10:50 PM ET, August 16th, 2014

Award Marks Second Consecutive Win for Series in Category CNN’s popular original series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown was honored with the award for Outstanding Informational Series, for the second consecutive year, during the 2014 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy presentation at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles earlier tonight. The award was presented to Anthony Bourdain, […] Full Post

August 15th, 2014
11:35 AM ET

Flight from Terror: New CNN special report takes viewers inside dramatic rescue from Iraq's Mt. Sinjar

What started off as an aid drop for a vulnerable population fleeing persecution at the hands of ISIS unexpectedly turned into a dramatic and chaotic rescue mission that has become a defining moment for a country on the brink of collapse.

CNN's senior international correspondent Ivan Watson and his team, which includes Emmy-nominated photojournalist Mark Phillips, were on board the Iraqi relief helicopter making a supply drop to desperate Yazidis seeking refuge from ISIS on Mt. Sinjar. As the chopper touched down, it was rushed by these frantic refugees begging for rescue. Among them, a girl in purple with tears streaming down her face - 15-year-old Aziza. Separated from her father back on Mt. Sinjar, her story has captured the world's attention.

But as Watson reported after the rescue, getting off the mountain – either by air or on foot – is only half the battle. Where do the Yazidis go now? In a breathtaking half hour, CNN takes you behind the scenes of the dramatic rescue from Mt. Sinjar as people embark on a flight from terror.  FULL POST

August 14th, 2014
03:27 PM ET

THE SIXTIES series finale: Sex, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll airs tonight at 9pm Eastern

The final episode of the now Emmy® award-nominated THE SIXTIES explores the counterculture, the legendary music, and the sweeping political change that ushered out the decade.

The fundamental changes in American culture in the 1960s influenced global changes in the ways people viewed authority, war, societal norms, and the practice of populist politics. Tom Wolfe, Jann Wenner, Grace Slick, Graham Nash, Michael Butler and James Rado, Douglas Brinkley, Mark Kurlansky, Ric Burns, Vincent Bugliosi, and others review how the beatniks and folk music scene of the early ‘60s evolved to the hippies and psychedelic rock of the later years. They also explore how Haight-Ashbury, “the Summer of Love” and Woodstock, Andy Warhol, Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey, Yippies, Dead-Heads, Charles Manson, and Hell’s Angels became enduring counter-cultural touchstones.

THE SIXTIES: Sex, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll debuts Thursday, Aug. 14 at 9:00pm Eastern.

During the broadcast, former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank and rock journalist David Wild will answer viewers' questions via Facebook.   Viewers can also interact with the series producers via Twitter by following @TheSixtiesCNN and @HerzogCo and using #TheSixtiesCNN.

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August 13th, 2014
11:39 AM ET

Her new mission: retired U.S. Navy SEAL fights for transgender acceptance in new CNN Film

World television premiere of LADY VALOR: The Kristin Beck Story is Thursday, Sept. 4

Despite 20 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL, including 13 tours of combat service in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kristin Beck says that her struggles for acceptance and respect as a transgender American represent her most difficult mission.  Beck is a highly-decorated veteran who once stood atop Saddam Hussein’s palace, trained in special tactical warfare, and served on SEAL Team 1, SEAL Team 5, and SEAL Team 6 as senior chief Christopher Beck of the U.S. Navy.

Executive produced by Herzog & Company (HCO) in association with Easy Day Media Group, LADY VALOR: The Kristin Beck Story, is produced by Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen and directed by Sandrine Orabona and Mark Herzog.  The two-hour film will premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern.

In 2013, approximately 18 months after her retirement from active service, Beck was the first person to come out publicly as a transgender former Navy SEAL in an extended profile on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° – surprising friends, colleagues, and family.  She also disclosed her identity on LinkedIn.   While many around her have been supportive, some have expressed more bigotry than she ever expected.

“CNN Films is proud to have commissioned such a unique and important film.  LADY VALOR is a powerful statement on our preconceived notions and prejudices of transgender Americans.  Kristin Beck is a dynamic individual, whose outspoken voice allows us a deeper understanding of such an emotionally intense, personal transformation,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide. FULL POST

August 7th, 2014
08:41 PM ET

Then vs. Now: The Times, They are A-Changin' debuts in tonight's SIXTIES at 9pm

The genesis of the social and political currents that dominate today’s headlines began in the 1960s.  The influences of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring influenced environmental activism; Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique influenced feminist activism.  Barry Goldwater’s The Conscience of a Conservative, and the so-called Stonewall riots, were also kickstarters to cultural and political change.   Feminist icons Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards, Marlo Thomas, and journalists Gail Collins and Douglas Brinkley, along with Barney Frank, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and others explore the beginnings of the women’s, environmental, conservative, and gay movements – and how the 1960's altered how Americans worked, loved, lived, and looked at each other.

THE SIXTIES: The Times, They are A-Changin' debuts Thursday, Aug. 7 at 9:00pm and will encore at 12:00am.  All times Eastern.

During the broadcast, CNN Crossfire host S.E. Cupp and CNN contributor and ESPN columnist LZ Granderson will answer viewers' questions via Facebook.   Viewers can also interact with the series producers via Twitter by following @TheSixtiesCNN and @HerzogCo and using #TheSixtiesCNN.

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August 6th, 2014
01:24 PM ET

Watergate at 40: CNN Films airs 'Our Nixon' – Friday, Aug. 8 at 9pm

Throughout Richard Nixon’s presidency, three of his top White House aides obsessively documented their experiences with Super 8 home movie cameras. This unique and personal visual record, created by H.R. Halde­man, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin, was seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation, then filed away and forgotten for almost 40 years.

OUR NIXON presents those home movies to the public - along with other rare footage and rare audio recordings - creating an intimate and com­plex portrait of the Nixon presidency as never seen before.  As the 40th anniversary of Nixon's historic resignation approaches, CNN Films will broadcast this unique film.

The special presentation of OUR NIXON will air on Friday, August 8 at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S.

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July 31st, 2014
12:32 PM ET

Return to 1968 with #TheSixtiesCNN tonight at 9pmET #ThrowbackThursday

It was the penultimate year of the decade, and 1968 was framed by extraordinary events and turmoil.

During 1968, the Tet Offensive, the Kennedy/McCarthy battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, the assassinations of MLK and RFK, violent student protests around the world, a chaotic Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the Soviet incursion into Prague, and President Johnson’s decision to not run for re-election were pivotal turning points – all ushered in some of the most fundamental social and political changes in American history. Robert Kennedy, Jr., Dan Rather, Evan Thomas, Robert Dallek, Jeff Greenfield, Walter Isaacson, Taylor Branch, Tom Hayden, Mark Kurlansky, Leonard Steinhorn, Todd Gitlin, and others describe one of the most dramatic years in American history.

THE SIXTIES: 1968 debuts Thursday, July 31 at 9:00pm and encores at 12:00am.  All times Eastern.

During the broadcast, CNN senior political analyst David Gergen will answer viewers' questions about the events of the pivotal year of 1968, and how they still resonate later today, via Facebook.   Viewers can also interact with the series producers via Twitter by following @TheSixtiesCNN and @HerzogCo and using #TheSixtiesCNN.

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July 24th, 2014
03:57 PM ET

THE SIXTIES: The Space Race debuts tonight on CNN at 9:00pmET and PT

In fewer than 10 years, America rocketed from launching rudimentary satellites to landing a man on the Moon.

Pioneers like Werner Von Braun and heroes like Alan Shepard, John Glenn, and Neil Armstrong, pushed the boundaries of U.S. space exploration to literally unprecedented heights. Throughout the decade, the rivalry between America and the Soviet Union raised the stakes on the competition that went even beyond the “giant leap for mankind” and led to astonishing technological inventions. Astronaut and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Mike Massimino and Dave Scott, along with Tom Wolfe, Andy Chaikin, Walter Isaacson, Douglas Brinkley, and Tom Hanks describe one of the greatest real-life adventure stories of all time.

THE SIXTIES: The Space Race debuts Thursday, July 17 at 9:00pm and encores at 12:00am.  All times Eastern.

During the broadcast, NASA engineer Bobak Ferdowsi will answer viewers' questions about America's space program – past and present – via Facebook.   Viewers can also interact with the series producers via Twitter by following @TheSixtiesCNN and @HerzogCo and using #TheSixtiesCNN.

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July 16th, 2014
02:21 PM ET

THE WAR COMES HOME – A Soledad O’Brien Report Premieres Aug. 12 at 9:00pm on CNN/U.S.

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Moving new CNN Special Presentation Explores Hope for Vets Struggling with Post Traumatic Stress

Delon Beckett and Garrett Combs came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ready to resume the lives of promise they had left behind. For both veterans, within months of coming home, their relationships were crumbling, their children were frightened of their rages, and suicide became a choice they both thought could be a solution for their anguish. Then, a new program that treats post traumatic stress gave them hope. Produced by Soledad O'Brien’s Starfish Media Group in association with MediaStorm, THE WAR COMES HOME, follows the journeys of these two young men who came home from war, and their personal battles to recover from the effects of the wars that came home with them.

The one hour special, THE WAR COMES HOME, debuts Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 9:00pm and will encore at 12:00am, and on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 7:00pm. All times Eastern on CNN/U.S.

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July 15th, 2014
12:45 PM ET

CNN Honored with 11 News and Documentary Emmy Nominations

CNN Worldwide has been honored with eleven nominations for the 35th Annual News and Documentary Awards. CNN’s diverse nominations include:

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

Anderson Cooper 360

Boston Bombing Victim Vows to Dance Again

 

Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis

Anderson Cooper 360 

Guns Under Fire: An AC360 Town Hall

 

Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story

CNN Newsroom

CNN's Coverage of Typhoon Haiyan

 

Outstanding Science and Technology Programming

CNN Films

Escape Fire

 

Best Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast

Anderson Cooper 360

Rehab Racket

 

Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form

CNN Films

Girl Rising

 

Outstanding Video Journalism: News

Mark Phillips, CNN – Reporting from Afghanistan and the Philippines

 

Outstanding Lighting Directions & Scenic Design

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

 

Outstanding Newscast or News Magazine in Spanish

CNN en Español

Panorama Mundial

 

Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in Spanish

CNN en Español

Pope Election

 

Outstanding Promotional Announcement – Episodic

CNN Films: Blackfish 

In addition to these eleven News and Documentary Emmy nominations, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy have been nominated for a combined nine Primetime and Creative Arts Emmy Awards. FULL POST

July 10th, 2014
02:57 PM ET

The British are coming...tonight at 9pmET on THE SIXTIES on CNN

When Ed Sullivan uttered, “Ladies and gentlemen, the Beatles,” the “lads from Liverpool” and their thrilling performance on Sullivan’s eponymous variety show enthralled millions and launched a reciprocal exchange of influences with American artists. The music was a revelation – and, inspired a revolution in fashion, hairstyles, advertising, politics, and sexual mores that influenced nearly every aspect of American life. Smokey Robinson, Michelle Phillips, Graham Nash, Eric Bourdon, Dave Clark, Mickey Dolenz and others recall what it was like to make the music that mirrored the souls of the young and the restless. Jann Wenner, Mikal Gilmore, Patrick Goldstein, Nelson George, Bill Janovitz, John Heilemann, Tom Hanks, David Wild, and musicians Eric Burdon, Paul Schaffer, andQuestlove describe how this legendary music era did so much more than provide a soundtrack for the generation of change.

THE SIXTIES: The British Invasion debuts tonight, Thursday, July 10 at 9:00pm and encores at 11:00pm and 1:00am Eastern.

During the broadcast, music journalist David Wild and rock artist Susanna Hoffs will answer viewers' questions about music from the era via Facebook.   Viewers can also interact with the series producers via Twitter by following @TheSixtiesCNN and @HerzogCo and using #TheSixtiesCNN. FULL POST

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