In an innovative partnership, Showtime Networks Inc. and Lifetime Television will jointly cablecast a Showtime original film addressing issues of teen date rape.
The movie, Speak,based on an award-winning novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, will be shown on both networks on Labor Day, Sept. 5 at 9 p.m. (EST/PST).
Robert Greenblatt, Showtime's president of entertainment, told TV critics meeting in Los Angeles Saturday that the film addressed such a vital topic that it became important that it be shown to as many women as possible, so the premium service approached Lifetime about a partnership.
The film has been positively reviewed at the Sundance and Woodstock Film Festivals. It stars Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Perkins, D.B. Sweeney and Steve Zahn.
On both networks, the film will be followed by a public-service announcement from the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, informing viewers where they can call to get help for abuse.
"This touching and insightful movie fits perfectly with Lifetime and our Emmy Award-winning commitment to using the power of the media to make a positive difference in women's lives,” Lifetime executive vice president and general manager Lynn Picard said in a prepared statement.