CNN Unveils Highlights of 2022-2023 Original Series & Films Programming





CNN Unveils Highlights of 2022-2023 Original Series & Films Programming
Highlights include a new installment in the Primetime Emmy Award nominated “Decades Series” with “The 2010s.”
[via press release from CNN]
CNN Unveils Highlights of 2022-2023 Original Series & Films Programming

Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico Finds New Home on The Network

CNN unveiled highlights of their new and returning premium nonfiction content for 2022 and 2023 as part of the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront presentation.

Chris Licht, chairman and chief executive officer of CNN Worldwide offered a sneak peek into CNN’s 2023 programming slate, announcing three new CNN Original Series, including the highly anticipated Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico, See it Loud (wt), and a new installment in the Primetime Emmy(R) Award nominated “Decades Series” with The 2010s. Adding to the brand’s successful portfolio of premium nonfiction content, winner of the 2021 Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Program, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, will continue its second season with new episodes this fall. Some upcoming 2022-2023 titles for CNN Original Series include:

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy - In the second season of this critically-acclaimed series, Academy Award(R) nominee and Emmy(R) Award-winning actor Stanley Tucci indulges his passion for Italian cooking as he explores the stories and people behind the world’s most popular cuisine.  Across four new episodes, Tucci brings us on his journey to the bustling food markets, delectable home cooking and hidden trattorias of the Italian peninsula in this deeply personal, witty, and warm odyssey of gastronomic delights.  Produced by RAW TV, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy season two continues this fall on CNN.

Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico  –  This exciting new CNN Original Series follows Longoria as she traverses Mexico exploring one of the most popular, and arguably misunderstood, global cuisines. Mexican food can be found in every corner of the world, but its origins tell the story of culture and people deeply connected to the land and spirit of their country.  From harvesting blue agave for tequila as the Aztecs once did, to slow cooking traditional mole sauce in Oaxaca, join Longoria as she journeys across the many vibrant regions of Mexico to reveal its unique and colorful cuisines. Produced by RAW TV, the film and television company behind the Emmy(R) Award winning Searching for Italy, Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico will debut exclusively on CNN.

See It Loud: The History of Black Television (wt)  –  See It Loud: The History of Black Television (wt) is a five-part docuseries celebrating the achievements of Black actors and creators, examining the historical impact Black culture has on all culture. Today, we are in the midst of what is widely been referred to as the “Golden Age of Black Television;” however, this “Golden Age” is the culmination of an eighty-year struggle for Black artists to find a voice and fight for representation.  The series explores the vast history of Black television through iconic performances across various genres including sitcoms, comedy, drama, unscripted, variety, and science fiction.  LeBron James and Maverick Carter will serve as executive producers with their empowerment-led media conglomerate The SpringHill Company. Showrunner Jodi Gomes will also executive produce alongside Jamal Henderson and Philip Byron with co-executive producer Courtney Whitaker.

The 2010s – From Emmy(R) Award-winning executive producers Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Mark Herzog comes a new installment of the highly successful “Decades” series, The 2010s. This new chapter in the beloved CNN Original Series will revisit the decade that gave us Instagram, President Barack Obama, marriage equality, Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and Trumpism and explore the cultural movements, political uprisings, and technological advances that shaped this era to remember.

CNN Films is developing premium documentaries with an extraordinary and diverse group of talented creatives, across varied subjects that will entertain and engage all film fans.  The brand is also collaborating with Warner Bros. Discovery brands, and other partners, for premieres on CNN’s linear network.  Some of the upcoming 2022-2023 titles for CNN Films are:

Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down is directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West, who also directed the Academy(R) Award-nominated, Emmy(R) Award-winning RBG for CNN Films.  The film explores the life and mission of the former Arizona Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011.  The film profiles her remarkable recovery, and her marriage with Sen. Mark Kelly, as they navigate their new lives together in the wake of the assault.  Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down is produced by Storyville Films and Lisa Erspamer Entertainment for CNN Films and TIME Studios.  

Little Richard: I Am Everything (wt), directed by Lisa Cortés and produced by Bungalow Media + Entertainment, in association with Rolling Stone, is commissioned by CNN Films and HBO Max.  The biographical documentary takes viewers on the wild ride of the life of Richard Penniman (aka, Little Richard), an original architect of rock and roll.  Premiering on CNN in 2023.

An untitled documentary about the rise and fall of HQ Trivia, directed by Salima Koroma (Dreamland: The Burning of Black Wall Street) and produced by Left/Right, takes viewers on the rocket-like rise and sudden implosion of the once-ubiquitous mobile game show, HQ Trivia. The global viral sensation drew millions of daily users to its frenetically fun trivia challenges and attracted celebrity fans including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Neil Patrick Harris, Jimmy Kimmel, and Kelly Clarkson. The appeal of the promising phenomenon where correctly answering a series of 12 questions won the players cash prizes, quickly gave way to corporate clashes, jealousies, questionable leadership, and even a tragic death. The gameplay was simple and the concept clear, but like so many well-financed toppled tech start-ups before it, the antics behind the screens were rife with drama, destruction, and dysfunction – this is the story of the sh*tshow. Premiering on CNN in 2023.

About CNN Original Series

The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions, and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide. Lyle Gamm, senior vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series. Since 2012, the team has produced over 40 CNN Original Series, including Peabody Award winning and 13-time Emmy(R) Award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, five-time Emmy(R) Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, Emmy(R) Award-winning Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, and critically acclaimed series including This is Life with Lisa Ling, First Ladies, the “Decades” series, American Dynasties: The Kennedys, The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, The History of Comedy, Race for the White House, and many others. For more information about CNN Original Series, please follow @CNNOriginals via Twitter, and join Keep Watching, an exclusive, members-only community that enables fans to stay engaged with their favorite CNN Original Series & Films https://cnn.it/3qOXGNz.

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.  Acclaimed CNN Films include JULIA, the surprising biography of chef, television star, and author, Julia Child, from filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen, who previously directed the Academy Award(R)-nominated RBG, about the life and legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; CITIZEN ASHE, directed by Sam Pollard and Rex Miller, about tennis great and humanitarian Arthur Ashe; Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, executive produced with HBO Max, directed by Morgan Neville; DIONNE WARWICK: Don’t Make Me Over, about the singer and humanitarian, directed by Dave Wooley; and, The Last Movie Stars, about the lives and careers of actors and humanitarians Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, directed by Ethan Hawke.  For more information about CNN Films, please visit www.CNN.com/CNNFilms, follow @CNNFilms via Twitter, and join Keep Watching, an exclusive, members-only community that enables fans to stay engaged with their favorite CNN Original Series & Films https://cnn.it/3qTScB4.

About Warner Bros. Discovery 

Warner Bros. Discovery (NASDAQ: WBD) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates and distributes the world’s most differentiated and complete portfolio of content and brands across television, film, and streaming. Available in more than  220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Warner Bros. Discovery inspires, informs and entertains audiences worldwide through its iconic brands and products including: Discovery Channel, discovery+, CNN, DC, Eurosport, HBO, HBO Max, HGTV, Food Network, OWN, Investigation Discovery, TLC, Magnolia Network, TNT, TBS, truTV, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Television, WB Games, New Line Cinema, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies, Discovery en Español, Hogar de HGTV, and others. For more information, please visit www.wbd.com. 



CNN Releases First Look and Announces CNN Original Series “Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico”





CNN Releases First Look and Announces CNN Original Series “Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico” Will Debut Exclusively on CNN
Produced by Raw TV, the six-part series will premiere in 2023 on CNN.
[via press release from CNN]
CNN Releases First Look and Announces CNN Original Series “Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico” Will Debut Exclusively on CNN

CNN announced today at the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront presentation that the award-winning actress, producer, director, and activist Eva Longoria is coming to the cable network with her upcoming CNN Original Series Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico. Produced by RAW TV, the film and television company behind the Emmy(R) Award winning Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, the six-part series will premiere in 2023 on CNN.

“We just wrapped production on Searching for Mexico and I can’t wait for everyone to join us on what was the adventure of a lifetime,” said Eva Longoria. “CNN has always been a destination for exceptional programming and I’m so excited for everyone to join me in falling in love with the hidden gems we discovered in Mexico.”

Mexican food can be found in every corner of the world, but its origins tell the story of culture and people deeply connected to the land and spirit of their country. This new CNN Original Series follows Longoria as she traverses Mexico exploring one of the most popular, and arguably misunderstood, global cuisines. From harvesting blue agave for tequila as the Aztecs once did, to slow cooking traditional mole sauce in Oaxaca, join Longoria as she journeys across the many vibrant regions of Mexico to reveal its unique and colorful cuisines.

Executive Producers for Searching for Mexico are Eva Longoria, Ben Spector and Stanley Tucci with RAW’s Tom Barry, Eve Kay and Jess Orr. Amy Entelis, Lyle Gamm and Jon Adler are the Executive Producers for CNN Original Series.

About CNN Original Series

The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions, and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide. Lyle Gamm, senior vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series. Since 2012, the team has produced over 40 CNN Original Series, including Peabody Award winning and 13-time Emmy(R) Award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, five-time Emmy(R) Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, Emmy(R) Award-winning Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, and critically acclaimed series including This is Life with Lisa Ling, First Ladies, the “Decades” series, American Dynasties: The Kennedys, The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, The History of Comedy, Race for the White House, and many others. For more information about CNN Original Series, please follow @CNNOriginals via Twitter, and join Keep Watching, an exclusive, members-only community that enables fans to stay engaged with their favorite CNN Original Series & Films https://cnn.it/3qOXGNz.

About Warner Bros. Discovery 

Warner Bros. Discovery (NASDAQ: WBD) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates and distributes the world’s most differentiated and complete portfolio of content and brands across television, film, and streaming. Available in more than  220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Warner Bros. Discovery inspires, informs and entertains audiences worldwide through its iconic brands and products including: Discovery Channel, discovery+, CNN, DC, Eurosport, HBO, HBO Max, HGTV, Food Network, OWN, Investigation Discovery, TLC, Magnolia Network, TNT, TBS, truTV, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Television, WB Games, New Line Cinema, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies, Discovery en Español, Hogar de HGTV, and others. For more information, please visit www.wbd.com. 



Chris Wallace’s Show to Debut on HBO Max and CNN





Chris Wallace’s Show to Debut on HBO Max and CNN
Wallace will continue to serve as an anchor for CNN, joining the network in January 2022 after more than 50 award-winning years in broadcasting, including 18 years with Fox News, where he was?the anchor of?”FOX News Sunday.”
[via press release from CNN]
Chris Wallace’s Show to Debut on HBO Max and CNN

Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? Will Premiere on HBO Max This Fall; Interviews Will Be Featured on CNN Sunday Evenings

CNN announced today Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? will debut on HBO Max this fall with featured interviews also airing on CNN.

The first episodes of Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? on CNN+ featured interviews with CEOs and media moguls, Hollywood legends and newsmakers across politics, business, world affairs, sports and culture, setting a high bar for the in-depth conversations both HBO Max and CNN audience will now enjoy. Guests appearing throughout the show’s debut included former CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger, former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, author of the 1619 Project Nikole Hannah-Jones, actors Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, and many more.

“Part of the CNN brand is respectful, authentic and impactful interviews and one of the best interviewers in the business is Chris Wallace,” said Chris Licht, Chairman and CEO of CNN Worldwide. “Chris and his team developed an engaging and compelling program that we’re excited to bring to HBO Max and include in our CNN Sunday evening programming.”

Wallace will continue to serve as an anchor for CNN, joining the network in January 2022 after more than 50 award-winning years in broadcasting, including 18 years with Fox News, where he was the anchor of FOX News Sunday.

“Who’s Talking? is a rare show built for streaming that gives newsmakers the opportunity to have candid conversations and an open dialogue about the issues of the day and whatever is on their minds,” said Wallace. ”I’ve never had more fun developing a program and am looking forward to bringing it to both HBO Max and CNN audiences.”

Praised as an “equal opportunity inquisitor” by The Boston Globe and “an aggressive journalist,” “sharp edged” and “solid” by The Washington Post, Wallace has won every major broadcast news award for his reporting, including three Emmy Awards, the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, the Peabody Award and the Sol Taishoff Award for Broadcast Journalism, which was awarded to him by the National Press Foundation. Most recently, he was honored with the 2020 Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism and was named Mediaite’s 2020 Most Influential in News Media for his “clear-eyed reporting, analysis and commentary throughout the year.” Wallace also received the ICFJ Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism for “his unbiased, piercing approach to interviews.” In 2013, Wallace earned the Paul White Award for lifetime achievement and service to electronic journalism from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

Throughout his almost two decades at Fox, Wallace participated in coverage of every major political event and secured high-profile interviews with dignitaries and U.S leaders. Wallace was chosen by the Commission on Presidential Debates to moderate the first presidential debate of the 2020 election season. In 2016, Wallace became the first journalist from Fox to moderate a general election presidential debate, and in August 2015, Wallace co-moderated the first GOP presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle along with the network’s second and third debates.

Wallace is also the New York Times bestselling author of Countdown bin Laden: The Untold Story of the 247-Day Hunt to Bring the Mastermind of 9/11 to Justice and Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World.

Before joining Fox, Wallace worked at ABC News for 14 years where he served as the chief correspondent for Primetime Thursday and a substitute host for Nightline. Prior to ABC, Wallace was NBC’s chief White House correspondent and moderated Meet the Press, making him the only person to have hosted two Sunday talk shows. He also anchored the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News. Wallace began his career as a city hall reporter for the Boston Globe.

About CNN Worldwide

CNN Worldwide is the most honored brand in news, reaching more individuals on television and online than any other news organization in the United States. Globally, CNN International is the most widely distributed news channel. CNN Digital is the #1 online news destination, with more unique visitors and video viewers than any other news source. CNN’s award-winning portfolio also includes CNN Original Series, which develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. CNN Films produces, commissions and acquires documentary feature and short films for theatrical and festival exhibition, as well as for broadcast and other distribution across CNN’s multiple platforms. Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with over 1,000 local and international news organizations around the world. CNN is a division of Warner Bros. Discovery.

About HBO Max

HBO Max(TM) is a direct-to-consumer streaming platform from Warner Bros. Discovery, offering best in class quality entertainment. HBO Max delivers the greatest array of series, movies and specials for audiences of all ages from the iconic brands of HBO, Warner Bros., and DC, as well as Max Originals, blockbuster films, and beloved kids and family content. The platform launched in the United States in May 2020 and introduced a lower priced, advertising-supported tier in June 2021. HBO Max began its global rollout launching in markets across Latin America and the Caribbean last summer, followed by its first European launches in the Nordics and Spain in the fall. Currently available in 61 countries, there are plans for continued expansion of HBO Max in 2022.

About Warner Bros. Discovery

Warner Bros. Discovery (NASDAQ: WBD) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates and distributes the world’s most differentiated and complete portfolio of content and brands across television, film and streaming. Available in more than 220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Warner Bros. Discovery inspires, informs and entertains audiences worldwide through its iconic brands and products including: Discovery Channel, discovery+, CNN, DC, Eurosport, HBO, HBO Max, HGTV, Food Network, OWN, Investigation Discovery, TLC, Magnolia Network, TNT, TBS, truTV, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Television, Warner Bros. Games, New Line Cinema, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies, Discovery en Español, Hogar de HGTV and others. For more information, please visit www.wbd.com.



CNN Films to Premiere “Deliciously Big-Hearted” Julia Child Doc for TV on May 30





CNN Films to Premiere “Deliciously Big-Hearted” Julia Child Doc for TV on May 30
The documentary celebrates the life and career of chef, cookbook author, and television and cultural pioneer, Julia Child.
[via press release from CNN]
CNN Films to Premiere ‘Deliciously Big-Hearted’ Julia Child Doc for TV on May 30

Academy Award-nominated Filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West Stir Up A Profile Of The Chef, Cultural Ambassador, and Icon, Julia Child, for JULIA

From Imagine Documentaries and Executive Producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard

JULIA, from Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West (RBG), will premiere for television on CNN on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at 8:00pm and 10:00pm Eastern (5:00pm and 7:00pm Pacific), with limited commercial interruption. The documentary celebrates the life and career of chef, cookbook author, and television and cultural pioneer, Julia Child.

“Julia Child was an irresistible subject,” say filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen, “and not just because of her charismatic, joie-de-vivre personality, and crying-out-for-imitation voice. As a cookbook author and television chef, Julia had a profound impact on the way Americans think about food, about television, and about the possibilities for women.”

Sizzling with mouth-watering food cinematography, diced with never-before-seen archival film and photos, and interviews with those who knew her, the documentary captures the surprising, and quietly subversive, life of Julia Child. Born to a well-to-do, conservative California family, Julia McWilliams worked in advertising after graduating from Smith College, and later in support roles for the OSS intelligence agency during World War II. The film uses excerpts from the personal diaries of Julia McWilliams and Paul Child, to reveal their courtship and early marital adventures as they followed Paul’s foreign service assignments to Germany, Norway, and France, where she trained at the famed Le Cordon Bleu cooking school.

“Julia Child was a muse to so many of us who remember her hundreds of television appearances through the decades. We hope viewers will be delighted to discover – or rediscover – a woman who defied all expectations, pursued her passions, and soared in midlife, particularly in a field considered to be a mostly male bastion,” said Amy Entelis, executive vice president for talent and content development for CNN Worldwide who alongside Courtney Sexton, senior vice president for CNN Films, is an executive producer for JULIA.

The film explores Julia Child’s nearly ten year toil of testing recipes and exchanging notes with two friends who shared her love of French food. In 1961, the co-authors published the masterpiece, Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Knopf Doubleday), which has sold more than 2.5M copies to date. It was during the promotional tour for the book in the U.S., at the age of 50, that Julia Child landed her legendary television show, The French Chef, and her extraordinary career took flight.

JULIA is heralded as a:

“this terrific documentary is about Julia’s manifold loves… Her phenomenally full life fills the film to the brim.” ~ Joe Morgenstern, WSJ

“an invigorating new documentary looks back on Julia Child and her influence on how Americans cook and eat” ~ Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

“an affectionate and flavorful tribute” ~ Jake Coyle, AP

“deliciously big-hearted documentary” ~ Knopf Doubleday

The documentary features contemporary interviews with a constellation of those who loved Child, including José Andrés; Child’s niece, Phila Cousins; Ina Garten; Charlie Gibson; Jacques Pépin; Child’s nephew, Alex Prud’Homme; Cecile Richards; Marcus Samuelsson; and many more. Throughout JULIA, her family, colleagues, and admirers detail her vast, enduring influence upon American kitchens and culture. “She made it (cooking) look like it was fun,” enthuses Garten in the documentary.

JULIA is directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West, and produced by Holly Siegel and Imagine Documentaries’ Justin Wilkes and Sara Bernstein. The film is executive produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Michael Rosenberg; Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton of CNN Films; Oren Jacoby of Storyville Films; Alex Prud’homme; and Bob Spitz. JULIA is produced with the full cooperation of Julia Child’s friends, family, and The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. The world premiered of the film took place at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival, before its exhibition in theaters by Sony Pictures Classics.

During the May 30 premiere, JULIA, will stream live for subscribers on the CNN OTT app and via CNN.com and CNN mobile apps under “TV Channels.” The film will be available on demand via CNN.com, CNN apps, and cable operator platforms beginning Tuesday, May 31. While watching the film, viewers can comment and interact with other viewers across social media platforms by using the hashtag #JULIAmovie.

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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. Acclaimed CNN Films include JULIA, the surprising biography of chef, television star, and author, Julia Child, from filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen, who previously directed the Academy Award(R)-nominated RBG, about the life and legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; CITIZEN ASHE, directed by Sam Pollard and Rex Miller, about tennis great and humanitarian Arthur Ashe; Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, executive produced with HBO Max, directed by Morgan Neville; DIONNE WARWICK: Don’t Make Me Over, about the singer and humanitarian, directed by Dave Wooley; and, The Last Movie Stars, about the lives and careers of actors and humanitarians Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, directed by Ethan Hawke. For more information about CNN Films, please visit www.CNN.com/CNNFilms, follow @CNNFilms via Twitter, and join Keep Watching, an exclusive, members-only community for CNN Films & CNN Original Series https://cnn.it/3qTScB4.



CNN+ Will Shut Down at the End of April





CNN+ Will Shut Down at the End of April
CNN+ customers “will receive prorated refunds of subscription fees,” the company said.
[via press release from CNN]
https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/21/media/cnn-shutting-down/index.html

CNN+ will shut down at the end of April

By Oliver Darcy and Brian Stelter, CNN Business

Updated 5:34 PM ET, Thu April 21, 2022

New York (CNN Business)CNN+, the streaming service that was hyped as one of the most significant developments in the history of CNN, will shut down on April 30, just one month after it launched.

CNN+ customers “will receive prorated refunds of subscription fees,” the company said.

The decision was made by new management after CNN’s former parent company, WarnerMedia, merged with Discovery to form Warner Bros. Discovery earlier this month.

The prior management team’s vision for CNN+ runs counter to Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav’s plan to house all of the company’s brands under one streaming service. Some CNN+ programming may eventually live on through that service. Other programming will shift to CNN’s main television network.

“In a complex streaming market, consumers want simplicity and an all-in service which provides a better experience and more value than stand-alone offerings, and, for the company, a more sustainable business model to drive our future investments in great journalism and storytelling,” Discovery’s streaming boss J.B. Perrette said in a statement.

“We have very exciting opportunities ahead in the streaming space and CNN, one of the world’s premier reputational assets, will play an important role there,” Perrette added.

Perrette and incoming CNN CEO Chris Licht notified staffers of the decision in a meeting on Thursday afternoon. Licht bluntly told employees it was a “uniquely shitty situation.”

Hundreds of CNN+ staffers may lose their jobs. Licht said in an internal memo that “all CNN+ employees will continue to be paid and receive benefits for the next 90 days to explore opportunities at CNN, CNN Digital and elsewhere in the Warner Bros. Discovery family.”

Staffers who aren’t absorbed elsewhere in the company will receive a minimum of six months of severance, he added.

An agent for one CNN+ host, who was set to anchor a weekly show on the streaming service, described their client’s program at the network as facing an uncertain future. “It’s all TBD,” the person said.

But the agent added that the network has gone out of its way to make clear that it is committed to finding roles for CNN+ hosts.

Licht said in a town hall style meeting with staffers that “this was an incredibly successful launch” but simply incompatible with the newly merged company’s plans.

“It is not your fault that you had the rug pulled out from underneath you,” he said as he vowed to minimize the impacts to staff.

One CNN+ staffer at the town hall described the sentiment as “total and utter shock” that morphed into despair.

“At first people were really freaking out,” explained the person, who requested anonymity to candidly describe the situation. “And then, toward the end of the meeting, it just turned to sadness. Every team was just huddling with each other.”

During the town hall, Perrette expressed some frustration with the “prior leadership” of CNN, which was led by Jeff Zucker until February, and WarnerMedia, which was led by Jason Kilar until early April.

“Some of this was avoidable,” he said, but “prior leadership decided to just keep going” with the planned March launch of CNN+ despite the impending merger, he said.

The streaming service ended up launching just two weeks before the WarnerMedia-Discovery merger completed, much to the exasperation of Discovery leadership, which had a different strategy but could not legally communicate with CNN executives before the deal was official.

Warner Bros. Discovery has billions in debt, much of which is a result of the deal to combine the company, and executives are under pressure to find $3 billion in savings that Wall Street is expecting from them.

The executive vice president in charge of CNN+ and all of CNN’s digital businesses, Andrew Morse, who worked closely with Kilar and Zucker, will depart the company after a transition period.

In a note to employees, Morse described his nine years at CNN as an “incredible ride” and said, “As the company enters an exciting period of change, it’s clear that the vision the new leadership has for the future is different than the one we’ve had. That’s OK. That’s all part of change.”

Licht said in the town hall that he wanted Morse to stay, but respected the decision.

Alex MacCallum, the head of product and general manager of CNN+, will run CNN Digital and work with Licht “to determine a leadership strategy going forward,” the company said in a press release.

On Thursday afternoon, CNN+ employees housed on the 16th floor of Hudson Yards, the network’s New York headquarters, broke out whiskey and wine to commiserate.

The decision to shut down CNN+ just weeks after it launched marked a stunning end to the streaming news service. Executives had touted the application as the most significant launch since Ted Turner founded CNN in 1980.

CNN had poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the new streaming app and lured top talent from other networks for it, including Kasie Hunt from NBC and Chris Wallace from Fox News.

The streaming service featured hours of daily live programming and weekly shows.

That programming will continue to stream through the end of the month.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/21/media/cnn-shutting-down/index.html



CNN Films to Premiere Alexey Navalny Documentary for CNN and CNN+ on Sunday, April 24





CNN Films to Premiere Alexey Navalny Documentary for CNN and CNN+ on Sunday, April 24 – Fresh from North American Special Event Screenings
The film explores the attempted assassination of enigmatic Russian anti-corruption campaigner and former presidential candidate, Alexey Navalny.
[via press release from CNN]
CNN FILMS To Premiere Alexey Navalny Documentary For CNN And CNN+ On Sunday, April 24 – Fresh From North American Special Event Screenings

Daniel Roher Directs The Riveting NAVALNY; Film Unravels Stunning Assassination Plot, Allegedly Linked To The Kremlin, Against Former Russian Presidential Candidate

Fresh from its North American special event screenings with Warner Bros. Pictures and Fathom Events, the Daniel Roher-directed NAVALNY will premiere on CNN TV in North America, and via the CNN+ streaming service in the United States, beginning Sunday, April 24. The film explores the attempted assassination of enigmatic Russian anti-corruption campaigner and former presidential candidate, Alexey Navalny. The CNN TV broadcast will air at 9:00pm Eastern and will re-air at 11:00pm Eastern on April 24, presented with limited commercial interruption. NAVALNY will premiere on CNN+ at 9:00pm Eastern on April 24, with no commercials. NAVALNY, a Daniel Roher Film, is presented by CNN Films and HBO Max, in association with Fishbowl Films, RaeFilm Studios, and Cottage M.

In August of 2020, shocking social media video emerged of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, writhing in pain inside a commercial airplane as alarmed crew and fellow passengers tried to render aid. Roher takes viewers inside what happened behind the alarming global headlines that followed: heated arguments between Navalny’s wife and the initial local Russian hospital team over his care; Navalny’s eventual emergency medical evacuation to Germany; and, the remarkable German assertion that Navalny had been poisoned by a Russian government-linked nerve agent, Novichok.

Alexey Navalny, had long ago made powerful enemies in Russia, including Vladimir Putin himself. In a riveting account that unwinds like a real-life thriller, Roher methodically documents the careful research and analysis that unmasked the would-be killers, and why they sought to kill the man Putin apparently considers a serious threat to his power. Roher interweaves interviews with Navalny, Navalny’s family, and contemporaneous eyewitnesses to key events, with other records. The film follows the investigation into the assassination plot, and includes reporting from the investigative news organizations, Bellingcat and CNN.

“We are pleased to offer NAVALNY via CNN and CNN+, making this critical film widely available,” said Amy Entelis, executive vice president for talent and content development for CNN Worldwide. “Especially as Americans are looking to understand the broader context for the tragic events happening in Eastern Europe, we are able to offer NAVALNY to television and streaming audiences,” said Courtney Sexton, senior vice president for CNN Films. Both Entelis and Sexton are executive producers for NAVALNY.

Directed by Daniel Roher, NAVALNY is produced by Odessa Rae of RaeFilm Studios, Diane Becker and Melanie Miller of Fishbowl Films, and Shane Boris of Cottage M. Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton of CNN Films, and Maria Pevchikh of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, are executive producers of the documentary. The editorial team was led by Langdon Page and Maya Daisy Hawke. Christo Grozev is the executive director for Bellingcat, whose work is featured in the film. Prior to its theatrical exhibition, NAVALNY was honored with both the Audience Award in the U.S. Documentary competition, and the fan-selected Festival Favorite Award, following its ‘secret’ world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The film is currently screening in European and American film festivals, and exhibiting at theaters in Britain.

NAVALNY, will stream live for pay TV subscribers via CNN.com and CNN OTT and mobile apps under “TV Channels,” or CNNgo where available. The film will be available on demand for CNN+ subscribers, and for pay TV subscribers via CNN.com, CNN apps, and cable operator platforms. While watching the film, viewers can comment and interact with others across social media platforms by using the hashtag #NAVALNY.

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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. Acclaimed CNN Films include JULIA, the surprising biography of chef, television star, and author, Julia Child, from filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen, who previously directed the Academy Award(R)-nominated RBG, about the life and legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; CITIZEN ASHE, directed by Sam Pollard and Rex Miller, about tennis great and humanitarian Arthur Ashe; Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, executive produced with HBO Max, directed by Morgan Neville; and, DIONNE WARWICK: Don’t Make Me Over, about the singer and humanitarian, directed by Dave Wooley. For more information about CNN Films, please visit www.CNN.com/CNNFilms, follow @CNNFilms via Twitter, and join Keep Watching, an exclusive, members-only community for CNN Films & CNN Original Series https://cnn.it/3qTScB4.

About CNN+

CNN+ is CNN’s subscription streaming service that features new, live, on demand, and interactive programming that is separate and distinct from CNN, CNN International, HLN, and CNN en Español linear TV channels. With live, on demand and interactive programming, subscribers can stream a new content slate of shows for a fresh take on the day’s headlines, all while taking part in the conversation and diving deeper into the stories of our world. To learn more and subscribe, visit www.cnnplus.com.

About HBO Max

HBO Max(R) is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer platform, offering best in class quality entertainment. HBO Max features the greatest array of storytelling for all audiences from the iconic brands of HBO, Warner Bros., DC, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and much more. The streaming platform launched in the United States in May 2020 and introduced an advertising-supported subscription tier in June 2021. HBO Max recently began its global roll out launching in 39 markets across Latin America and the Caribbean, and will be followed by the replacement of HBO-branded streaming services in Europe later this year.



CNN Sets New May 1 Premiere Date for CNN Original Series “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy”





CNN Sets New May 1 Premiere Date for CNN Original Series “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” and “Nomad with Carlton McCoy”
Winner of 2021 Emmy Award for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Program, “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” will debut its sophomore season at 9:00/8:00c.
[via press release from CNN]
CNN Sets New May 1 Premiere Date for CNN Original Series “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” And “Nomad with Carlton McCoy”

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy Promo: https://bit.ly/3v1b9oR

Nomad with Carlton McCoy Promo: https://bit.ly/3NSh4oZ

NEW YORK, NY – (April 12, 2022) – CNN announced today an exciting travel programming block from CNN Original Series, launching Sunday, May 1. Winner of 2021 Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Program, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy will debut its sophomore season at 9pm ET. The highly anticipated series Nomad with Carlton McCoy will premiere at 10pm ET, only on CNN.

“Since its founding, CNN Original Series have transported us to many different corners of the world, and throughout the last decade, our viewers have demonstrated that they are always eager for a journey, especially when it involves food,” said Amy Entelis, EVP for Talent & Content Development, CNN Worldwide. “We are thrilled to continue our special relationship with the charming and multi-talented Stanley Tucci and we look forward to introducing the dynamic Carlton McCoy to the CNN audiences this spring.”

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy – Academy Award(R) nominee and Emmy(R) Award-winning actor Stanley Tucci indulges his passion for Italian cooking as he explores the stories and people behind the world’s most popular cuisine in the second season of the critically acclaimed Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy. Tucci, who is Italian on both sides, brings us on his journey to the bustling food markets, delectable home cooking and hidden trattorias of the Italian peninsula. From the hearty, traditional dishes in Umbria to the unique cuisine of Venice, to the this is a deeply personal, witty and warm odyssey of gastronomic delights.

This season, Tucci also visits Piedmont in northern Italy on his hunt for the elusive white truffle; and back in his adopted hometown of London, Tucci uncovers how Italian immigration has transformed the food scene.

Executive producers for Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy are Tom Barry, Eve Kay and Stanley Tucci for RAW; and Amy Entelis, Lyle Gamm, and Jon Adler for CNN Original Series.

Nomad with Carlton McCoy – Carlton McCoy is on a journey of discovery. Join the classically trained chef, master sommelier, and arbiter of cool on his quest to find the places where food, music, art, and culture collide. From the bustling streets of Seoul to the riverside towns along the Mississippi Delta, this six-part documentary series produced by Zero Point Zero Production chases what it means to be authentic, celebrating the similarities and differences across the world to illuminate the universal threads that connect us all. At times deeply personal, McCoy uncovers the wellspring of new ideas, talent, and creation that has formed in some of the world’s most well-known destinations, including, Ghana, Paris, Toronto, and his hometown of Washington D.C.

“I am excited to share the vibrant identities of countries and towns we think we all know; through food, beverage, music, and art, we were able to capture a dynamic snapshot of these culturally rich places,” said Carlton McCoy. “Given the state of the world, we hope Nomad provides some optimism that we can connect to one another in an authentic manner through these cultural pillars.”

Executive Producers for Nomad with Carlton McCoy are Chris Collins, Lydia Tenegalia, Jared Andrukanis, and Erik Osterholm for Zero Point Zero Production; and Amy Entelis, Lyle Gamm, and Jon Adler for CNN Original Series.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy and Nomad with Carlton McCoy will stream live for pay TV subscribers via the CNN app under “TV Channels.” The series will also be available On Demand the day after the broadcast premiere to pay TV subscribers via the CNN app and Cable Operator Platforms. Ahead of the broadcast premiere and beginning April 26, the “Mississippi’ episode of Nomad with Carlton McCoy will be available On Demand to pay TV subscribers via the CNN app and Cable Operator Platforms.

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About CNN Original Series

The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions, and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide. Lyle Gamm, senior vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series. Since 2012, the team has produced over 40 CNN Original Series, including the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Emmy Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, and critically acclaimed series including This is Life with Lisa Ling, First Ladies, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, the “Decades” series, American Dynasties: The Kennedys, The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, The History of Comedy, Race for the White House, and many others. For more information about CNN Original Series, please follow @CNNOriginals via Twitter, and join Keep Watching, our exclusive, members-only community that enables fans to stay engaged with their favorite CNN Original Series & Films https://cnn.it/3qOXGNz.



Discovery and AT&T Close WarnerMedia Transaction





Discovery and AT&T Close WarnerMedia Transaction
The combination creates a premier standalone global media and entertainment company, Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc., which will begin trading on the Nasdaq with the start of trading on Monday, April 11, under the new ticker symbol “WBD.”
[via press release from Discovery, Inc.]

Discovery and AT&T Close WarnerMedia Transaction

Combination of Discovery and WarnerMedia Creates Warner Bros. Discovery, Global Leader in Entertainment and Streaming

Warner Bros. Discovery to Begin Trading on the Nasdaq as “WBD” on Monday, April 11

NEW YORK and DALLAS, April 8, 2022 – Today Discovery, Inc. and AT&T Inc.* (NYSE:T) announced that they have closed their transaction to combine the WarnerMedia business with Discovery. The combination creates a premier standalone global media and entertainment company, Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc., which will begin trading on the Nasdaq with the start of trading on Monday, April 11, under the new ticker symbol “WBD.”

Warner Bros. Discovery will create and distribute the world’s most differentiated and complete portfolio of content, brands and franchises across television, film and streaming. The new company combines WarnerMedia’s premium entertainment, sports and news assets with Discovery’s leading non-fiction and international entertainment and sports businesses, including Discovery Channel, discovery+, Warner Bros. Entertainment, CNN, CNN+, DC, Eurosport, HBO, HBO Max, HGTV, Food Network, Investigation Discovery, TLC, TNT, TBS, truTV, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, New Line Cinema, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others.

“Today’s announcement marks an exciting milestone not just for Warner Bros. Discovery but for our shareholders, our distributors, our advertisers, our creative partners and, most importantly, consumers globally,” said David Zaslav, Warner Bros. Discovery chief executive officer. “With our collective assets and diversified business model, Warner Bros. Discovery offers the most differentiated and complete portfolio of content across film, television and streaming. We are confident that we can bring more choice to consumers around the globe while fostering creativity and creating value for shareholders. I can’t wait for both teams to come together to make Warner Bros. Discovery the best place for impactful storytelling.”

“We are at the dawn of a new age of connectivity, and today marks the beginning of a new era for AT&T,” said John Stankey, AT&T chief executive officer. “With the close of this transaction, we expect to invest at record levels in our growth areas of 5G and fiber, where we have strong momentum, while we work to become America’s best broadband company. At the same time, we’ll sharpen our focus on returns to shareholders. We expect to invest for growth, strengthen our balance sheet and reduce our debt, all while continuing to pay an attractive dividend that puts us among the top dividend paying stocks in America.

“In WarnerMedia, Discovery inherits a talented and innovative team and a dynamic growing and global company that is well positioned to lead the transformation that’s taking place across media and entertainment, direct-to-consumer distribution and technology. The combination of the two companies will strengthen WarnerMedia’s established and leading position in media and streaming. And our shareholders will now have a significant stake in Warner Bros. Discovery and its future successes. We look forward to seeing what the WBD team accomplishes with these industry-leading assets.”

Under terms of the agreement, which was structured as a Reverse Morris Trust transaction, at close AT&T received $40.4 billion in cash and WarnerMedia’s retention of certain debt. Additionally, shareholders of AT&T received 0.241917 shares of WBD for each share of AT&T common stock they held at close. As a result, AT&T shareholders received 1.7 billion shares of WBD, representing 71% of WBD shares on a fully diluted basis. Discovery’s existing shareholders own the remainder of the new company. In addition to their new shares of WBD common stock, AT&T shareholders continue to hold the same number of shares of AT&T common stock they held immediately prior to close.

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About Discovery

Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as discovery+, Food Network Kitchen and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Network, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.

About Warner Bros. Discovery

Warner Bros. Discovery (NASDAQ: WBD) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates and distributes the world’s most differentiated and complete portfolio of content and brands across television, film and streaming. Available in more than 220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Warner Bros. Discovery inspires, informs and entertains audiences worldwide through its iconic brands and products including: Discovery Channel, discovery+, CNN, CNN+, DC, Eurosport, HBO, HBO Max, HGTV, Food Network, Investigation Discovery, TLC, TNT, TBS, truTV, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others. For more information, please visit www.wbd.com.

About AT&T

We help more than 100 million U.S. families, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to our 5G wireless and multi-gig internet offerings today, we @ATT innovate to improve lives. For more information about AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), please visit us at about.att.com. Investors can learn more at investors.att.com. AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information is available at about.att.com. © 2022 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Information set forth in this communication, including any financial estimates and statements as to the expected timing, completion and effects of the transaction between AT&T, Magallanes, Inc. (“Spinco”), and Discovery constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These estimates and statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. Such estimates and statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the transaction, including future financial and operating results, the combined Spinco and Discovery company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, and other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the management of AT&T and Discovery and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties outside of our control. Among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those described in the forward-looking statements are the following: risks that the anticipated tax treatment of the transaction is not obtained; risks related to litigation brought in connection with the transaction; the risk that the integration of Discovery and Spinco being more difficult, time consuming or costly than expected; risks related to financial community and rating agency perceptions of each of AT&T and Discovery and its business, operations, financial condition and the industry in which it operates; risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the merger; failure to realize the benefits expected from the merger; effects of the announcement, pendency or completion of the merger on the ability of AT&T, Spinco or Discovery to retain customers and retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with their suppliers, and on their operating results and businesses generally; and risks related to the potential impact of general economic, political and market factors on the companies or the transaction. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may give rise to risks that are currently unknown or amplify the risks associated with the foregoing factors.

These risks, as well as other risks associated with the transaction, are more fully discussed in the proxy statement/prospectus included in the registration statement on Form S-4 filed by Discovery with the SEC in connection with the transaction, the registration statement on Form 10 filed by Spinco with the SEC in connection with the transaction and the information statement made available to AT&T’s shareholders in connection with the transaction. Discussions of additional risks and uncertainties are contained in AT&T’s and Discovery’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Neither AT&T nor Discovery is under any obligation, and each expressly disclaims any obligation, to update, alter, or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Persons reading this announcement are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date hereof.



“The Wonder List with Bill Weir” Journeys to CNN+ with an All-New Season On April 21





“The Wonder List with Bill Weir” Journeys to CNN+ with an All-New Season On April 21
Across four all-new episodes, CNN’s chief climate correspondent Bill Weir will uncover how modernization, warming climates, and tourism affect Earth’s natural wonders – and the extraordinary actions of individuals trying to save them.
[via press release from CNN]
“The Wonder List With Bill Weir” Journeys To CNN+ With An All-New Season On April 21

Season Four Ventures to Montana, Greenland, Charleston, and Hawaii

NEW YORK, NY – (April 7, 2022) – On the eve of Earth Day, the CNN Original Series The Wonder List with Bill Weir will return to a new home on CNN+, bringing viewers on the expedition of a lifetime to fascinating locations at a critical crossroads brought on by climate change. Across four all-new episodes debuting April 21, CNN’s chief climate correspondent Bill Weir will uncover how modernization, warming climates, and tourism affect Earth’s natural wonders – and the extraordinary actions of individuals trying to save them.

“For almost a decade, Bill has been CNN’s key voice on the climate crisis, and through his travels on The Wonder List, CNN viewers witness firsthand the consequences of global warming and the complexity of how to reverse these changes,” said Amy Entelis, EVP for Talent & Content Development, CNN Worldwide. “We are excited for Bill to bring his dynamic, personal and creative storytelling to CNN+ and for subscribers to explore the full The Wonder List library – and his travels to some of the most incredible destinations in the world – all in one place.”

In the fourth season of the acclaimed series, Weir voyages to Montana where developers, conservationists, cowboys, and Indigenous peoples are battling for territory and their livelihoods; to Greenland, where global warming is dramatically altering the landscape and opportunities of the world’s largest island; to Charleston, where surging seas and frequent floods batter one of America’s most storied cities and the critical reminders of its slave trade past; and Hawaii, where the balance to protect the island paradise with the economic need for tourism is more precarious than ever following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Each of my reporting trips brings more vivid evidence that our planet is rapidly careening further out of balance, but The Wonder List allows me to seek out the experts, innovators and everyday people fighting to protect our world – reminding us there’s so much worth saving and that their lessons are applicable to every corner of the planet,” said Bill Weir, CNN’s Chief Climate Correspondent. “I’m thrilled to bring the full catalog to CNN+ and continue honest and in-depth conversations about our climate crisis and the changing state of life of Earth.”

Executive producers for The Wonder List are Bill Weir, Conor Hanna, and Amy Entelis, Lyle Gamm, and Katie Hinman for CNN Original Series.

The entire library of The Wonder List with Bill Weir is available to stream now, giving CNN+ subscribers exclusive access to revisit seasons 1-3 ahead of the new season.

For more information about CNN+ and to subscribe visit CNNPlus.com.

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About CNN Original Series

The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions, and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide. Lyle Gamm, senior vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series. Since 2012, the team has produced over 40 CNN Original Series, including the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Emmy Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, and critically acclaimed series including This is Life with Lisa Ling, First Ladies, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, the “Decades” series, American Dynasties: The Kennedys, The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, The History of Comedy, Race for the White House, and many others. For more information about CNN Original Series, please follow @CNNOriginals via Twitter, and join Keep Watching, our exclusive, members-only community that enables fans to stay engaged with their favorite CNN Original Series & Films https://cnn.it/3qOXGNz.



CNN+ to Launch New FLASHDocs Unit with “Chicago vs. Jussie Smollett”





CNN+ to Launch New FLASHDocs Unit with “Chicago vs. Jussie Smollett”
This deep dive into the Jussie Smollett case will contribute to the new streaming service’s slate of original, on demand programming and will be available exclusively for CNN+ subscribers on Friday, April 1.
[via press release from CNN]
CNN+ To Launch New FLASHDocs Unit with Chicago vs. Jussie Smollett

New Documentary Will Be Available on Friday, April 1

NEW YORK, NY – (March 31, 2022) – CNN+ will be the home to the newly formed CNN+ FLASHDocs a new documentary unit exploring timely and topical pop culture stories. The group will release standalone documentaries powered by the unparalleled journalism and insight of CNN, bringing CNN+ subscribers close to the essential stories of our time. The first documentary to be produced under the CNN+ FLASHDocs banner will be Chicago vs. Jussie Smollett. This deep dive into the Jussie Smollett case will contribute to the new streaming service’s slate of original, on demand programming and will be available exclusively for CNN+ subscribers on Friday, April 1.

“We wanted a way for CNN+ to tackle the stories shaping pop culture while contextualizing them with fresh reporting and nuanced voices,” said Katie Hinman, Vice President of Program Development for CNN. “This dynamic team moves at the speed of CNN while retaining a thoughtful approach and a premium look and feel. Chicago vs. Jussie Smollett is a perfect example of what CNN+ subscribers can expect to see more of.”

Accused of staging a fake hate crime in Chicago and sentenced to five months behind bars for lying to the police, Jussie Smollett has become synonymous with a hoax that underscored the larger cacophony of racism, homophobia, and political fissures in America. But behind the former Empire star’s stranger-than-fiction saga is a rarely discussed character: the city of Chicago, which had been undergoing its own racial reckoning surrounding the 2014 murder of Laquan McDonald and subsequent coverup. The Smollett incident pulled Chicago – and its justice system – into a whirlwind of closed-door decisions, pointed fingers, and unanswered questions about crime, punishment, and revenge just as the distrust in law and order was rising to crescendo.

Chicago vs. Jussie Smollett features never-before-broadcast footage from the night of the alleged attack, as well as the interrogation-room confession by the Osundairo brothers that ultimately led to the charges against Smollett. The documentary also features in-depth interviews with key voices from all sides of the case, including Smollett’s brothers, JoJo and Jocqui Smollett; Eddie T. Johnson, former superintendent of the Chicago police department; Kim Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney; Dan Webb, special prosecutor; and Tamara Walker and Heather Widell, defense attorneys for Smollett.

“This film offers a provocative and nuanced perspective of a saga that for three years has dominated headlines like no other story,” said Eric Johnson, Executive Producer, Program Development for CNN. “Everyone knows something about this story, but our film explores how the frenzy surrounding Smollett exposed historic fault lines within Chicago’s politics, ultimately leading to infighting, media gamesmanship and the question of justice versus revenge.”

Eric Johnson serves as an Executive Producer and Emily Taguchi serves as Supervising Producer for Chicago vs. Jussie Smollett.

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About CNN+

CNN+ is a whole new experience from the most trusted name in news. With live, on-demand and interactive programming, subscribers can now stream a new content slate of shows for a fresh take on the day’s headlines, all while taking part in the conversation and diving deeper into the stories of our world. To learn more and subscribe visit www.cnnplus.com.