August 16th, 2014
10:50 PM ET

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Wins Outstanding Info Series in Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Award Marks Second Consecutive Win for Series in Category

CNN’sphoto 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.

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August 13th, 2014
11:39 AM ET

Her new mission: retired U.S. Navy SEAL fights for transgender acceptance in new CNN Film

World television premiere of LADY VALOR: The Kristin Beck Story is Thursday, Sept. 4

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

July 29th, 2014
04:39 PM ET

CNN Is #2 in Cable News in July in Both Total Day and Primetime

New Day Tops MSNBC’s Morning Joe In Key Demo 25-54

MSNBC Slips to 4th in Total Day and to 3rd in Prime; Morning Joe is also 4th and Rachel Maddow has Second Worst Month Ever

CNN’s New Original Series The Hunt with John Walsh and The Sixties Continue to Score

For the month of July, 2014

  • CNN ranked #2 in Total Day among total viewers (404k vs. MSNBC’s 319k) and in the key demo 25-54 rating (125k vs. MSNBC’s 92k).
  • CNN ranked #2 in M-Su Primetime among 25-54 (166k vs. MSNBC’s 154k).
  • CNN ranked #2 in M-F Primetime in the key demo 25-54 (168k vs. MSNBC’s 149k).
  • CNN ranked #2 in Dayside (9a-4p), posting a 90% advantage over MSNBC in total viewers (446k vs. 235k) and 120% more in the demo (108k vs 49k). 

This month, MSNBC slipped to 4th place in Total Day (92k) and Dayside (49k) and to third in M-F prime (149k) and M-Su prime (154k) in the key demo 25-54.  MSNBC’s flagship program The Rachel Maddow Show posted its second lowest month ever in the demo rating (181k), the lowest ever was last month (178k).  MSNBC’s dayside performance represents the network’s second lowest monthly delivery since October, 1999.  Fox News ranked #3 this month in Weekend Prime posting 150k in the key demo 25-54.  All the cable news networks were down in total day this month vs. last year due to heightened viewing from the Zimmermann trial verdict among other stories. 

July, 2014 CNN show highlights include:

  • New Day topped 4th place MSNBC’s Morning Joe in the key demo 25-54 (93k vs. MSNBC’s 79k).
  • CNN Newsroom anchored by Carol Costello ranked #2 in both total viewers and the demo 25-54 at 9a/10a.  MSNBC’s Daily Rundown (9a) was 4th in the demo (60k).
  • At this Hour with Michaela and Berman ranked #2 in both total viewers (421k) and the demo (102k).  MSNBC’s News Nation placed 4th in the demo (50k).
  • Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield ranked #2 in both total viewers (481k) and the demo (111k).  MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Report was 4th in the demo (55k).
  • Wolf ranked #2 in both total viewers (459k) and in the demo (112k).  MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow Daily was 4th in the demo (43k).
  • CNN Newsroom anchored by Brooke Baldwin ranked #2 in both total viewers and the demo 25-54 at 2p/3p.  MSNBC’s Reid Report (42k) and The Cycle (46k) placed 4th in the demo.
  • The Lead with Jake Tapper ranked #2 in total viewers (493k) and the demo (112k).  MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner placed 4th in the demo (49k).
  • The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (5p) ranked #2 in total viewers (535k) and demo 25-54 (125k). MSNBC’s Ed Show placed 3rd in the demo with 71k.
  • CNN programming at 6p (Sit Room/Crossfire) ranked #2 in the demo and had a combined delivery with 133k.  MSNBC’s Politics Nation followed with 99k in the demo.
  • Erin Burnett Outfront ranked #2 in the demo (154k).  MSNBC’s Hardball trailed with 121k.
  • AC 360 ranked #2 in the key demo (170k) easily topping MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (130k).
  • CNN programming at 10p ranked #2 in the demo with 166k, outperforming MSNBC’s (Last Word/Crime Docs) 144k.
  • Smerconish ranked #2 in both total viewers (530k) and the demo (137k).  MSNBC’s Up w/ Kornacki was 4th in the demo (65k).
  • Inside Politics with John King ranked #2 in total viewers (407k) and in the demo 25-54 (120k).
  • State of the Union with Candy Crowley ranked #2 in total viewers and the demo 25-54 at both 9a and noon.
  • Fareed Zakaria GPS (10a) ranked #2 in both total viewers (520k) and key demo rating (141k) and ranked #1 in the demo (147k) at 1p.
  • Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter ranked #2 in both total viewers (405k) and 25-54 (117k). 

CNN Original Series have continued to score this month with strong ratings performances: 

The Hunt with John Walsh (launch to date 7/13/14-7/27/14)

  • CNN’s newest Original Series has delivered strong ratings so far this month.  Over its first three Sunday 9pm premieres, The Hunt is #1 in its time period in both total viewers and the demo 25-54.
  • The program averaged 917k among total viewers and 298k in the key demo easily ahead of Fox News (765k/133k) and MSNBC (340k/174k).
  • The show is up +65% among 25-54 vs. the prior to launch four Sundays and +67% for total viewers in the same time period.

The Sixties (launch to date 5/29/14-7/27/14)

  • Over its seven Thursday 9pm premieres, The Sixties is averaging 291k among 25-54 and 1,073k in total viewers.
  • The program ranks #2 among cable news in the time period in both 25-54 rating and total viewers, topping MSNBC (149k/768k).
  • The Sixties is ranking above the prior-to-launch Thursday time period average by +197% among 25-54 (98k) and +216% in total viewers (340k).

Middle-East/Malaysia Flight 17:

  • Since the Israel-Gaza conflict and the Malaysia Flight 17 story began on Thursday, July 17th, CNN has averaged 168k in total day and 224k in 8p-11p prime among 25-54.
  • CNN has posted the strongest growth in both dayparts of any cable news network versus the prior four weeks, increasing by +70% in total day (99k) and +53% in prime (146k) among 25-54.

 

Data is a blend of Nielsen Live+SD and the more inclusive Live+3 and final Live+7 data when available.

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July 16th, 2014
02:21 PM ET

THE WAR COMES HOME – A Soledad O’Brien Report Premieres Aug. 12 at 9:00pm on CNN/U.S.

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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.

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July 14th, 2014
03:37 PM ET

CNN Original Series "The Hunt with John Walsh" Captures #1 Spot & CNN's highest rated premiere episode

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The series premiere of CNN Original Series, "The Hunt with John Walsh" is 
best premiere episode ever; ranks #1 in Total Viewers (989k) and P25-54 (330k) among all cable news networks 

  • "The Hunt" is the best premiere episode ever for a CNN Original Series in P25-54 (330k).
  • "The Hunt with John Walsh"captured 989k Total Viewers and 330k P25-54 (Sunday, July 13, 9-10 p.m. ET/PT), ranking #1 among all cable news networks;
  • "The Hunt" beat FNC by +21% (815k) and MSNBC by +174% (361k) in Total Viewers;
  • "The Hunt" outperformed FNC by +141% (137k) and MSNBC by +63% (203k) in P25-54;
  • vs. prior four Sundays, CNN grew 89% in P2+ and +96% in P25-54.

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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July 14th, 2014
09:30 AM ET

Alisyn Camerota Joins CNN as Anchor

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Veteran anchor and reporter Alisyn Camerota has joined CNN Worldwide as an anchor.  She begins today.  Camerota comes to CNN after 16 years at FOX News Channel, which she left in March.

“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

CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy Honored with Nine Combined Emmy Award Nominations
July 10th, 2014
11:00 AM ET

CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy Honored with Nine Combined Emmy Award Nominations

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.

CNN Original Series’ nominations include:

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

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CNN IS #2 IN CABLE NEWS FOR THE 2Q 2014
July 1st, 2014
02:07 PM ET

CNN IS #2 IN CABLE NEWS FOR THE 2Q 2014

MSNBC FALLS TO 4TH AND FOX NEWS IS POSTING LOWEST QUARTERLY PERFORMANCE SINCE 2001

CNN Original Series Post Strong Ratings Performance This Quarter

For the second quarter 2014:

• CNN ranked #2 in Total Day among total viewers (344k) and in the key demo 25-54 rating (106k).
• CNN ranked #2 in M-Su Primetime among 25-54 rating, tying with MSNBC. (163k vs. 163k).
• CNN ranked #2 in Dayside (9a-4p) in both total viewers (378k) and demo 25-54 rating (93k)
• CNN ranked #1 in Weekend Primetime in demo rating (189k) and #2 among total viewers (483k).

This quarter MSNBC slipped to #4 in total day (104k) and dayside (58k) in the key demo 25-54 rating. MSNBC’s dayside performance of 58k represents the network’s lowest quarterly delivery in nearly 11 years – since 3Q 2003 (54k). Fox News is down double-digits across all key dayparts among both total viewers and demo 25-54 rating this quarter. In M-F primetime, Fox News is posting its lowest performance in the key demo (326k) in over 12 years since 2Q 01 (163k).
Second quarter CNN show highlights include:

• Early Start with John Berman and Christine Romans ranked #2 in total viewers (189k).
• The Lead with Jake Tapper ranked #2 in total viewers (381k) and the demo (90k).
• AC 360 ranked #2 in the key demo (158k) easily topping MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (136k).
• Smerconish ranked #2 in total viewers (425k).
• Inside Politics with John King ranked #2 in total viewers (370k).
• State of the Union with Candy Crowley ranked #2 in total viewers (382k) at 9a and at noon in both total viewers (430k) and among the demo (99k).
• Fareed Zakaria GPS ranked #2 in both total viewers (456k) and key demo rating (117k).
• Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter ranked #2 in total viewers (375k) and among 25-54 (107k).

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July 1st, 2014
10:09 AM ET

New Summer Season of ‘DEATH ROW STORIES’ Bows Sunday, July 13

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

CNN, Georgia Tech To Launch First Ever Initiative To Explore Media's UAV Use In U.S. Airspace
June 23rd, 2014
12:30 PM ET

CNN, Georgia Tech To Launch First Ever Initiative To Explore Media's UAV Use In U.S. Airspace

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.


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