August 17th, 2015
03:06 PM ET

CNN Films Gets FRESH DRESSED For Fall

FRESH_DRESSED_27x40 - poster artPremiere set for Thursday, Sept. 3 at 9:00pm & 10:45pm Eastern

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

CNN Films encores #Blackfish Saturday, Aug. 15 at 9pmET
August 13th, 2015
12:05 PM ET

CNN Films encores #Blackfish Saturday, Aug. 15 at 9pmET

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.

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CNN Receives 14 News And Documemtary Emmy Nominations
July 22nd, 2015
03:59 PM ET

CNN Receives 14 News And Documemtary Emmy Nominations

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

Ÿ 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

Ÿ Crisis At The VA, Veterans Dying While Waiting For Care, reported by Drew Griffin

Ÿ Theme Parks Investigation, reported by Kyra Phillips

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July 10th, 2015
12:25 PM ET

Morton Downey, Jr. Comes to CNN in August

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.

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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July 2nd, 2015
01:51 PM ET

Two Encores for #GlenCampbell ...I'll Be Me Repeats Friday at 9pETon HLN and Saturday at 9pET on CNN

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.

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June 29th, 2015
07:49 PM ET

Premiere of GLEN CAMPBELL…I’ll Be Me is Most Watched CNN Films Broadcast in History of Franchise – in Total Viewers, 25 to 54 Demo

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.

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June 19th, 2015
01:16 PM ET

The ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ Comes to CNN on June 28

CNN Films Presents broadcast of Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me

premieres Sunday, June 28 at 9:00pm and 10:48pm Eastern

Glen Campbell’s extraordinary life and musical legacy are explored in a critically-acclaimed film to be exclusively broadcast on CNN/U.S. on Sunday, June 28. CNN Films Presents: Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me will be presented with limited commercial interruptions on the network at 9:00pm, with an encore at 10:48pm Eastern and is sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company.

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CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios Pick Up 'THE GNOMIST' at Tribeca Film Festival
April 28th, 2015
01:23 PM ET

CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios Pick Up 'THE GNOMIST' at Tribeca Film Festival

Director/Producer Sharon Liese’s Film to Stream Across CNN Digital Platforms During Fall Short Film Series

Fresh from its world premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, award-winning filmmaker Sharon Liese’s short film, THE GNOMIST, produced by Herizon Productions and Cynthia Wade, has been acquired by CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios, it was announced today.

“It is a huge honor to have my work selected by such a distinguished network,” says Liese. “I am thrilled that THE GNOMIST and its message will have this expansive reach.”

“We are delighted to be able to bring Sharon’s beautifully-crafted, novel true story to a wide audience via CNN’s robust digital platforms. On the heels of the success of our first series of digital shorts, we are extremely pleased that THE GNOMIST will become part of our fall series of extraordinary short-form films for CNN,” said Courtney Sexton, senior director for program development for CNN Worldwide.

THE GNOMIST is the true story of the mysterious appearance of fairy dwellings in a suburban Kansas forest and the psychic healing power of the magical experience shared by three former strangers.

“THE GNOMIST is an incredible story, beautifully told. It’s the perfect addition to CNN Digital’s continued push into long-form narrative storytelling,” said Chris Berend, vice president of video content development for CNN/U.S.

The acquisition of THE GNOMIST was negotiated by Stacey Wolf, vice president of business affairs, and Sexton, on behalf of CNN. THE GNOMIST will premiere internationally at Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto (April 29) and continue to screen at other U.S. film festivals this spring. For more information on screenings, please visit www.thegnomistfilm.com. The film is expected to premiere on CNN’s digital platforms sometime in the fall.

Additional films for the fall series will include short films from Andrew Jenks (MTV’s World of Jenks) and Roger Ross Williams (GOD LOVES UGANDA).

CNN’s inaugural series of short films launched in March and includes the films UBAH!, about the uncommon life of Somalian supermodel and philanthropist Ubah Hassan, directed by Joe Berlinger; RAISING RYLAND, a journey inside the transgender experience as lived by a six-year-old boy, directed by Sarah Feeley; and THE 414S: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS, about a small, talented group of Milwaukee teens who hacked into dozens of prominent computer systems – including the Los Alamos National Laboratory – during the early days of the Internet, directed by Michael T. Vollmann. All three of these exceptional short films are now available via www.CNN.com/shortfilms.

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, svp of talent and content development, Vinnie Malhotra, svp of development and acquisitions, and Courtney Sexton, senior director for program development, oversee the strategy for CNN Films. For more information about CNN Films, please visit www.CNN.com/CNNFilms, www.CNN.com/shortfilms, 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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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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