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Fox 2000 Sets ‘Bridesmaids’ Co-Writer Annie Mumolo To Script Film About Single Mom Who Mopped Up With Cleaning Invention

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 4:16pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has closed a deal to tell the life story of Joy Mangano, a struggling Long Island single mom of three who became one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs. Her salvation came with a self-wringing mop that became a HSN sensation and allowed Mangano to stop working three jobs to support her kids. Annie Mumolo, who along with Kristen Wiig was Oscar nominated for writing Bridesmaids, will pen the script.

John Davis and John Fox will produce for Davis Entertainment, along with Ken Mok, who is exec producer of America’s Next Top Model. Fox 2000′s Rodney Ferrell will oversee the project. Mangano became known as the “Mother of Invention” after she sold her mop making enterprise, Ingenious Designs, LLC, in a multi-million dollar deal with HSN. She remains company president, continuing to be one of HSN’s most successful presenters, with hourly sales topping one million dollars. In addition to the Miracle Mop, Mangano developed Huggable Hangers and Fast Company ranked Mangano as one of its 100 Most Creative People in Business and one of the 10 Most Creative Women in Business. Read More »

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Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse & Home Shopping Network Face Trademark Infringement Suit

By | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 6:23pm PDT

The domestic diva, the loud chef and HSN are being pulled into court together by a German Chamber of Commerce for selling knockoff knives. With the kind of damages the plaintiff is seeking, the suit could end up taking a big cut out of Stewart and the company she founded as well as the Home Shopping Network. Filed yesterday in Florida (read it here), Stewart herself and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, along with Emeril Lagasse and HSNi the company that owns the Home Shopping Network, are accused of trademark infringement in selling knives purporting to be made in Solingen, a region in northern Germany known for making high quality knives, when in fact the cutlery comes from China. Read More »

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