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Press Release

June 8, 2007

PTC Awards New Hallmark Channel Movie with Seal of Approval

“You’ve Got A Friend” to Debut on Saturday, June 9


LOS ANGELES (June 8, 2007) - The Parents Television Council™ awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to the Hallmark Channel’s original movie, You’ve Got A Friend, which will debut on Saturday, June 9 at 9:00 pm ET/8:00 pm CT.


“We are pleased to award You’ve Got A Friend with our Seal of Approval.  The film is a captivating story that emphasizes positive moral values.  The movie is particularly entertaining for the whole family and we encourage our members and others to watch.  We applaud the Hallmark Channel for taking seriously its responsibility and commitment to families by providing this entertaining and uplifting film,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


The story follows Bobby, a recently orphaned 12-year-old, as he moves to a small town to live with his aunt and uncle.  While there, he works on building a soapbox derby race car like the one his father used to race as a boy.  Like most kids in elementary and middle school, Bobby is coping with bullies, pressures from adults, and identifying his own talents and aspirations in his new setting.  The reality of Bobby and his uncle and aunt struggling to understand each other, and the creation and racing of soapbox cars, makes this movie particularly entertaining for the entire family.  You’ve Got A Friend has no strong language or scenes of violence, and stresses the important moral values of honesty and perseverance.  The PTC recommends this for children 8 and older.


The PTC’s Seal of Approval is presented to theatrical films, made-for-television films, television shows and DVDs.  Previous Seal of Approval winners include Amazing Grace, Cars, Charlotte’s Web, Chronicles of Narnia, Deal or No Deal, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Happy Feet, High School Musical, March of the Penguins, and The Lake House, to name a few.


In January 2007, the Hallmark Channel received the inaugural “PTC Integrity in Entertainment Award,” which recognizes those corporations and individuals who have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to creating, distributing and sponsoring quality entertainment that is free from graphic and gratuitous sex, violence and profanity.


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To schedule an interview with a PTC representative, please contact Kelly Oliver (ext. 140) or Megan Franko (ext. 148) at (703) 683-5004.

The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.




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