New Fareed Zakaria Primetime Special Premieres 9:00pm Wednesday, Dec. 07
on CNN/U.S. and CNN International
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, moderator of the network’s Sunday flagship global public affairs program, Fareed Zakaria GPS, will host a two-hour special global simulcast presentation of ‘The Legacy of Barack Obama’ for Wednesday, Dec. 7, beginning at 9:00pm on CNN/U.S. and CNN International, the network announced today. The special will encore on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 12:00am. All times Eastern.
Zakaria asserts that President Barack Obama brought dramatic policy changes to the American landscape, and he argues that the ambitious Obama Presidency may be among the most consequential in history. In ‘The Legacy of Barack Obama,’ Zakaria tells the stories of some of the President’s biggest policy bets – both the brilliant successes and the heartbreaking failures.
Through extraordinarily candid interviews with President Obama, as well as many of the key players who served his administration, ‘The Legacy of Barack Obama’ examines the historic election of America’s first African-American President, the impact of the gridlock that haunted his tenure, what he achieved in the face of unprecedented opposition, and the vexing problems he was unable to solve. Zakaria illustrates the behind-the-scenes concerns and strategy that yielded President Obama’s comprehensive healthcare legislation – a feat that had eluded seven previous presidents, his personal struggle with the racial strife that rocked his years in office, the rescue of the global economy, the historic deal with Iran to halt that nation’s march towards a nuclear weapon, the global climate change agreements, the appointment of two women to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Obama’s moves on social issues such as marriage equality for gay Americans, equal pay legislation, criminal justice reform, and more.
Now, President-elect Donald Trump, who campaigned to dismantle most of Obama’s achievements, has declared that almost every major Obama initiative is under threat. And, among the crises that appear will remain unsolved as President Obama prepares to leave office are: the irony of the fact that polls show race relations are at their lowest point in a generation, common sense gun regulations, an unabated and brutal civil war in Syria, and the resulting massive migration that has helped usher in a wave of nativist populism across Europe and America.
Interviewed for this special broadcast:
TARAJI P. HENSON, RICHARD GERE, DIANE LANE, LAURIE HERNANDEZ, OCTAVIA SPENCER, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, EDWARD NORTON, LIEV SCHREIBER, AND EDIE FALCO AMONG CELEBRITIES PRESENTING AT
CNN HEROES: AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE
TONY AWARD-WINNING SINGER IDINA MENZEL PERFORMS
LIVE CEREMONY CO-HOSTED BY ANDERSON COOPER AND KELLY RIPA
AIRS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH AT 8PM/ET
Helping commemorate the 10th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will be celebrity presenters Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, stars of the upcoming film “Hidden Figures,” Richard Gere, star of “Norman,” Diane Lane, “Paris Can Wait,” Laurie Hernandez, Olympic gold medalist and current “Dancing with the Stars” champion, Neil Patrick Harris, star of the upcoming Netflix series “Lemony Snicket’s: A Series of Unfortunate Events,” Edward Norton, actor and co-founder of the fundraising platform CrowdRise, Liev Schreiber, star of “Ray Donovan,” and Edie Falco, from the upcoming film “The Comedian.” The event, co-hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Kelly Ripa, will air live on December 11th at 8PM/ET from the iconic American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
The ceremony, where the 2016 Hero of the Year is revealed, will be capped off by Tony Award-winning singer Idina Menzel, who will perform “I See You,” a song from her newest album, “idina.”
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 8:00pm to 10:00pm, and Sunday, Dec. 18 from 12:00am to 2:00am. 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
Film about rock band Chicago to have television & streaming premiere on CNN platforms beginning Jan. 1, 2017
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
The 2016 presidential election rewrote the rules. It was historic, divisive, confounding and at almost every turn defied prediction. Clinton was the first female presidential nominee determined to shatter the ultimate glass ceiling, winning the popular vote but losing the election. Trump, a billionaire businessman and former reality TV star, promised to fix Washington and won the coveted office.
With two comprehensive one-hour specials, CNN goes behind the scenes for an unmatched look inside the race:
AC 360° Special Report UNPRECEDENTED: Inside the Trump Campaign (Thursday, Nov 17, 9pmET) – In a roundtable discussion with Anderson Cooper, CNN correspondents provide accounts from the campaign trail of what they saw and heard behind-the-scenes. Chief political correspondent Dana Bash, senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta, national correspondent Sunlen Serfaty, political reporter Sara Murray, and CNN politics reporter Jeremy Diamond take viewers inside the campaign that the polls underestimated.
AC 360° Special Report UNPRECEDENTED: Inside the Clinton Campaign
(Friday, Nov 18, 9pmET) – Anderson Cooper and CNN correspondents discuss their experience covering the Clinton campaign. Senior political correspondent Brianna Keilar, senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny, senior Washington correspondent Joe Johns, national political reporter Maeve Reston and national politics reporter MJ Lee followed the embattled former first lady and New York senator as she fought to make history.
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 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 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
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
Parts Unknown Awarded Fourth Consecutive Emmy® in Outstanding Informational Series or Special; Diane Warren wins Outstanding Original Music & Lyrics For The Hunting Ground Theme
The CNN Original Series’ Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown was honored in the 68th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards ceremony, with its fourth consecutive Emmy® in the Outstanding Informational Series or Special category. Additionally, Diane Warren earned an Emmy® in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category for “Til It Happens to You,” the anthem for sexual assault survivors, for the CNN Films documentary The Hunting Ground.
The Emmy® presentations took place over two nights on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday September 11 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, which premieres its eighth season on CNN on September 25 and features a dinner with President Obama in Hanoi, is produced by Zero Point Zero Production. Receiving the award were host/executive producer Bourdain, executive producers Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia and Sandra Zweig, and producers Toby Oppenheimer, Tom Vitale and Mike Steed.
Receiving the Emmy ® for The Hunting Ground, which originally aired on CNN on November 22, 2015, was composer and lyricist Diane Warren. FULL POST