Magazine article Variety

CNN Digital's Delicious Look at Reality News

Magazine article Variety

CNN Digital's Delicious Look at Reality News

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PAT SAPERSTEIN

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Cnn is carving out a vibrant niche somewhere between the breaking news of earthquakes and wars, and reality TV, with its celebrity divorces and people foraging on islands. The câbler calls this category "reality news," and it's a format that has been extremely ^ successful with Anthony Bourdain's multiple-Emmy winning "Parts Unknown."

CNN Digital Studios, overseen by Chris Berend, launched earlier this year to introduce programming and personalities that could either cross over to the cable network or remain on digital platforms. One of the division's first shows was urban futurist docuseries "City of Tomorrow," which appeared on both digital and cable. Other original videos will focus on technology, entertainment, lifestyle and travel.

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