September 3rd, 2020

CNN to Broadcast ON THE TRAIL, an HBO Max / CNN Films Production, Labor Day Weekend

Documentary Explores Diverse Team of Female Journalists Amidst the Presidential Election of a Generation

As the American presidential campaign intensifies, CNN will broadcast ON THE TRAIL: INSIDE THE 2020 PRIMARIES, a documentary produced by CNN Films and HBO Max, at 9:00pm Eastern on Saturday, Sept. 5.

The mostly cinema verité documentary takes viewers along for the ride as a team of female political journalists juggle their demanding lives, while reporting for a presidential election poised to define a generation.  Beginning just days prior to the Iowa caucuses, and wrapping as America’s restless summer began, the film gives viewers a 360⁰ view to the work and lives of veteran correspondents and intrepid first-timers as they criss-crossed the country covering rallies, debates, civil rights demonstrations, and eventually the pandemic.  CNN’s Dana Bash, Kaitlan Collins, Jessica Dean, Daniella Diaz, Annie Grayer, Kyung Lah, MJ Lee, Abby Phillip, Arlette Saenz, and Jasmine Wright demonstrate what it takes to be a top political reporter in the arena

ON THE TRAIL: INSIDE THE 2020 PRIMARIES is an HBO Max original documentary produced by CNN Films and executive produced by Amy Entelis, Katie Hinman, Toby Oppenheimer, and Courtney Sexton.

About CNN Films

CNN Films produces and acquires documentary feature and short films for theatrical and festival exhibition and distribution across CNN’s multiple platforms.  Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees the strategy for CNN Films; Courtney Sexton, senior vice president for CNN Films, works day-to-day with filmmakers to oversee projects.  For more information about CNN Films, please visit and follow @CNNFilms via Twitter.  Recent acclaimed CNN Films include the Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning RBG, directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen; Emmy® Award-nominated LOVE, GILDA, directed by Lisa D’Apolito; the Emmy® Award-nominated Three Identical Strangers, directed by Tim Wardle; LINDA RONSTADT: The Sound of My Voice, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman; HALSTON, directed by Frédéric Tcheng; APOLLO 11 and APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition, both directed by Todd Douglas Miller; SCANDALOUS: The Untold Story of The National Enquirer, directed by Mark Landsman, and JOHN LEWIS: Good Trouble, directed by Dawn Porter, which will broadcast on CNN on Sept. 27.


About HBO Max

HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer offering, which debuted May 27, 2020. With 10,000 hours of curated premium content, HBO Max offers powerhouse programming for everyone in the home, bringing together HBO, a robust slate of new original series, key third-party licensed programs and movies, and fan favorites from WarnerMedia’s rich library including motion picture and TV series from Warner Bros., highlights from New Line, and catalog titles from DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more. Website: