CNN Announces DC Correspondent Promotions
Yellin, Keilar, Acosta, Marsh
August 20th, 2013
09:15 AM ET

CNN Announces DC Correspondent Promotions

CNN Names Jessica Yellin Chief Domestic Affairs Correspondent; Promotes Brianna Keilar and Jim Acosta to Sr. White House Correspondents;

Names Rene Marsh to Correspondent

CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president Sam Feist announced today that the network is promoting several of its Washington-based correspondents beginning next month. The changes come while the network continues to enhance newsgathering capabilities and on the heels of launching several new programs including The Lead with Jake Tapper, New Day, and announcing the re-launch of Crossfire.

“With these changes, CNN’s Washington team of correspondents will be even better positioned to deliver on our core missions of breaking news and enterprise reporting,” said Feist. “As CNN continues to grow its newsgathering capabilities, we are thrilled to have such an outstanding group of correspondents to move into these key roles.” FULL POST

Topics: CNN
August 19th, 2013
04:52 PM ET

CNN FILMS Hires Courtney Sexton in Los Angeles

CNN FILMS is pleased to welcome Courtney Sexton, who joins the Los Angeles team as senior director, reporting to Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president, development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide.

For the past eight years, Sexton worked with Participant Media, where she managed feature documentaries—such as the Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth and the Emmy-winning Food, Inc.—from development to release.  Other titles Sexton shepherded include Waiting for SupermanStandard Operating ProcedureJimmy Carter Man from PlainsLast Call at the OasisCountdown to Zero and Darfur Now, amongst others.

Prior to joining Participant Media, Sexton worked for two years with filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) on the HBO series Deadwood, as well as other TV pilots.  Before that, she worked in television and feature film production—beginning with the FX series The Shield—while also contributing to documentaries such as The Smith Family and Brother Outsider:  The Life of Bayard Rustin.

“We’re thrilled to have a film executive with Courtney’s experience and talent join CNN Films,” Malhotra says. “Her extensive background in story crafting, and her ability to build strong relationships with filmmakers, will be a major asset to us as we take CNN Films forward.”

About CNN Films

CNN Films brings documentaries beyond the small screen by developing strategic partnerships to leverage distribution opportunities at film festivals and in theaters.  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 acquisition strategy of documentaries for CNN Films.  Malhotra manages the day-to-day operations of CNN Films, and works directly with filmmakers to develop original projects.


August 19th, 2013
08:28 AM ET

CNN’S Max Foster With First Interview Of Prince William Since The Birth Of His Son

Today on New Day CNN’s Max Foster sat down with Prince William in his first interview since he and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their first child, Prince George.  The Duke of Cambridge shared with Foster how things have changed for him since becoming a parent, saying "I think the last few weeks for me have been just a very different emotional experience.  Something I never thought I would feel myself.  And I find, again it’s only been a short period, but a lot of things affect me differently now. " 

Prince William told Foster how he felt introducing Prince George to the world on the steps of Saint Mary's Hospital “I think I was on such a high anyway, and so was Catherine about George that really we were happy to show him off to whoever wanted to see him.  As any new parent knows, you’re only too happy to show off your new child and, you know, proclaim that he is the best looking or the best everything."   Asked if he was comfortable, Prince William said "it’s not somewhere I enjoy being, I know that the position I’m in that’s what’s required of me to do." He went on to say  "it’s nice that people want to see George, so, you know – I’m just glad he wasn’t screaming his head off the whole way through."

The envy of every father for getting his son into a car seat so easily, the Prince told Foster "Believe me, it wasn’t my first time.  And I know there’s been speculation about that.  I had to practice, I really did."  On choosing to drive his family home himself, Prince William said, "Where I can be, I am as independent…as I want to be." He added "I very much feel if I can do it myself, I want to do it myself.  And there are times where you can’t do it yourself and the system takes over or it’s appropriate to do things differently.  But, I think driving your son and your wife away from hospital was really important to me." FULL POST

Topics: CNN
August 18th, 2013
02:35 PM ET

McCain on State of the Union: U.S. has ‘no credibility’ in Egypt

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Sen. John McCain, Rep. Chris Van Hollen and Rep. Justin Amash joined the program to discuss the latest from Egypt, NSA surveillance programs and the battle over Obamacare. A full transcript of those interviews is after the jump.


McCain: U.S. has ‘no credibility’ in Egypt
August 17th, 2013
06:46 PM ET

Kidnapped: The Rescue of Hannah Anderson Saturday & Sunday at 6:30pET

In a special hosted CNN’s Anderson Cooper, CNN’s Miguel Marquez reports on the harrowing ordeal suffered by the family of kidnapped teenager Hannah Anderson.

The now-deceased suspect in her kidnapping, James DiMaggio, is suspected of also having murdered her mother and 8-year-old brother, and burning down his own home with their bodies inside.  DiMaggio himself has an unusual family history.  His father, an abusive methamphetamine addict, committed a crime that suggests unusual similarities to this month's odd odyssey.  Marquez explores both DiMaggios stories, in the effort to try to understand how a James DiMaggio, a man who at one time was a very close family friend to the Andersons, betrayed the family and took Hannah Anderson on the run from San Diego to the deadly final confrontation with law enforcement in a remote area of Idaho.

Anderson Cooper Special Report: Kidnapped – The Rescue of Hannah Anderson debuts Saturday, August 17 at 6:30pm and encores on Sunday, August 18 at 6:30pm.  All times Eastern.


August 16th, 2013
03:38 PM ET

TUNE IN ALERT: Be sure to watch CNN Special Programming Fri, 8/16 – Mon, 8/19


Beginning Friday, August 16 through Monday, August 19: Don't miss a moment of CNN's special programming.

Monday, August 16 - 10:00 p.m. ET – additionally airings 1 a.m., 4a a.m. ET

Weed: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports

**Weed also re-airs at Sat, 8/17 – 8p, 11p, 2a, 5a ET**

Saturday, August 17 – 6:30 p.m. ET

Kidnapped: The Rescue of Hannah Anderson

Saturday, August 17 - 6:30 p.m. ET

Kidnapped: The Rescue of Hannah Anderson

Monday, August 19 – 8:30 a.m. ET on CNN’s New Day

CNN’s Royal Correspondent sits down with Prince William for his first interview since he and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their first child.

**The interview is a portion of the forthcoming documentary, Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hopethe documentary will air on CNN September 15th at 10 p.m. ET.**

August 16th, 2013
10:00 AM ET

Jake Tapper Reports: An Unlikely Hero to Air Aug. 21 at 10pm ET

Just days before President Obama will award Army Staff Sergeant Ty Carter with the Medal of Honor, CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper’s prime time special will feature an interview with Carter in the look back at one the deadliest days in the Afghan war. Jake Tapper Reports: An Unlikely Hero will air Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 10 p.m. ET and PT. FULL POST

Topics: CNN • Jake Tapper
August 15th, 2013
08:24 AM ET

CNN’S Max Foster sits down with Prince William for first interview since the birth of his son

“Prince William’s Passion:  New Father, New Hope” premieres on CNN Sunday, September 15th at 10 pm ET

Portion of the interview will air on CNN’s New Day on Monday, August 19th at 8 am ET

CNN’s Max Foster sat down for the first interview with Prince William since he and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their first child.  The interview is part of a one-hour special, Prince William’s Passion:  New Father, New Hope, which will premiere on CNN  on Sunday, September 15that 10 pm ET.   The special chronicles the Prince’s passion for Africa and his dream to save the world’s most endangered species.  As a new father, the Prince discusses his hope that one day his son can experience the same Africa that he and Prince Harry did as young boys.

A portion of the interview will air on CNN’s New Day on Monday, August 19th at 8:00 AM ET.  In it the Prince reflects on becoming a new parent and how it has forever changed him

The Royal Family has worked on conservation in Africa for generations.  In Prince William’s Passion:  New Father, New Hope, the Prince discusses how he is continuing the tradition.  His love of Africa and its endangered species were instilled in him by his father Prince Charles, and late mother Princess Diana.  The Duke of Cambridge also highlights some of the incredible work done by individuals in the area of conservation including Tusk, an organization that he is a patron of.

Topics: CNN
August 13th, 2013
03:42 PM ET

CNN Exclusive: Bulger Juror Breaks Silence

CNN's Deborah Feyerick sat down with one of the jurors from the trial of former Boston  mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger. Juror #12 told Feyerick "You had people that were criminals giving testimony that took plea agreements. So you were not sure what you could believe and what you couldn't believe.

Topics: CNN • Deb Feyerick
August 13th, 2013
08:55 AM ET

CNN FILMS Acquires ‘SOLE SURVIVOR’ CNN Plans for Broadcast in 2014

CNN FILMS has acquired SOLE SURVIVOR, a new, feature-length documentary, examining the complicated emotional aftermath of survivors following commercial aviation disasters.  The film is written and directed by Ky Dickens.  It will premiere on CNN/U.S. in early 2014, following its theatrical debut.

There have been 14 major airplane crashes with a sole survivor in the history of commercial aviation.   Most of the lone survivors have never been interviewed, and many remain traumatized by survivor’s guilt.

Filmmaker Dickens understands well the emotional geography examined in her film.  As a young adult, Dickens herself became a survivor when she traded places in a car with a friend.  “Survivors are often considered lucky and the rescue is often considered the end to their story,” Dickens said.  “But the complexity of true survival is where our film – and the questions that it poses – begins.” FULL POST

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