Hollywood on the Potomac

'JW' 'JW' 'JW'

February 23, 2015

“With JW, every one of our designs is custom. So, we don’t have a room that’s a standard room. Everything is custom,” said Mitzi Gaskins, VP & Global Brand Manager for JW Marriott Hotels. “When you think about DC and the location of this hotel, there’s so much that goes into the business traveler–the men’s very tailored suit, crafted and curated, it fits with the brand too” she added explaining the driving concept behind the renovation for the iconic hotel property on Pennsylvania Ave.

After being built in 1984, the company felt that this was a perfect time to update the look and feel of the hotel with a massive overhaul of the building including more than 90% of the 772 rooms and suites. The update wants to represent the personal and refined aspects of the brand by modernizing the colors and fabrics used in all the rooms, including pops of color and patterns, the same way a pocket square or necktie would brighten up an executive’s suit.

“This is where it all started” emphasized Gaskins about the flagship property in DC. The hotel holds the name of the company’s founder and was established as a tribute to him. “This is a brand that was built out of love.” Media toured the property to see how the updates we taking place and were even invited to swing a hammer or two as part of the demolition of the old rooms. The bright and revitalized rooms are sleek and modern and invite the guest to truly feel comfortable, no matter where they are from. In the king-sized rooms, bathtubs were being replaced with more modern stand up showers, the colors and carpets and flooring all modernized, and even the doors on each room were widened to 36 inches to make each room ADA accessible. No issue is too small to tackle when it comes to comfort for the guest.

Written by Brendan Kownacki

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Justice Network

February 16, 2015

“I’m kind of a voyeuristic type of guy and I like getting behind the scenes of real life.” Steve Schiffman.

Call them the Dream Team: Lonnie Cooper, Steve Schiffman, Barry Wallach, John Ford and Wendy Brown. These are the faces of the newly launched Justice Network who bring with them backgrounds from Bounce TV, National Geographic Channels, NBC Universal, Discovery Channel and CSE respectively. That’s a collective lot of great jobs to give up to start a new network, so naturally we wondered why they did. 

Hollywood on the Potomac posed that question to new Justice Network CEO Steve Schiffman: “Actually, I spent three years initially opening up my own media consulting practice where I had a number of clients and one of them was The Washington Post, another A&E Networks and a variety of other companies. For the past three years, I’ve been the general manager of digital video here at The Washington Post and created a brand called Post TV which is the video arm of The Washington Post. I’m actually even speaking to you from The Washington Post as I transition out from this role to becoming a full time CEO of the Justice Network.”

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Worlds of Fantasy

February 12, 2015

She’s back…..Tinker Bell that is, the feisty little fairy that first showed up in Disney’s 1953 film Peter Pan and has been flitting around ever since.  Feel free to call her Tink, or Ms. Bell for that matterHer latest reincarnation is at the Verizon’s Center’s Worlds of Fantasy from February 11th to the 16th with Sasha Lanser assuming the role.

The extravaganza is a magical Disney fantasy live on ice with four of your favorite Disney stories presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. “There are high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars that race across the ice like you’ve never seen before! Dive into The Little Mermaid’s enchanting undersea kingdom and enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies as they reveal the magic that lies within! The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home, in their most daring adventure ever! From wheels to waves, playtime to pixie dust, your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice’s Worlds of Fantasy.”

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