via press release:
‘MARTHA STEWART PRESENTS: WOMEN WITH VISION,’
AN HOUR-LONG HALLMARK CHANNEL ORIGINAL SPECIAL
PREMIERING JULY 18 AT 8PM ET/PT
Host Martha Stewart Sits Down With Influential Leaders and Iconoclasts in the Worlds of Technology, Art and Design; Featured Interviews Include
Google’s Marissa Mayer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Emily Rafferty and Architect Elizabeth Diller
New York, June 23, 2011–Premiering Monday, July 18 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 8c), “Martha Stewart Presents: Women with Vision,” features Emmy Award-winning host Martha Stewart engaged in thought-provoking and in-depth conversations with some of the most influential women in America, including Google’s Vice President of Consumer Products Marissa Mayer; Metropolitan Museum of Art President Emily Rafferty; and one of the principals and founders of the architectural firm Diller, Scofidio & Renfro, Elizabeth Diller. In this hour-long Hallmark Channel original special, Martha’s thought-provoking dialogue with these remarkable leaders provides insight into their amazing lives, careers and the unique passion that has inspired other women around the world.
Despite numerous obstacles in their competitive, male-dominated industries, all three women have flourished in their respective careers and know what it takes to be a success. Google’s Marissa Mayer, was the youngest woman to make Fortune’s ‘Top 50 Most Powerful Women in the World’’ list and has played a significant role in developing some of the most widely used Google applications, such as Google Maps, Google Earth, and Street View. Marissa reveals the stories behind Google’s infamous homepage design and name, and gives viewers a glimpse into her personal life and her love of baking (she describes her personal technique as “baking with [a] spreadsheet”).
Emily Rafferty, the first female President of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, gives Martha Stewart a private tour and sits down with her in the museum’s iconic Temple of Dendur to discuss her accomplishments, most notably her efforts in raising over $100 million to restore the museum’s Engelhard Court, which re-opened in 2009. From her experiences growing up in New York City, to spending time in the museum’s galleries with icons such as U2’s Bono and Princess Diana, Emily shares her life story as well as her passion for the arts.
Finally, Martha Stewart goes one on one with leading architect Elizabeth Diller of Diller, Scofidio & Renfro. Diller is the woman behind some of the most dynamic and avant-garde building projects in the world, including construction (with her husband and partner Ricardo Scofidio) of the Blur Building in Switzerland – a project that tested the physical and theoretical limits of architecture by creating a space that makes visitors feel as if they are entering a cloud.
Highlights from the interviews include:
Marissa Mayer on how Google’s homepage graphic was created:
MS: Now, that homepage when you go to Google, it’s very clean, a very white page with that nice neat box, and those primary colored letters ‘Google.’ How did that come about?
MM: I asked Sergey this question, because Sergey did the original design of the homepage. I said, “Sergey, is this a statement for minimalism, you know, what were you trying to convey?” And his answer was, “We didn’t have a webmaster and I don’t do HTML.” (Laughs) And so basically we kind of stumbled into our signature look.
MS: And it’s a silly name if you think about it, but it actually stands for something very un-silly.
MM: Well it stands for a number, which is 10 to the 100. And so when Larry and Sergey were looking for a name for the company, they wanted something short, six letters or less. The number is spelled G-O-O-G-O-L.
MM: But the funny thing is that Larry and Sergey are terrible spellers. I mean they spelled and it wasn’t taken, so they were like, ‘Great! We found it, and that’s how much information we want to organize.”… That’s great, but you misspelled it.
Emily Rafferty visits with U2’s Bono and Princess Diana:
One of the most extraordinary visitors was Bono. He came one Sunday night after hours and I spent some time with him in the galleries. The next afternoon I received a hand delivered note from him that he wanted to explain to me that he spent his life being looked at and that we had given him the most extraordinary opportunity for two hours- he was the one who could do the looking. Princess Diana, she had the same response in walking through these galleries and seeing so much of mankind’s history and the great beauty. People are really moved beyond measure around these collections.
Liz Diller’s advice to other women for achieving success:
You have to follow the passion that you have. Anyone who’s crazy enough to go into architecture – there are really tough hours, [it’s] not a high-paying profession- you’re not going to get wealthy. You have to love it and if you love it, you’re going to carve a space for yourself with the vision that you have.
About Hallmark Channel:
Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, 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 87.5 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 quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies, lifestyle and general entertainment content, and is the home of “The Martha Stewart Show”, which anchors the channel’s daytime HOME block. Hallmark Channel’s sibling network is Hallmark Movie Channel, also available in HD and SD, which focuses on the family-friendly movies with a mix of classic theatrical films, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, original Hallmark Channel movies and special events.
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 the company’s print and digital businesses and is comprised of four magazines, including MSLO’s flagship publication, Martha Stewart Living, periodic special issues, books, websites, digital apps, blogs, and more. The Broadcasting segment produces the Emmy-winning, daily television series, “The Martha Stewart Show,” and other original programming on Hallmark Channel, including “Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn.” Broadcasting also encompasses Martha Stewart Living Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 110. 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, Jo-Ann Fabric, and independent retailers, the Martha Stewart Pets line at PetSmart. 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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