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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March 11th, 2015
12:23 PM ET

CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios team to launch short docs series beginning today with 'The 414s'

At the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, CNN announced a new series of short films representing a collaboration between CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios.  These original short films directed by established and rising filmmakers will premiere exclusively across CNN’s digital platforms.  The first series of films begins today, March 11, with the 12-minute film, THE 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers, which may be viewed now via www.CNN.com, CNN’s mobile properties (including CNNgo) and CNN’s social footprint.  No authentication is required to view the film.

Whether called “snooping,” “raiding,” or “hacking” – what began as surreptitious activity for fun, eventually grew more deliberate when, in 1983, Milwaukee teenagers Neal Patrick, Gerald Wondra, and Timothy Winslow began experimenting with computer networking using a relatively new technology: personal computers.  The boys called themselves “the 414s,” an homage to the telephone area code associated with their hometown. FULL POST

CNN FILMS to Bow Five Titles in 2016
March 10th, 2015
11:36 AM ET

CNN FILMS to Bow Five Titles in 2016

CNN will premiere five new documentary films in 2016, the network announced today prior to its May upfront presentation in Manhattan. Each documentary is a co-production with CNN Films and is expected to premiere in theaters prior to their broadcasts on CNN/U.S.

“The visionary talents of these filmmakers, the ambition of the topics, and the prominence of the premieres for these selections, all reinforce our commitment to the high quality, long-form content of CNN Films,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide.

STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE, directed by Academy® Award-winning director Alex Gibney, is an objective, candid biography of the late innovator.  Evocative and nuanced, the film reveals the essence of the Apple legend, unraveling his mystery, and explaining the near mythical endurance of his values that continue to shape the culture of Silicon Valley and the technology industry to this day. The documentary will premiere at the film festival at SXSW in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, March 14, 2015. FULL POST

February 23rd, 2015
02:41 PM ET

CNN Announces Acquisition of GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME from PCH Films

CNN Films Presents broadcasts planned for June and November 2015 through exclusive sponsorship with Eli Lilly and Company

CNN announced today the exclusive acquisition of the domestic broadcast rights for the critically-acclaimed feature documentary GLEN CAMPBELL…I'LL BE ME from PCH Films.

Featuring the Grammy Award®-winning and Academy Award®-nominated song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” sung by Glen Campbell himself, the heartbreakingly beautiful, funny, inspiring film directed by James Keach and produced by Trevor Albert and Keach follows the long goodbye that is Alzheimer’s disease as Campbell, and his family, struggle with the diagnosis and progression of the illness through his poignant “Goodbye Tour” in 2011 to 2012.

The network intends the CNN Films Presents broadcast of GLEN CAMPBELL…I'LL BE ME to premiere on CNN in June, and then encore in November of 2015.

“We look forward to having the Campbells’ brave story – unfortunately familiar to too many American families – on CNN. This partnership will guarantee that millions of people will have the opportunity to see our movie and understand just how important it is to both raise awareness – and find an end – to Alzheimer’s disease,” said producer Trevor Albert.

“Eli Lilly and Company has been committed to advancing Alzheimer’s research and treatment for over 25 years,” said Katrina Cukaj, executive vice president, CNN Ad Sales. “Through this thoughtful partnership, we are proud to align our efforts around this powerful film.”

Director/producer James Keach added, “Here’s a guy, an iconic musician, who was faced with having to hang up his guitar, his career over, but instead, he says, ‘I ain’t done yet. I’m going out to show what this disease is,’ because he wants to change the conversation. If that ain’t a hero, I don’t know what is.”

In 2011, Campbell set out on an unprecedented tour across America. Having just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Glen Campbell went public about his diagnosis, and together with his wife Kim, launched the Goodbye Tour. Originally planned for a five week run, his health – and popular demand – enabled the tour to expand to 151 spectacular sold out shows over the next year and a half. The Campbell family also together lobbied Congress for more funding for a cure. The film documents this amazing journey as Campbell and his family and friends attempt to navigate the wildly unpredictable nature of Campbell’s progressing disease using love, laughter, and music.

The five-time Grammy Award®-winning artist sold more than 50 million albums in a singular career that includes extraordinary vocals and music like “Gentle on My Mind,” “Southern Nights,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Campbell also artistically collaborated with Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, and so many others, using his renowned perfect pitch and flawless guitar skills to help usher country music into the mainstream. Artists including Bruce Springsteen, Blake Shelton, Paul McCartney, The Edge, Kathy Mattea, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, and many others including President Bill Clinton, contribute their memories of Campbell to the film.

The acquisition deal between CNN Films and PCH Films was negotiated by Courtney Sexton and Stacey Wolf of CNN, and by Lisa Callif of Donaldson+Callif on behalf of the filmmakers.

The soundtrack for the film is available on Big Machine Records.

Recent CNN Films broadcast premieres include WHITEY: United States of America v James J. Bulger, directed by Joe Berlinger; IVORY TOWER, an exploration of the value of a traditional college education, directed by Andrew Rossi; DINOSAUR 13, about paleontologist Peter Larson’s multi-year odyssey to bring his history-making find of the Tyrannosaurus rex “Sue” to the world, directed by Todd Miller; and LIFE ITSELF, a biographical profile of renowned, Pulitzer prize-winning film critic, Roger Ebert, directed by Steve James.

About CNN Films

CNN Films produces and acquires documentary feature films for theatrical exhibition and distribution across CNN’s multiple platforms.  Amy Entelis, svp of talent and content development and Vinnie Malhotra, svp of development and acquisitions, oversee the strategy for CNN Films.  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.

 

About PCH Films

PCH Films, based in Los Angeles, California, is a multimedia company founded by James Keach, Jane Seymour, and Trevor Albert in 2007. The company develops, produces, and finances feature film, TV, documentaries, animation and music. The partners’ extensive credits include Walk The Line, Groundhog Day, League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Because Of Winn Dixie, National Lampoons Vacation, Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, award-winning documentary Disease Of the Wind and many others.  PCH has numerous projects in development including an animated feature adaptation of the best-selling children’s book Skippyjon Jones written by Judy Schachner and adapted by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stoleberg. They are also developing an adaptation of the Bram Stoker award-winning author Peter Straub’s short story “Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff,” which is being written by Bill Fitzhugh.

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CNN Films to Launch Short Films Strand with THE 414s: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS
January 23rd, 2015
06:00 PM ET

CNN Films to Launch Short Films Strand with THE 414s: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS

Film Acquired as 2015 Sundance Film Festival opens, THE 414s: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS will debut as CNN FILMS short film series in partnership with CNN Digital Studios online

CNN Films announced today a new series of short films representing a collaboration between CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios. CNN Films makes the announcement concurrently with an acquisition of THE 414s which will have its World Premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, continuing the mission of bringing premium and distinct storytelling to CNN platforms, from some of the most talented voices in non-fiction filmmaking. These original short films directed by established and rising filmmakers will debut across CNN’s digital platforms, extending across CNN.com, CNN’s mobile properties including CNNgo, and CNN’s social footprint.

“This new venture into short-form documentary story-telling brings to fruition, our vision for a premium, multidimensional, film brand for CNN.  CNN Films premieres have the ability to capture audiences across theatrical, broadcast, and now digital spaces,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide. FULL POST

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