CNN Films confirms acquisition of U.S. and Canadian broadcast exhibition rights, Content Media Corporation acquires international distribution rights, from Fine Point Films
Los Angeles, CA, February 06, 2017 – Content Media Corporation and CNN Films have announced their acquisitions of content rights for the gripping new documentary, ELIÁN, co-directed by Tim Golden and Ross McDonnell, and executive produced by Academy Award®-winner Alex Gibney.
CNN Films has acquired television broadcast and CNN-branded authenticated television exhibition rights from Fine Point Films for ELIÁN in the U.S. and Canada. Content Media Corporation has acquired international sales rights to the film.
Content’s president of film, Jamie Carmichael and executive vice president for sales and distribution, Jonathan Ford, will introduce ELIÁN to distributors at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin next week.
ELIÁN is the remarkable story of Elián Gonzalez, a five-year-old Cuban boy plucked from the Florida Straits, and how the fight for his future changed the course of U.S.-Cuba relations. Featuring powerful personal testimony, candid interviews, and an extraordinary news archive, this riveting documentary recounts Elián’s remarkable rescue on Thanksgiving Day in November 1999, after his mother and 10 others fleeing Cuba perished at sea. The custody battle between the boy’s Cuban father and his Miami-based relatives, and the momentous political fight that came to surround it, changed the course of history.
Trevor Birney (“Bobby Sands: 66 Days”) produced the film through his Fine Point Films banner. Amy Entelis, executive vice president for talent and content development for CNN Worldwide is an executive producer for ELIÁN. Courtney Sexton, vice president for CNN Films, is supervising producer.
“Tim’s and Ross’ thoughtful film will receive broad international exhibition for audiences around the world through this partnership with Content Media Corporation,” said Entelis.
Offering a never-before-seen intimate portrait of Elián today, the film is a story of family and the challenges of reconciliation. The wounds of this once-close family reflect the wider divisions of the Cuban people, and the complicated relations between Cuba and the United States. The film also explores the possibility that there might finally be peace for the family, and the two nations, some 17 years after these events.
Additional screenings at Sundance scheduled
for Saturday, Jan. 28 & Sunday, Jan. 29
Park City, Utah – CNN Films and Gravitas Ventures have closed on a deal for the sale of U.S. content distribution rights, other than television, for acclaimed filmmaker Greg Barker’s LEGION OF BROTHERS, fewer than 36 hours following the film’s several minute-standing ovation reception at its 2017 Sundance Film Festival world premiere. The deal means Gravitas Ventures will acquire theatrical, SVOD, electronic sell-through, and other platform exhibition rights; CNN Films will retain rights to broadcast the film on CNN/U.S. and on CNN-branded authenticated television platforms. The film will continue to screen with the U.S. Documentary Premieres (Saturday, Jan. 28, and Sunday Jan. 29). FULL POST
On the day of its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, The Orchard and CNN Films announced that they had acquired North American rights to Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau's documentary TROPHY, produced by Lauren Haber, and Julia Nottingham of Pulse Films.
The Orchard will handle all North American rights except television. CNN has acquired U.S. and Canadian television rights. A studio is closing international rights to the film. A startling exploration of the evolving relationship between big-game hunting and wildlife conservation, TROPHY screens at the festival in U.S. Documentary Competition. The Orchard will release the film later this year on a minimum of 150 screens.
Endangered African species like elephants, rhinos and lions march closer to extinction each year. Their devastating decline is fueled in part by a global desire to consume these majestic animals. TROPHY investigates the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation. Through the eyes of impassioned individuals who drive these industries—from a Texas-based trophy hunter to the world’s largest private rhino breeder in South Africa—the film grapples with the consequences of imposing economic value on animals. What are the implications of treating animals as commodities? Do breeding, farming and hunting offer some of the few remaining options to conserve our endangered animals? TROPHY will leave viewers debating what is right, what is wrong and what is necessary in order to save the great species of the world. FULL POST
CNN Films and Passion Pictures-produced documentary had World Premiere
at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, January 21
Park City, Utah – On the eve of the Sundance Film Festival, Content Media Corporation and CNN Films jointly announced an agreement for the international distribution rights to LEGION OF BROTHERS, a film produced by CNN Films and Passion Pictures.
Directed by Greg Barker and produced by John Battsek, Barker, Peter Bergen, Tresha Mabile and executive produced by Amy Entelis and Vinnie Malhotra, the film had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, January 21, at the MARC in Park City, Utah. The next public screenings for the film are Saturday, January 28 at 8:30pm at the Prospector Square Theatre in Park City, and Sunday, January 29 at 6:15pm at the Grand Theatre in Salt Lake City. FULL POST
As President Obama finishes his term in office, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria hosts a special edition of Fareed Zakaria GPS to explore the President’s legacy through the voices of his closest aides – and in his own words.
Featuring an exclusive interview with President Obama, Zakaria revisits key moments from Mr. Obama’s tenure in office. They discuss his achievements and regrets, and discuss how the weight of the most powerful office in the world leaves an impact on each occupant – and how, as president, he’s made critical decisions before him.
Voices From the Obama Years will premiere Sunday, Jan. 1 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International. The one-hour special will premiere on CNN/U.S. at 10:00am and encore at 1:00pm, and will air on CNN International at 7:00am, 3:00pm, and 10:00pm. FULL POST
Today at 2:45pm, join CNN's Fareed Zakaria for a Facebook Live discussion on President Barack Obama's legacy: https://www.facebook.com/cnn
Tonight, Zakaria hosts the two-hour 'The Legacy of Barack Obama,' beginning at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S. & CNN International.
Viewers can read Zakaria's op/ed on what history may say about the 44th President of the United States: http://cnn.it/2gCGOFK
Preview the special here: http://President Obama on race
New Fareed Zakaria Primetime Special Premieres 9:00pm Wednesday, Dec. 07
on CNN/U.S. and CNN International
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, moderator of the network’s Sunday flagship global public affairs program, Fareed Zakaria GPS, will host a two-hour special global simulcast presentation of ‘The Legacy of Barack Obama’ for Wednesday, Dec. 7, beginning at 9:00pm on CNN/U.S. and CNN International, the network announced today. The special will encore on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 12:00am. All times Eastern.
Zakaria asserts that President Barack Obama brought dramatic policy changes to the American landscape, and he argues that the ambitious Obama Presidency may be among the most consequential in history. In ‘The Legacy of Barack Obama,’ Zakaria tells the stories of some of the President’s biggest policy bets – both the brilliant successes and the heartbreaking failures. FULL POST
Cyril Vanier is joining CNN International as an Atlanta-based anchor, it was announced today by Mike McCarthy, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CNN International. He will anchor Europe morning editions of CNN Newsroom starting this Friday.
Vanier comes to CNNI from France 24, where he was most recently an anchor and international affairs editor in Paris. In addition to anchoring the network’s flagship shows, he also reported on major breaking news stories across the Middle East and Africa – Tunisia, Mali, Afghanistan and Libya – as well as France, where he covered the terror attacks at Charlie Hebdo and the Bataclan concert hall.
McCarthy said: “We’re pleased to welcome Cyril to CNN International. His extensive field experience across Europe, Africa and the Middle East together with his versatility as a journalist will enhance our programming and network as a whole."
Global Broadcasts of ‘We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate
Girls Around the World’ for the International Day of the Girl Begin Oct. 11
CNN Films is producing a new film about girls overcoming incredible challenges to achieve their educations and change their own lives, with contributions from First Lady Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, and CNN journalist Isha Sesay. Singer Andra Day’s motivational anthem, ‘Rise Up’ will serve as the theme for the film. The Documentary Group, which produced CNN Films’ first co-production, ‘Girl Rising,’ also produced this special one-hour film.
We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World featuring Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, and Isha Sesay will premiere on CNN International on the International Day of the Girl during primetime in Asia, Europe, and Africa on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6:00am, 12:00pm, and 3:00pm. All times Eastern.
The CNN/U.S. premiere on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 9:00pm will simulcast on CNN International; We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World will encore Thursday, Oct. 13 at 12:00am. The film will premiere on HLN on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 12:00pm. All times Eastern. The film will premiere on CNN en Español on Saturday, Nov. 5, viewers are asked to check local listings for exact airtimes. FULL POST
CNN is expanding its presence in France with the hiring of Melissa Bell, who leaves France 24 to become the network’s Paris Correspondent. Bell will join CNN’s longtime Senior International Correspondent Jim Bittermann in early October, it was announced today by Tony Maddox, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CNN International.
Bell most recently served as a Paris-based international affairs editor and correspondent for France 24, covering major news stories for the network’s French and English channels. For the last 18 months she has been a valuable resource for CNN, contributing reports across all of CNN’s platforms on stories like the Charlie Hebdo and Bataclan concert hall terrorist attacks, the Mali hotel siege and the Bastille Day attack in Nice.
Said Maddox: “France has always been important to CNN, but since the Charlie Hebdo attack the number of globally important stories from there and its neighboring countries has made it more significant than ever. We sought out Melissa for her expertise on many of these stories. She is an outstanding addition to the CNN family.” FULL POST