September 30, 2008
Crown Media Holdings Announces Renewal of Distribution Agreement With Charter Communications
IR FocusMindy Tucker, 914-725-8128
Nancy Carr, 818-755-2643
Crown Media Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRWN), owner and operator of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, today announced it has renewed its distribution agreement for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel with Charter Communications.
"We are delighted Charter has renewed its affiliation agreements and will continue to offer the very best of family friendly programming to their valued customers. Charter has been a terrific partner in helping us grow our distribution to 85 million homes," said Henry Schleiff, President and CEO, Crown Media Holdings, Inc. "This milestone completes the renewal of agreements with our major distributors and has resulted in multi-year deals for Hallmark Channel, a top ten network, ensuring our future distribution as America's leading cable provider of family friendly programming."
"We are pleased with the renewal of the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel affiliation agreements," said Maria Rothschild, Senior Director of Video Product Management for Charter. "We are committed to providing choice and value in our video service, and Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel offer an excellent variety of programming for our customers."
About Crown Media Holdings
Crown Media Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRWN) owns and operates cable television channels dedicated to high quality, broad appeal, entertainment programming. The Company currently operates and distributes Hallmark Channel in the U.S. to approximately 85 million subscribers. The program service is distributed through 5,450 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Hallmark Channel consistently ranks among the top ten 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, Hallmark Movie Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel HD which launched in April 2008. Significant investors in Crown Media Holdings include: Hallmark Entertainment Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Incorporated, Liberty Media Corp., and J.P. Morgan Partners (BHCA), LP, each through their investments in Hallmark Entertainment Investments Co.; VISN Management Corp., a for-profit subsidiary of the National Interfaith Cable Coalition; and The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
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