HBO announced this afternoon that it has signed a three-year deal with investigative reporter Ronan Farrow. His back-to-back, in-depth reports at The New Yorker were a major part of the Harvey Weinstein unmasking and the subsequent avalanche of sexual abuse revelations in Hollywood. His work built off of an initial bombshell report by The New York Times’ Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, published in early October 2017.
Now, he’ll develop and star in a series of investigative documentaries on HBO and retain his job at The New Yorker. The deal starts later this year, and will also include shorter pieces for HBO’s various platforms.
“His work has contributed to this watershed moment in our culture”
In a press release, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys cited Farrow’s reporting on Weinstein saying, “Ronan Farrow’s extraordinary, revelatory reporting for The New Yorker has helped to propel a string of other investigations, breakthroughs, and overdue conversations. His work has contributed to this watershed moment in our culture, and we are excited to provide a platform for this dogged reporter to pursue projects that continue to speak truth to power.”
Ronan is the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, and he wrote about the “culture of acquiescence” around his father in a 2016 guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, arguing that his sister Dylan Farrow’s claims of abuse at the hands of her father had been dismissed due to a toxic standard of complicity between Hollywood power players and industry press. Prior to his job at The New Yorker, he worked as an investigative reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, and before his career in journalism he was a special advisor on NGO and humanitarian issues for the Obama administration and worked in Hillary Clinton’s State Department.