The End: Inside The Last Days of the Obama White House Premieres Jan. 18 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International
January 16th, 2017
02:36 PM ET

The End: Inside The Last Days of the Obama White House Premieres Jan. 18 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International

New CNN Film includes remarks by President Obama

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The new CNN Film, The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House, will premiere in simulcast on CNN/U.S. and CNN International Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 9:00pm.  The two-hour film will encore Thursday, Jan. 19 on CNN/U.S. at 12:00am.  All three premiere telecasts will be presented with limited commercial interruption.  The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House, will encore Sunday, Jan. 22 on CNN/U.S. at 8:00pm Eastern.  All times Eastern.

Filming for The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House began shortly after Election Day 2016, and concluded with President Obama’s farewell address.  The film includes reflections by President Barack Obama on his work and hopes for the nation.

Leading voices in the film include Josh Earnest, White House press secretary; Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor; Cody Keenan, director of speech writing for the White House; Jen Psaki, White House communications director; Angella Reid, chief usher of the White House; and Tina Tchen, assistant to the President and chief of staff for First Lady Michelle Obama.  Each granted exclusive access to key meetings, their work, and their personal thoughts on their final days inside the White House.  The rare interviews capture the nostalgia of the people who have worked closest to the Obamas during their White House tenure.

“This unique epilogue for the Obama Administration captures the President’s views and his staff’s views about what their lives in public service have meant to them as they prepare to leave the White House,” said Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development.  “This film will serve as a key public record of an historic presidency, as the Obama Administration transitions executive power to the incoming Trump Administration,” Entelis said.

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Music Supergroup Chicago Film Premieres Tonight at 8p & 10p Eastern
Robert Lamm is a keyboardist, singer, songwriter, and co-founder of the legendary music supergroup Chicago
January 1st, 2017
10:53 AM ET

Music Supergroup Chicago Film Premieres Tonight at 8p & 10p Eastern

NOW MORE THAN EVER: The History of Chicago explores the origins, career highlights, personal challenges, and legendary history of the music supergroup Chicago.  Band founders Robert Lamm (keyboards and vocals), Lee Loughnane (trumpet and vocals), James Pankow (trombone), and Walt Parazaider (woodwinds) remain from the original crew, making Chicago America’s rock band with the most longevity in history.

Director Peter Pardini tells the mesmerizing story behind Chicago's pop music success as the band celebrates 50 years in 2017.  Their amazing milestones include 36 albums, yearly tours, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, two Grammy® award wins (including one for the band’s first album, Chicago Transit Authority, for the Grammy® Hall of Fame in 2014), 21 Top 10 singles, five consecutive No. 1 albums, an incredible 25 certified platinum albums, multiple American Music Awards, and more.  

Join @CNNFilms for the debut of #HistoryOfChicago TONIGHT, Sunday, Jan. 1 at 8:00pm and 10:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S., presented with limited commercial interruption.

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CNN Films Premieres ‘NOW MORE THAN EVER: The History of Chicago’ on New Year’s Day
December 15th, 2016
11:32 AM ET

CNN Films Premieres ‘NOW MORE THAN EVER: The History of Chicago’ on New Year’s Day

Legendary rock group’s origins, hits, and challenges makes TV & streaming debut on Jan. 1, 2017

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CNN Films will premiere Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago, about the rock supergroup, on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 8:00pm and 10:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S., the network announced today.  The film’s debut presentation will be offered with limited commercial interruption.

In 2017, the band will mark 50 years of pop music success that includes 36 albums, yearly tours, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2016, two Grammy® award wins (including one for the band’s first album, Chicago Transit Authority, for the Grammy® Hall of Fame in 2014), 21 Top 10 singles, five consecutive No. 1 albums, an incredible 25 certified platinum albums, multiple American Music Awards, and more.  Band founders Robert Lamm (keyboards and vocals), Lee Loughnane (trumpet and vocals), James Pankow (trombone), and Walt Parazaider (woodwinds) remain from the original crew, making Chicago America’s rock band with the most longevity in history. FULL POST

ENLIGHTEN US: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray Premiere Moves to December 03
December 1st, 2016
10:55 AM ET

ENLIGHTEN US: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray Premiere Moves to December 03

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ENLIGHTEN US: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray, directed by Jenny Carchman, will premiere Saturday, Dec. 03 from 8:00pm to 9:55pm with an encore at 9:55pm to 11:50pm on CNN, with limited commercial interruption. Additional encores of the film are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17 from 9:00pm to 11:00pm, and Sunday, Dec. 18 from 2:00am to 4:00am. All times Eastern.

The film explores the origins of the self-help industry, who is offering answers to its followers, and why some are willing to risk so much for guidance. Ray’s appearance in the blockbuster 2006 film, THE SECRET, led to career-changing fame and wealth. ENLIGHTEN US tells the story of his rise, fall, and attempts to return to the $11 billion personal growth industry following his conviction for negligent homicide in the deaths of three of his clients at one of his 2009 events.

Digitally, CNN has developed a look at the personal development industry’s practices, a timeline of events at James Ray’s retreat in Sedona, and excerpts from the film for CNN’s mobile platforms and www.CNN.com/EnlightenUs. FULL POST

FILMRISE and CNN Films Announce U.S. Broadcast Rights to  ‘NOW MORE THAN EVER: The History of Chicago’
November 28th, 2016
01:10 PM ET

FILMRISE and CNN Films Announce U.S. Broadcast Rights to ‘NOW MORE THAN EVER: The History of Chicago’

Film about rock band Chicago to have television & streaming premiere on CNN platforms beginning Jan. 1, 2017

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Film and television distributor FilmRise today announced that it has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Peter Pardini’s ‘Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago’.  CNN Films has acquired U.S. broadcast distribution rights and will premiere the film for the first time on television on New Year’s Day 2017, with limited commercial interruption. FULL POST

ENLIGHTEN US: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray Debuts as CNN Films in December
November 10th, 2016
04:48 PM ET

ENLIGHTEN US: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray Debuts as CNN Films in December

Film’s World Premiere was at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

ENLIGHTEN US: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray, directed by Jenny Carchman, will premiere Thursday, Dec. 01 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S., with limited commercial interruption, the network announced today.  ENLIGHTEN US made its world debut at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in April and also screened at Telluride Mountainfilm in Colorado and Tallgrass Film Festival in Kansas.

The film explores the story of the motivational speaker’s meteoric rise, fall, and attempt to return to the $11 billion personal growth industry following his conviction for negligent homicide in the deaths of three of Ray’s clients at one of his events.  The film explores the origins of the self-help industry, what followers of the industry are looking for, who is offering answers to those followers, and why some are willing to risk so much for that guidance.

“Jenny Carchman’s thoughtful film brings viewers inside an industry we may recognize, but not fully understand in terms of the multifaceted and complex risks for some devotees.  This film invites reflection and conversation about the broad questions of meaning and fulfillment, but also about how we seek answers to those questions,” said Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide. FULL POST

WE WILL RISE: Michelle Obama's Mission to Educate Girls Around the World debuts tonight in simulcast on CNN & CNN International
October 12th, 2016
06:33 PM ET

WE WILL RISE: Michelle Obama's Mission to Educate Girls Around the World debuts tonight in simulcast on CNN & CNN International

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We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World featuring Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, and Isha Sesay premieres tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 12, on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm in simulcast.  According to the USAID, more than 62 million adolescent girls around the world are not enrolled in school, yet societies with educated girls have lower rates of infant mortality, higher GDPs, and contribute to the financial success of their families.

The one-hour film, We Will Rise, explores stories of sacrifice, perseverance, and success among girls in Liberia and Morocco who are pursuing their educations despite societal pressures, family obligations, and few financial resources.

Singer Andra Day's moving anthem, "We Will Rise" is the theme song for the film.  The trailer to the film can be seen, here: http://cnn.it/2er26sj

We Will Rise will encore Thursday, Oct. 13 at 12:00am.  The film premieres on HLN on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 12:00pm.  All times Eastern.

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CNN Wins Four News And Documentary Emmy Awards
September 22nd, 2016
12:20 PM ET

CNN Wins Four News And Documentary Emmy Awards

CNN Worldwide was awarded with four Emmy ® Awards at the 37th Annual News and Documentary Awards held last night in New York. CNN’s diverse recognitions include:

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

Anderson Cooper 360, Europe’s Refugee Crisis – Reports by CNN’s Arwa Damon

For months CNN’s Arwa Damon and her team followed the unprecedented wave of refugees coming to Europe, moving with them through the corridors of passage, and bringing a sense of immediacy to an unpredictable story with many lives at stake. The team showed exceptional grit and commitment, broadcasting live from all manner of transport as the refugees tried to push on through Europe to get to Germany, their preferred destination. The team’s endurance and skill was best illustrated by their race through cornfields with fleeing refugees, after the migrants broke out of a holding camp in Hungary where they were frustrated at being made to wait. The field team reacted quickly and managed to maintain a serious level of production at a fast clip. This distinctive work helped nudge European leaders to review their inconsistent immigration policies and deal urgently with the pressing needs of the refugees. FULL POST


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Girls will ‘Rise Up’ with First Lady Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, Andra Day, Isha Sesay and CNN Films for October
September 21st, 2016
04:49 PM ET

Girls will ‘Rise Up’ with First Lady Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, Andra Day, Isha Sesay and CNN Films for October

Global Broadcasts of ‘We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate

Girls Around the World’ for the International Day of the Girl Begin Oct. 11

CNN Films is producing a new film about girls overcoming incredible challenges to achieve their educations and change their own lives, with contributions from First Lady Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, and CNN journalist Isha Sesay. Singer Andra Day’s motivational anthem, ‘Rise Up’ will serve as the theme for the film. The Documentary Group, which produced CNN Films’ first co-production, ‘Girl Rising,’ also produced this special one-hour film.

We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World featuring Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, and Isha Sesay will premiere on CNN International on the International Day of the Girl during primetime in Asia, Europe, and Africa on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6:00am, 12:00pm, and 3:00pm. All times Eastern.

The CNN/U.S. premiere on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 9:00pm will simulcast on CNN International; We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World will encore Thursday, Oct. 13 at 12:00am. The film will premiere on HLN on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 12:00pm. All times Eastern. The film will premiere on CNN en Español on Saturday, Nov. 5, viewers are asked to check local listings for exact airtimes. FULL POST

HOLY HELL Debuts at #1 in Demo for CNN
September 2nd, 2016
05:32 PM ET

HOLY HELL Debuts at #1 in Demo for CNN

CNN Films Holy Hell

Film Encores Saturday at 8:00pm & 10:00pm ET; Now Available Across CNN’s Mobile Platforms

CNN was first place among cable news networks last night with 384k viewers aged 25 to 54 and 102k viewers aged 18 to 34 with its CNN Films broadcast of HOLY HELL, the fascinating documentary feature about life inside the Buddhafield, the mysterious spiritual community that originated in the 1980s in West Hollywood.  FOX had 370k and MSNBC had 357k viewers aged 25 to 54.  Among viewers aged 18 to 34, MSNBC had 86k and FOX had 64k.

Among total viewers, HOLY HELL delivered 1026k viewers for CNN.  FOX had 1997k and MSNBC had 1575k among viewers P2+.

HOLY HELL will encore Saturday, Sept. 3 at 8:00pm and 10:00pm Eastern and is currently available On Demand on CNNgo via desktop (www.CNN.com/go), mobile, iPad, and Apple TV, and across CNN’s mobile platforms.

HOLY HELL had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.  The director, Will Allen, is also a producer of the film along with Tracey Harnish and Alexandra Johnes.  The executive producers are Michael C. Donaldson, Julian Goldstein, Jared Leto, and Cheryl Wheeler Sanders.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast National time-period based data for Thurs 09/01/16. FULL POST

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