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  • Amy Entelis serves as executive vice president for talent and content development for CNN Worldwide. She is based in New York.

    Entelis is responsible for the development, production, and acquisition of original, long-form premium content for CNN Worldwide. Since joining CNN in 2012, she has overseen and executive produced more than 45 multi-part documentary series and 50 feature-length documentary films, earning more than 110 awards and 440 nominations for the cable network. Entelis also is the senior talent executive at CNN Worldwide, responsible for the recruitment and development of all on-air talent for CNN programming and platforms. Under her leadership, CNN launched four premium content brands for the network's global platforms: CNN Original Series and HLN Original Series, for which Entelis and her team develop nonfiction programming; CNN Films, for which Entelis produces and acquires documentary films for festival, theatrical, broadcast, and streaming distribution; and CNN Films Presents, for which Entelis acquires encore runs of notable documentary films for broadcast on CNN.

    Over the last decade, Entelis and her team have built the CNN Original Series brand, bringing to audiences twelve seasons of the 13-time Primetime Emmy® Award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, produced by Zero Point Zero Production, which won Primetime Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Informational Series in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018 as well as a Peabody Award for excellence and meritorious work. Entelis' series content team developed and executive produced Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, winner of the 2021 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Program, and the five-time Primetime Emmy® Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, which received back-to-back Primetime Emmy® Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2019 for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. To date, CNN Original Series has earned a total of 20 Emmy® Awards.

    Developed under Entelis' leadership for CNN Original Series are: the forthcoming Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico; This is Life with Lisa Ling; the Primetime Emmy® Award-nominated "Decades Series": The Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties, The Nineties, The 2000s, and the forthcoming The 2010s, executive produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Mark Herzog; Reframed: Marilyn Monroe, narrated by Jessica Chastain; First Ladies; The History of Comedy, executive produced by Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Mark Herzog, and Christopher Cowen; Lincoln: Divided We Stand, narrated by Sterling K Brown; Diana; Race for the White House, narrated by Mahershala Ali; Soundtracks: Songs That Made History, executive produced by Dwayne Johnson; American Dynasties: The Kennedys; The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty; Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury, narrated by Ewan McGregor; The Radical Story of Patty Hearst; Christiane Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World; Chicagoland and Death Row Stories, with executive producer Robert Redford's Sundance Productions; The Hunt with John Walsh; Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery; Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies, hosted by former Congressman Mike Rogers; and The Wonder List with Bill Weir.

    In 2017, Entelis extended the original series franchise to CNN sister network, HLN and launched scores of HLN Original Series dedicated to true crime, mysteries, and investigations. Select titles include Forensic Files II, long considered the gold-standard of crime & justice non-fiction programming, Very Scary People, Unmasking A Killer, How It Really Happened with Hill Harper, and Something's Killing Me with BD Wong.

    Since 2012, CNN Films has acquired, commissioned, or executive produced more than 60 feature and short films, 40% of which were directed by female filmmakers. Recent titles include Navalny, directed by Daniel Roher, about the attempted assassination of Russian opposition leader, Alexey Navalny, which won the Audience Award at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival; Julia, the biography of chef and television star, Julia Child, with Imagine Documentaries for Sony Pictures Classics that was recently shortlisted in the Documentary Feature category for the 94th Academy Awards; Citizen Ashe, directed by Academy Award® nominee Sam Pollard and Rex Miller, about tennis great and humanitarian Arthur Ashe; Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, executive produced with HBO Max, directed by Academy Award® winner Morgan Neville, and distributed in theaters by Focus Features; Carole King & James Taylor: Just Call Out My Name, directed by Frank Marshall; and LFG, executive produced with partner HBO Max, which debuted on the streaming service in July 2021.

    Prior CNN Films executive produced by Entelis include: Apollo 11, directed by Todd Douglas Miller, featured on 2020 Oscars Shortlist in the category of Best Documentary Feature; Academy Award® nominee RBG from Betsy West and Julie Cohen; Three Identical Strangers, directed by Tim Wardle; Dreamland: The Burning of Black Wall Street, directed by Salima Koroma and executive produced by LeBron James; Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story, directed by Laura Fairrie; John Lewis: Good Trouble, directed by Dawn Porter; Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, and which won Best Music Film at the 63rd Annual Grammy® Awards; Halston, directed by Frédéric Tcheng; Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Inquirer, directed by Mark Landsman; Love, Gilda, directed by Lisa D'Apolito; Academy Award® nominee The Hunting Ground, directed by Kirby Dick; Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, directed by Alex Gibney; Life Itself, directed by Steve James; We Will Rise: Michelle Obama's Mission to Educate Girls Around the World, which features Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, and CNN's Isha Sesay, and was honored with a Television Academy Honors Award and a CINE Golden Eagle; Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, directed by Joe Berlinger; Legion of Brothers, directed by Greg Barker; The Regan Show, directed by Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill; American Jail, directed by Roger Ross Williams; Elián, directed by Tim Miller and Ross Golden; Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, directed by Lydia Tenaglia; The End: Inside The Last Days of the Obama White House, directed by Toby Oppenheimer; Blackfish, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite; and many more.

    CNN Films has been honored and recognized by the most prestigious film and journalism institutions in the industry, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (4 Oscar® nominations: RBG, The Hunting Ground, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me); The Television Academy (26 Emmy® nominations and 8 Emmy® Awards: Apollo 11, RBG, The Hunting Ground, Trophy, Life Itself, Dinosaur 13); the George Foster Peabody Awards (Apollo 11); The Alfred I. duPont--Columbia University Awards (RBG); The Producers Guild (Apollo 11, Life Itself); The Directors Guild (Three Identical Strangers); the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (4 BAFTA nominations: Apollo 11, RBG, Three Identical Strangers, Blackfish); and The Film Independent Spirit Awards (Apollo 11, nominee). Collectively, CNN Films has been honored with over 65 awards and over 280 award nominations.

    CNN Films and CNN Original Series have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, SXSW Film Festival, and at both the Tribeca Film and Tribeca Television festivals, among many others. In 2015, CNN Films entered a multi-year partnership with Camden International Film Festival (Points North Institute) to support emerging documentary filmmakers. The first five years of this partnership included a week-long retreat in Maine in partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute. In 2020, CIFF and CNN launched The American Stories Documentary Fund, awarding grants to emerging U.S. documentarians working on projects that highlight pivotal moments in America. Since its inception, four grantees have gone on to screen their feature films in competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

    Entelis also leads the identification, recruitment, and development of on-air correspondents, anchors, and contributors for CNN Worldwide. Throughout her time at the network, Entelis has hired and developed the careers of hundreds of journalists, strengthening CNN's reporting and anchor core and further bolstering the global prominence of the network.

    Entelis began her career in television journalism at ABC News, initially as a producer on the weekly news magazine 20/20, and later a producer for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. During her thirty-year tenure, Entelis worked in various roles of increasing responsibility, ultimately serving as senior vice president for talent strategy, development, and research. ABC News President Roone Arledge recruited Entelis for her first management role with a mandate to diversify the network, bringing in many female reporters and journalists of color for on-air positions. Entelis then pioneered the first system in network news that coordinated the identification, recruitment, and development of all on-air talent. Over several decades, she recruited and managed talent for the network's most high-profile news programs including Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Nightline, and 20/20. While at ABC News, Entelis received several journalism honors, including a National News Emmy®, a duPont-Columbia Award, a Planned Parenthood Media Excellence Award, the Headliner Award from the Association for Women in Communications, and a Front Page Award from the Newswomen's Club of New York for Distinguished Journalism.

    A graduate of Vassar College, Entelis received a Master of Science degree in journalism from Columbia University and serves as the Chair for the Board of Visitors of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.