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The Jennie Garth Pitch

JennieGarthProjectAt FishbowlNY, we glance at heaps of PR copy. And for the semi-slow week of August 11-15, the following strand is going to be hard to beat. At least from a media-blog male editor’s point of view:

To save money, Jennie will get down and dirty refinishing the kitchen and bathroom cabinets and will crank up a chainsaw…

There’s also info in the release about Garth’s contractor Scott and the HGTV program’s back-to-back season debut Tuesday September 16. But really, it all pales once the eyes reach a tease that is one part West Beverly Hills High and two parts iconic rural Texas.

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HGTV to Launch Magazine with Hearst

HGTV is partnering with Hearst to test a new lifestyle magazine based on the cable channel, according to Broadcast & Cable. HGTV Magazine will feature similar content to the network’s on-air shows, including tips about real estate, decorating, home renovation, gardening, entertaining, and food.

The parent of HGTV, Scripps Networks Interactive, already works with Hearst on Food Network Magazine.

The first test issue will arrive at newsstands in October, with a second planned for January 2012. Depending on the success of these two test issues, Hearst and HGTV will decide if HGTV Magazine should have a full-scale launch. (We hope it does! FishbowlNY is a major fan of HGTV, in particular, its affinity for vessel sinks).

Is HGTV Magazine In The Works?

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With the success of Food Network Magazine and the loss of shelter titles like Domino in the past year, it sort of comes as no surprise that Hearst would be in talks with Scripps-owned lifestyle channel HGTV to launch a new magazine.

New York magazine’s Daily Intel blog reports today that Hearst prez Cathie Black is hoping to launch the shelter magazine, citing unnamed sources within the magazine publisher. Hearst already publishes Food Network Magazine, tied to Scripps’ popular foodie channel, which launched in late 2008 with its first paid issue this past summer — so it doesn’t seem like it would be too difficult to do the same thing with HGTV, following the Food Network Magazine model.

Now the question is: would you read HGTV Magazine?

Read more: Hearst To Launch HGTV Magazine? –Daily Intel

Previously: Cablevision Customers Get Their Food Network Back

Cablevision Customers Get Their Food Network Back

food network.jpgAfter a month of battling over fees, tri-state cable provider Cablevision and Scripps Networks Interactive have reached an agreement, bringing Food Network and HGTV back to three million subscribers yesterday.

Financial terms of the deal were not announced, but in the last month Food Network president Brooke Johnson said the channel weren’t asking for much. Johnson called the network’s additional fee requests “pennies on top of pennies,” explaining that the Scripps channels were only “trying to correct a historic mistake and be compensated for the value we think we bring to Cablevision’s customers.”

Bloomberg reports that Scripps sought a 200 percent increase to its annual fee for both networks (Food Network previously cost about 8 cents per subscriber per month on average) but Cablevision refused to pay up, claiming the costs would have to be passed on to subscribers.

Food Network and HGTV apologized to viewers for the disruption on Web sites they established during the programming lapse, ILoveFoodNetwork.com and ILoveHGTV.com:

“This has been a trying three weeks for all of us — most of all you, our loyal fans. We know that that many viewers have been disappointed and upset with the circumstances.”

Will Cablevision subscribers see apology commercials on Food Network, too? We’re guessing they’re just happy to have some of their favorite channels back.

Cablevision, Scripps Reach Deal on Food Network, HGTV –Bloomberg

Food Network president on failed Cablevision negotiationsEntertainment Weekly

Previously: Fee Negotiations Drive Food Network, HGTV From Cablevision

Ricky Van Veen on New Production Company: ‘We Know How to Get the Web Excited’

Mediabistro caught up with Notional CEO Ricky Van Veen at the launch party for the company last night at the IAC building. Van Veen — co-founder and former editor-in-chief of CollegeHumor.com — told us Notional “is a television and web production company with the DNA of an Internet company.” The company’s initial block of programming includes content from the Food Network and HGTV.

Notional has a focus on “scalable” content, including game shows. Said Van Veen, “We want to do scripted, we want to do comedy, but the potential for that, in terms of scalability, is a lot less.”

As of now, Notional is focusing on the Web and TV, but Van Veen hinted that the company will look to do more in mobile and other platforms. “We know how to get the web excited, to make it go to the top of Digg,” he said. Notional is also collaborating with former co-chairman of NBC Entertainment Ben Silverman, who will also soon be launching the programming lineup for his own IAC funded production company. “We’ve got some good stuff in the works,” Van Veen said of the collaboration.

Related: More On Ben Silverman’s New Project

Scripps Acquires Travel Channel

travel.jpgThere haven’t been too many media deals recently, so today’s announcement is exciting. Scripps Networks Interactive Inc., which currently owns the lifestyle cable channels Food Network and HGTV, announced today that it has entered into a joint venture with Cox Communications that will result in Scripps owning a controlling interest in the Travel Channel — valued at $975 million.

The transaction, which is expected to close in January, will leave Cox with a 35 percent stake in the Travel Channel, while Scipps will own 65 percent. Scripps is paying $181 million in cash and the partnership between Scripps and Cox will take on $878 million in third-party debt, the companies said.

“Adding the Travel Channel, and its related enterprises, provides us with a unique opportunity to meaningfully expand our portfolio into a lifestyle category that’s highly desirable to media consumers, advertisers and programming distributors,” said Scripps CEO Kenneth Lowe, in a statement on the deal. “Our vision for Travel follows the same script that’s made Food Network and HGTV two of the most powerful brands in all of television. By lending our unparalleled expertise in developing successful lifestyle media businesses, we have every confidence that we can build on Travel’s strong brand identity and leverage the successes achieved to date by the top-notch team at Travel Channel and our new partners at Cox Communications.”

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Watch the Box: Queens with Comb-Over, Home Do-Over, Mind Reading, Mind Blowing

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MTV offers a new reality series–Pageant Place–Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA will room together for a year in an NYC apartment. Donald Trump will stop by, hoping to catch the girls in their underwear.

HGTV has The Fixer, with contractor Peter Marr in charge, will help homeowners who’ve had sloppy work done by their old contractors, their brothers-in-law or some guy with a truck.

NBC gives us Criss Angel and Uri Geller searching for the next great fake, er, mentalist. FBLA thinks this would be a really great road-trip movie, with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.

CMT’s new makeover reality series, I Want to Look Like a High School Cheerleader Again fails to answer the question:

Good God, why?