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Lucky Diamond discusses fame with Chance TV

Animalfair.com’s 10th Annual Howloween Pet Costume Party

Wendy Diamond is the best friend to those on two or four feet (Paws.) Wendy Diamond, Tinsley Mortimer, Jennifer Coolidge, Richard Belzer, LXTV’s Sara Gore, Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson, Chance Spiessbach and their pups for Animalfair.com’s 10th Annual Halloween Pet Costume Party event benefiting the Humane Society of New York. This is the American Idol for Halloween pet costumes where celebrity judges will honor the best pet costumes!  The event is to raise money for the  The Humane Society of New York.
New York City International celebrity judges of this Halloween Pet Costume Party will choose the winning DOG who will model their costume on NBC’s Today Show along side Wendy Diamond herself.

For over one hundred years, the Humane Society of New York has helped injured, sick and homeless animals in need through medical attention and adoption centers. The Humane Society’s veterinary hospital provides quality care, as well as spay/neuter services, to pet owners with limited means. Its hospital and no-kill adoption center help more than 300,000 animals every year.

Wendy Diamond is the founder and editor of Animal Fair magazine, and frequent media personality.Wendy never seen without her beautiful dog Lucky Diamond, a Maltese adopted in 1999. She is also the creator of Paws For Style, a pet fashion show, as well as Yappy Hour, a nationwide tour that hosts parties for singles and their dogs.

The magazine is the first lifestyle magazine for animal lovers in support of animal rescue. Each issue of Animal Fair is dedicated to highlighting non-profit animal organizations, giving them the opportunity to tell their inspirational stories and to provide contact information so that readers can become involved. Renée Zellweger appeared on the cover of the premiere issue in 1999, and since then celebrities including Beyoncé Knowles, Halle Berry, Regis Philbin, Charlize Theron, Pamela Anderson, Ashley Tisdale, Shania Twain, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Serena Williams, Kim Cattrall, Matt Leinart, Hilary Duff, Eric McCormack, Kristen Bell, Bo Derek, Diane Lane, Alicia Silverstone, Hayden Panettiere and LeAnn Rimes have all appeared on the cover with their pets.

In 2003 the magazine teamed up with Cesar Canine Cuisine to introduce the Cesar Five Dog Bones Awards, an annual awards competition for establishments that cater to pets. Winners are voted for by Animal Fair readers each year. The awards are broken down into seven categories: Destination, Airline, Automobile, Hotel, Product, Resort, and Shelter. Past winners have included Continental Airlines, New York City, Volvo and The Humane Society of Louisiana.

Diamond has done numerous television series including Single in the City on the WE: Women’s Entertainment network, Lucky Travels on Animal Planet and Relationship Rehab on the Style Network. She frequently contributes to Today Show (NBC program), Fox News Channel, CNN, Good Morning America and has appeared on countless other media outlets worldwide, including The View, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Extra (TV series), Forbes, The New York Times, People (magazine), Vogue (magazine), MTV, VH1, and E!. She has been dubbed by The New Yorker as the “Martha Stewart of the Milk and Bone dish”, New York Post called her the “Pet Diva”, and Forbes dubbed her the “Canine Queen.”

In Summer 2008,Diamond was featured as one of the judges of the summer CBS prime-time series Greatest American Dog alongside Victoria Stilwell and American Kennel Club board member Allan Reznick.

Diamond’s production company Lucky Diamond Productions are Executive Producers and Creator of the pilot for NBC Mutt Makeover, Executive Producer and Host of Paws for Style Special on Fox. Lucky Diamond Production’s latest project is In Search Of Puppy Love, a docucomedy that premiered at the Boston Film Festival and also played at the Cancun International Film Festival. This New York City International film is based on Wendy’s Yappy Hour Rescue Tour that raised over $200,000 for animal rescue and features celebrity appearances and interviews with Warren Beatty, Hugh Hefner, Jeremy Piven, Paula Abdul, Kathy Griffin, Hilary and Haylie Duff, Betty White, Fred Willard, Delta Burke, Moby, Aaron Pike, and many others.

Diamond was appointed to the World Entrepreneurs Day Advisory Board in March 2010 as Chief Pet Officer She later spoke at the World Entrepreneurs Day kickoff on April 14 at the UN.

Check out more of New York City International celebrity interviews at:

http://newyorkcityinternational.com/?page_id=251

Karolina Kurkova and model chasing monkeys !!!

Chance and Karolina Kurkova play polo at 3 yrs old  ?


Petra Nemcova, Quincy Jones, The Edge of U2, Jennifer Hudson, Russell Simmons, Karolina Kurkova,  a model crazed monkey and other celebrity guests kicked off the holiday season at Petra’s Happy Hearts Fund (HHF) at the annual benefit titled “Happy Hearts Fund Land of Dreams: Thailand” on Saturday, Nov 20th at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. This meaningful, fun and educational event is part of a series that will travel to different countries where Happy Hearts Fund rebuilds happy, self -sustaining schools after natural disasters. This year we will take 500 guests on a journey to Asia, where they will experience the magic of Thailand without ever leaving New York through simulated sights, authentic cuisine and traditional Thailand entertainment.

This year, Happy Hearts Fund honors champions of business and entertainment who have shown exemplary generosity even through the toughest of economic times. This year’s “Heart of Gold ” confirmed honorees are:

Piriya Knempon, Consul General, Kingdom of Thailand.:

Quincy Jones, Grammy Award winning music icon (He will receive a Lifetime Humanitarian Achievement award):

Edith Lutnick, Esq, Executive Director, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund

John Forte, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer

Jennifer Hudson, Academy Award and Grammy Award winning artist who starred as “Effie”  in Dreamgirls and rocked American Idol

Victoria’s Secret chose her to be a part of 2000’s fashion show webcast, though she was only 16 at the time. Yves Saint Laurent signed Kurková to contracts, while print campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, John Galliano, Chanel, Christian Dior, Hugo Boss, Versace, H&M, and others helped expose her even more. In the 2002 Victoria’s Secret fashion show, she wore the multi-million dollar fantasy bra, worth almost $10 million and designed by Hearts on Fire. Other runway credits of hers include Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Karl Lagerfeld, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, and Vera Wang.

Kurková was named “Model of the Year” at the 2002 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, in part for her work ethic, having worked twenty-three weeks straight.

Kurková has appeared in almost twenty Vogue magazine covers internationally, including the French, Italian, UK, German, Russian, Greek, and Korean editions, and has also appeared in international editions of Elle, Vanity Fair, and The Face. She has worked with noted fashion photographers like Steven Klein, Mario Sorrenti, and Mario Testino.

After being contracted as a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2005, she was featured in the 2006 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, showcasing the $6.5 million fantasy bra decked with almost 2000 diamonds weighing 800 carats (160 g) and a centerpiece diamond brooch weighing 10 carats (2.0 g). As an Angel, she received a star on the Hollywood “Walk of Fame” prior to the 2007 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, appeared on the February 2008 cover of Esquire, re-creating the classic 1966 Angie Dickinson cover for the magazine’s 75th anniversary.



Billionaire Sir Ivan

Chance Spiessbach of Chance TV was able to hear all about what goes on inside the head of one of the most unique, wealthy, sexy, and exciting people in, I dare say the world.  Of course he showed up with Peruvian Superstar Mayi (pronounced Maji) Novoa.

Ivan L. Wilzig a/k/a Sir Ivan or Peaceman is a musician who is best known for techno remixes of 1960s songs such as “Imagine” and “San Francisco“. He is also founder of the nonprofit Peaceman Foundation and appeared as Mr. Mitzvah on Season Two of the reality television show Who Wants to be a Superhero?.

Wilzig’s eccentric and hedonistic lifestyle is the setting for his lavishly decorated 15,000-square-foot  medieval-style estate in Water Mill on Long Island, New York. It is known as”the Castle”, it is considered by many as the “Playboy Mansion of the East Coast”. Although built in the late 1990s the Castle has been featured in various television shows, including the Travel Channel‘s “Grand Castles of America”.

Ivan’s medieval castle has all the trimmings; a multi-tiered moat with seven waterfalls, secret passages, gargoyles and dragons, a gold leaf gate, chain and wood drawbridge.

Wilzig has been a regular on lifestyle and reality shows on American and international television since the year 2000. The dating shows Single in the Hamptons and Manhattan on the Beach were syndicated around the world. Ivan appeared for the first time on German network television ProSieben introducing his Billboard hit “Imagine” right after September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. That segment also featured Wilzig’s Japanese girlfriend Mina Otsuka, who escaped the attacks from her office on the 79th floor of Two World Trade Center.

In early 2004 the ProSieben network broadcast the five-part reality-short-series So lebt ein Milliardaer! (“Lifestyle of a Billionaire!”) featuring Ivan dressed as Peaceman next to supermodel Naomi Campbell, DJ Paul Oakenfold and tennis world champion Venus Williams. In 2006 ProSieben featured him in the five-part mini-docu-soap Die Maedchen und der Milliardaer (“The Girls and the Billionaire”). VH1 featured Wilzig in 2003 (Hopelessly Rich) and in 2007 (The Fabulous Life of the Hamptons).

Wilzig filmed a television pilot for his Peaceman character. Wilzig says the pilot is a combination of reality, scripted material and animation. It is not known whether or not this pilot has ever been aired.

There is only one Sir Ivan.   Check him out.

Secrets of a Supermodel

When Chance Spiesbach of Chance TV was lucky enough to spend some time with Maria Helena Vianna – the stunning Brazilian model  who came out for the Giorgio Gucci & Emperors Brand Vodka Gala they had a blast on the red carpet.

Maria Helena is a mother of two and married to Wall st hotshot and great guy Joe Vianna.
Maria Helena got her start as an Elite Model Look winner.  At just  13, Maria Helena was discovered in the same contest as her dear friends and Brazilians supermodels, Isabeli Fontana and Alessandra Ambrosio the stars of the Victoria Secret show.
By 17, she had shot editorials for countless magazines covers; Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Vogue, Elle among many others.
Maria is represented by Red Model Management for print and Abrams Artists for film and television, her recent works include several photo shoots for famed photographers, Bill Diodato and LucianaPampalone, including a four page spread for the New York Post.
Maria doesn’t just walk the runways and do photoshoots.  She appeared as Katrina Bowden’s Dutch cousin and bridesmaid, in the season finale of 30 Rock, also starred as the Superemodel on the runway in the mega hit Sex and the City 2. She’s starred in a beer commercial with Iron Man 2 star, Mickey Rourke,and a commercial for Trumark Financial, CBS’s The Good Wife, and HBO’s Bored to Death.  In the past month since moving to Brazil she has been overwhelmed with  jobs, from Bikini shoots, to evening wear to covers of the biggest magazines in Latin America (see below).
Maria is one of a kind, a great Mom, a great Wife and a great Person  –www.mariahelenavianna.com

Secrets Exposed— Project Runway Season 6

Chance Spiessbach of Chance TV found out some of the behind the scenes secrets of Project Runway Season 6.  This season featured some incredible guest judges such as Christina Aguilera, Eva Longoria Parker and Lindsay Lohan.  The three finalists of the sixth season showed their collections at New York Fashion Week at Bryant Park on February 20, 2009, but the finalists were not named and did not appear onstage that day. Irina Shabayeva won the competition with her model Kalyn Hemphill. Althea Harper and her model Tanisha Harper placed second in the competition, followed by Carol Hannah Whitfield and her model Lisa Blades.

The sixth season was the first season of Heidi Klume and  Tim Gunn’s Project Runway to be filmed in Los Angeles, at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, rather than New York. The pre-finale filming concluded on Friday, October 17, 2008.

The sixth season had been announced to begin airing in January 2009 on Lifetime, but was delayed due to legal issues. The announcement occurred before NBC Universal sought preliminary injunctive action effectively enjoining production. The launch was further delayed due to Lifetime’s request that the suit between NBC Universal and The Weinstein Co. be removed to federal court.

Irina Shabayeva won a $100,000 to start her own line, an editorial feature in Marie Claire magazine and an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Paris.   Kalyn Hemphill took home the prize of Model of the Runway winner.   Check out what the girls had to say.

Coyotes Overdosing in Central Park & Robin Williams

NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts honored actor Billy Crystal (BFA ’70) with the Steuben Big Apple award at its annual “The Face of Tisch” gala.  Chance Spiessbach of Chance TV discussed coyotes overdosing in central park on the red carpet with Robin Williams the star of Good Morning Vietnam, Disney’s Alladin and Good Will Hunting for which he received the Oscar.  He has also won two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.

Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg, long-time friends of Crystal, shared their love for their lifetime friend. “I want to say thank you so much to Billy Crystal; he’s always been my friend,” Robin said. “No, he isn’t just a friend, he’s my conscience. He’s always the one telling me not to do the last two jokes.” ”There is this one thing you have to know about Billy,” Whoopi said. “You see, he’s very easygoing, he laughs and jokes. But you don’t want to piss him off. He turns into the Hulk.”

Mr Crystal, the eight-time Academy Award host and star of classic films such as “When Harry Met Sally” and “City Slickers”  had some confessions “I was a lousy student”. “I have so many overdue library books. If you knew, you wouldn’t be giving me this award.” “This has been an extraordinary evening,” he said. “I had no idea what to expect — most moving and wonderful night.” “NYU President John Sexton told WSN he is “an enormous fan of Billy.””He is a great star in my and NYU’s world,” Sexton said. “It’s great to have him here. He is one of Tisch’s crown jewels.”

Celebrity guests  included musician Paul Schaffer and Tony Bennett and actors Marcia Gay Harden and Law and Order’s Jesse L. Martin.  James Franco star of 127 Hours was a no show.

Whoopi Goldberg and Chance reminisce


NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts honored actor Billy Crystal (BFA ’70) with the Steuben Big Apple award at its annual “The Face of Tisch” gala.  Chance Spiessbach of Chance TV reminisced on the red carpet with Whoopi Goldberg Hollywood star and host of “The View.”
Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg, long-time friends of Crystal, shared their love for their lifetime friend “”There is this one thing you have to know about Billy,” Whoopi said. “You see, he’s very easygoing, he laughs and jokes. But you don’t want to piss him off. He turns into the Hulk.” “I want to say thank you so much to Billy Crystal; he’s always been my friend,” Robin said. “No, he isn’t just a friend, he’s my conscience. He’s always the one telling me not to do the last two jokes.”
Mr Crystal, the eight-time Academy Award host and star of classic films such as “When Harry Met Sally” and “City Slickers”  had some confessions “I was a lousy student”. “I have so many overdue library books. If you knew, you wouldn’t be giving me this award.” “This has been an extraordinary evening,” he said. “I had no idea what to expect — most moving and wonderful night.” “NYU President John Sexton told WSN he is “an enormous fan of Billy.””He is a great star in my and NYU’s world,” Sexton said. “It’s great to have him here. He is one of Tisch’s crown jewels.”
Celebrity guests  included musician Paul Schaffer and Tony Bennett and actors Marcia Gay Harden and Law and Order’s Jesse L. Martin.  James Franco star of 127 Hours was a no show.

Musician Andrew O’Rourke Takes Over NYC

Major Label Attention Sparks Buzz About A.O.

Making his way to the NYC Music Scene was a natural evolution for Singer/Songwriter Andrew O’Rourke. After paying his dues in Nashville for 8 years, touring the U.S.with a Southern-Rock outfit, then recording an album in Europe, it almost seemed natural for a shot at NYC.

With Several shows in the Lower East Side and a few summer gigs the down the Jersey Shore, AO has made himself at home in the area and the crowd seems to welcome his vibe. Check out this video and be sure to check out more of this versatile rock master at www.myspace.com/captainredleg

 

                               

Swizz Beatz giving some back.

Swizz Beatz and Chance TV discuss being famous and giving back to the community.

The fabulous Carlton Hotel in NYC was filled with star studded fashionista’s who came out to support “Fashion for a Cause,” Courtney Dawson’s incredible fashion fundraiser to raise money for ‘The Dawson Scleroderma Foundation.’ Courtney was diagnosed with the life threatening disease 3 1/2 years ago. Famed designer David Meister premiered his incredible Hollywood Fashion Spring 2011 collection while Ramona Singer showcased her Home Shopping Network Roman Singer Collection on the models. Bravo filmed the whole event for The Real Housewives of New York.

DJ Runna and Swizz Beatz, the famous music producer and husband of Alicia Keys showed support by providing the incredible runway music. Swizz Beats also hosted the evening and shocked everyone later with a surprise set. Chance Spiessbach of Chance TV was there to cover the red carpet, all the backstage madness and interview all the models, celebrities, actors, actresses, rappers and stars.

Not only did Ramona make an appearance on the runway but special guest Supermodel Joslyn Pennywell from America’s Next Top Model did as well. Joslyn is going to be a spokesperson for the foundation.

Front row attendees were Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen, Designer Richie Rich, Malik So-Chic, Sonja Morgan, Jared Evan, Luann de Lesepps, and countless others. Special recognition went to celebrity fashion stylist Lauren Rae Levy and event organizer Lisa Singer for her support as well.

More information about the foundation can be found at www.DawsonScleroderma.org.

Denise Richards opens up to Chance TV

Denise Richards discusses love and how I’m definitely not ready for kids.

Fall Fashion Week 2010 brought out all of the biggest stars. Even Hollywood celebrities flew out to come to see their favorite designers and attend the world class parties. Twice a year Mercedes Benz goes over the top but this was the first year ever that it was held atLincoln Center.

Chance Spiessbach of Chance TV was there to cover the red carpet, all the backstage madness and interview all the models, celebrities, actors, actresses, and stars. Chance TV caught up with Denise Richards the beautiful former wife of infamous Charlie Sheen to discuss love and turning central park into her own private backyard for her rescued animals.