November 16th, 2014
11:34 AM ET

CNN EXCLUSIVE with Senator Dick Durbin

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the number two Democrat in the Senate, joins Candy Crowley for an exclusive an first post-election interview to the big loss for Democrats. Senator Durbin shares his opinion on sending ground troops to fight ISIS, the Keystone pipeline, and how President Obama can make a comeback in the minds of Americans.


Senator Durbin on sending troops to fight ISIS: “I think we learned a lesson and paid a bitter price when we put troops on the ground on a long-term basis in Iraq and Afghanistan. Let us support a homegrown, indigenous and locally inspired effort to bring stability to the region.”

Senator Durbin on the Keystone pipeline: “Every indication is, the president will veto an attempt to preempt the regular process of reviewing the permit for this pipeline. I think that it should go through the orderly process. The Republicans believe that the president's power should be taken away, it should be moved on a fast track. But, remember, the oil that is going to flow through that pipeline is not going to be used in the United States or reduce gas prices in the United States.”

On President Obama’s leadership: “This president is not going to go gently into his last two years. He's going to lead, as he is expected to as our president. And I hope that John Boehner and the Republicans will understand at least the message of the last election was, solve problems. Don't just go to a political standoff. Do something. If they fail to do it, if the Republicans fail to do it, the president will act, and I will support him.”

Full transcript of the interview is available below. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
November 14th, 2014
12:29 PM ET

BLACK in America: BLACK & BLUE – Soledad O’Brien Reports encores TONIGHT at 11:00pmET

SoledadOBrienA CNN special investigation encores Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 11:00pm Eastern

In a new installment of her Black in America series, award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien uses graphic videos and incisive interviews to show how the lives of young men are fractured by aggressive policing. Her documentary film, BLACK & BLUE, takes us into the lives of men frisked without cause as many as 100 times, and the police officers who insist they're just fighting crime. FULL POST

Celebrity Lineup for 2014 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute
CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute airs globally on Sunday, December 7, 2014
November 14th, 2014
09:57 AM ET

Celebrity Lineup for 2014 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Airing Sunday, December 7 at 8 PM ET: Benedict Cumberbatch, John Leguizamo, Taye Diggs, Christina Hendricks, Kelly Ripa, Kathy Griffin, Rosie Perez, Morgan Spurlock and Questlove 

Musical Performances by Trisha Yearwood and Sheryl Crow 

Quvenzhané Wallis, Nick Jonas, and Tyler James Williams Present Young Wonder Awards

Benedict Cumberbatch, star of The Imitation Game, John Leguizamo, star of Fugly!, Taye Diggs, star of Murder in the First, Christina Hendricks, star of Mad Men, Kelly Ripa, host of LIVE with Kelly and Michael, Kathy Griffin, award-winning comedienne, and Rosie Perez, co-host of The View, will present at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, hosted by Anderson Cooper. The star-studded tribute airs Sunday, December 7, at 8:00 p.m. ET, from The American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Morgan Spurlock, acclaimed filmmaker and star of CNN Original Series Inside Man, and Questlove, drummer for The Roots, executive producer of new music show SoundClash and member of The Tonight Show house band are also presenting in this year’s show. FULL POST

Topics: Anderson Cooper • CNN • CNN Heroes • CNN Press Releases
CNN Renews Successful Original Series Line-Up
November 13th, 2014
12:54 PM ET

CNN Renews Successful Original Series Line-Up

This is Life with Lisa Ling, Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe and Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Picked Up for Additional Seasons

Three of CNN’s successful Original Series have been picked up for additional seasons, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker announced today. Each of these primetime programs delivered stand-out ratings in their respective time periods, and further demonstrated the network’s commitment to quality, non-scripted series. FULL POST

Topics: Anthony Bourdain • CNN • Lisa Ling • Mike Rowe
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

CNN Names Digital Leadership Team
Andrew Morse, Meredith Artley and Alex Wellen will lead CNN's digital operation.
November 12th, 2014
09:51 AM ET

CNN Names Digital Leadership Team

Andrew Morse to Oversee CNN Digital Global Operations and Editorial

Alex Wellen Named Chief Product Officer

Meredith Artley Promoted to Editor-in-chief 

CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker announced today a new management structure for CNN Digital led by Andrew Morse, Meredith Artley and Alex Wellen.

"We recognize that digital platforms are often the first screens that touch our users, and that's why we consider this area of our business and editorial development among the most important we will focus on in the year ahead,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide.  “I have complete confidence in Andrew, Meredith and Alex, and the talented teams working alongside them in these important roles and can't wait to see all that they will accomplish."

In an effort to fully integrate the network’s news divisions and streamline its management team, Andrew Morse has expanded his role with CNN Worldwide, adding GM of CNN Digital to his responsibilities.  In addition to leading global operations and editorial for CNN Digital, Morse will continue to oversee all of CNN’s domestic newsgathering, as well as the Washington bureau’s programming and editorial efforts.  Andrew joined CNN after heading programming, editorial, operations and development for Bloomberg Television. Prior to that he spent 15 years at ABC in various production and executive roles across TV and digital, ultimately overseeing ABC News’ digital portfolio. FULL POST

Topics: CNN • CNN Digital
CNN and CNN Arabic audiences to select Middle East’s Influencer 2014
November 11th, 2014
09:28 AM ET

CNN and CNN Arabic audiences to select Middle East’s Influencer 2014

Abu Dhabi, 11 November 2014. As an extraordinary year in the Middle East draws to a close, CNN Arabic and Connect the World with Becky Anderson are inviting audiences in the region and beyond to help identify the person who has most influenced the Middle East in 2014.

By analysing audience data from the CNN Arabic website across the year, CNN has identified ten key figures that have made the biggest impact on the region. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 48 & 49
'Make Create Innovate' takes a look at the Bloodhound SSC car - a car designed to be capable of going more than 100MPH
November 7th, 2014
12:00 PM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 48 & 49

Leading Women

Ornella Barra, Chief Executive, Alliance Boots, is one of this month’s ‘Leading Women’
Ornella Barra, Chief Executive, Alliance Boots, is one of this month’s ‘Leading Women’
Wednesday 26 November at 1030 GMT/ 1130 CET and 1730 GMT/ 1830 CET
Saturday 29 November at 0630 GMT/ 0730 CET and 1930 GMT/ 2030 CET
Sunday 30 November at 1330 GMT/ 1430 CET
Duration: 15 minutes

‘Leading Women’ connects CNN’s audience to extraordinary women of our time. Each month, the programme meets two women at the top of their field, exploring their careers, lives and ideas.

In November:

Ornella Barra is the Chief Executive, Wholesale and Brands, of multinational pharmacy-led health and beauty group Alliance Boots, formed by the merger of the British high street group Boots, and retail pharmacy group Alliance UniChem. The Italian-born Monegasque businesswoman is a qualified pharmacist and started her career within the healthcare industry by managing a pharmacy, and then acquiring it. Responsible for strategy, management and international retail for Alliance healthcare, she has been married to Italian billionaire Stefano Pessina, Executive Chairman of Alliance Boots, for 30 years. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
November 7th, 2014
10:52 AM ET

CNN Films: IVORY TOWER Asks - Is College Worth the Cost?

Following Successful Festival Exhibition, CNN Films Broadcast will Premiere Thursday, Nov. 20 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm ET

IVORY TOWER, which had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and was exhibited in theaters throughout the country, will make its global television premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern. The film is directed and produced by Emmy-nominated filmmakers Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times, 2011) and Kate Novack.

As tuition rates spiral beyond reach for many students, and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), the film asks: Is college worth the cost?  From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to new models for accessing higher education influenced by Silicon Valley, the filmmakers assemble an urgent portrait of a great American institution at a transformational breaking point. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
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