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CNN Taps ‘Mandalorian’ Star Pedro Pascal for New Series ‘Patagonia’ (Exclusive)

CNN is turning to actor Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian, Game of Thrones) to lead its next original series, Patagonia: Life on the Edge of the World, which is set to debut Sunday, July 10 at 9 p.m. Pascal will narrate the six-part nature docuseries, which uses visual storytelling in the style of programming like Planet […]

CNN Chief Reveals Hiring Plans Underway, Updates “Breaking News” Banner Guidelines

A month into his tenure at CNN, Chris Licht is beginning to make changes to the 42 year old news channel. In a memo to staff Thursday, Licht updated employees on hiring and organizational structure, and discussed some new editorial priorities and tweaks. One that viewers at home will immediately notice: CNN is cutting back […]

CNN Digital Editor-in-Chief Meredith Artley to Depart

One of CNN’s top editorial executives, Meredith Artley, the senior vp and editor-in-chief of CNN Digital, is leaving the company. Artley announced her decision in a memo to staff Friday morning. “It’s been a rewarding and long run. And, it’s time for my next adventure with my family.  I am so proud to hand off […]

Upfront Dispatches: Zaslav and Oprah Bet on CNN, Lizzo Can’t Be Censored

Succession and Shark Week are together at last. Exactly 366 days after closing a blockbuster deal to marry Warner Bros. and Discovery, David Zaslav took the upfront stage Wednesday morning for the first time as CEO of the newly merged media behemoth. And he did not mince words. Referencing Rupert Murdoch’s 1980s power play to […]

Chris Wallace to Host Sunday Primetime Show for CNN and HBO Max as Chris Licht Previews Rebooted News Network

Chris Wallace is coming to primetime, as CNN CEO Chris Licht previews his vision for the future of the news channel. The former Fox News Sunday moderator, who hosted the interview show called Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace on CNN+ for its brief run, will shift to CNN’s linear network this fall, where he will […]

Little Richard Documentary Commissioned by CNN Films, HBO Max

CNN Films and HBO Max have commissioned a documentary feature on the late rock icon Little Richard. The film, currently titled Little Richard: I Am Everything, is set to chart the extraordinary life and times of the flamboyant bouffant-haired rock singer, songwriter and pianist, who died in May 2020 at the age of 87. In […]

CNN+ Is Dead, But Its Owner Isn’t Giving Up Global News Ambitions

It seems that CNN+ was doomed before it even launched. The subscription streaming service, which launched on March 29 and will shut down on April 30, was misaligned with the long-term strategy outlined by Discovery executives, who took over WarnerMedia just a week or so after the service launched, and who plan to create a […]

CNN+ Shutting Down Less Than a Month After Launch

Less than a month after it launched, the streaming service CNN+ will wind down operations, as its new corporate owner, Warner Bros. Discovery, rethinks the news giant’s streaming strategy. The service will shut down April 30, after launching on March 29. WarnerMedia had spent some $300 million on the launch of CNN+, and planned to […]

CNN Sets Premiere Date for Russian Dissident Doc ‘Navalny’

CNN and CNN+ have set an April 24 premiere date for Daniel Roher’s feature documentary Navalny, an edge-of-your-seat thriller about Russian dissident Alexei Navalny and fellow investigators trying to unmask Russian security agents who allegedly poisoned him in August 2020 for opposing Vladimir Putin. Navalny will bow on CNN in North America and on the […]

‘Navalny’ Director Talks Shooting Harrowing Russian Dissident Doc: “We Were Catching Something Remarkable and Historic”

Despite having made only his second feature documentary, Navalny director Daniel Roher is good at pitches. Back in 2017 in an L.A. recording studio, Roher had to sell fellow Toronto native Robbie Robertson on his vision for a film about the rock legend. “Kid, let’s make trouble together,” Robertson eventually told the precocious director before […]

CNN Revives ‘The Wonder List With Bill Weir’ as a CNN+ Original Series (Exclusive)

After a nearly five-year hiatus, CNN is bringing back climate change-focused travel series The Wonder List With Bill Weir. For its fourth season, however, The Wonder List will be a CNN+ original, joining the nascent streaming service’s library of exclusive series. The first three seasons of The Wonder List are already streaming on CNN+, with […]

CNN+’s Live Streaming Launch to Be Sold as NFTs

CNN is marketing its CNN+ streaming debut as a “historic moment” for the company by selling the first seconds of its first live stream as a set of NFTs, CNN+ chief Andrew Morse said on Wednesday. The NFTs, of which there will be 250, will feature the first 29 seconds of the first episode of 5 […]