It was a case of goodbye Hallmark Channel and hello GAC Family for Jessica Lowndes. In February, Deadline confirmed that the actor and singer had signed a deal with GAC Family that would see her wear multiple hats by directing, executive producing, and writing new movies for the Hallmark Channel’s rival. The deal came about thanks to Bill Abbott, who runs the network (and just so happened to be the ex-CEO of the Hallmark Channel’s parent company!) and will see Lowndes work on four new movies.
Lowndes dished a little more on the deal to our friends at The List that same month, revealing that she really started to buckle down on writing after losing out on roles following a few auditions. “I gave myself a full schedule and this is the second script I’ve sold. I sold one out of order, one that I had written later on, but it was Bill Abbott who was at Hallmark who believed in me as a writer,” she explained. “He gave me that opportunity and we shot that movie two years ago. It was called ‘Over the Moon in Love,’ and that also incorporated music into [the story].”
She also touched on Abbott’s direction to TV Shows Ace, admitting to the outlet, “Bill Abbott has always encouraged me to write. Bill always believed in me… He always encourages me. Bill wants me to be hands-on.”