Hallmark Channel has acquired the rights to 80 family-friendly movies from Twentieth Television, including several Academy Award-winning films, officials said Thursday.
The newly acquired movies will play on Hallmark Channel and on its sibling channel, Hallmark Movie Channel. The package includes Big, Cheaper by the Dozen, Cocoon, Doctor Doolittle, Edward Scissorhands, Garfield, Home Alone, Ice Age, The Man From Snowy River, Mrs. Doubtfire, My Cousin Vinny, Speed, Waitress, Working Girl and, additionally, the world television premiere of geriatric feel-good flick Young at Heart.
“We are thrilled to announce this big deal which is another major step in our growth,” said Michelle Vicary, senior vice president of acquisitions and scheduling for Hallmark Channel, in a statement. “We have consistently been a Top 10-rated network. Moving forward, this will help us expand our programming library, increase ratings and lower our demos. Most importantly, these movies are a perfect fit for the Hallmark family-friendly brand, which will enable us to attract new advertisers and spur even further distribution for both Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel.”