High Profits Will Follow Two of America’s Marijuana Moguls as they Seek to Build a Franchise Empire
Continuing to build upon its successful original programming line-up, CNN today announced a new Original Series set to launch in 2015. High Profits joins Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, This is Life with Lisa Ling, Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe, The Hunt with John Walsh, and others as part of CNN’s acquired series programming.
In the newest CNN Original Series High Profits, viewers will meet Brian Rogers and Caitlin McGuire: two business-minded, dream seeking, relentless visionaries with a plan unlike any other – to franchise marijuana. The eight-part series, produced by Bat Bridge Entertainment, will grant exclusive access to the couple poised to be the first ever “moguls of marijuana.”
Like the oil tycoons and dot-com magnates that have come before them, the owners of Breckenridge Cannabis Club (BCC) are at the forefront of a new industry that’s prime for an abundance of wealth and opportunity. FULL POST
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
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
WORLDWIDE VOTING FOR “CNN HERO OF THE YEAR” BEGINS TODAY ON CNNHEROES.COM
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
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.
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’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