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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Don Lemon on the Importance of 'Coming Out'


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Friday, December 27, 2013

Sunday Morning's Programming 12/29/13



SUNDAY, December 29, 2013

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM and NOON

Topic:   Year End Look at the Top Political Moments of 2013
Guest:  Donna Brazile, Democratic strategist, CNN political commentator
Guest:  Ana Navarro, CNN political commentator
Guest:  S.E. Cupp, co-host, CNN’s Crossfire
Guest:  Neera Tanden, president & CEO, Center for American Progress
  
Anchor: Candy Crowley

India at a Crossroads: A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special – Airs on CNN/U.S. 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM; Airs on CNN International: 7:00AM-8:00AM and 3:00PM-4:00PM.
  
CNN’s and TIME’s Fareed Zakaria travels to and across India for an insightful look at the nation’s complexities, challenges, and achievements.  Zakaria interviews leaders in business, politics, and Bollywood as India’s multicultural, multilingual, multi-religious society – also the world’s largest democratic electorate – prepares to vote in national elections in 2014.  Interviews include: actor and talk show host Aamir Khan; businessman Mukesh Ambani, the wealthiest man in India;actress and women’s rights activist Shabana Azmi; Member of Parliament, Jay Panda; tech entrepreneur Nandan Nilekani; and the chairman emeritus of India’s largest conglomerate, the Tata Group, Ratan Tata.  During the special broadcast, producers of the special will engage viewers using Twitter via the hashtag “#CrossroadsIndia”.

Anchor: Fareed Zakaria


RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE Sunday 11:00AM – NOON

Topic:   End-of-Year Look at the Media in 2013
Guest:  Rosie Gray, political reporter, Buzzfeed
Guest:  Christina Warren, senior tech analyst, Mashable
Guest:  Hunter Walker, national affairs reporter, Talking Points Memo
Guest:  David Folkenflik, media correspondent, NPR; author, Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires (2013)

Topic:   The Tradition of New Year’s Eve broadcasts from Times Square on Several TV Networks
Guest:  Ryan Seacrest, host, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”
Guest:  Anderson Cooper, host “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin”
Guest:  Kathy Griffin, host “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin”

Anchor:  Brian Stelter


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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013





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Friday, December 20, 2013

Sunday Morning's Programming 12/22/13



SUNDAY, December 22 2013

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM and NOON

Topic:   Budget Deal in Congress, the Future of Obamacare, the Chances of Passing Gun Legislation
Next Term, and Democratic Leadership in the Senate
Guest:  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)

Topic:   Reining in the NSA; Report from the Advisory Panel
Guest:  Peter Swire, senior fellow, Center for American Progress

Topic:   Future Caucus, Being a Millennial, and Making a Difference on Capitol Hill
Guest:  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Guest:  Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL)

Topic:   Politics
Guest:  Mark Halperin, senior political analyst, TIME Magazine, co-author, Double Down: Game Change
2012 (2013)
Guest:  Dan Balz, chief correspondent, The Washington Post, author, Collision 2012 (2013)
Guest:  Mark Leibovich, journalist, chief national correspondent, New York Times Magazine, author, This
Town (2013)
Guest:  Newt Gingrich, CNN “Crossfire” Co-host, author, Breakout (2013)

Anchor: Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Topic:   2013: the Highs and Lows of the Year That Was
Guest:  Zanny Minton Beddoes, economics editor, The Economist
Guest:  Ian Bremmer, PhD, president, Eurasia Group
Guest:  Anne-Marie Slaughter, D.Phil, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton
University,former Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department of State (Barack
Obama Administration)
Guest:  Bret Stephens, Global View columnist, The Wall Street Journal

Topic:   Britain’s Austerity vs. U.S. Stimulus Initiatives – Which Approach Was Correct?
Guest:  George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, United Kingdom

Topic:   Is the NSA Records Collection Constitutional?
Guest:  Adm. Dennis Blair, former Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Command

Topic:   Why Scholars are Boycotting Israel; Can Israel Make Peace?
Guest:  Ari Shavit, journalist, Haaretz; author of My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel 
            (2013)

Anchor: Fareed Zakaria


RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE Sunday 11:00AM – NOON

Topic:   Media Reaction to the Anti-Gay Remarks Made by “Duck Dynasty” Star in an Interview
Guest:  Matea Gold, reporter, The Washington Post
Guest:  Lola Ogunnaike, anchor, Arise TV
Guest:  Matt Lewis, contributor, The Daily Caller

Topic:   CBS’s “60 Minutes” Faces Backlash Again Over Its Story on the NSA, Why Has
the Legendary Show Gone Off Track? 
Guest:  Michael Calderone, senior media reporter, Huffington Post
Guest:  Ryan Lizza, CNN commentator, writer, the New Yorker
Guest:  Alicia Shepard, media reporter, former NPR Ombudsman

Topic:   News Organizations Continue to Push for Renewed Chinese Work Visas for American
Reporters; Lawmakers in the U.S. Request the Same for Chinese Reporters
Guest:  Jim Sciutto, CNN Chief National Security Correspondent, former Chief-of-Staff to the
U.S. Ambassador to China (Obama Administration)
Guest:  Michael Calderone, senior media reporter, Huffington Post
Guest:  Emily Parker, writer, The New Republic

Topic:   Politico’s Re-Launch of “Capital New York” as a Revitalized News Source for New York
Guest:  Jim VandeHei, President, CEO, Politico and Capital New York

Anchor:  Brian Stelter



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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Jay Leno and Jeff Zucker Together Again at CNN?

Rumors have been popping up all over the place that CNN could be Jay Leno's new home once his contract expires at NBC.  Here's a little reading if you're interested:

The Wire
Hollywood Reporter
Huffington Post
Mediaite

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

CNN's Film Presents....



CNN Announces New Strand for Acquired Documentary Films
March of the Penguins, The Imposter to broadcast on CNN/U.S. in 2014
CNN is creating another destination for extraordinary acquired documentary films in a new brand, “CNN Films Presents,” it was announced today. 
CNN Films Presents will be a sister brand to “CNN Films,” which was launched in October 2012, and is the network’s brand for acquired or commissioned documentary features, following their exhibitions in theaters.  All CNN Films Presents broadcasts will be acquired films.  And, the new brand will also be distinguished from CNN Films in that its documentaries will have broadcast windows that are not first-on-television premieres.
The first CNN Films Presents broadcast will be the French nature documentary, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, produced by Ilann Girard, directed by Luc Jacquet, and stirringly narrated by Academy award-winning actor, Morgan Freeman. Released in 2005, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS received the 2006 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the 2005 Best Documentary award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.  The film will air on CNN/U.S., beginning on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. 
THE IMPOSTER is a British-American co-production, and is the story of a Frenchman who impersonated a Texas child who went missing in 1994.  Produced by Dimitri Doganis and directed by Bart Layton, THE IMPOSTER will air on Thursday, Jan. 23, as the second CNN Films Presents broadcast.  THE IMPOSTER was honored as the 2012 Best Documentary by the British Independent Film Awards.
“CNN Films Presents is a curated series of exceptional documentary feature films from the past for a new audience to discover and for fans to enjoy again,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide, “We will revisit classics like MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, and more recent critically-acclaimed titles like THE IMPOSTER.”
CNN Films Presents films, like CNN Films, will be curated by Malhotra and Amy Entelis, senior vice president of talent and content development.


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Monday, December 16, 2013

Your Views on the News 12/16/13

Take a second out of your busy holiday preparations to give us your views or just kvetch about CNN or whatever else is on your mind.

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HLN Announces 3 Executive Hires





HLN ANNOUNCES KEY HIRES:  KEITH BROWN, SVP, PROGRAMMING; KARI KIM, VP, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT; ADRIENNE LOPEZ, DIRECTOR, SPECIAL PROJECTS

HLN executive vice president and general manager Albie Hecht today announced the hiring of the following key programming executives and their new roles: Keith Brown, senior vice president, programming; Kari Kim, vice president, program development; and Adrienne Lopez, director, special projects. All three newly appointed executives will be based in New York.

“Marrying the talented trio of Keith, Kari and Adrienne to the dynamic HLN team creates a powerful force that will no doubt catapult the network’s brand evolution and invigorate programming,” said Hecht.   
  
In his new role Brown, who reports to Hecht, will be responsible for overseeing all current daytime and primetime series, editorial, newsgathering and programming which encompasses scheduling, media planning, acquisitions and on-air talent.  

An executive with more than 20 years of industry experience, Brown most recently served as managing partner of the NY-based production company Perez-Brown Media Group, Inc. which produced two seasons of the critically acclaimed series, The Root 100 on Aspire TV, hosted by CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux.   Earlier, he was senior vice president of news and public affairs at BET Networks where he launched and executive produced more than 30 series and specials, and led BET News and Public Affairs as they earned more than 40 awards, including a national Emmy, NAACP Image Awards, and numerous NABJ Awards for Excellence in Journalism.  Previously, as vice president at Spike TV, he created the news and documentary department where he oversaw the development, production and acquisition of series and specials.  Brown started his career as a broadcast journalist, and was an on-air correspondent and producer for the PBS series Now with Bill Moyers, and a senior producer at NBC News for Dateline specials. As a producer at CBS News, he received a George Foster Peabody Award, a national Emmy and a Robert F. Kennedy Award as part of the producing team for the special In the Killing Fields of America.

Kim, a digital and television industry veteran, is charged with overseeing HLN’s new development department where she is responsible for the creation and supervision of original series and specials. Kim reports directly to Hecht. Prior to joining HLN, she was VP, production and development, Worldwide Biggies where she developed television and digital programming for outlets that include Nickelodeon, Spike TV, EPIX, Disney Interactive and BBC America. She executive produced  “Innerstar University” a virtual world for American Girl and the “Princess Bride Game.” In feature films, she has co-produced the Oscar nominated documentary War/Dance and the Oscar winning documentary short Inocente.  Kim began her career in the talent department at Saturday Night Live, later worked at MTV Networks, first at Nickelodeon in its Film and Television division, and later at sister network Spike TV at its launch. 

Lopez, reporting to Brown, will have oversight of bookings, talent relationships, and talent development projects, in collaboration with Kim.  She will also serve as a producer and production executive on special projects.  An attorney and executive with a long career in talent, development and production, the 23-year industry veteran is lauded for the creation of the Nickelodeon Writers Fellowship program, which cultivates minority writers for children’s television.  During her 12-year tenure at Nickelodeon, Lopez was vice president of talent and casting.



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