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October 09, 2013 12:00 ET

Crown Media Family Networks Launches Digital Advertising Sales Solutions, Driven by Expanded Original Programming Slate

FreeWheel to Digitize Advertising Assets Across All Screens

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Oct 9, 2013) - Crown Media Family Networks, home of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, announced today the expansion of its sponsorship solutions unit to include innovative digital sales packages designed to meet a growing demand in the marketplace. Fueled by Hallmark Channel's and Hallmark Movie Channel's growing slates of premium content, the company's transition into the digital advertising landscape will allow marketers the opportunity to leverage their brand message across Crown Media's multiple distribution platforms.

In an effort to optimize all video, mobile, and display advertising, Crown Media has partnered with FreeWheel, the industry's leading video advertising technology provider. FreeWheel will deliver digital solutions to advertisers within the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel environment and offer marketplace insight and guidance in tandem with a new video technology platform.

Hallmark Channel, available in 87 million homes, and Hallmark Movie Channel, available in over 52 million homes and one of the fastest growing networks on cable, are marquee brands offering a unique blend of family friendly programming, including original movies and series, lifestyle shows, classic off-network series, specials, and titles from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library. The launch of digital advertising solutions comes at a key time for Crown Media, which is expanding its programming slate to include more original movies for Hallmark Movie Channel, as well as the introduction of original scripted series on Hallmark Channel, starting with the debut of "Cedar Cove" on July 20, which was the number one show on cable in its Saturday time slot (8/7C) for five consecutive weeks.

"With the recent ratings success of Hallmark Channel's first original scripted series, 'Cedar Cove'; the return of the network's popular original daytime series, 'Home & Family' for a second season; and the expanded slate of original movies on Hallmark Movie Channel, Crown Media offers more opportunities than ever before to advertisers," said Ed Georger, Executive Vice President, Ad Sales, Crown Media Family Networks and General Manager, Hallmark Movie Channel. "As viewer habits continue to evolve beyond the traditional television screen, it is imperative that we create unique marketing opportunities that extend into the digital space, across the many screens and platforms where our audience engages with our content. We are delighted to be partnering with FreeWheel, who will help enhance our marketplace offerings, meet the growing needs of our clients, and ensure that we leverage all monetization options available."

FreeWheel's Monetization Rights Management® (MRM) technology helps manage advertising sales rights, forecast advertising inventory, deliver yield-optimized ads, and monitor campaign performance across Hallmark's content distribution footprint. In addition to leveraging FreeWheel's technology, Hallmark will be utilizing FreeWheel's Advisory Services team to garner consultative insight, rooted in hands-on experience.

"FreeWheel operates in the center of the video ecosystem enabling us to bring informed perspective on issues shaping our industry. We are looking forward to supporting Hallmark's efforts to effectively monetize their highly-regarded content across screens and devices," said James Rooke, Vice President of Advisory Services at FreeWheel. "Our work with Hallmark continues our effort to provide enterprise-class TV companies with insightful marketplace guidance while also offering the most effective rights management and monetization technology."

ABOUT CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS

Crown Media Family Networks is the umbrella unit of Crown Media Holdings, Inc., which houses Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel. The company operates and distributes both channels in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) with Hallmark Channel available to 87 million subscribers in the U.S. and Hallmark Movie Channel in over 52 million homes. Hallmark Channel is the nation's leading destination for quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies and specials, as well as some of television's most beloved sitcoms and series, including The Golden Girls, The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, and Frasier. Hallmark Channel is home to a range of lifestyle programming, anchored by Home & Family, a daily two-hour live show shot in a fully functional house located on the Universal Studios California lot. Hallmark Movie Channel is one of America's fastest-growing cable networks and provides family-friendly movies with a mix of original films, classic theatrical releases, and presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library. In addition, Crown Media Family Networks includes the online offerings of HallmarkChannel.com and HallmarkMovieChannel.com.

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About FreeWheel
FreeWheel manages the economics of content for the enterprise-class world of entertainment, offering technical infrastructure for revenue rights management and business operations, wrapped in advisory services.

Founded and led by a team of executives from the world's leading technology companies, FreeWheel's solutions have already armed companies like ABC, AOL, DIRECTV, ESPN, NBC Universal, Sky, Turner, and Viacom with the technology and services they need to profitably scale their professional content across devices and revenue models.

For more information, visit www.freewheel.tv. Follow the company @FreeWheel.

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