Candace Cameron Bure Quits Hallmark for GAC Family

TL; DR: 

  • Hallmark Channel vet Candace Cameron Bure has signed a new deal to star in movies for GAC Family
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries has no plans for new installments of Bure’s Aurora Teagarden Mysteries series. 
  • Several other Hallmark stars have moved to GAC Family in recent months, including Danica McKellar and Jen Lilley. 

Candace Cameron Bure has found a new home. The Hallmark Channel regular has signed a new deal with GAC Family and GAC Living to develop, produce, and star in movies and television for the two networks. 

Candace Cameron Bure will develop ‘faith-filled programming’ for GAC Family 

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Bure’s move means that Hallmark’s “Christmas queen” will celebrate on a new network this year. As part of her GAC Media deal, she’ll take on an executive role at the company, overseeing and curating programming for the networks. She’ll also develop and produce original content for GAC Family and GAC Living through her company, Candy Rock Entertainment, and play a major role in GAC’s Great American Christmas Celebration. 

Bure, who often speaks publicly about her Christian faith, promises that she’ll develop “wholesome” content “for an audience who wants to watch programming for and with the whole family.”

“I’m very excited to develop heartwarming family and faith-filled programming and make the kind of stories my family and I love to watch,” she said in a statement. “I am constantly looking for ways that I can inspire people to live life with purpose. GAC fits my brand perfectly.”

No more ‘Aurora Teagarden Mysteries’ planned for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries 

Bure’s move to GAC Media means that her long-running Aurora Teagarden Mysteries series on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries has come to an end. The network has no plans for future movies in the series, Crown Media Family Networks confirmed to Showbiz Cheat Sheet in an email. Previous movies will continue to air.

“Crown Media has enjoyed over 10 years of collaboration with Candace,” a network spokesperson said. “We respect her decision and thank her for her many contributions.”

Since 2008, Bure has starred in dozens of movies for Hallmark, including 2021’s The Christmas Contest.

The ‘Full House’ star is just the latest Hallmark vet to move to GAC Family  

Bure is the latest in a string of Hallmark stars who’ve signed deals with GAC Family. In October 2021, Wonder Years alum Danica McKellar revealed she was moving to the new network. Jen Lilley, Jessica Lowndes, and Trevor Donovan have also signed deals with GAC Media. Bill Abbott, GAC Media’s founder, president, and CEO, is a former Hallmark exec.

​​“Candace is adored by generations of fans as one of family entertainment’s most cherished and relatable stars,” Abbott said in a statement. “She has helped build this genre into the mainstream success it is today.” 

Hallmark has been moving toward increasing diversity in its movies, such as the recent premiere of Love, Classified. That movie featured a prominent same-sex romance storyline. GAC Family is keeping things more traditional, Abbott has said. 

“There’s so much need for family content in the market and in this space,” he said during a recent appearance on the Up Next With John Contratti podcast. “It’s pretty scary, quite frankly, the amount of content that’s out there, the vast majority of it is salacious and just is not appropriate for any member of the family, really.

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