Gravitas Ventures acquires U.S. distribution rights for Greg Barker’s ‘Legion of Brothers’ produced by Passion Pictures/CNN Films at Sundance
January 26th, 2017
04:19 PM ET

Gravitas Ventures acquires U.S. distribution rights for Greg Barker’s ‘Legion of Brothers’ produced by Passion Pictures/CNN Films at Sundance

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

International Rights for Greg Barker’s ‘Legion of Brothers’ Acquired on Eve of Sundance by Content Media Corporation
A production still from 'Legion of Brothers,' directed and produced by Greg Barker, an official selection of the Documentary Premieres program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Image courtesy of CNN Films.
January 24th, 2017
11:58 AM ET

International Rights for Greg Barker’s ‘Legion of Brothers’ Acquired on Eve of Sundance by Content Media Corporation

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

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Hosts ‘Voices From the Obama Years’ – Global Television Event Debuts Sunday, Jan. 01
‘Voices From the Obama Years’ premieres New Year's Day
December 29th, 2016
11:16 AM ET

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Hosts ‘Voices From the Obama Years’ – Global Television Event Debuts Sunday, Jan. 01

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

February 1st, 2016
12:36 PM ET

PM Trudeau on Canada's reaction to ISIS: "I think people are open to not choosing to live in constant fear"

On this weekend's FAREED ZAKARIA GPS, host Fareed Zakaria spoke with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in the Prime Minister’s first interview with a non-Canadian media organization. The wide-ranging interview covered the Syrian refugee crisis, military action and air strikes against ISIS, and how falling oil prices are impacting Canada’s economy.

MANDATORY CREDIT for reference and usage: “CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS”

WEB EXTRA: Will TRUDEAU end Canada’s air strikes against ISIS?

WEB EXTRA: TRUDEAU on how the collapse of oil prices will impact Canada’s economy



FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST, CNN GPS: Every year at Davos, there’s a country that stands out, attracting attention and admiration. This year it was not so much a nation, but a person.

Justin Trudeau, the new 44-year-old Prime Minister of Canada, was the star of the World Economic Forum. Hollywood actors and CEOs took selfies with him. Women seemed particularly impressed, perhaps because he has appointed a cabinet that is 50 percent female.

Trudeau is an unabashed liberal, with plans to legalize pot, raise taxes on the wealthy, and take climate change seriously. In doing this, he continues the legacy of his father, Pierre Trudeau, who was perhaps Canada's most famous prime minister.

Davos was his debut on the world stage, and my interview was his first with a non-Canadian broadcaster.


Topics: Afghanistan • CNN • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iraq • ISIS • Syria • Transcripts
Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World to air TONIGHT, Nov. 17 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International #FZGPS
November 17th, 2015
02:43 PM ET

Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World to air TONIGHT, Nov. 17 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International #FZGPS

The origins of the terror group known as Islamic State or ‘ISIS,’ and what they want, are explored by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, in a one-hour special, Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World, tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.   

Deputy National Security Advisor for strategic communication Ben Rhodes; a former jihadi who now leads a counter-extremism think tank, Quilliam, Maajid Nawaz; former director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. General Michael Flynn; Middle East expert and London School of Economics professor of international relations Fawaz Gerges; former FBI agent Ali Soufan; and others discuss the ambitions and goals of the terror group.

The chief objective of ISIS, or Daesh, is its unique vision of a caliphate – and luring American and Western troops back to the Middle East to apocalyptic ground in combat.

Also discussed, how ISIS grew to become a transnational terror organization, how it recruits followers, what is being done to try to stop it – and what does and doesn’t seem to be working.


October 26th, 2015
05:06 PM ET

#LongRoadtoHell America in Iraq hosted by @Fareed Zakaria debuts TONIGHT at 9p on CNN & CNN International

Tonight at 9:00pm, CNN's Fareed Zakaria looks for answers to who is responsible for the chaos in Iraq.  The special hour, Long Road to Hell: America in Iraq debuts tonight at 9:00pm on CNN and CNN International.

Providing new insights and commentary are: former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Presidential Envoy to Iraq Paul Bremer, president of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass, Gen. David Petraeus (ret.), former Undersecretary for Defense Douglas Feith, former Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke, and former U.S. diplomat Peter Galbraith.

Viewers can interact with the producers via Twitter during the broadcast by using #LongRoadtoHell.

The one-hour special encores at 12:00am on CNN International.  Global airtimes:

+ Monday October 26 at 9:00pm ET CNN International in North America / 1:00am in UK (Tuesday, October 27) / 2:00am in Europe (Tuesday, October 27)

+ Friday, October 30 at 2:00pmET CNN International in North America / 6:00pm in UK / 7:00pm in Europe

+ Sunday November 1 at 1:00am ET CNN International in North America / 6:00am in UK / 7:00am in Europe

All times Eastern.


March 22nd, 2015
10:22 AM ET

Exclusive: Afghan Pres. on Fareed Zakaria GPS

The following is a transcript from an exclusive interview between the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. President Ghani spoke with Fareed Zakaria during his visit to the United States about the ISAF withdrawal from Afghanistan and the issues within Afghanistan’s borders.


Ghani on Afghanistan’s transitions: “What we need to realize is that 2014 was a year that we faced three transitions simultaneously – a political transition where authority for the first time was transferred from one elected president to another; a security transition where the combat role of the international community, particularly that of the United States, ended; and third, an economic transition. Our enemies were banking on collapse of authority. Because of that, they challenged us. But what I am gratified to share is that during the last six months, the Afghan national security forces have really shown their mettle. Now we are not in a defensive position. We have taken offensive.”

 Ghani on the ISAF withdrawal: “Well the first point is that I'd like to pay tribute to the Americans – I believe 2,215 who paid the ultimate sacrifice; over 20,000 Americans that have been wounded; hundreds of thousands of Americans, men and women, who've seen combat in Afghanistan. They’ve gotten to know our valleys, our desserts, our mountains. They have stood shoulder to shoulder with us. The result is that America has been secure, thank God. There's been no terrorist attack on mainland United States. We have been the front line. Meanwhile, what needs to be underlined is while tragedy brought us together, there are common interests that now can be articulated very clearly. The threats that we are facing on a daily basis, were they, God forbid, to overwhelm us, will threaten the world at large.”


April 8th, 2014
03:13 PM ET

CNN's Anna Coren meets young Afghan girl married off at age six

CNN's Anna Coren (@amcoren) meets Naghma, a young Afghan girl married off last year by her father in order to cover a debt.

Naghma, whose story was picked up by the international community, was eventually released from her marriage to the moneylender's 19-year-old son after an anonymous donor paid off her father's $2,500 debt.

The now seven year old is trying to get into the Afghanistan National Institute of Music to pursue an education, the only chance she might get at changing the course of her life.

Topics: Afghanistan • Anna Coren
March 12th, 2014
09:46 AM ET

CNN Digital publishes "The Uncounted" – a story on suicides in military families

This morning, CNN Digital published a story about suicides among military family members called The Uncounted.

Recently, at the urging of military family groups, a report was given to Congress on what it would take to track suicides of military service family members.  “The Uncounted” is a story that dives deeply into this issue and provides an intimate portrait of what these families have gone through. The story is told through the eyes of a sibling, a spouse, parents and a teenager. It includes photo essays and is laid against a stark white background that accentuates the emotions in the piece.

To discuss the aspects of this layered story, CNN will be hosting two online chats today. The first is at 11amET in the comments section of the story, where CNN writer Ashley Fantz will be answering questions alongside two mental health counselors.  In the afternoon, there will be another chat on CNN's Facebook page at 2pmET to open up a wider discussion about this controversial topic.

Readers are also encouraged to post a tribute to a spouse, sibling or other relative of a service member through CNN iReport and share their story of love and sacrifice. To join the conversation on Twitter, use #UncountedCNN.

Topics: Afghanistan • CNN Digital • Digital • Enterprise • Iraq • iReport
July 18th, 2013
08:31 AM ET

CNN exclusive on plight of families chasing the European dream

This morning, CNN published Europe’s Lost Children, an exclusive multimedia enterprise story on the struggles children face while entering Europe illegally to flee persecution in Afghanistan. Via an interactive digital magazine format complete with maps, video and photos, the piece emotionally captures two narratives: one mother separated from her two children and a teenager who gives up on his dream of a new life in Europe.

CNN’s Irene Chapple gained unprecedented access into the lives of the mother and children, travelled to Germany and Greece, and spent months talking with them so the CNN audience could experience their story. At a time when Greece struggles with extreme unemployment and strikes across the country, Europe’s Lost Children explains the context of the social pressures of immigration and prejudice in European cities.

The story will air on Connect the World on CNN International today and Friday at 10:00pmCET. To follow and join the conversation on Twitter, use the hashtag #lostchildren and go to

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