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ION TELEVISION SET TO "BLANKET NEW YORK" THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS

Dean Cain, Star of the Original Holiday Movie “Defending Santa,” Joins ION in Support of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, November 16-24  

NEW YORK, November 12, 2013 – ION Television and “Defending Santa” star Dean Cain are coming together to help New Yorkers “Get Wrapped Up” this holiday season through a partnership with the Coalition for the Homeless – the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children – and a consumer-driven event promoting the network’s upcoming slate of original holiday movies.

Both events will take place during National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week (November 16-24) and lead up to the premiere of “Defending Santa,” the first in ION’s 2013 original holiday movie catalog. ION’s holiday schedule kicks off November 24 with a full day of movies and continues airing on Black Friday, December 23-25 and Sundays through Christmas. This year’s lineup also features the premieres of “My Santa,” “Holiday Road Trip,” “Christmas Belle” and “All I Want for Christmas,” plus the return of 13 original favorites.

Joined by Dean Cain, ION Television will donate 2,000 blankets to help needy New Yorkers stay warm this holiday season. The donations will be made through the Coalition’s Grand Central Food Program, which provides hot, nutritious meals to nearly 1,000 homeless and hungry New Yorkers on the streets of the city 365 nights a year. The remaining blankets will be donated throughout the winter.

“ION is proud to support this wonderful organization by providing some warmth this winter to those who need it most,” said Brandon Burgess, Chairman and CEO, ION Media Networks. “The holidays represent a time for giving, and we hope these blankets provide a comfort to those who receive them.”

"With homelessness at record levels in New York City, our resources have been stretched to the breaking point,” said Mary Brosnahan, President & CEO, Coalition for the Homeless “The blankets donated by ION Television will make a tremendous difference for those unfortunately relegated to sleep on the streets. We are enormously grateful for ION Television’s generous support for our homeless neighbors.”

ION’s blanket donation will take place on November 20 outside of St. Bartholomew’s (325 Park Avenue at 51St Street) beginning at 5:30 p.m. From there, donations will be made at more than 30 street locations throughout Manhattan and the Bronx by the Coalition’s three delivery vans.

On November 21, ION Television will reach out to consumers with a stunt to promote its new original holiday movies, including the premiere of “Defending Santa.” At the event, visitors will receive branded fleece blankets and free rides in ION-wrapped pedi-cabs between 10:00 a.m. and noon.

The stunt will take place on 6th Avenue between 48th and 49th Street, where brand ambassadors will hand out the blankets to consumers and coordinate pedi-cab rides from the ION Television dispatch center. Visitors will also learn how they can make donations to the Coalition for the Homeless.

For more about the Coalition for the Homeless, go to www.coalitionforthehomeless.org.

For more on ION Television’s holiday movie premieres, see the descriptions below and visit www.iontelevision.com.

 

ION TELEVISION ORIGINAL HOLIDAY MOVIE PREMIERES

DEFENDING SANTA – Premieres Sunday, November 24, at 9/8c
Cast: Dean Cain, Jud Tylor, Bill Lewis, Jamie McRae, Cooper Barnes, Jodie Sweetin, Seth Menachem, John Savage
While responding to the report of a broken down vehicle on Christmas Eve, Scott Hanson, a ski resort town sheriff, stumbles upon a sleeping Santa in the snowy woods. With his sleigh ride in doubt after spending nearly a year in a coma, Santa is put on trial to defend his identity. As the small town learns to “believe,” Sheriff Hanson, a dad and widower, also begins to fall for Santa’s court-appointed defense attorney, Sarah.

MY SANTA – Premieres Friday, November 29, at 9/8c
Cast: Samaire Armstrong, Matthew Lawrence, Julie Brown, Jim O’Heir, Ben Gavin, Paul Dooley, Channing Chase, Gabe O’Mara
A young, single mother, Jen, begins to lose her faith in the magic of Christmas. However, when she takes her son Eric to see the local mall Santa, Jen immediately feels an attraction and connection with Chris, the young, attractive man filling the suit. As they begin spending time together, she begins to rediscover her belief in Christmas. Little does Jen know that Chris is the son and heir to the “real” Santa, and his mission is to find himself a Mrs. Claus. As the two fall for one another, Chris faces his inevitable return to the North Pole.

HOLIDAY ROAD TRIP – Premieres Sunday, December 1, at 9/8c
Cast: Ashley Scott, Patrick Muldoon, Kip Pardue, George Hamilton, Shelley Long, Mo Gaffney, Essence Atkins, Jerry Lacy, Susan Olsen, Wink Martindale
Maya, a recently heartbroken pet company executive, couldn’t have any less in common with her co-worker, Pat, who happens to be the company founder’s son. But, tasked with traveling across the country on a Christmastime social media tour for the company’s leading canine and most-prized possession, Scoots, fate finds a funny way to intervene. In their race against the clock, the two begin to fall for one another. Unbeknownst to Maya, though, her remorseful ex-boyfriend is in close pursuit, hoping he can win her back.

CHRISTMAS BELLE – Premieres Sunday, December 8, at 9/8c
Cast: Haylie Duff, Nicholas Gonzalez, C. Thomas Howell, Mark Famiglietti, Sheree J. Wilson
With her California hometown in the rearview mirror, Belle heads north on business to facilitate the estate sale of a mansion. While the job is a dream, the client, Hunter Lowell, is not. But, as the two spend more time together, his icy demeanor begins to melt. Although their relationship is budding, Belle’s long-time suitor, Tony, arrives, sending mixed signals to Hunter while adding chaos to the holiday season.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS – Premieres Sunday, December 15, at 9/8c
Cast: Melissa Sagemiller, Brad Rowe, Tom Arnold, Stuart Pankin, Martin Klebba, JoJo Wright, Eddie Deezen
After being told by her boss that the company needs to attract more clients, Elizabeth, a skilled executive, meets one of Santa’s helpers, who blesses her with an extraordinary gift allowing Elizabeth to hear everyone’s unspoken thoughts. While first using her new-found power to get ahead at work, she soon learns to become a better person, turning an office rivalry into romance while learning the true meaning of Christmas along the way.

About ION Television
A leading U.S. general entertainment network, ION Television combines high-quality programming and dependable distribution with an attitude of innovation and growth. Its "Positively Entertaining" network brand positioning features a formula of proven series, an expansive catalog of blockbuster movies and a commitment to introduce new original programming. ION Television has grown its Adults 25-54 audience by 69% since launching just five years ago and has consistently remained among the top 15 entertainment networks. For more information, visit www.iontelevision.com.

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ION Media Networks
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chrisaddeo@ionmedia.com           

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