CNN Aerial Imagery and Reporting (CNN AIR) is pleased to announce that CNN has become the first organization to be granted a Part 107 waiver by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) over people for closed-set motion picture and television filming. CNN previously received the first-ever waiver granted by the FAA to fly UAS over members of the public for media coverage, including newsgathering and reporting activities.
CNN’s successful waiver application builds on its longstanding commitment to moving UAS policies forward for news organizations. In 2015, CNN was selected by the FAA as one of the first three industry “Pathfinders” to develop safe uses of UAS in newsgathering, particularly in urban populated areas. This approval builds on CNN's closed set filming authority previously granted under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
"We are delighted the FAA has approved CNN's application for closed set filming authority under Part 107," said Greg Agvent, Senior Director of National Newsgathering Technology and CNN AIR. "We are grateful for the opportunity to work with the FAA to move UAS forward for newsgatherers and filmmakers, and for the commercial UAS industry at large."
The new waiver allows CNN AIR to operate a diverse range of UAS over uncovered people who are participating in filming operations. As part of the waiver approval process, CNN demonstrated to the FAA that its operations could be conducted safely.
Live CNN programming and on-demand content from CNN Original Series and CNN Special Reports is now available to Android TV users through CNNgo.
The CNNgo app for Android TV now includes the live broadcast of CNN, CNN International and HLN, in addition to curated on-demand content, which can be watched by logging in with a valid Pay-TV subscription user name and password. This builds on the hand-curated videos and up-to-the-minute breaking news clips of CNN content currently available on Android TV, after becoming available on the platform in 2016.
The CNNgo app can be found in the Google Play Store. CNNgo is a next-generation product that gives viewers unprecedented control over their TV news experience. It is also available on CNN.com, CNN mobile apps and through Apple TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV.
CNN will host a one- hour global Town Hall with former Vice President and filmmaker Al Gore on Tuesday, August 1 at 9 p.m. ET, moderated by Anderson Cooper.
More than a decade after his documentary AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH was released, Al Gore will discuss his latest film – AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, which dramatically presents Gore’s premise that we are close to a real energy revolution and his efforts to work with the current government on bringing change. Cooper and members of a live audience will discuss with Gore how efforts to solve the climate crisis in the US and around the world have been impacted by the Trump Administration's actions on climate and identify the way forward in the climate movement.
In addition to the TV airings, The Climate Crisis: A CNN Town Hall Event with Al Gore will also stream for subscribers on August 1 via CNNgo (at www.CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Samsung TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. The Climate Crisis: A CNN Town Hall Event with Al Gore also be available the day after the premiere (August 2) on demand via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps. The Town Hall will also air on CNN's SiriusXM Channel 116, and Westwood One Radio Network.
The availability of CNNgo is once again expanding with its new app for Samsung Smart TV, making live CNN content and CNN programming available to 2016 and 2017 Samsung Smart TV owners.
As part of the industry-wide TV Everywhere initiative, the CNNgo app includes the live broadcast of CNN, CNNi, HLN and curated on-demand content which can be watched by logging in with a valid Pay-TV subscription user name and password. CNNgo on Samsung Smart TV also allows for the viewing of trending news around the world by browsing the Featured Collections without having to log in.
CNNgo is a next-generation product that gives viewers unprecedented control over their TV news experience, and is also available on CNN.com, CNN’s iPad app and on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV and now Samsung Smart TV.
Double Season of 16 New Episodes Will Air Exclusively on HLN Sundays at 8pm ET/PT
Season four of the acclaimed CNN Original Series The Hunt with John Walsh, which tells stories of ongoing criminal investigations of fugitives, will air exclusively on HLN with a double season of 16 episodes beginning Sunday, July 30 at 8 pm ET/PT. The series’ third season was simulcast on CNN and HLN in 2016.
Hosted by Walsh, a passionate victim’s rights activist, television personality and founder of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, The Hunt is produced by the Peabody and Emmy award winning Zero Point Zero Production.
Through interviews with victims, loved ones and law enforcement, coupled with new leads, The Hunt provides the public with salient information to facilitate the capture of fugitives profiled in the series. To date, eight cases have been resolved following the airing of those stories on The Hunt. FULL POST
The Nineties is #1 Among Adults 25-54, 18-34
Last night’s all-new episode of CNN’s Original Series The History of Comedy (10pm) ranked #1 in cable news in all demos — total viewers, adults 25-54 and younger viewers (18-34) – according to Nielsen Fast National data. The episode, “One Nation, Under Comedy,” attracted 342k among adults 25-54, +79% more than Fox News’ 191k and posted a +116% advantage over MSNBC’s 158k. In younger viewers (18-34), CNN averaged 104k, easily topping Fox News (37k) and MSNBC (22k). In total viewers, The History of Comedy was top-rated with 1.004million, Fox News placed second with 999k, and MSNBC was a distant third with 344k.
The premiere of the second episode of The Nineties (9pm) ranked #1 among adults 24-54 with 357k, +75% more than Fox News’ 204k and posted a +203% advantage over MSNBC’s 118k. In younger viewers (18-34), CNN averaged 131k, more than tripling the combined delivery of Fox News (26k) and MSNBC (16k) in the time period. In total viewers, CNN had 968k, Fox News attracted 969k and MSNBC registered 517k.
The next episode of The History of Comedy, “Ripped from the Headlines,” premieres this Sunday at 10 p.m. ET/PT, preceded by a new episode ofThe Nineties, “Can We All Get Along?” at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
From executive producers Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner (Hazy Mills) with Emmy Award winners Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen (Herzog & Company), The History of Comedy is an eight-part CNN Original Series that examines what makes people laugh and how comedy has affected the social and political landscape throughout history.
Executive produced by Emmy® Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (Playtone) and Emmy® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (Herzog & Company), The Nineties is a seven-part CNN Original Series that examines the presidencies of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, technological triumphs and terrorist tragedies, the grunge revolution and hip-hop’s ascendance, interracial conflict across America, and a genre-bending era of television.
The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide. Lizzie Fox, vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series.
Six women’s stories reveal systematic sexual harassment in tech
It's a watershed moment for Silicon Valley. Stories of sexual harassment are pouring in and revealing the dark side of one of the most powerful places on earth.
From an investor who exposed himself, to being groped over work dinners, and propositioned over texts and email, six entrepreneurs share their stories of sexual assault with CNN's Laurie Segall and Sara O’Brien.
In a rare sit down interview, CNN Tech talked to six female founders about tech's systemic problems — and their hopes for the future of the industry.
Learn more at cnntech.com/sexualharassment.
New CNN Films content deal, expanded CNN Original Series deal launches with Hulu
CNN and Hulu have struck a new content deal for six series and two films produced by the network, the two companies announced today. This is the first such deal between CNN and Hulu for CNN Films, the network’s premium brand for nonfiction documentaries, and the second deal with CNN Original Series, the network’s premium brand for nonfiction series content.
“We are pleased to extend our partnership with a trusted brand like CNN,” said Lisa Holme, Hulu’s head of content acquisition. “Their powerful story-telling is best in class and we are very happy to offer even more of their programming to Hulu viewers.”
“Our goal for these content brands was to bring the strong, journalistic sensibility of CNN to premium nonfiction content,” said Amy Entelis, executive vice president for talent and content development for CNN Worldwide. “So, we couldn’t be more pleased to partner with Hulu, which values that high-quality content proposition as well,” Entelis said.
The new deal includes the film ‘9/11 Fifteen Years Later,’ a co-production with Goldfish Pictures, available now, and ‘The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House,’ a wholly original film production by the network, to become available in July. CNN Films, launched in 2012, marks its fifth year anniversary later this year.
CNN Original Series previously sold streaming rights to Hulu for Race for the White House from executive producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti. This expanded deal for series content includes: The History of Comedy (Season 1), United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell (Seasons 1-2), This is Life with Lisa Ling (Seasons 1-3), Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies (Season 1), The Hunt with John Walsh (Seasons 1-3), and Crimes of the Century (Season 1). The majority of the content will become available to Hulu subscribers on a rolling basis this summer, with the exception of The History of Comedy, which will become available this winter. FULL POST
CNN’s Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies returns for a second season on Saturday, July 22, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The eight-part CNN Original Series provides viewers with unprecedented access to the riveting and secret world of espionage. Hosted by former U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers, also the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, each episode features a newly declassified mission told first-hand by the agents who lived it. Intelligence agencies including the CIA, FBI, NSA, DEA, Homeland Security and the State Department are represented, revealing the unbelievable true stories of America’s covert operations in the United States and around the world.
The second season of Declassified will chronicle successful missions to target America’s biggest threats including a software pirate, an international arms dealer, terrorist hijackers and the world’s biggest heroin trafficker. The season two premiere, “The Spies Next Door: Operation Ghost Stories,” reveals the story of undercover Russian sleeper agents living in the U.S. and one of the largest counterintelligence investigations in the history of the FBI.