ABC Family Becomes Freeform Today; 'Pretty Little Liars' Returns

The most social television network will celebrate its transition from ABC Family to Freeform in a new and immersive way with a daylong virtual event and exciting partnerships across the breadth of the social space. Key launch partnerships will include a Social DNA Project with Twitter; a live stream of events via Periscope; a Vine booth; a BuzzFeed Facebook Live chat and a custom “Pretty Little Liars” Facebook icon; Instagram content and talent takeovers; and a Pretty Little Liars Snapchat filter.

The Freeform Social DNA Project with Twitter will take place on January 12 starting at 11:00 a.m. EST. Throughout the day, fans who tweet @FreeformTV using the hashtag #FreeformLaunch will receive a reply tweet that includes a unique piece of 3D digital art based on a sentiment analysis of their Twitter feed. Each piece of art is as similar and unique as a fingerprint or snowflake. Fans will then have the opportunity to enter an instant win sweepstakes* to receive one of 5000 prizes – a one-of-a-kind piece of 3D printed wearable art representing their Twitter personality, as shown below.

Fans will be able to participate in the virtual celebration by going to, or any of the social outlets listed above. On those platforms they will be able to interact with musical artists including deejays Lela B, Bianca Oblivion and Dan Wilcox; drummers P.O.P. Unplugged; visual artists Dancakes (Dan Drake) the pancake artist; muralist Carlos Vera; and talent including Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Ian Harding, Shay Mitchell, Janel Parrish, Sasha Pieterse and Keegan Allen from Pretty Little Liars; and Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Harry Shum Jr., Isaiah Mustafa, Matthew Daddario, Emeraude Toubia, Alberto Rosende, and Maxim Roy from Shadowhunters who will be creating moments, art and activities of what it means to be Freeform.

All this activity will lead to the on-air debut of the new network brand spot. For the new Freeform branding spot, a diverse mix of designers, animators and illustrators participated in a unique collaboration to create the ultimate artistic expression of Freeform programming. A network sizzle, created internally and provided to each artist (Ruffmercy; Gustavo Torres; Saiman Chow, Dusty Studio and Audrey Aquino) devoid of graphics and with very few creative parameters. The artists were invited to bring their own unique style to the project, to express how the content made them think and feel, and to be inspired by the passionate fandom around Freeform shows through typography, illustration, and animation. The sizzles were then collected and edited into one “mashup” highlighting the best of each artist’s work – set to the music of rising star Alessia Cara’s upcoming single “Wild Things” from her Def Jam debut album Know-It-All.

The casts of Pretty Little Liars and the much anticipated Shadowhunters will live Tweet during their premieres. Twitter will give the casts special tools including the Twitter Mirror, Twitter Challenger and Video Q&A to enhance the experience. The sixth season premiere of Pretty Little Liars will air at 8:00 p.m. EST followed by the series premiere of Shadowhunters at 9:00 p.m. EST.

In in “Of Late I Think Of Rosewood,” the season six winter premiere of PLL, five years after putting an end to the mystery of “A,” the Liars return to Rosewood. After years of tormenting and numerous shocking revelations, the Liars finally uncovered the true identity of “A” in the summer finale of season six. Now, five years later, the girls have each pursued their own paths and have started adjusting to a life without “A,” when something happens in Rosewood that forces them to go back to where it all started. Torn between their old habits and their new lives, the events in Rosewood compel the Liars to join forces once again, as relationships are put to the test and secrets are revealed. Having matured over the past few years, these are not the same girls who left Rosewood. As new lies emerge – how will they push forward without going back?

A Day-In-The-Life of Freeform Launch Day January 12

7:00 a.m. PST Emeraude Toubia takes over @ShadowhuntersTV on Instagram.
7:30 a.m. PST Katherine McNamara takes over @ShadowhuntersTV on Instagram.
8:00 a.m. PST Freeform Social DNA Project with Twitter begins.
Pancake artist Dancakes and muralist Carlos begin soliciting ideas for pancakes and art throughout the day.
10:00 a.m. PST Shadowhunters stars Harry Shum Jr. and Matthew Daddario use Twitter Challenger and Vine booth.
10:30 a.m. PST Pretty Little Liars Keegan Allen Twiiter Video Q&A and Vine Booth.
11:00 a.m. PST Shadowhunters stars Isaiah Mustafa and Maxim Roy answer questions on Instagram and Facebook.
12:00 p.m. PST Performance by POP Unplugged.
Buzzfeed Facebook Live chat with Pretty Little Liars.
1:00 p.m. PST Performance by POP Unplugged.
1:30 p.m. PST Shadowhunters stars Dominic Sherwood and Alberto Rosende take over @ShadowhuntersTV on Snapchat and use the Twitter Vine booth.
2:30 p.m. PST Shadowhunters stars Katherine McNamara and Emeraude Toubia host a Twitter Q&A and Vine booth.
3:30 p.m. PST Janel Parrish takes over @PLLTVseries on Twitter.
4:00 p.m. PST Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Ian Hardin, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse take over @PLLTVSeries for a Twitter video Q&A from Twitter HQ in New York City.
5:00 p.m. PST Pretty Little Liars cast live Tweets the premiere.
6:00 p.m. PST Shadowhunters cast live Tweets the premiere.

The day also includes a “Pretty Little Liars” marathon.

The name Freeform speaks to the network’s ongoing priority to super-serve Becomers, fans on that epic adventure of becoming an adult, a life stage that spans people who are ages 14-34. Traditionally, Becomers are in high school, college and the decade that follows and are navigating the wonderful, fun, exciting and scary time when you experience many of life’s firsts – from first kiss to first kid.

The audience’s identity and experience are fluid as they explore endless possibilities and their passions take shape. Freeform is inspired by the interconnection between content and audience; media and technology; interactive and linear; life stage and life style, and the way Becomers interact with them all.

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