May 26th, 2016
03:15 PM ET

CNN Films to encore BLACKFISH documentary on Friday, May 27 at 9pm Eastern

Blackfish explores the extraordinary nature of Orcas and their decades-long history in captivity.  This revealing film also explores the chilling 2010 incident in which an experienced Sea World trainer was killed by the 12,000-pound Tilikum, a whale previously also associated with the deaths of two other people.

CNN Films will encore this thought-provoking documentary film on Friday, May 27 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on CNN/U.S.

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CNN Films to encore BLACKFISH documentary on Friday, May 27 at 9pm Eastern
CNN Special Report: "Biker Brawl: Inside the Texas Shootout"
May 11th, 2016
03:28 PM ET

CNN Special Report: "Biker Brawl: Inside the Texas Shootout"

CNN Special Report airs Monday, May 16 at 9pm ET

 

On May 17, 2015, a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas was the site of one of the deadliest brawls in American outlaw biker history. The shootout between the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle clubs left nine men dead and several dozen wounded. Investigators confiscated 480 weapons and arrested 177 bikers.

A year after the deadly battle, the CNN Special Report Biker Brawl: Inside the Texas Shootout investigates exactly what happened through graphic surveillance video, dramatic dash cam footage, crime scene photos and investigative documents – much of it obtained exclusively by CNN.

In the hour-long special, CNN’s Ed Lavandera gains exclusive access to major figures of the Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs – including Jeff Pike, President of the Bandidos, who is currently under federal indictment, and key members of both the Cossacks and Bandidos involved in the shootout.

The CNN Special Report Biker Brawl: Inside the Texas Shootout airs Monday, May 16 at 9pm ET.

The CNN Special Report was executive produced by Jennifer Hyde, the Director of the CNN Documentary Unit, produced by Senior Producer Elise Zeiger, Supervising Producer in Dallas Jason Morris and Associate Producer Chris Perry. Michael Bass is the Executive Vice President of Programming.

About CNN Special Report: Since 2013, CNN Special Reports (CSR) has produced some of the most informative and compelling television, creating over 100 different documentaries and specials. CSR reports on some of the most notable stories and events of our day, including the Gulf oil spill, human trafficking, the murder trial of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez and the manufacturing and distribution of synthetic drugs. CNN Special Reports also provides articles, galleries and clips to CNN.com, generating millions of views. For updates, follow @CNNSpecReport on Twitter.

About CNN Worldwide: 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 287 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. For more information, visit www.CNNPressroom.com

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Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta Host Town Hall: Prescription Addiction
May 10th, 2016
04:14 PM ET

Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta Host Town Hall: Prescription Addiction

ANDERSON COOPER 360° TOWN HALL PRESCRIPTION ADDICTION: MADE IN THE USA

WITH DR. SANJAY GUPTA, AIRS TOMORROW AT 9PM ET ON CNN

Prescription drug abuse is one of the leading causes of accidental death in America. It’s an epidemic hiding in plain sight and has been linked to many deaths, most recently music legend Prince.

In a special hour airing this Wednesday, May 11th, Anderson Cooper and CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta examine the truths behind this alarming rise in unintentional deaths and what we can do to stop it. The Town Hall audience will be comprised of people who have been effected by opioid abuse and guests will include addiction specialists, former addicts and doctors.

Anderson Cooper 360° Town Hall Prescription Addiction: Made in the USA will air tomorrow/Wednesday at 9pm ET on CNN.

CNNMoney Investigation: Runway Injustice
May 5th, 2016
08:01 AM ET

CNNMoney Investigation: Runway Injustice

From horrifying scams that prey on desperate young men and women to labor practices that leave workers deeply in debt, CNNMoney’s latest investigation from Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken exposes the dark side of the modeling industry through the eyes of the models themselves.

Stolen pay. Sexual harassment. Months without a paycheck. Outrageous fees and expenses that eat away at earnings. And no one to turn to for help.

Models allege that labor abuses like these run rampant in the modeling industry - leaving many workers feeling more like indentured servants than the glamorous high fashion icons young girls around the world dream of becoming.

While the industry often comes under fire for eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse and unwanted sexual advances, its problems go far beyond that.

From an analysis of pay stubs and financial statements, interviews with dozens of current and former models, attorneys, labor experts and even a former agency executive, a CNNMoney investigation has found that the fashion world often treats its models in ways that would be unheard of in many other industries. And due to a significant lack of regulation, these abuses can be completely legal.

The deeply researched investigation reveals a dark side of the modeling industry that exploits young and vulnerable workers. From the outrageous cost of being a model, 'model apartments,' delayed or withheld pay, lack of privacy to rape, drugs and porn – this report is not one to be missed.

 

 

Read the full investigative report at CNNMoney
April 28th, 2016
02:04 PM ET

ANDERSON COOPER 360° SPECIAL WE GOT HIM: PRESIDENT OBAMA, BIN LADEN AND THE FUTURE OF THE WAR ON TERROR

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COVERAGE BEGINS MONDAY MAY 2nd AT 8PM ET

On Monday, May 2nd, on the fifth anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden, CNN’s Peter Bergen sits down with President Barack Obama to talk about the bin Laden raid and the state of the war on terror five years later.

CNN has unprecedented access to the White House for this special, including never before published photos connected to the raid.  Peter Bergen and President Obama will speak inside the Situation Room, where the President and his key advisors weighed their decision to order the raid, and where they waited in real time as the mission unfolded. When they heard word bin Laden was killed in action, President Obama simply said "We got him."  Anderson Cooper 360° Special:  "WE GOT HIM": President Obama, Bin Laden and the Future of the War on Terror.

During the hour, Bergen also speaks with key members of President Obama's inner circle on terror, including an in depth interview with the architect of the raid, Ret. Admiral William McRaven – who has rarely spoken about the raid that captured and killed the al Qaeda leader and reveals new details about the raid itself.  Administration officials including National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Director of the CIA John Brennan, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, all give Bergen an inside look at the mission and the efforts it took to carry out the secret operation in Pakistan.  They will also weigh in on ISIS and the war on terror.

Peter Bergen is CNN’s national security analyst who interviewed Osama bin Laden in 1997 and is a key expert on terrorism. He is the author of "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad" and "United States of Jihad.”

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HBO Documentary NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper Broadcasts on CNN
April 28th, 2016
01:20 PM ET

HBO Documentary NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper Broadcasts on CNN

CNN Films Presents airs Friday, April 29 at 9:00pm Eastern

CNN will broadcast HBO’s memoir-like documentary, NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper, directed by Liz Garbus, on Friday, April 29 at 9:00pm Eastern.  The CNN Films Presents broadcast will air with limited commercial interruption.

Told through intimate conversations shared between mother and son, the film captures the legendary life of Gloria Vanderbilt – her grandfather’s historic industrial achievements, her father’s unexpected death, the famed custody trial between Gloria Vanderbilt’s mother and aunt, and her careers as actress, artist, and designer.

They also discuss Wyatt Cooper’s premature death, when Anderson Cooper was just 10 years old, and the suicide of Cooper’s older brother, Carter, a devastating circumstance that left them with painful, unanswered questions coupled with their grief.  In the film, Cooper partially attributes his ability to report from war zones and witness grand-scale human tragedies like famine or the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, to having lost people closest to him in his life.

Vanderbilt, now 92, continues to paint and create daily.  She and her son, Anderson Cooper, the award-winning CNN journalist, discuss her turbulent childhood, romances, marriages and children, and career highlights while examining the personal letters, art collections, news clippings and film, home movies, and family photographs that have chronicled much of Vanderbilt’s storied life.

NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper is a CNN Films Presents broadcast of an HBO Documentary film.  The film, a Moxie Firecracker Films production, is directed by Liz Garbus and executive produced by Anderson Cooper.  For HBO, the film is produced by Nancy Abraham and executive produced by Sheila Nevins.   NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in January.  For additional information about this film, please visit www.CNN.com/CNNFilms.

About CNN Films Presents and CNN Worldwide

CNN Films produces and acquires documentary feature and short films for theatrical and festival exhibition and distribution across CNN’s multiple platforms.  Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, oversees the strategy for CNN Films; Courtney Sexton, senior director for program development, works day-to-day with filmmakers to oversee projects.  For more information about CNN Films, please visit www.CNN.com/CNNFilms and follow @CNNFilms via Twitter.

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.

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The Orchard to Serve Up CNN Films' JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT
April 27th, 2016
11:31 PM ET

The Orchard to Serve Up CNN Films' JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT

Film to have World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival April 16

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The Orchard has announced an agreement with CNN Films to acquire the worldwide distribution rights to director Lydia Tenaglia’s highly-anticipated documentary JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT.  CNN Films retains North American broadcast rights and will air the documentary on CNN following its theatrical release by The Orchard, to be set for early 2017.  With a worldwide premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival scheduled for this Saturday, the film is produced by Susan Porretta and executive producers are Anthony Bourdain, Chris Collins, Joe Caterini, Tenaglia, Amy Entelis, and Vinnie Malhotra.

THE LAST MAGNIFICENT explores the exceptional, adventurous life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial, outrageous, and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy, yet his name has largely been obliterated from history.  Featuring interviews with Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Martha Stewart, and Ruth Reichl, this delicious documentary tells the dramatic story of America’s first celebrity chef.

“The story of Jeremiah Tower is the stuff of legends – his brash personality and culinary genius make for a captivating look at the man and the story behind the legend,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s SVP Film and Television. “Not only are we thrilled to be working with Anthony and Lydia, but excited to be partnering with our friends at CNN on this film.”

“CNN Films is so proud to partner with The Orchard and our Anthony Bourdain, Lydia Tenaglia, and the team at ZPZ for this beautiful documentary about Jeremiah Tower,” said Amy Entelis, EVP of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide.  “Tony’s and ZPZ’s amazing vision for Parts Unknown has changed how we think about food, culture, and our global community.  Jeremiah changed what it means to eat out in America, and we are so pleased to bring his exceptional story to a wide audience.”

“I am so appreciative of CNN's continued support of Zero Point Zero Production and honored that The Orchard has picked up Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent for distribution,” said director Lydia Tenaglia. “I'm so proud of the entire crew who helped bring this film to life and of Jeremiah, who allowed us in to his magnificent world.”

The acquisition deal between CNN Films and The Orchard was negotiated by Stacey Wolf, Vice President of business affairs, and Courtney Sexton, Senior Director for program development, on behalf of CNN, and by Cinetic on behalf of the filmmakers.

About The Orchard

The Orchard is a pioneering independent film, TV and music distribution company that operates in over 25 global markets. The company, founded as a music distributor in 1997, is a groundbreaking leader in the film and television distribution space, known for its innovative technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. The Orchard's film division has enjoyed such recent successes as the Academy Award-nominated documentary "Cartel Land," "The Overnight," "Dior & I" and "What We Do in the Shadows." Upcoming releases include Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville's "The Music of Strangers,” Taika Waititi’s “The Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” Roger Ross Williams’ “Life, Animated” and Antonio Campos’ “Christine.” The company is currently in theaters with Joachim Trier's "Louder Than Bombs.” For more information on The Orchard, please visit www.theorchard.com.

About CNN and CNN Films

CNN Films produces and acquires documentary feature and short films for theatrical and festival exhibition and distribution across CNN’s multiple platforms.  Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, oversees the strategy for CNN Films; Courtney Sexton, senior director for program development, works day-to-day with filmmakers to oversee projects.  For more information about CNN Films, please visit www.CNN.com/CNNFilms and follow @CNNFilms via Twitter.

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.

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April 7th, 2016
12:15 PM ET

‘#WhyTheyHateUs’ – Fareed Zakaria Explores What Drives the Rage - PREMIERES MONDAY, MAY 23

New Fareed Zakaria Primetime Special Premieres on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm ET

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“Why do they hate us?” has been the question asked since the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago – and again in the wake of terrorist attacks in Boston, Brussels, Beirut, Paris, Mumbai, Ft Hood, San Bernardino, and beyond.  CNN’s Fareed Zakaria explores what is fueling the rage – and challenges intelligence experts, religious scholars, policy influencers, and even the very men who want to kill us – for answers to whether America and the rest of the West can do anything to stop the bloodshed.  He looks at one Muslim community in the U.S. for what makes America’s challenges different from Europe’s and those in the Middle East.

A new hour-long primetime special, WHY THEY HATE US, will premiere Monday, May 23 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm Eastern.

What makes seemingly ordinary people turn against their own countrymen to commit murderous attacks?  Zakaria challenges violent jihadis about the reasons why they hate the West – and gets rarely heard answers.

Why do others committing this carnage come from nations once thought to be allies of the West?  Zakaria details the unlikely origins of this searing anti-Western hatred to Greeley, Colorado in 1949.  Sayyid Qutb, a puritanical, conservative Muslim was so horrified by his experience in America he returned to Egypt to advocate a return to Sharia law by Arab nations, the rejection of modernization and democracy – and violent retaliation against America and the West for ‘corrupting’ the Arab World.

Is Islam an inherently violent religion?  Zakaria seeks answers for what attracts extremists to the medieval, barbaric terror of a violent interpretation of Islam from author and scholar Reza Aslan (No God But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam and Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization); neuroscientist and chief executive of Project Reason, Sam Harris; anti-Western British cleric Anjem Choudary; Columbia University professor and Co-Director for the Center for Palestine Studies, Rashid Khalidi, DPhil.; and author and Muslim reformer Irshad Manji (Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith and Allah, Liberty, and Love).  Astonishingly, Manji describes the scholarship behind the true meaning of a widely popularized mistranslation of the afterlife promise of “72 virgins” to actually be a reference to…“raisins.”

Though dead for decades, Qutb’s violent admonitions inspired Osama bin Laden, today’s radical clerics from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, and even an influential American cleric whose seductive sermonic fragments were found scrawled inside the boat where one of the Boston Marathon bombers was found, as well as in messages exchanged by the San Bernardino jihadis.  Zakaria concludes with proposed solutions to defeat this infectious ideology currently posing a global security threat – and even shaping the most controversial points of debates for the U.S. elections, and influencing European and American policy on refugees, immigration, privacy, and the rules for armed conflict.

During the broadcast, producers of WHY THEY HATE US will interact with viewers via Twitter, using the hashtag #WHYTHEYHATEUS with user questions and comments about the special.

About CNN

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital, a top network for online news, mobile news and social media; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively-syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

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March 17th, 2016
12:27 PM ET

CNN Films Picks Up Broadcast Rights for HOLY HELL

Documentary on life inside mysterious spiritual sect directed by Will Allen and executive produced by Jared Leto to come to CNN Films

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Fresh from its stunning world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, CNN Films has acquired HOLY HELL, directed by Will Allen and executive produced by Jared Leto, it was announced today.  CNN Films purchased U.S. domestic broadcast rights to the feature for telecast later this year.

“We are really pleased to bring this electrifying project to CNN Films,” said Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide.  “This cautionary story is made uniquely insightful by the deeply personal perspectives of Will Allen – and the film speaks to the broader search we all share for finding fulfillment.”

Allen’s HOLY HELL captures what life was like in the mysterious, California-based spiritual community, the Buddhafield.  Just out of film school, a young, idealistic Allen was introduced to the Buddhafield by his older sister, eventually becoming a personal aide to Michel, “the teacher.”  As a member and unofficial documentarian of the utopian group for 22 years, Allen’s film of his fellow followers and Michel is both revealing and intimate.  Allen’s singular point of view offers a compelling exploration of why the Buddhafield, and its even more mysterious, charismatic leader, are powerfully attractive and terrifying at the same time.

After many painful years, Allen eventually found the courage to leave the Buddhafield – taking hundreds of hours of his footage with him.  Since leaving, Allen has grown increasingly fearful of the guru and the guru’s continuing extreme influence over some followers, voicing his fears even at the film’s festival premiere in January.

Jared Leto, now an executive producer for the film, described HOLY HELL as “relentless, haunting, and unforgettable” to Variety last month.

HOLY HELL is produced by Allen, Tracey Harnish, and Alexandra Johnes.  The CNN Films acquisition of HOLY HELL was negotiated by Stacey Wolf, vice president of business affairs on behalf of CNN, and Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company, and Michael Donaldson and Dean Cheley of Donaldson + Callif, on behalf of the filmmakers.

About CNN Films

CNN Films produces and acquires documentary feature and short films for theatrical and festival exhibition and distribution across CNN’s multiple platforms.  Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees the strategy for CNN Films; Courtney Sexton, senior director for program development, works day-to-day with filmmakers to oversee projects.  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.

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February 2nd, 2016
01:18 PM ET

1.35 Million Viewers See CNN Films Presents HISTORY OF THE EAGLES – Premiere #1 on Saturday

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Director Alison Ellwood’s look at the musical legacy of the rock supergroup soars for CNN Films Presents 

Among Viewers 18-34, in 25-54 Demo, and Total Viewers

The CNN Films Presents premiere of History of the Eagles won its time period on Saturday night, and was seen by 1.35 million total viewers Saturday, Jan. 30, beginning 8:00pm Eastern.  The four-hour film premiere also won the time period (8:00pm to 11:55pm Eastern) for cable news viewers with 384k viewers aged 25 to 54 years, as well as among younger viewers aged 18 to 34 years with 67k viewers.

In its time period Saturday night, CNN Films Presents History of the Eagles outperformed the combined delivery of Fox News and MSNBC (726k total viewers for Fox and 304k total viewers for MSNBC) among total viewers and among viewers in the cable news demo of viewers aged 25 to 54 (168k for Fox and 157k for MSNBC).  MSNBC averaged 44k among viewers aged 18 to 34; Fox News averaged 33k among viewers aged 18 to 34.

The film, directed by Alison Ellwood and produced by Alex Gibney first debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and spans the early life of the bandmates, their rise to super stardom, the breakup of the band, and their reunion.  FULL POST

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