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[07/20/05 - 12:00 AM]
Only Two Weeks Shy of Fourth Anniversary, the Hallmark Channel Has Much to Celebrate!

[via press release from The Hallmark Channel]

ONLY TWO WEEKS SHY OF FOURTH ANNIVERSARY, THE HALLMARK CHANNEL HAS MUCH TO CELEBRATE!

Network Unveils Fall Slate at Television Critics Association Press Tour; Celebrates Current Ranking of #10 in Total Day And #9 in Prime Time

When Hallmark Channel met members of the Television Critics Association at this year�s summer press tour in Beverly Hills, its network executives were clearly upbeat. The network presented its Fall Preview to the nation�s TV writers/editors/critics with this message -- Two weeks shy of the network�s fourth anniversary, but what a year it has been!

David Kenin, Executive Vice President, Programming for the Hallmark Channels, unveiled 14 reasons why the network feels bullish about the fall, and the future.

� The Hallmark Channel Mystery Movies � �Mystery Woman,� �McBride� and �Jane Doe� -- return with a new spoke for the popular mystery wheel, �Murder 101.� TV icon Dick Van Dyke stars in his first cable series, which follows a leading professor of criminology who bumbles through daily minutia. But, inside a criminal investigation, the professor has a steel trap mind for details and a strategy for tricking and catching unwary suspects. �Murder 101� rotates once each month on Sundays as part of the Hallmark Channel Mystery Movie.

� �Supernova,� a 3-hour sci-fi thriller about the day the earth caught fire, stars Luke Perry, Tia Carrere and Peter Fonda. �Supernova� premieres Monday, September 5 (8/7 c).

� �Landslide,� a two-hour movie event about an environmental disaster that has swallowed up a community, stars Vincent Spano, Alexandra Paul and Kathryne Dora Brown. �Landslide,� the race to get above ground, premieres Saturday, September 10 (9/8 c).

� �Jules Verne�s Mysterious Island,� a three-hour movie event, is the most thrilling adventure unknown to man. Starring Kyle MacLachlan, Omar Gooding, Gabrielle Anwar and Patrick Stewart, �Jules Verne�s Mysterious Island� is directed by Russell Mulcahy (�3: The Dale Earnhardt Story�) and premieres Saturday, September 17 (8/7 c).

� �Coronado,� a two-hour movie event, is the story of a missing wealthy businessman and the fiance who follows him off the map on a dangerous quest for his safe return. From the Academy� Award-winning producers of �Independence Day,� �Coronado� premieres in October.

� �The Reading Room,� a two-hour movie event, is the story of humanity, dignity and one man�s legacy. �The Reading Room� stars James Earl Jones, Georg Stanford Brown, Joanna Cassidy, Keith Robinson, Douglas Spain and Kathryne Dora Brown and premieres this Thanksgiving.

� �A Man Who Became Pope,� the first U.S. television premiere on the life and times of Pope John Paul II, premieres on the Hallmark Channel Monday, August 15 (8/7 c). The four-hour movie event chronicles the transformative journey of Karol Wojytla from a young man, student, artist and war protestor to becoming a priest, a bishop, and finally, the Bishop of Rome. �A Man Who Became Pope,� produced on location in Italy and Eastern Europe, was seen by Pope John Paul II before he died. The late Pontiff was quoted as being �impressed and appreciative.�

� �Celebrate! Christmas with Maya Angelou,� a one-hour special, stars America�s mesmerizing poet celebrating Christmas in her North Carolina home with family and friends, including musical legends Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. �Celebrate! Christmas with Maya Angelou� premieres in December.

� �Naomi�s New Morning,� a one-hour weekly series, is a thought-provoking, unbiased talk show for the intellectually curious which premieres Sunday, November 27 (Time TBD). �Naomi�s New Morning� delves into mind-expanding topics, with the potential for creating broader personal awareness and a genuinely transformative experience for viewers and is hosted with the warmhearted clarity and wise simplicity Naomi Judd is known for.

The twelve program announcements did not account for all of the reasons for Hallmark Channel�s celebratory mood during the TV Critics Press Tour.

The network also announced a more aggressive programming stance for the Hallmark Movie Channel.

Hallmark Channel completed its TCA Fall Preview with a reminder that the network is also touting continuous ratings successes that began during the 2003 holidays. In particular, in 2005, the network is highlighting record-breaking First and Second Quarters and the highest-rated June in the network�s history.

Third quarter 2005 to date (6/27-7/10/05), Hallmark Channel ranks #10 in Total Day (.7 HH rating) and #9 in Prime Time (1.2 HH rating) among all 59 ad-supported cable networks.

Hallmark Channel is a 24-hour basic cable channel that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming to a national audience of 69 million subscribers. The program service is distributed through 4,800 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Crown Media Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRWN) owns and operates Hallmark Channel. In 2004, Crown launched its second 24-hour linear channel, Hallmark Movie Channel. Through its subsidiary, Crown Media Distribution, LLC, Crown also distributes titles from its awardwinning collection of movies, miniseries and films for exhibition in a variety of television media including broadcast, cable, Video-on-Demand and High Definition Television.

For more information please visit www.hallmarkchannel.com or www.hallmarkmoviechannel.com

-- HALLMARK CHANNEL --





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· CORONADO (HALLMARK)
· JANE DOE (HALLMARK)
· JANE DOE (HALLMARK)
· JANE DOE (HALLMARK)
· JANE DOE (HALLMARK)
· JANE DOE (HALLMARK)
· JANE DOE (HALLMARK)
· JULES VERNE'S THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (HALLMARK)
· KAROL: A MAN WHO BECAME POPE (HALLMARK)
· LANDSLIDE (HALLMARK)
· MCBRIDE (HALLMARK)
· MCBRIDE (HALLMARK)
· MCBRIDE (HALLMARK)
· MCBRIDE (HALLMARK)
· MCBRIDE (HALLMARK)
· MCBRIDE (HALLMARK)
· MURDER 101 (HALLMARK)
· MYSTERY WOMAN (HALLMARK)
· MYSTERY WOMAN (HALLMARK)
· MYSTERY WOMAN (HALLMARK)
· MYSTERY WOMAN (HALLMARK)
· MYSTERY WOMAN (HALLMARK)
· MYSTERY WOMAN (HALLMARK)
· READING ROOM, THE (HALLMARK)
· SUPERNOVA (HALLMARK)
· THREE: THE DALE EARNHARDT STORY (ESPN)











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