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‘Dear …’ EPs RJ Cutler & Jane Cha Cutler & Director Randy Wilkins Interview – Deadline

“I think a really telling detail is that on almost all of these shots the icon was like, ‘Oh my God, can I take these letters home?’ ” Dear… Executive Producer Jane Cha Cutler spoke about the new Apple TV + documentary series.

“Linen [Manuel] Miranda talks about everything you create is like throwing a pebble in a pond, and the ripples are the impact of your creation, your work, your actions and how it can change the world, ” adds fellow EP RJ Cutler of some of the impetus behind the project. “And you see in the letters that the people we feature on the show write to those whose work has changed their lives.”

Joined by Dear… director Randy Wilkins, the Cutlers were speaking at Deadline’s Contenders virtual event: Documentary + Unscripted.

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Profiling icons Hamilton creator Miranda and Oscar winner Spike Lee to legendary Stevie Wonder, world-changing activist Gloria Steinem and media queen herself Oprah Winfrey among others, the 10-part series debuted on the streamed on June 5 of last year and has been renewed for a second season.

But Dear… is not just a standard bio-series. By personally connecting with luminaries, the series adds an extra layer and texture by hearing from people who have found inspiration, recognition and new directions in their work and careers – especially through the letters they have. written.

For the Wilkins-led episode, that meant going in depth with a mentor who had become a colleague and now a subject.

“In doing this episode, I really got into my relationship with him, understanding that Spike’s perception isn’t exactly clear about who he really is,” said Wilkins, editor of the series She’s. Gotta Have It. man he first met as a film student. “I really wanted to make a point of making him emotionally vulnerable in this episode and creating that bond between him and the audience.”

Check back on Monday for the panel video.

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