OSCAR(R), EMMY(R) AND GOLDEN GLOBE(R) NOMINEE BRUCE DERN JOINS MOLLY PARKER, ZACHARY GORDON AND BAILEE MADISON IN 'PETE'S CHRISTMAS,' ON 'WALDEN FAMILY THEATER,' A HALLMARK CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE WORLD PREMIERE IN HOLIDAY 2013
Part of Hallmark Channel's COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS,
the #1 Most Treasured Holiday Destination by Television Viewers; Rick Roberts Co-Stars
"Walmart and P&G Present Walden Family Theater,"
A New Series of Family Movies Presented by
Walmart, P&G, Walden Media and ARC Entertainment
An overshadowed middle child gets an unexpected second chance-and third, fourth and many more-to make his family's disastrous Christmas day perfect when he finds himself destined to live the day over and over again. Oscar(R), Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominee Bruce Dern ("Django Unchained," "Monster"), Molly Parker ("Deadwood"), Zachary Gordon ("Diary of a Wimpy Kid") and Bailee Madison ("Bridge to Terabithia," "A Taste of Romance") star in "Pete's Christmas," a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere in Holiday 2013. Rick Roberts ("Man Of The Year," "The Night Before the Night Before Christmas") co-stars in this holiday film, part of Hallmark Channel's COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS, the #1 most treasured holiday destination by television viewers.
The film will also be part of Hallmark Channel's exciting new Friday night appointment viewing franchise, "Walden Family Theater," presented by Walmart, Procter & Gamble, award-winning family entertainment producer Walden Media ("The Chronicles Of Narnia," "Bridge To Terabithia," "Holes") and fast-growing independent studio ARC Entertainment. "Walden Family Theater" is designed to further fill the void on TV for quality family entertainment.
At fourteen, Pete Kidder (Gordon) is sick of being the middle child in his family, always overlooked by his mother and father (Parker and Roberts). Unlike his brothers, jock Jake (Wesley Morgan, "The Rocker") and bookworm Kenny, (Peter DaCunha, "A Dark Truth"), Pete hasn't yet developed a distinct personality that sets him apart and he often feels left out. With the kid's grumpy grandfather (Dern) unexpectedly in town for Christmas, the pressure is on to make the day as great as Grandpa remembers with his late wife, but the holiday is filled with
disastrous moments, including a toppling Christmas tree and a bout with food poisoning. Just when things can't get any worse, Pete wakes up the next day and realizes he's reliving December 25th all over again. Stuck repeating the day over and over, Pete panics, but slowly realizes, with the help of his new friend and next door neighbor, Katie (Madison), that he can use his unique gift for good and give this Christmas day the do-over it deserves.
"Pete's Christmas" is an Eh-Okay Productions/Pete's Christmas Productions Inc. in association with OutPost Media Inc. presented by ARC Entertainment, Walden Media, Walmart and Procter & Gamble. Heather Puttock and Michael Wright produced the film with Jason Netter and John Shepherd as executive producers. Nisha Ganatra directed from a script by Peter McKay and Gregg Rossen & Brian Sawyer.
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 available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of 87 million subscribers. 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. The channel is also 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 lot. Hallmark Channel's sibling network, Hallmark Movie Channel, available in HD and SD, focuses on family-friendly movies with a mix of original films, classic theatrical releases, and presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library.
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About Walden Media
Walden Media creates films and books for the whole family to enjoy together. Past award-winning films include: "The Chronicles of Narnia" series, "Holes," "Nim's Island," "Charlotte's Web," the Sundance Audience Prize Winning documentary "Waiting for 'Superman" and the recent hit "Parental Guidance."
About Eh-Okay Entertainment
Eh-Okay was established in 2012 to develop and produce high quality film and TV projects for the Canadian market focusing on big production value. Live-action movies currently in production are: Pete's Chrstmas, filmed and produced in Northern Ontario, Canada and The Hunters, filmed and produced in Vancouver, BC Canada. Both films will be airing on Hallmark.
About ARC Entertainment
ARC Entertainment (www.arc-ent.com) is a fully integrated distribution company providing both physical and digital distribution and sales services entertainment-based products. ARC
Entertainment monetizes content in multiple revenue streams including: Theatrical Distribution, DVD, Blu-ray, Digital, Electronic Sell-Through, Streaming, VOD, PPV, Pay and Free TV. ARC Entertainment's unparalleled relationships with national retailers, coupled with strong sales and marketing expertise, enables the Company to explore unique programs and business models for its content partners.