Celebrating the holidays is one thing virtually every American family looks forward to every year. This year is not any different, mainly due to the challenges the world has seen in the past year. Kathy Ireland, the founder, CEO, chair and chief designer of kathy ireland® Worldwide, is set to make the holidays a remarkable one for American families by sponsoring The Waltons’ Homecoming.
The film, executive produced by Emmy Award winner Sam Heskell, who also serves as the president and chair of Magnolia Hill Productions, aired on The CW on November 28. An encore will also be shown on December 11, and Kathy Ireland has expressed pride at being privileged to be the sole presenting sponsor of this American classic.
The film’s airing comes in the wake of a time when hope and encouragement are essential for everyone in the world. The film reiterates some of the purest values that Americans hold sacred: faith, family, love, and inclusivity. So much has happened in the past year that has made The Waltons’ Homecoming a necessary gift to Americans.
“I am happy to present this film, and there is no one more talented or appropriate to bring this message into our homes on Thanksgiving weekend than Sam Haskell, whose accomplishments in television are legendary and iconic,” Kathy Ireland said. “To know Sam is to trust him and love him. So when we began dreaming of what gift we could give to virtually every American family this year, this film became our powerful choice,” she added.
Apart from kathy ireland® Worldwide’s sponsorship for this film, its partner brands and affiliated organizations like NPCF, American Family Insurance, Lamps Plus, MIVI, and many others have thrown their weights behind this holiday gesture Kathy Ireland has championed. Basking in recognition of her brand as the 15th most successful licensed brand in American history, kathy ireland® Worldwide has a lot to celebrate as a brand. “The Waltons’ Homecoming is an ideal gift from our CEO to the hearts of the American families that have made kathy ireland® Worldwide the respectable brand it is today,” Jon Carrasco and Stephen Roseberry Worldwide Creative Director and President CMO, of kathy ireland® Worldwide, respectively, said in a joint statement.
In addition to the brand’s success, Ms. Ireland received the Business International Religious Freedom Champion Award from the IRF, Icon Award from International Home Furnishings Association, and became the youngest woman ever to be elected to the Hall of Fame by Licensing International as the highest-ranked solely owned licensing company of any woman in America.
The Waltons’ Homecoming stars Bellamy Young, Ben Lawson, Logan Shroyer and is narrated by the original John Boy, Richard Thomas. The film features music by seven-time Grammy Award winners, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. “For all who experience this treasured film, please know that, as Elizabeth Taylor often said, ‘Something wonderful is about to happen,’” Kathy Ireland promised.
Learn more about kathy ireland® Worldwide on the brand’s website.