Friday, March 22, 2019

YUMMY! Hallmark's Upfront 2019 News includes a Christmas Cookie Countdown and More!



Hallmark Press Release #1:

HALLMARK DRAMA'S
"CHRISTMAS COOKIE COUNTDOWN"
SERIES COMING
THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Series to Premiere in Fourth Quarter 2019 as Hallmark Drama's First Dive Into Original Content

New York, NY, March 21, 2019 - Crown Media Family Networks announced today the launch of Hallmark Drama's "Christmas Cookie Countdown," a five-episode competition series featuring some of the most talented amateur home bakers around the country and the most exciting yuletide cookie challenges the holiday season has ever seen. The series will be judged by a panel of three well-known pastry chefs and hosted by a rotating panel of beloved Hallmark stars who will offer encouragement and support the teams throughout the competition. The program will be the among the network's first on-air original content since its launch in 2017.

"The 'Christmas Cookie Countdown' gives Hallmark Drama signature content that can't be seen anywhere else," said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Crown Media Family Networks. "This good-natured competition is a great addition to Crown Media's tradition of celebrating the holidays on-air and we have every confidence it will resonate strongly with our viewers."

Hallmark Drama, Crown Media Family Networks' third linear network, is in nearly 20 million households today and is on the path to reach 40 million by the end of the 2019 Calendar Year.

ABOUT HALLMARK DRAMA

Launched in October 2017, Hallmark Drama joined Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries as Crown Media Family Networks' third linear cable television network. Distributed in nearly 20 million homes, the network features an unduplicated lineup from its sister networks, and evokes the legacy and spirit of the iconic, award-winning Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise with engaging, dramatic storytelling. In addition to fan-favorite Hallmark Hall of Fame titles, the network showcases an array of movies and series from Crown Media's vast library of original dramatic content. To visit the network website, please visit www.hallmarkdrama.com Hallmark Drama on Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.


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Hallmark Press Release #2:

HALLMARK DRAMA ANNOUNCES
NEW ORIGINAL SERIES
'PROJECT CHRISTMAS JOY: ALABAMA'

[WORKING TITLE]
New York, NY, March 21, 2019 - Crown Media Family Networks announced today "Project Christmas Joy: Alabama" [Working Title] on Hallmark Drama, a new original program coming this Christmas season that will give a town in need an extreme Hallmark holiday transformation. From an extravagant Christmas tree lighting to a Main Street makeover, this series will spread holiday cheer for a town that needs it the most. The program is one of two new original programming installments for Hallmark Drama announced at Crown Media's upfront event tonight, both of which are the network's first on-air original content since its launch.

"This show aligns perfectly with Hallmark Drama's exclusive offering of original content," said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Crown Media Family Networks. "We look forward to bringing Hallmark holiday joy to a special town in Alabama for the 2019 Christmas season."

Crown Media Family Networks' third linear network, Hallmark Drama, is in nearly 20 million households today and is on the path to reach 40 million by the end of the 2019 Calendar Year.

ABOUT HALLMARK DRAMA

Launched in October 2017, Hallmark Drama joined Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries as Crown Media Family Networks' third linear cable television network. Distributed in nearly 20 million homes, the network features an unduplicated lineup from its sister networks, and evokes the legacy and spirit of the iconic, award-winning Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise with engaging, dramatic storytelling. In addition to fan-favorite Hallmark Hall of Fame titles, the network showcases an array of movies and series from Crown Media's vast library of original dramatic content. To visit the network website, please visit www.hallmarkdrama.com Hallmark Drama on Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.


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Hallmark Press Release #3:

CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS
TAPS HALLMARK CHANNEL SUPER FANS,
"JACKS" & "SHAWL" AS HOSTS
OF NEW PODCAST,
"HALLMARK CHANNELS' BUBBLY SESH"


Launching in April, Weekly Program Will Feature Talent Interviews, Program Previews, and Surprise Guests

New York, NY, March 21, 2019 - Highly passionate Hallmark Channel fans, Jacklyn Collier and Shawlini Manjunath-Holbrook, have been tapped as hosts of the network's new podcast, "Hallmark Channels' Bubbly Sesh", the company announced tonight at its annual Upfront celebration in New York City's iconic Rainbow Room. The dynamic duo is known for its own Hallmark Channel-dedicated podcast, which they began two years ago when they discovered their shared love for the network's programming.

The weekly program will debut in April, with "Jacks" and "Shawl" offering sneak peeks at upcoming programming, exclusive talent interviews, and behind-the-scenes production scoop.

"Jacks and Shawl's tremendous enthusiasm for our programming, combined with their podcasting experience, make them an ideal fit as the hosts of 'Hallmark Channels' Bubbly Sesh'," said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Crown Media Family Networks. "They represent who our fans are, so we know that our viewers will respond and relate to them immediately."

Jacks and Shawl's "The Bubbly Sesh" podcast began just before the network's annual programming franchise "Countdown to Christmas" in 2017 as a direct response to their love for everything Hallmark. The program quickly became the most popular Hallmark movie review podcast on the market, featuring fan-favorite Hallmark talent guests such as Candace Cameron Bure, Danica McKellar, and Alison Sweeney, as well as screenwriters, producers, set designers, and more. The duo has since hosted and produced over 150 episodes, drawn in a substantial audience of 50K+ downloads, and earned the backing of the loyal Hallmark fanbase, otherwise known as "Hallmarkies", that has utilized the platform to share the bond of how the networks' content has enriched their own lives and provided comfort during challenging times.

"We are incredibly thrilled to take on the role as the Hallmark podcast co-hosts," said Jacks. Shawl continued, "We are so grateful that our podcast opened the doors to such a significant role at Crown Media and has given us the privilege to establish an incredible community of Hallmark devotees just like us."

"Hallmark Channels' Bubbly Sesh" will be available on hallmarkchannel.com/podcasts and anywhere listeners get their favorite podcasts beginning April 2019.

ABOUT CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS

Crown Media Family Networks is the umbrella unit subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Inc., housing cable's leading family friendly networks, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama. Hallmark Channel features an ambitious slate of new, original content, including movies, scripted series, annual specials, and a daily, two-hour lifestyle show. Hallmark Channel is also home to the popular annual holiday franchise "Countdown to Christmas," featuring a lineup of 24/7 holiday programming. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is a 24-hour cable network featuring a unique mix of new, original movies and acquired series focused on the lighter side of the suspense and mystery genres. The network also features its own annual holiday programming franchise, "Miracles of Christmas". Hallmark Drama showcases the rich legacy of the Hallmark Hall of Fame library and with zero duplication, spotlights movies and series from Crown Media's collection of original dramatic content. Crown Media Family Networks is also home to Hallmark Movies Now, the company's subscription streaming service, which offers wholly distinct content from the company's linear channels. Crown Media Family Networks' digital publishing extension, Hallmark Publishing, is an eBook division that creates novelizations of previously aired original movie favorites. It also accepts author submissions for original, on-brand manuscripts that can be greenlit as a new movie or series for one of the company's three linear networks. Hallmark Channel on Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on Social Media: Facebook, Twitter Hallmark Drama on Social Media: Twitter Hallmark Publishing on Social Media: Twitter.

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Lots of fun stuff to look forward to!

Hope you enjoyed this latest scoop!

Blessings! Net



1 comment:

  1. Exciting News! Not really into the podcast thing...but really like the new things coming to Hallmark Drama and love your site to keep me in the know!

    ReplyDelete

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