09:13 AM ET, February 12th, 2015

Two new CNN Original Series will premiere Sunday, March 1st with Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery (produced by Nutopia) airing at 9pm ET/PT, followed by the The Wonder List with Bill Weir at 10 pm ET/PT (produced by CNN). Loved and worshipped by billions, Jesus of Nazareth is, unquestionably, the most famous person of the last […] Full Post

Moonshots for the 21st Century: A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special now available exclusively via CNNgo
February 11th, 2015
04:12 PM ET

Moonshots for the 21st Century: A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special now available exclusively via CNNgo

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria explores inspiring futuristic endeavors in science and technology for a special edition of Fareed Zakaria GPS, Moonshots for the 21st Century, available now exclusively via CNNgo, the network’s TV Everywhere product that gives viewers control of their CNN experience.

This Fareed Zakaria GPS special takes a fascinating look at how harnessing the energy of nuclear fusion reactions may create a virtually limitless energy source, unlocking innovations in hypersonic flight, and revealing the power of the mind by mapping the brain.  Will astronauts reach Mars by the 2030s? Will it soon be possible to 3D-print human organs for life-saving transplants?  Zakaria guides viewers on a tour of how scientists may turn these technological pipe dreams into reality during an extraordinary hour of discoveries.

Guests include NASA Administrator Charles Bolden; the chief of the Bioficial Heart Division of the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute at the University of Louisville, Dr. Stuart Williams; from the energy development member nation organization ITER, U.S. head Ned Sauthoff and scientists Gunther Janeschitz and Mark Henderson; the chief engineer for the high speed systems division at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Robert Mercier; and theoretical physicist & futurist Dr. Michio Kaku.

Moonshots for the 21st Century: A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special is available to viewers now by logging in with a TV provider username and password on CNN’s iPad app or via www.CNN.com/go.

CNN Films to Launch Short Films Strand with THE 414s: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS
January 23rd, 2015
06:00 PM ET

CNN Films to Launch Short Films Strand with THE 414s: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS

Film Acquired as 2015 Sundance Film Festival opens, THE 414s: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS will debut as CNN FILMS short film series in partnership with CNN Digital Studios online

CNN Films announced today a new series of short films representing a collaboration between CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios. CNN Films makes the announcement concurrently with an acquisition of THE 414s which will have its World Premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, continuing the mission of bringing premium and distinct storytelling to CNN platforms, from some of the most talented voices in non-fiction filmmaking. These original short films directed by established and rising filmmakers will debut across CNN’s digital platforms, extending across CNN.com, CNN’s mobile properties including CNNgo, and CNN’s social footprint.

“This new venture into short-form documentary story-telling brings to fruition, our vision for a premium, multidimensional, film brand for CNN.  CNN Films premieres have the ability to capture audiences across theatrical, broadcast, and now digital spaces,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide. FULL POST

CNN App Makes Google’s Best Apps of 2014 List
December 2nd, 2014
02:49 PM ET

CNN App Makes Google’s Best Apps of 2014 List

Standing out among more than 700,000 available mobile apps for Android users, CNN was named to Google Play's Best Apps of 2014 List. Out of the 75 apps featured in 2014, CNN was one of just a few news applications recommended to users.

CNN's trusted mobile apps are available for download across devices, including:

Explore CNN's mobile platforms and customize your news viewing experience on CNNgo.


Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Tech • Digital • Mobile
September 24th, 2014
08:01 AM ET

CNN Digital Studios Presents Street Food with Roy Choi

Celebrity Chef Roy Choi takes a dive into the flavors, sounds and styles of Los Angeles in his new CNN web series – Street Food. Roy dips into the lives of cultural tastemakers to get their perspectives on how everyday trends and cultural movements are born. These are influencers who may work in and around Hollywood, but tackle life with a DIY, on-the-ground approach. Thus the title, Street Food.

The latest CNN Digital Studios production goes live on October 13 and debuts across CNN Digital (CNN.com, CNN Mobile Products, CNN Social), with all eight episodes premiering at once. Interview subjects include: Michelle Phan (YouTube sensation), Jon Favreau (filmmaker), Mike D. (Beastie Boy), Anthony Bourdain (traveler) and Sage Vaughn (artist).

This is the latest series from CNN Digital Studios, the premium digital content arm of CNN, and ahead of Dhani Jones’ Be a Champion due out in early 2015.

Take a sneak peek into the series on CNN.com, and exclusive early images of some of the episodes to come:

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Street Food with Roy Choi

Topics: CNN Digital • Digital • Digital Studios
Meet CNN's New Head of Social News
June 25th, 2014
11:06 AM ET

Meet CNN's New Head of Social News

Joining CNN from across the pond is the lovely and talented Samantha Barry – new senior director of social news.  She comes to our fair network from BBC World News where she's been working with both their TV and digital teams to make the most of their news coverage across social platforms.  Hailing from Ireland and currently living in London, "Sam" has worked in over 25 countries - from Iraq to Nigeria - as a media trainer for the U.S. State Department.  At CNN, she'll harness our massive social footprint and really turn up the heat on engagement.  In addition, Sam will be charged with reimagining and amplifying the power of CNN iReport.  She'll be based in New York and report to Meredith Artley, VP and Managing Editor, CNN Digital.

Rather than posting another boring press release, CNN PR decided to mix things up with ten questions to help get to know Samantha Barry.  Read on and join us in welcoming her to CNN: @samanthabarry.

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Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • Digital • iReport • Social Media
May 28th, 2014
12:59 PM ET

Digital video series “City of Tomorrow” highlights urban innovation

Cities all around the world are coming up with groundbreaking ways to combat issues plaguing their surroundings, such as crime, traffic and the excess of greenhouse gases. To highlight the innovation of these cities and offer a glimpse into futuristic solutions for others to adopt, CNN Digital launched an 8-week futuristic video series today called City of Tomorrow. The series includes videos, text, photos and other interactive features, and will conclude with a 30-minute CNN TV special airing on Saturday, July 19.

Some of the inventive ideas covered in City of Tomorrow include sophisticated CIA software used by Los Angeles police that wrangles huge amounts of data to fight crime; the “world’s greenest commercial building” in Seattle; and experimental cities in Japan and the Middle East that offer a peek into future lifestyles.

To find more about the series via social media, users can follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #CityofTomorrow and learn more on CNN's Facebook page.

Additionally, City of Tomorrow is the one of the first series to launch as part of CNN’s Digital Studios initiative, an internal production house that produces a series of original video franchises. Topic areas for digital studios include innovation and technology; entertainment; wellness and lifestyle and travel and adventure.  

Ed O'Keefe Joins CNN as VP of CNN Money and Politics
May 13th, 2014
08:14 AM ET

Ed O'Keefe Joins CNN as VP of CNN Money and Politics

Ed O'Keefe, former Editor-in-Chief of NowThis News, will join CNN as vice president of CNNMoney and Politics.  In this role, O’Keefe will oversee all digital content for the two beats and be responsible for the creation of cross-platform content.

"Ed is uniquely suited for this job. He specializes in mobile, social and video storytelling - critical areas of growth for Money and Politics," said Meredith Artley, VP and managing editor of CNN Digital. “Ed’s digital expertise, TV experience and progressive startup mentality will help light up these important verticals for CNN.”

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CNN Digital Posts Strongest Month Ever in March 2014
April 23rd, 2014
12:11 PM ET

CNN Digital Posts Strongest Month Ever in March 2014

Closes Gap with Yahoo!-ABC News to Only 1%

Video and Mobile Consumption Shatters Records 

Building off a busy news cycle, March 2014 marked the strongest month in history for CNN Digital Network.  Users flocked to CNN for its extensive coverage of the Malaysian airliner, the conflict in Ukraine, Academy Awards, Washington mudslide and other major news events.  The outcome was a staggering 2.8 B global page views, 1 mm global app page views, and 274 mm global video starts across platforms.  Users also consumed a record 1.6 billion global page views on CNN’s mobile products, adding to its seven-year history as the No. 1 source for mobile news.

(Sources: Adobe Reports & Analytics and Bango Analytics; March 1-March 31, 2014.) FULL POST

CNN Unveils “Watch CNNx”
April 10th, 2014
01:41 PM ET

CNN Unveils “Watch CNNx”

Next Gen TV Experience Launches for iPad

CNN announced today CNNx, a next-generation product that gives viewers unprecedented control over their TV news experience.  Through Watch CNNx users can access 24 hours of program rundowns and select on demand the segments they want to view.  In addition, the product pairs in real time the power of CNN’s TV Everywhere initiative and a wealth of complementary digital content.

“CNN has again redefined the way people consume news.  As the Internet has come crashing into the television, we’ve future-proofed CNN,” said SVP and GM CNN Digital KC Estenson.  “This product bolsters our relationships with TV partners, opens incredible new opportunities for advertisers and delivers consumers a truly innovative experience.”

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CNN hires Rachel Crane as newest digital correspondent
April 7th, 2014
12:03 PM ET

CNN hires Rachel Crane as newest digital correspondent

Starting today, Rachel Crane will join CNN as the network’s newest digital correspondent where she'll cover pop culture and innovation. In this role, she’ll be creating original video content related to her beat to run across CNN’s platforms. Crane comes to CNN from Bloomberg, where she was a technology and innovation correspondent who hosted and produced Bloomberg’s Brink, a show highlighting cutting-edge technology and new ideas.

Crane has been covering innovation for several years, interviewing SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, famed futurist and Google’s director of engineering Ray Kurzweil, and NASA’s William Gerstenmaier. She has also traveled to Abu Dhabi to report on the pre-planned sustainable city Masdar, tasted wine made by robots in California’s Napa Valley, covered the privatization of space at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and gone behind the bars of San Quentin Prison to see how the institution taught inmates to make mini satellites.

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