MAGNOLIA PICTURES ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE”
March 19th, 2015
03:43 PM ET

MAGNOLIA PICTURES ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE”

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.

About MAGNOLIA PICTURES

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.
About CNN FILMS and CNN WORLDWIDE

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 http://www.cnn.com/cnnfilms.

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.

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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.

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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 www.CNN.com, 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

February 23rd, 2015
02:41 PM ET

CNN Announces Acquisition of GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME from PCH Films

CNN Films Presents broadcasts planned for June and November 2015 through exclusive sponsorship with Eli Lilly and Company

CNN announced today the exclusive acquisition of the domestic broadcast rights for the critically-acclaimed feature documentary GLEN CAMPBELL…I'LL BE ME from PCH Films.

Featuring the Grammy Award®-winning and Academy Award®-nominated song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” sung by Glen Campbell himself, the heartbreakingly beautiful, funny, inspiring film directed by James Keach and produced by Trevor Albert and Keach follows the long goodbye that is Alzheimer’s disease as Campbell, and his family, struggle with the diagnosis and progression of the illness through his poignant “Goodbye Tour” in 2011 to 2012.

The network intends the CNN Films Presents broadcast of GLEN CAMPBELL…I'LL BE ME to premiere on CNN in June, and then encore in November of 2015.

“We look forward to having the Campbells’ brave story – unfortunately familiar to too many American families – on CNN. This partnership will guarantee that millions of people will have the opportunity to see our movie and understand just how important it is to both raise awareness – and find an end – to Alzheimer’s disease,” said producer Trevor Albert.

“Eli Lilly and Company has been committed to advancing Alzheimer’s research and treatment for over 25 years,” said Katrina Cukaj, executive vice president, CNN Ad Sales. “Through this thoughtful partnership, we are proud to align our efforts around this powerful film.”

Director/producer James Keach added, “Here’s a guy, an iconic musician, who was faced with having to hang up his guitar, his career over, but instead, he says, ‘I ain’t done yet. I’m going out to show what this disease is,’ because he wants to change the conversation. If that ain’t a hero, I don’t know what is.”

In 2011, Campbell set out on an unprecedented tour across America. Having just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Glen Campbell went public about his diagnosis, and together with his wife Kim, launched the Goodbye Tour. Originally planned for a five week run, his health – and popular demand – enabled the tour to expand to 151 spectacular sold out shows over the next year and a half. The Campbell family also together lobbied Congress for more funding for a cure. The film documents this amazing journey as Campbell and his family and friends attempt to navigate the wildly unpredictable nature of Campbell’s progressing disease using love, laughter, and music.

The five-time Grammy Award®-winning artist sold more than 50 million albums in a singular career that includes extraordinary vocals and music like “Gentle on My Mind,” “Southern Nights,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Campbell also artistically collaborated with Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, and so many others, using his renowned perfect pitch and flawless guitar skills to help usher country music into the mainstream. Artists including Bruce Springsteen, Blake Shelton, Paul McCartney, The Edge, Kathy Mattea, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, and many others including President Bill Clinton, contribute their memories of Campbell to the film.

The acquisition deal between CNN Films and PCH Films was negotiated by Courtney Sexton and Stacey Wolf of CNN, and by Lisa Callif of Donaldson+Callif on behalf of the filmmakers.

The soundtrack for the film is available on Big Machine Records.

Recent CNN Films broadcast premieres include WHITEY: United States of America v James J. Bulger, directed by Joe Berlinger; IVORY TOWER, an exploration of the value of a traditional college education, directed by Andrew Rossi; DINOSAUR 13, about paleontologist Peter Larson’s multi-year odyssey to bring his history-making find of the Tyrannosaurus rex “Sue” to the world, directed by Todd Miller; and LIFE ITSELF, a biographical profile of renowned, Pulitzer prize-winning film critic, Roger Ebert, directed by Steve James.

About CNN Films

CNN Films produces and acquires documentary feature films for theatrical exhibition and distribution across CNN’s multiple platforms.  Amy Entelis, svp of talent and content development and Vinnie Malhotra, svp of development and acquisitions, oversee the strategy for CNN Films.  For more information about CNN Films, please visit www.cnn.com/CNNFilms and follow @CNNFilms via Twitter.

 

About CNN

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

 

About PCH Films

PCH Films, based in Los Angeles, California, is a multimedia company founded by James Keach, Jane Seymour, and Trevor Albert in 2007. The company develops, produces, and finances feature film, TV, documentaries, animation and music. The partners’ extensive credits include Walk The Line, Groundhog Day, League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Because Of Winn Dixie, National Lampoons Vacation, Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, award-winning documentary Disease Of the Wind and many others.  PCH has numerous projects in development including an animated feature adaptation of the best-selling children’s book Skippyjon Jones written by Judy Schachner and adapted by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stoleberg. They are also developing an adaptation of the Bram Stoker award-winning author Peter Straub’s short story “Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff,” which is being written by Bill Fitzhugh.

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CNNMoney Exclusive Investigation: The secret world of government debt collection
Above the Law
February 17th, 2015
12:21 PM ET

CNNMoney Exclusive Investigation: The secret world of government debt collection

Debt collection horror stories are nothing new. But there’s a whole other side to the industry that no one’s talking about: collectors hired by government agencies to hunt down debtors. In this world, forgotten tolls can easily snowball into hundreds of dollars in debt, and an unpaid speeding ticket can land you in jail.

CNNMoney’s Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken spent months investigating this booming business and one of its biggest players. They analyzed hundreds of consumer complaints, interviewed dozens of attorneys and other experts, and spoke directly with consumers in production of their exclusive investigation – Above the Law.

Ellis and Hicken's report explores the secret world of government debt collection, and the influence and power one player has. They expose the threats consumers have received, the lavish lifestyles of those who benefit from the payouts, and the horror stories that are reality.

Explore the multimedia investigation on CNNMoney.com.

Above The Law
Moonshots for the 21st Century: A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special now available exclusively via CNNgo
February 11th, 2015
04:12 PM ET

Moonshots for the 21st Century: A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special now available exclusively via CNNgo

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria explores inspiring futuristic endeavors in science and technology for a special edition of Fareed Zakaria GPS, Moonshots for the 21st Century, available now exclusively via CNNgo, the network’s TV Everywhere product that gives viewers control of their CNN experience.

This Fareed Zakaria GPS special takes a fascinating look at how harnessing the energy of nuclear fusion reactions may create a virtually limitless energy source, unlocking innovations in hypersonic flight, and revealing the power of the mind by mapping the brain.  Will astronauts reach Mars by the 2030s? Will it soon be possible to 3D-print human organs for life-saving transplants?  Zakaria guides viewers on a tour of how scientists may turn these technological pipe dreams into reality during an extraordinary hour of discoveries.

Guests include NASA Administrator Charles Bolden; the chief of the Bioficial Heart Division of the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute at the University of Louisville, Dr. Stuart Williams; from the energy development member nation organization ITER, U.S. head Ned Sauthoff and scientists Gunther Janeschitz and Mark Henderson; the chief engineer for the high speed systems division at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Robert Mercier; and theoretical physicist & futurist Dr. Michio Kaku.

Moonshots for the 21st Century: A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special is available to viewers now by logging in with a TV provider username and password on CNN’s iPad app or via www.CNN.com/go.

CNN Films to Launch Short Films Strand with THE 414s: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS
January 23rd, 2015
06:00 PM ET

CNN Films to Launch Short Films Strand with THE 414s: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS

Film Acquired as 2015 Sundance Film Festival opens, THE 414s: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS will debut as CNN FILMS short film series in partnership with CNN Digital Studios online

CNN Films announced today a new series of short films representing a collaboration between CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios. CNN Films makes the announcement concurrently with an acquisition of THE 414s which will have its World Premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, continuing the mission of bringing premium and distinct storytelling to CNN platforms, from some of the most talented voices in non-fiction filmmaking. These original short films directed by established and rising filmmakers will debut across CNN’s digital platforms, extending across CNN.com, CNN’s mobile properties including CNNgo, and CNN’s social footprint.

“This new venture into short-form documentary story-telling brings to fruition, our vision for a premium, multidimensional, film brand for CNN.  CNN Films premieres have the ability to capture audiences across theatrical, broadcast, and now digital spaces,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide. FULL POST

CNN Special Report: Blitzer to Host "Voices of Auschwitz" Jan. 27 at 9pm ET
January 8th, 2015
02:10 PM ET

CNN Special Report: Blitzer to Host "Voices of Auschwitz" Jan. 27 at 9pm ET

Eva Kor arrived at Auschwitz with her mother and twin sister in 1944, when she was just 10-years old. That day on the selection platform was the last time she would ever see her mother again. Eva’s mother was sent directly to the gas chamber. For the next nine months, Eva and her sister Miriam were housed in a rat-infested bunk with 300 other children and subjected to medical experiments daily. Despite the daily torture, Eva was determined to survive, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “I was not going to perish here in Auschwitz.” When liberation finally came on January 27, 1945, Eva and Miriam were at the front of the line as the children were led out of Auschwitz.

This one-hour special report, airing on the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation, will look back at the atrocities committed at Auschwitz through the eyes of those imprisoned there more than 70 years ago.  In addition to Eva Kor, three other survivors tell their stories of torture, loss, hopelessness and, finally, liberation and survival. FULL POST

CNN FILMS LIFE ITSELF PREMIERES AT #1 IN TOTAL CABLE NEWS VIEWERS
January 5th, 2015
05:38 PM ET

CNN FILMS LIFE ITSELF PREMIERES AT #1 IN TOTAL CABLE NEWS VIEWERS

LIFE ITSELF RANKED #2 IN P25-54 IN CABLE NEWS

CNN Films: LIFE ITSELF rung in at 506k, landing in first place among total viewers aged P2+ following its global television premiere on Sunday, Jan. 4 from 9:00pm to 11:00pm Eastern.  This total topped MSNBC at 265k and Fox News at 497k viewers.

Among viewers aged 25 to 54, the cable news demo for marketing, LIFE ITSELF landed in second place with 166k viewers.  CNN averaged ahead of MSNBC which had 152k viewers aged 25 to 54.  Fox News came in last place with 82k viewers in the cable news demo.

Of the 16 CNN Films and three CNN Films Presents premieres to date, LIFE ITSELF is the first to place #1 in total viewers (P2+) among cable news networks in its time period.

This performance lifted CNN above MSNBC by +9% and more than doubled the delivery of Fox News by +102% among viewers aged 25 to 54.

LIFE ITSELF will encore on CNN on Friday, Jan. 9, at 9:00pm and on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 8:00pm.  All times Eastern.

Source: The Nielsen Company, 01/04/15, Fast National time period based Live+SD feed data.  All times reported are Eastern Standard Time.

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