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“The Hallmark Movies Lie”

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Jeff is the writer of the classic rom-com charmer, Sleepless in Seattle starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. He was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Writers Guild award and a BAFTA Award. Sleepless in Seattle is often mentioned in the best romantic comedies of all time. Jeff’s other major credits include Disney’s Iron Will, Sealed with a Kiss, and Saving Milly nominated for the Humanitas Prize.

How do you know if one of the people mentioned above has a relationship with Hallmark? My favorite tool for finding the people who know people is researching background information of agents, managers, and producers using IMDbPro. If you create an IMDbPro account (approximately $20 per month), you can review various Hallmark projects and see who worked on them. Keep in mind that not all people listed on IMDbPro make their contact information available. As with so many things in Hollywood, success often comes down to relationships.

Whether it’s the holiday movies, the romantic comedies, or even its mysteries, many of us know and love the Hallmark channel. The stories just have this certain addictive cheesy quality to them, in the best way, of course! Think you’ve got the storytelling chops to match the movie style on Hallmark? Here’s how screenwriters get their stories in front of the network for consideration. Hallmark Publishing is the business I pitched to the Hallmark Channel and launched five years ago.


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Your encouragement has meant more to me than you will ever know. With your enthusiasm and experience and especially your talent for building people I know you will be successful. I am happy to report, though, that my COVID worked in my favor in that it allowed me to be still and write. The movies that got made are the hooks you want to model. Shewanda Pugh attended Alabama A&M University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

“I love what I do and am beyond grateful for the opportunity to be able to do it, but at the end of the day it’s still work . Awesome work I love, so I’m thrilled to do so and, hopefully, that shines through,” Andreen explains. For about 90% of people, my wisdom is “you need more of a platform.” How to Glow in the Dark, where she demystifies book midwifery with delicious wit.

Writer of The Christmas Card, which premiered on the Hallmark Channel in 2006 and broke all-time ratings records for the channel. The movie received an Emmy nomination and was one of the inspirations for the current Hallmark Christmas craze. Joany has also written a slew of other holiday movies including Moonlight & Mistletoe, A Christmas Kiss, Matchmaker Santa, Christmas Belle, A Christmas Kiss I and II, and Merry Kissmas!

As writers know, our job isn’t over once we get a script to a place that we’re happy with. That includes developing a solid elevator pitch, having a logline and summary written, having a pitch deck and look book, or having a show bible prepared. The Hallmark channel is open to all types of submissions so don’t be afraid to intrigue them with something that’s not on their list. “Putting something like that in a card, it’s specific. So it feels like it’s substantive,” she says. It’s a technique Taylor often employs when aiming to make her audience feel seen and understood.

Robert Louis Stevenson used to copy paragraphs by his favorite writers from memory so he could internalize their wisdom. Summarize your script into a single paragraph or summary. Read the summaries of your favorite movies on Blockbuster, Netflix or IMDB.com for examples of what works. Also known as a log line, these summaries offer a synopsis of the plot and draw you in with an emotional hook. “Utilize a romance trope; they’re popular for a reason.

Make sure your submission is in Times New Roman font, size 12, and double spaced. Also, add the title, genre, and actual or estimated final word count to the subject line. Check the Hallmark website to learn more about the deadline for your submission and where to send it.

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