SWIMMING WITH SHARKS AND CELEBS: Taping wrapped up last week for “Fashion Inc.,” Lifetime’s latest offering that showcases fashion and beauty entrepreneurs competing for the chance to secure funding from a panel of expert investors. Think “Shark Tank” for the fashion crowd.
The series features four fashion and beauty executives, consisting of Gary Wassner, chief executive officer of Hilldun Corp., a New York-based financing company; Rebecca Minkoff; Christine Hunsicker, chief executive officer of plus-size clothing rental start-up Gwynnie Bee, and Katia Beauchamp, cofounder and ceo of beauty retailer Birchbox. Twenty-eight candidates participated in the first season. With the investors’ own money and time on the line, they analyzed the participants’ concepts and decided if they were worthy of investing in to help them build their businesses. The show was produced by The Weinstein Co. and Matador. Eight one-hour episodes are expected to air this fall on Lifetime.
The start date hasn’t been revealed yet. “It was a complete departure for me,” said Wassner, who’s also cofounder and chairman of InterLuxe. “It was an incredible experience.” He said they taped for four weeks, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a studio on 27th Street.
Meanwhile, Time Inc.’s People is partnering with ABC News on a primetime series called “People’s List,” which is set to premiere June 11 at 8 p.m. on ABC. The series, which has a limited run, is an hour-long weekly program highlighting the biggest stories in pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and human-interest news.
Hosted by actor Jerry O’Connell and former MTV news correspondent Suchin Pak, the show will combine the talent from the teams of ABC News and People. It will also include segments from People’s features such as Scoop, PeopleStyle, PeoplePets, The Jess Cagle Interview and Home 360.
“Partnering on this series gives us the opportunity to present the People brand to audiences in exciting new ways,” said Rich Battista, executive vice president of Time Inc. and president of the Entertainment & Sports Group and Video.
The show marks People’s second TV series this year. Investigation Discovery linked up with People for a 10-part series on a crime show, starting this fall.