Following Successful Festival Exhibition, DINOSAUR 13 Debuts as CNN Films Broadcast on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm ET
When paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from South Dakota’s Black Hills Institute made one of the world’s greatest dinosaur discoveries in 1990, they knew it was the discovery of a lifetime — the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found. The dinosaur quickly became known to the world as ‘Sue,’ named after amateur paleontologist, Susan Hendrickson, who located the first fossil fragments of the historic find.
DINOSAUR 13 was the first film deal closed at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it also premiered. The film then was exhibited at festivals and in theaters throughout the country. DINOSAUR 13 will make its global television premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern.
“We are honored to be sharing this amazing story of scientific discovery with CNN’s audience. CNN Films’ multiple platform approach is the perfect fit for this story – and the type of films we plan to produce,” said award-winning filmmaker Todd Miller.
Larson recalls the exhilaration of the find, and of toiling in more than 100°F to recover the skeleton before it could be damaged by weather, oxidation, and other forces of erosion: “We all wanted to see what the skeleton was going to look like,” Larson says in the film.
“It was – it still is today – the most exciting, the most wonderful excavation – the most incredible thing we have ever done,” his brother, Neal Larson echoes.
Through interviews with the principal players in the story that unfolds, Miller portrays what happened next. Shortly after the excavation, a ten-year battle ensued with the U.S. government, powerful museums, Native American communities, and competing paleontologists over the legal custody of Sue.
Academic paleontologists were outraged that a historic find would be planned for exhibition at a commercial facility (the Black Hills Institute), Native American communities filed complaints that the find was improperly removed from land that belonged to them. And, in an unusual argument, the federal government requested nullification of the sale of the prospect rights for the fossil by the landowner, who now also argued that he had never intended to sell Sue to Larson.
In the government’s view, the fossil had become land, making it inappropriate to transport, attempt to auction, or purchase Sue without legal standing. Larson and his crew soon found themselves fighting for their own freedom.
DINOSAUR 13 will be available in simulcast via CNNgo by logging in with a TV provider username and password on CNN’s iPad app or at www.CNN.com/go. The film will encore on CNN on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern.
The next CNN Films broadcast premiere will be LIFE ITSELF, a biographical profile of renowned film critic Roger Ebert.
New CNN Original Series to Launch Early 2015
Weir’s Journey Captured by Renowned Cinematographer Philip Bloom
CNN announced today that Bill Weir will bring a new Original Series to the network beginning early next year. The Wonder List with Bill Weir will join the recently announced series THE SEVENTIES and High Profits, both debuting in 2015. With The Wonder List, Weir will tell the untold stories of extraordinary people, places, cultures and creatures that are at a crossroads.
Who will be the last person to see a Bengal tiger in the wild or be baptized in the River Jordan? Who will be the last person to savor an unspoiled island paradise in the South Pacific or hike a glacier in Montana? At the current rate of planetary change, some odds suggest that the last people who will experience these wonders are alive today. And one of them might be your child.
“When Bill joined CNN, we knew his innovative vision would be an asset to the network as we expand the definition of news with series programming,” said Amy Entelis, senior vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide. “I am thrilled to announce that production of The Wonder List is underway and that Bill will bring his dynamic, personal and creative storytelling to the CNN audience.”
Through the lens of renowned cinematographer Philip Bloom, Weir will transport viewers to visually stunning locations from a sinking Venice, to a vanishing Dead Sea to the disappearing herds of Africa. Here, Weir will embrace amazing people, places and creatures that could be lost to future generations, including his own ten year old daughter, and discover what can be done to save them.
Said Weir, “The chance to find stories across six continents with one of the best photographers in the business is incredible in itself. But then to get eight prime-time hours to explore the forces of change that effect so many lives is the assignment of a lifetime. We’ve already captured some jaw-dropping corners of the planet and met some brave and brilliant folks fighting to save them for our great-grandkids. I can’t wait to share it all."
The Wonder List with Bill Weir, a CNN Original Series produced by CNN, will air over eight, one-hour episodes beginning in early 2015, and joins CNN’s successful Original Series lineup that includes This is Life with Lisa Ling, Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe, The Hunt with John Walsh, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and Inside Man with Morgan Spurlock among others.
CNN International’s new series which shines a light on up-and-coming creative talent set to be the next big names in culture and the arts, ‘CNN Ones to Watch’, continues in December, with an episode dedicated to Street Art, exploring the subculture which is turning into a multi-million dollar industry.
Legendary American street artist Shepard Fairey, renowned for his "Obama Hope" poster, and Banksy's former associate turned art dealer, Steve Lazarides, act as this month’s ‘masters’, pointing viewers in the direction of the boldest new names in Street Art. FULL POST
Access Bank, one of Nigeria’s largest and fastest-growing full-service banks headquartered in Lagos, is embarking on an advertising and sponsorship campaign on CNN International to raise awareness of its brand in global markets.
A bespoke campaign will see the Access Bank brand feature prominently across CNN platforms through spot advertising, digital presence and the sponsorship of the inspirational new vignette series Passion to Portfolio. Launching on November 24, the campaign will position Access Bank amongst CNN’s unrivalled audience in Africa and internationally as the pre-eminent provider of business, corporate, commercial and private banking.
The sponsorship of the year-long Passion to Portfolio series is the main element of the campaign. This will see Access Bank billboards appear before and after every instalment of the weekly vignette series, which will air every weekday during major CNN programmes – The Business View with Nina Dos Santos, CNN Newsroom, World Business Today, International Desk and Quest Means Business. The editorial content of the series will feature inspiring individuals from all over the globe who have found commercial and personal success through the pursuit of their passions in life. This could be entrepreneurs whose passions have become their careers or people who have hobbies that are lucrative investments or businesses. FULL POST
Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks to Gloria Borger about the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the Benghazi attacks which concludes that there was not a White House cover-up. Condemning both the Obama Administration and the intelligence community, Senator Graham states that he considers the Benghazi report “crap” and “garbage”. Senator Graham says he does not “believe that the report is accurate, given the role that Mike Morell (then deputy CIA director) played in misleading the Congress on two different occasions”. He also indicates that “the House Intelligence Committee is doing a lousy job policing their own” referring to the CIA. In addition, Senator Graham did not rule out running for the presidency in 2016 and chided the Republican party on immigration, saying “shame on us” for not passing a bill in the House.
"I am so disappointed in my party, my president, and my country." – Senator Lindsey Graham
On the House Intelligence Committee’s Benghazi report: “I'm saying the House Intelligence Committee is doing a lousy job policing their own. I'm saying that anybody who has followed Benghazi at all knows that the CIA deputy director did not come forward to tell Congress what role he played in changing the talking points. And the only way we knew he was involved is when he told a representative at the White House, I'm going to do a hard review of this, a hard rewrite.”
On the placing the blame for Benghazi: “This report puts all the blame on the State Department and absolves the intelligence community. When the Department of Defense committees looked at it, the Department of Defense was held blameless. At the end of the day, everybody is pointing fingers to everybody else.”
On immigration reform: “Shame on us as Republicans. Shame on us as Republicans for having a body that cannot generate a solution to an issue that it's national security, that's cultural and it's economic. The Senate has done this three times.”
A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump. FULL POST
CNNMoney examined previously unpublished data from the Labor Department, and determined that the West Coast isn't a dreamy place for many workers. Millions of Americans are languishing there in part-time jobs with no other options.
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Police Chief Thomas Jackson – a central figure in the protests that flared in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of an unarmed black teen – says he has no plans to step down despite mounting calls that he must go.
He told CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" on Thursday that he has been working with community leaders and others to create a dialogue in the community.
"I think I can see this through and come out on the other side with the community, the region and even the country a whole lot better," he said.
Jackson's statements come as the grand jury is expected any day to deliver a decision on whether to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Dan Pfeiffer, senior advisor to President Obama, explains mistakes found in Obamacare enrollment numbers.
Follow-up to Critically-Acclaimed “THE SIXTIES” Coming Summer 2015
Eight-Part Docuseries Produced in Partnership with Herzog & Company
Following the critically-acclaimed and highly-rated series THE SIXTIES, CNN, PLAYTONE and HERZOG & COMPANY in association with HBO are producing an eight-part documentary series that will explore an equally consequential decade: the 1970s.
The non-scripted series, THE SEVENTIES, will be executive produced by multiple EMMY® Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO’s John Adams and The Pacific), and EMMY® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History’s Gettysburg) of Herzog & Company (HCO), as a CNN Original Series for CNN/U.S., it was announced today. FULL POST