Patricia Handshiegel

Digital Dish covers the ins and outs of an Internet executive moving into the television arena. Disher Patricia Handschiegel is the founder of Stylediary.net, which she sold to Stylehive.com in November 2007. She has a background in Internet infrastructure and technology business, was an advisor to Kaboodle.com (sold to Hearst in 2007), and has contributed as an entertainment/media business writer for Venturebeat.com. She’s also been an early visionary of professional Internet TV content since 2005 and is currently an advisor on several entertainment/Internet projects. Always an entrepreneur, she had a highly profitable babysitting monopoly at 11, lent her writing skill to students at 17 and landed her first published national article at 23.

She has also worked as a ghost writer for a national TV correspondent. At 22, she was recognized nationally for promoting the growth of women’s hockey and advised companies on creating hockey products for women. She’s been quoted and profiled in dozens of media outlets since and is currently developing two book concepts. A serial entrepreneur, she plans to continue to build Internet, entertainment and media companies, with the goal of promoting social change and charities. She is currently involved in the use of technology to help find missing and abused children, and has contributed financially to TheJoyfulChild.org and other organizations. She is the founder of Look|Shop|List.com (in development).


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Hope and Excitement in a Busy Week

November 14, 2008 5:03 PM

It’s been such a crazy, busy week! NewTeeVee Live took place in San Francisco and the buzz was exciting. Great conversations have been taking place, everybody’s pumped about what’s to come for the future of television, and most of all, the approach and mindsets are more spot-on than ever.

Hollywood is truly full of brilliant minds, open enough to consider the bigger picture, and it is working for the business.

So what’s new with my projects?

Well, I’m getting a healthy dose of Good and Bad 101, from people who aren’t who they say they are to magical things that make me think about how lucky we all are to be able to do this for a living. I think it’s par for the course in the business, but it’s not without its own set of frustrations. It’s hard to know who is telling the truth, who can do what and who to get involved with.

I guess that’s in a way an exciting element of it all in some ways. You really never know what will happen.

Through it all, it’s certainly been hard to dash my hope and enthusiasm. I want nothing more than to see this project fly because I believe with all I am that it will inspire people and that’s exactly why I created it.

Is it inspiring network executives? I think so. I hope just one believes in our vision.

I absolutely believe it’ll resonate, not just with women, but people of all types, backgrounds, groups and orientations. After all, isn’t Hollywood the industry that can turn just about anything into something sensational?

I have confidence in the business. Let’s hope that, in the end, it will love my project.

Meanwhile, on the Web side, things are really happening. I’m about to start on a book project, so instead of focusing on a multitude of projects, I’m attaching to other people’s ideas and helping them make it happen, and then working on one to two very easy ideas on my end.

One thing I can say is that it has helped immensely to have the relationships I have. I don’t just mean in Hollywood but business overall. We’ll see what happens!


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