or


[04/04/11 - 06:01 AM]
NBC, Electus and Host Elle Macpherson Search for the Next Big "Fashion Star"
The series is "designed not only to groom and discover America's next popular brand, but also allow viewers at home to buy the winning designs each week."

[via press release from NBC]

NBC, ELECTUS AND HOST ELLE MACPHERSON SEARCH FOR THE NEXT BIG "FASHION STAR"

New Competitive Series Provides National Showcase for Innovative Designs and Allows Major Retailers to Choose their Favorite New Line

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- April 4, 2011- NBC, multi-media studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), and The Magical Elves (Emmy Award winners for "Top Chef" and the original producers of "Project Runway"), today announced the search for the next big brand in fashion with "Fashion Star" (working title) -- a new reality competition series to be hosted by Elle Macpherson, world-famous super-model icon, actress and businesswoman.

"Fashion Star" is designed not only to groom and discover America's next popular brand, but through an exciting new format twist, it will allow viewers at home to buy the winning designs each week. The show will target real-time consumer feedback and interactivity and will span all categories of fashion from suits and dresses to lingerie, denim, bathing suits, shoes, accessories and more.

"Brands have become expressions of communities and statements of identity. Polo, Kate Spade, Uggs, Ray Ban and Victoria's Secret are all great examples of brands that have popped and reflect an entire lifestyle beyond just articles of clothing. This country is overflowing with incredibly talented designers from all walks of life who are waiting to be discovered," said Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios. "Who better to host then Elle Macpherson -- her impeccable fashion sense and 30 years of experience building her eponymous brand are tremendous assets to the show and the designers."

The series will give 12 unknown designers the chance to win a multi-million dollar contract to launch their line in America's largest retail stores. Each week, the designers will be put through a variety of challenges that will push them to further develop and expand their brands.

Famous designers and buyers from America's largest retailers will serve as the judges, making on-the-spot decisions as they bid against each other, dipping into their own wallets to purchase the work of these up-and-coming designers. These items will shape the future of their stores and create the next big trends for their consumers. At the end of each episode, America will have the chance to immediately purchase the winning designs showcased on the episode that week. What viewers see on TV that night will be on the streets and in stores the very next day. With just a single trip down the runway, "Fashion Star" will change the lives and fortunes of these aspiring designers forever.

"We are excited to team up with NBC to discover and develop the next major fashion brand for retailers around the country and deliver the next breakout television show for an audience that is increasingly obsessed with fashion," said Ben Silverman (Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning producer and creator and executive producer of "The Biggest Loser"), CEO and founder of Electus. "The stakes are higher than any other competitive reality show, as 'Fashion Star' pulls back the curtain on what it really takes to launch a major national brand."

Hosted and executive-produced by one of the world's most famous fashion icons, Macpherson best embodies the role of what it means to be a smart, savvy and creative business woman as she is also the founder of a series of internationally successful, U.K.-based business ventures including Elle Macpherson Intimates, a lingerie line celebrating its 20th year, and "The Body", a line of skin-care products. The Australian-born Macpherson became one of the world's top fashion models and was named as one of People magazine's "Most Beautiful People."

Macpherson's television credits include hosting and executive producing two seasons of the hit series "Britain's Next Top Model." She has also appeared as a regular on the recent series "The Beautiful Life: TBL" as well as a recurring role on "Friends." Among Macpherson's feature films are "Batman & Robin," "If Lucy Fell," "Jane Eyre," "Sirens" and "The Edge" in which she was opposite Anthony Hopkins. She also has hosted NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Macpherson is represented by Fortitude.

Fashion designers featured on the show will include everyone from the stay-at-home mom who makes her own clothes to sell at the local flea market, to the recent Parson's graduate who just landed his or her first job at Marc Jacobs. All the contestants will be put to the test to see how they react in a variety of real-world scenarios to determine who has the vision and desire to build a fashion empire and achieve their dream. With top experts as their guides and mentors throughout the process, designers will have to be as adept in the business of fashion as they are in their creativity as it's up to them to make their brand a national reality.

In the end, one designer will successfully combine fashion and business to become the next "Fashion Star" and have their entire fashion line on sale exclusively in one of the biggest retailer's in the world.

"Fashion Star" is created by E.J. Johnston and James Deutch of the Global Fashion Association, Rick Ringbakk of Emmy Award-winning 5x5 Media ("Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution") and Ben Silverman ("The Biggest Loser," "The Office," "The Tudors").

The show is executive-produced by Ben Silverman of Electus, Jane Lipstiz & Dan Cutforth of The Magical Elves, Rick Ringbakk of 5x5 Media (a full-service production company in an overall production and distribution agreement within the Electus studio system), Macpherson, and E.J. Johnston & James Deutch of Global Fashion Association. Electus/Engine Distribution will retain all international distribution rights.

For more information on casting go to www.KASSTINGINC.COM.

For embeddable clips and full episodes from NBC shows, please visit NBC.com's official show site: http://www.nbc.com/shows/.

About NBC Entertainment:

NBC Entertainment develops and schedules programming for the network's primetime, late-night, and daytime schedules. NBC's quality programs and balanced lineup have earned the network critical acclaim, numerous awards, and ratings success. The network has earned more Emmy Awards than any network in television history.

NBC's roster of popular scripted series includes such critically acclaimed comedies as Emmy winners "The Office," starring Steve Carell, and "30 Rock," starring Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey. Veteran, award-winning dramas on NBC include the "Law & Order" brand and "Chuck." Unscripted series for NBC include the hits "The Biggest Loser," "The Celebrity Apprentice," and "America's Got Talent." NBC's late-night story is highlighted by "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," "Last Call with Carson Daly" and "Saturday Night Live." NBC Daytime's "Days of our Lives" consistently finishes among daytime's top programs in the valuable women 18-34 category. On Saturday mornings, the network broadcasts Qubo on NBC, a three-hour block that features fun, entertaining, and educational programming for kids, including the award-winning, 3-D animated series Veggie Tales. For more information visit www.nbc.com.

About Electus:

Electus is the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world. Headed by Ben Silverman, in partnership with IAC [NASDAQ: IACI], the company connects advertisers, distributors and content creators early on in the development process, enabling marketers and advertisers to be a true partner in campaigns and content creation. For more information on Electus, visit www.electus.com.

About Magical Elves:

Magical Elves is the award-winning production team behind some of the highest quality reality programming on television including "Project Runway" and "Top Chef." The Elves, comprised of Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz have won one primetime Emmy and have been nominated an additional 11 times. They are the first recipients of a Peabody Award presented to a reality television program ("Project Runway"). Most recently, Magical Elves transitioned to feature films by producing "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," currently the third highest-grossing documentary of all time. Other notable television credits include "America's Next Great Restaurant," "Work of Art," "Top Chef Masters," "Top Chef Just Desserts," "The Real L Word," "Project Greenlight," "Last Comic Standing" and "Bands on the Run."

About 5x5 Media:

Five by Five Media ("5x5") is a full service television and film production company in an overall production and distribution agreement within the Electus studio system. 5x5 Media develops and produces both scripted and unscripted television programming and feature films. Our principals have won multiple primetime Emmy Awards, and have produced such titles as "Survivor," "The Amazing Race," "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," "Super Nanny," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Smash Lab," "Monster Garage," "Mythbusters," and "Wired Science."

About Global Fashion Association:

Since launching in 2007, the Global Fashion Association (GFA) has built an international reputation as one of the most capable and connected networks for all things fashion. From high-profile runway shows around the world to development and production of fashion television programming and international designer exchange programs, GFA provides opportunities for fashion talent to reach a global audience. GFA's principals have created and produced television programming for networks including E!, Bravo, CNBC & MTV.





  [april 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· BEAUTIFUL LIFE, THE (CW)
· BIGGEST LOSER, THE (NBC)
· FASHION STAR (NBC)
· JAMIE OLIVER'S FOOD REVOLUTION (ABC)
· OFFICE, THE (NBC)
· PROJECT RUNWAY (LIFETIME)
· SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC)
· TOP CHEF (BRAVO)
· TUDORS, THE (SHOWTIME)





[06/28/17 - 03:55 PM]
Freeform's "Pretty Little Liars" Signs Off Historic Run with Over 1-Year Highs and Is No. 1 Most-Tweeted TV Episode of 2017 with 1.7 Million Tweets
Freeform spins the numbers for Tuesday, June 27.

[06/28/17 - 01:29 PM]
Viceland Brings Two Docu-Series to Air in July with "Last Chance High" and "Funny How?"
The former is an eight-part documentary series is adapted and updated from the acclaimed 2014 Vice News web series focused on the students at Moses Montefiore Academy, a school for the most troubled youth on Chicago's tumultuous West Side.

[06/28/17 - 01:24 PM]
FOX Sports Loads Bases for 2017 MLB All-Star Game
Superstars from the American and National Leagues face off in the 2017 All-Star Game from Marlins Park in Miami, Fla., on Tuesday, July 11, with pregame coverage beginning at 7:30 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network.

[06/28/17 - 01:22 PM]
Paula Patton Stars as a Mother Desperate to Change Fate and Prevent a Murder, on the Series Premiere of ABC's "Somewhere Between," Monday, July 24
The second episode will now air on Tuesday, July 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT) during its new regular night and time.

[06/28/17 - 01:00 PM]
FX Networks Promotes Current Series Executives Colette Wilson and Barbara Crawford and Development's Kevin Wandell
"Colette, Barbara and Kevin have been integral to the growth and success of FX Networks' slate of original programs and we are happy that they will be playing an even greater role going forward," said Nick Grad and Eric Schrier.

[06/28/17 - 12:36 PM]
Showtime(R) Announces Multi-Part NBA Documentary Film with Executive Producers LeBron James, Maverick Carter and Filmmaker Gotham Chopra
"We are thrilled to be collaborating with LeBron, Maverick and Gotham on what will be a comprehensive look at one of the most influential sports institutions in the world," said Stephen Espinoza.

[06/28/17 - 12:13 PM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "Got Talent" Hold Off ABC, "Bachelorette" Special
The Peacock easily wins the evening in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[06/28/17 - 11:48 AM]
"The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" Records Its Most-Watched Quarter Ever Led by Its Most-Watched Month Ever in June
Comedy Central further spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[06/28/17 - 11:01 AM]
Cartoon Network Sets "OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes" for an Epic One-Hour Series Premiere Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 6:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
The show follows K.O., an endlessly optimistic kid attempting to be the greatest hero he can be in a video game inspired world set in Lakewood Plaza.

[06/28/17 - 10:54 AM]
"Top Gear America" Premieres Sunday, July 30, 8/7c on BBC America
William Fichtner, Antron Brown and Tom "Wookie" Ford topline the latest installment in the franchise.

[06/28/17 - 10:35 AM]
"Under the Influence" New Original Series - The Troubled Stories of Heath Ledger and River Phoenix Are the Focus of the Series Premiere on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 9pm ET/6pm PT
Future episodes include Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Cory Monteith, John Belushi and Chris Farley and George Michael and Prince.

[06/28/17 - 10:15 AM]
"Treehouse Masters" Returns to Animal Planet for an All-New Season on August 4 at 9PM/ET
This season, Pete Nelson and his crew will take on new build locations, including Norway for their first ever international treehouse build, and a very special treehouse for singer-songwriter Grace Vanderwaal.

[06/28/17 - 10:02 AM]
Amazon Prime Video to Be Exclusive Premium Subscription Home for the CBS Series "Salvation"
Unlimited streaming and downloading of all the series' episodes will be available to Prime members four days after their initial broadcast on CBS.

[06/28/17 - 10:00 AM]
FX Networks Sets Premiere Dates for "You're the Worst" and "Better Things"
The comedies are due back Wednesday, September 6 and Thursday, September 14 on FXX and FX, respectively.

[06/28/17 - 09:54 AM]
Video: Netflix Unveils Trailer and Art for "Daughters of Destiny"
The four-part original documentary series chronicles the lives of five girls from Indian families who are among the so-called "Dalit" caste and most impoverished communities in the world.