The channel also hired Kim Bondy , a former executive producer with CNN to produce its flagship news program America Tonight , a newsmagazine program that was hosted by original CNN International anchor and former CBS News correspondent Joie Chen , produced from Al Jazeera America's Newseum studio in Washington, ., and featuring correspondents Adam May , Lori Jane Gliha , former CBS , ABC and CBC news correspondent Sheila MacVicar and former Current TV correspondent Christof Putzel .    The program presented in-depth segments each night on the economy, government, education, healthcare and the environment, and include breaking news stories. The program also featured work by the Al Jazeera America investigative unit and covers stories in depth from across America, revealing new insights on the news of the day and breaking stories with its own original reporting. America Tonight also incorporated social media interaction on screen and off to reflect the views of its American audience. On July 1, 2013, longtime CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien was hired to be a special correspondent for America Tonight , as well as a deal with her production company Starfish Media Group to produce long-form documentaries for Al Jazeera America. 
On February 28, 2012, it was reported that Israeli model Bar Paly and Lebanese-American actor Tony Shalhoub had joined the cast. Paly is cast as "an illegal immigrant and former beauty queen who dreams of becoming the next Marilyn Monroe . Wahlberg's character promises to make her a star, and she in turn agrees to do whatever he asks in the service of her new country." Shalhoub's role in the film is that of "Marc Schiller, the target of the kidnapping scheme."  On March 5, 2012, it was reported that Scott Rosenberg was brought on board to punch up the script. Rosenberg had worked with Bay previously on Armageddon (1998).