Faith and Family SVOD Service Pure Flix to Bow Sitcom Starring Donna Mills

Faith and family subscription service Pure Flix (pureflix.com) Oct. 24 will debut a new sitcom “Mood Swings,” starring Donna Mills and Crystal Hunt.

New episodes will be released every Thursday for eight weeks on the $10.99-per-month service (following a free trial).

In the comedy, created by Hunt (“One Life To Live,” “The Guiding Light”), four generations of women are thrown together by circumstance to live under one roof and survive in Los Angeles. Newly divorced from her mega-successful, controlling and philandering husband, Farrah (Hunt) is awarded the couple’s Malibu mansion along with an enormous mortgage and minimal financial support to take care of herself and 8-year-old son Ryder. Recognizing she needs an income, she decides to rent out rooms in her house in order to pay the bills.

In addition to Mills and Hunt, the series stars Robin Riker (“The Bold and the Beautiful,” “General Hospital”), Sophia Gasca (“Ballers”), Christina DeRosa (Bad Moms), Scott Bailey (“The Bay,” “Ray Donovan”) and Jason Earles (“Hannah Montana”) and Dyan Cannon.

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The series is written by sitcom veteran Bob Colleary (“Golden Girls,” “The Facts of Life,” “Touched by an Angel”), Danielle Bisutti and Hunt, and directed by Sean Lambert (“The Larry Sanders Show,” “Kickin’ It,” “Grounded for Life”). Hunt is the executive producer.

“We felt there was a need for a great female ensemble comedy,” said Hunt in a statement. “Right now, you can only watch reruns of shows like ‘Golden Girls’ and ‘Designing Women’ to enjoy a female-driven show. Our thinking was to embrace the legacy of these programs while adding a modern twist.”

Scottsdale Ariz.-based Pure Flix features faith, family-friendly and wholesome entertainment in the United States and Canada, according to the company, with a vision “to positively influence the global culture for Christ through media.”

Pureflix.com to Produce Three Original Series

Independent faith and family streaming site Pureflix.com has announced the production of three new original series to bow in 2019: “Mood Swings,” “Sons of Thunder” and ‘The Beverly’s.”

The three-year-old entertainment site, featuring movies, TV shows and kids’ programs, is a subsidiary of Pure Flix Entertainment, a faith-based entertainment company and Christian movie studio based in Scottsdale, Ariz., that produces, distributes and acquires Christ-based movies. Subscriptions are $10.99 a month or $99.99 a year.

“Mood Swings” is a comedy that stars Donna Mills (“Knots Landing”), Crystal Hunt (“One Life to Live”), Andrea Logan White and Larry Wilcox (“CHiPS”). It follows four generations of women who live together as roommates in the City of Angels as they deal with various life issues and surviving each other.

“Sons of Thunder” is a mystery drama starring Randall Reeder (Deadpool) and Vanessa Angel (“Being Mary Jane”). It follows a combat vet who travels across the country to find the owner of a mysterious bag. Along the way God gives him a mission to help others.

“The Beverly’s” is a family comedy that centers on a small town girl (Christian music artist Jamie Grace) who mentors three young orphan girls that dream of starting their own music group and along the way learn valuable life lessons.

Pure Flix has produced such faith films as the “God’s Not Dead” franchise, Do You Believe and The Case for Christ. Inspirational entertainment on Pureflix.com includes recently premiered new episodes of “Malibu Dan … The Family Man,” starring David A.R. White, Kelly Stables and Andrea Logan White with guest stars including Cheryl Ladd and David Rasche; “Hilton Head Island”; and “The Pure Flix Comedy All Stars,” with Sinbad and Louie Anderson.

McDonough Appointed EVP at Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment has appointed Pat McDonough EVP of sales and marketing.

He will oversee the account management team and the strategic sales initiatives for the company and will report to Mill Creek president and CEO Rob Zakheim.

“We are delighted that Pat is joining the Mill Creek team to oversee and drive the sales goals as we continue to expand our presence in the retail and digital entertainment marketplace,” said Zakheim in a statement. “Pat is an accomplished sales executive with proven leadership experience and strong relationships among digital and traditional buyers.”

“I am thrilled to join Mill Creek Entertainment and their tremendously talented team,” said McDonough in a statement. “Mill Creek’s exceptional library of content and devotion to being the dominant player in the value entertainment industry makes for an exciting opportunity to grow market share and identify new sales opportunities.”

McDonough was previously head of digital content licensing for Pure Flix Digital and has held senior sales leadership positions at eOne and Lionsgate.

Mill Creek Entertainment has developed strategic programs with retailers including Walmart, Best Buy, Dollar General, Amazon and Menards that support the ongoing lineup of DVD and Blu-ray releases from licensing and distribution agreements with studio partners including Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, NBC/Universal, Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Carsey-Werner Television, C3 Entertainment, Sonar Entertainment, PBS, among other companies.

PureFlix Adds Spanish-Language Content

PureFlix.com, the $10.99 monthly faith and family subscription streaming video service, is expanding its offerings to include Spanish-language content.

The new PureFlixEspanol.com platform will feature a variety of titles, including movies I’m Not Ashamed and God’s Not Dead 2, documentaries, talk shows, children’s programs, and animated shows, among others.

Self-help titles feature topics such as starting a new business, effective communication, overcoming a painful past and relationships.

More than 400 Spanish-language titles currently reside on PureFlixEspanol, with additional titles added monthly. An estimated 250 titles are expected to be added to the platform by summer 2018, including telenovelas and original content created exclusively for the new platform.

With the additional Spanish-language content, PureFlix now features approximately 8,500 titles.

“When Hispanic consumers talk, a responsible company needs to listen and act…and that’s exactly what we did,” CEO Greg Gudorf said in a statement. “Hispanic families are seeking clean, faith and family titles, and we want to be the streaming video service they turn to and trust.”

According to the Pew Research Center, 77% of Hispanics in the U.S. identify themselves as Christian and a combined 84% indicate that religion in general is “very” or “somewhat” important to them.