Edinburgh TV Festival supported by Screen Scotland

Katie Hinman + Katie Isaacson

VP of development for CNN Original Series + Director of Development, CNN Original Series, CNN

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Katie Hinman is the VP of development for CNN Original Series, leading the creation of new programming for the network across linear TV and streaming platforms. In addition to working with third party producers across the globe, she also helms CNN Studios, the network’s Emmy-nominated in-house production unit, as well as overseeing CNN Audio, home to its award-winning podcasts.

Her work has been honored with two Emmy awards and eight nominations, an Overseas Press Club award, an Edward R. Murrow award, a Peabody, and a Gracie. She has served as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and on the advisory board for 826DC, a nonprofit devoted to inspiring students to write.

Katie Isaacson is the Director of Program Development for CNN Original Series. Isaacson joined CNN in 2016 and is responsible for cultivating relationships within the creative community and developing original programming across a variety of CNN platforms. She works closely with the wider CNN Original Series team to develop and produce series such as The History of the Sitcom and Emmy Award winning Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy.

Shows we oversee

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy
Murdochs Empire of Influence
Spy Wars (A BBC/ CNN Co-production)
Columbia: The Final Flight (A BBC/CNN Co-Production)

Would like to meet

Looking to meet with producers who excel at the following content:
– Historical, Pop Culture, Talent-Led, Travel, Food, Investigative.
– Limited and franchise documentary series; ideally 4–6-hour long episodes. Series episodes can be standalone, anthology style as well as continuing stories told across multiple episodes. Our series can be narrated or utilize a more immersive documentary style. They are archive and interview driven, and when appropriate series can employ impressionistic and cinematic recreation.
– The tone should be journalistic and distinctive, yet entertaining and commercially appealing.
– Our programming provides historical and cultural perspectives to inform how viewers see current events and view the world. It has commercial appeal and an ability to go deeper into stories, widening audience perspectives. This includes captivating historical events, iconic biographies, journalistic investigations, global immersive travelogues, entertaining and nostalgic pop culture stories with cultural context and perspective.
– We also lean into CNN viewers’ interests that go beyond news but still have meaningful connections to society and culture– food, music, pop culture, travel, and entertainment.
– We also seek to find new, diverse talent beyond the boundaries of news, and talent with an established voice and unique perspective on the world.