Hallmark Channel Announces Martha Stewart’s First Primetime Interview Special Premiering September 19

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“Martha Stewart Presents: The Women Who Dress America,” a Hallmark Channel Original Special, will premiere Sunday, September 19 (9 p.m. ET/PT, 8c).  The one-hour interview special with host Martha Stewart will celebrate fashion icons Diane Von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Tory Burch and Jenna Lyons.  This is the debut of several interview specials with Martha Stewart in thought-provoking conversations with some of the world’s most interesting people.  A second “Martha Stewart Presents” primetime special is scheduled for November.

Timed to coincide with the close of New York’s Fashion Week, “Martha Stewart Presents: The Women Who Dress America,” features Martha Stewart as she goes one-on-one with creative visionaries and headline makers in the world of fashion. The entertainment maven and tastemaker, who has an enormous personal respect for the artisans and innovators who put their visions on the runway, gets up close and personal with four revered American fashion designers about what makes them tick: their passions, their ideals and the trends they favor for the seasons ahead.

The designers include Diane von Furstenberg, who grew into a designing legend after taking the industry by storm with her signature wrap dress in 1974; Tory Burch, a Martha favorite whose luxurious, versatile clothing lines transcend generations and are found in the closets of everyone from soccer moms to socialites; Jenna Lyons, whose ascension at J. Crew is a testament to this newly-named president and former creative director’s influence on the retailer’s runaway success story; and Donna Karan, one of the most successful and talented designers of our time. Throughout the special, Martha engages these four quintessential, fashion legends in an intimate setting, digging beneath the surface to uncover each woman’s essence and sources of inspiration.

Bill Abbott, President and CEO, Hallmark Channels, said, “Martha Stewart is one of the most emulated and influential people of our time.  Guests on Martha’s primetime specials will come from many different arenas, and with Martha starting the conversation, ‘Martha Stewart Presents’ will be one of the most interesting and entertaining hours on television.  Definitely appointment viewing.”

Martha Stewart said: “I’m looking forward to hosting these primetime specials for Hallmark Channel and to having very candid conversations with these four interesting and influential women.”  She added: “It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring our viewers a different side of the world of fashion and a better understanding of the challenges and rewards of being on fashion’s front lines.”

Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of 90 million subscribers.  The top tier program service is distributed through more than 5,450 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country.  Hallmark Channel is the nation’s leading network in providing quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies, general entertainment and home and lifestyle content.  Hallmark Channel’s sibling network is Hallmark Movie Channel, also available in HD and SD, which focuses on the greatest family movies of all time.

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About Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE: MSO) is a diversified media and merchandising company, inspiring and engaging consumers with unique lifestyle content and distinctive products. The Publishing segment encompasses four magazines, including the company’s flagship publication, Martha Stewart Living, periodic special issues and books. The marthastewart.com website provides consumers with instant access to MSLO’s multimedia library, search and find capabilities, recipes, online workshops, community and personalization, as well as wedding-planning tools powered by WeddingWire and digital invitations with pingg.com. The Broadcasting segment produces such programming as the Emmy-winning daily, nationally syndicated television series, “The Martha Stewart Show,” and Martha Stewart Living Radio on SIRIUS channel 112 and XM Radio 157. In addition to its media properties, MSLO offers high-quality Martha Stewart products through licensing agreements with carefully selected companies, including the Martha Stewart Collection exclusively at Macy’s, the Martha Stewart Living line of home-improvement products at The Home Depot, Martha Stewart Crafts with EK Success at Michaels and independent retailers, the Martha Stewart Pets line at PetSmart and more. In 2008, Emeril Lagasse joined the Martha Stewart family of brands; MSLO acquired the assets related to Lagasse’s media and merchandising business, including television programming, cookbooks, and emerils.com website and his licensed kitchen and food products. For additional information about MSLO, visit www.marthastewart.com.

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