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

July 15th, 2014
12:45 PM ET

CNN Honored with 11 News and Documentary Emmy Nominations

CNN Worldwide has been honored with eleven nominations for the 35th Annual News and Documentary Awards. CNN’s diverse nominations include:

Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast

Anderson Cooper 360

Boston Bombing Victim Vows to Dance Again

 

Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis

Anderson Cooper 360 

Guns Under Fire: An AC360 Town Hall

 

Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story

CNN Newsroom

CNN's Coverage of Typhoon Haiyan

 

Outstanding Science and Technology Programming

CNN Films

Escape Fire

 

Best Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast

Anderson Cooper 360

Rehab Racket

 

Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form

CNN Films

Girl Rising

 

Outstanding Video Journalism: News

Mark Phillips, CNN – Reporting from Afghanistan and the Philippines

 

Outstanding Lighting Directions & Scenic Design

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

 

Outstanding Newscast or News Magazine in Spanish

CNN en Español

Panorama Mundial

 

Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in Spanish

CNN en Español

Pope Election

 

Outstanding Promotional Announcement – Episodic

CNN Films: Blackfish 

In addition to these eleven News and Documentary Emmy nominations, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy have been nominated for a combined nine Primetime and Creative Arts Emmy Awards. FULL POST

CNN en Espanol's CLIX wins Daytime Emmy
June 23rd, 2014
01:55 PM ET

CNN en Espanol's CLIX wins Daytime Emmy

Last night in Los Angeles, CNN en Español’s Clix was honored as the Outstanding Entertainment Program in Spanish at the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  More than 1,400 entries were submitted this year, recognizing outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production.

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Topics: Awards • CNN • CNN en Espanol
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.

 

Sec. of State John Kerry to Appear on CNN en Espanol's Oppenheimer Presents
December 13th, 2013
08:42 AM ET

Sec. of State John Kerry to Appear on CNN en Espanol's Oppenheimer Presents

In an in-depth interview, Secretary of State John Kerry sits down one-on-one with CNN’s Andrés Oppenheimer.  The interview will broadcast on Oppenheimer Presents on Sunday, December 15 at 9 p.m. (ET) on CNN en Español.

Speaking to recent revelations of the National Security Agency, Sec. Kerry reveals, “I can guarantee you neither the President nor I believe that some of this gathering of information that has taken place in very particular instances and against particular high-level personnel is appropriate, and I think the President will speak to that very clearly in the days ahead.”

The full interview will air in its entirety on Oppenheimer Presents on Sunday, December 15 at 9 p.m. (ET) on CNN en Español.

December 9th, 2013
09:43 AM ET

CNN's Anchors and Reporters in South Africa

CNN’s coverage of the death and funeral of Nelson Mandela continues, with Christiane Amanpour, Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and Isha Sesay reporting from locations in South Africa.  Correspondents Robyn Curnow, Arwa Damon, Errol Barnett and David McKenzie contribute to the coverage across CNN’s networks and platforms.  Gemma Paralleda and Jose Levy contribute to CNN en Espanol’s coverage.

Online, users can go to http://www.cnn.com as well as the CNN Apps for the latest updates, which include articles, photo galleries, interactives and video. Additionally, CNN iReport, the network's global participatory news community, invites users to share their memories, photos and personal stories of the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Links to CNN video:

Robyn Curnow

South Africa plans to say farewell to Mandela

Arwa Damon

Day of prayer for Mandela

David McKenzie

South Africans celebrate Nelson Mandela

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 • Press Releases
CNN Latino Launches in Miami
June 17th, 2013
11:46 AM ET

CNN Latino Launches in Miami

CNN Latino, the Spanish-language programming block, is expanding to Miami, 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 Miami to its existing presence in Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Tampa, Phoenix and Salt Lake City, CNN Latino programming will now be available in markets that represent more than one third of U.S Hispanic homes since its launch in January 2013.

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 in broadcast television on WDFL-Channel 12 in Miami from 3-11 PM (ET) beginning in August. It can also be seen on Comcast Channel 18, on AT&T U-Verse Channel 20, and on Atlantic Broadband Channel 82.  FULL POST


Topics: CNN Latino
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