EMMY� AWARD NOMINEE TRACY POLLAN STARS IN THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK ORIGINAL FILM NATALEE HOLLOWAY
Ensemble Cast Includes GRANT SHOW, CATHERINE DENT and Newcomer AMY GUMENICK
Emmy Award-Winner MIKAEL SALOMON Directs Teleplay by TEENA BOOTH for Sony Pictures Television
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 17, 2009) � The harrowing true story of a teenage girl who vanished while vacationing in Aruba is the backdrop of Natalee Holloway, a Lifetime Movie Network original film about a mother's search for truth and justice. Tracy Pollan (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) stars 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 emotionally charged film also stars Grant Show (Swingtown) as Beth's husband "Jug Twitty," Catherine Dent (The Shield) as Beth's best friend and newcomer Amy Gumenick as "Natalee Holloway." Natalee Holloway premieres Sunday, April 19, at 8 pm (ET)/9 pm (PT) on Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime's sister network and the second highest rated women's channel.
ABOUT NATALEE HOLLOWAY
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 family's life. Today, Twitty continues to speak publicly about the potential dangers of international travel. Her 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.
Immediately following the film, Lifetime Movie Network will air a public service announcement (PSA) featuring Beth Twitty. The PSA will educate and inform viewers about how to remain safe while traveling abroad.
"There seems to be a common thread among all of us who have experienced a devastating or traumatic event, and that is the wanting to reach out to others � whether it's through philanthropic events or in my case, taking Natalee's story podium to podium, high school to high school and college to college" said Twitty. "You want to make a difference and ensure that no other family will have to endure the same tragedy."
Additional tips and resources will be available online at LMN.tv.
Natalee Holloway is produced by Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime Television. 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 (Insanitarium) is a producer. Mikael Salomon (The Andromeda Strain, The Company) co-executive produces and directs from a script by Teena Booth (Lifetime's Sex and Lies in Sin City: The Ted Binion Scandal, A Little Thing Called Murder).
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 and digital distribution. 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 and manages the studio's video website, Crackle. 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
ABOUT LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK
Lifetime Movie Network is the #2 women's channel, behind only Lifetime Television. The Network, in its 10th year, is riding high, posting its most-watched Fourth Quarter ever. Lifetime Movie Network's total day ratings among Women 18+ surpass Discovery, FX, TLC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, WE, VH-1, and SoapNet. The April 2008 premiere of The Capture of the Green River Killer and the August 2008 debut of Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story are the highest-rated programs in the Network's history among Women 18+.
Lifetime is the leader in women's television and one of the top-rated basic cable television networks. A diverse, multi-media company, Lifetime is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women and Lifetime Digital (including myLifetime.com) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, a 50/50 joint venture of Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company.