Girls will ‘Rise Up’ with First Lady Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, Andra Day, Isha Sesay and CNN Films for October
September 21st, 2016
04:49 PM ET

Girls will ‘Rise Up’ with First Lady Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, Andra Day, Isha Sesay and CNN Films for October

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

International Correspondent Melissa Bell Joins CNN
September 12th, 2016
09:58 AM ET

International Correspondent Melissa Bell Joins CNN

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

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Interviews President Barack Obama on Trade, Turkey, Trump for Sunday Broadcast Exclusive
September 2nd, 2016
11:07 AM ET

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Interviews President Barack Obama on Trade, Turkey, Trump for Sunday Broadcast Exclusive

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS Global Television Exclusive for Sunday, Sept. 04

In a global Sunday television exclusive in advance of the President’s travel to Asia, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria interviewed President Barack Obama for broadcast in a special edition of Fareed Zakaria GPS airing Sunday, September 4. They discussed a wide range of foreign policy topics, as well as the President’s views on Donald Trump and his base of support. The President also pressed his case for the now-controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) trade deal, explaining both why he feels the TPP will grow American exports and jobs – as well as his views on free trade policies overall.

In addition, in advance of Mr. Obama’s first meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan since July’s failed coup in Turkey and Erdoğan’s crackdown that has followed, Zakaria spoke with the President about whether he has concerns about the stability of Turkey – a NATO ally and the host country of part of America’s nuclear arsenal.

President Obama also discussed the U.S.-China relationship, and the renewed tensions in the South China Sea, in advance of his bilateral with President Xi Jinping. FULL POST

CNN Films Acquires, Co-Produces Award-Winning ‘9/11’ Film Ahead of 15-Year Anniversary
August 22nd, 2016
02:26 PM ET

CNN Films Acquires, Co-Produces Award-Winning ‘9/11’ Film Ahead of 15-Year Anniversary

James Hanlon’s and Naudet Brothers’ Classic Film to be Updated and Include New Introduction by Denis Leary for Broadcast on CNN Worldwide

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CNN today announced the acquisition of the Peabody and Emmy® Award-winning documentary ‘9/11,’ ahead of the 15th anniversary of the attacks on America.  The film is directed, filmed, and executive produced by Gédéon and Jules Naudet, French-born filmmakers and brothers, and by retired Manhattan firefighter James Hanlon.  The acquisition means that CNN Films will work with the team to update the film for the 2016 edition, and will retain worldwide broadcast rights for the film franchise and its archival material in perpetuity.

Award-winning actor, producer, and founder of The Leary Firefighters Foundation Denis Leary will introduce the new anniversary edition of the film, reflecting upon the heroism of the firefighters who responded that day.  From the site of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City that commemorates the fallen, including 343 members of the New York City Fire Department, Leary will recall the bravery and emotions of the events in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, and beyond. FULL POST

FULL TRANSCRIPT: CNN World Exclusive Interview with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
July 18th, 2016
06:04 PM ET

FULL TRANSCRIPT: CNN World Exclusive Interview with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

In his first interview since the failed military coup on July 15, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tells CNN’s Becky Anderson (@BeckyCNN) he would approve reinstating the death penalty if lawmakers approve the measure.

“There is a clear crime of treason and your request can never be rejected by our government,” says Erdogan speaking through his translator. “But of course it will take a parliamentary decision for that to take action in the form of a constitutional measure so leaders will have to get together and discuss it, and if they accept to discuss it then I as president will approve any decision that comes out of the parliament.”

Conducted at the presidential palace in Istanbul, Erdogan also tells CNN he’s calling for extradition of Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen from the U.S., what happened the night of the coup attempt – including turning to social media to get his message out – and why it “never crossed” his mind he would be ousted as president.

Part One

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Full transcript after the jump. FULL POST

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria for Sunday EXCLUSIVE on July 10
July 7th, 2016
04:25 PM ET

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria for Sunday EXCLUSIVE on July 10

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria interviewed Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto from the Canadian capital of Ottawa for a global broadcast exclusive Sunday, July 10 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.

Portions of the interview will first broadcast across CNN’s television, mobile, and digital platforms on Friday, July 8.

Interview topics included his views on U.S. immigration policies, the current U.S. presidential election, and the Mexican government’s war against drug cartels.

Mr. Peña Nieto’s interview will be partially in English and partially translated to English from Spanish.

Viewers can comment on this special broadcast via Twitter by using the hashtag #FZGPS. FULL POST

Fareed Zakaria's WHY THEY HATE US encores TONIGHT at 9p ET on CNN/U.S. & CNN International
June 20th, 2016
04:03 PM ET

Fareed Zakaria's WHY THEY HATE US encores TONIGHT at 9p ET on CNN/U.S. & CNN International

CNN's Fareed Zakaria hosts a special, updated presentation of WHY THEY HATE US tonight on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm Eastern.

“Why do they hate us?” has been the question asked since the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago – and again in the wake of horrific attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida last week.  What makes seemingly ordinary people turn against America - and against their own countrymen - to commit murderous attacks?  Zakaria explores the roots of the rage – and challenges experts, religious scholars, policy influencers, and even those who say they want to kill us – for answers to whether America can do anything to stop the bloodshed.

Zakaria also explores why modernity is perceived by violent jihadis as a threat to Islam to be met with bloodshed – including violence against other Muslims – in a new editorial, "Why they hate us."

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Putin to Fareed Zakaria: 'The U.S. is a great power. At the moment, it is probably the only superpower and we accept this fact'
June 19th, 2016
11:23 AM ET

Putin to Fareed Zakaria: 'The U.S. is a great power. At the moment, it is probably the only superpower and we accept this fact'

At 1:00pmET on CNN/U.S., a special edition of CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features a wide-ranging discussion with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on the subjects of U.S.-Russian relations, the European Union, the 2016 U.S. election, the extended conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and doping allegations against Russian athletes hoping to go to the 2016 Olympic Games.

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi discusses the potential 'permanent' impact on Europe for a potential 'Brexit' vote; and Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev discusses the possibility of a female president in his country in the future.

This wide-ranging discussion encores today on both CNN/U.S. and CNN International.   Please check here for additional airtimes across CNN's broadcast networks: http://edition.cnn.com/tv/schedule/europe

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June 17th, 2016
01:26 PM ET

Vladimir Putin on Sunday's FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – June 19

Three Heads of State Join FAREED ZAKARIA GPS

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria will sit down with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev for wide-ranging discussions at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, June 17.

Topics covered in Zakaria's discussion with Mr. Putin included the sanctions imposed upon Russia by Europe and the U.S., Russia's relationship with Ukraine, the American presidential election, doping allegations against Russia's Olympic athletes, ‘Brexit,’ U.S.-Russia relations, the extended conflict in Syria, and more.

This special edition of CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS was taped in St. Petersburg, Russia and will be broadcast on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.  Portions of the discussions will broadcast first across CNN’s television, mobile, and digital platforms on Friday and throughout the weekend.

AIRTIMES FOR FAREED ZAKARIA GPS  

In the United States (all times Eastern Daylight Time):

Sunday, June 19

  • CNN International: 7:00a.m., encore at 3:00p.m.
  • CNN/U.S.: 10:00a.m., encore at 1:00p.m.

In Hong Kong (all times HKT):

Sunday, June 19 – CNN: 7:00p.m.

Monday, June 20 –  CNN: 10:00a.m.

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Topics: CNN • CNN International • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Italy • Russia
CNN SPECIAL: INDIA’S BIG CHANCE
June 10th, 2016
04:22 PM ET

CNN SPECIAL: INDIA’S BIG CHANCE

India is the fastest growing economy in the world. In the past two years, the country even managed to benefit from the global crude oil price crash. The largest democracy on earth has a young and vibrant population and is poised for a technological boom. As it opens up to a globalised world, India still has a depth of history and intensity of culture that awes and fascinates tourists from all parts of the world.

During the half-hour special, CNN’s Indian-born Fareed Zakaria speaks with some of India’s key figures including:

  • India's Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley, on what's ahead for India in the global economy;
  • Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man and Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited, the country’s second most profitable company;
  • Bollywood’s #1 superstar Shah Rukh Khan; and,
  • Kunal Bahl, founder and CEO of SnapDeal, India’s leading e-commerce platform

Coming from different professional branches, the portrayed personalities try to find out if now is India’s big chance.  Viewers can join the conversation about the show's topics during the broadcast via Twitter by using the hashtag, #FZGPS.

Airtimes (New Delhi/Mumbai)                   Airtimes (North America)

Saturday June 11 at 1900 IST                               Saturday June 11 at 0930 EDT

Sunday June 12 at 1100 IST                                 Sunday June 12 at 0130 EDT

Monday June 13  at 0000 IST                              Sunday June 12 at 1430 EDT

Tuesday June 14 at 2200 IST                               Tuesday June 14 at 1230 EDT

Wednesday June 15 at 1400 IST                          Wednesday June 15 at 0430 EDT

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