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

CNN FILMS LIFE ITSELF PREMIERES AT #1 IN TOTAL CABLE NEWS VIEWERS
January 5th, 2015
05:38 PM ET

CNN FILMS LIFE ITSELF PREMIERES AT #1 IN TOTAL CABLE NEWS VIEWERS

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.

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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

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