/// CNN Creates Yet Another Films Division

December 17, 2013  |  Media Week

You could be forgiven for hearing that CNN has a new brand called CNN Films Presents and asking, ” Don't they have one of those already? ” CNN Films, the shingle launched at the network last year, has made several buzzy documentary acquisitions at major festivals in the recent past but the new division (which will exist alongside the Films group, not under it, despite being run by the same people) will have a separate mandate, namely the acquisition and windowing of already-released movies. Among the flicks on the CNN Films Presents slate already are two movies with a Gallic theme: March of the Penguins, the French documentary about life in the Antarctic circle; and The Imposter, about a French man who impersonated a missing child. The former is well-known; the latter is acclaimed (it won the British Independent Film Award for best documentary last year), but not as widely seen. Both will begin rotation on CNN on Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, respectively. The world of documentary filmmaking is a crowded one. Even Oscar-winning directors can have trouble finding a next port of call after a large project. CNN snapped up popular filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, director of Super Size Me, to produce a series (Inside Man) for the network, which they renewed for a second season in October. The distinction between the two divisions suggests that CNN Films will become more of a commissioning arm for the network. If Films Presents is handling acquisition and windowing, it's likely that Films proper will be handing more projects like the upcoming Martin Scorsese-produced documentary on Roger Ebert the network has in the works for next year

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