Weekdays find Stephen Hartshorne seated at his desktop computer putting Dreamweaver through its paces in the offices of GoNOMAD.com, where he is associate editor of the South Deerfield-based online travel magazine. Come Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m., however, Steve trades the PC for a TV, and tunes into the CW Network to follow the progress of his daughter as she competes in Season 9 of the reality show, America’s Next Top Model.
Through four weeks, Sarah Banks Hartshorne, of Heath, remains among the final 10 young ladies vying for the ANTM title and a $100,000 contract with Cover Girl Cosmetics, management by Elite Model Management, and a cover plus six-page photo spread in Seventeen magazine. Her effervescence and sense of humor, not to mention being portrayed by the show’s promoters as the “plus-size” contestant, have earned her boosters around the country. Stephen Hartshorne describes his daughter’s comic side in his Armchair Travel blog.
Selected episodes of America’s Next Top Model may be watched in their entirety at the CW website. CW joins the Discovery, Fox, E! and ABC networks in presenting its video streams using a format devised by Move Networks. Move is the venture of Drew Major, former lead architect of Novell Netware. Its encoding technology renders the video stream in a variety of resolutions, allowing the Move Media Player to display a quality picture at a variety of internet bandwidths. See the technology in action in CW's video interview of Sarah Hartshorne.