FRESH DRESSED, director Sacha Jenkins’ exuberant chronicle of hip hop and urban fashion – and their global influence on pop culture, will premiere as a CNN Films broadcast with limited commercial interruptions on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S., the network announced today. The CNN Films and Mass Appeal co-production will be exclusively presented on the network by Volkswagen.
Produced by Peter Bittenbender, Nasir Jones, and Marcus Clarke for Mass Appeal, FRESH DRESSED traces how fat-laced sneakers, Kangol hats, Cazal sunglasses, and graffiti jackets inspired the style and vibe of rap artists and high fashion designers, through its expression of aspirational swagger that gave voice – and visage – to a culture whose passionate originality and artistry took the world by storm. The music-drenched, fun-to-watch history features interviews with music and fashion entrepreneurs from the 1970s, 80s, 90s, and today, including Dapper Dan, Pharrell Williams, April Walker, Karl Kani, Daymond John, Carl Jones, Jeff Tweedy, Russell Simmons, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Damon Dash, Riccardo Tisci, Guy Wood, and many more. FULL POST
Blackfish explores the extraordinary nature of Orcas, showing how they are among the most intelligent species in the animal kingdom. Along the way, this thought-provoking film reveals the 39-year history of Orcas in captivity leading up to a chilling 2010 incident in which an experienced Sea World trainer was killed by the 12,000-pound Tilikum, a whale previously associated with the death of two other people.
Ultimately, this film is a story about the life and death consequences of a spectacle that has thrilled millions.
#Blackfish will encore on CNN on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 9:00pm. All times Eastern.
Also upcoming is the CNN Films broadcast of Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr Movie, which traces the rise and rapid fall of the controversial talk show host whose bombastic style changed television talk forever. Evocateur will premiere on CNN on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 9:00pm and 10:54pm. All times Eastern.
A Miner Miracle: Five Years After the Chilean Rescue Airs
Tuesday, August 4 at 9pmET/PT
Five years after the collapse of the San Jose gold and copper mine that trapped 33 miners for 69 days, CNN correspondent Rosa Flores travels to Chile to speak with three of the miners. She also speaks with the drillers who worked around the clock on their improbable and miraculous rescue. The hour-long CNN Special Report, A Miner Miracle: Five Years After the Chilean Rescue airs Tuesday, August 4, at 9pmET/PT on CNN and via CNNgo. FULL POST
CNN received 14 nominations for the 36th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, it was announced today. CNN’s diverse nominations encompass television programming, newsgathering, digital, and Spanish-language, and include:
Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast
The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
Rescue from Mt. Sinjar, reported by Elise Labott, Barbara Starr, Ivan Watson, anchor Wolf Blitzer
Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast
Anderson Cooper 360
Crisis At The VA, Veterans Dying While Waiting For Care, reported by Drew Griffin
Theme Parks Investigation, reported by Kyra Phillips
TV premiere of EVOCATEUR: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie set for Thursday, Aug. 20 at 9:00pm & 10:54pm Eastern
CNN Films has acquired the exclusive U.S. broadcast rights for EVOCATEUR: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie. The television premiere of the film is set for Thursday, Aug. 13 at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S., the network announced today. The CNN Films broadcast will be exclusively presented by Volkswagen.
“We are thrilled that CNN, television’s gold standard of political discourse, is taking a moment to reflect on one of the medium’s first and not-so-golden practitioners. Morton Downey, Jr. knew confrontation made good TV. His story, more relevant than ever, is of how far that can be taken,” said Daniel A. Miller, co-founder, Ironbound Films.
Produced and directed by Seth Kramer, Miller, and Jeremy Newberger of Ironbound Films, the riveting story traces the populist rise and rollercoaster career of the shock host who upended the previously polite and predictable talk show format forever. Before there was Glenn Beck or Geraldo Rivera or Rush Limbaugh, there was Morton Downey, Jr., who ignited the dawn of ‘mad-as-hell and not going to take it anymore’ television with conservative, provocative talk that made him a late night TV folk hero during the late 1980s.
“EVOCATEUR is a wonderful portrait of an influential, controversial, larger-than-life man. Morton Downey, Jr., left his mark on American television and set the tone – for better or worse – for much of the modern-day debates we see play out on television now,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide.
Television innovator Bob Pittman found himself looking for a new challenge after launching the revolutionary, format-busting cable phenomenon, the MTV network. Pittman backed the enigmatic, bombastic Downey for a talk show that viewers found uniquely candid, oftentimes frustrating, ultimately addictive television. Archival highlights included in the film feature legendary Downey show segments with defense attorney Alan Dershowitz, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, attorney/activist Gloria Allred, and Rev. Al Sharpton, in excruciating, extended deconstruction of the infamous, controversial Tawana Brawley case. In a rare exclusive interview, Steven Pagones, the white district attorney among those accused of raping Brawley, discusses how the infamy associated with that case – and amplified by the on-air debates between Downey and Sharpton – irrevocably altered his life.
Deconstructing Downey’s rise to fame are contemporary interviews with Downey friend and conservative icon Pat Buchanan, broadcaster Larry King, former talk show hosts Richard Bey and Sally Jessy Raphael, syndicated columnist Stanley Crouch, comedian Chris Elliott, and the team behind the talk show. They explore Downey’s appeal, as well as the personal demons that fueled his on-camera persona and behind-the-scenes battles with production executives and sponsors that ultimately led to Downey’s career immolation.
Along the way, the filmmakers reveal new insights into a persistent mystery about an incident that effectively ended Downey’s television career: did Downey actually stage a brutal attack on himself, allegedly by skinheads, in a misguided attempt to regain some of his notoriety?
“It’s a free market. ‘The people’ obviously want what they’re gettin’,” Buchanan says succinctly in summation of Downey’s legacy in the film, “or they’d be gettin’ something else.”
The film first premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. The acquisition deal for EVOCATEUR: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie for CNN was negotiated by Dori Begley, senior vice president of acquisitions on behalf of Magnolia Pictures; and Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions, and Stacey Wolf, vice president of business affairs, on behalf of CNN. Josh Braun and colleagues David Koh and Dan Braun of Submarine negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers for the acquisition.
EVOCATEUR will be available in simulcast via CNN’s iPad app or www.CNN.com/go. The film will encore on CNN on Aug. 20 at 10:54pm, and on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 8:00pm and 10:00pm. All times Eastern.
About CNN Films
CNN Films produces, acquires, and commissions 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, Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide, and Courtney Sexton, senior director of program development, oversee the strategy for CNN Films and CNN Films Presents. 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.
Hillary Clinton responds to questions on her trustworthiness in an exclusive interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar.
Hillary Clinton shared her picks for who should be the new face of the ten dollar bill in her first national interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar.
HLN and CNN will encore the moving and inspirational film, GLEN CAMPBELL...I'll Be Me.
Directed by James Keach and produced by Trevor Albert and James Keach, the film explores five-time Grammy-award winner Glen Campbell’s brave decision with his family to go public with his Alzheimer’s disease in 2011 and launch a final, farewell tour for his fans. Together with his wife Kim, daughter Ashley, sons, Cal and Shannon, friends, band, colleagues, and beloved fans – and his love for music, Glen Campbell’s last tour expanded from an originally planned five-week goodbye, to 151 spectacular sold-out shows over 18 months.
Campbell invited the filmmakers to follow his very personal journey to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, highlight the need for understanding and compassion for caregivers of people suffering with the disease, and raise funds for research to find the cure. Reflections on Campbell's career and new mission are offered by artists including Bruce Springsteen, Steve Martin, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, and cameos by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, former President Bill Clinton, and many others.
Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me on Friday, July 3, at 9:00pm Eastern on HLN. The film will encore again on CNN on Saturday, July 4 at 9:00pm Eastern.
The Rhinestone Cowboy reaches #1 in demo and total viewers during first broadcasts; Encores Saturday, July 4 at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S.
Among the now 20 films within the CNN Films franchise, Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me was the highest-rated in both adults 25 to 54 and total viewers, and the second highest-rated among adults 18 to 34 (after CNN Films Blackfish).
Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me easily won first place in cable news for its time period on Sunday night for all three demos. The broadcast had 2.76M total viewers and 510k viewers aged 25 to 54 for its 9:00pm to 10:45pm premiere. These ratings beat the cable news competition: MSNBC placed third with 463k total viewers and 251k viewers aged 25 to 54, while Fox News straggled in at fourth with 139k viewers aged 25 to 54, and second place with 593k among total viewers.
With 125k viewers aged 18 to 34, CNN also won the evening’s cable news competition in its time period. This figure easily topped MSNBC, which had 48k viewers 18 to 34 years old, and Fox News, with 33k viewers aged 18 to 34.
The encore broadcast at 10:45pm delivered big numbers as well, CNN came in first place among total viewers and viewers 25 to 54, with 1.26M and 268k respectively. Fox News placed second among total viewers with 482k and last for the demo with 89k. MSNBC was last among total viewers with 403k and second among viewers 25 to 54 with 219k.
Glen Campbell’s extraordinary life, musical legacy, and brave battle against Alzheimer’s disease are the focus of the film, which was sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company, and presented back-to-back on CNN/U.S. with limited commercial interruptions. The award-winning film was directed by James Keach and produced by Trevor Albert and James Keach. Sister network, HLN, will encore Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me on Friday, July 3, at 9:00pm Eastern. The film will encore on CNN/U.S. on Saturday, July 4 at 9:00pm Eastern.
In observance of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, CNN/U.S. will encore the beautiful and inspirational film later this year during the month of November. In between the broadcasts, online users can learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and Campbell’s life and career, by visiting www.cnn.com/glencampbell, www.cnn.com/impact, and www.glencampbellmovie.com.
About CNN Films Presents
CNN Films Presents is a curated series of feature documentary films acquired for CNN following film festival and theatrical presentation. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide, and Courtney Sexton, senior director of program development, oversee the strategy for documentaries for CNN Films and CNN Films Presents. For more information about CNN Films and CNN Films Presents, please visit www.cnn.com/CNNFilms and follow @CNNFilms via Twitter.