Melissa Musen Gerstein and Denise Albert are former TV producers with hit shows under their belts (Gerstein’s resume includes a producer credit on Anderson Cooper 360; Albert’s at Good Morning America). When the two met up, they decided to form their own lifestyle company, The Moms, which started as a syndicated newspaper column. Their media empire now includes a show on Sirius XM Radio and New York Fashion Week shows that feature “real” moms on the catwalk.
As Mediabistro’s Profit From Your Passion series winds down, Gerstein and Albert tell us about their early career successes, why they chose to start their brand with a Carrie Bradshaw-esque column called Moms in the City and how they landed a television show.
Says Gerstein: We [were inspired by] Sex and the City. We also thought, ‘Wow, [our first] column was so successful, let’s launch Moms in the City in print,’ and so, basically, we would write a very bold, provocative column about parenting, and then we would interview a celebrity mom based on that topic, which obviously generated a lot of attention and traction. And then we started getting booked on local television shows to talk about our columns, and also topical news that affected parents, whether it was how to discuss the images coming out of Haiti with your kids [or] the homeless problem on the streets. And after our fourth appearance on WNBC, we got offered a TV show, actually a pilot, which then got picked up on a channel called NBC Nonstop, which ran in ten markets across the country.
To hear more from Gerstein and Albert, including their advice on creating your own multi-platform brand, read: Hey, How’d You Start Your Own Lifestyle Brand, Melissa Musen Gerstein and Denise Albert?