‘DEAR SANTA, THE SERIES’

SIX-PART SERIES RELEASED ONE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF BATKID BEGINS AND PICK OF THE LITTER, THE SERIES FOLLOWS FROM THE ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY ‘DEAR SANTA’ RELEASED IN DECEMBER 2020

On the heels of the critically-acclaimed Christmas documentary, Dear Santa about the United States Postal Service’s venerated Operation Santa program – streaming on Hulu and included on the Entertainment WeeklyTown and CountryWomen’s Health and Men’s Health magazine lists of must-watch holiday films – Hulu has just debuted new documentary series Dear Santa, The SeriesWatch the series now here.

The six-episode series takes audiences on an inspiring holiday journey as children across America write letters to Santa and kind-hearted “elves” step up in unexpected ways to make their Christmas wishes come true.

Directed by Dana Nachman (Pick of the LitterBatkid Begins) and produced by her company, Sweet World Films, along with Chelsea Matter, TRAVERSE32’s Brendan Gaul and Brett Henenberg, and Christopher Karpenko, the series was brought to life by the same team behind the acclaimed IFC Films documentary feature.

Nachman is a veteran documentary filmmaker and former journalist. Her films have received dozens of awards from top film festivals across the U.S. and around the world. Her television news work earned her multiple Emmy® awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and a regional AP award. Nachman is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

This year (2022) also marks the 110th anniversary of Operation Santa. Since 1912, thousands of children and families in need have sent letters to Santa asking for everything from toys to the most basic of necessities. And each year, Santa, through the USPS, has partnered with anonymous human “elves” to fulfill those requests by December 25th.

Dear Santa, The Series has been rolling out this month across ABC’s local stations including WABC in New York, WPVI in Philadelphia, WLS in Chicago, WTVD in Raleigh-Durham, KTRK in Houston, KABC in Los Angeles, KFSN in Fresno, KGO in San Francisco and ABC’s Localish. This is the first time the series is available to stream nationwide on Hulu.

In this new family friendly show, audiences traverse the country to meet some of Jolly Ole’ St. Nick’s most memorable letter writers, the human elves Santa tapped to make their Christmas wishes come true, and the USPS employees who annually make everything possible.

“DELIGHTFUL!” “We can always count on filmmaker Dana Nachman to make us feel better about the world and the compassionate actions of those who inhabit it. The former NBC Bay Area journalist, director of ‘Batkid Begins’ and co-director of ‘Pick of the Litter,’ consistently makes documentaries about kindness that are stuffed with good cheer; they also may prompt a tear or two to spill down a cheek.”
– Randy Myers, SFGATE

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Episode 1

Sisters Kelsie and Mackenzie write to Santa asking for cleaning help for their mom; school-teacher Ginger writes to Santa asking for supplies for her school and her fellow teachers.

Episode 2

Maddie writes to Santa about her love of paleontology; Jazmarie asks Santa for art supplies; a local fire department prepares for their yearly delivery of bikes.

Episode 4

Mila's letter about her love of music is adopted by Shaw University's marching band; ballerina Ava has her wish for private ballet lessons fulfilled by CJ Emmons, the principal singer

Episode 5

Following her parents' divorce, Sophia asks Santa for a trip to Disneyland; Hayden asks Santa for a computer so he can do his homework; Sadaat writes to Santa

Episode 6

Skyla writes to Santa asking for new books and materials for her youth center; RaNiya asks Santa for books about how to change the world.

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Sweet World Films: Formed in 2020, Sweet World Films is the production company run by the award-winning producing team of Dana Nachman and Chelsea Matter. The company has a track record for turning documentary feature films into series - first with the film Pick of the Litter, which sold to IFC and was commissioned for a series by Disney+ and now with Dear Santa the series, which is based on their film that first released through IFC and Hulu in 2020. Sweet World chooses stories that move and inspire people and then tells those stories with an eye toward pulling out heightened emotion. Their films and television series focus on the most basic and core human stories, where the narrative is always structured for maximum emotional impact. 

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