|Type||Division of CNN|
|Owner||Warner Bros. Discovery|
Cable News Network Films (known as CNN Films) is a motion picture division of CNN under Warner Bros. Pictures, originally launched in 2012. Its first film, Girl Rising premiered in spring 2013 in the United States.
On October 8, 2012, CNN announced the creation of CNN Films. CNN says that it will acquire and commission original feature-length documentaries that will "examine an array of political, social, and economic subject matters." It also signed development deals with documentary directors Alex Gibney and Andrew Rossi. Since its creation, it already acquired the rights for Girl Rising, a 100-minute documentary narrated by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, and Selena Gomez.
While the documentaries will initially air on CNN, the network reportedly plans to enter them in film festivals and distribute them to theaters as well.
At the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, CNN announced the acquisition of three documentaries. It acquired the rights to air Life Itself, a film adaptation of Roger Ebert's 2011 memoir, in television. The project will be directed by Steve James and executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Steven Zaillian. It is scheduled to air in 2014. The two other untitled projects are expected to air on CNN in 2013. One, from directors Michael Tucker and Petra Epperleini, centers on 9/11 and reconstructs the events at Ground Zero; the other, from director Andrew Rossi, focuses on the transformation of higher education, examining the costs and relevance of college.
CNN Films bought the television rights of Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare which premiered on March 10, 2013, on CNN. The film was directed by Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke. The film premiered on January 19, 2012, at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was theatrically released on October 5, 2012.
CNN Films acquired Penny Lane's Our Nixon, and CNN premiered the film in August 2013, while Cinedigm released it theatrically. The network has also then acquired the domestic television broadcast rights of the Sundance film selection Robert Stone's Pandora's Promise and aired it on CNN in November 2013 while it was theatrically released five months before.
On December 10, 2020, CNN Films teamed up with the BBC to produce a documentary about the development and manufacturing of vaccines for the COVID-19 pandemic. The documentary is produced by British virologist-turned-filmmaker Catherine Gale who also directs with American independent filmmaker and medical journalist Caleb Hellerman, and will air in 2021 on CNN in the United States under the tile Race for the Vaccine and BBC Two in the United Kingdom under the title Vaccine: The Inside Story.
|Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie||June 7, 2013||Seth Kramer
Daniel A. Miller
|Daniel A. Miller||Seth Kramer
Daniel A. Miller
|Girl Rising||June 16, 2013||Richard E. Robbins||Martha Adams
Richard E. Robbins
|Blackfish||July 19, 2013||Gabriela Cowperthwaite||Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Eli B. Despres
|Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare||March 10, 2013||Matthew Heineman
|The Flag||September 4, 2013||Michael Tucker
|Our Nixon||August 1, 2013||Penny Lane||—||Brian L. Frye
|Pandora's Promise||November 7, 2013||Robert Stone||TBA||Jim Swartz
|An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story||December 5, 2013||Al Reinert|
|Sole Survivor||January 9, 2014||Ky Dickens||Ky Dickens||Susan Aurinko
|41ON41||June 15, 2014||Lisa Lax
Nancy Stern Winters
Nancy Stern Winters
|Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger||June 27, 2014||Joe Berlinger||Joe Berlinger
|Life Itself||July 4, 2014||Steve James||TBA||Garrett Basch|||
|Documented||June 29, 2014||Jose Antonio Vargas
|Jose Antonio Vargas||Jose Antonio Vargas|
|Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story||September 4, 2014||Mark Herzog
|More than a Game||October 24, 2014||Kristopher Belman||Kristopher Belman
Harvey Mason, Jr.
|Ivory Tower||November 20, 2014||Andrew Rossi||Andrew Rossi||Andrew Rossi
|Dinosaur 13||December 11, 2014||Todd Douglas Miller||TBA||Todd Douglas Miller|
|Sunshine Superman||May 22, 2016||Marah Strauch||Marah Strauch||Marah Strauch
|Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me||June 28, 2015||James Keach||—||James Keach
|Fresh Dressed||September 3, 2015||Sacha Jenkins||Sacha Jenkins||Nasir Jones
Marcus A. Clarke
|Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine||September 4, 2016||Alex Gibney||Alex Gibney||Alex Gibney|
|The Hunting Ground||November 22, 2015||Kirby Dick||Kirby Dick||Amy Ziering|
|Holy Hell||September 1, 2016||Will Allen||—||Will Allen
|We Will Rise||October 12, 2016|
|Enlighten Us: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray||December 3, 2016||Jenny Carchman||—||Allyson Luchak|
|Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago||January 1, 2017||Peter Pardini||—||Chicago|
|Unseen Enemy||April 7, 2017||Janet Tobias||Janet Tobias||Janet Tobias
|Elián||August 24, 2017||Ross McDonnell
|Tim Golden||Alex Gibney
|The Reagan Show||September 4, 2017||Pacho Velez
|Legion of Brothers||September 24, 2017||Greg Barker||—||Amy Entelis
|Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent||November 12, 2017||Lydia Tenaglia||—||Susan Porretta|
|Trophy||January 14, 2018||Shaul Schwarz
|RBG||May 4, 2018||Betsy West
|Three Identical Strangers||June 29, 2018||Tim Wardle||Becky Read
|American Jail||July 1, 2018||Roger Ross Williams||Roger Ross Williams||Roger Ross Williams
|Love, Gilda||September 21, 2018||Lisa Dapolito||Bronwyn Berry
|Apollo 11||March 1, 2019||Todd Douglas Miller||—||Todd Douglas Miller
|Scandalous||November 15, 2019||Mark Landsman|
|Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice||January 1, 2020||Rob Epstein
|John Lewis: Good Trouble||September 27, 2020||Dawn Porter||—||Erika Alexander
|Dreamland: The Burning of Black Wall Street||May 31, 2021||Salima Koroma||—||Salima Koroma|||
|LFG||June 24, 2021||Andrea Nix Fine
|—||Andrea Nix Fine
|Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story||June 27, 2021||Laura Fairrie||—||John Battsek
|Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain||July 16, 2021||Morgan Neville||—||Morgan Neville
|The Lost Sons||September 26, 2021||Ursula Macfarlane||—||Amy Entelis
Ross M. Dinerstein
|Julia||November 5, 2021||Julie Cohen
|The Hunt for Planet B||November 20, 2021||Nathaniel Kahn||—||Nathaniel Kahn
Lawrence B. Benenson
|Citizen Ashe||December 3, 2021||Rex Miller
|Carole King & James Taylor: Just Call Out My Name||January 2, 2022||Frank Marshall||—||Frank Marshall|||
|Navalny||April 11, 2022||Daniel Roher||—||Daniel Roher|||
|Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down||July 15, 2022||Julie Cohen
|Glitch: The Rise & Fall of HQ Trivia||March 5, 2023||Salima Koroma||—||Ken Druckerman
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