HALLMARK CHANNEL AND GOOGLE TO FORM STRATEGIC TV ADVERTISING AGREEMENT
Agreement Gives Advertisers Access to Hallmark Channel Family-Friendly Programming
NEW YORK & MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF., December 3, 2008 � Hallmark Channel and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today a strategic agreement to offer advertisers access to high-quality family-friendly programming through the Google TV Ads program. Advertisers will now be able to reach even more viewers by using Google TV Ads platform to place ads on both Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel.
In November, Hallmark Channel was seen in 86 million homes across the U.S. and over the past year has consistently ranked in the top ten prime time ratings. The network will air in 2009 more than 30 original movies � its largest-ever slate. Hallmark Movie Channel broadcasts a mix of classic theatrical films, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, Hallmark Channel original movies and special events. Using the Google TV Ads platform, advertisers, starting in early 2009, will be able to access both networks' national audiences and receive viewership data at an unprecedented scale. Google TV Ads advertisers � many of them new to the television medium � can then better understand what consumers are responding to and make real-time adjustments to their campaigns to maximize return-on-investment.
"Partnering with Google is a milestone for Hallmark Channel's continued advertising success," said Bill Abbott, Executive Vice President, Ad Sales, Hallmark Channel. "The Google TV Ads platform will allow more advertisers to access the network's acclaimed roster of family-friendly programming � entertainment that audiences cherish during the holidays."
Google TV Ads offers greater accountability and relevancy in advertising. With Google's innovative targeting tools and auction-based pricing system, advertisers can find the right context and audience for their advertising message, only pay for impressions delivered to their ads, and receive digital reporting within 24 hours. Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel join Google TV Ads' growing list of inventory partners, which also includes six networks from the NBC Universal family�Sci Fi, Oxygen, MSNBC, CNBC, Sleuth, and Chiller�along with Bloomberg Television and 96 networks through DISH Network.
"Hallmark Channel's strong family-friendly brand and programming attracts an important viewer demographic that Google TV Ads' advertisers can now access," said John Saroff, Manager of Strategic Partner Development for Google TV Ads. "Combined with our platform's measurement technology, this collaboration signifies an important step towards making television advertising more accountable for advertisers and more relevant for viewers."
About Google Inc.
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.
About Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming to a national audience of 86 million subscribers. The top tier program service is distributed through more than 5,450 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Hallmark Channel consistently ranks among the top 10 ad-supported cable networks in Prime Time and Total Day household ratings and is the nation's leading network in providing quality family programming. Crown Media also operates a second 24-hour linear channel which plays the greatest family movies of all time, Hallmark Movie Channel, and launched Hallmark Movie Channel HD in April, 2008.
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Source: Nielsen Media Research estimates that from October 27 through November 30, 2008, Hallmark Channel was available in over 85 million homes across the U.S. and during the period from December 31, 2007 to November 23, 2008, ranked in the top ten prime time household coverage area ratings.