Showing posts with label HGTV. Show all posts
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

FIXER UPPER STARS LEFT HGTV BECAUSE OF CONTRACTS

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 PAGE SIX TV

The real reason Chip and Joanna Gaines quit HGTV

Story By Emily Smith
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PAGE SIX TV



“Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines claim they are leaving their hit show because they “need to take a breath.”


But Page Six TV on Monday reveals it is actually because of HGTV’s “horrible contracts” and the couple is betting on landing a bigger deal with Discovery.


The Gaineses recently announced that the upcoming season five of “Fixer Upper,” which starts next month, will be their last on HGTV, even though it is the highest rating show in the network and its biggest ad revenue generator.


HGTV is owned by Scripps, which is currently in the process of being bought by Discovery Communications – and insiders say Chip and Joanna are betting that Discovery will make them a bigger deal once the sale is finalized.


An HGTV network insider told Page Six, “Many years ago, when Scripps, which also owns Food Network, signed Rachael Ray, they didn’t think about Rachael starting a magazine, launching product lines, getting endorsement deals and her books selling millions of copies.


“And so while Food Network turned Rachael Ray into a star, she made tens of millions and Scripps got none of it. After Rachael they made sure no talent deal would ever put them in that situation again. Since the Gaineses were relatively unknown when they started, they signed the general Scripps talent contract.”


The source added, “Scripps talent contracts are very restrictive. The talent can’t do anything without their approval — any appearance, any publicity, any endorsement, any product — you have to ask them for permission. It is awful. And on top of that, Scripps takes a big percentage of everything you make- books, appearances, endorsements, products. If you make money, they take most of the money. “

The Gaines’ announcement to quit was a bombshell to fans who have followed the couple on their journey from a small construction and decorating firm in Waco, Texas, to huge celebrities. Since the pilot aired in May 2013, “Fixer Upper” has become one of the highest-rated shows in HGTV’s history, attracting nearly 4.5 million viewers.


The source added, “As Chip and Joanna grew more famous and popular over the years, the HGTV conceded to a few changes to their contract — like not taking a percentage of their Target collection — but they still wanted the Gaines’ to shoot long days, promote the show and just work their butts off.


“So they are using this end of their contract as a total renegotiation to get the deal they really want: more money, less work, more control. The timing of Discovery buying Scripps worked well in their favor. With Discovery hopefully now about to own Scripps, they are rolling the dice thinking the new owners will come running after them and give them the deal they really want.”


Discovery’s deal to buy Scripps is still being vetted by the FTC, and Discovery execs can’t approach any Scripps talent until at least early next year. But a TV insider said, “Discovery will surely go after Chip and Joanna, once the deal is cleared, because of their huge popularity. Discovery deals are traditionally much more generous to the talent, and the network can turn them into international stars, like Discovery did with Cake Boss.”


A rep from HGTV said in a statement, “Of course, this inflammatory information is inaccurate. Chip and Joanna have already shared with their fans why they made their decision and we support them.”


The Gaines’ had said in a statement on their website of their reason to quit, “This is just us recognizing that we need to catch our breath for a moment. Our plan is to take this time to shore up and strengthen the spots that are weak, rest the places that are tired and give lots of love and attention to both our family and our businesses.”


Brock Murphy, director of public relations for the Gaines’ company Magnolia Market told Page Six in a statement, “Chip and Jo’s decision to leave Fixer Upper is truly just based on wanting to catch their breath for a minute; to rest, refresh, and spend even more time with their family and growing businesses. It is not based on anything else people might read. They were very open and honest about their reasoning behind this decision when they first shared the announcement.”

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

CATASTROPHE INC TO PREMIERE ON HGTV JULY 14

Catastrophe Inc




When disaster strikes, it's the police, paramedics, firefighters and other first responders that save the day, but the unsung heroes of every catastrophe are the guys who clean it up. HGTV provides a behind-the-scenes look of the recovery efforts of unpredictable storms and other natural disasters with its new series, Catastrophe Inc., premiering Sunday, July 14 at 10 a.m. ET. Long after the floods have receded and fires have been extinguished, the Catastrophe Inc. crew works relentlessly in the muck and grime to change people's lives by restoring their homes. HGTV’s half-hour documentary style series features the masters of disaster clean up – licensed recovery contractors Ed Ranieri and Enzo Maddalena, designer Kari Openshaw and Joe Charboneau, former Cleveland Indians player and all around construction worker.


In the premiere episode, “Fallen Tree Fiasco,” newlyweds and first time home buyers Adam and Malissa, experience a major storm – called a derecho – causing a huge tree to fall in their backyard, destroying everything in its path. Mere months after settling into their new home, the Catastrophe Inc. team comes to the rescue to remove the tree, install a better drainage system to prevent future trees from falling and transform the backyard into a patio paradise complete with a perfect grill for entertaining guests.


Following the July 14 premiere, new episodes of Catastrophe Inc. air every Sunday on HGTV at 10 a.m. ET. More information about the series is also available on HGTV.com


 Photo Courtesy Of: HGTV Networks


Monday, February 04, 2013

FLEA MARKET FLIP RETURNS WITH LARA SPENCER

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HGTV TELEVISION
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Lara Spencer




Viewer enthusiasm for the first season of Flea Market Flip has prompted HGTV to fast track the second season premiere to Friday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ET. More than 12.8 million adults have watched first season episodes of the series since its primetime premiere in September 2012. Featuring Good Morning America co-host and The New York Times’ best-selling author Lara Spencer, Flea Market Flip pits two teams of avid flea market patrons against each other to compete for $5,000. 



With only one-hour to shop and $500 in pocket, each Flea Market Flip team must scavenge for items to fix-up and flip, ultimately creating worthy treasures for repurchase. Spencer, who also is an interior designer, assigns a “flip list” of elements to be used throughout the competition, including “mix-and-match,” repurposing and upholstery projects. The teams must then transform their drab finds into top-notch designs to sell at auction the following day – quickly turning from designers to salespeople who must attract customers, negotiate, and sell their refurbished items. In the end, only one team walks away with bragging rights and a $5,000 cash prize.



Tuesday, December 04, 2012

MICHELLE OBAMA DISCUSSES POWER OF SERVICE

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HGTV WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS
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Michelle Obama



First Lady Michelle Obama will discuss the joys of giving, the power of service and the importance of remembering the contributions of troops and military families during HGTV’s White House Christmas 2012 on Saturday, December 8, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The annual one hour special, which has aired on the network since 1998, will return this season with Designer Genevieve Gorder providing a behind-the-scenes look at volunteers and White House staff as they activate the 2012 décor theme, “Joy to All.” In addition, visitors to HGTV.com will find an extensive behind-the-scenes photo gallery of the decorating process, as well as a retrospective of holiday décor at the White House.



“I think next to the North Pole, this is probably one of the most magical places,” said the First Lady as she discussed the holidays at the White House. “The house comes alive in so many ways and with so many volunteers, and such excellent staff, the transformation happens literally overnight.”


Thursday, November 29, 2012

DEE SNIDER ON CELEBRITY HOLIDAY HOMES

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HGTV HOLIDAY PICKS
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Meg Caswell With Dee And Suzette Snider




This winter, beginning Dec. 7, HGTV is featuring six glamorous specials highlighting celebrities and their A-list dwellings, from mansions and luxurious movie set trailers to a famous 16th century castle in Great Britain and America’s best-known home, the White House. HGTV decks the halls with Hollywood celebrities like Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke, and tours the places stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Kellie Pickler call home when they are on the road and on set. Viewers can also take a peek into some famous houses, including the former home of the Queen of Pop, Madonna, the home of America’s first family and the lavish estates of Great Britain’s most notable families, one of which can be seen on a critically-acclaimed PBS series.



“We’re ready to dazzle viewers with a celebrity-packed line up of programming this winter,” said HGTV’s General Manager Kathleen Finch. “These specials feature today’s biggest stars on the big and small screen, as well as musicians from all genres. Even the history buff has something to look forward to as we head ‘across the pond’ to visit the authentic castle that serves as the set of the popular series Downton Abbey. We are aiming to please the tastes of every HGTV viewer in the coming months with specials that are not just holiday-themed, but that also speak to America’s celebrity-centric culture.”



Tuesday, October 09, 2012

THE 'BE THE NEW SOUND OF HGTV' WINNER

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 TIMES SQUARE GOSSIP TELEVISION

HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL
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CR Smith





HGTV, America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, and Paste, the leading online destination for pop culture enthusiasts, have named CR Smith the winner of the “Be The New Sound of HGTV” Contest. Smith’s winning song, “This Way Home,” chosen by Paste’s editors and HGTV’s producers, will become HGTV’s new sound for its upcoming House Hunters International marketing and promotional campaign.


 Smith’s song will help invite HGTV viewers to take a virtual vacation around the world with House Hunters International. For a sneak peek of the House Hunters International 30-second promo and 60-second music video featuring “This Way Home,” visit HGTV’s YouTube page at www.youtube.com/hgtv.


Photo Courtesy Of: HGTV