Ralph Edwards Prods., whose shows over the years have included “This Is Your Life,” “Truth or Consequences” and “The People’s Court,” has launched pic division Ralph Edwards Films.
Company prexy Gary Edwards is being joined in the new unit by Barbara Dunn-Leonard, who has been named executive VP. She has worked with the company for 16 years in a number of capacities.
Film division’s debut production, “Annabelle’s Wish,” is skedded to air Nov. 30 on Fox on the heels of a successful homevideo release Oct. 21 by Hallmark Home Entertainment. “Annabelle’s Wish” features the voices and music of Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, Cloris Leachman, Jim Varney, Jerry Van Dyke, Alison Krauss, Rue McClanahan, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Kevin Sharp.
Other projects under the Ralph Edwards Films moniker in 1998 include the live-action feature “A Fine and Private Place” (in development with Dreyfuss/James Prods), the live-action feature “Trails End” (in development) and the animated direct-to-homevideo animated special “Angel in a Hayloft” (in pre-production).