Bill Abbott is leaving a month after the Hallmark Channel faced an outcry over a decision to pull an ad with a lesbian couple kissing. No reason was given for his departure, and no replacement was immediately named.
The Hallmark Channel’s decision to pull, then reinstate a commercial that featured a same-sex couple kissing shows how controversy can generate more publicity than simply ignoring it.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Hallmark Channel, reversing what it called a “wrong decision,” said Sunday it will reinstate commercials featuring same-sex couples that it had pulled following a complaint from a conservative group. The earlier decision by Crown Media, Hallmark’s parent company, to pull several ads for the wedding planning site Zola featuring two […]
Loughlin’s career and the Hallmark Channel were deeply intertwined. She’s been among its so-called “Christmas queens” who topline a slate of popular holiday movies, and also starred in the ongoing Garage Sale Mysteries movies and the series When Calls the Heart. The move came after a federal investigation of a college admissions scam involving more than 30 parents, many of them prominent, was revealed Tuesday
Donald J. Hall Jr., chief executive officer of Hallmark Cards, announced that Hallmark has completed the short-form merger with Crown Media Holdings, home of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and has taken the company private.
Two of the hottest cable networks don’t have dark dramas about bloodthirsty zombies, drug-addicted hackers or Russian spies. Instead, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries rely on a feel-good diet of romance, holidays and family. Its saccharine programming has always been popular with viewers over the age of 50. Now it is striking a chord with Gen Xers as well.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the decade that “Touched by an Angel” executive producer Martha Williamson has been away from series TV, much has changed. A new golden age has brought more daring shows, from “Mad Men” to “House of Cards” to “Breaking Bad,” and more ways to see them. But Williamson says her Hallmark […]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hallmark Channel and Marie Osmond are parting ways. In a statement Tuesday, the TV channel said it won’t renew Osmond’s talk show, “Marie,” for a second season. The show’s producer and distributor, Associated Television International, said that “Marie” was going into syndication as originally intended. A fall 2014 launch is planned, […]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Hallmark Channel is making a new Friday night home for family movies. The channel announced Wednesday that it will launch the showcase March 15 with the debut of “Return to Nim’s Island,” starring Bindi Irwin, the 14-year-old daughter of the late Steve Irwin, the Australian crocodile hunter who hosted a […]
NEW YORK (AP) — Andie MacDowell will be a pioneer for the Hallmark Channel, starring in the network’s first prime-time series.Hallmark said Wednesday that MacDowell will portray municipal court Judge Olivia Lockhart in “Cedar Grove.” It will start with a two-hour movie airing later this year and continue with a 13-episode series early in 2013. […]
Multi-screen media measurement firm Rentrak Corp. announced that it has signed a long-term TV Essentials contract with Crown Media Holdings Inc. for its Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel cable networks. Hallmark used Rentrak’s proprietary “Stickiness Index” during the 2011 upfront season. “We expanded our relationship to a full subscription to Rentrak’s TV measurement service […]