03:33 PM ET, October 6th, 2014

“ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME” kicks off Sunday, October 12th, with a two-hour primetime special airing Tuesday, October 21st at 9 pm ET Storytelling is at the core of what CNN does, and in a week-long series beginning Sunday, October 12th, thirteen of the network’s prominent hosts and anchors set out on a journey to find […] Full Post

October 14th, 2014
11:14 AM ET

Before he was ‘King James’ … MORE THAN A GAME to air on CNN/U.S.


LeBron James documentary airs on CNN/U.S.

Friday, Oct. 24 at 10:00pm ET

Before Cleveland Cavalier fans knew him as ‘King James,’ LeBron James was a member of an elite band of young basketball phenoms known collectively as the ‘Fab Four.’  Together, Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce III, Willie McGhee, and LeBron James were the Shooting Stars – a traveling youth basketball team that began in an Akron, Ohio, Salvation Army gymnasium.

CNN Films Presents: MORE THAN A GAME will air Friday, Oct. 24 at 10:00pm ET and PT on CNN/U.S., just prior to the start of the 2014 – 2015 regular season for the Cleveland Cavaliers.  LeBron James returns to the Cavaliers for his very first regular season home game for his former team on Thursday, Oct. 30 against the New York Knicks.

It all began less than an hour’s drive from Cleveland, ‘in a little gym with a linoleum floor on Maple Street…,’ reminds Dru Joyce II, the father of one of the young men.  Joyce became coach, mentor, and father figure to the four – and later five – legendary team mates, testing their mettle on the court and, off the court, molding them into men. FULL POST

October 6th, 2014
12:25 PM ET


As we head into the final stretch of the election season, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper will showcase the network’s America’s Choice 2014 coverage as they moderate debates for two of the nation’s most hotly contested races.

CNN is partnering with local affiliates WJXT-TV in Florida for the gubernatorial showdown between Charlie Crist (D) and incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R). The network is also teaming up with the recently launched NH1 News / WBIN-TV in New Hampshire for the U.S. Senatorial debate between Scott Brown (R) and incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D).

During each broadcast, CNN will invite viewers to react to the candidates with an online focus group tool powered by Microsoft’s Bing Pulse. Following each debate, the online sentiment tracker will reveal independent, Democrat and Republican reaction, underlining highs and lows and which topics resonated most with viewers.

More debate details are below: FULL POST

October 2nd, 2014
08:54 AM ET

CNN Announces Top 10 Heroes of 2014



CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, Hosted By Anderson Cooper, Airs Sunday, December 7

Collaboration with the Annenberg Foundation will Continue to Provide Hands-On Support to the 2014 Top 10 Heroes

CNN, the worldwide leader in news, announced today the Top 10 Heroes of 2014, recognizing everyday people who are changing the world. The network also announced that online voting for the “CNN Hero of the Year” opened today, October 2nd, and will run through Sunday, November 16th, at midnight PT. Voters can log on to CNNHeroes.com to cast ballots for their favorite Top 10 Heroes once a day, every day. Social media users can also share their votes on Facebook and Twitter.

Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will air on Sunday, December 7th, at 8:00pm ET on CNN U.S., and will be simulcast on CNN International and CNN en Español. Hosted by Anderson Cooper, and returning to the iconic American Museum of Natural History in New York City, CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will honor individuals who are making extraordinary contributions to help improve the lives of others.  Since its inception, CNN Heroes has received tens of thousands of submissions from more than 100 countries and profiled over 200heroes.

“It has been CNN’s great honor for the past eight years to shine a spotlight on these remarkable individuals who are making a difference in their communities and the world,” said Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide. “We are proud to provide a platform for these heroes to share their stories and their important work with our global audiences.”  FULL POST

September 30th, 2014
10:50 PM ET

CNN Wins Two News And Documentary Emmy Awards

35th News and Documentary Emmys

35th Annual News and Documentary Emmys

CNN Worldwide has won two awards at tonight’s 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. CNN’s Emmy Awards include:


Outstanding Video Journalism: News

Mark Phillips, CNN – Reporting from Afghanistan and the Philippines


Mark Phillips' work is testament to his ability to tell a story through his pictures, not just by observing from a distance but by becoming closely involved and bringing his empathy with each subject to the fore.  Philips' work is also defined by a deep respect and admiration for his subjects and their individual stories.  In close partnership with his reporter colleagues, he secures a level of trust that allows each story to evolve organically.


Outstanding Newscast or News Magazine in Spanish

CNN en Español, Panorama Mundial


Panorama Mundial is a showcase of CNN’s resources in Latin America, bringing the most relevant stories of the region to the audience through the story telling skills of anchor Patricia Janiot.  The news is presented in a variety of formats, including packages from reporters in the field who live the stories themselves; live shots from bureaus to deliver the very latest news; and dynamic segments to illustrate with graphics the events that affect daily life.


In addition to these two News and Documentary Emmy Awards, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown won Outstanding Informational Series for the second consecutive year in the 2014 Primetime and Creative Arts Emmy Awards.


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TERROR AT THE MALL airs on CNN Friday, Sept. 26
September 16th, 2014
04:37 PM ET

TERROR AT THE MALL airs on CNN Friday, Sept. 26

HBO Documentary Film’s chilling inside look at the 49-hour siege of Kenya’s Westgate Mall comes to CNN

One year after the world was shocked by a brazen attack upon the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, CNN/U.S. broadcasts the acclaimed HBO Documentary Film, TERROR AT THE MALL, on Friday, Sept. 26 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm. All times Eastern.

Sometime shortly after noon on Sept. 21, 2013, Al-Shabaab, an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group from Somalia, attacked Westgate Mall in neighboring Kenya. The chilling story of the 49 harrowing hours that followed is told from the vantage point of witnesses and rescuers to the attack, film from more than 100 security cameras revealing hours of previously unaired surveillance video, and photos from survivors taken during the attack.

“That Saturday was really a normal Saturday, like any other Saturday,” recalls survivor Amber Prior, who was at the mall with her six-year-old daughter and four-year-old son. FULL POST

CNN Ranks #2 In Cable News In August
September 3rd, 2014
03:22 PM ET

CNN Ranks #2 In Cable News In August


CNN Jumps +77% in Primetime and +43% in Total Day vs. Last Year 

New Day Beats MSNBC’s Morning Joe Four out of the Past Six Months; AC 360/CNN Programming tops MSNBC at Both 8/9pm 

MSNBC Slips to 4th in Total Day; Rachel Maddow has Second Worst Month Ever 

CNN’s Original Series and Weekend Programming Continue to Post Strong Ratings

 For the month of August, 2014:

  • CNN ranks #2 in Total Day among total viewers (505k vs. MSNBC’s 344k) and in the key demo 25-54 rating (154k vs. MSNBC’s 102k).
  • CNN ranks #2 in M-Su Primetime among total viewers (639k vs. MSNBC’s 576k) and in the demo 25-54 (218k vs. MSNBC’s 154k).
  • CNN ranks #2 in M-F Primetime in the demo 25-54 (237k vs. MSNBC’s 158k).
  • CNN ranks #2 in Dayside (9a-4p), posting a 130% advantage over MSNBC in total viewers (580k vs. MSNBC’s 252k) and 161% more in the demo (146k vs MSNBC’s 56k).
  • CNN ranks #1 in Weekend Primetime, topping both Fox and MSNBC in the key demo (170k vs. Fox’s 144k vs. MSNBC’s 143k).

CNN topped MSNBC for the second straight month and for the fourth time in the last six months in Total Day among total viewers and 25-54.  In M-F Primetime, CNN easily topped MSNBC posting a 50% advantage in the key demo (237k vs. MSNBC’s 158k). (In M-F primetime, CNN had 682k and MSNBC 683k among P2+.) For the first time in over a year (since July, 2013), CNN moved past MNSBC in total day and M-Su prime in both total viewers and the demo 25-54. Year-to-date CNN ranks ahead of MSNBC in total day in both total viewers and the demo. FULL POST

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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.


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.


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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