"THE WAY HOME," AN ALL-NEW DRAMA SERIES TO PREMIERE ON HALLMARK CHANNEL IN 2023
Greenlit Series Created by Marly Reed, Heather Conkie and Alexandra Clarke
From MarVista Entertainment and Neshama Entertainment
Production Set to Begin This Summer
STUDIO CITY, CA - May 12, 2022 - Hallmark Channel has greenlit an all-new, original primetime series "The Way Home," an intergenerational drama set to begin production this summer in Ontario, Canada. The series will premiere on Hallmark Channel in 2023 with casting announcements planned in the coming weeks. The show is part of Crown Media's commitment to developing quality programming that will resonate with viewers, and is the first new series greenlit under the leadership of Lisa Hamilton Daly. The series is executive produced by the renowned mother-daughter team of Heather Conkie ("Heartland," "Port Hope") and Alexandra Clarke ("Heartland," "Hudson").
"The Way Home" is a family drama following the lives of three generations of women within the Landry family that spans the years through a time travel twist. Kat Landry, her 15-year-old daughter Alice and Kat's estranged mother Del are all strong, willful and independent. More than 20 years prior, lifechanging events created a chasm in their family that time has yet to repair. Kat and Del still aren't on speaking terms. Alice has never met her grandmother and is unaware of the reasons for their fractured family. When the three generations come together under one roof for the first time in more than two decades, a surprising discovery unexpectedly sets the trio on a path toward healing and helps them find their way back to each other.
"One of my passions is developing series and it's beyond thrilling to spearhead the development of 'The Way Home' and others for Crown Media," said Lisa Hamilton Daly, Executive Vice President, Programming, Crown Media Family Networks.
"I can't wait to share the emotional story of the Landry women so beautifully and creatively imagined by Heather Conkie and Alexandra Clarke and that is sure to become appointment TV for our viewers," remarked Laurie Ferneau, Senior Vice President, Development, Crown Media Family Networks.
"We were all drawn to this extraordinary, unique story of three generations of women, haunted by tragedy and past secrets, who discover an ability to travel through time and potentially change their future," remarked Hannah Pillemer, Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs for MarVista Entertainment. "Lisa and her team at Crown Media have been incredible champions of this series that is sure to charm and enrapture, and we are thrilled to partner with them to bring it to the screen."
Alongside Conkie and Clarke, Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer, and Fernando Szew will executive produce for MarVista with Arnie Zipursky and Marly Reed executive producing for Neshama.
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ABOUT MARVISTA ENTERTAINMENT
MarVista Entertainment, a FOX Entertainment Company, is a leading global entertainment studio, producing and distributing a variety of content across the world. With a library showcasing nearly 2,500 hours of content, and with an average of 80 new movies per year added to the company's development and distribution pipeline, MarVista is one of the largest suppliers of movies to the worldwide marketplace. MarVista has an expansive distribution footprint spanning more than 125 global territories and is a pre-eminent programming partner to major streamers and media companies, including Netflix, Hulu, Discovery+, Tubi, Disney Networks, Amazon Prime, WarnerMedia, Lifetime, Hallmark Channel, NBC Universal, OWN, Nickelodeon, BET and other Viacom Networks, as well as key international platforms.
MarVista's recent projects include the Amazon Prime Video release 'Christmas Is Canceled' starring Hayley Orrantia, Dermot Mulroney, and Janel Parrish; indie features including 'Stay Awake,' with an award winning debut at the 2022 Berlin Film Festival and starring Chrissy Metz; the IFC release 'Hunter Hunter,' starring Devon Sawa, Nick Stahl, and Camille Sullivan; and the GLAAD nominated 'Under the Christmas Tree,' Lifetime's LGBTQ+ led movie starring Elise Bauman, Tattiawna Jones, and Ricki Lake.
ABOUT HALLMARK CHANNEL
Hallmark Channel, owned by Hallmark Cards, Inc., is Crown Media Family Networks' flagship 24-hour cable television network. As the country's leading destination for quality, feel-good entertainment, Hallmark Channel delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand. The network's lineup of signature original content includes movies, primetime scripted series and specials. Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate holidays, seasons, and life's special moments, Hallmark Channel is home to a host of annual programming events, including the highly successful Countdown to Christmas, which has become a pop culture phenomenon and a beloved holiday tradition for millions of viewers. Rounding out the network's slate are some of television's classic comedies and series, including The Golden Girls, Frasier, and Reba.
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