WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is pleased to announce that Crown Media Family Networks, home of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, will return as a diamond sponsor of the 41st Annual Gracie Awards. The Gracie Awards Gala will take place on May 24, 2016, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA.
"Alliance for Women in Media Foundation appreciates Crown Media's continued support of the Gracies Gala," said Kristen Welch, AWMF Chair and SVP, Global Content Operations at Discovery Communications. "AWMF appreciates partnerships with organizations that are also dedicated to the multi-faceted and accurate portrayal of women in media."
"The work that AWMF does to pave the way for and elevate women in our industry has allowed us to work with some of the most talented women in the business, both in front of and behind the camera," said Michelle Vicary, EVP, programing & network publicity. "We are honored to support the Foundation's mission and look forward to saluting all of this year's winners at the gala in May."
The Gracie Awards recognize individual achievement and outstanding programming created by, for and about women in all facets of media, including radio, television, cable and new media. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975 and named for the late Gracie Allen, are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Alliance for Women in Media that supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields.
Crown Media's Diamond Sponsorship includes premium seating at the Gracies Gala, the opportunity to present an award and prominent logo placement among other benefits.
For more information about the 2015 Gracies Awards, please visit www.thegracies.org.
ABOUT CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS
Crown Media Family Networks is the umbrella unit of Crown Media Holdings, Inc. housing cable's leading family friendly networks, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, as well as their corresponding digital extensions HallmarkChannel.com and HallmarkMoviesandMysteries.com. The company operates and distributes both channels in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) with Hallmark Channel available to 90 million subscribers and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in 62 million homes in the United States. Hallmark Channel features an ambitious slate of original content, including movies; scripted series, such as When Calls the Heart, and Good Witch; annual specials like Hero Dog Awards and Kitten Bowl; world premieres of Hallmark Hall of Fame presentations, and a daily 2-hour lifestyle show, Home & Family. Hallmark Channel is also home to annual holiday franchise, Countdown to Christmas, featuring a lineup of 24/7 holiday programming. Rounding out the networks' lineup are television's most beloved sitcoms and series, including The Golden Girls, The Middle, Little House on the Prairie, and Frasier. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is a 24-hour digital cable network featuring a unique mix of original movies and acquired series focused on the lighter side of the suspense and mystery genres. The network also features its own annual holiday programming franchise, the Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas, as well as presentations from the award-winning Hallmark Hall of Fame library.
For more information, please visit www.crownmediapress.com
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About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation:
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint initiatives with the Emma Bowen Foundation, NCTA, NAB and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. In addition to giving more than $16,000 a year away in scholarships to deserving female students, the Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards, a gala that honors exemplary programming created by, for and about women.
About The Gracies:
The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created by women, for women and about women in all facets of media and entertainment, as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry. The Gracies are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Alliance for Women in Media which supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public and women in the media. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honor programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and web-based media, including news, drama, comedy, public service, documentary and sports. Awards are presented at the national, local, public and student levels in radio, TV and interactive media. National Gracies winners are recognized at the Gracies Gala, May 24, 2016 at The Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Calif. while local, public and student winners will be recognized at the Gracies Luncheon, June 21, 2016 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. Sponsors of the 2016 Gracies include Ford Motor Company Fund and Crown Media Family Networks.
SOURCE Alliance for Women in Media Foundation