About 

  • Stacey Wolf is the senior vice president of Business Affairs for CNN Worldwide. She joined the Company in 1998 and is based in New York.

    In 2014, Wolf created and launched the CNN Business Affairs department. In her role, Wolf leads the negotiation of all development, production, license, and distribution deals for CNN Original Series, CNN Films, and HLN Original Series.

    Since 2012, Wolf has negotiated deals to produce or commission more than 50 CNN Original Series, including the Peabody and Emmy® Award-winning Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, produced by ZPZ Production; the critically-acclaimed This is Life with Lisa Ling, produced by Part2 Pictures; the Emmy® Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, produced by ZPZ Production; the Emmy® Award-nominated Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, produced by RAW; the Primetime Emmy® Award-nominated The Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties, The Nineties and The 2000s, and The Movies, executive produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Mark Herzog. Wolf and her team have also negotiated deals with BBC Studios Distribution, Cineflix Rights, Endemol Shine International, Entertainment One Television, and FremantleMedia, for the global distribution of select CNN Original Series.

    Wolf has also negotiated deals to acquire or commission more than 55 feature and short documentaries for CNN Films, including the Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated RBG, the BAFTA-nominated Three Identical Strangers, John Lewis: Good Trouble, Apollo 11, Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President, The Lost Sons, Julia, Citizen Ashe, Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, and more.

    Wolf has structured and negotiated complex film distribution deals, including global and domestic theatrical deals, giant screen exhibition deals, streaming platform deals, and other multiplatform agreements. Wolf leads the negotiation team for the development, production, and acquisitions of the long-form series and films currently being produced for CNN+, the company's new streaming subscription service. In addition, she has forged distribution partnerships with HBO Max, Magnolia Pictures, NEON Rated, Paramount Pictures, Dogwoof, Focus Features, and others. Wolf has also negotiated agreements for HLN Original Series, dedicated to true crime, mysteries, and investigations, including Forensic Files, Forensic Files II, Unmasking a Killer, and Vengeance.

    Prior to launching CNN Business Affairs, Wolf served in the CNN Legal Department for 15 years in roles of increasing responsibility, ultimately serving as Assistant General Counsel for CNN Worldwide, providing legal advice on newsgathering, production, and copyright issues for CNN's domestic and international platforms.

    In 2007, Wolf created the CNN Rights and Clearances department to create a process for CNN to license and manage third party materials for use by all CNN networks and platforms worldwide. In this role, Wolf also managed employees across the globe.

    Wolf is a respected leader and mentor within WarnerMedia. She previously served as co-chair of the Women's Programming Committee and as a Circle Mentor leader for the company's business resource group aimed at increasing the representation of women across roles within the company. Wolf is also a graduate of the Turner KEYS program, designed to improve the effectiveness of divisions, recruiting, and retention of high potential employees.

    A graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A., with distinction, in English, Wolf also holds a J.D. from Emory Law School. She was a staff member of the Emory Law Review and graduated in the top 10% of her class. She began her career as a litigation associate at King & Spalding in Atlanta.