Amy Entelis, EVP, Talent and Content Development, CNN Worldwide.
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 team have produced more than 35 CNN Original Series, including the Peabody and 10-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. Entelis’ team also developed the three-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. In 2017, Entelis’ team launched 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.
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.
Entelis has also led the acquisition or co-production of more than 40 films, including the 2018 Critics’ Choice Documentary Award-winning RBG and THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS. Both films premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and secured spots on the 2019 Oscars Shortlist in the category of Best Documentary Feature. In addition, RBG was honored with the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award. In 2018, LOVE, GILDA premiered as the opening night film for the Tribeca Film Festival, and later won the audience award at the Cinetopia Film Festival. Entelis also developed STEVE JOBS: The Man in the Machine, acquired the 2014 BAFTA nominee, BLACKFISH, seen by more than 28 million viewers during its first 28 telecasts on CNN, and has executive produced many others.
Entelis’ career in television journalism began at ABC News where she worked as a producer for programs including 20/20 and World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. During her 30-year tenure at ABC News, Entelis worked in various roles of increasing responsibility, ultimately serving as senior vice president for talent strategy, development, and research.
A graduate of Vassar College, Entelis received a Master of Science in journalism from Columbia University and serves as a member of the Board of Visitors of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.