Hallmark Media Announces “Make Her Mark: Hallmark’s Reciprocal Director Mentor Program”





Hallmark Media Announces “Make Her Mark: Hallmark’s Reciprocal Director Mentor Program” Launching in 2023
The program will continue Hallmark’s commitment to inclusive storytelling and embracing the female perspective in its slate of movies and series in front of and behind the camera.
[via press release from Hallmark Media]
HALLMARK MEDIA ANNOUNCES “MAKE HER MARK: HALLMARK’S RECIPROCAL DIRECTOR MENTOR PROGRAM” LAUNCHING IN 2023

Acclaimed Actor and Director Ashley Williams Forefront of the Reciprocal Shadow Program

PASADENA, CA – August 10, 2022 – Hallmark Media announced today it is launching a female-focused initiative that will create opportunities for aspiring filmmakers. The Make Her Mark reciprocal director mentor initiative conceived as a passion project by Ashley Williams, (“Amber Brown”, “How I Met Your Mother”,” “Jim Gaffigan Show”, “Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday”, “Two Tickets to Paradise”), was developed as a result of her collaboration with top executives at Hallmark. The program will continue Hallmark’s commitment to inclusive storytelling and embracing the female perspective in its slate of movies and series in front of and behind the camera. It was announced today at the bi-annual meeting of the Television Critics Association.

“I am where I am today because of the women and men who mentored me and lifted me up along the way,” said Lisa Hamilton Daly, EVP, Programming, Hallmark Media. She continued, “And now we will pay it forward as an organization and help arm aspiring women filmmakers with the tools and experience they need and want to take their careers to new heights. I cannot wait to see the incredible work that will result from this new program.”

“My gratitude to Hallmark Channel for the years of supporting me as a storyteller runs deep. And now, to work in concert with Wonya Lucas, Lisa Hamilton Daly, Randy Pope and the executive leadership team to create this same support for other female storytellers is some of the most fulfilling work I’ve ever done,” said Ashley Williams. “This new program is one of several ways Hallmark is committed to diversifying its stories AND its storytellers.”

In addition to this active movement by the company to hire increasingly more female directors, Hallmark will tap into its extensive stable of reputable directors who have expressed an interest in mentoring rising talent behind the camera. The program will allow women to shadow established directors on Hallmark sets to learn the process. In the Make Her Mark program, after a woman shadows a director-mentor through the full pre-production, production and post-production processes, the network will employ that woman as the director of their own movie, with her former mentor now “shadowing” her as their creative producer. Each participant will have access to mentoring, career coaching, and help in developing her subsequent works.

“Hallmark is a brand built around giving to and connecting with others, and The Make Her Mark program is our gift of opportunity experience, coaching, and guidance for such deserving and talented women in our field,” said Wonya Lucas, President & CEO, Hallmark Media. “I hope one day, when she accepts her Emmy or Peabody or Oscar, that she fondly remembers that Hallmark Media gave her that first shot… and then she pays it forward.”

The company will announce its first pairings in the coming months for movies that will air on Hallmark Channel or Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Williams will direct a film for Hallmark Channel this year.

To watch a message from Ashley Williams to the Television Critics Association in response to the announcement, please click here.

ABOUT HALLMARK MEDIA, INC.

Owned and operated by Hallmark Cards, Inc., Hallmark Media is home to Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama. Hallmark Channel features an ambitious slate of new, original content, including movies, scripted series, and annual specials. Hallmark Channel is also home to the popular annual holiday franchise Countdown to Christmas featuring a 24/7 lineup of 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 and is the new home of Mahogany movies. Hallmark Drama showcases the rich legacy of the Hallmark Hall of Fame library and 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 commercial-free, feel-good movies and series from Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and more, including exclusive content you can’t find anywhere else. Hallmark Media’s publishing extension, Hallmark Publishing, offers original novels, as well as books adapted from Hallmark original movies.



Chyler Leigh Joins the Cast of “The Way Home”





Chyler Leigh Joins the Cast of “The Way Home,” A New, Original Primeteime Series Set to Bow on the Network in 2023
Leigh plays Kat Landry, who moved away from her small, Canadian farm town of Port Haven many years ago following a family tragedy, and remains estranged from her mother Del (Andie MacDowell) to this day.
[via press release from Crown Media]
CHYLER LEIGH JOINS THE CAST OF “THE WAY HOME,” A NEW, ORIGINAL PRIMETEIME SERIES SET TO BOW ON THE NETWORK IN 2023

STUDIO CITY, CA – August 9, 2022 – Chyler Leigh (“Supergirl,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) has been cast in “The Way Home,” the network’s new, original primetime series slated to begin production later this month for a 2023 premiere on Hallmark Channel.

Leigh plays Kat Landry, who moved away from her small, Canadian farm town of Port Haven many years ago following a family tragedy, and remains estranged from her mother Del (Andie MacDowell) to this day. With her marriage coming to an end and having just been laid off from her job, Kat decides to return home after receiving an unexpected letter from Del urging her to come back. Although her 15-year-old daughter Alice is none-too-thrilled, Kat and her daughter arrive at her family’s farm, though the reunion isn’t what Kat had envisioned. As the three generations of women slowly work on finding their footing as a family, they embark on an enlightening – and surprising – journey none of them could have imagined.

“Chyler Leigh and Andie MacDowell are the perfect mother-daughter pairing for our new series, ‘The Way Home,'” said Lisa Hamilton Daly, Executive Vice President, Programming, Crown Media Family Networks. “We at Hallmark Channel cannot wait for her to grace our screens as a member of this cast.”

“The Way Home” is executive produced by Marly Reed and Arnie Zipursky for Neshama Entertainment; Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew for MarVista Entertainment; and Heather Conkie, Alexandra Clarke, Andie MacDowell and Chyler Leigh.

Leigh is represented by The Burstein Company, UTA and attorney Mitch Smelkinson.

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— HALLMARK CHANNEL —



Dating the Delaneys 8/20 on Hallmark Channel





RACHEL BOSTON AND PAUL CAMPBELL STAR IN ‘DATING THE DELANEYS,’
A NEW, ORIGINAL MOVIE PREMIERING AUGUST 20, ON HALLMARK CHANNEL

STUDIO CITY, CA – August 10, 2022 – Rachel Boston (“SEAL Team,” “A Carousel
Christmas” and Paul Campbell (“The Santa Stakeout,” “Battlestar Galactica”) explore dating in the
modern era in “Dating the Delaneys,” a new, original movie premiering Saturday, August
20 (8 p.m. ET/PT), on Hallmark Channel as part of the network’s “Fall into Love” programming
event.

Maggie Delaney (Boston) is a divorced mother who, after learning her ex-husband is
getting remarried, ventures into the dating world with the encouragement of her mother Barb
(Karen Kruper, “Color My World with Love”) and teen daughter Emma (Zoë Christie, “Honor
Society”). Helping her along the way is Michael (Campbell) the single father of her son’s friend,
who offers to help by going on a “practice date.” Michael also volunteers his public relations
expertise so Maggie can prepare for her upcoming television interview on a local program
spotlighting her bakery, Sweet Sensations. Maggie’s dating adventures bring mixed results, and
as she and Michael spend more time together, it’s clear their friendship could turn into something
more. Meanwhile, Barb and Emma begin romances of their own. As these three generations of
women explore the highs and lows of modern dating, they learn that love and romance can be
found at any age…and sometimes where you least expect it.

“Dating the Delaneys” is from Timeless Pictures in association with Bassett Hound
Distribution. Ben Sliverman, Alexandre Coscas and Michael Goldstein are executive producers.
Cynde Harmon is producer. Allan Harmon directed from a script by Jennifer Barrow.



Hallmark Channel Kicks Off Production on “Ride”





Hallmark Channel Kicks Off Production on “Ride,” New, Original Primetime Series to Premiere in 2023
Nancy Travis, Tiera Skovbye, Beau Mirchoff, Sara Garcia, Jake Foy and Tyler Jacob Moore star in the series.
[via press release from Crown Media]
HALLMARK CHANNEL KICKS OFF PRODUCTION ON “RIDE,” NEW, ORIGINAL PRIMETIME SERIES TO PREMIERE IN 2023

Nancy Travis, Tiera Skovbye, Beau Mirchoff, Sara Garcia, Jake Foy and Tyler Jacob Moore Set to Star

STUDIO CITY, CA – August 4, 2022 – Production began today on “Ride,” Hallmark Channel’s new, original primetime series, shooting on location in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. A compelling, family drama centered on a rodeo dynasty, the series will premiere on Hallmark Channel in 2023.

The network has also announced the casting of the dynastic McMurray Family. The series follows Missy McMurray, played by Tiera Skovbye (“Riverdale,” “Nurses”). A former rodeo queen, Missy is a McMurray by marriage and struggles to find her place in the family. Nancy Travis (“Last Man Standing,” “The Kominsky Method”) is Isabel McMurray, the tough-as-nails family matriarch fighting to keep her family legacy afloat following a tragedy. Beau Mirchoff (“Good Trouble,” “Hidden Gems”) is Cash McMurray, the second-born son who will carry on his family’s legacy; Sara Garcia (“The Flash,” “Reign”) is Valeria Galindo and Jake Foy (“Designated Survivor,” “A Little Daytime Drama”) is Tuff McMurray, Isabel’s youngest son. Rounding out the cast is Tyler Jacob Moore (“Shameless,” “Once Upon a Time”) as Gus, a handsome stranger who comes into their lives.

“We are excited to welcome the talented cast of ‘Ride’ to our family here at Hallmark Channel,” said Lisa Hamilton Daly, Executive Vice President, Programming, Crown Media Family Networks. “We believe our viewers will be drawn to this exceptional, layered story that will make it a fan-favorite.”

“Ride” is a multigenerational family ensemble following the lives of the McMurrays, part of a rodeo dynasty going back a generation, as they struggle to keep their beloved ranch afloat. After a tragic loss, each character embarks on an empowering journey of transformation and self-discovery while also uncovering a twisted web of secrets, threatening to tear the family and their small Colorado town apart at the seams. Emotions run high and clashes are common in the complicated McMurray clan, but they are a tight-knit group who don’t give up easily. And the three strong women of the family – widowed rodeo queen Missy, matriarch Isabel, and former teen run-away Valeria – resolve to stand strong against all challenges and save their land, come what may.

“Ride” is co-produced by Endeavor-backed Blink49 Studios and Seven24 Films, in partnership with Bell Media for CTV Drama Channel in Canada. Based on an original script by husband and wife writing team Rebecca Boss and Chris Masi, who along with Sherri Cooper-Landsman are showrunners and executive producers. John Morayniss, Carolyn Newman and Virginia Rankin are executive producing for Blink49 Studios; Greg Gugliotta and F.J. Denny executive produce for Nitelite Entertainment; Elana Barry and Josh Adler executive produce for Circle of Confusion; and Jordy Randall and Tom Cox executive produce for Seven24 Films. Paolo Barzman directs and executive produces. Endeavor Content will handle the international distribution for the series.

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ABOUT BLINK49 STUDIOS

Co-founded in 2021 by industry veterans CEO John Morayniss, Non-Executive Vice Chair Patrice Theroux, COO Jeff Lynas and CFO Nelson Kuo-Lee, Blink49 Studios is a full-service indie studio focused on the development, production, and monetization of premium scripted and unscripted content for a global market. Headquartered in Toronto with offices in Los Angeles, Blink49 Studios was formed in partnership with its anchor investor and lead strategic partner Endeavor Content. With a combined experience of innovative deal-making and strong relationships in the creative community, Blink49 Studios takes a content-first approach by partnering with best-in-class writers, creators, producers, and talent as well as supporting new and diverse voices.

ABOUT HALLMARK CHANNEL

Hallmark Channel, owned by Hallmark Cards, Inc., is Crown Media Family Networks’ flagship 24-hour cable television network. As the country’s leading destination for quality, feel-good entertainment, Hallmark Channel delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand. The network’s lineup of signature original content includes movies, primetime scripted series and specials. Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate holidays, seasons, and life’s special moments, Hallmark Channel is home to a host of annual programming events, including the highly successful Countdown to Christmas, which has become a pop culture phenomenon and a beloved holiday tradition for millions of viewers. Rounding out the network’s slate are some of television’s classic comedies and series, including The Golden Girls, Frasier, and Reba.

ABOUT SEVEN24 FILMS

SEVEN24 Films is an independent film and television production company whose work has spanned over two decades. Executive Producers Tom Cox and Jordy Randall have produced dramatic series, mini-series, television movies and feature films garnering over one hundred industry awards and nominations. In addition to Family Law, SEVEN24’s current projects include the hit family series Heartland – the longest running one-hour series in Canadian history – now in its fifteenth season for CBC, Netflix and UPtv, Wynonna Earp on Syfy and CTV Sci-Fi, and half hour comedy JANN for CTV and Hulu. SEVEN24’s focus on integration of scripted programming with interactive content and social media has helped make Heartland and Wynonna Earp two of the most dynamic scripted television projects in the digital space. Previous projects include Damnation with NBC Universal for USA, Fortunate Son, a political thriller for CBC and NBCU International, Dark Cargo, a noir thriller for YouTube Premium, Young Drunk Punk for Rogers and CBC, the Canadian Screen Award winner Borealis, the Gemini Award winning movie Mayerthorpe and Gemini Award winning Mini-Series Burn Up. Tom Cox and Jordy Randall were also co-producers on numerous high-profile feature films including the Academy Award nominated Brokeback Mountain and are both recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their contribution to the arts. SEVEN24 Films was recently named Playback Magazine’s Production Company of the Year.



CHRISTMAS IN JULY MAKES HALLMARK CHANNEL THE #1 MOST-WATCHED





CHRISTMAS IN JULY MAKES HALLMARK CHANNEL THE #1 MOST-WATCHED DURING TOTAL DAY AND PRIMETIME FOR THE MONTH
Programming Event Delivered the Most-Watched Program Every Saturday

NEW YORK – August 2, 2022 – Hallmark Channel’s 2022 Christmas in July programming
event made the network the #1 most-watched in cable entertainment during Total Day and
Primetime among Households, Women 18+ and Total Viewers for the duration of its month-long
run. The stunt’s three all-new original movie premieres delivered the #1 most-watched original
entertainment cable program every Saturday for three consecutive weeks among Households,
Women 18+ and Total Viewers. Together, the premieres averaged 197,000 Women 25-54 and
1.8 million Total Viewers, and in total, reached 5.1 million unduplicated Total Viewers.
Key Nielsen Highlights (L+SD) – Hallmark Channel

 Hallmark Channel was the #1 most-watched entertainment cable network in Total Day
and Primetime among Households, Women 18+, and Total Viewers for the duration of the
Christmas in July programming event

 The three Christmas in July original movie premieres were the #1 most-watched
entertainment cable programs every Saturday on their respective air dates among
Households, Women 18+ and Total Viewers

 Compared to all other original programs, the Christmas in July programming event was
the #1 most-watched original entertainment cable program of the month among
Households, Women 18+ and Total Viewers

 The three all-new premieres averaged 197,000 Women 25-54 and 1.8 million Total
Viewers, and reached 5.1 million unduplicated Total Viewers
Source: Nielsen L+SD 6/27-7/31/22; Excludes news & sports; “#1 Original Program” rank excludes repeats from program averages;

Unduplicated P2+ audience, 6 min qualifier.

ABOUT HALLMARK CHANNEL
Hallmark Channel, owned by Hallmark Cards, Inc., is Crown Media Family Networks’ flagship 24-hour cable television network. As the country’s leading destination for quality, feel-good entertainment, Hallmark Channel delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand. The network’s lineup of signature original content includes movies, primetime scripted series, and specials. Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate holidays, seasons, and life’s special moments, Hallmark Channel is home to a host of annual programming events, including the highly successful Countdown to Christmas, which has become a pop culture phenomenon and a beloved holiday tradition for millions of viewers.
Rounding out the network’s slate are some of television’s most classic comedies and series, including The Golden Girls, Frasier, and Reba



Hallmark Offers Viewers All-New Original Premieres in September





Hallmark Offers Viewers All-New Original Premieres in September on Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Highlights include “Wedding of a Lifetime,” starring Brooke D’Orsay and Jonathan Bennett, on Saturday, September 17.
[via press release from Crown Media]
HALLMARK OFFERS VIEWERS ALL-NEW ORIGINAL PREMIERES IN SEPTEMBER ON HALLMARK CHANNEL AND HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES

Hallmark Channel’s “Fall into Love” programming event continues in September with four all-new original movie premieres. Viewers will get to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature and tales of romance, both new and rekindled.

On Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, viewers will travel to Ireland and Northern California as answers to personal mysteries are uncovered, a murder is investigated and will be treated to the second movie in the new Mahogany franchise, “To Her, With Love.”

PREMIERING ON HALLMARK CHANNEL IN SEPTEMBER:

‘MARRY ME IN YOSEMITE’
Saturday, September 3 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Cindy Busby, Tyler Harlow
Zoe (Busby) is a top photojournalist who has published successful coffee table books featuring her images of iconic places. Her publisher wants her next subject to be Yosemite, so she heads west despite not being sure cab do justice to the majesty of the landscape. While there, she meets Jack (Harlow), an intriguing tour guide who opens her eyes to new possibilities as they take a journey together.

‘MARRY GO ROUND’
Saturday, September 10 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Amanda Schull, Brennan Elliott
Abby Foster (Schull) and Luke Walker(Elliott) were high school sweethearts who were married for a brief time. Many years later, Abby’s life seems perfect as she gets ready for a new life in Paris along with her soon-to-be husband Edward. When an unexpected letter arrives throwing Abby off course, she must decide what her heart really wants.

‘WEDDING OF A LIFETIME’
Saturday, September 17 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Brooke D’Orsay, Jonathan Bennett
Darby (D’Orsay) and Jake (Bennett) are an engaged couple who have been together since their days as high school sweethearts in a close-knit mountain town. Over the years they have found themselves in a rut and drifting apart. When their entire community nominates them to compete for an all-expenses paid wedding in a nationally televised contest, this just may be what the couple needs to rekindle their romance.

‘FLY AWAY WITH ME’ (wt)
Saturday, September 24 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Natalie Hall, Peter Mooney
When Angie (Hall) moves into her “no pets allowed” building, a parrot arrives unexpectedly. New neighbor Ted (Mooney) and the dog he’s secretly sitting try to help her find the bird’s owner without being caught.

PREMIERING ON HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES IN SEPTEMBER:

‘LOVE’S PORTRAIT’
Sunday, September 4 (9 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Aubrey Reynolds, Richard McWilliams
Lily (Reynolds) is a museum curator who finds a painting that looks just like her. Lily’s search for the artist leads her to Ireland, where she meets William(McWilliams), a charming man who helps her on her quest and may also know more about the portrait’s origins than he’s letting on.

‘TO HER, WITH LOVE’
Sunday, September 11 (9 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Skye P. Marshall, Tobias Truvillion with a cameo by Shanice Wilson-Knox
Kayla (Marshall) heads back to her hometown of Stansville, North Carolina, after her substitute teaching job at an elite, private high school comes to an early end. On her first day back, her loving yet inquisitive mother (Maria Howell, Hidden Figures) sets up a job interview at her high school alma mater. Kayla, who ultimately wants to get into a competitive teaching program in London, is hesitant to apply. However, when it turns out that her high school best friend Tanya (Brittany L. Smith, “Sweet Magnolias”) is a teacher there and she is offered the job on the spot and quickly accepts. When Kayla initially struggles to connect with her students, Jordan (Truvillion), a jack-of-all-trades teacher who is devoted to supporting underserved students, steps in to help. Though reluctant to accept his input at first, she is soon inspired to try a fresh approach to help each of her students tap into their unique artistic passions and her students begin flourishing. When Kayla learns the school may be cutting the arts department due to budget cuts, she and Jordan work together to set up a fundraising showcase, with a little help from her longtime friend Shanice Wilson-Knox. Soon, sparks are flying between Kayla and Jordan as they discover a shared love of teaching, service and Sidney Poitier movies. However, when Kayla receives some teaching opportunities that would take her away from Stansville – and Jordan – she finds that her heart may still have a few things to teach her about what will make her happy.

‘THE SECRETS OF BELLA VISTA’
Sunday, September 18 (9 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Rachelle Lefevre, Niall Matter
Based on the book The Apple Orchard by New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs
Tess Delaney (Lefevre) gets the surprising news by estate executor Damhnaic McAuley (Matter) that she has inherited half of an apple orchard from the father she never knew and has a half-sister she didn’t know about. When she visits the orchard and connects with her new-found family, she learns that the orchard is dep in debt. Using her knowledge as an antiques expert, Tess and her half-sister work to unravel the mystery of their grandmother’s “treasure” that could hold the key to saving the orchard. And, in the process, Tess ultimately finds a new understanding of herself.

‘FRANCESCA QUINN, PI’
Sunday, September 18 (9 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Mallory Jansen, Dylan Bruce
When private investigator Francesca “Frankie” Quinn’s (Jansen) fiancé is murdered, his sister hires her to find the killer. Frankie must work with Wyn (Bruce), the local detective assigned to the case… who also happens to be her ex. As the one-time couple joins forces to unravel a serpentine plot, the investigation strikes at their hearts.

— CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS —



Romance in Style 8/13 on Hallmark Channel





JAICY ELLIOT, BENJAMIN HOLLINGSWORTH AND CANDICE HUFFINE STAR IN ‘ROMANCE IN STYLE’
A NEW, ORIGINAL MOVIE PREMIERING AUGUST 13, ON HALLMARK CHANNEL
Part of the Network’s Annual “Fall into Love” Programming Event

STUDIO CITY, CA – July 26, 2022 – Jaicy Elliot (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Benjamin
Hollingsworth (“Virgin River”) and model/designer Candice Huffine star in “Romance in Style,”
a new, original movie premiering Saturday, August 13 (8 p.m. ET/PT), on Hallmark Channel
as part of the network’s annual “Fall into Love” programming event.

Ella (Elliot) is a confident and passionate aspiring plus-size fashion designer who wants to
make clothing for women like herself. While working as a freelance seamstress at a high-profile
fashion magazine, she meets the handsome and disarming Derek (Hollingsworth), the “Prince of
Publishing,” who is working on taking over the magazine business from his father. Derek needs
to learn the fashion business quickly and enlists Ella to show him the ropes. Ella and Derek come
from two different worlds but are somehow drawn to one another. Can they work past their
differences to overcome unexpected work obstacles and expectations of what makes a
conventional couple, proving love can be found where you least expect it?

“Romance in Style” is from Dressed For Love Films, Inc. and Just To Be Clear Productions,
Inc. Joey Plager and Ellie Kanner are executive producers. Juliette Hagopian is producer. Michael
Shepard is co-producer and Elli Nakamichi is associate producer. Michael Robison directed from
a script by Luther M. Mace and Karen Berger.



Love’s Portrait 9/4 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries





AUBREY REYNOLDS AND RICHARD MCWILLIAMS STAR IN ‘LOVE’S PORTRAIT’
A NEW ORIGINAL PREMIERING SEPTEMBER 4, ON HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES

STUDIO CITY, CA – July 22 – Aubrey Reynolds (“A Sister’s Grudge”, Bookworm and the
Beast) and Richard McWilliams (“Vikings,” “Fair City”) star in “Love’s Portrait,” a new original
Premiering Sunday, September 4 (9 p.m. ET/PT), on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Lily (Reynolds) is a museum curator who discovers a painting that looks just like her and
is sent to find where the painting came from and who painted it. Lily’s search leads her to Ireland,
where she tracks down the painting to the post office it was sent from. There she meets William
(McWilliams) and Saoirse (Kathryn McKiernan), a brother-sister duo who runs the post office.
They offer their help, but William knows more than he’s letting on. He must decide if he’ll reveal
what he knows, even if it puts at risk the growing feelings, he and Lily have for each other.
“Love’s Portrait” is from Candlelight Media Group and Silver Peak Productions. AJC
Pennyworth, Elisa Jan and Brian Brough are executive producers. The movie is produced by Brian
Brough and John Lyde. Lyde directed from a script written by him and Brittany Wiscombe.



The Journey Ahead 8/14 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries





HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE AND KAYLEE BRYANT STAR IN ‘THE JOURNEY AHEAD’
A NEW ORIGINAL PREMIERING AUGUST 14, ON HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES

STUDIO CITY, CA – July 20, 2022 – Holly Robinson Peete (“American Housewife”), Kaylee
Bryant (“Legacies”), Mark Humphrey (“E.N.G.”) star in “The Journey Ahead,” a new original
premiering Sunday, August 14 (9 p.m. ET/PT), on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Madeline (Robinson Peete) is an aging Hollywood actress who has no meaningful
relationships. After a string of bad luck, Madeline hires her assistant’s friend Sarah (Bryant) to
drive her from Los Angeles to New York City for an urgent medical appointment. The road trip
has a rocky start, as Madeline and Sarah clash due to their different lifestyles and personalities.
When their car breaks down and they’re stuck in a charming small town, the pair starts to find
some common ground. As they get to know one another, they divulge personal hardships and
each provides the support and unconditional friendship needed to help them through it, teaching
the women that they can’t run from their past to create the future they want.

“The Journey Ahead” is from Two 4 the Money Media Inc. Kim Arnott and Kerry David
are executive producers. Kate Gajdosik is producer. Linda-Lisa Hayter directed from a script by
Erin Engman



Love in the Limelight 8/6 on Hallmark Channel





REAL-LIFE HUSBAND AND WIFE ALEXA PENAVEGA AND CARLOS PENAVEGA FIND ‘LOVE IN THE LIMELIGHT,
A NEW, ORIGINAL MOVIE PREMIERING AUGUST 6, ON HALLMARK CHANNEL

Part of the Network’s Annual “Fall into Love” Programming Event
Movie Features Six Original Songs Written by Carlos PenaVega

STUDIO CITY, CA – July 21, 2022 – Alexa PenaVega (“Picture Perfect Mysteries,” Spy Kids
franchise) and Carlos PenaVega (“Picture Perfect Mysteries,” “Big Time Rush”) star in “Love in
the Limelight,” a new, original movie premiering Saturday, August 6 (8 p.m. ET/PT), on
Hallmark Channel, kicking off the network’s annual “Fall into Love” programming event. Inspired
by the real-life love story of Willie Aames (“Picture Perfect Mysteries: Exit Stage Death,” “Eight is
Enough”) and his wife Winnie Hung, the script was written by Aames, Hung and Rich Tabach.
As a teenager, Summer (Alexa PenaVega) was a devoted fan of the popular boy band the
Mendez Boyz, especially Nick (Carlos PenaVega), their lead singer. After receiving a sweet fan
letter from Summer, Nick decides to respond with a phone call, sparking the start of a friendship
that’s lasted to this day. When Nick’s manager books a gig for him at a small venue in Summer’s
hometown of Salt Lake City where she now works in human resources at a local university, the
two finally meet face-to-face. It’s clear their friendship has set the stage for romance,. Summer
breaks things and Summer’s Abuelita (Ivonne Coll, “Jane the Virgin”) – a hip grandma with a
TikTok following – encourages her to follow her heart.

Adding a rich, Latin sound to the movie’s soundtrack are six original Spanglish songs
written by Carlos PenaVega: “If You Let Me,” “Someday Somewhere,” “BASIC,” “Vamos Pasar La
Bien,” “Fall Again and “Por Ti.” PenaVega is currently on national tour as a member of the popular
group Big Time Rush.

“Love in the Limelight” is from Crown Media Productions, LLC. James Wilberger is
executive producer and David Wulf is producer. Ron Oliver directed from a script by Willie Aames,
Winnie Hung and Rich Tabach, inspired by real events.