CNN Greenlights Three New Original Series For The 2017 Programming Slate
May 18th, 2016
10:02 AM ET

CNN Greenlights Three New Original Series For The 2017 Programming Slate

Net also Picks Up New Seasons of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, This is Life with Lisa Ling, The Hunt with John Walsh, Finding Jesus, Death Row Stories, and The Wonder List with Bill Weir


CNN, a division of Turner, announced today three new Original Series launching in 2017, adding to its successful portfolio of high-quality, non-scripted programming.  Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History, The History of Comedy and The Nineties will join the previously announced new spiritual adventure series Believer with Reza Aslan, also launching next year.

Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History is an eight-part series executive-produced by Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, and Brian Gewirtz (Seven Bucks Productions) with Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre (Show of Force) that will explore the music tied to iconic moments in history.  Every episode will cover a tragedy, triumph, or the start of a movement – and the music that came to define it.  From the March on Washington to the riots at Stonewall, the moon landing to Hurricane Katrina – music has played an integral part in celebrating, criticizing, and amplifying these seismic events in our collective history.  Soundtracks is produced by Show of Force and Seven Bucks Productions.

The History of Comedy is an eight-part series executive produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner (Hazy Mills) and Emmy Award winners Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen (Herzog & Company).  Episodes will explore what makes people laugh – from the Ancient Greeks, to Shakespeare, Vaudeville, to the biggest contemporary comedians, movies and TV shows.  The series will dig deep into topics like political humor and slapstick, featuring the voices that have made us laugh over the generations.  Using archival footage, original comedic material, interviews with comedy legends and luminaries, the series will showcase how the art form has evolved over the years.

The Nineties follows in the footsteps of previous CNN decade series The SixtiesThe Seventies, and The Eighties.  Executive produced by Emmy Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman in association with HBO and Emmy Award-winning producer Mark Herzog, the eight-part series will highlight cultural and political milestones from the birth of the Internet to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment that defined the decade.

The 2017 slate will also feature new seasons of returning CNN Original Series: Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (S9 and S10), This is Life With Lisa Ling (S4), The Hunt with John Walsh (S4), Death Row Stories (S3), The Wonder List with Bill Weir (S3), and Finding Jesus (S2).  The current CNN Original Series lineup also includes United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, The Eighties and  Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies.

In four years, CNN has acquired or produced more than 300 hours of Original Series programming.  The content has attracted new and younger audiences, received multiple awards including the Emmy and Peabody, and garnered massive critical acclaim.

About CNN Original Series

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.


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May 12th, 2016
10:41 AM ET

Former VP Dan Quayle discusses Donald Trump & presidential race with CNN's Jamie Gangel



In an interview that aired on this morning’s New Day, CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel sat down with former Vice President Dan Quayle to discuss the presidential race. When asked about Donald Trump being the presumptive GOP nominee, Quayle stated, “I totally misjudged his ability to win. But for somebody that has really no experience in politics to be able to start off and to win with a strong field and not even go to the convention, that he is the presumptive nominee a month before we have our final primaries is quite remarkable.  It shows that he is a winner.  He knows how to win.”


On Donald Trump being the presumptive GOP nominee:

“In the normal sorting out process, the cream usually goes to the top, right?  And I didn't realize that Donald Trump was going to be the cream that got to the top.  I totally misjudged his ability to win.  But for somebody that has really no experience in politics to be able to start off and to win with a strong field and not even go to the convention, that he is the presumptive nominee a month before we have our final primaries is quite remarkable.  It shows that he is a winner.  He knows how to win.”

On whether he thinks Trump could win the general election:

“I do think he can win.  I think he can win because this is clearly the year of the anti-establishment, if you will. So if you want more of the same, Republicans or Democrats, more of the political mess in Washington, I mean you've got the quintessential establishment candidate in Hillary Clinton.”

On whether he thinks Speaker Paul Ryan will end up supporting Trump:

“Paul Ryan, in my view, will end up - will support our nominee.  There's very little doubt in my mind, for a couple of reasons. One, you know, he's a team player.  He's got a big team in the House of Representatives.  The second reason is, is that most of this caucus, I'd say probably 85, 90 percent of his caucus is going to support Donald Trump.”

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Topics: 2016 Election • CNN
CNN Special Report: "Biker Brawl: Inside the Texas Shootout"
May 11th, 2016
03:28 PM ET

CNN Special Report: "Biker Brawl: Inside the Texas Shootout"

CNN Special Report airs Monday, May 16 at 9pm ET


On May 17, 2015, a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas was the site of one of the deadliest brawls in American outlaw biker history. The shootout between the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle clubs left nine men dead and several dozen wounded. Investigators confiscated 480 weapons and arrested 177 bikers.

A year after the deadly battle, the CNN Special Report Biker Brawl: Inside the Texas Shootout investigates exactly what happened through graphic surveillance video, dramatic dash cam footage, crime scene photos and investigative documents – much of it obtained exclusively by CNN.

In the hour-long special, CNN’s Ed Lavandera gains exclusive access to major figures of the Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs – including Jeff Pike, President of the Bandidos, who is currently under federal indictment, and key members of both the Cossacks and Bandidos involved in the shootout.

The CNN Special Report Biker Brawl: Inside the Texas Shootout airs Monday, May 16 at 9pm ET.

The CNN Special Report was executive produced by Jennifer Hyde, the Director of the CNN Documentary Unit, produced by Senior Producer Elise Zeiger, Supervising Producer in Dallas Jason Morris and Associate Producer Chris Perry. Michael Bass is the Executive Vice President of Programming.

About CNN Special Report: Since 2013, CNN Special Reports (CSR) has produced some of the most informative and compelling television, creating over 100 different documentaries and specials. CSR reports on some of the most notable stories and events of our day, including the Gulf oil spill, human trafficking, the murder trial of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez and the manufacturing and distribution of synthetic drugs. CNN Special Reports also provides articles, galleries and clips to, generating millions of views. For updates, follow @CNNSpecReport on Twitter.

About CNN Worldwide: CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Domestically, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other cable TV news organization in the United States; internationally, CNN is the most widely distributed news channel reaching more than 287 million households abroad; and CNN Digital is a top network for online news, mobile news and social media. Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with hundreds of local and international news organizations around the world. CNN is a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company. For more information, visit


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Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta Host Town Hall: Prescription Addiction
May 10th, 2016
04:14 PM ET

Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta Host Town Hall: Prescription Addiction



Prescription drug abuse is one of the leading causes of accidental death in America. It’s an epidemic hiding in plain sight and has been linked to many deaths, most recently music legend Prince.

In a special hour airing this Wednesday, May 11th, Anderson Cooper and CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta examine the truths behind this alarming rise in unintentional deaths and what we can do to stop it. The Town Hall audience will be comprised of people who have been effected by opioid abuse and guests will include addiction specialists, former addicts and doctors.

Anderson Cooper 360° Town Hall Prescription Addiction: Made in the USA will air tomorrow/Wednesday at 9pm ET on CNN.

Host Derek Blasberg (Left) with Lapo Elkann
May 10th, 2016
11:11 AM ET


CNN Style

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Duration: 30 minutes

CNN’s monthly programme for global stories around the world of art, design, fashion and luxury, ‘CNN Style’ continues in June.

Hosted by journalist and author, Derek Blasberg (pictured, left), the third episode of ‘CNN Style’ comes from the Eternal City, Rome.

Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani once dubbed the “Last Emperor”, and his partner Giancarlo Giametti have created a new version of the Opera “La Traviata” which takes to the stage at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. The performance is directed by Academy Award winning director, Sofia Coppola and features costumes designed by Valentino’s Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli.

‘CNN Style’ goes behind the scenes as the finishing touches are laid, and then take a front-row seat at the star-studded premiere.

The programme also meets a rising star in the world of contemporary art – Pietro Ruffo, and discovers the undying art of silk-production at the country’s oldest surviving workshop – whose fabrics have adorned an array of Renaissance Princes and even the Pope.

Host Blasberg enjoys a whirlwind tour of Rome’s iconic architectural landmarks on four wheels, with the flamboyant heir-apparent to the Fiat Group automotive empire, Lapo Elkann.


New research shows widespread international interest in US Election with CNN as #1 news destination
May 9th, 2016
10:37 AM ET

New research shows widespread international interest in US Election with CNN as #1 news destination

  • CNN named #1 international news destination for US Election coverage
  • Network to launch nightly US Election show for international audiences

CNN International Commercial commissioned new research that shows huge demand from worldwide audiences in following the story of this year’s US Elections. The study also confirms CNN as the leading international media covering the US Election – building on the network’s agenda-setting coverage and record TV and digital ratings during the Presidential race so far.

To understand how the world views and is following one of the biggest stories of 2016, CNN commissioned independent research company Toluna to assess* the viewing habits and opinions of adults in 23 countries across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific, plus Canada. The findings of this research were released ahead of CNN International launching a new nightly US Election show – State of the Race. From 16 May, the show will be anchored from CNN’s New York bureau by Kate Bolduan and give international audiences 30 minutes of insight and analysis into the story that the world is watching with intense interest.

In the research findings released today, 51% of all respondents select CNN as the #1 international news provider for following the US Election – a figure higher than all other news organisations combined and dwarfing any preference for other media such as BBC (19%), Reuters (5%) and Sky News (4%). 78% of respondents say they have viewed or read CNN coverage, with 83% of these people consuming CNN’s political content within the last week. The majority of people getting their news fix about the US Election are doing so through CNN International’s linear channel – 50% say they consume via TV, 31% on the CNN website, 14% on social media and 8% via the CNN app.

Outside of news consumption habits, the study found huge interest amongst international audiences for the US Election. 85% of people view the election as important for the world at large, with 73% of respondents saying they are personally interested in US Election news.

The top reasons that people state as why they are interested in the US Election are: importance for the world at large (68%); importance for their country (47%); potential to affect individuals economically (38%); insight into the US political system (35%); shows how Americans view the world (34%); and the personalities of the competing  candidates (33%). Asked why they think the US Election is important to the world at large – respondents say it is due to: the US’s significance to the global economy (64%); implications for international relations (63%); US’s role in global security and counter-terrorism (57%); trade prospects and potential for a shift to more hardline US foreign policy (both 43%).


Topics: 2016 Election • CNN • CNN International
CNN International expands U.S. election coverage with 'State of the Race with Kate Bolduan'
May 9th, 2016
10:06 AM ET

CNN International expands U.S. election coverage with 'State of the Race with Kate Bolduan'

– Nightly prime-time show premieres May 23 at 2:30p ET/8:30p CET on CNNI

– Comes as new survey reveals CNN as #1 international source of U.S. election news

New York, May 9, 2016: As one of the most keenly anticipated U.S. elections in decades draws closer, CNN International is launching a new nightly prime-time show to give the inside track on the campaign. State of the Race will be a nightly destination for international audiences looking for an in-depth lowdown on the race to the White House.

Anchored from CNN’s New York bureau by Kate Bolduan, State of the Race will provide thirty minutes of insight and analysis into a story that the world is watching with intense interest.

Kate Bolduan said: “This has already been a race like no other, and it is clear there is a lot more to come. Every night we’re going to bring our international audiences along for the ride – offering the very latest developments from the campaign trail and giving them the inside scoop of what is really going on within the campaigns and in the minds of American voters.” FULL POST

CNNMoney Investigation: Runway Injustice
May 5th, 2016
08:01 AM ET

CNNMoney Investigation: Runway Injustice

From horrifying scams that prey on desperate young men and women to labor practices that leave workers deeply in debt, CNNMoney’s latest investigation from Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken exposes the dark side of the modeling industry through the eyes of the models themselves.

Stolen pay. Sexual harassment. Months without a paycheck. Outrageous fees and expenses that eat away at earnings. And no one to turn to for help.

Models allege that labor abuses like these run rampant in the modeling industry - leaving many workers feeling more like indentured servants than the glamorous high fashion icons young girls around the world dream of becoming.

While the industry often comes under fire for eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse and unwanted sexual advances, its problems go far beyond that.

From an analysis of pay stubs and financial statements, interviews with dozens of current and former models, attorneys, labor experts and even a former agency executive, a CNNMoney investigation has found that the fashion world often treats its models in ways that would be unheard of in many other industries. And due to a significant lack of regulation, these abuses can be completely legal.

The deeply researched investigation reveals a dark side of the modeling industry that exploits young and vulnerable workers. From the outrageous cost of being a model, 'model apartments,' delayed or withheld pay, lack of privacy to rape, drugs and porn – this report is not one to be missed.



Read the full investigative report at CNNMoney
May 3rd, 2016
03:08 PM ET



 Ranked #9 in ALL of Cable Among Total Viewers Last Week

 CNN Top-Rated During White House Correspondents’ Dinner Coverage

 CNN Original Series Ranked #1 in Demo on Sunday

Last week (4/25/16-5/1/16), CNN ranked #1 in cable news in M-Su Prime among adults 25-54.  This is only the third time CNN has won three consecutive weeks in the last 15 years.

The last time CNN won three consecutive weeks was at the end of 2015 (weeks of 12/14/15, 12/21/15 and 12/28/15) and the time before that was 2008 (weeks of 1/21/08, 1/28/08 and 2/4/08).  Before 2008, the last time was in 2001 (weeks of 11/12/01, 11/19/01 and 11/26/01).

CNN also ranked #9 in ALL of cable last week in total viewers in prime time (M-F and M-Su).

CNN’s coverage of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner led by John Berman, ranked #1 in both total viewers and among adults 25-54 throughout the evening of Saturday, April 30.

During the 10pm hour on Saturday,  CNN ranked #1 in cable news among both total viewers and adults 25-54.


CNN:                                               3.0m total viewers           771k among adults 25-54

Fox News:                                          1.2m total viewers                  238k among adults 25-54

MSNBC:                                             945k total viewers                  212k among adults 25-54


Full Coverage Blocks:

CNN (7-11:30pm):                        1.9m total viewers            458k among adults 25-54

Fox News (10–11:13pm):                  1.2m total viewers                  231k among adults 25-54

MSNBC (9-11:09pm):                        737k total viewers                  159k among adults 25-54

CNN’s coverage was also up significantly vs. prior years.  Below is a yearly dayparts tracker:

Dayparts Tracker

CNN Original Series premieres ranked #1 among adults 25-54 on Sunday (5/1/16).  Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Chicago) averaged 251k among adults 25-54, MSNBC placed second with 172k and Fox News followed with 169k.  United Shades of America (San Quentin) was also top-rated with the W. Kamau Bell-led program attracting 263k, Fox News had 234k and MSNBC lagged behind with 142k among adults 25-54.


Topics: CNN • CNN Press Releases • Ratings
May 2nd, 2016
03:46 PM ET

CNN Café wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Morning Program in Spanish in the United States

The 43rd edition of the Daytime Emmys® Award was held yesterday, May 1st in Los Angeles, California, and CNN en Español’s morning show, Café CNN, was recognized for Outstanding Morning Program in Spanish in the United States.

Co-anchors Alejandra Oraa and Maria Alejandra Requena, along with Vice President of Programming and Production for CNN en Español, Eduardo Suarez, were on stage to receive the award on behalf of the entire team. CNN Café was awarded for coverage of the Seventh Summit the Americas in Panama.  FULL POST

Topics: Alejandra Oraa • Awards • CNN • CNN en Espanol
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