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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
LIFE ITSELF RANKED #2 IN P25-54 IN CABLE NEWS
CNN Films: LIFE ITSELF rung in at 506k, landing in first place among total viewers aged P2+ following its global television premiere on Sunday, Jan. 4 from 9:00pm to 11:00pm Eastern. This total topped MSNBC at 265k and Fox News at 497k viewers.
Among viewers aged 25 to 54, the cable news demo for marketing, LIFE ITSELF landed in second place with 166k viewers. CNN averaged ahead of MSNBC which had 152k viewers aged 25 to 54. Fox News came in last place with 82k viewers in the cable news demo.
Of the 16 CNN Films and three CNN Films Presents premieres to date, LIFE ITSELF is the first to place #1 in total viewers (P2+) among cable news networks in its time period.
This performance lifted CNN above MSNBC by +9% and more than doubled the delivery of Fox News by +102% among viewers aged 25 to 54.
LIFE ITSELF will encore on CNN on Friday, Jan. 9, at 9:00pm and on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 8:00pm. All times Eastern.
Source: The Nielsen Company, 01/04/15, Fast National time period based Live+SD feed data. All times reported are Eastern Standard Time.
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).
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.
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