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Monday, January 29, 2007

Valley of Outstanding Ratings!

by admin

I got a call from “Valley of Light” director Brent Shields the morning after it screened on CBS with some great news: Our show knocked it out of the ballpark, with nearly 15 million viewers, beating out “The Apprentice” and every other show on television.

Here’s the email that came to me from his office:

Last night’s Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation, THE VALLEY OF LIGHT, was #1 in its time period in households with a 9.3 rating and 14 share in the “fast national” ratings. In addition, the HHOF was #1 in total viewers (14,730,000) and adults 25-54 with a 3.9 rating and a 9 share.

NBC and ABC finished in a virtual tie for 2nd in all three categories.


This is the strongest performance for a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation since SILVER BELLS (10.3/15) in November, 2005 and the largest audience for any movie on any network since since JESSE STONE: DEATH IN PARADISE (14,810,000 viewers) on April 30, 2006.

The weekend movie box office results are page 1 news in USA Today,
Variety and Hollywood Reporter…but more people watched the Hallmark Hall of Fame on Sunday night than attended the top 10 grossing movies combined last weekend (14.7 million vs. 12.5 million).


Congrats to all the cast and crew for a job well done!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The movies are coming! The movies are coming!

by admin

Hello all.

I just flew back from Europe yesterday, after a two-week vacation in Germany and Italy. It was lovely, and unlike last year, I actually GOT a vacation. Faithful readers may recall that we landed a CBS/Hallmark movie-of-the-week last time I tried to take some time off, and I spent the end of my vacation talking to my office for hours on my cell phone (international roaming–OUCH!).

Well, we did get several requests for resumes while I was out of town this time, but that was easy enough to handle from the laptop. Got the word on my last day in Italy that three of the four features we are up for have been greenlighted, and the forth has been pushed, but supposedly still happening. Commercials show no sign of slowing down, either. Read: BUSY SUMMER.

I was very glad that business was slow while I was gone, because my staff needed a break. They were on the verge of collapse. Well, they got two quiet weeks with the boss gone (read: two-hour lunches and midday hair appointments…I’m onto you guys!), but now they are complaining that they’re bored and can’t wait for it to be busy again.

Sick puppies. They don’t realize that we aren’t going to sleep until November, once it kicks in. But they seem to thrive on 14-hour days, so who am I to complain? 😉

On my trip, I visited family in Weimar, former East Germany. Made trips to Buchenwald concentration camp (eww), Erfurt (charming) and Berlin (cool, but cold and wet when we were there).

Then flew to Pisa and had a lovely week in Tuscany–SIGH! We rented an apartment in Florence and turned that town upside down (the SHOES, my God!! The shoes! Oh yeah, and the museums. But the shoes. I was drooling over the shoes. Oh, and the gelato. Mmm.).

Also visited Siena, Lucca, San Gimignano and Via Reggiano. All fantastically lovely with wonderful people, food and wine. Great weather. Entirely too many tourists, but what can you do?

Each city looked like the set of any number of Shakespeare plays (Two Gents, Merchant of Venice, R&J, etc.). I fell in love. My office is lucky I came home. 😉

This week, we’ll be strategizing for the summer rush. I’m bracing for it. Just hope I get a few days to recover from jetlag before I have to use my brain too much.