November 19th, 2013
09:46 AM ET

CNN FILMS Acquires ‘DOCUMENTED’ in Advance of International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

CNN/U.S. plans for second quarter 2014 broadcast

In advance of the 2013 International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA), CNN Films has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to DOCUMENTED, a feature-length film that explores the life – and journey out of the shadows – led by undocumented immigrant and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas, it was announced today.  DOCUMENTED will premiere on CNN/U.S. in the second quarter of 2014 as a CNN Films broadcast, following its international bow at the IDFA and its theatrical distribution in the United States.  DOCUMENTED is written and directed by Vargas, with technology entrepreneur Sean Parker, Matthew Hiltzik (“Paper Clips”), Scott Budnick (“The Hangover” series), and philanthropist Liz Simons as executive producers.

“Immigration, to me, is not a political issue, it’s not a Latino or Asian issue – it’s an American story,” said writer-director Jose Antonio Vargas.  “The film is in honor of 11 million undocumented immigrants – many of us Americans in all but papers.  And, the film is dedicated to parents everywhere who dream of better futures for their children.  It is a privilege to be associated with CNN Films in bringing DOCUMENTED to television,” Vargas said. FULL POST

November 17th, 2013
11:33 AM ET

Why JFK's assassination still looms large

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with the author of Dallas, November 22, 1963, Robert Caro, who spoke to CNN about the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. This discussion aired Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 10:00am and will encore at 1:00pm ET on CNN/U.S. and on CNN International at 3:00pm ET:

Embeddable video highlights and the full show transcript are available after the jump.


Topics: CNN • Fareed Zakaria GPS
November 15th, 2013
05:18 PM ET

Playtone’s, Herzog’s The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy – Ratings

Marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK, The Sixties:  The Assassination of President Kennedy, produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone and Mark Herzog of Herzog & Company, was #1 in cable news last night (9-11:00pm) averaging 508k in the key demo adults 25-54 rating. FXNC followed with 487k and MSNBC registered 181k.  The film even outperformed the widely viewed CNN Films: Blackfish in the target demo rating (472k).

In total viewers CNN averaged 1.321 million, FXNC posted 2.510m and MSNBC had 730k.

Among younger viewers (18-34) CNN had a +77% advantage over FXNC (108k vs. 61k) and a +671% lead over MSNBC (108k vs. 14k).

(Source:  Nielsen Fast National data from 9-11:00pm, ET)


November 14th, 2013
07:03 AM ET

Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman Explore The Assassination of President Kennedy

Historians, politicos & eyewitnesses to history enhance online second screen event

Produced by multiple EMMY® Award-winning executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO’s John Adams and The Pacific), and EMMY® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History’s Gettysburg) of Herzog & Company (HCO), on Thursday, Nov. 14, CNN will premiere The Assassination of President Kennedy at 9:00pm ET and PT.  The two-hour film explores the events on the day that changed the nation – and the world, as well as how the public’s perceptions of what happened that day have changed through the years.

During the telecast, CNN Films will host a live social blog where users can share their personal reflections of the legacy of President Kennedy, memories of the events surrounding the assassination, and their thoughts about the film via Twitter (@CNNFilms), powered by ScribbleLive.  Historians, politicos, and others will share their own thoughts via the live blog and respond to user’s questions. FULL POST

November 13th, 2013
01:03 PM ET

Ted Turner: The Maverick Man premieres Sunday at 7:00pmET on CNN/U.S.

CNN Profiles Founder on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 7:00pm & 1:00amET on CNN/U.S.

Special airs at 9:00pmET on CNN International

Innovator, visionary, trailblazer, humanitarian – Cable News Network founder, Ted Turner, is the subject of a 60-minute profile encompassing his remarkable life and achievementsReported by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, TED TURNER: THE MAVERICK MAN premieres Sunday, November 17 at 7:00pm and 1:00am on CNN/U.S. and at 9:00pm on CNN International.  All times Eastern.  The special explores his difficult early years, his extraordinary career, his legendary America’s Cup win, Turner’s historic humanitarian and cable television legacies – and everything in between.

Blitzer traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, and outside of Bozeman, Montana – to Turner’s Flying D Ranch – where Turner works to preserve bison and land and water reserves for future generations – for the exclusive profile as Turner approaches his 75th birthday in 2013. During revealing interviews with Blitzer, Turner opens up about his successes and failures, both personal and in business.  Intimate interviews with Turner’s five children and key figures in his life, including ex-wife Jane Fonda, President Jimmy Carter, broadcaster Larry King, MLB players Phil Niekro and Dale Murphy, and former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, add additional layers to the complex portrait.

Ted Turner, Wolf Blizter, President Carter, Rhett Turner, Montana


Greg Beitchman joins CNN International as VP Content Sales and Partnerships
November 12th, 2013
10:39 AM ET

Greg Beitchman joins CNN International as VP Content Sales and Partnerships

11 November 2013, London: Greg Beitchman has been appointed to the new role of VP, Content Sales and Partnerships, CNN International.

Beitchman will be responsible for overseeing and developing the network’s content sales business internationally, with a focus on leveraging its broadcast and digital assets.  His role will encompass content sales and partnerships, out of home services, and licensing deals.  He will also work across CNN’s NewSource content syndication service, its out-of-home distribution channels, and its affiliate business.  CNN International has more than 1,000 broadcast partners globally. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
CNN Names Brian Stelter Host of Reliable Sources and Senior Media Correspondent
November 12th, 2013
09:15 AM ET

CNN Names Brian Stelter Host of Reliable Sources and Senior Media Correspondent

CNN has named The New York Times media industry reporter Brian Stelter host of Reliable Sources, the network’s weekly show that focuses on the top media stories and news analysis each Sunday at 11:00amET on CNN/U.S.  Stelter will also serve as a senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide, reporting on trends, personalities, and companies across the media spectrum — from news to entertainment.  He will report daily on CNN/U.S., CNN International,,, and across CNN’s vast mobile and social landscape, feeding and flowing into his show and creating a multiplatform, global media beat for CNN.

“Brian has emerged as one of the top media reporters in the country and will be a great addition to our many platforms,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide.  “He grew up in the digital space, and has covered the media industry for his entire career.  Brian has a keen understanding of this field – as both a journalist covering the industry and as an innovator – first, by creating his own digital platform, and second, by also leveraging the countless ways information is disseminated to enhance his storytelling.  I’m thrilled to welcome him to CNN to this newly broadened role.” FULL POST

Topics: Brian Stelter • CNN • CNN Shows • Reliable Sources
November 10th, 2013
04:07 PM ET

Talks with Iran, drones, and Albania's beautification as domestic improvement policy on today's Fareed Zakaria GPS

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS welcomed Ken Pollack, former CIA analyst and former staffer at the National Security Council, author of  the book,"Unthinkable:  Iran, the bomb and American Strategy", and Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund and author of the book, "Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late", to speak with CNN about Iran's nuclear talks.

Husain Haqqani, former Ambassador to the United States for the Islamic Republic of Pakistanand James Steinberg, former deputy U.S. Secretary of State during (Barack Obama Administration), spoke with CNN about the case for and against the use of military drones. Richard Falkenrath, PhD, principal of the Chertoff Group, and former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor and Edward Luce, U.S. columnist and commentator for The Financial Times spoke to CNN about NSA leaks, and whether Edward Snowden should be considered a hero or a villain. Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania, spoke to CNN about his plan to improve life in Albania by painting the buildings with color.


The full show transcript is available after the jump:


Topics: CNN
November 7th, 2013
04:03 PM ET

CNN and Amazon Partner for CNN Heroes Online Donations


Supporters can now contribute to the CNN Heroes’ designated Non-Profit Organizations through Amazon Payments

In advance of the global premiere of CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute on Sunday, December 1, at 8 pm ET, CNN and Amazon have teamed up to enable people around the world to donate to this year's Top Ten CNN Heroes and their causes by using Amazon Payments.

Beginning today, through December 31, 2013, supporters can make online donations to the CNN Heroes' designated nonprofit organizations by clicking the ‘Donate with Amazon’ buttons on and on each of the Top Ten Heroes' individual fan pages. Amazon Payments is a fast, easy and secure way to donate online using the payment information stored in a user’s Amazon account. 

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute is the only gala of its kind. The star-studded show brings out the brightest stars to honor individuals who are making extraordinary contributions to help improve the lives of others. Hosted by Anderson Cooper, CNN Heroes is returning to its original location, New York City’s American Museum of Natural History.

Now in its seventh year, CNN Heroes has received over 50,000 submissions from more than 100 countries and profiled over 200 heroes doing extraordinary work. For more information about the Top 10 CNN Heroes, links to their organizations, highlights from previous years visit:

Topics: CNN • CNN Heroes
Celebrity Lineup Announced for 2013 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute
November 7th, 2013
12:06 PM ET

Celebrity Lineup Announced for 2013 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute


CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute airs Sunday, Dec. 1 at 8pm EST
Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, Allison Williams, Jason Biggs, Jeffrey Wright, Jim Gaffigan, Josh Lucas,  Ne-Yo, with Musical Performances By Daughtry and Sara Bareilles

Anderson Cooper Hosts From The American Museum Of Natural History In New York

LIVE with Kelly and Michael hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, star of HBO’s Girls Allison Williams, star of Orange Is The New Black Jason Biggs, and Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright join CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, hosted by Anderson Cooper airing Sunday December 1 at 8pm, ET.

This year’s celebrity presenters also include comedian Jim Gaffigan, actor Josh Lucas, and three-time Grammy Award-winning musician Ne-Yo. Grammy-nominated Daughtry and Grammy-nominated Sara Bareilles will be the musical guests. Sure to be two powerful performances, Daughtry will perform a medley of his hit “Home” and of his brand-new single “Waiting for Superman” in honor of American troops returning home. Sara Bareilles will perform her inspiring hit single “Brave.” Adding some laughs to the evening, comedian Jim Gaffigan will perform a short stand-up set. FULL POST

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