Network to Transform Harry Buffalo (RNC) and Victory Beer Hall (DNC)
Into Event & Broadcast Hubs
It’s back and better than ever! For four nights only the CNN Grill will open its doors in Cleveland, OH and Philadelphia, PA for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. In cooperation with an all-star lineup of vendors and partners, CNN will offer select convention-goers access to the most tricked out hospitality venues and live broadcast studios in each city. The ultimate convention destination, the CNN Grill is where lawmakers, celebrities, reporters and politicos meet to make news and make merry.
This year, the CNN Grill has chosen STARR Catering Group to create custom menus for both cities, giving guests a truly unique and unparalleled experience. The CNN Grill will also give visitors a special taste of Cleveland and Philadelphia and shine a spotlight on several top-notch local businesses by incorporating their products into the Grill’s menu.
The CNN Grill at the Republican National Convention
Situated just steps from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, the CNN Grill will be located at the site of Harry Buffalo. With the help of experiential marketing & PR agency CIVIC, CNN completely reimagined the restaurant – a two-story warehouse space located on East 4th Street. The Grill will serve as home base for the network with a newsroom and live broadcasts daily, a fully operational restaurant and multiple bars. The Grill will play host to a variety of special events throughout the day and will open to invited guests nightly at 5pm from Monday, July 18th – Thursday, July 21st.
To highlight local businesses on the Grill’s menu in Cleveland, STARR has tapped a variety of hometown favorites:
The CNN Grill at the Democratic National Convention
A prime location in Philadelphia, the CNN Grill will take up residence at Victory Beer Hall at XFINITY Live!. CNN worked with CIVIC to transform the sprawling space into an unrivaled convention venue for food, fun, festivities, and of course – a broadcast studio for live daily programming. The site boasts soaring ceilings, several bars and a 2,000 square-foot patio complete with a fire pit and a unique panoramic view of the Philadelphia skyline. A variety of private events will be hosted throughout the day and the Grill will open to invited guests daily at 5pm from Monday July 25th — Thursday July 28th.
To introduce visitors to some local flavor, STARR Catering Group has identified several businesses whose products will be featured on the CNN Grill menu:
The CNN Grill first opened its doors across from Madison Square Garden in New York City as the ‘CNN Diner’ in 2004 and has since welcomed convention goers in St. Paul, MN and Denver, CO in 2008 and Charlotte, NC and Tampa, FL in 2012. CNN has also taken the Grill to the SXSW festival in Austin, TX.
The University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN today announced a new partnership of the popular, critically acclaimed podcast “The Axe Files.”
Axelrod, a senior political commentator for CNN, launched the podcast in September 2015 at the Institute of Politics, a non-partisan extracurricular organization he founded three years ago at his alma mater.
The podcast, a series of revealing conversations with key players in the political world, has featured guests such as Bernie Sanders, Mitt Romney, Nancy Pelosi, and Spike Lee. To date the podcast has been downloaded nearly 900,000 times and praised by The A.V. Club as “an intimate and engaging discussion podcast.”
“When we started this podcast, I envisioned it as a chance to provide rare insights into some of the smartest people in politics, a way to give listeners a richer sense of who these people are and what they do,” said Axelrod. “With its growing podcast network, CNN is a perfect fit for this program, especially in this fascinating election year.”
Listen to the first episode on CNN.com/Podcast
Live from Washington, anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will lead the network’s comprehensive coverage of President Obama’s final State of the Union Address with Dana Bash providing updates live from Statuary Hall. CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront will kick off the evening’s coverage live from Capitol Hill at 7pm, followed by a special AC360. The Republican response, delivered by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will follow.
CNN’s Politics team including Brianna Keilar, Jeff Zeleny, Sara Murray and Manu Raju will be deployed across the country and Jim Acosta will be live from the White House. Throughout the evening, news and commentary will be provided by John King, Gloria Borger, Michael Smerconish and David Axelrod, along with the network’s political contributors Paul Begala, Amanda Carpenter, Van Jones and Mike Rogers.
CNN will also incorporate a Microsoft Pulse National Focus Group into its coverage, with Tom Foreman offering viewers real-time feedback on the President’s speech.
CNN International will simulcast both the Presidential address and the Republican response live to more than 300 million households around the world. In addition, Juan Carlos López and Fernando del Rincón will anchor CNN en Español’s special live coverage of the Presidential address and the Republican response.
A CNN/ORC International poll will also be released during the 11pm hour on President Obama’s proposed policies and impressions of the speech.
CNN Digital’s CNNPolitics.com, the number one online political news destination, will host incisive enterprise analysis, original digital video and live news coverage of the evening, enhancing every viewing experience across platforms. A social stream and live blog will feature commentary and social videos that will build on Twitter and Facebook chats with CNN’s top political anchors and correspondents throughout the week. Join in on the conversation using #SOTU.
CNN’s live expert coverage and analysis can also be viewed on CNNgo, which is available at CNN.com/go on your desktop, smartphone, iPad, AppleTV and Roku devices.
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