Joe Berlinger’s Whitey Bulger Docu Gets Magnolia Theatrical Release

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 12:38pm PDT
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whiteyMagnolia Pictures acquired U.S. theatrical, VOD and home entertainment rights to Whitey: The United States Of America V. James J Bulger, the Joe Berlinger-directed docu on notorious Irish gangster Whitey Bulger and the massive law enforcement corruption that allowed … Read More »

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Participant, Paramount Home Media Pact On CNN Education Docu ‘Ivory Tower’

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 11:25am PDT

ivory-towerParticipant Media, Paramount Home Media Distribution, and Samuel Goldwyn Films will jointly release CNN Films’ documentary Ivory Tower, the Sundance Film Festival pic chronicling crisis within the American education system. Directed by Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times), Ivory Tower questions the value of higher education among spiraling tuition fees and student debt. Pic will hit theaters in June via Samuel Goldwyn with Paramount handling DVD and home entertainment. Paramount is also handling distribution outside of the U.S. Participant previously released Rossi’s Page One and teamed up on education-focused campaigns for Paramount Vantage’s Waiting For Superman and CBS/Pivot’s Teach. The company will spearhead a social action campaign for Ivory Tower this summer. Read More »

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Sundance: Dual Damon Albarn Gigs Hot Ticket On Big Party Night

By | Monday January 20, 2014 @ 2:00am PST

Sundance Channel Celebration At 2014 Sundance Film Festival - 2014 Park CitySundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608There are plenty of people working on more than one movie at the Sundance Film Festival this year, but only one musical act pulled double duty Sunday. On a packed party night in Park City, Damon Albarn played a 5-song set at the Sundance Channel HQ in the evening in front of Maggie Gyllenhaal and more. He then hustled down the block to the YouTube On Main Street storefront for a slightly longer show in front of 150 guests at 11 PM. At the two invite-only SRO events, the Blur and Gorillaz frontman performed ballads from both his bands and his upcoming solo album. In both gigs, a string quartet and a keyboardist backed up Albarn, who played acoustic guitar.
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Sundance: Lionsgate & CNN Films Acquire ‘Dinosaur 13′

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 8:25am PST
Mike Fleming

dnoBREAKING: In the first deal on the ground here at Sundance, Lionsgate and CNN Films have acquired North American rights to the documentary Dinosaur 13. The film will be released theatrically with a North American broadcast premiere … Read More »

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CNN Films Buys U.S. Broadcast Rights To ‘Documented’

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 6:47am PST

In advance of the 2013 International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA), CNN Films has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to DOCUMENTED, a feature-length film that explores the life – and journey out of the shadows – led by undocumented immigrant and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas, it was announced today. DOCUMENTED will premiere on CNN/U.S. in the second quarter of 2014 as a CNN Films broadcast, following its international bow at the IDFA and its theatrical distribution in the United States. DOCUMENTED is written and directed by Vargas, with technology entrepreneur Sean Parker, Matthew Hiltzik (“Paper Clips”), Scott Budnick (“The Hangover” series), and philanthropist Liz Simons as executive producers.

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RNC Won’t Boycott Fox For Producing NBC’s Hillary Clinton Miniseries Says Party Chair: Video

By | Sunday August 11, 2013 @ 10:30am PDT

It’s “totally ridiculous and stupid” to suggest Fox News Channel will lose access to Republican primary debates in 2016 if Fox TV Studios produces NBC’s proposed Hillary Clinton miniseries, said the GOP’s Reince Priebus today. “The … Read More »

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CNN Films Sets Hillary Clinton Docu For 2014, ‘Inside Job’ Director To Helm

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 2:06pm PDT

The Hillary Clinton production industry continues to grow. Just two days after NBC announced that it will air a miniseries about her starring Diane Lane, CNN Films today said that they are making a feature-length documentary about the onetime senator, Secretary of State and First Lady. The film will be directed by Oscar-winner Charles Ferguson. In pre-production, the unnamed docu will debut theatrically in 2014 before being shown on the cable news network. No release date or airdate has been set. “I am very excited to be making a film about Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose fascinating life and work embody so many of America’s, and the world’s, hopes and challenges”, said Ferguson, who won the 2011 Documentary Feature Oscar for Inside Job, about the U.S. financial meltdown. “I am delighted and extremely grateful that CNN Films has given me this remarkable opportunity”.

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CNN Films Acquires Plane Crash Docu ‘Sole Survivor’

By | Friday July 26, 2013 @ 11:13am PDT

The feature-length documentary from writer-director Ky Dickens looks at the emotional aftermath facing lone survivors of commercial plane crashes. Sole Survivor is having its premiere tomorrow at the Traverse City Film Festival, and it will appear on CNNRead More »

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Hot Trailer: Killer Whale Docu ‘Blackfish’

By | Monday June 3, 2013 @ 4:21pm PDT

At this year’s Sundance several buyers were interested in the Blackfish, the documentary about the notorious killer whale Tilikum that is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top trainer. Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films, which kicked off its sales activities during the festival, … Read More »

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CNN Films Acquires Sundance Docu ‘Pandora’s Promise’

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 7:11am PDT

CNN Films has picked up domestic TV rights to the nuclear power documentary Pandora’s Promise. The cable news network will air the Robert Stone-directed film in November after its theatrical release. Pandora’s Promise made its U.S. debut  this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Going inside the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan and to Chernobyl, the Oscar-nominated Stone chronicles how nuclear power could provide a solution to climate change and the personal stories of environmentalists and energy experts who have shifted from being anti-nuclear to favoring of the source. The deal with CNN Films was negotiated by Dan Cogan of Impact Partners and Andrew Herwitz, president of the Film Sales Company on behalf of the filmmakers. Abramorama is handling the film’s domestic theatrical distribution. Read More »

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CNN Films & Cinedigm Acquire ‘Our Nixon’; Presidential Docu To Air In August

By | Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 8:07am PDT

CNN Films and Cinedigm have picked up Our Nixon for TV broadcast and theatrical release this summer. The film of Super 8 home movie footage of Richard Nixon and his administration is set to debut on … Read More »

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Regal Cinemas Picks Up ‘Girl Rising’ Following Big Online Demand

By | Thursday April 4, 2013 @ 3:45am PDT

Regal Cinemas has picked up Girl Rising, an indie directed by Richard E. Robbins that until now had only been available via on-demand theatrical distribution at crowdsourcing site Gathr. Narrated by Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Grace Moretz, Liam Neeson, Frieda Pinto, Meryl Streep and Kerry Washington, the social-issues documentary details stories of girls from around the globe who are fighting against their circumstances. Regal has set a week-long engagement starting April 19 in more than 150 theaters across the country. At Gathr, the film generated more than 17,000 screening requests with 65,000 tickets reserved.

“With Girl Rising, we took a risk on a new model of on-demand theatrical distribution, and the leap of faith paid dividends,” said The Documentary Group’s Tom Yellin. “We’ve established a new model for impact filmmaking, to build a movement and an audience — around a film. Regal joining this effort means an opportunity for people everywhere to see this beautiful and important film.” A portion of all ticket sales at Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will go to the 10×10 Fund for Girls Education. Read More »

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CNN Films Acquires ‘Escape Fire’ U.S. TV Rights; Healthcare Doc To Air In March

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 5:44am PST

EXCLUSIVE: CNN Films has picked up U.S. TV rights to Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare. The two-hour film will air on CNN on March 10 at 8 PM and 11 PM, with encore broadcasts March 16. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival alumni about the flaws, failings and patchwork nature of the nation’s healthcare system was produced and directed by Matthew Heineman and Oscar-nominee Susan Froemke. “CNN Films is very pleased to bring this documentary to television. The physical health of our nation and the cost of healthcare, impact every current fiscal challenge we face. This compelling film gives us an explanation of some of the factors that have contributed to our broken system and explains why we urgently need to fix it,” said network Worldwide president Jeff Zucker in a statement Friday.

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Sundance: CNN Films Makes Buying Debut; Announces Trio Of Documentaries

By | Friday January 18, 2013 @ 2:04pm PST

CNN is covering the Sundance Film Festival this year but the news network’s recently created film division is making its debut in Park City as a buyer too. Vinnie Malhotra, SVP of development and acquisitions for … Read More »

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