[01/03/11 - 07:37 AM]
DIY Network Announces First TV Series Devoted to Lifestyle Electronics and High-End Custom Installation in Celebrity Homes
"Hollywood Hi-Tech" will feature appearances by Josh Duhamel, Kevin Connolly and Khloe Kardashian.

[via press release from DIY]


Featured Celebrities Include Josh Duhamel, Kevin Connolly & Khloe Kardashian

NEW YORK - January 3, 2011 - DIY Network, the go-to-destination for home improvement, is set to announce Hollywood Hi-Tech (wt), the first TV series devoted to home electronics and high-end custom installation in celebrity homes, at the 2011 International CES, the world's largest technology tradeshow. On Thursday, Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. PT, DIY Network will reveal never-before-seen clips from the show at a launch party at the Crazy Horse Paris Theater in MGM Grand. Series host Janna Robinson, special guests featured on the show, as well as leaders from the electronic industry will all be in attendance. Members of the media may register for this event by e-mailing Frank Doris at frankdoris@optonline.net.

"While other TV shows have occasionally included short segments about custom-installation home entertainment, it's never been the focus, much less had an entire TV series devoted to it," noted Ross Babbit, DIY Network's vice president of programming partnerships and special projects. "With the launch of Hollywood Hi-Tech (wt), that is about to change, as we bring the latest and greatest technology for the home to a new, nationwide audience."

DIY Network's Hollywood Hi-Tech (wt) documents lifestyle-technology expert Janna Robinson as she uses innovative gear to give celebrities' homes the ultimate high-tech makeover. Premiering in June 2011, the series will feature A-listers including reality-TV star Khloe Kardashian, basketball champion Lamar Odom, Entourage stars Kevin Connolly and Jeremy Piven, and Transformers star Josh Duhamel. The celebrities themselves will be involved throughout the makeover process, from the initial consultation to the unveiling of the finished room.

Though A-list homes are the focus of the series, from lighting to electronics to whole-house technology, the program will be full of helpful information any consumer can use when evaluating and choosing hi-tech options for their own homes. Legendary home-theater designer Theo Kalomirakis is a consultant on the series, which has the support of the custom-installation trade organization CEDIA. Offering real solutions for real people, Hollywood Hi-Tech (wt) covers the best technology in home audio and video components, whole-house control systems, wireless security webcams, and more.

"Hollywood Hi-Tech has taken the often complex word, �technology,' and is making it approachable, personal, simple and fun!" says Leslie Dance, Kodak vice president of brand marketing and communications. "At Kodak, our history is rooted in making the complex simple. Our long-held promise - �You push the button, we do the rest' - lives on in the digital age with intuitive, smart technology that allows consumers to capture, share and create more easily. This TV series is a game changer, and Kodak is honored to be part of announcing it today."

"CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) is proud to be a part of the event announcing DIY Network's Hollywood Hi-Tech," says Utz Baldwin, CEO of CEDIA. "This show will give DIY Network viewers a never-before-seen look at the hi-tech solutions CEDIA members can deliver for entertainment, comfort, safety and convenience."


Janna Robinson, host of DIY Network's Hollywood Hi-Tech (wt), is America's foremost expert on lifestyle technology. She has built a multi-faceted high-profile career as a consultant by bringing the latest technology into the homes of celebrities and non-celebrities alike. She learned her skills as a designer and technology expert on the job by creating home theaters and whole-house music and video systems for some of the biggest names in Hollywood. While working as an assistant for a movie producer, she discovered her knack for finding the right electronics to fit anyone's lifestyle, and soon parlayed that skill into a profitable consulting business. She weds her talents for interior design and electronics to create simple-to-use systems that employ the latest gear to seamlessly make technology a central part of peoples' lives. Janna's mission is to educate and empower people about technology by making it approachable, fashionable and fun. She has tricked-out the homes of many notables, including Paris Hilton, Oliver Stone, Rob Lowe, Marcia Cross, Mario Lopez, Josh Duhamel and Fergie. She has appeared as a tech expert and correspondent in the media, including EXTRA, TODAY, Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, Dress My Nest, LXTV, TIME, Real Simple, Home, InStyle Home and Sound & Vision.


From the makers of HGTV and Food Network, DIY Network is the go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement television. DIY Network's programs and experts answer the most sought-after questions and offer creative projects for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. One of the fastest growing networks and currently in more than 53 million homes, DIY Network's programming covers a broad range of categories, including home improvement and landscaping. The network's award-winning Web site, www.DIYNetwork.com, is a leader in the Nielsen Online Home and Garden category and features multiple resources, including thousands of do-it-yourself home improvement projects, expert advice, how-to videos and images, and user-friendly guides with step-by-step instructions.


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