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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.”

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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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CNN Taps Geraldine Moriba As VP of Diversity

moribaCNN has named Geraldine Moriba VP of diversity and inclusion at the company, and she will become the chairperson of  its diversity council. Moriba will report on diversity and inclusion issues directly to CNN president Jeff Zucker.

“Geraldine is the ideal candidate to take on this very important role within the organization at a critical time for us,” said Zucker in a statement. “I had the pleasure of working with her prior to my time at CNN, and always found her to have a terrific sensibility and understanding of some of the complex issues we face when it comes to diversity and inclusion.  As we look to reimagine what CNN will be in the years to come, this role on my team will be invaluable in shaping the kind of organization we want and need to have.”

Moriba is also an executive producer for CNN’s Original Program Development, where she oversaw the “In America” documentary team. She will remain in that role, reporting to senior VP of talent and content development Amy Entelis. Before joining CNN she spent more than 16 years at NBC News, working in broadcast standards and serving as co-chair of its diversity council.

As we reported last week, the current chairperson of the CNN Diversity Council, Johnita Due, is stepping aside from that role but will remain with CNN as assistant general counsel. She will also continue to advise the Council.

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Scot Safon Out At HLN, Andrew Morse Joins CNN In Leadership Rejiggering

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker is reorganizing his executive team in a big way.

For starters, after 22 years at the company HLN chief Scot Safon will be departing at the end of August. Current CNN/U.S. chief and former HLN executive VP Ken Jautz will manage HLN in the interim.

“Recently, Scot approached me with the desire to take a well-deserved break, and to move on to the next phase of his career,” Zucker wrote in a memo to staff this morning. “I have enjoyed working with Scot, and I am truly sorry to see him go. But I do understand the desire to do something new.”

The CNN Worldwide chief also confirmed the addition of Bloomberg TV’s Andrew Morse, who will become senior VP of domestic newsgathering and digital editorial, reporting to Zucker. Meredith Artley, Sam Feist and Terence Burke will all now report to Morse.

Michael Bass will oversee New York and Atlanta programming, while talent and acquisitions chief Amy Entelis will now report directly to Zucker. Ken Jautz will oversee operations and finance at CNN/U.S. while managing HLN in Safon’s absence.

Tony Maddox will be giving up some of his domestic newsgathering responsibilities to focus exclusively on international coverage.

Zucker’s full memo, below.
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