Food TV/Fashion TV Industry News Roundup

A Roundup of Food Television and Fashion Television Industry News

  • Felicia Day Sees CW Airing ‘Dr. Horrible’ as Big Victory for Web Series (THR)
  • Variety is sold for about $25 million to Penske Media (LA Times)
  • Oprah Winfrey’s Network Slowly Clawing Way Out of Trouble (THR)
  • WATCH: Bay Area’s Best Soul Food- Brown Sugar Kitchen!/blogs… (NBC NYC)
  • New TV: Claire Robinson’s “Quest for the Fresh” -est sources of food
  • Fashion/Cooking Show “Haute Cuisine” by Delivering new episodes (
  • Christopher Walken’s Cooking Show Is Very Christopher Walken-y (VIDEO) (HuffPostFood)
  • Rock This food fashionista Look: Nadia G. Goes Retro (Cooking Channel)


Tequila Distillery Casa Noble Announces “Noble Places” in Denver

Because having good tequila to drink is not enough, now you can enjoy it in official sipping venues.

As recently announced:

“Today, boutique tequila distillery Casa Noble announces the launch of its new club, Noble Places, in Denver. This summer, Noble Places will welcome a select number of venues in 15 cities throughout the U.S. into the Casa Noble family. Each of these unique venues – local neighborhood gems – will be highlighted with a feature on an exemplary staff member and their venue’s custom Casa Noble cocktail – specially created for this club – allowing customers, old and new, to get to know their neighborhood haunt before they walk through the door. The Denver launch is one of 15 Casa Noble plans to roll out across the U.S. over the summer.”

On top of that, you get a free download of “Eres La Luz” from Carlos Santana’s Shape Shifter album with each cocktail purchased at “Noble Places”

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Global Popstar Katy Perry Partners with Popchips

SAN FRANCISCO, July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — popchips, inc., the top selling line of popped chips and one of the fastest growing snack brands in the u.s., today announced that katy perry, global pop superstar and long-time fan of the brand, has joined popchips as an investor and ambassador that will include being featured in the company’s first national advertising campaign launching this fall.

what started out as a snack craving for katy perry has turned into an exciting partnership, combining katy’s unique style and personality with the innovative, grassroots brand that has quickly become one of the most popular snack brands in america.

“i remember it was late at night, and i was craving a midnight snack without the guilt,” said katy perry, “the bag stood out in the minibar, and i was pleasantly surprised when i read the back of the label and saw that it was a healthier choice. i was hooked after my first bite! when i discover something good, i want to share it with everyone i know, so i tweeted about it; popchips came to me, and i’ve decided to invest in popchips and join the team as a creative partner!”

popchips has created a new category of popped snacks with its delicious, guilt-free option to the fried (unhealthy) and baked (undelicious) choices lining snack aisles. since launching in 2007, popchips has developed a passionate following and has been winning awards and acclaim as the “best snack,” “best chip” and as one of “america’s hottest brands.”

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Media Wars Continue: Bloggers vs Critics

It has begun!

In yet another (dozen or so) instances of the Media Wars between food & wine bloggers and food and wine print critics and reviewers, the kid gloves have come off. Name calling begins, chaos insues, and hope of an early understanding that these two camps are one day going to be filled with the same people has not yet been recognized.

It’s also interesting that many of the allegations being made about each other are not quite factual. Hmmm. Who keeps track of the facts these days, anyway?

That being said, or hypothesized, here’s a list of fascinating skirmishes for you to read:

Esquire Restaurant Critic John Mariani is Having Dinner at Graham Elliot Tonight (MenuPages)
Esquire Editor Defends John Mariani (GrubStreet)
Why Does Everyone Hate John Mariani? (GrubStreet)
Changes at The Wine Advocate? (
These Wine Bloggers Are… (Domaine547)
Leave Me out of your Tail Wagging, Finger Pointing Ego Contest (

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Michael Jackson’s Personal Chef tells tale

PEOPLE Magazine has the scoop from Michael Jackson’s personal chef:

Michael Jackson’s personal chef says Dr. Conrad Murray was a fixture at the household of Michael Jackson – so much so that when his routine changed the day of Jackson’s death, she knew something was wrong.

“I thought maybe Mr. Jackson is sleeping late,” Kai Chase, hired by Jackson to cook the family meals, told the Associated Press of the morning of June 25, when she noticed that the singer’s doctor had not come down Jackson’s bedroom carrying a pair of oxygen tanks, as he did every morning.

The celebrity chef, 37, hired by Jackson in March, says the Jacksons’ was a happy home, with a focus on healthy living.

Jackson, preparing for a series of comeback concerts in London, had fruit drinks and granola for breakfast every morning, and ate healthy foods like chicken and spinach salad for lunch with the kids. Dinners might include a seared tuna steak, and Dr. Murray was often a guest at the table. Jackson’s daughter, Paris, 11, started each meal by saying grace, Chase says.

As for Chase, who expected to go to London with the family, she plans on publishing a cookbook – an idea that Jackson encouraged. The book will focus on her time with the family.

Not that it promotes her cookbook, right? Hopefully it comes with photos.

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The living-room TV, not Cannes, may be independent film’s best friend

Great article in the Los Angeles Times about VOD, or Video on Demand for indie films. Another example of multi-platform broadcasting:

For years, filmmakers flocked to the Cannes Film Festival to sell their independently financed movies, confident they’d soon see their work exhibited in movie theaters. Like so many show business dreams, those visions have been vanishing quickly as numerous distributors of film-festival fare closed their doors after losing money or corporate support. But there’s a potential savior on the horizon called video on demand — and it may be hiding somewhere inside your cable television box.

Just as the videocassette and the DVD brought untold billions into studio coffers, video-on-demand distribution may deliver some much-needed economic relief to independent cinema, those often highbrow dramas and low-budget genre films made outside the studio system that have been struggling to turn a profit. It’s likely that of the hundreds of movies headed to this year’s Cannes festival (which opens Wednesday), only a handful will attract an American theatrical distributor, but scores may land video-on-demand deals.

“I think it is inevitable that it will succeed,” said John Sloss, a lawyer and leading sales agent for independent film who this July will launch his own video-on-demand cable service, called Cinetic Film Buff. “Imagine the coolest, most imaginative film-literate person programming your Netflix queue. That’s what this channel can be.”

Unlike some Internet-based movie services, such as Amazon on Demand and YouTube Screening Room, video-on-demand movies arrive on your television set, not your computer. Cable subscribers with VOD channels can pick from several dozen independent films; with just a few clicks on the remote, the video-on-demand movie starts in seconds, rather than a more limited number of films that begin at prescribed times, as is the case with pay-per-view titles.