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

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

November 13th, 2014
08:47 AM ET

CNN Films and Sierra Tango Productions, Inc. Announce Collaboration to Produce Film Confronting Global Readiness for Battling Pandemics

Co-Production Will Explore Risks and Progress in Battle Against Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases

Theatrical Exhibition Planned for 2015, CNN Films Broadcast Planned for 2016

The deadliest event of the last century was not a major battle nor a terrorist attack – it was the 1918 to 1919 global influenza pandemic. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 675,000 Americans died, and around the world, between 30 and 50 million people died – perhaps as much as 5 percent of the world’s population at the time. Yet, this event preceded modern-era advances that could make a contemporary pandemic even more deadly – global air travel, urbanization, antibiotic resistant ‘superbugs’– and the intentional distribution of contagions via bioterrorism. FULL POST

September 12th, 2014
06:51 PM ET

Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films Acquire North American Rights to "Sunshine Superman"

World Premiere at the 2014 TIFF; U.S. Premiere at the New York Film Festival on Monday, Oct. 6

The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, a heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, "the father of BASE jumping," whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular — and dangerous — feats of foot-launched human flight by first-time feature filmmaker Marah Strauch at the Toronto International Film Festival.   Magnolia Pictures has acquired the theatrical, VOD and home entertainment rights; CNN Films has acquired the television broadcast distribution rights.

“Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films are the perfect partners for Sunshine Superman, a film about taking risks and following your dreams,” said Director Marah Strauch. “We are very excited to share our film with people all across the country and to be working with a team that understands the power of documentaries that not only change the world, but also entertain.”

A Scissor Kick Films, Flimmer Films, and Submarine Entertainment Production, SUNSHINE SUPERMAN will make its U.S. debut next month at the prestigious New York Film Festival. CNN Films will broadcast the film exclusively on the network in 2016, following a 2015 theatrical release by Magnolia. FULL POST

CNN Films Acquires 41ON41 for Broadcast as 41st President Celebrates 90th Birthday
June 2nd, 2014
10:42 AM ET

CNN Films Acquires 41ON41 for Broadcast as 41st President Celebrates 90th Birthday

Compelling film uniquely profiles President George H. W. Bush with 41 voices of those closest to him

for premiere Sunday, June 15 at 9:00pmET

CNN Films announced today that it will premiere 41ON41, a unique, multidimensional profile of President George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, from 41 extraordinary storytellers who know the president best. The revealing, two-hour film weaves first-person accounts that explore the historic policy decisions and personal life experiences that shaped President Bush’s life and distinguished his presidency. The two-hour film will debut Sunday, June 15 at 9:00pm and encore at 11:00pm Eastern.

Three days prior to the Father’s Day evening broadcast, on June 12, 2014, President Bush will celebrate his 90th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine, with family, friends, and former colleagues from his White House years.

41ON41 is executive produced by President Bush’s former White House speechwriter, Mary Kate Cary, and Rick Kaplan, formerly of CNN and ABC News. The award-winning film team also includes Nancy Stern Winters and Lisa Lax at Lookalike Productions who produced and directed the film. FULL POST

January 8th, 2014
03:32 PM ET

Susie Xu Named Executive Producer of “Erin Burnett Outfront”

erin-burnett-outfront-3Wil Surratt Joins Development Group as Executive Producer

CNN announced today that Susie Xu has been named Executive Producer of Erin Burnett OutFront.  She has been the senior broadcast producer on the program since 2011.  Xu is an award-winning 13 year veteran of CNN where she has worked at the network’s New York, Washington DC and Beijing bureaus.

Wil Surratt, the show’s current executive producer, will join Amy Entelis' group as Executive Producer of Program Development. Surratt will create and develop new projects with a focus on CNN primetime.

Erin Burnett who is currently out on maternity leave is scheduled to return on Monday, January 27.

 

Jim Sciutto Joins CNN as Chief National Security Correspondent
September 3rd, 2013
09:16 AM ET

Jim Sciutto Joins CNN as Chief National Security Correspondent

Jim Sciutto has been named CNN’s chief national security correspondent, effective immediately. Further bolstering CNN’s newsgathering capabilities from the nation’s capital, Sciutto will report and provide analysis on all aspects of U.S. national security, including foreign policy, the military, terrorism, and the intelligence community. He will appear across the network’s programs and platforms. The announcement was made today by Sam Feist, Washington bureau chief and senior vice president.

“Jim’s vast experience reporting firsthand from around the globe will provide viewers with rich perspective on important stories domestically and abroad,” said Feist. “I am delighted to welcome him to our team.”

Sciutto was ABC News’ senior foreign correspondent, based in primarily in London and later, from Washington. In that role, he traveled to and reported from more than 50 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. His extensive reporting included dozens of assignments from inside Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran. He is the author of a book based on his own experiences in the Middle East, “Against Us: The New Face of America’s Enemies in the Muslim World.”

Sciutto’s work in Iran during the 2009 election protests earned him an Edward R. Murrow award. He was also given the George Polk Award and a citation for Excellence from the Overseas Press Club for his undercover reporting from Myanmar, where he bucked government restrictions to tell the stories of that country’s repressive regime. His reporting for the series “Iraq: Where Things Stand” was recognized with an Emmy Award for two consecutive years.

Most recently, Sciutto served as chief of staff and senior advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to China, Gary Locke. Prior to ABC News, he served as the Hong Kong-based correspondent for Asia Business News. Sciutto began his career as the moderator and producer of a weekly public affairs talk show on PBS. He graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese history.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

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CNN to debut Crossfire, AC 360° Later on Monday, Sept. 16
August 6th, 2013
09:16 AM ET

CNN to debut Crossfire, AC 360° Later on Monday, Sept. 16

 Wolf Blitzer Adds Anchoring 1 p.m. Hour of CNN’s Newsroom to his Situation Room Role

 CNN today announced that Crossfire, hosted by Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones, will debut Monday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Also, AC 360° Later, a new prime time program, will air Monday through Thursday at 10 p.m. ET.

Crossfire, the classic debate program, will resemble the show’s original format with passionate conversation and focus on topical events of the day. The daily, 30-minute program will feature two hosts and guests each night, discussing a range of issues from all sides of the political and cultural spectrum. In addition to the weekday show, the Crossfire co-hosts will appear across the network’s programming.

The centerpiece of AC 360° Later will be a provocative and informed panel conversation, focusing on the day’s news and events. The program will be hosted by Anderson Cooper and will feature a range of opinions and points-of-view from guests and newsmakers. The show will also include CNN correspondents, analysts and commentators plus a special guest each night.

In addition to anchoring The Situation Room from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wolf Blitzer will add the 1 p.m. hour of Newsroom to his anchor responsibilities beginning Monday, Sept. 16.

Crossfire, which aired weeknights from 1982 to 2005, examined political and social issues in a televised debate. Conservative Pat Buchanan and liberal Tom Braden were the original hosts of the program, but over the years Crossfire featured various hosts from the right and from the left, including Robert Novak, Tucker Carlson, James Carville and Paul Begala. Guests on the program were frequently top lawmakers from across the political spectrum, but also included an eclectic mix of other personalities: Bob Hope, Rupert Murdoch, Charlton Heston, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Rush Limbaugh, Christopher Reeve, Arianna Huffington and Howard Cosell. As the preeminent political talk program, Crossfire cemented its status in the political and cultural lexicon when President Bill Clinton joked during his remarks at the 1997 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner that the newly opened Newseum featured an exhibit with “CNN’s very first Crossfire- from the left, Alexander Hamilton, from the right, Aaron Burr, topic, gun control.”

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

 

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Topics: CNN • CNNEE Press Releases
May 6th, 2013
03:18 PM ET

CNN en Español and CNN Latino Unveil New Programming Plans

-This year, CNN en Español and CNN Latino will consolidate their multimedia presence-

-Expansion of CNN Latino broadcast programming block in key U.S. markets-

More specials, new programming for CNN en Español’s US radio affiliates, and an expansion of the network’s digital and social media capabilities-

On Thursday, May 2, CNN en Español and CNN Latino unveiled its programming for the next year at the cocktail upfront reception held at the boutique hotel in Manhattan, Ink48.

Cynthia Hudson, senior vice president and general manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic Strategy for CNN/U.S. announced that CNN en Español, CNN’s independently produced 24-hour network in Spanish, will be taking several shows on the road this year. Conclusiones, the primetime show that airs on CNN en Español hosted by Fernando del Rincon that monitors the key happenings of the day, combining in-depth analysis of the most important news of the day, will be taped in Los Angeles in October. FULL POST

May 6th, 2013
03:11 PM ET

CNN Latino expands to Salt Lake City

CNN LATINO CONTINUES TO EXPAND IN KEY MARKETS

New Affiliation Agreement in Salt Lake City Expands the Programming Block’s Reach

CNN Latino, the Spanish-language programming block custom-made for the U.S. Hispanic market, is expanding to Salt Lake City, it was announced today by Cynthia Hudson, senior vice president and general manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic Strategy for CNN/U.S. With the addition of this new market to its existing presence in Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Tampa and Phoenix, CNN Latino programming will now be available in markets that represent about 30% of U.S. Hispanic Households.

CNN Latino's broad spectrum of programming covering news, lifestyle, documentary, talk and debate represents an alternative to traditional Hispanic networks, and it will now be available on KPDR-LD Channel 19 in Salt Lake City. As part of its expansion plan, CNN Latino will work with KPDR Partners, to develop its alliance with this new affiliate. KPDR-LD will be broadcasting CNN Latino’s programming block from 4-12 PM (MT). They anticipate providing local Hispanic programming content in the future.
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