Tracy Pollan to Star in The Natalee Holloway Story (WT*) Premiering on Lifetime Movie Network in April 2009
Emmy(R) Award-Winner MIKAEL SALOMON to direct a teleplay by TEENA BOOTH for Sony Pictures Television
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19 -- The harrowing true story of a teenage girl who vanished while vacationing in Aruba is the backdrop of The Natalee Holloway Story, a Lifetime Movie Network original film about a mother's search for truth and justice. Tracy Pollan (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) will star as Beth Twitty, Natalee Holloway's mother, in the highly anticipated movie based on Twitty's book, Loving Natalee: A Mother's Testament of Hope and Faith. The Natalee Holloway Story, from Sony Pictures Television, will begin production this January and premiere on Lifetime Movie Network in April 2009.
ABOUT THE NATALEE HOLLOWAY STORY (WT*)
Teenager Natalee Holloway vanished in 2005 while visiting Aruba on a senior class trip. In a passionate and relentless effort to discover the truth behind her daughter's disappearance, Beth Twitty captured the nation's attention by working tirelessly to solve the mystery that shattered her life. Today, Twitty continues to speak publicly about the potential dangers of international travel and has founded the International Safe Travels Foundation, a non-profit organization. Beth Twitty's resolve and unwavering strength are at the center of this emotional story that takes viewers behind the headlines and into the heart of an extraordinary woman.
ABOUT TRACY POLLAN
Tracy Pollan is best known for her recurring role as the love interest of now real-life husband Michael J. Fox's character, Alex P. Keaton, on NBC's long-running comedy series Family Ties. She began her career on stage in the early 1980's with television and film roles soon to follow. Pollan's many credits include starring roles in the made-for-television movies The Little Sister, The Abduction of Kari Swenson, Promised Land, Dying to Love You, First to Die and the ABC mini-series, The Kennedys of Massachusetts. She had recurring guest roles on Spin City and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for which received an Emmy Award nomination. Feature film credits include Bright Lights, Big City and Baby, It's You.
The Natalee Holloway Story will be produced by Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime Movie Network. Judith Verno (Lifetime's Flirting with 40, Fatal Contact), Frank von Zerneck and Robert M. Sertner (Lifetime's Racing for Time and We Were the Mulvaneys) are executive producers, and Andrew Golov is a producer. Teena Booth (Lifetime's Sex and Lies in Sin City: The Ted Binion Scandal, A Little Thing Called Murder) wrote the teleplay, and Mikael Salomon (The Andromeda Strain, The Company) will direct.
ABOUT SONY PICTURES TELEVISION
Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment for network and cable television, as well as first-run and off-network series for syndication. With more than 25 programs on the air, SPT boasts a program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. SPT also owns one-half of cable channel GSN and is a partner in FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service. Sony Pictures Television oversees all of Sony Pictures Entertainment's (SPE) domestic digital distribution efforts across all electronically delivered platforms, including the internet and mobile. Sony Pictures Television, advertiser sales, is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States, for Sony Music Entertainment and for the Tennis Channel, and is part owner of national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.
Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) is the #2 women's channel, behind only Lifetime Television. The Network, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary, is riding high, posting its highest-rated Third Quarter ever. LMN total day ratings among W18+ surpass Discovery, FX, TLC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, WE, SoapNet and ABC Family. The August 2008 premiere of Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story became the second most-watched movie in the channel's history, following the April premiere of The Capture of the Green River Killer - the highest-rated movie in the history of Lifetime Movie Network.
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