawlins Jr., the band director at Landry Walker High School, said to Barber and Lambertson in his remarks. “For a lot of children, the band is their lifeline.”

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’48 Hours’ Acquires Doc Set in New Orleans

GrittyCityCBS’s “48 Hours” is getting into the acquisition game.

The show has bought the rights to the documentary “The Whole Gritty City.” Shot in New Orleans from 2007 to 2010, “The Whole Gritty City” follows three New Orleans marching bands and portrays the setbacks and the triumphs in one of America’s most musical — and violent — cities.

The documentary was produced by Richard Barber, a “48 Hours” editor-producer and Andre Lambertson, a cinematographer and photojournalist. It will be broadcast as a two-hour primetime special in February.

Increasingly, independent producers are working on projects then selling them fully-formed to news networks. CNN Films is focused almost exclusively on acquiring already-produced documentaries, while production outfits like NBC’s Peacock Productions will produce specials and films for a variety of networks.