Printer Friendly

'HEIDI,' AN ORIGINAL MINISERIES FOR THE DISNEY CHANNEL, BEGINS PRODUCTION ON JUNE 8. PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY WILL BEGIN IN AUSTRiA WITH STARS JASON ROBARDS AND JANE SEYMOUR.

- ENTERTAINET - TO ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR:
 'HEIDI,' AN ORIGINAL MINISERIES FOR THE DISNEY CHANNEL,
 BEGINS PRODUCTION ON JUNE 8
 Principal Photography Will Begin In Austria
 With Stars Jason Robards and Jane Seymour
 BURBANK, Calif., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- On June 8, The Disney Channel, in association with Silvio Berlusconi Communications, Harmony Gold, and Bill McCutchen Productions, will begin production on "Heidi," a new four-hour miniseries, announced Gary Marsh, vice president of original programming for the premium cable network and Frank Agrama, chairman and chief executive officer of Harmony Gold. It is hoped that this production of "Heidi," with a screenplay by Jeanne Rosenberg ("The Journey of Natty Gann"), will become the definitive film of Johanna Spyri's classic children's novel.
 Renowned film, television, and stage actor Jason Robards will star as Heidi's reclusive grandfather, and celebrated television star Jane Seymour, in an unusual turn, portrays Miss Rottenmeier, the straitlaced overbearing governess. A worldwide search is underway for the child who will play Heidi alongside Robards and Seymour.
 "Heidi" will be directed by Michael Rhodes ("In the Best Interests of the Children"). The executive producer is McCutchen ("Keeper of the City") and Nick Gillott ("Till Death Do Us Part") is the line producer. Co-producers on the film are Agrama and Daniele Lorenzano.
 "In the best tradition of Disney family entertainment, The Disney Channel has taken on the challenge to portray this classic story in a new dimension," says Marsh. "Our goal is to explore the main characters' personalities and emotions in greater depth, bringing new meaning to this timeless story of love, forgiveness and human relationships."
 "With Harmony Gold making the decision to expand into children's programming, I personally wanted to produce a project that had timeless appeal for children and adults all over the world," said Agrama. "'Heidi' is that project. I have fond memories of reading the story to my children and grandchildren and enjoyed it as much as they did."
 "Silvio Berlusconi Communications is greatly looking forward to building upon its relationship with all the partners in 'Heidi,'" said Lorenzano. "We recognize Harmony Gold's excellent track record as a pioneer in co-production ventures, and The Disney Channel's strengths in family entertainment, and we are confident everyone involved in the miniseries shares our commitment to a top-notch product which can be enjoyed by families for years to come."
 "Heidi" will have its world premiere on The Disney Channel. Carol Rubin of The Disney Channel and Norman Siderow of Harmony Gold serve as executives in charge of production.,
 The Disney Channel is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Co.
 -0- 5/13/92
 /CONTACT: Wendy Odell, 818-569-7533, or Tricia Haarer, 818-569-7899, both of The Disney Channel/ CO: The Walt Disney Channel ST: California IN: ENT SU:


EH-DM -- LA027 -- 9815 05/13/92 15:09 EDT
COPYRIGHT 1992 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1992 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:May 13, 1992
Words:461
Previous Article:MICRODISK DRIVES, FLASH MEMORY CARS BATTLE FOR $12 BILLION BY 1998
Next Article:AT&T PROGRAM COMBATS GROWING LONG DISTANCE FRAUD PROBLEM WITH INCREASED NETWORK, SYSTEM SECURITY
Topics:


Related Articles
THE DISNEY CHANNEL ADDS 832,000 SUBSCRIBERS IN 1992
VIACOM IS NEW HOME FOR DANIEL L. PAULSON PRODUCTIONS
'THE WAR' COMPLETES PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY; FILM REUNITES UNIVERSAL WITH DIRECTOR OF 1991 HIT 'FRIED GREEN TOMATOES'
FUNERAL SET FOR DISNEY EXECUTIVE.
LETTERS TO L.A. LIFE\Perhaps these ratings systems aren't as helpful as we assume.
Jane Seymour Stars As A Woman Who Is Given A Second Chance At Life In The Lifetime Original Movie 'Heart of A Stranger' (Working Title); Based On...
Heather Locklear and Johnathon Schaech to Star in 'Angels Fall,' Third of Four Nora Roberts Best-Selling Novels Adapted Into Lifetime Original Movies...
Pop Phenomenon Jonas Brothers Headed to Digital 3-D Movie Theaters in 2009 With Big Screen Debut Featuring Footage From Their Upcoming 'Burning Up'...
Pop Phenomenon Jonas Brothers Headed to Digital 3-D Movie Theaters in 2009 With Big Screen Debut Featuring Footage From Their Upcoming 'Burning Up'...
Part Two of Lifetime's Maneater Miniseries is Network's Highest Rated Program of the Year Among Women 18-49.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters