CNNMoney and CNN Photos are proud to present Picture This: New Orleans, featuring the work of renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark (1940–2015). This multimedia photo and video presentation visually tells the story of New Orleans 10 years after it was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Mark's photos, commissioned exclusively for CNNMoney, bring to life the rebirth and resilience of the people at the heart of this tale. Her beautiful images capture never before told stories, like that of Sam and Ben who were once frozen embryos locked in a hospital that lost power in the hurricane. Under Louisiana law, these embryos were considered babies and substantial efforts were made to save the children. Years later, these eight-year-old boys and their parents tell their story.
Other survivors explain their journey back to the Lower Ninth Ward, the heartbreaking tales of abandoned pets and homes in the chaos, and efforts to revive the community from locals like New Orleans Saints' Quarterback Drew Brees in this innovative display of visual storytelling.
A month after Mark returned from New Orleans to shoot the project, she passed away. This is her final assignment.
Concurrently, CNN and the International Center of Photography are presenting Picture This: New Orleans at Governors Island in New York City. The exhibit featuring Mark’s photos is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00AM-5:30PM through September 27, 2015.
Explore Picture This: New Orleans exclusively on CNNMoney and tune in to CNN as we reflect on the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
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.
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 Business, Connect 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.