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Alison Sweeney signs big deal with Hallmark

Alison Sweeney has signed a big deal with Hallmark Media. Sweeney’s fans are celebrating the welcome news and hope it means they’ll get new episodes of the Hannah Swensen’s mystery series.

Sweeney has signed a multiple photo deal with Hallmark Media (formerly known as Crown Media), Deadline reported. The news was announced on Sweeney’s birthday. The article did not disclose whether this is an exclusive contract or not.

Sweeney wrote about the announcement on Twitter, sharing with fans: “So grateful to be working with all the talented people at @hallmarkchannel!!!! Thank you 💕 🎥”

Sweeney’s fans hope this news means she’ll be making more ‘Hannah Swensen’ (previously called ‘Murder She Baked’) movies.

Lisa Hamilton Daly, Executive Vice President, Programming, Hallmark Media, told Deadline about the deal: “Alison Sweeney has been an incredible creative partner to us over the years — both on-screen and behind the camera as a producer. She’s been a long-time producer. a fan favorite and we can’t wait to continue working together as we bring new stories to life.”

Sweeney told Deadline about the deal, “I’m excited to continue working with Hallmark as they continue to support my work as an actress and producer. I’m very proud of our Christmas film and look forward to future projects!”

The last “Hannah Swensen” movie aired more than a year ago in August 2021. It was the sixth film in the series, but also marked a rebrand after the first five were named “Murder She Baked.”

Sweeney’s first film included in her new deal is “A Magical Christmas Village,” in which she will star opposite Luke Macfarlane, Deadline revealed. In the film, Sweeney portrays an architect named Summer who lives in a small town and raises her daughter Chloe (Maesa Nicholson). Her mother Vivian (Marlo Thomas) moves in, taking with her to a Christmas village known for granting wishes – perhaps including meeting Ryan, played by Macfarlane. Sweeney is executive producer of the Christmas movie.

Macfarlane has previously said that this Christmas movie is likely to be his last movie with Hallmark. In an interview with LA Times, Macfarlane broke the news while filming the Christmas movie.

“They’ve been really good to me, but I think I’ve told my story to those people for now,” Macfarlane told LA Times. “I mean, how many firefighters can I play?”

This will be Macfarlane’s 14th movie with Hallmark.

He told Yahoo in an interview, “Hallmark has given me jobs for a long time. And not just gay best friend – they let me be a leading man. I will always be very grateful to them for that.”

Vanity Fair reported that Macfarlane’s multi-film contract expires this fall.

Sweeney’s deal follows previous announcements about multi-image deals with Hallmark Media. Some of the stars who signed deals include Lacey Chabert, Holly Robinson Peete, Brennan Elliott, Jonathan Bennett, Andrew Walker, Taylor Cole, Heather Hemmens, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Aimee Teegarden and more.

Other Hallmark stars have signed deals with Great American Family, including Danica McKellar, Jen Lilley, Trevor Donovan, Susie Abromeit, Jessica Lowndes and Candace Cameron Bure.

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