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[08/01/12 - 08:51 AM]
Hallmark Channel to Serve as Exclusive Presenter of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's 2012 Tour, "The Lost Christmas Eve", Kicking Off on November 15
Plus: TSO will grant Hallmark Channel the rights to two classic TSO songs from the group's extensive library.

[via press release from The Hallmark Channel]

HALLMARK CHANNEL TO SERVE AS EXCLUSIVE PRESENTER OF TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA'S 2012 TOUR, "THE LOST CHRISTMAS EVE", KICKING OFF ON NOVEMBER 15

Strategic Partnership Unites Two Unique Holiday Traditions

Hallmark Channel and Trans-Siberian Orchestra [TSO] announced today that Hallmark Channel will serve as the exclusive presenter of TSO's 2012 tour, "The Lost Christmas Eve", a rock opera based on the group's multi-platinum-selling 2004 album of the same name.

As part of the partnership, which unites two beloved holiday traditions - the network's "Countdown to Christmas" franchise and TSO's annual tour featuring rock operas from their "Christmas Trilogy" - Hallmark Channel will have prominent on-site exposure at every one of the tour's 100 shows in 65 cities across North America. In addition to featuring Hallmark Channel on all signage, banners, and promotional, PR, and marketing materials, TSO will grant Hallmark Channel the rights to two classic TSO songs from the group's extensive library, as well as one track from their forthcoming album, "Dreams of Fireflies (on a Christmas Night)", which goes on-sale October 30. Hallmark Channel will use the songs in various capacities online and on-air, including as background music for "Countdown to Christmas" promotional spots.

Also central to the partnership, Hallmark Channel will promote the "Lost Christmas Eve" tour on-air and will be the exclusive 2012 broadcaster of TSO's classic holiday program, "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve", following the journey of a runaway girl who, seeking shelter from the cold on Christmas Eve, breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater. The story is narrated by Ossie Davis and is moved along through music and poetry, with performances by Jewel and Michael Crawford of such traditional holiday classics as "O Holy Night" and "Hark! The Herald Angel Sing", along with TSO favorites including "Christmas Canon", "Good King Joy", "Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24", "Music Box Blues", and many more.

"Every year, fans of all ages identify the launches of Hallmark Channel's 'Countdown to Christmas' programming and Trans-Siberian Orchestra's annual Christmas tour as the official start of the holiday season," said Bill Abbott, President and CEO, Crown Media Family Networks. "These two separate holiday traditions, which center on quality entertainment through storytelling, are a perfect match. We greatly look celebrating the season with TSO and bringing our respective audiences together."

"The band and I are excited to have a partnership with Hallmark Channel to premiere our rock opera "The Lost Christmas Eve" live in concert for the first time," said TSO writer /creator Paul O'Neill. "Whenever you create a work of art; be it a painting, a book, a song, a movie, or in our case a rock opera, you are competing with the best of your generation, but anything involving Christmas you are competing with the best art of the last two thousand years. We are also competing against art that has to get past the ultimate critic, the only critic that you cannot fool, which is time; for each century will only pass on to the future the very best. All this makes any undertaking in this field extremely intimidating to say the least. Working together with Hallmark Channel we hope to create a new tradition for the holidays that people can enjoy for years to come. "

Hallmark Channel's 2012 "Countdown to Christmas" programming initiative kicks off on Saturday, November 3 with the premiere of "The Christmas Song" and will include 14 new original movies airing throughout the holiday season.

"The Lost Christmas Eve" has been called "a story of loss and redemption" and features a diverse soundtrack fusing elements of rock, classical, folk, Broadway, and R&B, while taking you on a journey into the "Capra-esque" world of TSO creator / producer, Paul O'Neill. Encompassing a rundown hotel, an old toy store, a blues bar, a Gothic cathedral, and their respective inhabitants all intertwined during a single enchanted Christmas Eve in New York City, this year's show is sure to start any TSO fan's holiday season off right. "The Lost Christmas Eve" will be performed in its entirety and will feature the hit single, "Wizards in Winter", as well as longtime crowd favorites, "Christmas Nights in Blue" and "Siberian Sleigh Ride". It will be followed by brand new songs from TSO's Fall EP release from Lava / Universal, "The Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night)", classics from TSO's debut album, "Christmas Eve & Other Stories", and the rest of the heralded catalogue of rock operas.

TSO founder Paul O'Neill discusses the band's ambitious undertaking: "This is an exciting year for the band and something we've been planning for years. "The Lost Christmas Eve" has always been a personal favorite of mine. To debut this rock opera live marks a new and exciting chapter in TSO's Rock Theater evolution."

ABOUT HALLMARK CHANNEL

Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of over 87 million subscribers. The top-tier program service is distributed through approximately 5,500 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Hallmark Channel is the nation's leading destination for quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies and specials, as well as some of television's most beloved sitcoms and series, including The Golden Girls, Frasier, Little House on the Prairie, and The Waltons. Since 2010, Hallmark Channel has also been home to original daytime lifestyle programming and is debuting two new daily series, Home & Family and Marie, on October 1, 2012. Hallmark Channel's sibling network is Hallmark Movie Channel, also available in HD and SD, which focuses on family-friendly movies with a mix of classic theatrical films, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, original Hallmark Channel movies and special events.

ABOUT TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

Since their debut in 1996, TSO has defied the rules of an ever-changing music industry. Year after year, TSO has ranked in the Top 10 for both gross revenues and attendance (according to Pollstar magazine) by playing live to over one million fans each year. Since their inception, TSO has sold in excess of 8.5 million albums and performed to more than 9 million fans in 150+ cities worldwide. The band's rock operas have cemented them as a leader in Rock Theater, being regarded as a mix of The Who's "Tommy", Andrew Lloyd Weber's musicals, and Pink Floyd's expansive light show.





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