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#1 excel99

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:45 PM

Had previously been speculated, but probably worth it's own thread now it is official
http://cnnpressroom....n-of-cnn-films/

CNN, the worldwide leader in news, today announced the creation of CNN Films to secure feature-length documentaries for air on CNN and CNN International, alongside theatrical distribution. The move is part of a wider strategy to acquire original non-fiction content to complement CNN’s award-winning news programs; it was announced by CNN Worldwide Managing Editor Mark Whitaker.

“Girl Rising,” the first documentary acquired by CNN Films, will air in spring 2013. The film, which inspired a global action campaign to promote girls’ education called 10×10, tells the extraordinary stories of several girls from around the globe, fighting to overcome impossible odds to realize their dreams. The film includes voice performances by Academy Award Winner Meryl Streep, Academy Award Nominee Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, and Selena Gomez. “Girl Rising” is directed by Academy Award Nominee Richard E. Robbins (“Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience”) and executive produced by Tom Yellin and Holly Gordon of the Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen of Vulcan Productions.
CNN Films has also signed development deals with Academy Award Winning Director and Producer Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side,” “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” and “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer”) and Director Andrew Rossi (“Page One: Inside the New York Times”). Both will develop original documentaries to air on CNN.
“CNN Films will bring distinguished, thought-provoking documentary programming to our global audiences on all our television, online and mobile platforms,” said Whitaker. “We want these documentaries to tell compelling stories and stimulate important discussions across CNN’s other programs and websites.”
The original feature-length documentaries will examine an array of political, social, and economic subject matters. The films will premiere in primetime and will re-air in order to increase exposure. Surrounding the premiere of each documentary, acclaimed CNN programs will run dedicated programming that sheds light on the topics and issues discussed in each film. In-depth interviews, expert commentary, roundtable discussions, debates, and behind-the-scenes footage will be featured across all of CNN’s broadcast and online platforms.
Amy Entelis, senior vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, and Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide, will oversee the acquisition strategy of documentaries under the CNN Films banner. Malhotra will manage the day-to-day operation of CNN Films, and work directly with filmmakers to develop original projects.
CNN Films also plans to bring the documentaries beyond the small screen by developing strategic partnerships to leverage distribution opportunities at film festivals and in theaters.
To learn more about “Girl Rising” and to view the trailer, please visit: http://10x10act.org/...ing-girl-rising.

Have to say the debut film looks quite interesting, but my concern would be CNN moving more away from the daily news cycle, particularly at weekends. I hope these films are carefully scheduled, and not over-repeated

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 08:49 PM

Reality shows, cooking shows, films... Maybe Piers could get another talent show, he's good at it... I don't know... Let's spend some more money on anything but the news! The news - who cares about it these days? Films... Now that could generate some buzzzzzz. You know, Academy Awards, Meryl Streep, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber... Gosh, if only this damn channel's name wasn't CNN! I heard some people in Uganda, Norway and Indonesia actually still know what the damn abbreviation stands for... Gotta figure out how to deal with that... Well, I guess we can afford a couple of offices on a few continents for the next few years. Correspondents? Ah, let them do their thing till their contracts expire, but they gotta be clear what the priorities are. We'll send some of our sales guys overseas to explain what we do now, some of them already have experience dealing with Bahrain, Kazakhstan and others, so it shouldn't be difficult. I promise you, in five years from now, we'll be earning tons of money and no one will remember this 24-hr news channel concept. The news... Everyone can get it anywhere in no time. It's becoming a waste of money for us. Let's move on to something that pays off... Films... A great idea to start with!

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 05:41 AM

Aren't the CNN execs always referring to the CNN brand? Well the CNN brand is news.
It's ironic that they begin this announcement with "the worldwide leader in news," since they haven't even taken the time to improve their news content and dying primetime lineup before jumping into their latest entertainment scheme. It seems they've just given up on news. And now the already (especially daytime) lightweight newscast are going to be bogged down with movie/documentary discussions?

GMA has proven that a once dominant morning program can be taken down. MSNBC is on a heck of a run; they've gone from fighting for second place to a real competitive threat to FOX. But obvious the execs at CNN prefer to sink their profits into movies as opposed to improving their newsgathering operation.

And in regards to the films listed in the announcement, there's not a one that peaks my interest.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 02:51 AM

Newser, right on brother!!!


I also worry about the amount of cross-promotion that CNN will attempt to do during their regular news programming. That is also my concern about Anthony Bourdain's show - will they hype these new programs instead of covering news? Haven't they found enough ways to avoid doing the news?

One thing I noticed - the executive producer of "Girl Rising" is Thomas Yellin, is he any relation to Jessica Yellin?? Just curious, it is not a common last name of which I am aware.

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Posted 26 November 2014 - 12:29 AM

DINOSAUR 13: Found and Lost – Who Owns the T. rex, ‘Sue?’

 

Following Successful Festival Exhibition, DINOSAUR 13 Debuts as CNN Films Broadcast on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm ET

 

When paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from South Dakota’s Black Hills Institute made one of the world’s greatest dinosaur discoveries in 1990, they knew it was the discovery of a lifetime — the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found. The dinosaur quickly became known to the world as ‘Sue,’ named after amateur paleontologist, Susan Hendrickson, who located the first fossil fragments of the historic find.

 

DINOSAUR 13 was the first film deal closed at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it also premiered. The film then was exhibited at festivals and in theaters throughout the country by Lionsgate. DINOSAUR 13 will make its global television premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern.

 

“We are honored to be sharing this amazing story of scientific discovery with CNN’s audience. CNN Films’ multiple platform approach is the perfect fit for this story – and the type of films we plan to produce,” said award-winning filmmaker Todd Miller.

 

Larson recalls the exhilaration of the find, and of toiling in more than 100°F to recover the skeleton before it could be damaged by weather, oxidation, and other forces of erosion: “We all wanted to see what the skeleton was going to look like,” Larson says in the film.

 

“It was – it still is today – the most exciting, the most wonderful excavation – the most incredible thing we have ever done,” his brother, Neal Larson echoes.

 

Through interviews with the principal players in the story that unfolds, Miller portrays what happened next. Shortly after the excavation, a ten-year battle ensued with the U.S. government, powerful museums, Native American communities, and competing paleontologists over the legal custody of Sue.

 

Academic paleontologists were outraged that a historic find would be planned for exhibition at a commercial facility (the Black Hills Institute), Native American communities filed complaints that the find was improperly removed from land that belonged to them. And, in an unusual argument, the federal government requested nullification of the sale of the prospect rights for the fossil by the landowner, who now also argued that he had never intended to sell Sue to Larson.

 

In the government’s view, the fossil had become land, making it inappropriate to transport, attempt to auction, or purchase Sue without legal standing. Larson and his crew soon found themselves fighting for their own freedom.

 

DINOSAUR 13 will be available in simulcast via CNNgo by logging in with a TV provider username and password on CNN’s iPad app or at www.CNN.com/go. The film will encore on CNN on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern.

 

The next CNN Films broadcast premiere will be LIFE ITSELF, a biographical profile of renowned film critic Roger Ebert.

 

For more information about DINOSAUR 13, please visit www.cnn.com/dinosaur13.

 

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 08:03 AM

Morton Downey, Jr. Comes to CNN in August
TV premiere of EVOCATEUR: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie set for Thursday, Aug. 13 at 9:00pm & 11:00pm Eastern
 
CNN Films has acquired the exclusive U.S. broadcast rights for EVOCATEUR: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie. The television premiere of the film is set for Thursday, Aug. 13 at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S., the network announced today. The CNN Films broadcast will be exclusively presented by Volkswagen.
 
“We are thrilled that CNN, television’s gold standard of political discourse, is taking a moment to reflect on one of the medium’s first and not-so-golden practitioners. Morton Downey, Jr. knew confrontation made good TV. His story, more relevant than ever, is of how far that can be taken,” said Daniel A. Miller, co-founder, Ironbound Films.
 
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“EVOCATEUR is a wonderful portrait of an influential, controversial, larger-than-life man. Morton Downey, Jr., left his mark on American television and set the tone – for better or worse – for much of the modern-day debates we see play out on television now,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide.
 
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The film first premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. The acquisition deal for EVOCATEUR: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie for CNN was negotiated by Dori Begley, senior vice president of acquisitions on behalf of Magnolia Pictures; and Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions, and Stacey Wolf, vice president of business affairs, on behalf of CNN. Josh Braun and colleagues David Koh and Dan Braun of Submarine negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers for the acquisition.
 
EVOCATEUR will be available in simulcast via CNN’s iPad app or www.CNN.com/go. The film will encore on CNN on Aug. 13 at 11:00pm, and on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 8:00pm and 10:00pm. All times Eastern.

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