12:11 pm Oct. 8, 2012
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CNN is getting into the movie business.
The network today announced the creation of a documentary unit called CNN Films, which will "secure feature-length documentaries for air on CNN and CNN International, alongside theatrical distribution," according to a press release.
The move is part of CNN's broader strategy of creating up new, celebrity-fueled non-fiction programming in the face of spiraling ratings for its weeknight news programs.
Development deals have already been signed with Alex Gibney and Andrew Rossi. The first documentary, "Girl Rising," which "tells the extraordinary stories of several girls from around the globe, fighting to overcome impossible odds to realize their dreams" (with voice performances by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and others), will air next spring.
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