Discovery’s Spotlight Series: Hunting Saddam

In June 2003, I ventured to Baghdad, Iraq, where I shot elements for an hour-long documentary called “Hunting Saddam.” The program — which I co-produced with Mary Dore at New York Times Television — chronicles the attempts to assassinate and otherwise remove Saddam Hussein from power. Among the stories in the hour are the two major decapitation strikes during the recent Iraq war. The show also follows the continuing investigation into Hussein’s whereabouts, including attempts to follow the money trail to search for Saddam through the billions of dollars he pilfered while in power. The film aired on The Discovery Channel on July 27th, 2003, garnering the highest ratings ever for their Spotlight documentary series. The network made an encore broadcast of the program on August 17th of that year.