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CNN Acquires George H.W. Bush Film Featuring Roger Ailes, Tom Brokaw, Brit Hume

41on41CNN Films has acquired “41ON41,” a two-hour profile of President George H.W. Bush featuring 41 of his closest friends, relatives and colleagues. The film will air Sunday, June 15, three days after Bush celebrates his 90th birthday.

The film features memories of the former President by a handful of television personalities and executives, including NBC’s Tom Brokaw, who anchored “Nightly News” during the first Bush administration, and Brit Hume, who was then the senior White House correspondent for ABC News. The film also features Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who was a campaign advisor to Bush 41. Also featured: Bush’s wife Barbara and sons Jeb Bush and George W. Bush.

In a statement, CNN SVP of talent and content development Amy Entelis said the film “offers extraordinary insights to the man behind the powerful office, and his consequential presidency.”

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Barbara Walters Farewell: ‘True, I Was the First Female Co-Host… But Also True, I Was a Flop’

WaltersSawyerIt was a star-studded farewell for Barbara Walters at New York City’s Four Seasons restaurant tonight. From comedian Joan Rivers to commissioner Bill Bratton; from New York’s chronicler of scandal, Cindy Adams, to the man who plays the president on “Scandal,” Tony Goldwyn; from actor Woody Allen to attorney David Boies, But mostly, the pool room was packed with Walters’ fellow TV news colleagues and those ladies — past and present — from “The View.” Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd; Meredith Vieira and Joy Behar.

Following a best of Barbara video, Disney Chairman Bob Iger welcomed the crowd, before Walters delivered a few words of thanks and admitting it hasn’t always been easy. “True, I was the first female co-host of a network news program. But also true, I was a flop. My male co-host didn’t want a partner and neither did the audience. I was drowning, gasping for air. Then someone threw me that life preserver called Specials with the biggest stars in news and show business and I learned how to swim again.”

Current and former evening news anchors were there, including Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams who arrived with Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and fiancé John Molner; and Connie Chung (who was part of an ill-fated co-anchor pairing with Dan Rather) and husband Maury Povich. We caught up with early risers Savannah Guthrie and George Stephanopoulos along with their spouses, Mike Feldman, and Ali Wentworth, respectively, as they were heading out. Guthrie’s “Today” colleague Al Roker and his wife, ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts made the rounds as well.

Walters continued: “I’m grateful to the legendary Roone Arledge for bringing me to ABC News; thankful to David Westin for his steady leadership; to Ben Sherwood – you made us all believe we could win and with your leadership and passion, we did; and James Goldston – I’m told that all our shows are number one at the moment – you should quit right now.” Sherwood, Goldston and Westin were all on hand, as were other ABC News executives including Barbara Fedida, David Sloan, Jeanmarie Condon and John Green.

We spotted Jenny McCarthy hand-in-hand with fiance Donnie Wahlberg; the “Nightline” team of Juju ChangDan Abrams, and Dan Harris as well as a host of correspondents and anchors from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and Fox, including Elizabeth VargasAmy RobachDavid MuirNorah O’DonnellJon KarlGio Benitez, Dr. Richard Besser, Tory JohnsonRick Klein, Brian Ross, Mara Schiavocampo, Thomas RobertsAlicia MenendezHoda Kotb, Greta Van Susteren and Lisa Ling, a former “View” co-host, now woking on a new show for CNN.

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Here’s the Reason Behind CNN’s ‘Poaching’ From ABC

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The New York Post reports on a Disney shareholder who asked Disney CEO Bob Iger whether his ABC News division is becoming a “training ground” for talent who eventually flee to CNN. Jake Tapper, Chris Cuomo, Bill Weir, and John Berman have all left ABC for CNN in the last 18 months. Rachel Nichols also left Disney-owned ESPN for CNN.

One key reason for the departures, which was not mentioned in the NYPost story, is that former ABC News VP of talent and strategy Amy Entelis is now head of talent and content development at CNN. Others who’ve made the move to CNN include SVP Vinnie Malhotra who spent 15 years at ABC and ESPN, and Andrew Morse who also spent 15 years at ABC and is now CNN’s SVP of domestic newsgathering.

Iger is unfazed by the departures, telling shareholders ABC has “a deep bench,” adding “in some cases we were trying to make way for a new generation, a new crop of talent.” The Post reports Iger singled out ABC News reporter David Muir, who is rumored to be a contender to replace Diane Sawyer on “World News.”

Erin Burnett Gets New EP

SusieXuWil Surratt, who has been the EP of CNN’s “Erin Burnett: OutFront” since launch, is moving to Amy Entelis‘ group as EP of program development, specifically charged with focusing on a new CNN primetime. CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker has promised a “shake up” in primetime this year. Susie Xu, (left) currently senior broadcast producer of “OutFront” is the new Executive Producer. Xu is a 13-year veteran of CNN where she has worked at the network’s New York, Washington, and Beijing bureaus. Burnett returns from maternity leave later this month.

CNN Launches Documentary Acquisition Unit

cnnlogoCNN is launching CNN Films Presents, a new unit for acquiring documentary films. All the new brand’s documentaries will be acquired films that have previously premiered on other television networks.

CNN Films Presents will kick off the year with “March of the Penguins,” which won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2006, on January 2 and “The Impostor” on January 23.  Like CNN Films, CNN Films Presents will be curated by SVP of development and acquisitions Vinnie Malhotra and SVP of talent and content development Amy Entelis.

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker recently said the network needs “more shows and less newscasts.” CNN’s films and original series some of the highest-rated programming on the channel this year.

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CNN’s ‘Inside Man’ Wins IDA Award

morgan_spurlockhedCNN’s “Inside Man” was named “Best Limited Series” at the 29th annual International Documentary Association awards Friday night.

Honored for their work on the series were host/writer/producer Morgan Spurlock, EPs Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin and producers Kristen Vaurio, Lisa Kalikow, Shannon Gibson, Suzanne Hillinger, and Lara Benario.

“Inside Man is an integral part of CNN’s schedule and we are so happy that the industry has recognized the superb work by Morgan, Jeremy and the Warrior Poets team,” said Amy Entelis, CNN’s SVP of talent and content development.

Season two of “Inside Man” debuts  in spring.

CNN’s Amy Entelis on Why the Network is Doubling Down On Documentaries

BlackfishJeff Zucker is looking at all remedies for CNN’s ratings woes, and he may have found a winning formula: more original series and documentaries.

With the success of shows like Anthony Bourdain’s ”Parts Unknown”—which won an Emmy in its first season— and documentaries like “Our Nixon” and “Blackfish” hitting high ratings marks, CNN senior VP Amy Entelis spoke to Vulture about the network’s push for original longform programming.

It’s about expanding what kind of content we can bring to our audience. People can get their news from a variety of different places now, and the competition for that is very fierce. We want there to be more things that bring an audience to CNN. People come to CNN for every crisis and every breaking news story. And [that] will always be our pillar. But we also want people to come to CNN in between those crises. We want … to have more appointment television. We want it to look and feel different. We want to make an event out of it.

“Blackfish” drew 1.3 million viewers in its debut last month — and continues to run on CNN — giving the network a rare victory in the A25-54 demo over Fox News and MSNBC.

Anthony Bourdain Ends Season 2 With Live Show from Las Vegas

BourdainEmmySeason two of Anthony Bourdain‘s CNN show comes to a close next Sunday at 9pmET with a visit to Detroit. Following the final episode, Bourdain will host a live special from Atomic Liquors, a former package store and café in Las Vegas where patrons would watch nuclear test blasts from the roof.

“We’re incredibly proud of this Emmy winning series and wanted to end season two – and launch the shoot for season three – with a celebration,” said Amy Entelis, senior vice president, talent and content development.

“Last Bite,” as it’s being called, includes guests Marcus Samuelsson, Wendell Pierce, Roy Choi, Bonnie McFarlane and Don Lemon and features highlights from the past season.

Season three of “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” begins shooting later this month. Brazil and Africa are on the list.

Barbara Walters, Charlie Rose, Diane Sawyer, Matt Lauer Gather for Piers Morgan Book Party

MorganLauer1On a big night of news, many TV news power players took time to drop by The Carlyle Hotel for Piers Morgan‘s book bash.

Morgan’s “Shooting Straight: Guns, God, Gays and George Clooney,” is a diary of his first three years at CNN, since taking over the timeslot of the legendary Larry King. Hosted by British GQ editor Dylan Jones at the swank Carlyle Restaurant, the guest list included everyone from Fareed Zakaria and Jenny McCarthy to Donald Trump and Tony Bennett. “If there’s a cooler man alive, I’ve not met him,” said Morgan of Bennett.

We also spotted Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, who arrived after updating the West Coast feed of “World News.” And morning anchors, Charlie Rose of CBS, and NBC’s Matt Lauer. Asked what he thought about his new “Today” show set, Lauer paused, then said, “It’s very orange.” It’s taking some getting used to, Lauer added.

Another morning host, CNN’s Chris Cuomo told us reports of troubled times at “New Day” are off the mark. “I’ve never had a closer working relationship with a co-anchor than I have with Kate (Bolduan),” Cuomo said. While ratings are growing — the program was up +29% in viewers and up +15% in the demo in the third quarter — Cuomo admits it’s going to take time to prove the show’s worth. “New Day” launched four months ago today. “Joe (Scarborough) told me it took 15 to 18 months for that show to break out,” he added, speaking of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Back to Morgan who gave a special shout-out to CNN president Jeff Zucker, who’s been his boss twice, first at NBC and now at CNN.

“I had breakfast with Jeff when he was gone from NBC and I said, ‘wouldn’t it be funny if you turned up at CNN?” and he said, ‘Yeah, that’d be crazy,’ … and here he is.”

“I think we all feel a renewed sense of vigor about the place,” said Morgan.

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Bill Weir is Joining CNN

Bill WeirBill Weir is joining CNN, TVNewser has learned.

As we reported earlier, Weir is leaving ABC his TV home since 2004. At CNN, Weir will work on several shows and develop a program for primetime. This will begin speculation about where, in primetime, Weir’s show will land. CNN isn’t talking about it yet.

Weir is the latest ABC talent to make the move to CNN. Anchors John Berman and Jake Tapper joined last year, Chris Cuomo came aboard earlier this year, and correspondent Jim Scuitto joined last month. Andrew Morse, who worked at ABC News, then Bloomberg TV, joined CNN in August as SVP of domestic newsgathering and digital editorial. Former ABC News talent executive Amy Entelis is now CNN’s talent and acquisitions chief.

> 3:15pm | Official: Weir will have the title of Chief Innovation Correspondent. He joins in November. CNN’s release after the jump…

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