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Listen: Discovery’s Kathleen Finch on How to Nurture Lifestyle Brands

  • Variety
Kathleen Finch is a big believer in staying in your lane.

Discovery’s chief lifestyle brands officer juggles a portfolio of 11 linear cable channels and their digital offshoots, from Food Network and Hgtv to TLC and crime-centric Investigation Discovery. Many of Finch’s channels are defying the gravity of the moment in generating extremely high levels of live viewing and length-of-tune stats with hardcore fans that are the envy of the industry.

In the latest episode of Variety podcast Strictly Business, Finch explains the importance of consistency and familiarity on her networks. Each channel stakes out a programming niche and then labors to find out what makes its ardent fans tick. For many regular viewers, watching Hgtv or ID isn’t a matter of coming in for a specific program. It’s more like a slice of comfort food.

Listen to this week’s episode of Strictly Business:

“The engagement
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Seth Meyers Reveals How He Convinced Rihanna to Day Drink With Him

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Seth Meyers Reveals How He Convinced Rihanna to Day Drink With Him
Seth Meyers has made no secret of his love for Rihanna. As the “Late Night” host told Jimmy Fallon in February, he’s “fully in love” with the pop star slash business mogul (he clarified that his wife is fine with it because “she’s also in love with Rihanna — it’s what we have in common”). And yet he never was able to get Rihanna to come on his show until this week, when Meyers revealed that he had spent Wednesday shooting back tequila with her for his “Day Drinking” segment, in which the host gets ridiculously drunk with a celebrity guest instead of sitting through a traditional interview.

“Day Drinking with Rihanna,” in all its messy glory, aired on Thursday’s show in lieu of a monologue. Within just a few hours of shooting, Meyers and Rihanna downed themed drinks, practiced pickup lines, tried out her Fenty Beauty makeup line,
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Food Network Orders ‘Bake You Rich,’ Where Contestants Compete to Go Into Business With ‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro

  • The Wrap
In Food Network’s newest bake-off, winners get to have their cake and eat it, too. Or perhaps more accurately, viewers will be able to eat it.

Hosted by “Cake BossBuddy Valastro, the newly ordered baking competition series will test not only contestants’ oven skills, but their business savvy as well. “Bake You Rich” lets four entrepreneurial pastry chefs face off for the chance to have one of their custom-made creations sold to the public on the Carlo’s Bakery website, per the popular cable channel.

The four-episode series features new obstacles that go beyond tasting good and looking pretty. Each episode involves three challenges, with the final two competitors going head-to-head to mass-produce their confections at Carlo’s, all the while dealing with machinery malfunctions and last-minute recipe changes. The rotating panel of judges includes Valastro, Chad Durkin, Erin McGinn, Vincent Tubito, and Valastro’s wife Lisa, who must
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Seth Meyers and ‘Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten Get Very Day Drunk – Like, Very Day Drunk (Video)

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Seth Meyers and ‘Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten Get Very Day Drunk – Like, Very Day Drunk (Video)
Late Night With Seth Meyers” took a day trip Wednesday night, which featured the drunk adventures of host Seth Meyers and his friend Ina Garten aka “The Barefoot Contessa.”

Meyers took the Food Network star and famous Hamptons resident to the Corner Bistro in Manhattan to spend an afternoon sipping cocktails. Ok, more than just sipping. They even concocted a few of their own — though Ina’s turned out much prettier (and probably tastier) than Seth’s.

When they weren’t drinking, which is really what they do throughout the majority of the nearly 10-minute segment, they were taste testing fast food sauces vs. Garten’s own gourmet recipes, challenging her ability to match bare feet to the celebrities they belong to, and doing “chef-pressions” of her famous co-workers like Gordon Ramsay and Emeril Lagasse.

Also Read: 'Barefoot Contessa' Ina Garten Inks New Multi-Year Deal With Food Network
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Watch Seth Meyers Live Out Your Fantasy: Day Drinking With Ina Garten

Watch Seth Meyers Live Out Your Fantasy: Day Drinking With Ina Garten
Seth Meyers is living your wildest dreams: drinking with Ina Garten. The Late Night host took the Barefoot Contessa star out for an afternoon of day drinking in New York City, where they made Garten's drink recipes (without the proper tools) and forced each other to drink the other's concoctions. It was a revealing afternoon, Garten revealed fresh whiskey sours are her favorite cocktails (even if Meyers ruined it). Marvel at how Meyers couldn't find his mark and nail his lines after several cocktail before they get some food in them, including fries. But this wasn't just a normal plate of French fries, Garten had a test for Meyers: the Barefoot Contessa mustard and horseradish dip vs. the horsey dip...
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Rachael Ray to Bring Back ’30 Minute Meals’ Under New Food Network Deal

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Rachael Ray to Bring Back ’30 Minute Meals’ Under New Food Network Deal
Rachael Ray has signed a new deal with Food Network that will include bringing back “30 Minute Meals,” the cooking series that first made her famous.

The reimagined show, which premieres on Monday, April 1 at noon Et/Pt on Food Network and Facebook, gets a digital companion series this time around. After that April Fool’s Day debut, 30 new episodes will air within 30 days on the cable channel and streaming Tve platform. The companion series, also hosted by Ray, will run on Food Network’s digital and social platforms.

The original “30 Minute Meals” aired from 2001 to 2012.

Also Read: 'Barefoot Contessa' Ina Garten Inks New Multi-Year Deal With Food Network

“Rachael Ray is a culinary firebrand as evidenced by her success across her television shows, magazine, books, live events, philanthropy, and all of her businesses,” said Food Network President Courtney White. “Her time-saving and creative ideas for whipping up delicious meals at
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Hgtv Will Revive ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’

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Discovery Inc. wants to rebuild “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” one of TV’s most durable reality concepts.

The company’s Hgtv cable network plans to produce 10 new episodes of the former ABC series, featuring some of its many home experts as part of the process. The new episodes are expected to debut in late 2019, and Hgtv has also secured the U.S. and Caribbean rights to air 100 episodes of the original series that ran on ABC for nine seasons between 2003 and 2012.

“We like to come up with our own formats and our own ideas, but every now and then, there’s something out there that just makes so much sense form a brand perspective that we have to do it,” says Kathleen Finch, chief lifestyle brands officer for Discovery, which last year acquired Hgtv when it bought Scripps Networks. “‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ is such an iconic show. It’s
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‘Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten Inks New Multi-Year Deal With Food Network

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‘Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten Inks New Multi-Year Deal With Food Network
Ina Garten, the “Barefoot Contessa,” has signed a new multi-year agreement with Food Network to continue her daytime cooking series. The deal will also bring about “several hour-long season specials,” per the Discovery-owned cable channel.

“Our audience adores Ina — she is truly a culinary legend and embodies everything Food Network viewers crave,” Courtney White, president of Food Network said Friday in a media release. “Her one-of-a-kind personality, warmth and food expertise have made ‘Barefoot Contessa’ a long-running hit and we are thrilled to confirm brand-new seasons.”

“I am so excited to continue sharing my recipes on ‘Barefoot Contessa’ for years to come,” added Garten. “I’m looking forward to new seasons full of delicious dishes, helpful cooking tips and techniques and inspiring guests. This is going to be fun!”

Also Read: Valerie Bertinelli to Host 'Family Food Showdown' Under New Multi-Series Deal With Food Network

Shot on-location at Garten’s home in East Hampton,
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Food Network Strikes Multi-Year Deal With Ina Garten

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Food Network has struck a new multi-year deal with Ina Garten, the celebrity chief behind its signature daytime series “Barefoot Contessa,” the latest in a series of talent pacts being signed by the network’s parent, Discovery,

The deal includes new seasons of the program, along with several hour-long seasonal specials, the Discovery-owned cable network said Friday. The series is shot on location at Garten’s home in East Hampton, New York, where she shares recipes and tips.

“Our audience adores Ina – she is truly a culinary legend and embodies everything Food Network viewers crave,” said Courtney White, president of Food Network, in a statement. “Her one-of-a-kind personality, warmth and food expertise have made ‘Barefoot Contessa’ a long-running hit and we are thrilled to confirm brand-new seasons.”

In recent weeks, Food Network unveiled a deal with Valerie Bertinelli, while the parent company acknowledged it had started talks with Chip and
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Premiere: Cast and Crew Talk Pressure of Living Up to the Original Film

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Premiere: Cast and Crew Talk Pressure of Living Up to the Original Film
When composers and lyricists Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman won the opportunity to create new songs for a “Mary Poppins Returns,” it wasn’t all celebration.

“We heard we were up for it, and we were ravenous to do it, and yet petrified at the same time,” Shaiman told Variety‘s Marc Malkin on Thursday at the movie’s red carpet premiere in Hollywood. “It’s very scary, and believe me I won’t be reading under any of the comments sections of anything having to do with our songs.”

Looking at the film’s legacy, it’s easy to see where Shaiman’s trepidation come from. The original “Mary Poppins” received 13 Oscar nominations and five wins, one of which was for Best Original Music Score.

“Mary Poppins Returns” director Rob Marshall also felt the pressure of living up to the original. “It was the hardest project I’ve ever done
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Nearly 50,000 Attendees Helped Eat. Drink. End Hunger. At The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival

The 11th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (Nycwff) took over the Big Apple October 11 thru the 14, drawing nearly 50,000 passionate fans, media and industry professionals to over 75 events benefiting No Kid Hungry and Food Bank For New York City.

Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Alton Brown, Ina Garten, and Nycwff founder Lee Brian Schrager

Attendees enjoyed a variety of offerings, including signature tastings, late-night parties, hands-on classes, specially-curated panel discussions, and more throughout the gourmet weekend.

The entire Festival was full of highlights at every event, but a sampling of memories made over the weekend included:

Chefs and Food Network personalities Giada De Laurentiis, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, and Rachael Ray joined social justice advocate and Me Too movement creator Tarana Burke on stage at the Supper is Served kick-off event on Thursday, October 11. Artists Natasha Bedingfield, known for her songs
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Barefoot Contessa: Season Three Renewal and Premiere Date Announced by Food Network

The Barefood Contessa is back! Recently, Food Network announced the TV show will return for a third season in October.

The popular cooking show follows Ina Garten as she showcases "brand-new recipes along with a collection of tips and tricks that will help viewers cook with confidence no matter their level of experience." The new season will feature appearances by Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more.

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Geoffrey Zakarian Reveals He Has The 'Most Fun' Being On 'The Kitchen' (Exclusive)

It seems Geoffrey Zakarian loves The Kitchen just as much as we do! The Food Network star spoke with Closer Weekly on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at an event for the Zakarian Pro For Home Non-Stick Cast Iron Cookware collection — out Oct. 28 on QVC — at his Midtown NYC restaurant, The Lambs Club, and revealed the hit series is his favorite show to be on. "The Kitchen is a special show because it is really what I do," the 59-year-old — who is also a chef/partner of Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort — exclusively revealed, adding that he "loves" the series. "We try to teach people how to do simple stuff and make them feel like they could actually do this." View this post on Instagram Had a great time this morning with @mzakarian introducing my new #ProForHome nonstick cast iron pans, in partnership with @unprocessyourfood! They’ll be available for purchase on @qvc October 28th.
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Amy Sedaris: How Mr Rogers and Lawrence Welk Inspired My Retro Domestic Goddess

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Amy Sedaris: How Mr Rogers and Lawrence Welk Inspired My Retro Domestic Goddess
This story about Amy Sedaris first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Amy Sedaris has long reigned in the cult comedy space, thanks to oddball characters in straightforward rom-coms (“Maid in Manhattan”) or delirious streaming work (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”). And, of course, her star-making turn in the Comedy Central deep cut “Strangers With Candy.”

But, in recent years, Sedaris has been pumping out work that borders on performance art by playing a domestic guru by way of the “The Twilight Zone.” This is manifested in two books (“Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People” and “I Like You: Entertaining Under the Influence”), and has now earned the comedian an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series for her TruTV series, “At Home With Amy Sedaris.”

Working with her co-writer and longtime collaborator Paul Dinello, Sedaris plays a heightened version of herself and numerous other
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Alex Guarnaschelli's Mexican Street Corn Salad Recipe Is Perfect for Your Summer Party!

Every good meal needs a good salad to go with it — so what better way to kick off summer than with a yummy recipe from Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli? Closer Weekly exclusively chatted with the TV personality and chef about ways to spruce up your typical lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and onion medley, and she taught us how to make a yummy Mexican street corn salad using Woodbridge wines and Jacobsen salts. Watch the clip of Alex making the salad above! Easy enough, right? Now it's time to make it yourself — check out the full recipe below! Mexican Street Corn Salad Prep time: 15-20 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Servings: 2-4 Corn and Woodbridge Chardonnay Salt Ingredients: 8 whole medium ears of corn, shucked ¾ cup sugar Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi x Jacobsen Chardonnay Salt 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, lightly crushed and toasted Woodbridge Sauvignon Blanc Vinaigrette Ingredients: 2 cups Woodbridge by Robert
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Katie Couric & Queen Latifah Team Up With Brands To Bolster Female Storytellers – Cannes Lions

Katie Couric & Queen Latifah Team Up With Brands To Bolster Female Storytellers – Cannes Lions
Katie Couric and Queen Latifah are shining a light on gender equality with a raft of new projects aimed at bolstering the number of female directors and storytellers.

The pair used a keynote session at the Cannes Lions festival in France to lift the lid on their projects, which are backed by consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble.

Bessie star Queen Latifah is launching The Queen Collective, which will aim to fuel the pipeline of female directors across TV, film and commercials. The collective will work with brands including Hp and Smirnoff as well as companies such as United Talent Agency Marketing, Tribeca Studios, Wieden+Kennedy and Marina Maher Communications / Ketchum to fund and find distribution for female-focused projects.

Latifah admitted that it was sometime “daunting” for women but she wanted to give more women the opportunity to director. She added that there was no reason that women shouldn’t direct sci-fi,
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Rachael Ray Shares Her Recipe for Success: "Money Never Motivated Me and It Never Will!"

Cooking star Rachael Ray didn't become a success overnight — she worked hard for it! In a candid new interview, the celebrity chef opened up about how anyone can reach their goals and find happiness by just changing their attitude. Scroll down to read Rachael's recipe for success! Trust your gut "I am not going to change what I do or make my decisions any differently," TV host and food expert Rachael, who turns 50 in August, told The New York Times. "My gut is what got us here. Money never motivated me and it never will." For instance, when she launched her pet food line Nutrish, "people were like, you can't put your head on dog food, that's insane!" In 2017, the brand earned $650 million. Don't be negative "I don't take in negative information online," Rachael said. "I just don't feel it's a constructive use of my time." While she admitted she
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Jennifer Garner Turns Herself into a Meme with Self-Deprecating Birthday Post

Jennifer Garner Turns Herself into a Meme with Self-Deprecating Birthday Post
Jennifer Garner isn’t afraid to poke fun at herself – even on her birthday.

The actress celebrated turning 46 on Tuesday by posting a meme-worthy photo of herself in the middle of doing her hair and makeup to Instagram.

Garner added captions to the goofy photo, writing that on her birthday, everyone says “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Her photo, in which her hair is still in rollers and her left eye is half-closed, was captioned as the response to the adulation.

I’m having the best birthday and so much of it is because of all of you.
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Happy Birthday, Jennifer Garner! Inside Her Big Career Moves — From HBO to Instagram

Happy Birthday, Jennifer Garner! Inside Her Big Career Moves — From HBO to Instagram
Birthday girl Jennifer Garner is on top of the world.

The Alias star, turning 46 today, is busier than ever with a slate of promising new projects, a rising social media following — and a crusade to change the lives of children in America.

The actress, who shares three children with her ex Ben Affleck, celebrated her birthday over the weekend with a low-key family celebration. Although Affleck wasn’t there, the two continue to happily co-parent their three children, Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Samuel, 6.

Garner also recently played a parent in the teen romance Love, Simon. Her role as a parent to
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Martha Stewart Shares a Stunning Throwback Photo From Her Younger Days — See the Pic!

Is that you, Martha Stewart? It's hard to think of a time when she wasn't the lifestyle guru and cooking master we know and love today, but the 76-year-old's recent Instagram photo from when she was young proves there actually was once a time. Check out the video above to see Martha's sexy throwback picture! "My assistant found this great photo of me in my library at Turkey Hill," she wrote in the caption. "Wish it was taken last month!!! Photo by Henry Wolf." In the photo, the former model stunned in a black strapless minidress and high heels, with her hair longer and bigger than we've ever seen it. A post shared by Martha Stewart (@marthastewart48) on Feb 11, 2018 at 2:51pm Pst Although the blonde beauty didn't specify what year the photo was taken, some of her followers are speculating that it was from the '80s — and her
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