CNN Video Tops All Competitors, Posts Highest Month on Record
July 21st, 2015
12:02 PM ET

CNN Video Tops All Competitors, Posts Highest Month on Record

CNN.com Holds Number One Spot in Digital Video for Two Straight Months

With 212 million video streams in June, CNN.com posted its highest month ever and topped every competitor in the news category.  The two-month winning streak places CNN ahead of Buzzfeed and Yahoo News, making CNN.com the undisputed news leader in digital video.  The wins reflect the network’s heavy investment and prioritization of premium, digital-first video – from CNN Digital Studios’ original series and short films to its global newsgathering efforts.

For the month on June 2015:

CNN.com is #1 in Video Streams

For the second month in a row CNN.com outperformed all competitors in video streams, earning 60mm more than Buzzfeed and 77mm more than Yahoo News. FULL POST


Topics: CNN Digital • Ratings • Video
CNN Launches 'Great American Stories'
July 15th, 2015
09:40 AM ET

CNN Launches 'Great American Stories'

Today CNN Digital rolled out the first of its “Great American Stories,” a cross- platform multimedia series focused on the unexpected places and unforgettable characters who’ve helped define our nation.  The series includes original video vignettes combined with powerful text stories of the people and places who are doing things a little differently than the norm.

·      Like the 200 people who live and work in Whittier, Alaska – all together in one 14-story building called Begich Towers Incorporated, a structure leftover from the Cold War.

·      Or the folks in Green Bank, West Virigina, who aren’t allowed to use cell phones or wifi because it will interfere with the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, one of the world's most sensitive and the largest steerable telescope.

·      And the students at Robert Morris University who are considered college athletes – on scholarships – for playing video games.

Rolling out on CNN.com, on mobile and on social every Wednesday through September, these unique narratives will help tell the stories of America.

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Topics: CNN Digital • Enterprise • Video
CNNgo Adds CNNi Live Stream
CNN International's live stream is now available on CNNgo.
June 29th, 2015
03:31 PM ET

CNNgo Adds CNNi Live Stream

CNN announced today an update to CNNgo, which will allow users to watch CNN International’s live stream on CNN.com and through CNN’s iPad app.  This will bring CNNi’s streaming footprint in the U.S. to more than 86 million households via TV Everywhere.

"This is a significant milestone for CNN,” said Alex Wellen, CNN’s Chief Product Officer.  “With the availability of CNNi TV on CNNgo, tens of millions of new viewers will gain access to our compelling international news coverage, overnight. Never before has the network had such a massive reach in the US.”

By bringing shows like Amanpour., Quest Means BusinessConnect the World and International Desk to CNNgo, U.S. viewers will have the full range of CNN’s worldwide programming right at their fingertips.

"With our global presence, we are pleased we can deliver CNN International live breaking news, programs and analysis on CNNgo," said Tony Maddox, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CNN International.

CNNgo is a next-generation product that gives viewers unprecedented control over their TV news experience through TV Everywhere.  It is available in the U.S. on CNN.com, the CNN App for iPad and on Apple TV.

CNN International’s presence on the U.S. CNNgo platform is ahead of an international roll-out of the platform, which will begin in the next 12 months.

About TV Everywhere

CNN Worldwide was the first U.S. news organization to stream its full CNN and HLN networks online and on Apple devices in real-time, including commercials. CNN’s TV Everywhere option is available in more than 86 million homes and with more than 320 distribution partners.  In 2014, 13.2 million hours of CNN TV content were consumed via the TVE platform.  (Source: Adobe, Bango 2014)

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Topics: CNN Digital • CNN International • CNNgo
2 Degrees and a Disappearing Island
June 29th, 2015
11:44 AM ET

2 Degrees and a Disappearing Island

CNN Digital opinion writer John Sutter continues to report on climate change through his “2 Degrees” project.  Scientists and economists say that if the climate warms more than 2 degrees Celsius, it will greatly up the odds of climate catastrophe….and it’s happening to Marshall Island.

When he launched this project in April, Sutter asked what readers were most interested in CNN covering — and they chose how 2 Degrees could affect climate refugees from a disappearing coast.  After searching for a country that met the criteria, Sutter traveled to the Marshall Islands and spent 9 days there learning about how the Marshallese were affected by the rising sea and their disappearing coast.

In this multi-part report, he tells the story of the Marshallese through photos and videos with the engaging and heart-breaking narratives of the inhabitants weaved throughout.  He also visits northwest Arkansas, where some people have relocated to escape the threat of being swept away.

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Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Opinion
CNN Politics Continues Streak as #1 Political News Destination Online
May 18th, 2015
01:09 PM ET

CNN Politics Continues Streak as #1 Political News Destination Online

April 2015 marked the second month in a row that CNN Politics ranked as the number one political news destination online, growing in unique visitors from the month prior. 

As the 2016 field of candidates grew and the United Kingdom elected a new Prime Minister, users continued to turn to CNN for breaking news, enterprise analysis and unbiased coverage of politics around the globe. Once again outranking all digital political competitors, CNN Politics maintained its number one ranking in multiplatform unique visitors, views and video starts.

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May 15th, 2015
01:14 PM ET

CNNMoney Reports Best Month on Record in Multiplatform Traffic

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April 2015 marked CNNMoney’s best month on record, with more than 22 million unique visitors and 26.1 million video views.

CNNMoney outperformed the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, cementing its position as a Top Five financial news destination

After launching a refreshed website earlier this year, Ed O’Keefe, Vice President of CNNMoney and CNN Politics and Lex Haris, Executive Editor of CNNMoney, proclaimed a renewed commitment to deliver simple, smart and relevant news through ambitious journalism. The result is evident through huge gains in digital traffic.

In the month of April 2015**:

  • CNNMoney delivered 22.3 million digital multi-platform unique visitors, the highest total on record for the property.
  • Visitors spent 356 million minutes on CNNMoney properties, the highest multi-platform total on record.
  • CNNMoney mobile (app + mobile web) delivered 12 million unique visitors in April, the highest total on record.
  • Visitors to CNNMoney.com watched 32 million videos in April, up +248% vs. prior year.

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CNNI Show 'Amanpour.' Now Available through CNNgo on Apple TV
Amanpour. is added to the 'shows' section of CNNgo on Apple TV
May 11th, 2015
10:26 AM ET

CNNI Show 'Amanpour.' Now Available through CNNgo on Apple TV

Amanpour., CNN International’s flagship program, is now available on Apple TV in the ‘shows’ section of CNNgo. Hosted by chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, the 30-minute, daily news and talk show is the first CNNI program available on CNNgo.

CNN recently announced the availability of CNNgo on Apple TV.  As part of the industry-wide TV Everywhere initiative, CNNgo is now available in more than 86 million homes and to participating TV providers on Apple TV devices.

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Topics: CNN Digital • CNNgo
CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios Pick Up 'THE GNOMIST' at Tribeca Film Festival
April 28th, 2015
01:23 PM ET

CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios Pick Up 'THE GNOMIST' at Tribeca Film Festival

Director/Producer Sharon Liese’s Film to Stream Across CNN Digital Platforms During Fall Short Film Series

Fresh from its world premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, award-winning filmmaker Sharon Liese’s short film, THE GNOMIST, produced by Herizon Productions and Cynthia Wade, has been acquired by CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios, it was announced today.

“It is a huge honor to have my work selected by such a distinguished network,” says Liese. “I am thrilled that THE GNOMIST and its message will have this expansive reach.”

“We are delighted to be able to bring Sharon’s beautifully-crafted, novel true story to a wide audience via CNN’s robust digital platforms. On the heels of the success of our first series of digital shorts, we are extremely pleased that THE GNOMIST will become part of our fall series of extraordinary short-form films for CNN,” said Courtney Sexton, senior director for program development for CNN Worldwide.

THE GNOMIST is the true story of the mysterious appearance of fairy dwellings in a suburban Kansas forest and the psychic healing power of the magical experience shared by three former strangers.

“THE GNOMIST is an incredible story, beautifully told. It’s the perfect addition to CNN Digital’s continued push into long-form narrative storytelling,” said Chris Berend, vice president of video content development for CNN/U.S.

The acquisition of THE GNOMIST was negotiated by Stacey Wolf, vice president of business affairs, and Sexton, on behalf of CNN. THE GNOMIST will premiere internationally at Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto (April 29) and continue to screen at other U.S. film festivals this spring. For more information on screenings, please visit www.thegnomistfilm.com. The film is expected to premiere on CNN’s digital platforms sometime in the fall.

Additional films for the fall series will include short films from Andrew Jenks (MTV’s World of Jenks) and Roger Ross Williams (GOD LOVES UGANDA).

CNN’s inaugural series of short films launched in March and includes the films UBAH!, about the uncommon life of Somalian supermodel and philanthropist Ubah Hassan, directed by Joe Berlinger; RAISING RYLAND, a journey inside the transgender experience as lived by a six-year-old boy, directed by Sarah Feeley; and THE 414S: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS, about a small, talented group of Milwaukee teens who hacked into dozens of prominent computer systems – including the Los Alamos National Laboratory – during the early days of the Internet, directed by Michael T. Vollmann. All three of these exceptional short films are now available via www.CNN.com/shortfilms.

About CNN Films

CNN Films produces and acquires documentary feature and short films for theatrical and festival exhibition and distribution across CNN’s multiple platforms.  Amy Entelis, svp of talent and content development, Vinnie Malhotra, svp of development and acquisitions, and Courtney Sexton, senior director for program development, oversee the strategy for CNN Films. For more information about CNN Films, please visit www.CNN.com/CNNFilms, www.CNN.com/shortfilms, and follow @CNNFilms via Twitter.

About CNN

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 271 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 division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.

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CNNMoney Presents: Revenge Porn – The Cyberwar Against Women
April 27th, 2015
09:16 AM ET

CNNMoney Presents: Revenge Porn – The Cyberwar Against Women

In a five-part digital series, CNNMoney's Tech Reporter Laurie Segall uncovers a disturbing internet trend: the rise of revenge porn.

Revenge Porn is non-consensual pornography: everything from photos hacked from an unknowing victim's computer, to an intimate video taken by a couple and then made public after the breakup. The private material is uploaded onto the dark web, bartered or traded for Bitcoin, and then sometimes used to blackmail victims for more explicit photos. Even more disturbing: the law, and technology itself, are way behind the curve. Once the photos are posted, it's nearly impossible to stop their spread.

Segall's in-depth study includes interviews with a victim who had to copyright her own body to get images taken down, a crusading mother who's become the 'Erin Brockovitch' of revenge porn, and a hacker who explains why he ruined so many women's lives.

Explore the full series at CNNMoney.com/RevengePorn


Topics: CNN Digital • CNNMoney
CNN App for Apple Watch Now Available
April 24th, 2015
09:28 AM ET

CNN App for Apple Watch Now Available

Today CNN launched an app for the Apple Watch.  Available on the app store globally, the CNN app provides breaking news notifications and headlines for 12 categories right on your wrist.

One of CNN’s most personal products to date, the app allows wearers to customize their news experience through the following features:

  •  Main screen –  by force touching the screen, a user can call up a menu to choose which sections and how many stories in each section are displayed on the Watch.  Categories range from top stories and health to entertainment and politics.
  • Story pages – include a thumbnail image, brief summary of the story and a prompt to view more content on their iPhone.  A user can save the story by force touching the screen or they can read more by using Apple’s hand-off feature to their iPhone.
  • Notifications – breaking news alerts that come directly to the Watch.  When a new alert comes in, the wearer’s wrist will get a tap (if settings are turned on).  The user can then open the alert within their Watch or be directed to more content – even live CNN TV – on their iPhone.
  • Glances – Watch users can access CNN’s top story in the glance view.

Users must have iOS 8.2 and iPhone 5 and above to access the CNN app for Apple Watch.

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Topics: CNN Digital • Mobile
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