Thursday, October 25, 2018



Innovative Content Deal Makes Hallmark Channel the Exclusive TV Partner with
Corus Entertainment in Canada
Multi-Year, Multi-Platform Channel Partnership Launches November 1 on W
Network in Conjunction with Hallmark Channel’s Top-Rated
“Countdown to Christmas” Programming Event

For Immediate Release
TORONTO, October 25, 2018 –Crown Media Family Networks’ Hallmark Channel and Corus Entertainment’s W Network – both leading entertainment destinations in their respective countries – announced today an historic multi-platform partnership that brings the United States’ most iconic family-friendly entertainment brand  to Canada for the first time ever. The multi-year partnership grants W Network exclusive Canadian licensing rights to all movies and scripted series produced by Crown Media for Hallmark Channel and sister network, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
W Network will launch Hallmark Channel on November 1, coinciding with the kick-off of the U.S. cable network’s annual “Countdown to Christmas” programming event. Throughout the season, W Network viewers will have an opportunity to tune in to Hallmark Channel’s beloved holiday movies, including a selection of brand new 2018 titles that will make their Canadian debuts in conjunction with the U.S. world premieres.
“The strong ratings our content has delivered on other platforms, along with the constant drumbeat of requests for Hallmark Channel in Canada, creates a great opportunity to significantly expand the network’s reach beyond the United States,” said Crown Media Family Networks’ President & CEO, Bill Abbott. “With the imminent kick-off of our wildly popular ‘Countdown to Christmas’ event, this is a particularly exciting time to partner with Corus and introduce Canadians to our unique brand of family programming.  We look forward to entertaining W Network’s audience throughout the season and beyond.”
“This partnership marks another milestone for W Network’s elite schedule, bringing Canadians even more premium content from a global leader in original programming,” said Daniel Eves, SVP of Specialty, Corus Entertainment. “This marriage of brands boldly boosts our position as a leading specialty network and we’re proud to be the first to bring the Hallmark Channel to Canada.”
Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” on W packs a festive punch of movies and stars including: Christmas at Pemberley Manor starring Jessica Lowndes (90210) and Michael Rady (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), Road to Christmas with Jessy Schram (Veronica Mars) and Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill), and Mingle all the Way with Jen Lilley (The Artist), Brant Daugherty (Fifty Shades Freed), and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman). View the entire schedule for Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas at
Following the holidays, W Network will feature the U.S. cable channel’s movies via five other seasonal Hallmark Channel-branded programming events including: “Countdown to Valentine’s Day”, “Spring Fever”, “June Weddings”, “Summer Nights”, “Fall Harvest”, and “Winterfest”. Beyond seasonal programming initiatives, W Network will host Hallmark Channel-branded movie blocks every weekend, with custom promotional and in-show elements including promos, bugs, IDs, and lower-thirds.
As premiere destination for Hallmark Channel Movies in Canada, the W Network has more than 35 titles in the queue for the broadcast year, in addition to a curated selection ofthird-party movies that complement the existing catalogue. All Hallmark titles will premiere first on W Network before being made available on W On Demand. For full scheduling information, visit

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W Network® is a Corus Entertainment NetworkCorus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at
About Hallmark ChannelHallmark Channel, owned by Hallmark Cards, Inc., is Crown Media Family Networks’ flagship 24-hour cable television network, distributed in the United States nationwide in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to 86 million homes.  As the U.S.’s leading destination for quality family entertainment, Hallmark Channel delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand.  In addition to its signature new, original movies, the network features an ambitious lineup of other new, original content, including scripted primetime series, such as “Good Witch,” “When Calls the Heart” and “Chesapeake Shores”; annual specials including “Kitten Bowl”and “Hero Dog Awards”; and a daily, two-hour lifestyle show, “Home & Family.” Additionally, Hallmark Channel is the exclusive home to world premiere presentations of the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise.  Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate life’s special moments, Hallmark Channel also offers annual holiday programming franchises, including “Countdown to Christmas,” “Countdown to Valentine’s Day,” “Summer Nights,” “Fall Harvest” and “Winterfest.”  Rounding out the network’s diverse slate are some of television’s most beloved comedies and series, including “The Golden Girls” and “Frasier.”

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