September 24th, 2014
08:01 AM ET

CNN Digital Studios Presents Street Food with Roy Choi

Celebrity Chef Roy Choi takes a dive into the flavors, sounds and styles of Los Angeles in his new CNN web series – Street Food. Roy dips into the lives of cultural tastemakers to get their perspectives on how everyday trends and cultural movements are born. These are influencers who may work in and around Hollywood, but tackle life with a DIY, on-the-ground approach. Thus the title, Street Food.

The latest CNN Digital Studios production goes live on October 13 and debuts across CNN Digital (CNN.com, CNN Mobile Products, CNN Social), with all eight episodes premiering at once. Interview subjects include: Michelle Phan (YouTube sensation), Jon Favreau (filmmaker), Mike D. (Beastie Boy), Anthony Bourdain (traveler) and Sage Vaughn (artist).

This is the latest series from CNN Digital Studios, the premium digital content arm of CNN, and ahead of Dhani Jones’ Be a Champion due out in early 2015.

Take a sneak peek into the series on CNN.com, and exclusive early images of some of the episodes to come:

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Street Food with Roy Choi

Topics: CNN Digital • Digital • Digital Studios
September 4th, 2014
09:08 AM ET

CNN Politics Debuts "Hambycast" Series

CNN’s resident Boy on the Bus, Peter Hamby (@PeterHambyCNN), is taking viewers into the world of political campaigns through his own personal lens with the launch of Hambycast. The weekly series will provide a uniquely candid and casual look at American political campaigns, beyond the speeches and staged events - right into the heart of personal on-the-ground retail politics.

In the debut episode, Hamby proves he has the best job in journalism as he cracks a beer with college football fans, like Texas Governor Rick Perry, while tailgating at the University of South Carolina.

Be on the lookout for this weekly project, produced in partnership by CNN Politics and CNN Digital Studios.

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Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Politics • Peter Hamby • Video
Meet CNN's New Head of Social News
June 25th, 2014
11:06 AM ET

Meet CNN's New Head of Social News

Joining CNN from across the pond is the lovely and talented Samantha Barry – new senior director of social news.  She comes to our fair network from BBC World News where she's been working with both their TV and digital teams to make the most of their news coverage across social platforms.  Hailing from Ireland and currently living in London, "Sam" has worked in over 25 countries - from Iraq to Nigeria - as a media trainer for the U.S. State Department.  At CNN, she'll harness our massive social footprint and really turn up the heat on engagement.  In addition, Sam will be charged with reimagining and amplifying the power of CNN iReport.  She'll be based in New York and report to Meredith Artley, VP and Managing Editor, CNN Digital.

Rather than posting another boring press release, CNN PR decided to mix things up with ten questions to help get to know Samantha Barry.  Read on and join us in welcoming her to CNN: @samanthabarry.

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Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • Digital • iReport • Social Media
CNN and Tumblr Team Up for Live Hillary Clinton Town Hall: Hard Choices
June 12th, 2014
10:30 AM ET

CNN and Tumblr Team Up for Live Hillary Clinton Town Hall: Hard Choices

Users Can Submit Questions for Hillary Clinton

CNN and Tumblr have teamed up for the first time to invite viewers worldwide to submit questions to Hillary Clinton for CNN’s Global Townhall, moderated by Christiane Amanpour.

“CNN has a history of pushing the envelope on interactive television, and this partnership with Tumblr continues the tradition of inviting the creativity of our audience to enrich our television event, and to inform our questioning.” Michelle Jaconi, said Executive Producer of Cross Platform Programming.

Viewers will be able to submit questions – in any form (text, video, animated gif) – via CNN’s event Tumblr: http://hillarytownhall.tumblr.com/, and CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will pose some of the best to Clinton during CNN’s live broadcast.

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Topics: Amanpour • CNN • CNN Digital
CNN and Facebook Join for THE SIXTIES
May 29th, 2014
05:39 PM ET

CNN and Facebook Join for THE SIXTIES

CNN and Facebook Announce Strategic Partnership for Exclusive Video and Social Media Content to Create Multidimensional User Experience

CNN and Facebook today announced plans to join together for a unique viewer engagement initiative that will extend the experience of the new CNN series, THE SIXTIES, beyond television screens for Facebook users. THE SIXTIES, a 10-part series for television executive produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Mark Herzog, explores the events and people that made the 1960s an extraordinary era of change and achievement in pop culture, civil rights, politics, and technology. The enriched social media engagement will include exclusive video and social media content that will create a unique second screen experience for Facebook users.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Facebook to offer such a rich multimedia experience for viewers of THE SIXTIES,” said Andrew Morse, senior vice president of editorial content for CNN/U.S.. “This partnership will drive deeper engagement, and establish a community of viewers, which will explore the content in a variety of ways.”

Features of the unique collaboration will include weekly live Q&A chats with historic figures and the series producers during each episode, weekly viral video content on highlights of the period, and exclusive video produced by CNN Digital Studios illustrating the achievements and events of the remarkable decade. Each week, CNN will premiere one original video on Facebook related to the series content, as well as platform other SIXTIES-related video. FULL POST

May 28th, 2014
12:59 PM ET

Digital video series “City of Tomorrow” highlights urban innovation

Cities all around the world are coming up with groundbreaking ways to combat issues plaguing their surroundings, such as crime, traffic and the excess of greenhouse gases. To highlight the innovation of these cities and offer a glimpse into futuristic solutions for others to adopt, CNN Digital launched an 8-week futuristic video series today called City of Tomorrow. The series includes videos, text, photos and other interactive features, and will conclude with a 30-minute CNN TV special airing on Saturday, July 19.

Some of the inventive ideas covered in City of Tomorrow include sophisticated CIA software used by Los Angeles police that wrangles huge amounts of data to fight crime; the “world’s greenest commercial building” in Seattle; and experimental cities in Japan and the Middle East that offer a peek into future lifestyles.

To find more about the series via social media, users can follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #CityofTomorrow and learn more on CNN's Facebook page.

Additionally, City of Tomorrow is the one of the first series to launch as part of CNN’s Digital Studios initiative, an internal production house that produces a series of original video franchises. Topic areas for digital studios include innovation and technology; entertainment; wellness and lifestyle and travel and adventure.  

Ed O'Keefe Joins CNN as VP of CNN Money and Politics
May 13th, 2014
08:14 AM ET

Ed O'Keefe Joins CNN as VP of CNN Money and Politics

Ed O'Keefe, former Editor-in-Chief of NowThis News, will join CNN as vice president of CNNMoney and Politics.  In this role, O’Keefe will oversee all digital content for the two beats and be responsible for the creation of cross-platform content.

"Ed is uniquely suited for this job. He specializes in mobile, social and video storytelling - critical areas of growth for Money and Politics," said Meredith Artley, VP and managing editor of CNN Digital. “Ed’s digital expertise, TV experience and progressive startup mentality will help light up these important verticals for CNN.”

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CNN Digital Posts Strongest Month Ever in March 2014
April 23rd, 2014
12:11 PM ET

CNN Digital Posts Strongest Month Ever in March 2014

Closes Gap with Yahoo!-ABC News to Only 1%

Video and Mobile Consumption Shatters Records 

Building off a busy news cycle, March 2014 marked the strongest month in history for CNN Digital Network.  Users flocked to CNN for its extensive coverage of the Malaysian airliner, the conflict in Ukraine, Academy Awards, Washington mudslide and other major news events.  The outcome was a staggering 2.8 B global page views, 1 mm global app page views, and 274 mm global video starts across platforms.  Users also consumed a record 1.6 billion global page views on CNN’s mobile products, adding to its seven-year history as the No. 1 source for mobile news.

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CNN Unveils “Watch CNNx”
April 10th, 2014
01:41 PM ET

CNN Unveils “Watch CNNx”

Next Gen TV Experience Launches for iPad

CNN announced today CNNx, a next-generation product that gives viewers unprecedented control over their TV news experience.  Through Watch CNNx users can access 24 hours of program rundowns and select on demand the segments they want to view.  In addition, the product pairs in real time the power of CNN’s TV Everywhere initiative and a wealth of complementary digital content.

“CNN has again redefined the way people consume news.  As the Internet has come crashing into the television, we’ve future-proofed CNN,” said SVP and GM CNN Digital KC Estenson.  “This product bolsters our relationships with TV partners, opens incredible new opportunities for advertisers and delivers consumers a truly innovative experience.”

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CNN hires Rachel Crane as newest digital correspondent
April 7th, 2014
12:03 PM ET

CNN hires Rachel Crane as newest digital correspondent

Starting today, Rachel Crane will join CNN as the network’s newest digital correspondent where she'll cover pop culture and innovation. In this role, she’ll be creating original video content related to her beat to run across CNN’s platforms. Crane comes to CNN from Bloomberg, where she was a technology and innovation correspondent who hosted and produced Bloomberg’s Brink, a show highlighting cutting-edge technology and new ideas.

Crane has been covering innovation for several years, interviewing SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, famed futurist and Google’s director of engineering Ray Kurzweil, and NASA’s William Gerstenmaier. She has also traveled to Abu Dhabi to report on the pre-planned sustainable city Masdar, tasted wine made by robots in California’s Napa Valley, covered the privatization of space at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and gone behind the bars of San Quentin Prison to see how the institution taught inmates to make mini satellites.

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