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Karen Kingsbury’s Bestsellers The Bridge and A Time to Dance To Premiere on Hallmark Channel Starting in 2015 | Alive Literary

Karen Kingsbury’s Bestsellers The Bridge and A Time to Dance To Premiere on Hallmark Channel Starting in 2015

Alive President Rick Christian, right, with producers Dan Angel, David Rosemont and Karen Kingsbury

Alive President Rick Christian, right, with producers Dan Angel, David Rosemont and Karen Kingsbury

Sept. 16, 2014—Hallmark Channel will air two original movies adapted from novels by #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, her long-time agent Rick Christian announced today. The movies are based on the author’s award-winning contemporary titles, The Bridge (Howard) and A Time to Dance (Nelson). Emmy®-winning Executive Producers David Rosemont and Dan Angel will lead the production team on both movies, which will start airing in 2015.

“Karen’s celebrated ‘Life Changing Fiction™’ is an ideal match with the Hallmark Channel brand and nicely capitalizes on an earlier deal inked with Hallmark subsidiary Dayspring for a line of 50 greeting cards and gift products,” Christian said. He noted that these efforts, along with a recent deal that launched her weekday nationwide radio program on the Salem network, will greatly expand her audience.

“We’ve had extraordinary success working in collaboration with bestselling novelists and we know this partnership will be especially rewarding for our viewers as they connect to Karen’s remarkable stories on our network for the very first time.” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming for Crown Media Family Networks.

Screenwriter Jamie Pachino adapted The Bridge for its scheduled Christmas season 2015 world premiere. The captivating romance follows Molly Allen, a woman who left her heart in Franklin, Tennessee with the man she walked away from in college. When Molly finds out The Bridge, a beloved bookstore back in Franklin, is in jeopardy along with the bookstore’s owner, she immediately returns to help, only to come face to face with her old flame, Ryan, again—along with a river of buried emotion. Molly agrees to do anything she can to help and as she and Ryan join forces to save The Bridge, their special bond reignites. Little does Molly know she is about to discover a long-held secret as she and Ryan rekindle the kind of love that can overcome all obstacles.

Karen’s second Hallmark Channel film in development, A Time to Dance, follows the bittersweet story of John and Abby. When their perfect marriage starts to fall apart, they make the sad decision to separate, but when they gather their children to tell them the news, their daughter preempts with a surprise announcement of her own: she’s getting married! Determined not to ruin their daughter’s season of happiness, Abby and John secretly put their plans on hold. Despite their best efforts to keep their distance, the wedding plans bring them back together and help them remember why they fell in love so long ago.

“Hallmark is a trusted name in TV and with my millions of readers,” Karen said. “I am beyond thrilled to begin this partnership. My readers will count down the days till the first of these two future classic movies!”

Hailed by Time magazine as the “Queen of Christian Fiction,” Karen is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, earning her the distinction of America’s favorite inspirational novelist. With nearly 25 million copies of her award-winning books in print, Karen’s stories have resonated with readers worldwide. Her last dozen titles have hit #1 on national lists, including the Redemption series featuring her most unforgettable characters, the multi-generational Baxter family. Kingsbury is also a public speaker, reaching more than 100,000 women annually through various national events. Her weekday “The Karen Kingsbury Show” launched in early 2014 and can be heard nationwide on Salem Radio and TodaysChristianMusic.com. –RC

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