CNN FILMS DINOSAUR 13 RANKED #2 IN PRIMETIME CABLE NEWS – Additional encore airs Sunday, Dec. 14 at 9pET
December 12th, 2014
04:52 PM ET

CNN FILMS DINOSAUR 13 RANKED #2 IN PRIMETIME CABLE NEWS – Additional encore airs Sunday, Dec. 14 at 9pET

T.Rex THURSDAY ENCORE DWARFS COMPETITION IN YOUNG VIEWERS AGED 18 TO 34 YEARS

The CNN Films DINOSAUR 13 premiere (9:00pm to 11:00pm) topped MSNBC among viewers aged 25 to 54.  During that time period CNN averaged 261k vs. 191k for MSNBC.  Fox News had 380k viewers during this period.

The encore for DINOSAUR 13 (11:00pm to 1:00am) was the largest audience in cable news during that time period for viewers aged 18 to 34 years, outperforming the combined delivery of Fox News and MSNBC: CNN had 71k viewers, Fox News had 51k, and MSNBC was in single digits at 4k.

DINOSAUR 13 also helped CNN’s primetime performance last night  (8:00pm to 11:00pm) among viewers aged 25 to 54, big-footing CNN to #2 in cable news on Thursday with 218k, +27% more than the 172k average viewers during primetime for MSNBC.  Fox News had 373k viewers in primetime, with 2,187k P2+ viewers.  CNN had 719k total viewers and MSNBC had 742k.

DINOSAUR 13 will encore on CNN on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 9:00pm and 11:00pm.

Of the 15 CNN Films and three CNN Films Presents premieres to date, DINOSAUR 13 was the 3rd highest-rated among viewers aged 25 to 54 years, after BLACKFISH (472k) and SOLE SURVIVOR (289k), and the 2nd highest rated among total viewers after BLACKFISH (820k vs. 1,356k in P2+).

 

Source: The Nielsen Company, 12/11/14, Fast National time period based Live+SD feed data.  All times reported are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

 

Love, the Movies, Chicago, and LIFE ITSELF – Roger Ebert’s Life Comes to CNN
December 2nd, 2014
05:10 PM ET

Love, the Movies, Chicago, and LIFE ITSELF – Roger Ebert’s Life Comes to CNN

CNN Films Global Television Premiere of Award-winning Filmmaker Steve James’ Documentary

Debuts Sunday, Jan. 4 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm ET

Fresh from its highly successful theatrical exhibition, LIFE ITSELF will make its global television debut on CNN/U.S. on Sunday, Jan. 4 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern.  LIFE ITSELF, based upon the 2012 memoir of the same title, written by legendary film critic Roger Ebert, was also honored today as Best Documentary by the National Board of Review.  The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in January and is in contention for an Oscar® in the Best Documentary Feature category.

The critically-acclaimed LIFE ITSELF is directed by Award-winning filmmaker Steve James, produced by James and Zak Piper for Kartemquin Films and Garrett Basch for Film Rites, with executive producers Martin Scorsese, Steve Zaillian, Michael W. Ferro, Jr., Justine Nagan and Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films, Kat White of KatLei Productions, Mark Mitten, and Vinnie Malhotra and Amy Entelis of CNN Films. LIFE ITSELF was distributed theatrically by Magnolia Pictures.

“I owe so much to Roger for his support and critical insights into my work over the years. We tried to make a film that would both capture his legacy and reveal his incredibly rich and surprising life,” said director Steve James.

Revelatory about the movies, his childhood, his drinking, his love life, and his renowned rivalry with Chicago Tribune film critic Gene Siskel, a significant portion of LIFE ITSELF is told in Ebert’s own voice, both native and synthesized, with frank candor and optimism – even as Ebert reckoned with his own mortality from the ravages of cancer.

“Her love was like a wind, pushing me back from the grave,” Roger Ebert says in the documentary about his deep, loving bond with his wife, Chaz Ebert. Both Eberts describe with great candor the origins of their meeting, their frank discussions about their interracial relationship, and the progression of his difficult illness.

The professional relationship between Ebert and Siskel was complex – and multilayered. Siskel’s widow, Marlene Iglitzen, and TV producer Thea Flaum tell stories behind the fierce competition between the two that vaulted both film critics to pop culture status.

Many in the creative film arts whose work he fearlessly reviewed still have tremendous respect and enduring love for Ebert, including director Steve James, whose early documentary Hoop Dreams (1994) was championed by Ebert. As testament, James secured contributions to his film about a film critic, from a wide array of filmmakers – including interviews with Rahmin Bahrani, Ava DuVernay, Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, Gregory Nava, and Martin Scorsese. In particular, recalling a difficult review about his 1986 film The Color of Money, Scorsese says, it was “devastating…[but] that was a way of condemning…and helping.”

“Steve James’ beautiful film illuminates the extraordinary life of Roger Ebert well beyond the Pulitzer prize-winning film critic, but as beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, writer, mentor, and a scion of Chicago,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide. “We’re excited to bring LIFE ITSELF beyond the silver screen to a broader audience across the country in its television premiere,” Malhotra said.

LIFE ITSELF will be available in simulcast via CNNgo by logging in with a TV provider username and password on CNN’s iPad app or at www.CNN.com/go. The film will encore on CNN on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern.

For more information about LIFE ITSELF, please visit www.cnn.com/lifeitself. FULL POST

December 1st, 2014
04:02 PM ET

CNN Films Launches DINOSAUR 13: A Live Webcast for Schools – hosted by Scholastic

Teachers Can Register Now for the Live CNN Films: DINOSAUR 13 Webcast with

CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper, to be Held December 5, 2014 at 1:00pmET

When a team of paleontologists near Faith, South Dakota, began collecting the bones of a dinosaur in August of 1990, they were surprised to find that they’d stumbled upon a rarity: a virtually complete, articulated skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex. CNN Films and Lionsgate will air a documentary about the discovery and the subsequent controversy surrounding it on CNN on December 11 at 9 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET. To provide context and provoke classroom discourse about the DINOSAUR 13 documentary before the telecast, CNN Films is presenting a live webcast for high school students on December 5 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Teachers can register for the DINOSAUR 13: A LIVE WEBCAST, to be moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and hosted by Scholastic, at www.scholastic.com/dinosaur13. FULL POST

November 13th, 2014
08:47 AM ET

CNN Films and Sierra Tango Productions, Inc. Announce Collaboration to Produce Film Confronting Global Readiness for Battling Pandemics

Co-Production Will Explore Risks and Progress in Battle Against Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases

Theatrical Exhibition Planned for 2015, CNN Films Broadcast Planned for 2016

The deadliest event of the last century was not a major battle nor a terrorist attack – it was the 1918 to 1919 global influenza pandemic. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 675,000 Americans died, and around the world, between 30 and 50 million people died – perhaps as much as 5 percent of the world’s population at the time. Yet, this event preceded modern-era advances that could make a contemporary pandemic even more deadly – global air travel, urbanization, antibiotic resistant ‘superbugs’– and the intentional distribution of contagions via bioterrorism. FULL POST

CNN Green Lights Volkswagen as the Debut Presenting Sponsor for CNN Films
November 12th, 2014
01:23 PM ET

CNN Green Lights Volkswagen as the Debut Presenting Sponsor for CNN Films

Multi-Title Partnership to Launch around IVORY TOWER Premiere

Volkswagen is in the driver’s seat as presenting sponsor for CNN Films, it was announced today by CNN Ad Sales. Spanning several titles and a multi-screen promoted partnership, CNN will kick off the brand’s presenting sponsorship around the anticipated debut of IVORY TOWER, directed by award-winning filmmaker Andrew Rossi, on Thursday, November 20 at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern.

Through this first-of-its-kind presenting partnership for CNN Films, Volkswagen will have extensive co-branded presence leading into and within sponsored films, including opening credits branding and custom-produced co-branded creative showcasing the partnership during broadcasts of the films, coupled with the brand’s own creative in the a position of a film break. Negotiated by Volkswagen’s media agency MediaCom, the partnership lasts through the first three quarters of 2015, and will span a number of select films from the CNN Films slate. FULL POST

October 27th, 2014
10:09 AM ET

RADiUS and CNN Films Have Partnered on Untitled Film About Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Film Slated for 2015 Theatrical Run, Followed by CNN Broadcast

RADiUS and CNN Films have partnered on an as yet untitled film about campus sexual assault, it was announced today. Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director Kirby Dick, and Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning producer Amy Ziering (The Invisible War) will direct and produce the film. RADiUS will distribute the film theatrically and CNN/U.S. has acquired the broadcast rights.

One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college, according to the Campus Sexual Assault Study of the National Institute of Justice, yet only a fraction of these acts of sexual violence are reported to campus officials and law enforcement and, even fewer result in punishment for the perpetrators. Besides the terrible, immediate impact these assaults have on the individual survivors, many of the perpetrators remain free to offend again. FULL POST

October 14th, 2014
11:14 AM ET

Before he was ‘King James’ … MORE THAN A GAME to air on CNN/U.S.

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LeBron James documentary airs on CNN/U.S.

Friday, Oct. 24 at 10:00pm ET

Before Cleveland Cavalier fans knew him as ‘King James,’ LeBron James was a member of an elite band of young basketball phenoms known collectively as the ‘Fab Four.’  Together, Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce III, Willie McGhee, and LeBron James were the Shooting Stars – a traveling youth basketball team that began in an Akron, Ohio, Salvation Army gymnasium.

CNN Films Presents: MORE THAN A GAME will air Friday, Oct. 24 at 10:00pm ET and PT on CNN/U.S., just prior to the start of the 2014 – 2015 regular season for the Cleveland Cavaliers.  LeBron James returns to the Cavaliers for his very first regular season home game for his former team on Thursday, Oct. 30 against the New York Knicks.

It all began less than an hour’s drive from Cleveland, ‘in a little gym with a linoleum floor on Maple Street…,’ reminds Dru Joyce II, the father of one of the young men.  Joyce became coach, mentor, and father figure to the four – and later five – legendary team mates, testing their mettle on the court and, off the court, molding them into men. FULL POST

September 12th, 2014
06:51 PM ET

Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films Acquire North American Rights to "Sunshine Superman"

World Premiere at the 2014 TIFF; U.S. Premiere at the New York Film Festival on Monday, Oct. 6

The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, a heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, "the father of BASE jumping," whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular — and dangerous — feats of foot-launched human flight by first-time feature filmmaker Marah Strauch at the Toronto International Film Festival.   Magnolia Pictures has acquired the theatrical, VOD and home entertainment rights; CNN Films has acquired the television broadcast distribution rights.

“Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films are the perfect partners for Sunshine Superman, a film about taking risks and following your dreams,” said Director Marah Strauch. “We are very excited to share our film with people all across the country and to be working with a team that understands the power of documentaries that not only change the world, but also entertain.”

A Scissor Kick Films, Flimmer Films, and Submarine Entertainment Production, SUNSHINE SUPERMAN will make its U.S. debut next month at the prestigious New York Film Festival. CNN Films will broadcast the film exclusively on the network in 2016, following a 2015 theatrical release by Magnolia. FULL POST

September 3rd, 2014
04:53 PM ET

Was Boston’s Most Notorious Gangster an Informant?

WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger set to premiere on CNN on Thursday, Sept. 18

Long before he became the top dog of the “Winter Hill Gang” mob, James “Whitey” Bulger’s ‘resume’ already included tenure as an inmate at Alcatraz – an infamous maximum security federal penitentiary that was reserved for the nation’s most dangerous felons. Later, for nearly 30 years, Bulger frightened, threatened, intimidated, murdered, extorted, dealt drugs to, and robbed residents of Boston. The South Boston native is suspected of taking part in 19 murders – seven by his own hand – executed with such brutality that Bulger was at one point second only to Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s ‘Most Wanted’ list.

CNN Films’ WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger is a revelatory nonfiction feature film that follows the sensational 2013 trial of the notorious mob boss. Produced by Radical Media, in association with Third Eye Motion Picture Company, this riveting, two-hour film is directed and produced by Joe Berlinger and produced by Caroline Suh. It will premiere at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern on Thursday, Sept. 18, on CNN/U.S..

Using the courtroom action as a springboard to examine accusations of multifaceted corruption within our nation’s law enforcement and legal systems, the film explores new evidence that Bulger may have been aided and abetted by our nation’s top law enforcement agencies that knew about his crimes – and even helped cover them up.

The film includes the voice of James Bulger himself, in his first-ever media interview. Bulger, who responds to questions via telephone with his defense attorney J.W. Carney, Jr., for the film, discusses his relationships with investigators, his negotiations with prosecutors, and his proposal to plead guilty in an attempt to absolve his long-time girlfriend, Catherine Greig, with whom he lived as a fugitive for more than 15 years.

“The goal of including Bulger in the film was not to take sides or to diminish his crimes,” says director Joe Berlinger. “Bulger is a brutal killer and deserves to be behind bars. However, the families of the victims deserve to hear why Bulger was allowed to kill with impunity.”

The production team embedded for months with victims’ families, FBI agents, Massachusetts State Police, federal prosecutors, Bulger’s defense attorneys, and former gangsters, for extraordinary access to explore the allegations of corruption within the highest levels of law enforcement. The film pulls back the curtain on long-held Bulger mythology, detailing shocking, new allegations of collusion, and accusations of federal and police corruption.

“What makes this trial extraordinary – and really crazy – is the defense is defending him from an assertion that he was an informant– even though it is not a charge...It’s not about guilt or innocence in this trial. It’s about his legacy – of wanting to establish he wasn’t a tout, a rat, an informant…,” David Boeri, senior reporter for Boston’s WBUR radio says in the film.

“We commissioned this film as a way to present – and challenge – the allegations of conspiracy and government and police corruption that have surrounded this case,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president for development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide.   “Berlinger and his team have masterfully woven multiple perspectives of the Whitey Bulger case into a provocative story of crime and punishment.” FULL POST

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

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