GREAT AMERICAN PURE FLIX ANNOUNCES

CARLOS PENAVEGA AND ALEXA PENAVEGA STAR IN

‘MR. MANHATTAN,’

A WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE STREAMING MAY 24

NEW YORK, NY – April 11, 2024 – Great American Pure Flix, the leader in faith-affirming and uplifting original content, announced Carlos PenaVega (“Spy Kids,” Big Time Rush) and Alexa PenaVega (“Spy Kids,” “The Casagrandes Movie”) star in the World Premiere Original motion picture, Mr. Manhattan which begins streaming, Friday, May 24.

In Mr. Manhattan, Mason Bradley (Carlos PenaVega) makes a promise to his brother and sister-in-law to be godfather to their newborn son (and future children). Mason has exciting news of his own: he’s just been accepted to Columbia Law School, which comes as a shock to his fiancé, Dani (Alexa PenaVega). Ten years on, Mason is surround by big city life and obsessed with becoming partner in his firm. He and Dani have broken up. Just when Mason feels personal success is at hand, he receives an unimaginable call. His brother and sister-in-law have tragically been killed in a car accident. Mason is now a single father with two children.

“Carlos and Alexa are audience favorites and so beloved for their commitment to family on and off the screen, which is the foundation of Mr. Manhattan,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Great American Media. “And we are excited about a number of additional projects in development with these two enormously talented actors” Abbott concluded.

Mr. Manhattan is executive produced by Michael Scott, Jeffrey Peterson, David A. R. White, Kendall Baldwin, and Jim Ameduri. Producer is Bradley Nasfell. Brian Herzlinger directs from an original screenplay by Andrea Gyertson Nasfell.

Photo: Courtesy of Great American Pure Flix

ABOUT GREAT AMERICAN PURE FLIX

Great American Pure Flix is the streaming home for quality entertainment celebrating faith, family, and country. Through a 2023 merger with Sony, Great American Pure Flix is now part of Great American Media, the leading provider of uplifting family-friendly movies and programs. Great American Media includes the linear channels Great American Family and Great American Faith & Living. With inspiring movies, programs, and Christmas all year long, Great American Pure Flix is home to quality streaming anywhere, anytime.

ABOUT GREAT AMERICAN MEDIA:

Great American Media is home to a family-friendly portfolio of brands including Great American Family, Great American Pure Flix and Great American Faith & Living. As the flagship linear TV network, Great American Family features original Christmas movies, rom-coms and classic series that celebrate faith, family and country. Great American Pure Flix is a leading faith and family streaming service that inspires, uplifts and entertains with content that you can confidently stream with the entire family. Great American Faith & Living features lifestyle programming that celebrates family-friendly traditions every day and every season. Great American Media is also home to FAST (free ad-supporting streaming TV) channel Great American Adventures, which offers scripted and unscripted content highlighting themes including cooking and DIY, and Great American Community, a free direct-to-consumer streaming app featuring short-form original series hosted by well-known lifestyle experts.  Great American Media was established in June 2021 by Bill Abbott and a group of US-based family offices.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Pam Slay

Network Program Publicity

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GREAT AMERICAN PURE FLIX PRESENTS AN ORIGINAL FAITH DRAMA,

‘DESTINATION HEAVEN’

STARRING HARRY LENNIX AS GOD, STREAMING MAY 24

NEW YORK, NY – April 2, 2024 – Great American Pure Flix, Great American Media’s streaming destination for faith and family content, presents its newest Original Series, “Destination Heaven,” a faith drama starring accomplished actor Harry Lennix (“The Blacklist,” Man of Steel) as God. The six-part scripted series streams one episode each week beginning May 24 with episode one, “Home Is Where,” which stars Lennix, Kevin Sorbo, Emily Rose, and Tim Bensch. In each episode, God will encounter people in a myriad of circumstances who all believe they’re doing the right things only to discover their approach to being good is going through the motions rather than growing emotionally or intellectually from the circumstance.

In episode one of “Destination Heaven,” Home Is Where, Jenna (Rose) and Malcom (Bensch) are successful professionals who live and work in an upscale community. The pair believe by donating cash to charities that they are doing everything they can to better mankind. While asking God to bless her, Jenna is transported to a heavenly place where she encounters God working alone in a workshop of picture frames. God asks Jenna to help him frame a variety of shots of a man who Jenna doesn’t recognize and claims never to have seen until God tells her this is Darrel, the homeless man who has pitched a tent in her parking lot and who she passes every day on her way into the office. As Jenna protests about just how much she contributes to organizations, she eventually acknowledges she’s never looked Darrel in the face, never even spoken to him as she passes. Just as Jenna changes and becomes caringly conscious, Darrel disappears leaving Jenna confused and afraid about what may have happened to him. Forever changed, Jenna knows her encounter with God wasn’t about Darrel’s life. It was about hers.

ABOUT GREAT AMERICAN PURE FLIX

Great American Pure Flix is the streaming home for quality entertainment celebrating faith, family, and country. Through a 2023 merger with Sony, Great American Pure Flix is now part of Great American Media, the leading provider of uplifting family-friendly movies and programs. Great American Media includes the linear channels Great American Family and Great American Faith & Living. With inspiring movies, programs, and Christmas all year long, Great American Pure Flix is home to quality streaming anywhere, anytime.

ABOUT GREAT AMERICAN MEDIA:

Great American Media is home to a family-friendly portfolio of brands including Great American Family, Great American Pure Flix and Great American Faith & Living. As the flagship linear TV network, Great American Family features original Christmas movies, rom-coms and classic series that celebrate faith, family and country. Great American Pure Flix is a leading faith and family streaming service that inspires, uplifts and entertains with content that you can confidently stream with the entire family. Great American Faith & Living features lifestyle programming that celebrates family-friendly traditions every day and every season. Great American Media is also home to FAST (free ad-supporting streaming TV) channel Great American Adventures, which offers scripted and unscripted content highlighting themes including cooking and DIY, and Great American Community, a free direct-to-consumer streaming app featuring short-form original series hosted by well-known lifestyle experts.  Great American Media was established in June 2021 by Bill Abbott and a group of US-based family offices.

Photo: Courtesy of Great American Pure Flix, Harry Lennix

Media Contacts:

Pam Slay

Network Program Publicity & Talent Relations

818.415.3784

INSPIRING, TRUE STORY OF DUCK COMMANDER PHIL ROBERTSON,

HIS PERSONAL DESCENT INTO DARKNESS,

AND THE TRIUMPH OF NEW HOPE AND LIFE THROUGH JESUS

‘THE BLIND,’

A STREAMING EXCLUSIVE, ONLY ON GREAT AMERICAN PURE FLIX MARCH 22

NEW YORK, NY – March 6, 2024 – “The Blind,” the true story of Duck Commander Phil Robertson’s darkest moments and the redeeming love of Jesus that changed his family forever, is now a streaming video-on-demand exclusive on Great American Pure Flix, beginning March 22. “The Blind,” starring Aron von Andrian and Amelia Eve, had a limited theatrical run in Q4 2023, opened at #4, extended its release five times by popular demand, and is still the most successful release in Fathom Events history. “The Blind” will now stream exclusively on Great American Pure Flix starting Friday, March 22.

             “The message of ‘The Blind’ is wherever a soul is on life’s journey, it is never too late to find redemption. We are honored to be the exclusive streaming home to such a high quality movie, said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Great American Media.  

            “When I ran up on Jesus all those years ago, I didn’t know a movie about my worst moments would help reach thousands in theirs. We pray everyone will watch ‘The Blind’ on Great American Pure Flix so they can see that redemption and forgiveness are for every last one of us,” said Phil Robertson, American businessman and reality TV star (“Duck Dynasty”).

            Phil Robertson was 28 years old when he stumbled to his knees and saw the devil staring back from his own reflection. A decade of heavy drinking and fast living had left his life, his family, and his marriage to Miss Kay (“Duck Dynasty”) in tatters. It was only then that Phil began to conquer the shame of his past, finding redemption in an unlikely place.

            Born into hard times in Vivian, Louisiana, Phil became the man of his house when he was just a boy. Robertson’s father was away months at a time working on oil rigs and his mother was hospitalized repeatedly for mental illness. Phil became one with the backwoods swamps, which brought him peace through nature and fed his younger siblings. A natural sportsman in the woods and on the field, Phil became a football phenomenon — a highly scouted high school and college All-American who received a scholarship to Louisiana Tech. Robertson was QB1 ahead of future Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw.

            Phil married his high school sweetheart, started a family, and became a high school teacher. He rose from nothing to nothing but possibility before he lost it all. “The Blind” is a cinematic reminder that no one is beyond the grace of God, and no one is so far gone that they cannot turn their life around.

            Willie Robertson, Jeremy John Wells, Jason Melton, and Troy Duhon are executive producers. Korie Robertson, Brittany Yost, Cole Prine, and Zach Dasher are producers. Line producer is Stephanie D. Needham. Director is Andrew Hyatt.

ABOUT TREAD LIVELY

Tread Lively is a fully integrated production company focused on film, TV, podcasting, and digital platforms. The Tread Lively team has produced and delivered more than 100 million podcast downloads and more than 2 billion views. Our story is to tell your story. For more information, go to https://treadlively.com.

ABOUT GND MEDIA GROUP

GND Media Group is the company founded by Troy Duhon and Robert Katz out of a deep heartfelt desire to bring a Bible-based message to the world through movies, concerts, books, and other media resources.  We prayerfully seek to unite a powerful scriptural message with excellent production quality to provide an entertaining and life changing message to Christians and those seeking the truth.​ For more information, go to http://www.gndmediagroup.com/our-mission.

ABOUT GREAT AMERICAN PURE FLIX

Great American Pure Flix is the streaming home for quality entertainment celebrating faith, family, and country. Through a 2023 merger with Sony, Great American Pure Flix is now part of Great American Media, the leading provider of uplifting family-friendly movies and programs. Great American Media includes the linear channels Great American Family and Great American Faith & Living. With inspiring movies, programs, and Christmas all year long, Great American Pure Flix is home to quality streaming anywhere, anytime.

Photo: Courtesy of Great American Pure Flix

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Pam Slay

Program Publicity & Talent Relations

818.415.3784

CHRISTMAS BELLS ARE RINGING FOR JILL WAGNER, JESSE HUTCH,

LAUREN HOLLY AND BRUCE BOXLEITNER STARRING IN,

‘AURORA CHRISTMAS,’

PART OF GREAT AMERICAN CHRISTMAS 2024

NEW YORK, NY – February 29, 2024 – Great American Family, the leader in quality, original faith-based, family friendly programming, and one of the primary producers of original Christmas movies, announces a new star-studded film for this season’s highly-popular Great American Christmas which returns in October. “Aurora Christmas,” (wt) starring Jill Wagner, Jesse Hutch, Lauren Holly, and Bruce Boxleitner will join the robust roster of Great American Christmas talent, which in Year Four of the franchise, will include movies with Mario Lopez, Candace Cameron Bure, Cameron Mathison, and Danica McKellar, with many more stars to be announced at a later date.

            In “Aurora Christmas,” (wt) Erin (Wagner) joins her dad Doug (Boxleitner) for a Christmas in the family’s former hometown of Aurora on a mission that is part business – selling the family home – and major bucket list item for Erin to see the Aurora Borealis light up the Northern sky. Realtor Lori (Holly) and family friend and local tour guide Trevor (Hutch) create a Christmas inspired at every turn by faith, love, and hope, so much so that Christmas bells hung over decades in a forest grove ring an unbroken song, a harbinger of miracles to come.

            “As we approach Year Four of our Great American Christmas franchise, we are proud of the family of actors we have assembled that are at the top of every viewer’s list of favorites. This high quality talent is just one of the elements that distinguishes Great American Family from other networks and content providers who are simply making movies that are set during the Christmas season,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Great American Media. “Our storytelling is filled with characters who revere family, faith and country and their journeys establish a foundation of hope and joy for so many viewers throughout the Christmas season,” Abbott concluded.

            “I am so excited to continue my relationship with GAF with this great film and so blessed to have this incredible cast around me,” said Jill Wagner.

            “Aurora Christmas is executive produced by Brad Krevoy, Jill Wagner, Susie Belzberg Krevoy, and Micheline Blais. David Anselmo produces. Kelly Martin is supervising producer. “Aurora Christmas” is written by Amyn Kaderali with revisions by Ernie Barbarash.

ABOUT GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY

Great American Family is America’s premiere destination for quality family-friendly programming, including original holiday movies, rom-coms and fan-favorite series that celebrate faith, family and country.  Great American Family is home to year-round seasonal celebrations including Great American Christmas, the network’s signature franchise featuring holiday themed movies and specials.  Founded in 2021, Great American Family is part of the Great American Media portfolio of brands. Follow Great American Family on Twitter: @GAfamilyTV Facebook: @GAfamilytv Instagram: @greatamericanfamily

MEDIA CONTACT:

Pam Slay

Network Program Publicity

818.415.3784

GREAT AMERICAN MYSTERIES TO LAUNCH ON GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY

CANDACE CAMERON BURE STARS IN FIRST-EVER MYSTERY MOVIE FRANCHISE FOR GREAT AMERICAN MYSTERIES,

‘THE AINSLEY MCGREGOR MYSTERIES: A CASE FOR THE WINEMAKER’

NEW YORK, NY – February 27, 2024 – Great American Family, the home of quality content celebrating family, faith, and country, announced it will soon launch GREAT AMERICAN MYSTERIES, mystery movie franchises which star some of the network’s most beloved talent. Great American Family announced the first movie in Great American Mysteries inaugural launch is, “The Ainsley McGregor Mysteries: A Case for the Winemaker,” starring Candace Cameron Bure (“Aurora Teagarden Mysteries,” “My Christmas Hero”) and Aaron Ashmore (“Ginny & Georgia”). “The Ainsley McGregor Mysteries: A Case for the Winemaker” is adapted from bestselling novelist Candace Havens’ book of the same name. Great American Mysteries is the new home for a variety of thrilling whodunnits featuring beloved Great American Family stars and the network will announce more new original mystery movie series in the next few weeks.

“We are thrilled to be in the business of telling fun, light-hearted stories featuring great characters, strong stories and a fun side of the mystery genre that fits perfectly with our licensed series strategy,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Great American Media. “Our cozy mysteries are crafted in the heritage of the classic storytelling that has evolved since Agatha Christie coined the term in the 1930s and set the stage for one of the most popular genres of entertainment,” Abbott concluded.

In “The Ainsley McGregor Mysteries: A Case for the Winemaker” Ainsley McGregor (Bure) a former Chicago criminologist returns to her hometown of Sweet River, Texas. She has chosen to trade full-time crime work to open Bless Your Arts, a market for artisans to sell crafts and wares. But Ainsley cannot deny her first love is crime solving and accepts a position teaching a criminology class at the local community college. Her skills quickly become a major asset to the quaint town, when a murder occurs at a winery owned by her friend, who now stands accused of the crime. The Sweet River Sheriff, who just happens to be Ainsley’s brother, Ryan, wants her to stay out of the investigation. But Ainsley knows the pieces of this puzzle do not fit. To help her friend and with the unexpected assistance from some goodhearted local busybodies – Ainsley McGregor is back on the case.

“There’s nothing more exciting for me than being back in the cozy mystery genre. Mysteries are so fun to watch and to try to solve. I hope our faithful fans and audiences fall in love with the townspeople of Sweet River, Texas and Ainsley McGregor’s keen eye for solving mysteries. In this next-level mystery series, the family dynamics and developing relationships alone should keep you coming back for more!” added Candace Cameron Bure, CEO of Candy Rock Entertainment.

“The Ainsley McGregor Mysteries: A Case for the Winemaker” is a Syrup Studios production in association with Candy Rock Entertainment. Costa Vassos serves as Producer and Martin Wood directs a screenplay adapted by Jim Head based on the Candace Havens book of the same name. Executive producers include Candace Cameron Bure, Ford Englerth, Jeffery Brooks, Eric Jarboe, Holly A. Hines, Gerald Webb, Martin Wood, Jim Head, and Trevor McWhinney. Supervising producers include Catherine Kretz and Michael Shepard with Jonathan Shore and Doran S. Chandler serving as Associate producers.

ABOUT GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY

Great American Family is America’s premiere destination for quality family-friendly programming, including original holiday movies, rom-coms and fan-favorite series that celebrate faith, family and country.  Great American Family is home to year-round seasonal celebrations including Great American Christmas, the network’s signature franchise featuring holiday themed movies and specials.  Founded in 2021, Great American Family is part of the Great American Media portfolio of brands. Follow Great American Family on Twitter: @GAfamilyTV Facebook: @GAfamilytv Instagram: @greatamericanfamily

ABOUT CANDY ROCK ENTERTAINMENT:

Candy Rock Enterprises is a joint venture between award winning actress, producer and New York Times best selling author Candace Cameron Bure and the full-service development and execution team behind Redrock Entertainment, Ford Englerth and Jeffery Brooks. Candy Rock’s Entertainment division develops, produces, and distributes television projects, lifestyle programming and feature length films with an emphasis on family-friendly content. Instagram: @CandyRock.Entertainment

ABOUT SYRUP STUDIOS:

Syrup Studios is a Canadian deficit-financing studio focused on exceptional films, series, and international co-productions for global audiences. Syrup’s highly tailored approach to developing, financing, producing, and distributing content through entrepreneurial business models brings each compelling story to life.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Pam Slay

Network Program Publicity

818.415.3784

‘COUNTY RESCUE’

AN EMT UNIT HELPING SAVE LIVES, FIND FAITH, AND EXPERIENCE LOVE

A REMARKABLE ENSEMBLE CAST LED BY JULIA REILLY AND RILEY HOUGH WITH CO-STARS BRETT VARVEL, KRISTIN WOLLETT, KELLER FORNES, PERCY BELL, TANYA CHRISTIANSEN, STACEY PATINO, TIM PEREZ-ROSS, AND ANGEL LUIS

NEW YORK, NY – February 13, 2024 – Great American Media proudly announces its first Original Series, “County Rescue,” the much-anticipated faith and family action drama about EMTs and paramedics in personal and professional extremes, will make its worldwide debut on the company’s streaming platform, Great American Pure Flix beginning Friday, February 23 and feature new episodes every Friday for the series’ first season of five episodes. Great American Family, the company’s premiere flagship linear network premieres episode one on Monday, February 26 (8 p.m. ET/PT), and will premiere a new episode every Monday for the five-week first season run. “County Rescue” tells the story of one EMT unit whose medical team saves lives while guiding themselves and each other through journeys of love, hope and faith. The series features a remarkable ensemble cast led by Julia Reilly and Riley Hough alongside co-stars Percy Bell, Kristin Wollett, Brett Varvel, Stacey Patino, Tim Ross, Keller Fornes, Angel Luis, and Curtia Torbert. Music star Colton Dixon also guest stars.

“County Rescue’ is an inspirational, scripted series with a terrific ensemble cast that showcases the remarkable work of EMTs and first responders and the challenges they face daily. These are the everyday heroes who make communities across America great,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Great American Media. “The series is about discovering oneself and who we are each meant to be while working alongside those who care about us. ‘County Rescue’ is an exemplary family friendly series, and we are extremely proud and excited to bring the quality, series every member of the family can watch together,” Abbott concluded.

EPISODE ONE

Dani (Reilly) answers a personal calling to become an EMT at County Rescue where she meets Tim (Hough) who is also a new probationary. The pair meet Chief Scotty (Perez-Ross) who lets them know unexpected budget cuts will only allow him to hire one new EMT and that he will makes his decision at the end of the probationary period. The only other wrinkle is the Fire Chief’s son, Griffin (Fornes) is also a contender for the open job and is confident he will be the hire. At home, Dani seeks support from her family who have some skepticism she will stick with her calling.

EPISODE TWO

Dani (Reilly) gets to know both other probationary EMTs and ends up making a grave mistake on her first shift. Tim (Hough) and Dani are committed to outworking Griffin (Fornes) so he will not get the job. After Dani gets to know Griffin better, her feelings toward him begin to change and he invites her to do something after work so they can get to know each other better. Duke (Bell) begins having nightmares and is keeping secrets about abusing alcohol at work while Marcos (Luis) tries to reassure Duke’s wife. No one on the team knows Chief Scotty is keeping a secret leaderboard to keep track of which rookie is in the lead for the open job.

EPISODE THREE

Dani (Reilly) accompanies Griffin (Fornes) to a club though she tells him she doesn’t want to get involved romantically due to the team’s rule of dating within the unit. Tim (Hough) finds out and wants to confront Dani and ends up finding her kissing Griffin instead. Duke’s (Bell) life is still spinning as he battles his PTSD and Tiffany (Tobert) finds a flask in his work duffel bag while doing laundry. Worried, Tiffany calls Marcos (Luis) for help. Andy (Brett Varvel) and Tim work a Colton Dixon concert that ends up having Tim be in the right place at the right time to be a hometown hero.

EPISODE FOUR

Andy (Varvel) sees Marcos (Luis) in the parking lot outside the station and makes a serious accusation believing Marcos is seeing Tiffany (Torbert). Duke’s (Bell) drinking problems worsen and Tiffany decides to take the kids to her mom’s. Dani (Reilly) accidentally finds Chief Scotty’s (Perez-Ross) secret leaderboard tracking who is in front for the position, and she loses confidence she can clinch the full-time job. The chief is having trouble picking a candidate because they all possess the right stuff – in different ways. Chief Scotty also knows well the struggles of the career: how it affects faith, family, marriages, careers, and above all, exacerbates human foibles.

EPISODE FIVE

Dani (Reilly) resigns from the station before her last shift, though Chief Scotty believes she will be good to her word and not quit before a decision is made. Receiving no support from her family, Dani asks Ashley (Kristin Wollett) to come over to talk heart-to-heart about Dani’s instincts to drop out of hard situations. Duke is MIA from his shift; now Chief Scotty has another difficult decision to make, but he is grateful Dani is there for her final shift. The team debates faith or fate as a call comes from the bar Duke frequents about a potential suicide attempt. They watch in awe as Dani takes over the tense situation. As Duke tells the team he is going on leave to get help, Chief Scotty also has news. A decision has been made as to who gets the job.

ACTORS/CHARACTERS:

Julia Reilly (Dani)

Riley Hough (Tim)

Percy Bell (Duke)

Kristin Wollett (Ashley)

Brett Varvel (Andy)

Stacey Patino (Liz)

Tim Perez-Ross (Chief Scotty)

Keller Fornes (Griffin)

Angel Luis (Marcos)

Curtia Torbert (Tiffany)

Colton Dixon (Himself)

ABOUT GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY

Great American Family is America’s premiere destination for quality family-friendly programming, including original holiday movies, rom-coms and fan-favorite series that celebrate faith, family, and country.  Great American Family is home to year-round seasonal celebrations including Great American Christmas, the network’s signature franchise featuring holiday themed movies and specials.  Founded in 2021, Great American Family is part of the Great American Media portfolio of brands. Follow Great American Family on Twitter: @GAfamilyTV Facebook: @GAfamilytv 

and Instagram: @greatamericanfamily

ABOUT GREAT AMERICAN PURE FLIX

Great American Pure Flix is the streaming home for quality entertainment celebrating faith, family, and country. Through a 2023 merger with Sony, Great American Pure Flix is now part of Great American Media, the leading provider of uplifting family-friendly movies and programs. Great American Media includes the linear channels Great American Family and Great American Faith & Living. With inspiring movies, programs, and Christmas all year long, Great American Pure Flix is home to quality streaming anywhere, anytime.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Pam Slay

Network Program Publicity & Talent Relations

818.415.3784

GREAT AMERICAN CHRISTMAS 2024 WILL BE FRAMED BY ONE OF TELEVISION’S MOST ICONIC LATINO FACES

GREAT AMERICAN MEDIA SIGNS EMMY® AWARD WINNING HOST AND ACTOR, MARIO LOPEZ

TO MULTI-PICTURE, MULTI-YEAR DEAL TO SHOWCASE DIVERSE TALENT

NEW YORK, NY – February 6, 2024 – Great American Media announced it has signed Emmy® Award winning host and actor, Mario Lopez to a multi-picture, multi-year deal to star in content across the company’s vast media portfolio which includes linear networks Great American Family, Great American Faith & Living, Great American Pure Flix, Great American Adventures, and digital channel, Great American Faith & Home, with a focus to showcase diverse talent in front of the camera. Broader terms of the deal are not disclosed.

Lopez will be a major part of Great American Christmas 2024, starring in content for Great American Family where he joins a family of iconic TV stars who have made Great American Christmas a leader in original Christmas content. Great American Christmas 2024 returns in October. His very first film in this partnership will include a holiday film starring alongside wife and Broadway star Courtney Lopez.

“Mario Lopez has entertained millions of people for almost four decades,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Great American Media. “From his breakout role of A.C. Slater on ‘Saved by the Bell’ to his nightly presentations of Hollywood news on ‘Access Hollywood,’ the world loves Mario Lopez. We welcome Mario to Great American Media and look forward to his many creative contributions to our ever-growing, emerging brand of beloved faith and family entertainment,” Abbott concluded.

“Throughout my career, I’ve aimed to create a body of work that appeals to diverse audiences and, above all, brings joy to people,” Lopez stated. “Joining Great American Media is immensely fulfilling. I look forward to creating uplifting, inclusive, and diverse content, viewed through a positive lens for all ages. At this stage in my life, family is the most important thing to me. Being able to share family-friendly stories representing diverse voices is a true blessing,” Lopez concluded.

Mario Lopez is a constant presence on the pop culture scene. Actor, NYT Best Selling author, producer, and Emmy winning host, Lopez’s prolific career has made him one of the most sought-after personalities in entertainment today. Lopez became a household name as ‘A.C. Slater’ on the hit 90’s teen series, “Saved By The Bell,” and he starred in, as well as served as a producer on the wildly popular “Saved By The Bell” reboot on Peacock.  Lopez is the host of NBC’s “Access Hollywood,” & “Access Daily.” Additionally, Mario hosts the national iHeart radio programs “On with Mario Lopez.” In 2008, Mario Lopez made his Broadway debut in the revival of A Chorus Line where he met his wife, Courtney. Mario and Courtney have three adorable kids, Gia, Dominic and Santino. Lopez is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment, WME and Ken Lindner and attorney John Tishbi.

ABOUT GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY

Great American Family is America’s premiere destination for quality family-friendly programming, including original holiday movies, rom-coms and fan-favorite series that celebrate faith, family, and country.  Great American Family is home to year-round seasonal celebrations including Great American Christmas, the network’s signature franchise featuring holiday themed movies and specials.  Founded in 2021, Great American Family is part of the Great American Media portfolio of brands. Follow Great American Family on

Twitter: @GAfamilyTV Facebook: @GAfamilytv Instagram: @greatamericanfamily

MEDIA CONTACT:

Pam Slay

Network Program Publicity & Talent Relations

818.415.3784

RING THE BELLS: THE HOPE AND HEART OF CHRISTMAS BEGINS NOVEMBER 1

ON GREAT AMERICAN PURE FLIX

CELEBRATE THE IMPACT OF GREAT STORIES AND THEMES IN CHRISTMAS PROGRAMMING THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON

NEW YORK, NY—November 1, 2023—Entering its first Christmas as Great American Pure Flix, the leading faith and family streaming service is kicking off the holiday season with an expansive two-month focus on Christmas programming beginning November 1.

“This really is the most wonderful time of the year and an extra-special time for families and friends,” said Bill Abbott, President, and CEO of Great American Media. “We are excited to begin spreading the joy of Christmas to our Great American Pure Flix members with uplifting and inspiring movies and programs in this season.”

Among the Christmas offerings are movies starring beloved actors including Candace Cameron Bure, Lori Loughlin, Jen Lilley, Karen Abercrombie, Lucas Black, Trevor Donovan, Chad Michael Murray, Cameron Arnett, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke, Trevor Donovan, Jesse Hutch, a Merritt Patterson, and Granger Smith.

Great American Pure Fix released a sneak peek video showcasing the star-studded lineup.

Each week, Great American Pure Flix will have a different overarching theme tied into the Christmas season. This year’s themes are:

  • Getting In the Spirit (Nov. 1-5)
  • Celebrate Family (Nov. 6-12)
  • Celebrate Romance (Nov. 13-19)
  • Celebrate Taste of the Season (Nov. 20-26)
  • Celebrate Coming Home (Nov. 27-Dec. 3)
  • Celebrate Christmas Wishes (Dec. 4-10)
  • Celebrate Christmas Miracles (Dec. 11-17)
  • Celebrate Keeping Christ in Christmas (Dec. 18-24)

Some of highly anticipated films debuting on Great American Pure Flix this season include:

B&B Merry (Wednesday, November 1), starring Jen Lilley, Peter Louis Chouinard, and Jesse Hutch. Tracey a travel blogger is invited by Graham Cooper to Christmas getaway for family’s small bed and breakfast. B&B is facing tough competition from a hotel resort that has been stealing guests and threatens survival of the family business.

‘Twas the Text Before Christmas (Friday, November 2), starring Merritt Patterson and Trevor Donovan. An unexpected text message sent to the wrong number (Patterson) sets into motion a Christmas tradition with a new family (Donovan) over three separate years.

Christmas Keepsake (Friday, November 10), starring Jillian Murray and Daniel Lissing. A father (Lissing) bonds with his daughter and stumbles upon an unexpected romance (Murray) while tracking down the original owner of a Christmas time capsule.       

A Christmas Blessing (Thursday, November 16), starring Lori Laughlin, Jesse Hutch and James Tupper. Renowned TV star Mandy Gilmore (Loughlin) says goodbye to her hit culinary series, A World of Food, with plans to travel the globe dining in all 142 Michelin star restaurants. Before jetting to Paris, Mandy stops in Milwaukee with the deed to her deceased aunt’s food pantry, Angel’s Fare, recently purchased by adjacent business owner, Adam Carraway (Tupper). A simple transaction. Until pantry volunteer, Otto Nessen (Hutch) reminds all that Aunt Susie’s love of cooking was truly love of feeding and inspires one more holiday feast for those who need it most. Haul out the holly! For we need a little Christmas now.

Santa, Maybe (Sunday, November 22), starring Aubrey Reynolds and Samuel Whitten. Can theater director Lila (Reynolds) rise to the challenge of putting on the perfect Christmas ballet, while also discovering her office Secret Santa in the process?

A Dash of Christmas (Thursday, November 23), starring Laura Osnes and Christopher Russell. To apply for her dream job at a foodie startup, an executive (Laura Osnes) must learn to bake. When she recruits a handsome baker to help her (Christopher Russell), she inadvertently ends up entered in a Christmas Bakeoff.           

Destined 2: Christmas One More (Thursday, November 30), starring Shae Robins and Casey Elliott. In this sequel, Theo (Elliott) continues to miss connecting with his girlfriend, Kim (Robins) as he attempts to propose at Christmas.

My Christmas Hero (Friday, December 1), starring Candace Cameron Bure and Gabriel Hogan. US Army reservist and orthopedic physician, Nicole Ramsey (Bure) is dedicated to serving military service members and their families at the Joint Military Base in Lacey, Washington, home of I Corps and the 62nd Airlift Wing. This Christmas, with the help of many dedicated heroes, Dr. Ramsey is on a mission to honor a special fallen soldier and bring much needed healing to her own family. 

Christmas on Windmill Way (Tuesday, December 7), starring Christa Taylor Brown and Chad Michael Murray. Mia Miejer (Taylor Brown) excitedly anticipates the Christmas Market Fest Dutch Bake-Off competition and is filled with confidence her Mimi, Ann, will win the festival’s top prize with her award-winning Kerststol when she learns Mimi has difficult news to share. Ann had to sell land around the family-owned Jansen Inn, including easements all around the heritage Tall Wooden and Brick Dutch Windmill renowned for centuries for its fine millwork and beautiful wooden furniture. It’s an especially tough pill for Mia to swallow when she learns the land developer’s representative is her former boyfriend, Brady Schaltz (Michael Murray), who also must let Mia and Ann know the agreement includes the Inn and sawmill, all of which will be torn down.       

Peppermint & Postcards (Friday, December 8), starring Christopher Russell, Ella Cannon and Dave Kenneth MacKinnon. When a Christmas letter concerning her love life goes viral, one mom discovers that romance might be right at her door.

There are also great family offerings, including multiple VeggieTales Christmas specials and another from the Slugs & Bugs gang. Fan favorites Legacy Peak, Moonrise, Lucy Shimmers, Karen Kingsbery’s A Thousand Tomorrows and An Angelic Christmas will also be available to bring joy to all.  No matter the age, Great American Pure Flix Christmas has something for everyone.

Select photos courtesy of Great American Pure Flix can be found here.

About Great American Pure Flix

Great American Pure Flix is the clean-streaming home for quality entertainment celebrating faith, family, and hometown values. Through a 2023 merger with Sony, Great American Pure Flix is now part of the Great American Media family, the leading provider of wholesome family-friendly and inspirational movies and programs. Great American Media includes the linear channels Great American Family and Great American Faith & Living. With inspiring movies, programs, and Christmas all year long, Great American Pure Flix is home to quality clean streaming anywhere, anytime.

Media Contact:

Angela Sullivan

GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY REIGNS AS TV’S FASTEST-GROWING NETWORK FOR NINE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS

July 2023 Total Day Household Ratings Up +143%

Ranked #1 In 2023 YTD Viewership Growth In Key Demos

NEW YORK, NY – August 7, 2023 – Great American Family is TV’s fastest-growing network for the ninth consecutive month after closing out July up 143% in Total Day Household ratings and leading all networks in year-over-year viewership increases.  According to Nielsen Media Research, Great American Family also retained its position as TV’s fastest-growing network in 2023 to-date with the largest gains in Total Day Households (+165%) and Total Viewers (+161%); and Primetime Households (+141%) and Total Viewers (+139%).  

Please see highlights below:  

  • Nine consecutive months as TV’s fastest-growing network year-over-year in Total Day Household ratings *
  • July 2023: Ranked #1in both Total Day Household ratings (+143%) and Total Viewers (+139%) vs. July 2022 **
  • 2023 Year-to-Date: Fastest-growing network on TV in Total Day Households (+165%) and Total Viewers (+161%); and Primetime Households (+141%) and Total Viewers (+139%) ***

Source: 

* Nielsen LSD, ASC HHs, Ranked by YOY % Change by Month, Total Day M-Su 6a-6a

** Nielsen LSD, HHs July 2023 vs July 2022 % Change, Total Day (M-Su 6a-6a)

*** Nielsen LSD, 2023YTD (12/26/22-7/23/23) vs 2022YTD (12/27/21-7/24/22) % Change, HHs and P2+, Total Day (M-Su 6a-6a), Prime (M-Su 6p-1a)

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ABOUT GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY

Great American Family is America’s premiere destination for quality family-friendly programming, including original holiday movies, rom-coms and fan-favorite series that celebrate faith, family and country.  Great American Family is home to year-round seasonal celebrations including Great American Christmas, the network’s signature franchise featuring holiday themed movies and specials.  Founded in 2021, Great American Family is part of the Great American Media portfolio of brands. Follow Great American Family on Twitter: @GAfamilyTV Facebook: @GAfamilytv Instagram: @gactv

MEDIA CONTACT:

Angela Sullivan

GREAT AMERICAN MEDIA COMPLETES MERGER WITH PURE FLIX

Transformational Deal Positions Company as Leaders in Family and Faith-Based Entertainment

New York, NY – June 15, 2023 – Great American Media and Sony Pictures Television’s Pure Flix have completed the previously announced merger to combine the two companies.  The successful merger joins Great American Media’s family-friendly linear and FAST (free ad-supporting streaming TV) channels with the Pure Flix faith and family SVOD (subscription video on demand) service into a consolidated entity.

Great American Media retains a majority interest in the merged company and oversees day-to-day management of the independent organization under the leadership of Bill Abbott, who serves as CEO and reports to the company’s board of directors.  Great American Media will build on the combined portfolio’s multi-faceted family and faith media brands and diversified content distribution capabilities to reach larger and broader audiences on each platform.

“The merger marks a significant milestone for our company, our employees, our business partners and our fans as we take an important step in our mission to become the leader in trusted, faith and family entertainment for a large and under-served market,” said Abbott.  “We are extremely excited that Sony Pictures has chosen to partner with us, and we look forward to combining these two dynamic organizations to accelerate Great American Media’s growth strategy.”

Pure Flix is a leading streaming service in providing faith and family-friendly movies and series, while Great American Media’s flagship network Great American Family is currently in approximately 50M homes and recently celebrated seven consecutive months as TV’s fastest-growing network. 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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ABOUT GREAT AMERICAN MEDIA

Great American Media is home to a family-friendly portfolio of brands including Great American Family, Pure Flix and Great American Living.  As the flagship linear TV network, Great American Family features original Christmas movies, rom-coms and classic series that celebrate faith, family and country.  Pure Flix is a leading faith and family streaming service that inspires, uplifts and entertains with content that you can confidently stream with the entire family.  Great American Living features lifestyle programming that celebrates family-friendly traditions every day and every season.  Great American Media is also home to FAST (free ad-supporting streaming TV) channel Great American Adventures, which offers scripted and unscripted content highlighting themes including cooking and DIY, and Great American Community, a free direct-to-consumer streaming app featuring short-form original series hosted by well-known lifestyle experts.  Great American Media was established in June 2021 by Bill Abbott and a group of US-based family offices.

ABOUT PURE FLIX

Pure Flix is your home for faith and family-friendly movies and shows where you can confidently stream with the entire family. With new premium and exclusive original entertainment choices every week, you can strengthen your faith and family with Pure Flix – a streaming service that inspires, uplifts and entertains. You’ll get access to the largest variety of high-quality wholesome movies, series and kids’ content at one low price. Experience the difference that positive, encouraging entertainment can have in your home. Pure Flix is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

ABOUT SONY PICTURES TELEVISION

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing, distributing and carrying programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to managing one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, SPT is home to a thriving global content business, operating a robust portfolio of wholly-owned and joint-venture production companies across the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific, as well as linear and digital channels around the world. SPT is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corporation.

Contacts:

Great American Media:

Angela Sullivan

Sony Pictures Television:

Stacy Weitz

Corporate Communications