Lifetime Presents Variety’s Power of Women the Comedians Special





Lifetime Presents Variety’s Power of Women the Comedians Special Honoring Michaela Coel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mindy Kaling, Kate McKinnon, Maya Rudolph and Sofia Vergara
The one-hour special will premiere Monday, May 10 at 8:00/7:00c.
[via press release from Lifetime]
LIFETIME PRESENTS VARIETY’S POWER OF WOMEN THE COMEDIANS SPECIAL HONORING MICHAELA COEL, JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS, MINDY KALING, KATE MCKINNON, MAYA RUDOLPH AND SOFIA VERGARA

PREMIERING MONDAY, MAY 10 @ 8PM ET/PT ON LIFETIME

TRIBUTE TO HONOR LEGENDARY COMEDIAN GILDA RADNER’S LEGACY AND THE INCREDIBLE WORK OF GILDA’S CLUB METRO DETROIT PRESENTED BY TINA FEY

ADDITIONAL APPEARANCES BY AIDY BRYANT, BOWEN YANG, NATASHA LYONNE, LUIS BALAGUER, and CHARLIE HALL

Los Angeles, CA (April 8, 2021) – Variety and Lifetime announced today the one-hour special Lifetime Presents Variety’s Power of Women The Comedians which will premiere on Monday, May 10th at 8PM ET/PT on Lifetime. The special will be timed to Variety’s Power of Women issue, which hits newsstands on Wednesday, May 5th. The honorees will all appear on the cover of the issue. Additional content from the special will air on Variety.com and social media channels.

The special will honor the comedic impact of Emmy nominated Writer, Actor and Producer Mindy Kaling, Multiple Emmy Award-Winning Actor and Saturday Night Live legend Maya Rudolph, Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe-Winning Actor and Producer Julia Louis-Dreyfus, SAG Award-Winning and Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Actor Sofía Vergara, BAFTA Award-Winning Actor, Writer, Director and Producer Michaela Coel, and Emmy Award-winning Saturday Night Live Actor Kate McKinnon. Each honoree will be interviewed by a close family member or friend – including Aidy Bryant, Bowen Yang, Nastasha Lyonne, Luis Balaguer, and Charlie Hall.

In addition to showcasing the incredible work of the honorees, the special will also celebrate the life of the comedic icon Gilda Radner, as well as the charitable foundation for cancer patients and their families named after the late legend – Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit. Presented by Emmy Award and Golden Globe-winning Actor and Writer Tina Fey, the tribute will highlight Radner’s remarkable contributions to comedy and her pioneering nature as one of SNL’s seven original cast members, as well as the powerful work Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit does in supporting people who have been diagnosed with cancer and their families in the Detroit-metro area.

Previous Power of Women honorees include Cate Blanchett, Patti LuPone, Janelle Monae, Brie Larson, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Aniston, Laverne Cox, Jennifer Garner, Tiffany Haddish, Gigi Hadid, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Nicole Kidman, Blake Lively, Helen Mirren and Natalie Portman, among others.

“Variety’s Power of Women 2021 honors creative leaders in comedy who inspire us with their courage and originality and challenge us to transform a world desperately in need of positive change. In six wonderfully personal, dynamic ways, Mindy Kaling, Maya Rudolph, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sofía Vergara, Michaela Coel and Kate McKinnon use laughter to make serious points. All of them create art that works both as entertainment and as engagement with the issues we’re all facing with these difficult times,” said Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, Variety President and Group Publisher. “We are also thrilled to be able to honor the life and impact of the legendary Gilda Radner and the wonderful work Gilda’s Club does with cancer patients and their families. Once again, we are grateful to continue to work with Lifetime to make this special a reality and to be able to bring this iconic event for yet another year to a wider global audience.”

“After a challenging year for everyone, we could all use a good laugh. Lifetime looks forward to uplifting our audience by showcasing and celebrating the transformative power of the work from these wonderfully funny women,” said Amy Winter, EVP and Head of Programming, Lifetime and LMN. “We are honored to continue our partnership with Variety to amplify the contributions of these talented artists.”

Lifetime Presents Variety’s Power of Women The Comedians is executive produced by Sharon Scott, Kristy Sabat and Annie Allen of The Category 6 Media(TM) group. Lifetime executive producers are Amy Winter and Shura Davison. Michelle Sobrino-Stearns will Executive Produce from Variety, while John Ross and Dea Lawrence are Producers.

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ABOUT VARIETY

Now celebrating its 115th year anniversary, Variety is the seminal voice of the entertainment industry. Featuring award-winning breaking news reporting, insightful award-season coverage, must-read feature spotlights and intelligent analysis of the industry’s most prominent players, Variety is the trusted source for the business of global entertainment. Read by a highly engaged audience of industry insiders, Variety’s multi-platform content coverage expands across digital, mobile, social, print and branded content, events and summits. In May 2019, Variety’s “Actors on Actors” on PBS took home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy award and has been awarded the Emmy for best entertainment programming at the 67th and 68th Emmy Awards. “Actors on Actors,” an interview special that features pairings of prominent actors discussing their craft, was produced by PBS SoCal in partnership with Variety Media, LLC. Follow Variety on Facebook facebook.com/variety; Twitter, @variety; Instagram, @Variety The Variety Group – Variety, Variety.com, Variety Insight, Indiewire,- is owned by Variety Media, LLC, a division of Penske Media Corporation.

ABOUT LIFETIME

Celebrating over 35 years of entertaining audiences, Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning award-winning movies, high-quality scripted series and breakout non-fiction series. Lifetime has an impressive legacy in public affairs, bringing attention to social issues that women care about with initiatives such as the long-running Stop Breast Cancer for Life, Stop Violence Against Women, and Broader Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers, including women of color, to make its content. Lifetime Television(R), LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation. Follow Lifetime Publicity on Twitter and Instagram

About Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit

Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit has been serving the metro Detroit community since 1993. With locations in Royal Oak, St. Clair Shores and Detroit, we have more than 170 programs open to anyone who is seeking support during a cancer diagnosis. We have programing for those diagnosed themselves, family, friends and caregivers of those diagnosed as well as for those who have lost someone to cancer. We offer support groups, healthy lifestyle activities, educational lectures, bereavement services and social events. To become a member or for more information on Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit, visit our website at www.gildasclubdetroit.org.



Lifetime Kicks Off First Annual “Summer Of Secrets” with Six New Original Movies





Lifetime Kicks Off First Annual “Summer Of Secrets” with Six New Original Movies Inspired by True Stories Featuring All Star Casts
Annabeth Gish, Warren Christie, Jana Kramer, Jennie Garth, Anwen O’Driscoll, Julie Benz, Sadie Calvano, Lauren Lee Smith, Marc Blucas, Linda Purl and Patrick Duffy are among the featured talent.
[via press release from Lifetime]
LIFETIME KICKS OFF FIRST ANNUAL “SUMMER OF SECRETS” WITH SIX NEW ORIGINAL MOVIES INSPIRED BY TRUE STORIES FEATURING ALL STAR CASTS

GONE MOM STARRING ANNABETH GISH AND WARREN CHRISTIE PREMIERES SATURDAY, JUNE 5

SOCCER MOM MADAM STARRING JANA KRAMER PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 6

JENNIE GARTH AND ANWEN O’DRISCOLL STAR IN LEFT FOR DEAD: THE ASHLEY REEVES STORY PREMIERING SATURDAY, JUNE 12

SECRETS OF A GOLD DIGGER KILLER STARS JULIE BENZ PREMIERING SUNDAY, JUNE 13

SECRETS OF A MARINE’S WIFE STARS SADIE CALVANO PREMIERING SATURDAY, JUNE 19

DOOMSDAY MOM STARRING LAUREN LEE SMITH AND MARC BLUCAS PREMIERES SATURDAY, JUNE 26 LINDA PURL AND PATRICK DUFFY ALSO STAR

FOUR ADDITIONAL ACQUIRED TITLES WILL AIR DURING THE SLATE

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 1, 2021) – Shhhhh… there’s a lot to uncover this summer with Lifetime’s first annual Summer of Secrets programming slate with the announcement of six new original movies, debuting this June. Four acquired titles will air during the slate as well. Gone Mom, starring Annabeth Gish (The Haunting of Hill House) and Warren Christie (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), is based on the true story of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos whose husband later committed suicide after he was charged with her murder. Jana Kramer (One Tree Hill) takes on the role of Anna, a suburban mom who runs an elite escort service for the high-powered men of New York in Soccer Mom Madam. Jennie Garth (90210) and Anwen O’Driscoll (American Gods) lead Left for Dead: The Ashley Reeves Story, based on the true account of 17-year-old Ashley Reeves who is attacked and abandoned in the woods and must fight to regain her life. Julie Benz (Dexter) stars as convicted murderer Celeste Beard in Secrets of a Gold Digger Killer, while Sadie Calvano (Mom) stars in Secrets of a Marine’s Wife. Doomsday Mom stars Lauren Lee Smith (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Marc Blucas (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), and focuses on the Lori Vallow saga, an Idaho mother whose two missing children lead authorities through a web of death and deceptions as they try to uncover the truth of their disappearance. Linda Purl (Happy Days) and Patrick Duffy (Dallas) also star.

“Off the success of our Ripped from the Headlines slates, we are doubling down on what women love on Lifetime for our first annual Summer of Secrets slate.” said Amy Winter, EVP and Head of Programming, Lifetime and LMN. “These stories captured our collective attention and are the perfect kick off to the summer with the stranger than fiction moments and revealing secrets that had everyone talking.”

A top 10 cable network with W25-54, Lifetime recently grew 13%, marking its strongest quarter growth in nearly 20 years. As the leading producer of television movies, Lifetime continues to dominate the original movie space, with the top two movies in all of cable with Wendy Williams: The Movie and Salt N Pepa for 2021.

Source: Nielsen Live+3, (000s), as noted with A25-54, W25-54, A18-49, W18-49; 2021 Calendar YTD =12/28/20-3/21/21, Original Movies Only (Excludes all theatricals and acquired movies on all nets, excludes mini-series)

GONE MOM

PREMIERES SATURDAY, JUNE 5 at 8/7c

Based on a true story, Gone Mom details the story of Jennifer Dulos (Annabeth Gish), the wealthy, Connecticut mother-of-five who mysteriously vanished on May 24, 2019. Jennifer believed she had found her Prince Charming in Fotis Dulos (Warren Christie), but by the time of her disappearance, their marriage had all but disintegrated and the estranged couple was engaged in a contentious custody dispute. After she disappeared without a trace, after dropping off their children at school, police turned the spotlight on Fotis, who claimed Jennifer staged her own disappearance ala the film, Gone Girl. Despite his assertions, investigators charged Fotis with murder in January 2020 but just weeks later, Fotis committed suicide, still claiming his innocence. To this date, the body of Jennifer has not been found.

Produced by Lighthouse Pictures for Lifetime, Gone Mom is executive produced by Dan Abrams, Ilene Kahn Power and Rachel Stockman.  Gail Harvey directs from a script written by Gregory Small and Richard Blaney.

SOCCER MOM MADAM

PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 6 at 8/7c

After a bitter breakup leaves her and her young children without any support, Anna (Jana Kramer) goes to work for her cousin at a massage parlour known for “happy endings.” As soon as she learns the ropes, Anna branches out on her own, establishing a high end New York escort service that matches beautiful young women with the wealthiest and most powerful men in the city. For years, she operates undetected, making millions while keeping the secret of her success hidden from her children and the other moms in her Westchester suburb. But when the FBI begins to investigate her, hoping to catch a big fish among her elite clientele, Anna’s days as a madam are numbered when her double life is revealed with devastating consequences.

Produced by Front Street Productions for Lifetime, Soccer Mom Madam is inspired by true events. Orly Adelson and Jon Eskenas executive produce, Kevin Fair directs from a script by Barbara Marshall.

LEFT FOR DEAD: THE ASHLEY REEVES STORY

PREMIERES SATURDAY, JUNE 12 at 8/7c

In 2006, 17-year-old Ashley Reeves (Anwen O’Driscoll) is left for dead in the woods following a brutal attack. After spending 30 horrific hours in the cold, gravely wounded, lying in the dirt, and paralyzed, the police find her alive. Her injuries are so severe that she must re-learn how to walk and talk. With no memory of what happened, she begins a long and painful recovery while searching her shattered memory to unlock the mystery of who did this to her. Left for Dead: The Ashley Reeves Story is based on the extraordinary true story of an ordinary teenage girl who had to fight for her life three times; first in the woods, then in the hospital, and finally in court. Jennie Garth stars as Ashley’s mother, Michelle Reeves.

Left for Dead: The Ashley Reeves Story is produced by Cineflix (Left For Dead) Inc. Jeff Vanderwal is among the executive producers. Gloria Ui Young Kim directs from a script written by Christina Welsh.

SECRETS OF A GOLD DIGGER KILLER

PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 13 at 8/7c

Based on a true story, multimillionaire Steven Beard (Eli Gabay), a retired broadcasting executive, who fell hard for Celeste (Julie Benz), an attractive waitress who served him his nightly cocktail at the local country club in Austin, Texas. In 1995, the 70-year-old widow married the mother of teenage daughters and gave Celeste homes, cars, and more jewelry and designer clothes than she could ever wear. But it wasn’t enough for Celeste. After being admitted into a mental health facility for depression, Celeste met and seduced fellow patient Tracey Tarlton (Justine Warrington), convincing her that the only way they could be together would be to murder Steven. Knowing that she stood to inherit millions of dollars upon his death, the depth of Celeste’s lies, and betrayal knew no bounds until the truth was finally revealed by Tracey.

Produced by Fortune Hunter Films and based on The Fortune Hunter by Suzy Spencer, Secrets of a Gold Digger Killer is directed by Robin Hays and executive produced by Barbara Lieberman and Howard Braunstein.

SECRETS OF A MARINE’S WIFE

PREMIERES SATURDAY, JUNE 19 at 8/7c

Secrets of a Marine’s Wife is based on the true story of 19-year-old Erin Corwin (Sadie Calvano), who was married to U.S. Marine Corporal Jon Corwin (Evan Roderick) and expecting her first child, when she suddenly went missing. Erin’s disappearance sparked a grueling search led by family, friends and local law enforcement in the extreme conditions of the Joshua Tree National Park until her body was found two months later at the bottom of an abandoned mineshaft. Suspicions mounted quickly in the tight knit Marine community, and residents began to wonder if the killer was one of their own. In their investigation, detectives uncover a friendship turned illicit relationship between Erin and her neighbor, Marine Christopher Lee (Andre Anthony), which consumed them both and called into question the paternity of Erin’s baby. Was this a motive for murder? Who was responsible? Investigators work to discover answers to these questions and to unmask who killed Erin Corwin.

Secrets of a Marine’s Wife is produced by Front Street Pictures for Lifetime, with Sony Pictures Television distributing. Judith Verno/Peace Out Productions and Sharlene Martin/Martin Literary & Media Management serve as executive producers. Manu Boyer directs from a script written by Richard Blaney and Gregory Small.

DOOMSDAY MOM

PREMIERES SATURDAY, JUNE 26 at 8/7c

Doomsday Mom is based on the true story of Lori Vallow (Lauren Lee Smith), who gained national attention when her children, JJ and Tylee, were reported missing from their Idaho home in the Fall of 2019. As investigators learned of Lori and her husband Chad Daybell’s (Marc Blucas) involvement in a doomsday-prepper group, a trail of mystery was revealed spanning five states and numerous questionable deaths, before the bodies of JJ and Tylee were found in the backyard of Chad’s home in June 2020. Linda Purl and Patrick Duffy also star.

Doomsday Mom is produced by Lighthouse Pictures for Lifetime, with Sony Pictures Television distributing. Karen Glass and Tom Mazza of Everywhere Studios and Judith Verno of Peace Out Productions serve as executive producers. Stephen Tolkin wrote the script and Bradley Walsh directs.

Summer of Secrets will kick off on Memorial Day, May 31 with a double feature of movies, A Party Gone Wrong at 8pm ET/PT, and The Secrets She Keeps at 10pm ET/PT. Additional movies in the slate include Cradle Did Fall on Sunday, June 20th and Picture Perfect Lies on June 27th, both premiering at 8pm ET/PT.

A Party Gone Wrong – Memorial Day, 5/31 – 8pm/7c

Inspired by a true story, A Party Gone Wrong follows April (Shellie Sterling) as she finds herself fighting for her life after attending a party with her best friend, Brittney (Kate Edmonds). After drinking too much, April stumbles into a suspicious ride share to take her home but quickly realizes the driver has other plans in mind: stealing her organs to sell them on the black market. A Party Gone Wrong is produced by MarVista Entertainment.

The Secrets She Keeps – Memorial Day 5/31 – 10pm/9c

Despite her mother Diane’s (Zoe Cramond) disapproval, 16-year-old Amara (Emily Miceli) gets on a dating app with hopes to find a boyfriend. When she matches with Shane (Keller Fornes), everything is initially fantastic, but soon, Diane and Amara are being stalked and harassed. At first, they’re unsure who it could be, but when Diane digs a little deeper into Shane’s past, she discovers that he’s every mother’s nightmare – and she’ll have to use all her cunning and courage to save her daughter! The Secrets She Keeps is distributed by Reel One Entertainment.

Cradle Did Fall – Sun, 6/20 at 8pm/7c

Inspired by a shocking, true story ripped from the headlines, a woman poses as an infant photographer in order to befriend a young mother and steal her baby! Cradle Did Fall stars Kristen Robek and Ali Liebert. The film is distributed by Reel One Entertainment.

Picture Perfect Lies – Sun 6/27 at 8pm/7c

Rachel Collins (Megan Elizabeth Barker) is thriving and about to celebrate her sweet sixteenth birthday. But when a shocking murder at her party unravels a dark web of lies in her family, Rachel questions everything she’s ever known. She’s determined to find out the truth, even if the answers could be deadly. Picture Perfect Lies also stars Laurie Fortier and Matthew Pohlkamp. The film is distributed by Reel One Entertainment.

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ABOUT LIFETIME

Celebrating over 35 years of entertaining audiences, Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning award-winning movies, high-quality scripted series and breakout non-fiction series. Lifetime has an impressive legacy in public affairs, bringing attention to social issues that women care about with initiatives such as the long-running Stop Breast Cancer for Life, Stop Violence Against Women, and Broader Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers, including women of color, to make its content. Lifetime Television(R), LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.



Lifetime Expands Global “Harry & Meghan” Franchise with Greenlight of Third Movie





Lifetime Expands Global “Harry & Meghan” Franchise with Greenlight of Third Movie “Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace” Premiering Worldwide Fall 2021
Casting is currently underway with production set to begin this spring for a worldwide debut later this year.
[via press release from Lifetime]
LIFETIME EXPANDS GLOBAL “HARRY & MEGHAN” FRANCHISE WITH GREENLIGHT OF THIRD MOVIE “HARRY & MEGHAN: ESCAPING THE PALACE” PREMIERING WORLDWIDE FALL 2021

Los Angeles, CA – March 24, 2021 – Royal no more… With the monarchy at a crossroads following the shocking, bombshell tell-all interview by the former Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Lifetime expands its global Harry & Meghan franchise with a third movie, Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace, revealing what ultimately lead to the couple’s break from the royal family. Casting is currently underway with production set to begin this spring for a worldwide debut later this year.

Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace is the third edition of Lifetime’s Harry & Meghan movie franchise which includes 2018 hit movie, Harry & Meghan, following the love story of newlyweds Prince Harry and American actress Meghan, and 2019’s Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal which pulled back the curtain to reveal the untold joys and challenges of life inside the Royal Family during their pivotal first year of marriage.

Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace reveals what really happened inside the palace that drove Harry and Meghan to leave everything behind in order to make a future for themselves and their son Archie. The movie will detail Meghan’s growing isolation and sadness, their disappointment that “The Firm” was not defending them against the press’s attacks and Harry’s fear that history would repeat itself and he would not be able to protect his wife and son from the same forces that caused his mother’s untimely death. Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace will also reveal the private family feuds between Will and Harry, Kate and Meghan, and Harry with Will and Charles, that lead to the ultimate break from the royal ties.

Harry & Meghan: Escaping The Palace is executive produced by Merideth Finn and Michele Weiss. Menhaj Huda will direct from a script by Scarlett Lacey.

A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights to the three-film Harry & Meghan franchise.

Lifetime, a leading producer of television movies worldwide, currently has the top two original movies on cable in Calendar 2021-to date with Wendy Williams: The Movie and Salt-N-Pepa among A25-54 and W25-54, and 3 of the top 4 with A18-49 and W18-49 (#1/#2: Wendy Williams: The Movie & Salt-N-Pepa and #4: Girl in the Basement).

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ABOUT LIFETIME

Celebrating 35 years of entertaining audiences, Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning award-winning movies, high-quality scripted series and breakout non-fiction series. Lifetime has an impressive legacy in public affairs, bringing attention to social issues that women care about with initiatives such as the long running Stop Breast Cancer for Life now in its 25th year, Stop Violence Against Women which relaunched in 2018, and Broader Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers, including women of color, to make its content. Lifetime Television(R), LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.



Lifetime Presents “Women Making History,” One-Hour Special Featuring Vice President Kamala Harris





Lifetime Presents “Women Making History,” One-Hour Special Featuring Vice President Kamala Harris and Other Female Trailblazers
The one-hour special debuts Tuesday, March 30 and is directed by award-winning filmmaker Dawn Porter and executive produced by Emmy(R) and Peabody Award winner Sharon Scott.
[via press release from Lifetime]
UPDATED RELEASE

IN CELEBRATION OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, LIFETIME PRESENTS “WOMEN MAKING HISTORY,” A ONE-HOUR SPECIAL FEATURING VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS AND OTHER NOTABLE FEMALE TRAILBLAZERS WHOSE CONTRIBUTIONS ARE IMPACTING OUR PRESENT AND OUR FUTURE

PROFILES INCLUDE GOLDEN GLOBE(R) WINNER AND THREE-TIME GRAMMY(R) AWARD NOMINEE ANDRA DAY, A SCIENTIST BEHIND THE m-RNA BASED VACCINE AGAINST COVID DR. KIZZMEKIA CORBETT, AND ACTIVISTS CRYSTAL ECHO HAWK AND AMANDA NGUYEN

PREMIERING MARCH 30, SPECIAL DIRECTED BY AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER DAWN PORTER AND FROM EMMY(R) AWARD WINNING EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SHARON SCOTT Kamala Harris View Promo Here

Los Angeles, CA – March 22, 2021 – It’s time to know her story. Before the close of women’s history month, Lifetime presents the special, Women Making History, featuring the first female Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, for an exclusive and intimate interview revealing some of the women who helped shape her life, and showcase some extraordinary women who are helping to shape our future. The one-hour special debuts Tuesday, March 30, at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime and is directed by award-winning filmmaker Dawn Porter of Trilogy Films and executive produced by Emmy(R) and Peabody Award winner Sharon Scott of Category 6 Media group(TM). Women Making History will also encore on Wednesday, March 31 at 8pm ET/PT on LMN.

Women Making History explores the ways women are leading the charge in everything from science and medicine to human rights and political action and breaking down barriers in previously male-dominated roles. With over 2 million women leaving the workforce during the pandemic, and bearing unequal burdens exacerbated by the pandemic, the special will also highlight the Vice President’s tireless work alongside President Biden to pass the American Rescue Plan, and why it’s an important mission of hers to get women back to work.

Women Making History features profiles of women whose innovations are positively impacting our lives now and inspiring other women and girls to continue to make change to our future. These include Golden Globe(R) winner and three-time Grammy(R) Award nominee Andra Day*; Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, an immunologist who was one of the scientists to help develop the mRNA-based vaccine for Covid-19; Crystal Echo Hawk, an activist and member of the Pawnee Nation, whose non-profit IllumiNative looks to challenge negative narratives and misconceptions of Native Americans; and Nobel Peace Prize nominee and founder of Rise Amanda Nguyen, a sexual assault survivor’s activist and leader in the fight against Asian American hate.

The special will also highlight everyday frontline heroes such as Carla Brown, a hospice nurse from Baton Rouge, working to get underserved communities vaccinated and Kelly O’Neill, a nurse from New Jersey who dealt with the firsthand effects of the virus and worked to keep spirits high for others during the darkest of times.

“For over 35 years, we’ve known the power of women at Lifetime, and have championed their stories and their triumphs,” said Paul Buccieri, President and Chairman A+E Networks Group. “Women Making History is a testament to the incredible strength and resiliency of women, who continue to hold up half the sky, and will continue to inspire change for our future.”

Women Making History is executive produced by Sharon Scott of the Category 6 Media group(TM) and Dawn Porter of Trilogy Films, who also directs. Amy Winter and Shura Davison executive produce for Lifetime.

*Correction: Andra Day is not confirmed to perform. This release is edited to reflect that update.

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ABOUT LIFETIME

Celebrating over 35 years of entertaining audiences, Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning award-winning movies and breakout non-fiction series and documentaries. Lifetime has an impressive legacy in public affairs, bringing attention to social issues that women care about with initiatives such as the long-running Stop Breast Cancer for Life, Stop Violence Against Women, and Broader Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers, including women of color, to make its content. Lifetime Television(R), LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.



A+E Networks Joins AAPI Community with Cross-Platform PSA Supporting StopAAPIHate.org





A+E Networks Joins AAPI Community with Cross-Platform PSA Supporting StopAAPIHate.org
Currently running on air across the portfolio’s channels – A&E, The History Channel, Lifetime and LMN – the PSA is also being shared on each network’s social media platforms.
[via press release from A+E Networks]
A+E NETWORKS JOINS THE ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY IN SOLIDARITY WITH A CROSS-PLATFORM PSA SUPPORTING STOPAAPIHATE.ORG, VOICES MAGNIFIED PROFILES FEATURING AAPI CHANGE MAKERS, SHORT FORM CONTENT HIGHLIGHTING IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY, EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES AND DIGITAL AND SOCIAL CONTENT ADDRESSING THE RISE IN VIOLENCE AGAINST THE ASIAN COMMUNITY

Los Angeles, CA – March 19, 2021 – With the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes since the pandemic began, A+E Networks is standing in solidarity with the AAPI Community with a PSA addressing the rise of violence in support of StopAAPIHate.org. Currently running on air across the portfolio’s channels – A&E, The HISTORY Channel, Lifetime and LMN – the PSA is also being shared on each network’s social media platforms and is viewable here.

As part of A+E Networks’ efforts to amplify the voices of those making changes in their communities for the greater good, three Voices Magnified short form pieces have been commissioned, focusing on individuals in the AAPI community. Voices Magnified gives a national spotlight to timely and important conversations on equality and social reform which are occurring across America today. These short form pieces will begin airing in April and run into May in alignment with Asian Pacific Heritage Month to recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the history, culture and achievements in the United States.

The subjects for the Voices Magnified content include:

Mitchell Maki/Going for Broke

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt signed an Executive Order relocating over 100,000 Japanese Americans to concentration camps, imprisoning them behind barbed wire. Despite this, some 1,100 American-born Japanese men volunteered to fight for the U.S. The 442nd Regiment Combat Team – the most decorated military unit in American history consisting of mainly second-generation Japanese Americans. Mitchell Maki and the Go For Broke National Education Center educates the public on the valor of Japanese American veterans of World War II and their contributions to U.S. history.

Anh Vu Sawyer

In 1975, when she was an 18-year-old college student in Vietnam, Anh and her family were part of the historic airlift from the American Embassy rooftop, a few hours after the fall of Saigon. Now, Anh is the Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts. Her mission at SEACMA is to provide assistance to Southeast Asian refugees, immigrants and low-income families so that they can thrive and contribute, while also helping to preserve their cultural heritage in their new home of Massachusetts. She has a lifetime of stories of honoring and preserving not only her family’s Vietnamese heritage but many others and from many racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Tessa Xuan

Tessa is the Chair of OPAWL (Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership). Concerned with the rise in hate incidents targeting Asian Americans across Ohio, Tessa led a movement to demand action from their elected officials. They sent the letter to the governor and public officials throughout the state of Ohio asking that they speak out against hate. Their advocacy and message worked. Since sharing the letter legislators introduced two new bills in the Ohio State House focused on combating anti-Asian racism and establishing an Ohio AAPI Affairs Commission. Tessa also believes that crucial to combating anti-Asian resentment and violence is centering joy. So, Tessa and OPAWL launched the #IWillEatWithYou campaign to encourage community care while showing solidarity with everyone impacted by anti-Asian racism during the pandemic.

Additional short form focused on the Asian American community will run on air or online, centering on individual people who are finding solutions to social justice issues, working to bring communities together, confronting difficult challenges and inspiring change. Some examples include:

Families That Fed America: The Nguyen Family

Chef Andrea Nguyen tells the story of her Vietnamese-American family that fled the Vietnam War and came to America, with only her mother’s little orange notebook filled with recipes – a family treasure that would become emblematic of their past, their journey to America, and their life as Americans.

The Spirit That Built America: Wong Tsu

Without Wong Tsu, Boeing would not be the success it is today. At the age of 12, he was picked to be in the Chinese naval academy and at 16 he was sent to England to study naval engineering. From there he graduated from MIT in 1916 with a degree in aeronautical engineering. That same year Boeing hired him as their first trained aeronautical engineer. Tsu played an integral role in designing Boeing’s first successful product, the Boeing Model C. This plane brought immediate financial success to Boeing and executives claim “the company might not have survived the early years to become the dominant world aircraft manufacturer” without Tsu’s efforts.

History Shorts: Chinese New Year in San Francisco

New Year’s celebrations in China are thousands of years old, but across the Pacific, the holiday took on a life of its own in the Bay Area.

Biography: M. Night Shyamalan

This big-time filmmaker has made his mark with movies about and filmed in his beloved Philadelphia – the city his family settled in because of its connection to the founding of American revolutionary history.

Biography: Awkwafina

The star actress, rapper and comedian found her way thanks to her grandmother and the New York City restaurant her family ran for decades.

Biography: Ken Jeong

Back in the 1990s, Ken Jeong was a physician who dabbled in comedy. After years of open mic nights, he won a stand-up competition. Even though comedy became his life, his medical training still comes in handy helping cast and crew on film sets.

Biography You Need To Know: Fazlur Rahman Khan

The Bangladeshi American civil engineer known for his innovations in high-rise building construction. He is regarded as the “father of tubular designs” for high-rise buildings, including what was the tallest building for 20+ years — the Sears Tower in Chicago.

Biography You Need To Know: Maya Lin

This American architect and sculptor is best known for her design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Furthermore, The HISTORY Channel will share educational resources across its social and digital platforms about the history and contributions of Asian Americans and the roots of Anti-Asian racism.

Lifetime’s social platforms during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month will be dedicated to highlighting Asian American women who have made a significant impact to our culture for their Fierce Female Fridays featurette . The women Lifetime will shine a spotlight on include war veteran and senator Tammy Duckworth (5/7), Chinese suffrage activist Dr. Mabel Lee (5/14), journalist Lisa Ling (5/21), and designer Monique Lhuillier (5/26).

Other Asian American women Lifetime has featured for Fierce Female Fridays include the first female Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, sexual assault activist Amanda Nguyen, comedian and actress Awkwafina, the first Asian American congresswoman Patsy Mink and actress Sandra Oh.

Voices Magnified is part of a long-standing commitment by A+E Networks to social justice initiatives and empowering diverse storytellers, from the “Shining a Light” campaign focusing on race in America in the aftermath of the massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, to “Divided States,” an in-depth documentary focusing on ending hate in America, and more.

Together, these company-wide efforts aim to address the rise in anti-Asian violence, provide resources to support organizations confronting these issues, and raise awareness about the history of AAPI communities to educate the public and mobilize change.

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ABOUT A+E NETWORKS

A+E Networks(R) is a global content company comprised of some of the most popular and culturally-relevant brands in media including A&E(R), Lifetime(R), HISTORY(R), LMN(R), FYI(R), VICE TV(R) and Blaze(R). A+E Networks’ portfolio extends across platforms and genres, with a scripted production division, A+E Studios(TM); unscripted production through Six West Media(TM); independent film unit A&E IndieFilms(R); watch apps, games, FAST channels, AVOD, and SVOD initiatives including Lifetime Movie Club and HISTORY Vault; and podcasts such as History This Week, through A+E Digital(R); Experiential/branded live events and Ecommerce through A+E Consumer Enterprises(R); and branded channels, content distribution and scripted/unscripted co-productions around the world through A+E International(R). A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 335 million households in over 200 territories in 41 languages. A+E Networks is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aenetworks and Facebook at facebook.com/AENetworks.



Unlucky in Love Singles Get Another Chance at Romance with the New Spinoff Series





Unlucky in Love Singles Get Another Chance at Romance with the New Spinoff Series “Married at First Sight: Unmatchables” Premiering April 21
The new series works to match 16 applicants from previous seasons by helping them discover another chance at love with guidance and advice from “Married at First Sight” experts Pastor Calvin Roberson and Dr. Viviana Coles.
[via press release from Lifetime]
UNLUCKY IN LOVE SINGLES GET ANOTHER CHANCE AT ROMANCE WITH THE NEW SPINOFF SERIES “MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT: UNMATCHABLES” PREMIERING APRIL 21

EIGHT ONE-HOUR EPISODES WILL AIR

New York, NY – March 10, 2021 – Lifetime expands the Married at First Sight universe with the new spinoff series Married at First Sight: Unmatchables premiering Wednesday, April 21 at 10pm ET/PT, following new episodes of Married at First Sight. The new series works to match 16 applicants from previous seasons by helping them discover another chance at love with guidance and advice from Married at First Sight experts Pastor Calvin Roberson and Dr. Viviana Coles.

Over 65,000 people have applied to participate in the hit series, Married at First Sight, our experts have seen more than a few memorable diamonds in the rough who aren’t quite marriage material… yet. Since everyone deserves a chance at love, this new spinoff series helps match 8 new potential couples, providing each of the 16 individuals from Atlanta, GA with strong relationship advice and a lifestyle overhaul. The process will give them each an opportunity to shed light on what has been stalling real romantic connections in their lives. In each self-contained episode, Pastor Calvin Roberson and Dr. Viviana Coles will mentor two unlucky-in-love singles who have been hoping to find their perfect match. Each episode will follow as the participants are guided through their physical and personal transformations, resulting in them being set up on a date to see if love is in the air and if they can ultimately get out of their own way on their romantic journeys.

Married at First Sight: Unmatchables is executive produced by Chris Coelen, Eric Detwiler and Scott Teti from Kinetic Content and Cat Rodriguez for Lifetime. Gena McCarthy is also an executive producer.

Married at First Sight airs Wednesdays at 8pm ET/PT, Married at First Sight: Couples Cam and Married at First Sight: Australia airs Thursdays at 8pm and 9pm ET/PT, respectively.

Meet the Unmatchables:

The Ladies

Ashli, 32

Ashli hasn’t kissed a man in 11 years and hates the idea of being intimate. This Pastor’s daughter must overcome her co-dependency issues with her roommate because they make it difficult for any man to get close, along with her bad gas.

Danielle, 29

A true conspiracy theorist, Danielle believes the earth is flat and monogamy is a scam. Her eye is always wandering for the next best thing, making it hard for any man to take her seriously. She seems to be super open and would welcome multiple husbands in her marriage – or – is it all a sham?

Evan-Nicole, 24

Successful hairdresser Evan-Nicole is a boss in business and “bossy” in relationships. Her impatience leads to her interrogating men on the first date. She even facetimes and eats full meals on the toilet to save time. She needs a serious lesson in manners…especially “bathroom” etiquette.

Gabrielle, 27

Gabrielle has never been on a date that didn’t take place over text. Although she has a great sense of humor over virtual conversation, she can be brutally judgmental in person. The experts will try to help her become more vulnerable so she can turn her “text-ationships” into real-ationships.

Megan, 27

Megan comes as a combo deal with the only foods she eats, chicken nuggets and mac and cheese. This junk foodie is counting on the experts to help break down her walls and work on her trust issues so she can find a man that can keep up with her competitive nature.

Renise, 33

Renise loves wizards, magic, and… sex bondage. A relationship is not fun unless she’s getting spanked while reading a fantasy novel. She has strong requirements on sex, politics, and literature – and if they don’t hit the mark on the first date… Presto Chango…on to the next act!

Stephanie, 39

Stephanie is in search of a husband that will provide and pay for the upkeep of her appearance and expensive lifestyle. Although single for over a decade, she has no idea why it’s so hard for a man to treat her like the princess she believes she is.

The Men

Brandon, 34

Brandon lives a double life, but his alter-ego “Legend” seems to be doing most of the living. His club promoting, party all day lifestyle doesn’t leave time for him to pursue any meaningful relationships. He needs the experts’ help to decide which life will get him the love he wants.

Caleb, 26

Caleb values looks over love… his own looks. He doesn’t believe in conversation because according to him, all he needs is a smile to get a date. The experts will have to help Caleb look past the physical and work on his communication skills before falling in love.

Chaz, 30

Chaz is an ICU nurse who is successful at caring for people but fails when it comes to digging deep in matters of the heart. Chaz is a serial dater with superficial tendencies. He settles into any relationship as long as they look good next to him but fails at trying to get to know them on an intimate level…until it’s too late.

Clyde, 30

Known by his friends as a “clean freak,” Clyde is looking for a woman whose house is so clean, you can eat off their floor. He may be a lovable dork, but his obsessive nature scares away any potential of living with a woman.

Ervin, 37

With four broken engagements under his belt, Ervin is a true Runaway Groom. At first signs of trouble, he cuts and runs. This fitness trainer is so obsessed with a healthy lifestyle, he fails to see that his dating habits are the opposite of healthy.

Frank, 29

Always thinking ten steps ahead, Frank fails to live in the moment. Afraid of being judged by others, Frank overthinks everything when it comes to relationships. This “textbook only child” worries more about satisfying his parents’ standards than his own.

Niraj, 29

Niraj is a mechanical engineer consultant who is as rigid as the robots he works on. Women are just numerical variables in one large mathematical equation. Although Niraj is a bachelor of over 15 years, this know-it-all believes he knows exactly who’s the perfect woman that’s right for him.

Sam, 29

Sam is as confused about his wardrobe and career path as he is his dating. Sam’s wild styles and mood change so frequently, it’s hard to take grip of his true goals and personality. Sam may think he’s the “life of the party,” but he may be seen as “too much to handle” to potential husbands.

Xavius, 25

Xavius is a funeral director in training that prefers the company of dead people. His regimented lifestyle and preference towards the looks and scent of a woman have him blinded from any potential relationships. He needs the experts to help him relax and smell the roses instead of smelling his dates.

ABOUT KINETIC CONTENT

Los Angeles-based Kinetic Content creates and produces non-scripted content for the global market. Founded by Chris Coelen in 2010, Kinetic’s slate features upcoming projects for multiple networks including Lifetime, Netflix, Fox, Amazon, Bravo, ABC and Discovery; their track record includes highly successful and groundbreaking shows in every non-scripted genre. Kinetic Content is part of Red Arrow Studios.

ABOUT LIFETIME

Celebrating 35 years of entertaining audiences, Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning award-winning movies and breakout non-fiction series and documentaries. Lifetime has an impressive legacy in public affairs, bringing attention to social issues that women care about with initiatives such as the long-running Stop Breast Cancer for Life, Stop Violence Against Women, and Broader Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers, including women of color, to make its content. Lifetime Television(R), LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.



Lifetime Inspires and Entertains This April with Five New Movie Premieres





Lifetime Inspires and Entertains This April with Five New Movie Premieres, Beginning Easter Weekend
Newly announced movies include “Color of Love” and “Beware of the Midwife.”
[via press release from Lifetime]
LIFETIME INSPIRES AND ENTERTAINS THIS APRIL WITH FIVE NEW MOVIE PREMIERES, BEGINNING EASTER WEEKEND

ROBIN ROBERTS PRESENTS: MAHALIA -APRIL 3

COLOR OF LOVE – APRIL 4

LUST: A SEVEN DEADLY SINS STORY – APRIL 10*

ENVY: A SEVEN DEADLY SINS STORY – APRIL 17*

BEWARE OF THE MIDWIFE – APRIL 24

Lifetime makes some revelations this spring with the debut of five all-new movies, kicking off with the biopic event, Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia, starring Grammy(R) Award winner Danielle Brooks, and premiering on Saturday, April 3, showcasing the life of gospel legend and civil rights activist Mahalia Jackson. Color of Love (wt), inspired by a powerful true foster care and adoption story, premieres on Easter Sunday, April 4 and stars Deborah Joy Winans. The following week, the first two cautionary Seven Deadly Sins Stories from executive producer T.D. Jakes – Lust starring Keri Hilson and Envy starring Serayah – will premiere on consecutive Saturdays, April 10 and April 17. The month-long movie fest closes out with Beware of the Midwife, about a mother’s desperate search to save her newborn baby, on Saturday, April 24. All movies will debut at 8pm/7c.

*please note new dates and times from previously announced information for Lust and Envy.

Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia
Premieres Saturday, April 3 at 8pm/7c
Starring Danielle Brooks, Joaquina Kalukango, Jason Dirden, Olivia Washington and Rob Demery

Born in New Orleans, Mahalia Jackson (Danielle Brooks) began singing at an early age and went on to become one of the most revered gospel figures in U.S. history, melding her music with the civil rights movement. Her recording of the song “Move on Up a Little Higher” sold millions of copies, skyrocketing her to international fame and gave her the opportunity to perform at diverse settings including in front of a racially integrated audience at the prestigious Carnegie Hall and at John F. Kennedy’s inaugural ball. An active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, Jackson sang at numerous rallies, including the March on Washington in 1963 in hopes that her music would encourage and inspire racial equality.

From Rock’n Robin Productions and Lincoln Square Productions, Mahalia is executive produced by Robin Roberts and Linda Berman. Danielle Brooks and Kenny Leon are co-executive producers. Leon directs from a script written by Bettina Gilois and Todd Kreidler.

Color of Love (wt)
Premieres Sunday, April 4 at 8pm/7c
Starring Deborah Joy Winans and Michael Brown

Inspired by a true story, Color of Love (wt) follows Monica Henderson (Winans), an African American widow with two kids who has so much love to give, she often fosters children who need a home. When she finds out that Peter and Rachel, the white brother and sister she fostered twice before, fled from their latest foster home, she takes them in again. Fearing the kids are in danger of slipping through the cracks of a flawed system, she begins the process of adopting them. Despite Monica’s mother and her boyfriend Theo’s beliefs that Peter and Rachel may be better off with a white family, Monica’s love for the kids puts the question of what makes a family to the test.

Color of Love (wt) is produced by Reel One in association with Lifetime. Executive producers include Tamara Bass, Suzanne Chapman, Tom Berry and Barbara Fisher. Don McBrearty directs from a script by Tamara Bass.

Lust: A Seven Deadly Sins Story
Premieres Saturday, April 10 at 8pm/7c
Starring Keri Hilson, Tobias Truvillion, Durrell ‘Tank’ Babbs, LeToya Luckett, Clifton Powell and Ms. Juicy

The first of the Seven Deadly Sins book series, this movie is a grounded morality tale that explores the power of lust, but at what cost? Tiffanie Cooper (Keri Hilson) is about to have the wedding of her dreams to her soul mate, the dashing Damon King (Tobias Truvillion), founder of King Enterprises. But when Damon’s old friend Trey Taylor (Durrell ‘Tank’ Babbs) arrives, fresh from prison to step in as Damon’s best man, Tiffanie’s whole world gets rocked. Sexy and mysterious, Trey triggers a passion in Tiffanie that she never expected, and suddenly the life she’s always planned with Damon is uncertain. But Trey still carries wounds from his history with Damon, and his intentions toward both Tiffanie and Damon are not to be trusted.

Lust: A Deadly Sins Story is produced by TD Jakes Enterprises and Big Dreams Entertainment. T.D. Jakes, Derrick Williams, Leslie Greif and Shaun Robinson serve as executive producers and Star Victoria directs from a script written by Sonay Hoffman.

Envy: A Seven Deadly Sins Story
Premieres Saturday, April 17 at 8pm/7c
Starring Serayah, Rose Rollins, Kandi Burruss Donovan Christie Jr., Gregory Alan Williams, Da Brat, DC Young Fly, Clifton Powell and Hosea Chanchez

Gabrielle Flores (Rose Rollins) has it all – a devoted husband, a beautiful daughter, and one of the best PR firms in the country. When Gabrielle’s father suddenly reveals she has a half-sister, Keisha (Serayah), as a result of a brief affair, only-child Gabrielle is delighted to welcome her into her life. But Keisha, who grew up with nothing, wants more than a sisterly bond from Gabrielle – she wants her life, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Envy: A Deadly Sins Story is produced by TD Jakes Enterprises and Big Dreams Entertainment. T.D. Jakes, Derrick Williams, Leslie Greif and Shaun Robinson serve as executive producers, and Damon Lee directs from a script written by Nneka Gerstle.

Beware of the Midwife
Premieres Saturday, April 24 at 8pm/7c
Starring Mouna Traoré, Raven Dauda and Michael Xavier

With doubts of delivering their first child in the hospital, Sarah (Traoré) and Kevin (Xavier) decide to hire a midwife to give birth safely in their own home. But their worst nightmare occurs when their midwife, Rose (Dauda), conceives a different plan and kidnaps their newborn to have a grandchild of her own. Now Sarah and Kevin must find Rose, and most importantly their baby.

Beware of the Midwife is executive produced by Tim Johnson and Johnson Production Group. Maxwell McGuire serves as director from a script written by John Hayes.

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ABOUT LIFETIME

Celebrating over 35 years of entertaining audiences, Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning award-winning movies, high-quality scripted series and breakout non-fiction series. Lifetime has an impressive legacy in public affairs, bringing attention to social issues that women care about with initiatives such as the long-running Stop Breast Cancer for Life, Stop Violence Against Women, and Broader Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers, including women of color, to make its content. Lifetime Television(R), LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.



Lifetime and A&E Greenlight the Cross-Network Documentary Event “Janet”





Lifetime and A&E Greenlight the Cross-Network Documentary Event “Janet,” Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Music Icon Janet Jackson’s First Album
Producers Workerbee have been filming the incredible documentary for three years and have been granted exclusive access to archival footage and Janet’s never before seen home videos, along with star-studded interviews.
[via press release from A+E Networks]
LIFETIME AND A&E GREENLIGHT THE CROSS-NETWORK DOCUMENTARY EVENT “JANET,” CELEBRATING THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF MUSIC ICON JANET JACKSON’S FIRST ALBUM

UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS WITH NO SUBJECT OFF LIMITS

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 3, 2021) – Lifetime and A&E have greenlit a two-night, four-hour documentary event, JANET (working title), celebrating the 40th anniversary of Janet Jackson’s first album to simulcast on both Lifetime and A&E. With full unprecedented access to the music icon, JANET will be an intimate, honest and unfiltered look at her untold story. Producers Workerbee have been filming the incredible documentary for three years and have been granted exclusive access to archival footage and Janet’s never before seen home videos, along with star-studded interviews. JANET will air in early 2022 on Lifetime and A&E, two of the flagship channels of the A+E Networks portfolio.

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Janet Jackson’s very first album, this will be the definitive story on Janet Jackson, one of the best-selling and highest-earning artists in music history. Janet has enjoyed immense success but also seen incredible tragedy. She has endured a tumultuous private life in the face of extraordinary public scrutiny. With no stone left unturned, JANET lifts the lid on her private life for the very first time and reveals the most intimate moments of the star ever caught on camera. The two-night, four-hour documentary event joins Janet as her family is going through another extremely difficult time, mourning the loss of her father Joseph, the pivotal figure in the Jackson dynasty. The documentary details Janet’s return to the world stage following a sudden break from music. Speaking like never before, Janet also discusses everything including her Superbowl appearance with Justin Timberlake in 2004, the death of her brother Michael and becoming a mother later in life. And with her own romantic relationship having broken down, she starts to look back at her own life and reflect on her fight to the top.

JANET is produced for Lifetime and A&E by Workerbee (a Banijay UK company) and AEC (Associated Entertainment Corporation) will be co-producers. Janet Jackson and Randy Jackson are executive producers on the project. Executive producer for Workerbee is Rick Murray. Ben Hirsch serves as director. Brie Miranda Bryant serves as executive producer for A+E networks.

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About A&E Network

A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, thought provoking original programming with a unique point of view. Whether it’s the network’s distinctive brand of award-winning disruptive reality, or groundbreaking documentary, A&E always makes entertainment an art. The A&E website is located at aetv.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aetv and Facebook at facebook.com/AETV.

About Lifetime

Celebrating over 35 years of entertaining audiences, Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning award-winning movies, high-quality scripted series and breakout non-fiction series. Lifetime has an impressive legacy in public affairs, bringing attention to social issues that women care about with initiatives such as the long-running Stop Breast Cancer for Life, Stop Violence Against Women, and Broader Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers, including women of color, to make its content. Lifetime Television(R), LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

About Workerbee

Workerbee, part of Banijay UK, make a diverse range of non-scripted content for both UK and global channels and platforms. The company is the fastest growing UK indie outside of London. Recent successes include The Bridge (Channel 4/ HBO Max) and Bruno v Tyson, a feature length documentary for Sky Documentaries. Forthcoming productions include Idris Elba’s Fight School (BBC). Workerbee is run by Managing Director Rick Murray and Creative Director Michelle Chappell.



A+E Networks(R) First to Announce 2021 Upfront Slate





A+E Networks(R) First to Announce 2021 Upfront Slate, More Than 2500 Hours of New Programming, Including 70 Hours of Premium Docs, More Than 200 Movies
The company is touting more than 2500 hours of new programming in the pipeline for 2021/2022, including 70 hours of premium documentaries and 221 movies.
[via press release from A+E Networks]
A+E Networks(R) First to Announce 2021 Upfront Slate, More Than 2500 Hours of New Programming, Including 70 Hours of Premium Docs, More Than 200 Movies

2021-2022 Projects Feature Additional Talent, Artists and Luminaries including: Angela Basset, Janet Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurence Fishburne, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Robin Roberts, Reba McEntire, Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Nelson, Rachael Ray, Lance Reddick, William Shatner, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Russell Westbrook

And President Bill Clinton Series Now Set for 2022

CSR and DEI Continue to be a Focus of the Purpose Driven Portfolio of Brands – A&E(R), The HISTORY Channel(TM), and Lifetime(R)

NEW YORK (March 3, 2021) – Showcasing a slate of high-profile projects that span multiple platforms and genres, A+E Networks(R) highlighted its programming catalogue to be shared today at its virtual Upfront. The portfolio of brands that includes A&E, The HISTORY Channel(TM) and Lifetime(R) is the first network group to make its annual presentation to advertisers and does so on the heels of its recently announced shift to a Total Audience currency. The news was shared jointly by A+E Networks(R) Group President Paul Buccieri and Ad Sales President Peter Olsen.

The company is touting more than 2500 hours of new programming in the pipeline for 2021/2022, including 70 hours of premium documentaries and 221 movies. A+E Networks is the only cable group with all of its fully-distributed networks to rank in the Top 20 (among A25-54).

“Our brands have clear identities with a strong foundation of hit series. Across our entire portfolio and in a variety of genres, we continue to have an incredible roster of A-list, diverse talent in-front of and behind the camera,” said Buccieri. “Our ongoing efforts to launch and invest in best-in-class original programming for our linear properties, as well as further expanding our 360-experiences, demonstrates a deep commitment to being available wherever and however viewers want to be entertained, whether through high-performing podcasts, virtual experiences or digital multiplatform content.”

Slate and Talent Highlights in 2021-2022

2021-2022 features a range of talent and projects including the previously announced upcoming series with President Bill Clinton which is slated to launch in 2022 on The HISTORY Channel.

In 2021, A+E Networks has made a cross-company, cross-platform commitment to honor the fallen of the September 11 terrorist attacks and pay tribute to 9/11 first responders and survivors in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of these tragic events.

Additional upcoming and current projects showcase an exciting roster of A-List talent, including Janet Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurence Fishburne, Robin Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Angela Basset, Tim Allen, Morgan Freeman, Russell Westbrook, Stanley Nelson, Rachael Ray, Lance Reddick, William Shatner, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

New Programming Announcement Highlights By Brand

A+E Networks:

– Janet Jackson – A&E and Lifetime cross-network limited series event exploring her life and career

A&E:

– Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution (working title)

– Secret Origins of Hip Hop

The HISTORY Channel:

-Fight the Power: The Protests That Changed America

-That Built franchise – Titans That Built America airdate, with Toys That Built, Machines That Built and Engineering that Built all greenlit

Lifetime:

– Reba McEntire – Two Picture Deal – Christmas in Tune and a non-holiday title for 2022

A+E Networks Commitment to Total Audience

Today’s proliferation of content makes cutting through the clutter even more acute for advertisers, heightening the need for increased efficacy of brand messaging and targeting capabilities to engage key audiences. A+E Networks’ Ad Sales was the first to guarantee against business outcomes, and its Precision & Performance unit continues to help brands eliminate waste and achieve KPIs for clients.

“Our networks attract A-list talent and host premium content unrivaled in the marketplace,” said Olsen. “We continue to reach and engage ALL audiences in new ways that deliver results for our clients, even if that’s casting Colonel Sanders in a Lifetime Movie.” He continued, “We’re adjusting the conversation and the currency for today’s television landscape, guaranteeing against Adults 18+ to tap into the value and buying power of all audiences, including the underserved 55+ audience.”

A+E Networks Ongoing Commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility; and Diversity and Inclusion

A+E Networks continues its Mission to Honor campaign which provides on-going support for veterans and military families and highlights their stories of service, including the ways veterans from non-profit partners such as Team Rubicon have helped communities throughout the pandemic. The HISTORY Channel has reignited its award-winning Save Our History initiative that helps preserve and showcase sites and stories, from projects featuring the Navajo Code Talkers to the Tuskegee Airmen to iconic restaurants like Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington, D.C.

“The last year has taught all of us much about the world and our place within it, as individuals and as content creators,” said Buccieri. “Across our entire portfolio we’re reinforcing our strong foundation and will continue using our platforms to elevate relevant, resonant and diverse voices; telling their stories, focused on reaching the widest possible audience. As an organization we have become even more dedicated to corporate social responsibility, proactively and positively activating our resources to impact communities everywhere. Given its importance, it is front-and-center within our presentation.”

Lifetime’s Broader Focus initiative exemplifies the company’s commitment to hiring and amplifying female creators at levels far above the industry average. Through robust initiatives such as Voices Magnified, A+E Networks champions the creation of content developed and produced by diverse voices, spotlighting the ways people are making change in communities to bring people together and help achieve social justice.

Finally, A+E Networks continues to prioritize partnerships that emphasize mentorship, education, and scholarship opportunities to develop and nurture a new generation of leaders and storytellers.

ABOUT A+E NETWORKS

A+E Networks(R) is a global content company comprised of some of the most popular and culturally relevant brands in media including A&E(R), Lifetime(R), The HISTORY Channel(R), LMN(R), FYI(R), VICE TV(R) and Blaze(R). A+E Networks’ portfolio extends across platforms and genres, with a scripted production division, A+E Studios(TM); unscripted production through Six West Media(TM); independent film unit A&E IndieFilms(R); watch apps, games, FAST channels, AVOD, and SVOD initiatives including Lifetime Movie Club and HISTORY Vault; and podcasts such as History This Week, through A+E Digital(R); Experiential/branded live events and Ecommerce through A+E Consumer Enterprises(R); and branded channels, content distribution and scripted/unscripted co-productions around the world through A+E International(R). A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 335 million households in over 200 territories in 41 languages. A+E Networks is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aenetworks and Facebook at facebook.com/AENetworks.



Lifetime Welcomes Reba McEntire to the Family with Two Picture Deal





Lifetime Welcomes Reba McEntire to the Family with Two Picture Deal
The first of the projects will be “Christmas In Tune” (working title), which will be featured as a tentpole movie for the network’s annual holiday slate, “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime.”
[via press release from A+E Networks]
LIFETIME WELCOMES REBA MCENTIRE TO THE FAMILY WITH TWO PICTURE DEAL

MCENTIRE WILL STAR IN AND PRODUCE CHRISTMAS IN TUNE FOR NETWORKS’ IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFETIME HOLIDAY SLATE

SECOND NON-HOLIDAY MOVIE IN DEVELOPMENT FOR 2022

Los Angeles, CA – March 3, 2021 – Lifetime announced today a two-picture deal with multimedia entertainment mogul Reba McEntire to star in and produce two movies for the network. The first of the projects will be Christmas In Tune (working title), which will be featured as a tentpole movie for the network’s annual holiday slate, It’s a Wonderful Lifetime. Christmas in Tune will also include an original holiday song by McEntire. Casting is currently underway and will film this spring.

The second film which will not be a holiday movie, is in development for 2022.

“Reba has been a creative force in both music and television for many years. We are thrilled to have her on board to produce and star in not just one – but two movies for us,” said Tanya Lopez, EVP of Movies, Limited Series & Original Movie Acquisitions, Lifetime and LMN. “Reba has been part of Lifetime’s air many years ago and we can’t wait to welcome her back!”

McEntire echoed Lopez’s sentiment stating, “I am thrilled to partner with Lifetime for a return to television movies! My fans and I enjoy their programming and loved watching the Reba show there for so many years.”

Christmas In Tune tells the story of Belle, a marketing executive who is worried she may lose her job. She decides to reunite a singing duo for a charity Christmas concert in order, but the problem is – the singers are actually her parents and they have not spoken to each other in years! Soon the at-odds couple is helping Belle get her life in order and she begins her own romantic duet with the new man in her life.

Christmas in Tune is written by Juliet Giglio and Keith Giglio and produced by Hartbreak Films with Paula Hart and Reba McEntire serving as executive producers.

McEntire has been an entertainment mainstay for more than 40 years. The Country Music Hall of Fame member and Kennedy Center Honoree is the recipient of 3 Grammy Awards, 16 Academy of Country Music Awards, 15 American Music Awards, 9 People’s Choice Awards, 6 Country Music Association Awards and countless other honors recognizing not only her outstanding entertainment achievements but also her philanthropic efforts. In addition to her music career, McEntire starred in 11 movies, captivated New York theater audiences with her critically acclaimed turn as Annie Oakley in Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun and is most well known for her Golden Globe nominated role as Reba Hart on the hit sitcom Reba, which she starred in and executive produced for 6 seasons on the WB Network. She also has successful brand partnerships with her clothing line at Dillard’s and western footwear collection with Justin Boots. Most recently, she launched her very first Spotify original podcast, Living & Learning with Reba McEntire, co-hosted by her former Reba TV show co-star, Melissa Peterman.

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