[03/12/18 - 09:26 AM]
Crown Media's Ongoing Growth and Expanded Original Content Slate Prompts Restructure of Programming Department
Seasoned production executive, James Holcomb, has been tapped as vice president, physical production, a new position at the company.

[via press release from The Hallmark Channel]


Newly Added Role and Key Promotions a Critical Step as Production Volume Grows and Diversifies

New York, NY, March 12, 2018 -Crown Media Family Networks announced today a strategic overhaul of its programming department with the creation of a new senior production position and several key promotions. The announcement comes as the company continues to register record breaking ratings results and plans to further expand its development slate of original programming.

Seasoned production executive, James Holcomb, has been tapped as vice president, physical production, a new position at the company. In addition, Angela Polk has been promoted from director of development to vice president, original development, specials. Moreover, Heather Overton and Jennifer Phillips, formerly managers, have been upped to directors of development, scripted programming, while Jennifer Kramer has transitioned from manager to director of development, unscripted programming. Holcomb, Polk, Overton, and Kramer are based in Crown Media's Studio City offices and report to Randy Pope. Jennifer Phillips is stationed in the company's New York location and also reports to Pope.

"Over the past several years, we have exponentially increased and diversified our original production slate, making it imperative that we restructure and expand our department," said Michelle Vicary, executive vice president, programming and network publicity. "The addition of James to our team, as well as the promotions of Angela, Heather, Jennifer, and Jennifer to elevated and more specialized roles will allow us to more effectively manage and produce our amplified volume of original content."

In his role, Holcomb, is charged with ensuring efficient production across Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. In close collaboration with Pope, he oversees all aspects of production operations including budget management, vendor oversight, and creative production standards. Holcomb joins Crown Media from The Documentary Channel where he served as chief operating officer, leading all planning, acquisitions, and technical operation behind the network's launch.

As Crown Media continues to branch out into different forms of programming, Polk, Overton, Phillips, and Kramer are each assuming more focused oversight in their new positions. Polk will assume greater accountability for the production of network specials including Kitten Bowl, Hero Dog Awards, and the American Rescue Dog Show, while Overton and Phillips will be responsible for ushering scripted content, including movies and primetime series, through the development process. Kramer, meanwhile, will manage unscripted programming like Hallmark Channel's daytime lifestyle show, Home & Family.


Crown Media Family Networks is the umbrella unit subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Inc., housing cable's leading family friendly networks, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama. Hallmark Channel features an ambitious slate of new, original content, including movies, scripted series, annual specials, and a daily, two-hour lifestyle show. Hallmark Channel is also home to the popular annual holiday franchise "Countdown to Christmas," featuring a lineup of 24/7 holiday programming. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is a 24-hour cable network featuring a unique mix of new, original movies and acquired series focused on the lighter side of the suspense and mystery genres. The network also features its own annual holiday programming franchise, "Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas". Hallmark Drama showcases the rich legacy of the Hallmark Hall of Fame library and with zero duplication, spotlights movies and series from Crown Media's collection of original dramatic content. Crown Media Family Networks is also home to Hallmark Movies Now, the company's subscription streaming service, which offers wholly distinct content from the company's linear channels. Crown Media Family Networks' digital publishing extension, Hallmark Publishing, is an eBook division that creates novelizations of previously aired original movie favorites. It also accepts author submissions for original, on-brand manuscripts that can be greenlit as a new movie or series for one of the company's three linear networks.

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  [march 2018]  

(series past and present)
(series in development)
(tv movies and mini-series)

[03/20/18 - 02:30 PM]
FOX Announces Summer Premiere Dates
New seasons of "Beat Shazam" and "Love Connection" will help kick things off on Tuesday, May 29.

[03/20/18 - 12:16 PM]
"Saints & Sinners" Returns Sunday, April 8 at 9:00 p.m. (ET) on Bounce
Look for new episodes premiering every Sunday night through the season finale on May 27.

[03/20/18 - 10:19 AM]
Video: Syfy Reveals "Nightflyers" Official First Look
The series follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer - a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain - in the hope of making contact with alien life.

[03/20/18 - 09:56 AM]
Netflix's First Global Original Motor Series, "Fastest Car," Launches on April 6
In each episode, three souped-up "sleeper" cars, tinkered with and lovingly labored on, go head to head with one of the world's most sought-after supercars.

[03/20/18 - 09:28 AM]
TLC's Hit Docu-Series "Long Lost Family" Returns for a Third Season on Sunday, April 8 at 10/9c
This series offers viewers the chance to hear stories from people who have endured a lifetime of separation, and who long to finally be reunited with family members with whom they share an innately deep connection - but who, in many cases, they have never met.

[03/20/18 - 09:16 AM]
New Seasons of Anime Hit Series "FLCL" Crash Land This Summer
Debuting on Adult Swim's popular anime block Toonami, the new seasons bring together members of the original animation team with a whole new generation of creators.

[03/20/18 - 09:00 AM]
Additional Performers and Presenters Announced for the "53rd Academy of Country Music Awards"
Drew Brees, Nancy O'Dell, Rebecca Romijn and Lindsey Vonn have been added as presenters for the ceremony.

[03/20/18 - 08:46 AM]
Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys Star in "The Wine Show" - Premiering on Ovation TV April 18
From a beautiful villa in the Italian countryside, Goode and Rhys set off on a new challenge in every episode, uncovering some of the best wines in the world, and telling the stories that surround them.

[03/20/18 - 08:18 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Voice" Tops "American Idol" in Second Showdown
NBC wins the evening in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[03/20/18 - 08:00 AM]
All-Star Ensemble Cast Joins Anna Paquin in the Pop Original Television Series "Flack"
The series starts production this week in London.

[03/20/18 - 07:49 AM]
PBA and FOX Sports Announce Multi-Year, Multi-Platform Rights Deal
The package will bring a substantial schedule of live PBA events to television, including prime time events and a new bracket-style, multi-week PBA Playoffs tournament that concludes with a unique PBA championship finale.

[03/20/18 - 07:42 AM]
"Recovery Boys," "Mercury 13" and "Shirkers" to Premiere at the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
"Mercury 13" is a remarkable story of the women who were tested for spaceflight in 1961 before their dreams were dashed in being the first to make the trip beyond Earth.

[03/20/18 - 07:16 AM]
April Showers Bravo Fans with Back-to-Back Premieres Starting Sunday, April 1
Newly announced to the lineup is "Southern Charm New Orleans" on Sunday, April 15 at 9:00/8:00c.

[03/20/18 - 07:04 AM]
Amazon Prime Video Announces "All or Nothing" Banner for Upcoming Global Sports Docuseries
New seasons featuring The Michigan Wolverines, New Zealand All Blacks and Manchester City are due later this year.

[03/19/18 - 11:36 PM]
Development Update: Monday, March 19
Updates include: Mira Sorvino to star in "The Code" at CBS; Matt Ryan's John Constantine to become regular on "DC's Legends of Tomorrow"; and Jenna Dewan Tatum is the latest to board FOX's "Mixtape."