Turner 2017 Upfront: The Experience is Everything

Last week, the Turner family gathered in New York City to showcase our amazing content, latest programming and the incredible talent from our brands – Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, HLN, TBS, TNT, truTV and Turner Sports – at our 2017 Upfront.

#TURNERUPFRONT: What you need to know

Hosted annually, the Turner Upfront is an event that showcases the company’s premium video content spanning its portfolio of leading entertainment, kids, news and sports brands – including Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, CNN, HLN, TBS, TNT, truTV and Turner Sports – and highlights the company’s industry leadership in ad capabilities that drive business outcomes. Tickets are required for admission, but for those not able to attend, follow along on Turner’s Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook channels for an inside look at the event.

"The single largest technology transformation since our inception"

Turner owns and operates some of the most successful and recognizable brands on the planet. But as disruption continues in the industry, and the “race to the center” becomes the ultimate goal, a lot has to happen. That is why the next year and a half will bring tremendous change within Turner. In fact, Turner Chief Technology Officer, Jeremy Legg, calls it, “the single largest technology transformation since our inception.” Broadcast technologies have traditionally required a mix of software and hardware—a massive amount of hardware. Turner is converting much of its infrastructure to a more modern, flexible, software-based solution, as well as centralizing its entire technological operations – from app development, to streaming, to IT infrastructure. Recently, we sat with Jeremy to learn more about the transition, his team and what it takes to make this transition a reality.

TCM Celebrates its 8th Annual Classic Film Festival

On April 6, 2017, TCM held its four-day all-inclusive classic film festival for thousands of movie lovers from around the world in Hollywood. Hosted by TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz and Tiffany Vazquez, this year’s attendees experienced Comedy in the Movies with screenings, meet-ups and events featuring industry legends like Lee Grant, Mel Brooks and John Landis. The festival also honored the late mother-daughter powerhouse Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher and long-time, beloved TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne.

Melissa Etheridge Rocks NYC for CNN

To help launch their new series, Soundtracks, CNN brought Grammy-winning performer Melissa Etheridge to New York’s 59th Street subway station for an acoustic set. Subway-riders got to hear some of Melissa’s most popular songs: On Broadway, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Hold On I’m Coming, This Land Is Your Land, Come To My Window and Bring Me Some Water.

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2017 TO FEATURE TURNER PREMIERES

The Tribeca Film Festival, an annual, signature New York City entertainment industry event, will take place this year from April 19– April 30. Turner will have a significant presence, with CNN Original Series and Film premiering films “Elian” and “The Reagan Show,” as well as original series “Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History.” Cartoon Network will be premiering a short narrative, “Summer Camp Island.”

Bringing Live Streaming to Life for March Madness

This is the seventh year Turner Sports and CBS have partnered to bring fans live coverage of all 67 games from the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. More people watched “March Madness” this year than ever before averaging 10.827 million viewers and a record 98 million live streams.

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