“How could you not want to tackle that?” says producer Neil Meron about taking on the story of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, in the Lifetime original movie “Flint.” The film follows a “group of women who actually were the whistle-blowers” who helped expose the dangerously high levels of lead in the drinking water due to government cost-cutting. “They were soccer moms or just people with families that were economically challenged, and then having this put upon them inspired them to action.” Watch Meron discuss “Flint” in our exclusive video interview above.
Meron and his producing partner Craig Zadan have “taken on some social and political issues” in their work in the past. That includes “Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story” (1995) about a lesbian’s legal fight after being discharged from the military, and the controversial “The Reagans” (2003), about Ronald Reagan‘s family and presidency. “We do like to be aware of what’s going on to see if we can do our part for the greater good.”
Meron has produced a wide range of other TV projects including “Annie” (1999), “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows” (2001), “Smash” (2012-2013) and “Bonnie and Clyde” (2013). He has also spearheaded a series of live musical productions for NBC, most recently “Jesus Christ Superstar,” which was broadcast to critical acclaim this past April 1, which was Easter Sunday.
In his career Meron has accumulated a whopping 14 Emmy nominations spanning from 1994 to 2017, but he has yet to win in any category. “Flint” and “Superstar” give him two chances this year, and “Flint” has already won a Writers Guild Award for its script and earned a Critics’ Choice nom for Best TV Movie. Here are the categories where “Flint” has been submitted on the Emmy ballot for consideration this year:
Best TV Movie
Best Movie/Mini Actress
Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress
Best Directing (Movie/Mini)
Best Writing (Movie/Mini)
Best Casting (Movie/Mini)
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