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Soledad O’Brien Announces New ‘Black in America’ Documentary

Soledad-O’BrienSoledad O’Brien‘s new documentary “Black in America: Black & Blue” premieres Tuesday, November 18 at 9 PM ET on CNN. The new installment of her “Black in America” series touches a hot button issue, in the wake of the Ferguson, MO shooting and riots. The documentary will portray the personal stories of the men affected by aggressive policing tactics, many of whom were able to document the confrontations in shocking videos.

Among the stunning statistics that O’Brien points out, the NYPD reported made more than 5 million stops between 2002 and 2013.  80 percent of those stops were African American or Latino, and 88 percent of the stops did not result in arrests, summons, or evidence of any crime.

“What is so shocking is that this police practice was used around the country – and in some places still is – with the theory that police were stopping criminals,” said O’Brien. “It’s shocking that the city where this was popularized was stopping so many innocent people.”

See the full press release after the jump.

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The P.M. Ticker: War Doc, Reporter Injured, Anchor Iced

  • Soledad O’Brien returns to CNN tonight with a new documentary, “The War Comes Home.” Airing at 9pmET and produced by O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group, the documentary follows the personal battles of two men after they leave the battlefield.

  • New York Times reporter Alissa Rubin was injured when the relief helicopter she was traveling in crashed. The chopper went down shortly after takeoff Tuesday killing the pilot. The helicopter was on a mission to aid Yazidi refugees in Iraq.

  • The ice bucket challenge hit CNBC this afternoon as “Fast Money Halftime Report” host Scott Wapner got doused. His nominees for the challenge include Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Dick Costolo.


The AM Ticker: Wagner, O’Brien, Univision

  • Soledad O’Brien‘s new CNN documentary, “The War Comes Home,” will debut August 12 at 9pmET. The show follows veterans Delon Beckett and Garrett Combs as they struggle with post-war PTS.

The Afternoon Ticker: Blitzer, Aereo, O’Brien

  • Wolf Blitzer will anchor “The Situation Room” from Israel tonight. He will interview Dan Shapiro, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, in the 5pmET hour.

  • Aereo filed a letter yesterday in the U.S. District Court of New York saying it intends to continue “as a cable system.” TVSpy has more.

Carl Quintanilla Joins HBO’s ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’

carl quintanillaCNBC anchor Carl Quintanilla is joining HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” as a correspondent. He will continue to anchor his CNBC shows, including “Squawk on the Street” and newly-launched “Squawk Alley.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining REAL SPORTS,” Quintanilla said in a statement. “The quality of their reporting is as good as there has ever been on television, led by correspondents I’ve admired my entire career. I couldn’t ask for a better team on which to play a part.”

Quintanilla joins a stable of “Real Sports” correspondents including Soledad O’Brien, Mary Carillo and Bernard Goldberg. The announcement from HBO is after the jump. Read more

The Monday Ticker: Hillary & the RNC, Rita & the Pope, Vector & OMG

  • Republican National Committee spokesman Kirsten Kukowski tells CNN the group is urging ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox News to book Republican guests in response former first lady Hillary Clinton‘s upcoming book tour interviews.

  • WABC Radio, and former FNC and MSNBC host, Rita Cosby got a quick interview with Pope Francis at the Vatican last week. Cosby asked the Pontiff about his role as Mideast peacemaker. “Pray, Pray, Pray,” the Pope said about peace in the Middle East.

  • Former “GMA” senior producer Eric Ortner‘s Ortner Media Group is entering into a strategic venture with Vector Management, a part of Live Nation, forming a management company and production incubator. Ortner’s clients include Soledad O’Brien and Ann Curry.

Soledad O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group At Work on Docs For CNN, Al Jazeera America

Soledad_OBrienAs Soledad O’Brien‘s production company celebrates its first anniversary, the former CNN anchor is working on several documentaries that will air on cable news, including three for her former network.

At an event celebrating the the Starfish Media Group milestone, O’Brien told a group of reporters that she finds her current projects — documentaries for CNN and Al Jazeera America, as well as a correspondent role for HBO’s “Real Sports” — “really fascinating.”

For CNN, Starfish is producing specials on veterans struggling with PTSD, New York City’s controversial “stop and frisk” program and the Washington Corrections Center for Women, which allows incarcerated women to keep their children in prison until they are three. For Al Jazeera, O’Brien’s group is producing two documentaries — a look at a new model of “therapeutic justice” for teenagers in prison and a special on heroin use in America.

The long-form docs the production group is working on will all premiere this year.

The Afternoon Ticker: Cosby, Housley, O’Brien

  • Former Fox News and MSNBC anchor Rita Cosby has been named co-host of WABC radio’s “The Ride Home.” The drivetime show, airing from 5-6pm on the New York station, features news, insight and opinion. Pat Kiernan, the morning anchor on NY1, is Cosby’s co-host.

A Fulltime Job and Twins, CNN’s Kyra Phillips Now Adds a Podcast to Her Routine

MomSquadIncreasingly, TV news anchors and hosts are going extra-curricular as they expand their “brand.” A few years ago, former CBS “Early Show” and local TV anchor Rene Syler launched parenting site Good Enough Mother while still continuing TV appearances. When she left CNN, Soledad O’Brien started her own production company and can now be seen on CNN, Al Jazeera America and other outlets. Then there are the TV news anchors who do double duty on radio, FNC’s Brian Kilmeade among them.

CNN anchor Kyra Phillips is getting into the multi-tasking fray. Phillips and two friends started “The Mom Squad Show,” a 3-times-a-week podcast which, in its first week on iTunes, was downloaded 7,000 times. The podcast is hosted by Phillips in Atlanta, and fellow moms Christine Eads in Washington, DC and Chaz Kelly in Connecticut. Kelly’s husband “Seton” O’Connor is a sidekick on the Dan Patrick show. Eads co-hosts a show on SiriusXM.

Phillips will continue her day job in the CNN Investigative unit, while recording the podcast in her off hours. She’s not allowed to pitch products, or otherwise overstep her CNN contract. Phillips and her husband, Fox News Atlanta-based correspondent John Roberts, are the parents of 3-year-old twins.

“The Mom Squad Show” already has distribution. It went live on iHeardRadio today, and will soon be carried on TuneIn.

The Saturday Ticker: Bream, O’Brien, ‘Late Show’

  • Fox News’ Shannon Bream will interview Jeb Bush tomorrow during “America’s News HQ” at 1pmET. Bream will speak to the former Florida governor about the 25th anniversary of George H.W. Bush’s presidency and the 2016 presidential election.

  • Soledad O’Brien pens an essay in Essence about the decision to focus on her production company after leaving CNN: “Two hours of anchoring and reporting news and conversation five days a week was fun but exhausting. When my show ended, I feared losing the ability to effect change and create an impact,” she writes.

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