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Paul Jay and other staff members are available for interviews about The Real News Network and other subjects. To arrange interviews contact Sharmini Peries at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917 463 3599. Below is more information about Paul Jay
Paul Jay is the CEO and Senior Editor of The Real News Network. He is an award-winning filmmaker, founder of Hot Docs! International Film Festival and was for ten years the Executive Producer of CBC Newsworld's debate program counterSpin.
Jay created the non-profit viewer funded The Real News Network in 2005. He often quotes Conservative pundit George Will who said on ABC's This Week, "Surely in a democracy it's time for us to quit being sentimental and say the question we settle in an election is not whether elites shall rule, but which elite shall rule". Jay says this frank admission goes to the heart of what's wrong with today's news. He says, "What we need is television news that doesn't represent one section of the elite or another". Jay says, "but what's needed is journalism that's not 'progressive advocacy', but seeking verifiable facts and embracing the complexity of things - while keeping ordinary people's interests in mind".
Jay currently is working on a feature documentary film Report from the Middle East. The film is about how all elites in the region use nationalism and religion to conceal class conflict. Jay's interviews include senior representatives of Hamas, Fatah, and Hezbollah; Palestinian refugees and Israelis settlers; Lebanese and Israeli historians and writers. He filmed in Doha, Beirut, Jerusalem and Ramallah. Jay also interviewed "the man that 'shoed' Bush", Muntadhar al-Zaidi.
Jay investigated the roots of 2008 Russia-Georgia War in a series of reports titled "The Georgian trap". There he found the Russian "trap" within the American "trap".
His recent interviews on The Real News Network include a three part series with Zbigniew Brzezinski titled The Afghan war and the Grand Chessboard which explored Brzezinski's and US role in instigating the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. He also made the short film, The History of the National Security State with Gore Vidal, Ray McGovern and Lawrence Wilkerson.
Jay's has focused on the economic crisis, including a recent series of interviews with William Black titled The best way to rob a country is to own a bank ; and with Jane D'Arista , Anatomy of casino capitalism.
Jay's films have been shown on A&E, Turner, BBC, CBC, CTV, ARTE, and television around the world.
Jay's Return to Kandahar, a feature length documentary shot in the spring of 2002, follows Nelofer Pazira's return to Afghanistan in search of her childhood friend. Macleans called it "eye-opening . . .breathtaking". The Globe and Mail called it "wonderful . . . an astonishing story of the personal and political". The Ottawa Citizen called it "shocking, compelling . . . as suspenseful as any drama". The film won the Donald Britain Gemini award for best social political documentary.
Jay's Lost in Las Vegas was a feature length documentary for A&E. "Equal parts hilarious, heroic and heartfelt . . . often surprising, occasionally inspiring, frequently hilarious . . . You've got to see this thing to believe it. It's so good." (Rob Salem, The Toronto Star). The film follows a Blues Brothers team as they find out what happens to a society that's about nothing but making money.
Jay's Hitman Hart, wrestling with shadows, was screened in 25 major festivals and won more than a dozen awards. It's been called "A tale as bizarre as Kafka and as tragic as Shakespeare" (Ottawa Citizen) and "one of the best films of 1998"(Peter Plagens, art critic for Newsweek). The stage is the bizarre real world of professional wrestling. The film is about a man and his boss, Bret Hart and Vince McMahon owner of the WWE; it's a story of loyalty and betrayal and whether it's naive to believe there are values more important than getting rich.
Jay was the creator and Executive Producer of CBC Newsworld's daily flagship debate programs Face Off and counterSpin, for ten years the prime time Canadian national debate shows about the news of the day.
Paul Jay lives in Washington and Toronto where the studios for The Real News Network area based.