CNN’s popular original series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown was honored with the award for Outstanding Informational Series, for the second consecutive year, during the 2014 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy presentation at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles earlier tonight.
The award was presented to Anthony Bourdain, executive producer/host; Christopher Collins, executive producer; Lydia Tenaglia, executive producer; Sandra Zweig, executive producer; Jared Andrukanis, producer, Nick Brigden, producer; Michael Steed, producer, Tom Vitale, producer.
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, which begins it’s fourth season on CNN this fall, follows the world-renowned chef, bestselling author and Peabody/multiple-Emmy award winning television personality as he travels across the globe to uncover little-known – and sometimes seemingly familiar – areas of the world, in a celebration of its diverse food and culture. The series is produced by Zero Point Zero Production with executive producers Chris Collins, Lydia Tenaglia and Sandra Zweig.
About Zero Point Zero Production Inc.:
Zero Point Zero Production, Inc. is an Emmy and Peabody Award winning television and digital production company founded in 2003 by Executive Producers Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, with partner and Managing Director Joe Caterini coming aboard in 2009. Since its inception, the company has produced hundreds of hours of television in over 100 countries around the world, including the critically acclaimed, award winning series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN) and The Mind of a Chef (PBS). In 2009 Zero Point Zero began an expansion into other content platforms including interactive entertainment and publishing. In 2012 they released Pat LaFrieda’s Big App for Meat, an interactive encyclopedia chosen as Apple’s “App of the Week” and then named Apple’s “Best APPS of 2012”. In 2013 ZPZ acquired The Food Republic website, one of the launch properties in a new ZPZ-owned digital publishing venture. ZPZ is currently in production on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown season 3 (CNN); The Hunt with John Walsh (CNN); City.Ballet season 2 (a co-production with Sarah Jessica Parker for AOL On Originals); The Mind of a Chef season 3 (PBS); the award winning series, MeatEater with Steven Rinella season 4 (Sportsman Channel); The Getaway season 2 (Esquire/NBC); and Phil Rosenthal, The Lucky Bastard (PBS).
About CNN Worldwide:
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.
Despite 20 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL, including 13 tours of combat service in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kristin Beck says that her struggles for acceptance and respect as a transgender American represent her most difficult mission. Beck is a highly-decorated veteran who once stood atop Saddam Hussein’s palace, trained in special tactical warfare, and served on SEAL Team 1, SEAL Team 5, and SEAL Team 6 as senior chief Christopher Beck of the U.S. Navy.
Executive produced by Herzog & Company (HCO) in association with Easy Day Media Group, LADY VALOR: The Kristin Beck Story, is produced by Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen and directed by Sandrine Orabona and Mark Herzog. The two-hour film will premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern.
In 2013, approximately 18 months after her retirement from active service, Beck was the first person to come out publicly as a transgender former Navy SEAL in an extended profile on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° – surprising friends, colleagues, and family. She also disclosed her identity on LinkedIn. While many around her have been supportive, some have expressed more bigotry than she ever expected.
“CNN Films is proud to have commissioned such a unique and important film. LADY VALOR is a powerful statement on our preconceived notions and prejudices of transgender Americans. Kristin Beck is a dynamic individual, whose outspoken voice allows us a deeper understanding of such an emotionally intense, personal transformation,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide. FULL POST
Moving new CNN Special Presentation Explores Hope for Vets Struggling with Post Traumatic Stress
Delon Beckett and Garrett Combs came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ready to resume the lives of promise they had left behind. For both veterans, within months of coming home, their relationships were crumbling, their children were frightened of their rages, and suicide became a choice they both thought could be a solution for their anguish. Then, a new program that treats post traumatic stress gave them hope. Produced by Soledad O'Brien’s Starfish Media Group in association with MediaStorm, THE WAR COMES HOME, follows the journeys of these two young men who came home from war, and their personal battles to recover from the effects of the wars that came home with them.
The one hour special, THE WAR COMES HOME, debuts Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 9:00pm and will encore at 12:00am, and on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 7:00pm. All times Eastern on CNN/U.S.
Hosted by John Walsh, a passionate victim’s rights activist and television personality, The Hunt exposes stories of ongoing domestic and international criminal investigations of fugitives, and is produced by the Peabody and Emmy award winning Zero Point Zero Production Inc (Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown).
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“I have been a fan of Alisyn’s for a very long time, and couldn’t be happier that she has agreed to come to CNN,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide. “She is not only a seasoned journalist with a great curiosity and passion for the news, but she has a presence on camera that I think is very hard to find. I can’t wait to have her on the air at CNN.”
Camerota will contribute to all programs across CNN. A permanent role will be announced in the coming months.
"From the moment Jeff Zucker shared his vision for innovative storytelling at CNN, I wanted to be part of it,” said Camerota. “I know the power of cable news and it's exciting to be going to the place that invented it and continues to be the standard bearer for stories of international import. I've always admired the fine work of the journalists at CNN and I'm honored to join their ranks." FULL POST
The highly-rated CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy received nine combined nominations in the 66th Primetime Emmy Award competition.
“We are extremely proud of the superb storytelling, highest-level production and singular voices of CNN’s Original Series. They’ve clearly connected with viewers and critics alike and we are honored that the Television Academy has recognized their work,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide.
Outstanding Informational Series or Special
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special
The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy
Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Tokyo and Punjab episodes
Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming
The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Tokyo episode
Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Punjab episode
Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Tokyo episode
Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Congo episode
Riveting series about capital murder cases returns Sundays at 10:00pm & 1:00am ET
Executive produced by Academy® Award-winner Alex Gibney of Jigsaw Productions, together with Academy® Award-winner Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions, the thought-provoking CNN Original Series DEATH ROW STORIES examining the justice delivered for those who face the ultimate criminal penalty will return for a summer season on Sunday, July 13 at 10:00pmET and 1:00amET. The first five episodes of the series successfully debuted in early March; the summer season will offer three new episodes on successive Sundays, to be followed by encores of the five spring season episodes.
Redford and Gibney released the following statement as the summer premiere approached: “We are pleased to return to CNN with original episodes of DEATH ROW STORIES. Since our original premiere in spring of 2014, the country has been confronted with questions about the true meaning of justice and punishment. Our hope and expectation is that these episodes, all dealing with cases yet to be resolved, will further the discussion about what is working, and what is not, within our justice system and the death penalty.” FULL POST
Beginning this summer, CNN and Georgia Institute of Technology will embark on a joint research initiative to better understand the opportunities unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) present for media organizations, and to explore the access and safety issues that need to be addressed as part of any new regulatory framework. The project team will be staffed by senior members of CNN’s newsgathering team and researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
The effort will evaluate the technology, personnel and safety needs to operate effectively in the national air space. CNN and Georgia Tech Research Institute plan to share their research data with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as it considers regulations that will allow for the safe and effective operation of UAVs by media outlets.