Meet tv’s most expert laborers. 

Variety’s inaugural Lifestyle Leaders Impact List is designed to spotlight the celebrities and fast-rising names in an unscripted content material sector that more and more crosses the boundaries of TV, retail, e-commerce and reside occasions. But way of life TV additionally defies simple definition: There are as many reveals and vacation spot channels as there are life. For our functions, we’ve outlined Lifestyle Leaders as these born entrepreneurs, serial startup launchers and first-in-last-out people who make the enterprise world go spherical. By and enormous, these are individuals who know what it means to make a payroll, to measure their revenue margins and negotiate a gaggle well being care plan. This survey of expertise focuses on these individuals who got here to TV due to their success or observe report of innovation as enterprise operators. 

For these boldface names, TV is however considered one of their skilled pursuits. Chip and Joanna Gaines, of Magnolia fame, are the fashionable pinnacle of name builders, integrating their TV work so seamlessly with their off-air enterprise pursuits (Magnolia’s many strains of dwelling renovation, design, furnishings, decor, publishing, cooking) that it turns into a 24/7 advertising and marketing flywheel: The TV reveals promote the opposite companies, and their retail enterprise helps reinforce TV viewership. “Property Brothers” Drew and Jonathan Scott are additionally adept at this balancing act. 

From “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro and his pizza merchandising machines to Marie Kondo serving to us tidy up our lives, right here’s a have a look at the highest stars who mix enterprise and media right into a tasty souffle. — Cynthia Littleton

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