CNNgo Launches on Apple TV
March 25th, 2015
04:14 PM ET

CNNgo Launches on Apple TV

CNN announced today 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.

The CNNgo experience on Apple TV features the largest collection of CNN’s on-demand content to date.  Pay-TV customers can log in with their user name and password for access to Live TV and Shows, such as CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Finding Jesus, Mike Rowe’s Sombody’s Gotta Do It, Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, This is Life with Lisa Ling, The Wonder List with Bill Weir and Anderson Cooper’s nightly news program, AC 360°.  All users of Apple TV can enjoy a collection of hand-curated clips by topic – from world and politics to entertainment and tech – in the Must See section.

“CNNgo on Apple TV brings together our live CNN TV simulcast and deep library of original films, franchises and short-form video in a powerful, on-demand way unlike any product we’ve launched to date," said CNN's Chief Product Officer Alex Wellen.  "Apple TV is the first critical platform in our digital strategy to reimagine the TV news experience.”  FULL POST

Topics: CNN • CNNgo • Digital
New CNN Original Series High Profits premieres Sunday, April 19, at 10p ET/PT
March 24th, 2015
04:07 PM ET

New CNN Original Series High Profits premieres Sunday, April 19, at 10p ET/PT

CNN Original Series High Profits will premiere on Sunday, April 19, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.  High Profits follows Brian Rogers and Caitlin McGuire: two business-minded, relentless visionaries with a plan unlike any other – to franchise marijuana.  The eight-part hour-long series produced by Bat Bridge Entertainment, will grant viewers exclusive access to the couple poised to be the first ever “moguls of marijuana.”

Screeners are available for review purposes.

High Profits will be simulcast via CNNgo by logging in with a TV provider username and password on CNN’s iPad app or by visiting

About Bat Bridge Entertainment:
Bat Bridge Entertainment is a full service production company based in Austin, TX. They are storytellers who create high quality factual content for major cable networks, while priding themselves on identifying exceptional characters and uncharted worlds.  Bat Bridge Entertainment reveals the tapestry of the human experience.  Their stunning visual style pairs perfectly with their ability to tell substantive, entertaining narratives, believing the best stories, are true stories.

About CNN Original Series:
The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. Amy Entelis, senior vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide. Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions, works directly with filmmakers and producers to develop original projects for CNN Original Series and CNN Films.


Press Contact:

Heather Brown, CNN PR, 212-275-8428,

Topics: CNN • CNN Originals Series • High Profits
March 22nd, 2015
12:48 PM ET

Sen. McCain: "Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President"


Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke to CNN’s Gloria Borger in an exclusive interview about the events shaping current domestic and global politics including the Israeli election, the Iran nuclear talks, the terror threats throughout the Middle East, and the nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General.


McCain on President Obama’s reaction to the Israeli election: “there was a free and fair democratic election, the only nation in the region that will have such a thing.  The president should get over it.  Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President.  It's time that we work together with our Israeli friends and try to stem this tide of ISIS and Iranian movement throughout the region, which is threatening the very fabric of the region.  The least of your problems is what Bibi Netanyahu said during an election campaign.  If every politician were held to everything they say in a political campaign, obviously, that would be a topic of long discussion. But the point is, is the J.V., as the president described them, is just moving over into Yemen.  We see this horrible situation in Libya.  We see ISIS everywhere in the world.  We see the Iranians now backing the Shia militias in Tikrit, where they're going to - where they're going to massacre a number of Sunnis. And it is - the guy in charge is a guy named Suleimani, who - who imported - excuse me - I will catch up here - Suleimani moved thousands of copper-tipped IEDs into Iraq and killed hundreds of American soldiers and Marines.  And the president of the United States is praising the mullahs and their behavior in the region.”

McCain on President Obama’s message to the Iranian people: “I wish he had spoken to the people of Iran in 2009, when they rose up against a corrupt election and he refused to speak out on their behalf while they were chanting ‘Obama, Obama, are you with us or are you with them?’ Again, does anyone - does he believe that anyone in Iran is able to speak up?  Are they able to speak up for anything that the mullahs disagree with?  They're either jailed or killed.  Again, this is a view, a world view the president has which is totally divorced from reality.”

McCain on Loretta Lynch’s nomination and the issue of race: “My response is that you can't erase history.  These same Democrats led by Senator Durbin filibustered Janice Rogers Brown, the first African-American to the seat on that court - on that court.  They filibustered Miguel Estrada.  This has nothing to do with race.  It has everything to do with trying to get legislation through which would prevent - or help prevent this horrible issue of sexual trafficking that is going on.  And also I will add to that, I will not vote for her because she has said she would uphold the president's unconstitutional executive orders concerning immigration.”


Topics: CNN
March 19th, 2015
03:43 PM ET


World Premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival

The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American rights to STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE, a new documentary directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney. A CNN Films and Jigsaw production, STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE had its world premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.

“I am delighted to partner with Magnolia on this film,” said director Alex Gibney. “Given our long history together, I look forward to premiering THE MAN IN THE MACHINE to audiences looking for a greater understanding of the celebrated tech icon.”

In STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE, Gibney presents a critical examination of Jobs, revered both as an iconoclastic genius and denounced as a barbed-tongued tyrant. The film is a candid telling of the Apple legend through interviews with a handful of those close to Jobs at different stages in his life. The film is an evocative portrait of his legacy, and our relationship with the computer. It unravels the larger than life myth he so deliberately crafted, and examines the endurance of his values which continue to shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day.

“Once again Alex Gibney takes on an iconic figure and masterfully reveals the complexities and motivations behind the Steve Jobs facade that has inspired the world,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles.

Magnolia Pictures has acquired the theatrical, VOD and home entertainment rights and CNN Films has the television broadcast distribution rights.

“Alex Gibney paints an honest portrait of one of the most revered and complex men in history allowing us a provocative look at the visionary life of Steve Jobs,” said CNN Films’ Vinnie Malhotra. “We are thrilled to partner with Magnolia Pictures again and look forward to sharing Alex’s extraordinary film with audiences, across all platforms.”

STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE was produced by Viva Van Loock and Alex Gibney. It was executive produced for CNN Films by Vinnie Malhotra and Amy Entelis, and for Jigsaw by Stacey Offman and Gaby Darbyshire. This is the seventh film directed by Gibney to be distributed by Magnolia.

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley with Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.


Magnolia Pictures is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also includes the Landmark Theatres chain and AXS TV. Recent releases include Swedish Oscar selection and Golden Globe nominee FORCE MAJEURE, acclaimed documentary LIFE ITSELF,  verite ballet doc BALLET 422, Susanne Bier's SERENA starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and music doc THE WRECKING CREW. Upcoming releases include Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner THE WOLFPACK, Buckley vs. Vidal doc BEST OF ENEMIES from Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon, Sean Baker's acclaimed TANGERINE, Albert Maysles' Iris Apfel doc IRIS, Andrew Bujalski's RESULTS, Roy Andersson's A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE,  thrilling documentary SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, Australian Sex comedy THE LITTLE DEATH and many more.

CNN Films brings documentaries beyond the small screen by developing strategic partnerships to leverage distribution opportunities at film festivals and in theaters, acquiring and commissioning films for broadcast on CNN, and providing finishing funds for collaborative film productions.  Amy Entelis, senior vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, and Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide, oversee the strategy for documentaries for CNN Films.  Malhotra manages the day-to-day operation of CNN Films, and works directly with filmmakers to develop original projects.  For more information about CNN Films, please visit

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 a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.


March 19th, 2015
09:36 AM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 14 & 15

Culinary Journeys


Dominique Crenn at Atelier Crenn (Credit: Chuck Thompson CNN)

Friday 3 April at 1630 BST/ 1730 CET and 2330 GMT/ 0030 CET

Saturday 4 April 2030 BST/ 2130 CET

Sunday 5 April 0130 BST/ 0230 CET

Tuesday 7 April 1030 BST/ 1130 CET

Wednesday 8 April 0430 BST/ 0530 CET

Duration: 30 Minutes

‘Culinary Journeys’ is a new series of monthly half-hour shows on CNN International, which explores a different destination through the dish or cuisine that has helped put it on the map; from gazpacho soup in Madrid to Doro Wett in Addis Ababa; Khao chae in Thailand to pierogies in Krakow.

The second episode of the series features French Chef Dominique Crenn (pictured), who is as skilled with prose as she is with a knife. The only woman to run a Michelin two star restaurant in North America, Crenn calls the food served in her San Francisco kitchen, Atelier Crenn, “poetic culinaria”.

Known for her innovation and creativity, Dominique Crenn begins this culinary journey by immersing her tastebuds in Basque gastronomy. She explores the food culture of the region and meets a pioneering force in Spanish cooking, the Arzak family. Elena Arzak, noted as one of the best chefs in the world, co-heads a 3 star Michelin restaurant with her father, Juan Mari Arzak. For over 100 years, the family run restaurant has helped redefine Basque cuisine. Crenn joins Arzak in her research laboratory in San Sebastian to re-invent marmitako, a traditional fish stew.


Topics: CNN
March 18th, 2015
05:40 AM ET

World’s leading digital publishers launch new programmatic advertising alliance, Pangaea

LONDON, Wednesday 18th March 2015: Four of the world’s most influential and innovative publishers are today unveiling the Pangaea Alliance, a new digital advertising proposition that will allow brands to collectively access a highly influential global audience via the latest programmatic technology.

Spearheaded by the Guardian, Pangaea brings together CNN International, the Financial Times and Reuters as founding partners, with The Economist also providing access to advertising inventory. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
‘CNN Ones to Watch’ – Sculpture
Sculptor Antony Gormley
March 12th, 2015
01:48 PM ET

‘CNN Ones to Watch’ – Sculpture

Friday 13 March at 0930 GMT / 1030 CET and 1530 GMT / 1630 CET

  • Antony Gormley offers expertise on state of sculpture
  • Tate Modern’s Chris Dercon nominates Mexican, Abraham Cruzvillegas
  • Art critic Estelle Lovatt nominates South African, Jonty Hurwitz

The story of sculpture is carved into the landscape, taking all shapes and sizes, capturing a moment, claiming a space. Once in a while, the work of a great artist takes its place in history. With a range of materials and a forum of ideas more diverse than ever before, where will the next sensational sculptor be found?

‘CNN Ones to Watch’ in March explores this three-dimensional art form to find out which artists have the tools for the top.

One of the best-known sculptors working today, Antony Gormley, shares his thoughts on the state of the art, and the programme has enlisted two prominent voices – director of London’s Tate Modern Chris Dercon, and eminent British art critic Estelle Lovatt, to select their ‘Ones to Watch’. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
March 12th, 2015
12:43 PM ET

Filmmaker discusses campus rape and allegations against fraternity in the headlines with CNN's Ashleigh Banfield

CNN's Ashleigh Banfield discusses sexual assault on college campuses and allegations against troubled SAE, a college fraternity recently also in the spotlight following recent revelations of a racist chant by members in a now-viral video of Oklahoma University chapter members.

Filmmaker Amy Ziering discusses THE HUNTING GROUND, a documentary she co-produced with fellow award-winning filmmaker Kirby Dick, with Banfield.  The film, now playing in New York and Los Angeles, opens more in several cities tomorrow, Friday, March 13, and includes allegations that involve the SAE fraternity and its culture.

THE HUNTING GROUND is executive produced by RADiUS and CNN Films.


March 11th, 2015
12:23 PM ET

CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios team to launch short docs series beginning today with 'The 414s'

At the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, CNN announced a new series of short films representing a collaboration between CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios.  These original short films directed by established and rising filmmakers will premiere exclusively across CNN’s digital platforms.  The first series of films begins today, March 11, with the 12-minute film, THE 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers, which may be viewed now via, CNN’s mobile properties (including CNNgo) and CNN’s social footprint.  No authentication is required to view the film.

Whether called “snooping,” “raiding,” or “hacking” – what began as surreptitious activity for fun, eventually grew more deliberate when, in 1983, Milwaukee teenagers Neal Patrick, Gerald Wondra, and Timothy Winslow began experimenting with computer networking using a relatively new technology: personal computers.  The boys called themselves “the 414s,” an homage to the telephone area code associated with their hometown. FULL POST

CNN FILMS to Bow Five Titles in 2016
March 10th, 2015
11:36 AM ET

CNN FILMS to Bow Five Titles in 2016

CNN will premiere five new documentary films in 2016, the network announced today prior to its May upfront presentation in Manhattan. Each documentary is a co-production with CNN Films and is expected to premiere in theaters prior to their broadcasts on CNN/U.S.

“The visionary talents of these filmmakers, the ambition of the topics, and the prominence of the premieres for these selections, all reinforce our commitment to the high quality, long-form content of CNN Films,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide.

STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE, directed by Academy® Award-winning director Alex Gibney, is an objective, candid biography of the late innovator.  Evocative and nuanced, the film reveals the essence of the Apple legend, unraveling his mystery, and explaining the near mythical endurance of his values that continue to shape the culture of Silicon Valley and the technology industry to this day. The documentary will premiere at the film festival at SXSW in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, March 14, 2015. FULL POST

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