1 May 2006

Entrepreneur Magazine

See and Be Seen -- They may be backstage, but the products in the celeb retreats won't be secrets for long. AS A FORMER AWARDS show talent coordinator, Karen Wood, 45, understands the importance of celebrity endorsements. But getting unknown products into the hand of Hollywood's elite isn't always easy. So Wood, founder of Backstage Creations, a product placement company in Santa Monica, California, created The Retreat, a hip, luxurious backstage "gift room" at awards show

1 Nov 2004

Fortune Small Business

BACKSTAGE CREATIONS of Santa Monica brings clients face-to-face with celebs at award shows by building a large product room six to ten feet from the stage. Inside, clients pile products and send reps to pitch and mingle with stars. FEE: $1,200 to $100,000. SUCCESS STORY: After Sarah Michelle Geller was spotted carrying a California Leash Co. purse, the company's sales soared, letting it boost production from one style to five. This year Paris Hilton grabbed

4 Mar 2002

PR Weekly

Celebrity Gift Retreat proves that the best things in life are still free For the uninitiated, swag is the industry term for free stuff -- namely those lavish gifts bags celebrities receive when attending award shows. In Tinseltown, stars are not content with critical accolades and mass adoration. Only one hand is required to pat yourself on the back, leaving the other conveniently free to hold gifts, thank you very much. The value of swag

30 Nov 2001

Hollywood Reporter

  Custom Pickings -- With Backstage Creations at the helm, celebrity goody bags are redefined. Until recently, the most celebrities could expect in exchange for donating their time to an awards show was a gift bag filled with high-end goodies selected on their behalf. Nowadays, they can choose their own high-end goodies -- right down to their preferred color, size and shape -- thanks to Santa Monica-based Backstage Creations' invitation-only celebrity gift rooms. Owner Karen Woods