After its release earlier this year in theaters, on iTunes and on-demand, the controversial documentary Steve Jobs: The Man In the Machine will be shown on CNN on Sunday, Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. ET in its official television premiere. As the title indicates, it takes a look at the life of Apple's late co-founder.
The movie was directed by well-known documentarian Alex Gibney and portrays both Jobs and Apple itself in somewhat unflattering terms at times The movie was criticized earlier this year by Apple executive Eddy Cue, who stated he felt it was, "...an inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend. It's not a reflection of the Steve I knew."
Here's CNN's summary of the documentary:
The captivating film leverages a mix of the new interviews with archival footage, intimate photos and relatively rare video of Jobs speaking during media interviews – and previously unseen video from a legal deposition as Jobs attempted to explain his role in the Apple stock option backdating scandal. The story moves from Jobs' heady rise from Silicon Valley whiz kid to CEO, to his ouster from Apple and triumphant return, the Foxconn and stock option controversies, and the worldwide outpouring of grief upon his untimely death in 2011. A man who was both revered as an iconoclastic genius and feared by some as a barbed-tongued tyrant, the film also attempts to explain the carefully constructed mythology of Jobs, perhaps the most publicly-admired corporate figure of the technology age.
CNN will offer Steve Jobs: The Man In the Machine on demand on its CNNgo service for seven days after its Jan. 3 premiere. The cable news network will also rebroadcast the documentary on Saturday, January 9 at 8 p.m. ET.