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

Two Exciting New Original Series  Come to CNN in 2016
March 10th, 2015
10:57 AM ET

Two Exciting New Original Series Come to CNN in 2016

Reza Aslan Hosts Believer and W. Kamau Bell Brings United Shades of America

2015-2016 Slate includes Kevin Spacey, Bourdain, Spurlock, Ling, Rowe and Walsh

Two more exciting, new Original Series will come to CNN in 2016 the network announced today, continuing to build on its proven and successful strategy of offering high-quality original content in addition to live, breaking news. New York Times Best Selling author Reza Aslan will host a new spiritual adventure series titled Believer and comedian W. Kamau Bell will travel across the country exploring various communities in United Shades of America.

These series will join the previously announced mini docu-series Race for the White House, narrated by Kevin Spacey and executive produced by Spacey and Dana Brunetti, and co-produced by Raw and Trigger Street Productions. FULL POST

Kevin Spacey Brings "Race for the White House" to CNN
March 9th, 2015
10:55 AM ET

Kevin Spacey Brings "Race for the White House" to CNN

150309101037-kevin-spacey-540x304Academy Award® winning actor and producer Kevin Spacey will bring a thrilling, six-part mini docu-series to CNN as part of the network’s slate of Original Series in 2016. Currently titled Race for the White House, the original series will be executive produced by Spacey and Dana  Brunetti, and co-produced by Raw and Trigger Street Productions.

The series will be history telling at its most compelling. Using previously unseen archive footage, interviews with key players and dramatic recreations, each episode narrated by Spacey will tell the story of one campaign for the Presidency of the United States.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti bring their world-class talent to CNN,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide. “When we created the CNN Original Series brand, this is exactly the type of programming we had in mind and Race for the White House will be the perfect complement to our coverage of the 2016 campaigns and election." FULL POST

March 8th, 2015
03:08 PM ET

Amb. Dermer on Iran: ". . .when Israelis and Arabs are on the same page, people should pay attention."

On today’s State of the Union, host Michael Smerconish sat down with Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer to discuss U.S./Israeli relations and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to congress. Also discussed were the ongoing negotiations concerning Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

Text highlights, video, and a transcript of the discussion are below

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Topics: CNN
March 8th, 2015
03:04 PM ET

CNN's State of the Union: Ferguson and Selma: "The march is not yet over"

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and CNN contributor LZ Granderson joined Michael Smerconish on State of the Union to discuss the 50th Anniversary of the Selma march and the recent report released on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri.

 MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

Contact: Kimberly Elchlepp, Kimberly.elchlepp@turner.com

 Full Transcript available after the jump.
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Topics: CNN
March 8th, 2015
12:19 PM ET

CNN's State of the Union: Congressmen from both sides of the aisle debate Clinton email scandal

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, host Michael Smerconish discussed the Hillary Clinton email scandal with Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), a member of the special House Committee on Benghazi, which has subpoenaed Hillary Clinton's e-mails, and Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), past chair of the House Oversight Committee

Text highlights, video, and a transcript of the discussion are below
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Topics: CNN
March 8th, 2015
09:47 AM ET

CNN EXCLUSIVE: Fmr. Amb. Scott Gration speaks out on Clinton e-mails

CNN’s State of the Union features an exclusive interview with Former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Scott Gration, who was forced to resign in part after using a personal email account to conduct official business. Host Michael Smerconish gets the Ambassador’s reaction to the recent revelation that Hillary Clinton used a personal email account during her time as Secretary of State.

Text highlights and full transcript available after the jump.
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Topics: CNN
March 6th, 2015
10:28 AM ET

CNN's first-ever FAA-authorized use of drone for news gathering

See the first ever FAA-authorized use of drone for news-gathering with CNN's drone shots of Selma's Edmund Pettis Bridge.


Topics: CNN
Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 11 & 12
‘Open Court’ follows Serena Williams return to Indian Wells after 14 years (credit: Getty Images)
March 5th, 2015
07:56 AM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 11 & 12

Open Court

Serena Williams’ playing at the 2001 Indian Wells (credit: Getty Images)

Serena Williams playing at the 2001 Indian Wells (credit: Getty Images)

Thursday 19 March at 0930 GMT / 1030 CET and 1630 GMT / 1730 CET

Saturday 21 March at 0630 GMT / 0730 CET and 2130 GMT / 2230 CET

Sunday 22 March at 1630 GMT / 1730 CET

Saturday 28 March at 1630 GMT / 1730 CET

Sunday 29 March at 0730 BST / 0830 CET and 2230 BST / 2330 CET

Duration: 30 minutes

The Indian Wells Masters 1000 tournament attracts more than 400,000 fans to the desert in Southern California. It’s not one of the tennis world’s grand slam events, but it draws crowds on par with Wimbledon and Roland Garros.

Hosted by Pat Cash, ‘Open Court’ in March explores why American tennis fans are attending this event in record numbers, and why it’s growing while other U.S. tournaments have closed their doors. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
CNN Garners 5 Gracie Allen Awards
March 4th, 2015
01:22 PM ET

CNN Garners 5 Gracie Allen Awards

It was announced today that CNN has been honored by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation with five Gracie Allen Awards. CNN's recognitions include:

Elizabeth Cohen

Outstanding Original Online Programming – Series for The Empowered Patient

Patricia DiCarlo

Outstanding Director – News

Rachel Nichols

Outstanding On-Air Talent: Sports Program

Isha Sesay

Outstanding Anchor – News or News Magazine

Every Day in Cambodia: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary

Outstanding Documentary

A complete list of Gracie Allen Award winners can be found here: 2015 Gracie Award Winners

 

 

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