CBC's DOC ZONE exposes the reasons "Why Men Cheat"

Sex columnist Dan Savage and celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred among the experts who dish the dirt on January 24 at 9 pm

TORONTO, Jan. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - From Arnold Schwarzenegger to Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Tiger Woods, the sexual escapades of powerful men have weakened governments, ruined marriages and destroyed careers. The world is awash in outrageous tales of alpha males risking everything in the pursuit of that most base of goals: sexual gratification. While the circumstances may differ, the question always remains the same - what were they thinking? Why Men Cheat, the latest documentary by Gemini award-winning filmmaker Marc de Guerre (Who's Sorry Now?; The Disappearing Male), comes up with some startling answers. Why Men Cheat premieres Thursday January 24 at 9 pm (9:30 NT) on CBC's DOC ZONE with host Ann-Marie MacDonald, with encore presentations on CBC News Net Saturday January 26 at 11 pm and Sunday January 27 at 6 pm.

Why Men Cheat explores how, throughout history, promiscuity and multiple partners have been the norm - yet society venerates monogamy. "The film will provoke very strong reactions from different points on the spectrum, in part because it takes a very non-judgmental look at the reasons that men struggle with monogamy," says de Guerre. "It turns out that these reasons are both incredibly simple and incredibly complicated at the same time, and the material is, by its very nature, highly provocative." The documentary explores the difference between social and sexual monogamy and probes why powerful men consider themselves immune from the rules of society.

Why Men Cheat also investigates the biochemistry of human attraction, revealing what role testosterone and brain chemistry play in sexual risk-taking. Does the existence of a promiscuity gene make men mere prisoners of their biology? And why does the exchange of female sex for male power still hold such powerful sway? The documentary is a crash course in what makes alpha males tick, and why some of them are ticking time bombs.

Why Men Cheat is produced by Marc de Guerre and Sarah Galea-Davis (End of Men), and executive produced by Rachel Low, Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie. Marc de Guerre is an award-winning producer, director and writer whose 2007 and 2009 documentaries Gamer Revolution and The Disappearing Male (executive produced by Rachel Low) were both awarded the Gemini for Best Science and Technology Documentary. His recent credits, also working with executive producer Rachel Low, include Surviving The Future (2010), The End Of Men (2011) and Who's Sorry Now? (2012), also produced by Shaftesbury for CBC DOC ZONE.

Why Men Cheat is produced by Shaftesbury in association with the CBC, and with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund and Logo, and the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit. Shaftesbury Sales Company holds worldwide distribution rights for the documentary, which will also air on Logo in the United States in 2013.

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With offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, Shaftesbury is an award-winning producer and distributor of original content for television and multiple platforms in more than 120 countries. Shaftesbury's slate includes four seasons of The Listener for CTV and Fox International Channels; six seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for Citytv, UKTV, ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment and most recently CBC; the global hit kids' series Life with Derek; and Ken Finkleman's comedy series Good God. Shaftesbury's groundbreaking digital media division, Smokebomb Entertainment, creates media-rich companion experiences for television properties as well as original multiplatform content including the upcoming comedy series Backpackers for CTV and CW Digital. Visit us at www.shaftesbury.ca and www.smokebomb.ca.

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