Opposites attract in the competition of Ice Sculpting.
A premiere ice sculpting contest at an exclusive country club is the backdrop for this Christmas love story between Callie, a plucky kitchen staff member intent on finishing culinary school, and David, the son of a wealthy investment banker, who team up to try to win the $10,000 prize despite a myriad of obstacles, including their different socio-economic backgrounds, and Callie’s demanding boss (Brenda Strong), who just happens to be their number one competitor. Will love melt away the blocks that stand between them?
Born in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, Rachel Boston is a country girl at heart but a New Yorker in spirit. Growing up in Tennessee, she performed in her school, church and community theaters. At age 17, she moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. Rachel studied Shakespeare while at Fordham University and The Actors Center. After performing in theater in New York and Pennsylvania for two years, she took the advice of one of her directors, moved out of her Hell's Kitchen apartment and drove 3,000 miles west for the pilot season. After two months in Los Angeles, California, she landed a role in American Dreams (2002) on NBC. She has made guest appearances on the television series The Closer (2005), Las Vegas (2003), Grey's Anatomy (2005), Crossing Jordan (2001), Rules of Engagement (2007) and Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999).
David Alpay received critical acclaim for his leading role in Atom Egoyan's Ararat, for which he received a Genie Award nomination. In 2006, Alpay played the character Danny in the political comedy Man of the Year, starring Robin Williams. He later appeared in some chapters of the second season of The Tudors playing Mark Smeaton, and narrated the 2008 short film Ten for Grandpa by director Doug Karr. He has also appeared in episodes of Dollhouse and Fairly Legal. In 2013, he played a dual role in the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries as Professor Atticus Shane and the witch turned primordial vampire Silas.
Brenda Strong began her career appearing in guest starring and recurring roles on television shows, include Twin Peaks, Party of Five, Seinfeld, and Sports Night, and was regular cast member in short-lived sitcoms Scorch (1992), and The Help (2004).
Strong had supporting roles in a number of films, include Starship Troopers (1997), Black Dog (1998), The Deep End of the Ocean (1999), Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004) and The Work and the Glory (2004). She is best known for her role as Mary Alice Young in the ABC television comedy-drama series, Desperate Housewives (2004–2012), for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards.Strong later starred as Ann Ewing in the TNT prime time soap opera, Dallas (2012–2014), and set to play Queen Nia in the third season of The CW post-apocalyptic drama series, The 100.
Tim Johnson is among the most active and reliable producers in the business thanks to top rate productions and an 'on time, on budget' reputation. Previously, he managed the production of ABC's THE DAYS (MINDSHARE/TOUCHTONE.) Prior to forming Johnson Production Group and Ignite Entertainment, Tim served as Head of West Coast Programming Executive and launched the successful series DOC (88 episodes,) SUE THOMAS, FBI, MYSTERIOUS WAYS, JUST CAUSE, PONDEROSA, CHRISTY, ITS A MIRACLE AND MIRACLE PETS.
Johnson is also responsible for producing the international hit series, DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN for CBS PRODS/SULLIVAN COMPANY for over 5 seasons. During his 100-episode tenure, he also launched LIVE FROM THE RANCH with Orson Bean - a nationally syndicated talk show focusing on family values in America. He also developed and produced the original docu-drama COLD CASE for CBS network, which was the very first program to integrate television with the Internet.
The Johnson Production Group contracts globally to produce television and motion picture content for international networks, studios and distributors. Based in Los Angeles and Vancouver, British Columbia, the company manages production, facilitates development and financing, procures distribution and guarantees quality and timely execution of its programs. While costs have gone up, so has the demand for quality. No longer is good enough, good enough. Johnson Production Group serves that segment when a show needs to be "A" quality, but produced efficiently enough to meet a locked budget. JPG specializes in value, protection of creative elements, and delivery of a quality finished product.
DAVID GOLDEN – Executive Producer
As a writer and producer, David Golden has worked on more than two dozen television movies. His producing credits include the award winning Love Finds You in Sugarcreek for UPTV, with Tom Everett Scott and Kelly McGillis, as well as the other films made from the series of books, Love Finds You in Charm, and the upcoming Love Finds You in Valentine. Other producing credits include The Music in Me with Debbie Gibson, and Paper Angels, with Josie Bissett. Most recently, he was Executive Producer for the Hallmark movie Family For Christmas, with Lacey Chabert. Golden’s writing credits for Hallmark include Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle, with Doris Roberts and James Van Der Beek, Oliver’s Ghost, with Martin Mull and Rhea Perlman, and Kiss at Pine Lake, with Barry Watson. Other writing credits include Personal Effects, with Penelope Ann Miller and Casper Van Dien, Nightmare, with Haylie Duff, and Time and Again, with Brooke Burns.
LEE FRIEDLANDER – Executive Producer
Lee Friedlander is a producer and director, known for The Ten Rules (2002), Girl Play (2004) and La manzana (2010). No rookie to the business, director-producer Friedlander has walked many avenues of filmmaking, having arrived in Los Angeles from her home state of Connecticut, leaving behind her nascent acting career in regional and off-Broadway theater.
Discovering she preferred working behind the scenes to acting, Friedlander started directing and producing. Her producer credits include: A Woman Reported, Wasabi Tuna, The Ten Rules, Fish Don’t Blink, Unspeakable, Drive In, The Contract, Duty Dating, The Boy’s Club, The Wallet and Best Enemies.
SCOTT ANDERSON – Executive Producer
Scott Anderson brings over a decade of production experience to “Naughty or Nice,” his first film for Hallmark Channel. Starting in 1996, when he served as a co-producer on Lifetime’s “The Abduction” starring Victoria Principal, Anderson built up an impressive range of production credits on television movies and feature films alike. He produced and executive produced films for USA (“Cool Money” starring James Marsters), Oxygen (“Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt), TBS (“Atomic Twister” starring Sharon Lawrence and Mark-Paul Gosselaar), Showtime (“Safe House” starring Patrick Stewart), TNT (“Dollar for the Dead” starring Emilio Estevez), CBS (“The Long Kill” starring Willie Nelson) and Disney (“The
Ultimate Christmas Present” starring Brenda Song), among others. Anderson was also a producer on the feature thriller “Escapee” starring Dominic Purcell.
OLIVER DE CAIGNY - Producer
Oliver De Caigny is a Canadian producer originally from Belgium, his background in financing, production, and post production makes his a well-rounded producer for any type of production. His experience in financing and production agreements (film and TV series and movies-of-the week), distribution agreements (both domestic and foreign) as well as international co-productions, Canadian tax credit, Telefilm Canada and Canada Media Fund incentives provides him with a well-rounded background in development, production and distribution for motion pictures, television series and productions.
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Johnson Production Group Presents “ICE SCULPTURE CHRISTMAS”
Rachel Boston David Alpay and Brenda Strong Edited by Tyler MacIntyre
Music by Russ Howard III Director of Photography Anthonie Metchie, csc
Executive Producers David Golden Lee Friedlander Timothy O. Johnson Scott Anderson Produced by Oliver De Caigny Written by Tracy Andreen Directed by David Mackay
With the participation of the Province of British Columbia
A premiere ice sculpting contest at an exclusive country club is the backdrop for this Christmas love story between Callie, a plucky kitchen staff member intent on finishing culinary school, and David, the son of a wealthy investment banker, who team up to try to win the $10,000 prize despite a myriad of obstacles, including their different socio-economic backgrounds, and Callie’s demanding boss (Brenda Strong), who just happens to be their number one competitor. Will love melt away the blocks that stand between them? (525)
MEDIUM (max 180) synopsis
A plucky kitchen staff member and the son of a wealthy investment banker team up to win an exclusive Ice Sculpting contest despite their different socio-economic backgrounds. (174)
SHORT (max 54 characters) synopsis
Opposites attract in the competition of Ice Sculpting.