CNN Announces first CNN FIlm

CNN announced the creation of CNN Films…

First CNN Film, Richard Robbins’s “Girl Rising,” to air Spring 2013 on CNN, CNN International alongside Theatrical Release

Projects from Acclaimed Filmmakers Alex Gibney and Andrew Rossi

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:

21 Responses to “CNN Announces first CNN FIlm”

  1. Well, if no one watches your news, make movies. Novel solution.

  2. How long before this first film becomes a Turner Classic?

  3. ‘The Rise and Fall of Elliott Spitzer’ seems better-suited to late-night Cinemax.

  4. CNN is going to air documentaries made by other people. A. That’s not very interesting. B. Those are not CNN films.

  5. Don’t say that, I was looking forward to the epic DANCES WITH WOLF.

  6. ^Take a bow for that one.

    Just a small one now, it wasn’t that good.

  7. imnotblue Says:

    ^ I agree.

  8. ^ Kinda wish I’d thought of that one first!

  9. missy5537 Says:

    I’m gone for a few days, and there’s no more a daily “Free for all”? Anyway, O’Reilly is showing that picture of the little girl and Romney. True, it’s a stupid picture, but I doubt whether a lot of people saw it when it merely appeared in an AP story. But now that O’Reilly’s got it on his program, it’s probably been seem by 10,000 times as many people.

  10. I’m vaguely aware of the picture, and couldn’t possibly care less about its entry into the THEY’RE ALL OUT TO GET US MEDIA BIAS pantheon. Fortunately I’m watching a network which apparently feels the same way.

  11. That picture just looks silly and harmless to me. The one portraying Netanyahu as making a Nazi-salute, on the other hand, was a bit much, But, as Missy says, Fox gives it more attention than it would have otherwise gotten.

  12. That picture just looks silly and harmless to me. The one portraying Netanyahu as making a N@zi-salute, on the other hand, was a bit much, But, as Missy says, Fox gives it more attention than it would have otherwise gotten.

  13. FNC is all about the SHOCKING!…NEW!…DEVELOPMENT! I don’t know how their viewers tolerate being treated like idiots.

  14. Us morons just LOVE being treated like idiots.

  15. missy5537 Says:

    You mean WE morons, Larry!

  16. Thank you Missy.

  17. Taliban shot her yesterday.

  18. I’ll say it over here, just for grins. Is CNN covering these hearings at all? I should know, but I’ve given up. Shep has been on it for 25 minutes, and I’m sure there was much prior. At this particular moment, I really couldn’t give a good damn about Romney’s position on abortion.

  19. Of all the solutions available, MSNBC coms up with one way too stupid.

  20. I listened to the female CNN reporter before the hearings. She explained to Frederica Obamakisser that Intelligent State Dept is going to say they were just reporting all the intelligence they had as they got it, and the initial information was just not clear until a mortar was actually launched at Susan Rice. She then explained that Darryl Issa is likely to be mean and try to make the administration look bad (unfairly of course).

    See, what else could you possibly need to know.

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