About 

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

    Soon after her arrival in 2012, Entelis began shaping a renaissance at CNN, initiating the hires of more than 30 television journalists, scores of contributors and commentators, and launching four premium content brands for the network's global platforms. Under her leadership, CNN launched CNN Original Series and HLN Original Series, which develop non-fiction programming; CNN Films, which produces and acquires documentary films for festival, theatrical, and broadcast distribution; and CNN Films Presents, which acquires encore runs of notable documentary features for broadcast on CNN.

    In only six years, Entelis and her series content development team have produced more than 35 CNN Original Series, including the 10-time Primetime Emmy® Award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, produced by Zero Point Zero Production. The series won Primetime Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Informational Series in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018, as well as a 2013 Peabody Award for excellence and meritorious work. Entelis' series content team also developed the three-time Primetime Emmy® Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, which received back-to-back Primetime Emmy® Awards in 2017 and 2018 for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. To date, CNN Original Series has earned a total of 15 Emmy® Awards.

    Also developed under Entelis' guidance for CNN Original Series are: The History of Comedy, executive produced by Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Mark Herzog, and Christopher Cowen; the Primetime Emmy® Award-nominated "Decades Series": The Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties, The Nineties, and The 2000s, executive produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Mark Herzog; This is Life with Lisa Ling; Race for the Whtie House narrated by Mahershala Ali Soundtracks: Songs That Made History executive produced by Dwayne Johnson; Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, honored as Best Limited Series at the 29th annual International Documentary Association (IDA) awards; 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 2018, CNN Original Series launched five new series: The Radical Story of Patty Hearst; Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History; Christiane Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World, 1968: The Year That Changed America and American Dynasties: The Kennedys, which is the most-watched CNN Original Series among total viewers to date.

    In 2017, Entelis extended the original series franchise to CNN sister network, HLN and launched more than five HLN Original Series dedicated to true crime, mysteries, and investigations. The highly-rated programming includes Unmasking A Killer, Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo, How It Really Happened with Hill Harper, and Something's Killing Me with BD Wong.

    Since 2012, CNN Films has acquired, co-produced, or commissioned more than 40 feature and short films, including 2018's RBG, directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS, directed by Tim Wardle. Both films premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and have been honored with 2018 Critics' Choice Documentary Awards. In addition, both films recently secured a spot on the 2019 Oscars Shortlist in the category of Best Documentary Feature. Also in 2018, LOVE, GILDA, directed by Lisa D'Apolito, premiered as the opening night film for the Tribeca Film Festival, and later won the audience award at the Cinetopia Film Festival. Theatrical, and other platform distribution rights, for LOVE, GILDA, THREE IDENTICAL STRANGE