Strange Bedfellows: Jewelry Television, The Weather Channel

October 31, 2014

Here’s an unusual partnership: Jewelry Television and The Weather Channel united by the show “Prospectors.”

The two cable networks will be doing a cross-promotional sweepstakes celebrating the Season 3 premiere of the The Weather Channel’s original primetime series “Prospectors.”

The show, produced by High Noon Entertainment, returns Dec. 7 to The Weather Channel.


The grand prize of the “$10,000 Prospectors Giveaway” includes rare aquamarine and bixbite gemstones that are valued at $5,000, along with $5,000 in cash.

The aquamarine was unearthed from the mountains of Colorado by “Prospectors” cast member Amanda Adkins, who also makes frequent appearances on JTV as a gemstone expert. She will announce the winner during Season 3’s second episode Dec. 14.

“This is a unique partnership,” JTV Vice President of Marketing Jill Johnson said in a canned statement. “We recognized a crossover in viewership being created by the ‘Prospectors’ fan base and vice versa. JTV’s mission is opening the world of jewelry and gemstones to everyone and this is a timely opportunity to drive audience viewership between JTV and The Weather Channel.”

“Partnering with Jewelry TV is a natural fit given the ‘Prospectors’ audience’s passion for the amazing gems discovered in each episode,” said Scot Safon, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Weather Co. “This sweepstakes gives this show’s fans the chance at their own windfall by winning an amazing souvenir from the show they love”.

Here’s a boilerplate on the show from the press release:

“Prospectors” follows a group of miners searching for the rarest gems in order to strike it rich. Season 3 brings back the original cast, along with a new family of miners, as they conspire on the mountains of Colorado to seek their fortunes.

At 14,000 feet above sea level with 50 percent less oxygen, the prospectors must brave extreme environmental elements such as close-call lightning strikes, hurricane-force winds and dramatic temperature changes.

For those willing to confront the danger, some of the planet’s most rare and precious gems await to be found, with huge paydays to accompany them. “Prospectors” is produced by High Noon Entertainment (“Dude You’re Screwed,” “Cake Boss”).

The sweepstakes will be featured on The Weather Channel during on-air promotions, as well as on social media platforms and digital extensions, including the “Prospectors” show page. Viewers can now enter the “$10,000 Prospectors Giveaway”.

The 411 On Tyra Banks’ Premiere On HSN

October 30, 2014

We already blogged about Tyra Banks coming to HSN with a makeup line next month, but here is the home shopping channel’s official press release on her debut.

HSN And Tyra Banks Announce The World’s First Live Cosmetics Extravaganza “Tyra’s Makeup Fierce Up” On HSN November 6 & 7

Tyra’s fierce, new cosmetics brand, TYRA beauty, gives women the power to transform what they’ve got…into what they want.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Tyra Banks, the world’s most influential supermodel and super-businesswoman, has teamed up with leading entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN to deliver the world’s first live cosmetics extravaganza “Tyra’s Makeup Fierce Up”.

The beauty spectacle will debut Banks’ one-of-a-kind makeup brand TYRA beauty on HSN that reaches an audience of more than 95 million homes. With her beauty secrets and secret beauty weapons, Banks is on a mission to transform the way the world experiences makeup through immersive ‘Beautytainment’—where beauty and entertainment collide.


“The desire to make women look and feel more beautiful than they ever thought possible and my obsession with putting on a great show fuels me,” said Banks. “I am beyond excited to have collaborated with HSN to create such a groundbreaking live COSMETICS EXPERIENCE. I can’t wait to Beautytain you!”

Banks will make her HSN premiere during a sneak preview on HSN’s popular “Beauty Report with Amy Morrison” show on Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m. (EST). Banks will take viewers on a live behind the scenes peek of the elaborate backstage preparations for “Tyra’s Makeup Fierce Up”.

The following night in primetime on November 7 from 10 p.m. to midnight (EST), Banks and HSN will unleash “Tyra’s Makeup Fierce Up,” the live 2-hour cosmetics extravaganza that surprises, delights, and engages all of the senses by taking the audience on a bass-pumping journey of Beautytainment.

Throughout the evening, HSN will leverage Banks’ mega-watt star power and beauty acumen to create a live beauty experience that has never been seen before. The show’s edgy and glam set design will feature state-of-the-art digital displays, dramatic lighting, and a fierce runway.

Throughout the evening, Banks will unveil the story of TYRA beauty through live ‘TYovers,’ makeovers Tyra style, which will physically transform members of the studio audience, and makeup tutorials from Banks’ alter ego ‘Miss TyTy.’ The cosmetics experience will also feature elaborate costume changes and the first ever special performance of the TYRA beauty anthem BOOTYful, performed by Motown’s hottest new artist STORi.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tyra Banks to HSN and can’t wait to introduce our customers to this amazing new world of ‘Beautytainment’,” said Anne Martin-Vachon, Chief Merchandising Officer for HSN. “We know how to build brands and provide the perfect environment for talented entrepreneurs like Tyra to bring their bold ideas to life.”

Inspired by Banks’ belief that makeup is the great beauty equalizer, TYRA beauty is fierce from the outside in, dripping with product and packaging innovation that engages all of the senses. The cosmetics experience launches with three high-tech pillars that each highlight a unique ingredient, story, or theme.

TYover: The TYover pillar introduces easy-to-use products “in a Stick” for a fierce face…fast! Banks’ secret application technique called “Four Fast Fierce Fingers” creates a complete transformation in six minutes or less without the use of a brush! Through Banks’ proprietary ‘TY-Glide Technology,’ the silky smooth application and easy blendability will have women werkin’ their fiercest faces, Tyra-style.

Smize: The Smize pillar offers new technologies to create the fiercest “Smize,” one of Banks’ famously coined words that means, “smiling with your eyes.” With rich products exclusively for the eyes, every woman can tantalize with the fiercest Smize!

It Factory: The It Factory pillar provides a mix of runway-inspired cosmetics infused with unique textures and innovative formulas. These products will surprise and delight a woman’s sense of touch, starting when she applies her fiercest lip!

Jewelry Television Host Kristen Keech Moving On

October 29, 2014

We hear that Jewelry Television is losing another young host, Kristen Keech.

Keech, who has been at JTV for four years, was recently on vacation in Miami and got a sweet job offer. It’s apparently a gig on cruise ships.

We like Keech and thought she was a fresh face on the Knoxville home shopping network. Let’s see who JTV brings in to replace her.

Kristen Keech

Kristen Keech

Here’s part of her bio from

Kristen Keech was born and raised in Pennsylvania and began her performing career at age three. With years of music, theatre and commercial experience, Kristen crossed over into the broadcast arena while in college. Before graduating college she began working in on-air retail with another company, both on camera and behind the scenes. The day she set foot in the studio she knew that this is what she was going to do for the rest of her life.

To Kristen, the most rewarding part of being a show host is having the opportunity to spend time with families all over the country. The ability to be welcomed in to a viewer’s home and to be afforded the opportunity to spend time with them is a gift beyond explanation.

She believes that a show host’s job is all about the connection and relationship with the customers. She says that she is honored and blessed to be able to have such great relationships with so many wonderful people.

Keech is also apparently a talented equestrian.

Vote For Your Favorite Gem At Jewelry Television

October 29, 2014

Jewelry Television has something new up its sleeve, by launching a “Gem of the Year” initiative based on crowdsourcing, the network said Tuesday.

The public is invited to vote for one of three of the network’s most popular gemstones between Oct. 28 and Nov. 9. We, by the way, are not fans of any of the three jewels.

“There are several ‘best of’ yearly designations, but to our knowledge this is a first for the gemstone category,” JTV Vice President of Marketing Jill Johnson said in a canned statement. “As one of the world’s premiere experts on rare and exotic gemstones, JTV is positioned to lead the charge for an annual Gem of the Year.”

JTV gemstone buyers, gemology experts, and merchandisers (and not The Homeshoppingista) “have narrowed the field to three top-performing gemstones representing the crème de la crème in terms of beauty, rarity, and desirability,” according to the home shopping channel’s press release.

The finalists are:

Chrome Diopside – sometimes known as Tashmarine, this gemstone color varies slightly from vivid green to a bluish green or even a yellowish green. Often mistaken for an emerald, this gem is primarily from Siberia, Russia.

Morganite – a variety of beryl, is a pink, salmon pink or slightly purplish pink stone and a cousin to other beryls such as emerald and aquamarine. Named after financier and gem enthusiast J.P. Morgan, Morganite’s pinkish hue comes from the presence of manganese.

Tanzanite – a relatively new gemstone in the world of gemology and jewelry, Tanzanite’s blue, violet blue or bluish purple shades are brilliant. This single sourced gemstone from Tanzania is a thousand times more rare than a diamond.

Each voter will be automatically entered to win a trio of jewelry designs in chrome diopside, morganite and tanzanite.

“We value the opinion of gemstone enthusiasts everywhere and are excited to create an exciting new tradition in the world of gemology,” Johnson said.

Cronuts, Raul And Cooks Hawking Books On HSN

October 25, 2014

We won’t be watching, since we don’t cook, just eat, but HSN will have a 24-hour “Cooks” event Nov. 2, featuring network newcomer Robert Irvine, cronuts and either El Gordo or La Flaca, we’re not sure which.

There will be a live audience, of guess who? HSN Credit Card customers. These folks should get a free show, they are paying an exorbitant interest rate on that plastic.

In addition to Irvine, “Iron Chef” judge and Zagat’s “Hostess with the Mostess” Donatella Arpaia will offer recipes for live on-air fun from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and celebrity chefs and restaurateurs Ming Tsai and Lorena Garcia will appear together from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“HSN is excited to have these culinary greats come together to present stellar products and cooking tips during one of our most memorable cooking events ever,” Anne Martin-Vachon, HSN chief merchandising officer said in a canned statement. “HSN continues to redefine the shopping experience by offering highly entertaining events such as these that are fun and informative for our customers.”

Cronut connoisseur Dominique Ansel will also be on-air demoing delicious recipes from his first-ever cookbook, “DOMINIQUE ANSEL: The Secret Recipes” (Simon & Schuster Hardcover), launching on HSN.

Ansel shares the secrets of transforming humble ingredients—flour, butter, sugar—into the most tempting and satisfying pastries imaginable.

Also launching a new cookbook, “Chopped” judge and “The Next Iron Chef” winner, Geoffrey Zakarian, will be appearing on-air demoing recipes from his much anticipated, “My Perfect Pantry” (Clarkson Potter Hardcover).

Foodies everywhere can shop both of these celebrated cookbooks, of which autographed versions will be available for sale. “Top Chef Duels” most recent winner, CJ Jacobson, will be making an appearance during the event.

New to HSN’s “Cooks” event, co-host of Univision’s “El Gordo y la Flaca,” Raul de Molina, will be a special on-air guest host and lifestyle contributor.

De Molina will be interacting with the celebrity chefs and guiding shoppers through the international fusion of recipes that will be prepared during the live audience portion of the event.

HSN is a lead

Tyra Banks Comes To HSN For The Holidays, Snooki Back

October 23, 2014

HSN unveiled its holiday-season programming lineup Wednesday, and the debuts will include a makeup line by ex-model/TV personality Tyra Banks — as well as a Rolling Stones-themed fashion collection and “Happy” the HSN holiday bear.

On Nov. 7 from 10 p.m. to midnight, Banks, will launch her new TYRA beauty makeup collection during “Tyra’s Makeup Fierce Up,” a two-hour primetime special.

There will also be another debut, that of TV chef and host of his own cooking show, Robert Irvine. He will launch his line of culinary tools and accessories during the “HSN Cooks” event Nov. 2.

Throwback Snooki

Throwback Snooki

And in a new idea, HSN will celebrate more than 50 years of The Rolling Stones Nov. 13 with a first-ever fashion collection featuring Mick Jagger and Keith Richards’ legendary lyrics, designed by Diane Gilman, R.J.Graziano, Carlos Falchi and Lyric Culture.

And there will be several memorable returning vendors at HSN. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of “Jersey Shore” fame will be back at the home shopping network. Snooki, by the way, will soon be getting married and having her wedding reception at The Venetian in Garfield, N.J. — the same venue where our friend Patty’s nephew had his post-nuptial shindig.

And one of our favs, four-time Grammy Award-winner and Nicole Kidman hubby Keith Urban, will celebrate his first anniversary with HSN with the launch of his limited edition “Star Fire” 22-Piece Guitar Package Nov. 15.

Keith Urban

Keith Urban

In a new gimmick, HSN will be hosting special Black Fridays on Nov. 7, 14 and 21.

They will be:

* Nov. 7 – A “Bundles at their Best” themed day offers shoppers the opportunity to buy featured bundled items, BOGOs, and Bonus Buys.

* Nov. 14 – With themes like “Basics with a Flair” and “What’s Old is New Again,” shoppers can take a trip down memory lane with nostalgic throwback pieces and gift ideas from home, electronics and more.

* Nov. 21 – Shoppers get full access to a day of “Stocking Stuffers” with gifts under $100, $50 and $25. And 10,000 customers will receive a complimentary holiday stocking when purchasing special stocking stuffer qualifying items throughout the day.

On Thanksgiving Day, “Happy” the HSN Holiday Bear will make its debut, with HSN donating 1,000 bears to charity for the first 1,000 bears sold.

Later that night through Black Friday, HSN will offer “doorbuster” bargains ranging from name brand electronics to handbags and jewelry.

Is Mary Campbell The New Claire Watts At QVC?

October 23, 2014

QVC has promoted Mary Campbell to Executive Vice President of U.S. Commerce Platforms, reporting directly to QVC Inc. top banana Mike George.

We asked QVC, and never got an answer, as to whether Campbell is the replacement for Claire Watts, the QVC U.S. CEO who abruptly exited the channel in September.

It sounds like Campbell is, and if so, it sounds like another case where a woman gets a promotion but doesn’t get the title she really deserves. Just sayin’.

Mary Campbell

Mary Campbell

Wednesday’s press release said that Campbell is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the company’s TV, web, mobile, tablet and social while translating the QVC brand across all platforms to drive customer engagement and e-commerce sales.

“Mary has been a driver of our success over the past two decades and instrumental in delivering a seamless, consistent and engaging experience to QVC customers,” George said in a canned statement. “Through her continued leadership and guidance, we’ll remain at the forefront of innovation in commerce by expanding our TV programming and maintaining our leadership in e-commerce and mobile.”

QVC’s mobile commerce business has grown steadily year over year, currently accounting for 37 percent of U.S. e-commerce revenue in the second quarter 2014. Additionally, QVC is the third-largest mobile commerce player among multicategory retailers according to the 2015 Internet Retailer Mobile 500.

Since joining QVC in 1991, Campbell has held leadership roles across the business, including Merchandising, Planning and Commerce Platforms.

In her most recent role as senior vice president of commerce p\Platforms, Campbell led the expansion of QVC’s broadcast by launching two new TV distribution channels, over-the-air and QVC Plus.

QVC Plus, which now reaches 47 million homes, offers the same programming as the main QVC channel with a three-hour delay along with unique live and pre-produced programming.

Campbell was also instrumental in enhancing QVC’s digital experience through the creation of the company’s first social shopping community, toGather, the redesign of the QVC for iPad application, and the implementation of responsive design for QVC’s website.

Campbell will continue to be based at QVC’s global headquarters in West Chester, Pa.

Pure-play QVC Group Tracking Stock Starts Trading

October 22, 2014

The pure-play tracking stock for the QVC Group is now trading on NASDAQ under the ticker symbols “QVCA” and “QVCB,” respectively.

QVC’s parent, Liberty Interactive Corp. (“Liberty”) (Nasdaq: QVCA, QVCB, LVNTA, LVNTB), has recently realigned Liberty’s businesses to create a pure-play retail tracking stock that will track the performance of QVC Inc. and Liberty’s roughly 38 percent interest in HSN Inc., as well as cash and certain liabilities, and the tracking stock group formerly known as the Interactive Group is now known as the QVC Group.

The QVC Group tracking stock allows investors to more closely track QVC’s strong performance, including its leadership in mobile ecommerce and its visionary innovations that provide customers with a seamless, integrated shopping experience across all digital platforms.

It also provides greater clarity and visibility into QVC’s operational and financial results, according to a press release.

“QVC has emerged as a clear leader in the retail space,” QVC President and CEO Mike George said in a canned statement.

“Our multichannel approach provides an engaging and immersive shopping experience that fosters meaningful relationships and customer loyalty. The QVC tracking stock is a testament to both our progress and future growth potential. As we build upon our track record of top-line expansion, industry-leading margins, and prudent capital allocation, we look forward to delivering increasing value to our shareholders.”

QVC Joins ‘Project Runway All Stars’ For Second Year

October 22, 2014

QVC will once again join partner with Lifetime’s “Project Runway All Stars” to take part in the fourth season of the design competition series, the home shopping network said Tuesday.

The channel will will sponsor the show’s accessory wall, which designers are able to pull from during each challenge to enhance their designs.

There will also be a special QVC challenge for the contestants, and the season’s grand-prize winner will have the opportunity to create a collection especially for the retailer.

“Last year’s collaboration with Lifetime’s ‘Project Runway All Stars’ proved to be extremely successful in expanding QVC’s brand prominence and exposing a new audience to our shopping community,” said Karen Fonner, QVC’s vice president of content marketing.

“We’re excited to team up with this popular series for a second year and have the opportunity to once again highlight our impressive offerings while reinforcing QVC as a retail destination for the latest fashions,” Fonner said.

This year during the QVC challenge, contestants will have to create a look for the QVC line G.I.L.I., with the top designer winning the opportunity to present a version of their design on QVC.

Following the season finale, the grand-prize winner of “Project Runway All Stars” gets the chance to create a capsule collection for QVC and present their line on air during a live broadcast.

Last year’s champion, Seth Aaron Henderson, found success in his popular collection and has since continued to build his QVC business with his fashion line, SA by Seth Aaron.

“Last year’s contestants loved incorporating QVC’s impressive array of stylish fashion and accessory brands into their looks,” said Lance Still, executive vice president of promotions and integrated marketing at Weinstein Co. “Given last year’s success, we were eager to bring them back this year to equip the contestants with the latest accessories from QVC’s well-known designers and stylists.”

The fourth season of “Project Runway All Stars” will air on Lifetime beginning Oct. 30 at 9 p.m.

QVC plans to promote the program through its various social platforms, as well as on its website and mobile applications. Multimedia content will feature behind-the-scenes footage and information on the designers and challenges. Viewers will also be able to purchase items from the QVC accessory wall, plus pieces inspired by the show’s weekly challenge.

For more information about QVC’s involvement with the series, visit

HSN To Report Third-Quarter Results Nov. 4

October 22, 2014

HSN Inc. will release its third-quarter results Nov. 4 at 8 a.m., before the market opens, the home shopping network said Tuesday.

CEO Mindy Grossman and Chief Operating Officer Judy Schmeling will hold a conference call at 9 a.m. to review these results.

Those interested in participating in the conference call should dial 877-307-0246 or 224-357-2394 at least five minutes prior to the call.

There will also be a simultaneous audio webcast available via the company’s website at

A replay of the call can be accessed until Nov. 18 y dialing 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406, plus the pass code 17192651 and will also be hosted on the company’s website for a limited time.

Ex-QVC Host Lisa Mason’s Gino Has Stage 4 Cancer

October 21, 2014

Ex-QVC host Lisa Mason thanked well-wishers for their prayers and support for her and her husband Gino, who has cancer that spread to his brain.

“My husband has stage four esophageal cancer which has spread,” Mason posted on Facebook.

“Other than slight difficulty swallowing a few months back, no symptoms at all. I sincerely beg you…if you or someone you know has untreated acid reflux disease or has problems swallowing, please, please see a doctor. NOW,” she wrote.

“A simple endoscopy is all that’s needed,” she continued. “The tumor in his brain is gone…now we treat the esophagus. We have a long road. But we live by our faith and trust in The Lord. Thank you and love you all.”

Prayers again for Lisa and Gino.

Ex-QVC Host Lisa Mason’s Husband Recovering From Brain Cancer

October 19, 2014

A few months ago former QVC host Lisa Mason revealed on Facebook that her beloved husband was diagnosed with cancer.

On Saturday Mason posted an update on Gino, the Samoan-descent spouse she would always mention on on-air.

“He is the strongest man I know,” Mason wrote. “Brain surgery followed by excruciating brain radiation. Now chemo. He is my rock, my one true love. He is my husband. If The Lord took us both tonight, we would have maxed out on love.”

“We live a small, simple life by society’s standards,” Mason said. “But we are wealthy beyond belief in Faith, family and friends. Please continue to pray for my beloved as we start this next journey together. With sincere love and appreciation.”

Prayers to both them.

QVC Host Lisa Robertson And Tyra Banks? JTV’s New Host

October 18, 2014

Here’s some scuttlebutt about veteran QVC host Lisa Robertson, who is leaving the network after more than 20 years.

One wag said that Robertson may be headed to model-entrepreneur Tyra Banks’ new daytime talk show.

As far as our readers, many are predicting that Robertson will somehow end up working with her BFF Leslie Blodgett, who made a fortune selling off her company Bare Minerals to Shisedo.

Over at Jewelry Television, word is that Rebecca Moore — a former vendor guest at Shop At Home and former host at Gem Shopping Network — will be joining JTV’s roster of hosts.

ME Issues Findings On QVC Queen Joan Rivers’ Death

October 18, 2014

We’re behind on our blogging, family issues, but just wanted to note that the New York City ME had released a cause of death for QVC queen Joan Rivers.

The comedian’s death was the result of a “therapeutic complication,”
meaning that “the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy,” according the New York Daily News.

Rivers was at a clinic in the Yorkville section of Manhattan undergoing an endoscopy on Aug. 28 when she went into cardiac and respiratory arrest, cutting off oxygen to her brain.

The doctor performing the procedure allegedly did an unauthorized biopsy on Rivers’ vocal cords. Rivers died Sept. 4.

We don’t know why death from a routine medical procedure would be described as a “predictable complication,” but there you go.

Word is that Joan’s daughter plans to sue.

Ellen DeGeneres Debuts Home Collection On QVC

October 16, 2014

Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres will launch, E.D. On Air, a seasonal home collection created especially for QVC, on Oct. 24, the home shopping network said Wednesday.

DeGeneres will broadcast live from the Los Angeles set of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to debut the line.

Here’s part of the spiel from the press release:

E.D. On Air will bring together DeGeneres’ love of design, home décor and holiday gift giving across multiple product categories.

A noted expert on home design and renovation, DeGeneres’ homes have been extensively covered in publications such as The New York Times, Elle Décor and Architectural Digest.

Her first foray into product design will include holiday trim, a selection of holiday tabletop items, throws, scented candles and other decorative accents and gift ideas.

“I am thrilled to launch my home line on QVC,” DeGeneres said in a canned statement. “I wouldn’t do it with anyone else, because QVC combines everything I love — shopping, watching TV and acronyms. LOL.”

Known best for her hit daytime syndicated talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Now in its 12th season, the program has earned 51 Daytime Emmy Awards in addition to many other industry accolades.

“Ellen’s credibility and appeal have allowed her to captivate an incredibly broad audience,” QVC Executive Vice President Doug Howe said. “Her infectious personality and uncanny spirit can be seen throughout this line, and we’re confident that our customers will once again welcome her with open arms.”

ShopHQ Wins Kudos For ‘Pruning Executive Suite’

October 16, 2014

Mark Bozek and his new management team at Shop HQ got a congratulatory slap on the back from one of the No. 3 home shopping network’s shareholders.

Mark Bozek

Mark Bozek

It came in a filing by Cannell Capital LLC with the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday.

In a letter to Bozek, J. Carlo Cannell, Managing Member of Cannell Capital, said he wanted to deactivate its investment position from active to passive.

“CC (Cannell Capital) no longer seeks to affect positive change in the
control of ValueVision Media Inc.(the corporate name for ShopHQ),” Cannell wrote. “We are content and confident that you have this sacred duty in hand. His word.”

“Since arriving about four months ago you have pruned the executive suite, driving away those to whom the very notion of a five-day work was apparently abhorrent,” Cannell told Bozek.

We have a sneaking suspicion that Cannell is referring to Keith Stewart, who Bozek essentially replaced.

“You have let in air, light and a general feeling of relevance to
all employees,” the letter said. “You have given customers a taste of what should, and can, happen with the success of the Mark Cuban American Dream show (the debut of which set a ShopHQ viewership record). Perhaps most importantly, you have reactivated relationships with merchants.”

“Good start. Good luck. Godspeed,” the letter said in conclusion.

Gwen Stefani Coming To HSN With Harajuku Fragrances

October 14, 2014

Pop singer Gwen Stefani will personally introduce a new limited edition collection of her doll-shaped Harajuku Lovers fragrances, the POP ELECTRIC collection, on HSN this Thursday, the home shopping network said Monday.

Stefani will be offering five new scents “packaged in vibrantly colored bottles that look like they’ve been dipped in molten chrome,” according to the press release.

The fragrance’s bottles “are whimsical pieces of pop art inspired by Stefani’s love of modern street art and contemporary sculpture, HSN said.

Gwen Stefani's Harajuku girls

Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku girls

Stefani will introduce the new collection exclusively on HSN during a 2-hour live primetime special at 7 p.m.

“We are excited to share this completely reinvented collection of Harajuku Lovers with not only our customers at HSN, but with the millions of fans that have been following Gwen for many years,” Anne Martin-Vachon, HSN’s Chief Merchandising Officer, said in a canned statement.

“Gwen’s creativity transcends music to fashion and beauty and I can’t wait for her to share her Harajuku story and this captivating new line of fragrances with our customers when she appears on HSN this Thursday.”

The new Harajuku Lovers POP ELECTRIC collection was manufactured by GS Fragrance Group.

“It was a real pleasure working with Gwen to bring the new collection of fragrances to life,” GS Fragrance Group CEO Phil Zellner said. “It was a fun challenge executing her creative vision for the dolls and making it a reality. The final products are beautiful pieces of art that hold amazing fragrances that we are all very proud of and excited to share with the world!”

The fragrances are:

LOVE: A mouthwatering fruity floral, featuring juicy apple, dewy pear, surrounded by jasmine, cashmere woods and creamy musks.

LIL’ ANGEL: Irresistibly addictive, this fragrance features juicy berries blended with candied violet and sugared rose, laced with a lollipop accord and rich amber.

G: A creamy modern gourmand featuring a delectable whipped coconut accord, enveloped in soft florals and musky woods.

MUSIC: This vibrant fragrance opens with crisp apples and crushed berries and unfolds into a water floral wrapped in sensual amberwood and luminous musks.

BABY: Soft and comforting, this sophisticated, powdery fragrance features a baby soft musk accord, which blends with delicate florals and nuzzly vanilla.

The new collection of five fragrances, originally introduced in 2008, features the Harajuku Girls dressed with a pop electric vibe. Dipped in molten chrome in vibrant jewel tones, they are individual pieces of whimsical pop art.

HSN will offer a set of five 30mL dolls in a gift box for $124.90; a $200 value. Additional items from the collection include fragrance singles in 30mL and 50mL, along with gift sets (body lotion, EDP and a key chain).

Harajuku Lovers “POP ELECTRIC” Fragrances are available for purchase now, on Fans can call in for an opportunity to speak with Stefani on-air during her live show.

The Harajuku Lovers brand was founded in 2005 by Grammy-winning musician and fashion icon Gwen Stefani.

Here’s per the press release:

Always notable for her unique and iconic personal style, Stefani’s lifelong admiration of Japanese street fashion and youth culture inspired the Harajuku Lovers fashion and fragrance line.

The popular and innovative brand is much loved for it’s playful and pop art inspired designs. Harajuku Lovers Fragrances has won the prestigious FiFi Awards for both Best Women’s Luxury Fragrance and Best Women’s Luxury Fragrance Packaging.

QVC’s Parent To Report Third-Quarter Results Nov. 4

October 14, 2014

Liberty Interactive Corp., parent of QVC, will release its third-quarter earnings Nov. 4 at 5:15 p.m., the company said Monday.

Liberty President and CEO Greg Maffei, will host a conference call to discuss results.

Replays of the conference call can be accessed through 7:15 p.m. on Nov. 11 by dialing (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820 plus the pass code 1670709.

In addition, the third-quarter earnings conference call will be broadcast live via the Internet.

All interested participants should visit the Liberty Interactive website at to register for the webcast. Links to the press release and replays of the call will also be available on the Liberty website. The conference call and related materials will be archived on the website for one year.

Liberty operates and owns interests in a broad range of digital commerce businesses, which are part of two tracking stock groups: the QVC Group (formerly referred to as the Liberty Interactive Group) and the Liberty Ventures Group.

The businesses and assets attributed to the QVC Group (Nasdaq: QVCA, QVCB) consist of Liberty Interactive’s subsidiary, QVC Inc., and its interest in HSN Inc.

The businesses and assets attributed to the Liberty Ventures Group (Nasdaq: LVNTA, LVNTB) consist of all of Liberty Interactive’s businesses and assets other than those attributed to the QVC Group, including its stake in Expedia, its subsidiaries Provide Commerce Inc.,,, Commerce Technologies Inc., LMC Right Start Inc. and Evite Inc., as well as minority interests in Time Warner, Time Warner Cable, Lending Tree and Interval Leisure Group.

Ex-QVC Vendor Marc Bouwer Joins ShopHQ

October 11, 2014

Another QVC designer has joined Team ShopHQ: Marc Bouwer.

The handsome blond debuted his Marc Bouwer Unlimited clothing collection on the No. 3 home shopping network last night. We didn’t see it, but online the apparel looked pretty good.

Recently sterling silver designers Richard and Marianna Jacobs came to ShopHQ, their original home, from HSN.

The new management team at ShopHQ has definitely been busy.

QVC Shocker: Veteran Host Lisa Robertson Leaving

October 10, 2014

We never thought we’d be writing this, but QVC host and resident glamor puss Lisa Robertson is leaving network!

Lisa Robertson is exiting QVC

Lisa Robertson is exiting QVC

We are on vacation and were down at the shore, not checking or Facebook very often.

We got back late yesterday and it wasn’t until tonight that we sat down at our computer for any amount of time. It was on Facebook that we saw Robertson’s post and blog about leaving the home shopping network, effective in December.

Here is part of Robertson’s blog announcing her departure:

Over my last 20 years at QVC I have had the most amazing opportunities met the most wonderful people and gone to the most beautiful places. I cannot tell you how lucky I feel. But there comes a time when you have done what you can do and it is time to see what else there is. And that is where I am.

After a lot of soul-searching I have decided that I will be leaving QVC. It is time for a new challenge and a new adventure. Although it is a little scary to leave what you have always known, I am very excited about what lays ahead.

We can’t help put wonder whether Joan Rivers’ death played any part in Robertson’s decision.

One of our gracious readers also notified us on Facebook of Robertson’s exit and suggested that the stalking nutjobs that have plagued the gorgeous host may have played a part in her decision to leave. That could be.

So where will she land?

Via her role on QVC, Robertson has appeared on a variety of TV shows, so maybe she will find a job at one of those programs. QVC will survive, as it did the exit of hosts such as Kathy Levine. But Robertson’s departure represents a big loss. She worked on the design of the network’s G.I.L.I. line, and was of course a real fixture on QVC.

Offerings And The Jacobs Back On ShopHQ Tuesday

October 6, 2014

Has anyone seen ShopHQ’s promos for the return of Marianna and Richard Jacobs’ Offerings sterling silver line on the network?

We think they are goofy. We’re hoping that ShopHQ purposely made them goofy.

ShopHQ hosts, including Lynne Schacher, appear and loudly proclaim “guess who’s back?,” in an exaggerated fashion.

Back in the day Lynne, Marianna and Richard Jacobs

Back in the day Lynne, Marianna and Richard Jacobs

Anyway, the Jacobs’ handmade jewelry is already on ShopHQ’s website, and it ain’t cheap.

The soulful couple, who also sell under the name Sajen Silver, have their own website.

The Jacobs left ShopHQ was a brief stint at HSN. But they will be back to Minnesota this week, as they posted on Facebook. Hence all those promos.

“Deja-vu at ShopHQ…it feels like we’ve been here before!?! Offerings jewelry re-launches this Tuesday October 7th, live on ShopHQ at 10AM and 7PM…guess the hosts?” they wrote.

Ex-HSN Host Chris Scanlon Debuts On ShopHQ Nov. 25

October 6, 2014

We previously blogged that ex-HSN host Chris Scanlon was heading ShopHQ’s way. Now we know exactly when.

On Facebook Scanlon said that she will have the Today’s Top Value on ShopHQ on Nov. 25 with her LUV It line.

“I get to Launch my the beginning of the whole line in January,” she wrote, not sure what she meant.

QVC To Be Spun Off As Its Own Stock

October 4, 2014

How much do you really love QVC? Is it enough to buy its stock?

Liberty Interactive Corp., the parent of the No. 1 home shopping network, made some moves Friday to pave the way to spinning off QVC as its own tracking stock.

It did that by sliding its digital commerce companies —,, CommerceHub, Evite, Provide Commerce and The Right Start — into a new company called Liberty Ventures Group. Those assets are valued at $1.5 billion, and $1 billion in cash.

In return, Liberty Interactive Group shareholders will receive roughly 67.67 million shares of Liberty Ventures common stock or about 0.14 of a Liberty Ventures share for each share of Liberty Interactive Group common stock outstanding on the record date.

“We are excited to introduce the QVC Group which focuses on our leadership position in video commerce, enables a cleaner comparable analysis and provides for more targeted share repurchase and equity incentives,” Greg Maffei, Liberty Interactive President and CEO, said in a canned statement.

“The Liberty Ventures Group is projected to have over $2.7 billion in cash by year end which we can invest in a wide set of opportunities in TMT, including digital commerce.”

In exchange for the digital commerce companies and $970 million of cash (collectively, the “Reattributed Assets”), an inter-group interest in Liberty Ventures Group was created in favor of the Liberty Interactive Group, which we now refer to as the QVC Group.

In other words, the bottom line is that QVC and Liberty’s stake in HSN, will have the name QVC Group.

QVC’s Kirks Folly Line Closing Up Fairy Shop

October 1, 2014

It’s the end of the yellow brick road for Kirks Folly, the fanciful and fairy-filled line of jewelry that is sold on QVC,

On Facebook Jenniefer, “your Fairy Godmother,” posted a note about the demise of the collection, offering her “fairy farewell.” No more fairy dust, costumes or dreamy sets on QVC or anyplace anymore.

Your Fairy Godmother Jenniefer

Your Fairy Godmother Jenniefer

I have to express our great love and appreciation for you, your friendship, kindness, loyalty and just being the very special group of people that you are ~ and you are truly a magical group!

We’ve spent 35 years dancing in the light of the Seaview Moon and Sparkling the World together. Each and every one of you is an important part of our lives. We’ve met you in stores, at fairy tea parties, in live audiences, on QVC, on cruises, and at factory sales.

We’ve gotten to know you through your letters, e-mails, phone calls, Facebook and Youtube. You are the heart and inspiration of Kirks Folly.

This is very difficult to say, but I must tell you that Kirks Folly will be closing its Fairyland Doors on Saturday, November 1st, 2014. The Kirks Folly that we know and love has had its glorious time in the sun. We know that every ending is a new beginning, a new chance to Dream and Believe ~ and that only the fates and the fairies know what lies ahead for each and every one of us.

Kirks Folly is ending its run by holding a Fairy Farewell Online Sale
Wednesday, Oct. 1, thru Friday, Oct. 17. Its a 70 percent sale off already discounted prices.

The company will also have a Fairy Farewell Factory Sale on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 2115 Broad St., Cranston, Rhode Island.

We would love to see as many of you as possible! This is a perfect time to pull out your costumes and party with the Kirks Folly Witches. Let's celebrate 35 years of enchantment in Fairyland style!

We love you all and don't want you to worry about us. We are all in good health and as much as we've loved it, we realize that this Chapter has come to an end.

We will always be here for you ~ you can find us on Facebook and Youtube and, as always, email me at Please keep the magic of Fairyland forever in your hearts and continue to Sparkle the World.

Joan Rivers Line To Continue On QVC, With Melissa’s Blessing

September 27, 2014

Joan Rivers’ beloved line of merchandise on QVC won’t end with her death.

The late comedian’s cohort on her Joan Rivers Classics Collection, David Dangle, posted a blog on saying that the show will go on, so to speak. And Rivers’ daughter Melissa says in a letter to QVC shoppers that this is what her mom would have wanted.

During her 24-year tenure at QVC, Rivers sold $1 billion worth of merchandise, according to Fortune magazine.

In his blog, Dangle writes, “While my heart is broken, I know Joan would want her vision to live on. She worked tirelessly for the last 24 years to bring her personal style and sensibility to the QVC family and would want her collection to continue.”

Joan Rivers' legacy lives on at QVC

Joan Rivers’ legacy lives on at QVC

Melissa said the same in her missive to QVC shoppers.

My Dearest David,

I cannot express my thanks to you for all the support you have shown Cooper and me during the last few weeks. Your love and courage are helping me through this difficult time.

If you can, please take the opportunity to express to our loyal fans how much their support has meant. Knowing that so many people enjoy my mother’s products is a true testament to the love she put behind every single item.

For the last 24 years, you have been side by side with her on this journey with QVC. It is so important to me that we continue to share with others her passion for design.

My mother always felt that her business and the people who worked with her were a family. We have all spent so many of life’s important moments together, that I cannot imagine moving forward without all of you. She would want us to continue and I know it’s the right way to honor her legacy.

I know that on a personal level, you are grieving the loss of a dear friend. She loved you beyond words and was so proud to have you in her life, as am I.

Much Love,


QVC will air a two-hour special on Oct. 13 “to celebrate Joan and continue her legacy of great style and lots of laughter,” Dangle said.

Host Erin Moseley Leaves Jewelry Television

September 26, 2014

Jewelry Television host Erin Moseley, whose hubby is also a host on the all-jewelry-all-the-time network, is exiting the joint.

Moseley, a perky blonde, posted the news on her Facebook page.

“Thank you Friends for your support, encouragement, for making me laugh, for sharing your stories and for your friendship over the past few months,” she

Erin Moseley

Erin Moseley

wrote. “I am moving on, but I will treasure the time I spent with you as a JTV Host and am so grateful that you have been part of my journey.”

She urged folks to connect with her on her page.

“Change is what you make of it…each step along the way brings you new opportunities to learn, to grow, to have fun and to celebrate who you are. I invite you all to share my journey and stay in touch on my page.”

Moseley’s husband Jeff, who is still a JTV employee, put in a good word for his spouse.

“Hope a successful network picks her up now that she is a FREE agent…she is amazing!” he said.

Ex-HSN Vendor-Chef Todd English Does Rehab, Post Says

September 26, 2014

It looks like former HSN vendor-celebrity restaurateur Todd English may finally be seeing the light.

The New York Post’s Page Six gossip column reported Thursday that English, who was arrested on drunken driving charges in the Hamptons last month, has attended an “outpatient rehab program.”

English, whose intoxicated antics have included practically having a three-some in a Manhattan eatery, “is focusing on charity,” according to the Post.

Is this a PR ploy? To us, it could be.

English appeared at a Food Bank fundraiser at Henri Bendel earlier this week, and has some other good works in the works, including one for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

‘Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten Heads To QVC Sunday

September 25, 2014

Best-selling cookbook author Ina Garten is coming to QVC Sunday to hawk her newest tome, “Make It Ahead,” on “In the Kitchen with David,” the network said Wednesday.

Viewers will have the opportunity to order Garten’s new cookbook more than four weeks in advance of its release date.

“Ina is one of the most well-known figures in the culinary industry,” said Ken O’Brien, QC’s senior vice president of merchandising. “We are thrilled to offer her new cookbook in advance of its release, and we feel confident that our viewers will be just as excited as we are to welcome Ina into the QVC family”

Garten’s “Make It Ahead” features 88 recipes such as Wild Mushroom and Farro Soup, Braised Red Cabbage with Pancetta, and Leek and Ham Empanadas.

Her culinary career began in 1999 with the release of “The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook,” which quickly became a best-seller. Seven successful cookbooks soon followed, as did her popular program on Food Network, “Barefoot Contessa.”

HSN Lands 6th Patent, For HSN2 Platform

September 24, 2014

HSN has received a U.S. patent, No. 8,768,781 to be precise, regarding certain aspects of its HSN2 platform, the home shopping network said Tuesday.

The new patent for HSN2, a spinoff of the mother ship HSN, “highlights the forward-thinking culture at HSN and reinforces the company’s position as the industry leader in transactional innovation,” the press release.

That’s a bit of horn-tooting on the part of HSN, isn’t it? We guess that’s because this is its sixth patent.

U.S. Patent No. 8,768,781, entitled “Method and System for Improved E-Commerce Shopping” covers many of the proprietary features of HSN’s “HSN2″ platform and is directed to a system and method that provides updated product information to consumers.

The claimed system and method provide the automated transmission of updated, time-sensitive information relating to a product, offering consumers the most up-to-date information about the various products offered on HSN2.

“This additional patent is yet another in a series of patents and applications directed to HSN’s unique retail shopping platforms which support the company’s boundaryless retail experiences,” the network said.

Additional United States and international patent applications have been filed directed to various applications and uses of HSN’s proprietary technologies.

HSN’s Advanced Services team members create, design, develop, install, integrate and test of direct-to-consumer transactional systems.

‘Project Runway’ Tim Gunn Debuts QVC Bedding Line

September 23, 2014

“Project Runway” co-host and mentor Tim Gunn is coming to QVC with a bedding and bath line this Friday. It will be offered exclusively through the home shopping network QVC until November.

“The Tim Gunn Collection is designed with a variety of fabrics, classic prints and patterns, intricate details and exquisite colors,” QVC said in a press release Monday. “Ranging in price from $35 to $250, the line includes bedding ensembles, decorative accent pillows, sheet sets, a shower curtain and even luxurious pet beds personalized with a pet-friendly play on Gunn’s famous catchphrase ‘Make it Work.'”

In addition to “Project Runway,” Gunn is host of the “Project Runway” spinoff “Under the Gunn.”

He is former chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne Inc., a best-selling author and an educator and former chairman of the fashion design department at the Parsons School.

“Tim’s eye for style and passion for great design can be seen in anything he touches,” said Ken O’Brien, QVC senior vice president of merchandising. “The Tim Gunn Collection brings high quality home decor to our customers at affordable prices.”

HSN Invention Mother Joy Mangano Broke Records, So We Are Told

September 19, 2014

HSN “Mother of Invention,” as we like to call Joy Mangano, broke records again this weekend on the No. 2 home shopping network.

Here’s the spiel from HSN:

Impressive sales from her Luxury Home Event contributed to her highest sales ever recorded in a single month while at HSN!

Joy Mangano

Joy Mangano

This beats Joy’s previous record for largest anniversary month ever in September 2012 and largest month ever in July 2008.

In addition, the current achievement comes on the heels of Mangano’s last record-breaker in July 2014, where she sold more than 216,000 sets of her patent-pending pillows, beating HSN’s previous record for the most units of a single item sold in a single day.

What were the numbers, HSN?

“I couldn’t have a better home than HSN to share my products and innovative solutions with everyone,” Mangano said in a canned statement. “I work every day to make the customer’s life a little easier in some way and my 14th Anniversary Celebration is one of those special events!”

She also put in a plug for her Closet Shop. What the heck?

According to HSN “Joy’s Closet Shop” will launch Oct. 1 on, “and will allow shoppers to customize orders for their personal closets with 21 available colors and give them the opportunity to shop directly from Joy’s most popular closets.”

The Closet Shop will feature custom Huggable Hanger closet ensembles, organization tips straight from Mangano and videos. All of the products in Joy’s Closet Shop will feature free shipping and handling and include a “buy more, save more” offer.

HSN has been celebrating the 14th anniversary of Joy Mangano with Anniversary specials that continue all month long, as well as brand new products and long-time favorites that have fans jumping for Joy.

QVC’s Courtney Cason: We Say You Shouldn’t

September 16, 2014

We’ve been so busy at our day job, and covering the sad passing of Joan Rivers, that we hadn’t seen QVC’s “Courtney Says I Do” promotion.

We know people will disagree with us, but we find it a tad tacky to be discussing every detail of your impending nuptials the way host Courtney Cason is.

But then again, if the deal included getting our wedding dress designed by Mark Zunino, maybe we would change our tune.

The wedding is this Saturday, by the way. And Cason’s groom-to-be is adorable.

Here is what she blogged on last week:

I can’t believe my wedding is just one week away. It’s weird to even type that out. It’s crazy to think that almost a year ago I wasn’t sure that I was going to be engaged anytime soon. Now it’s full on crunch time to marry the man of my dreams!

As an ex-QVC host pointed out, it’s a little risky to promote a host’s wedding. What if the marriage goes sour?

You may recall when then-QVC host Judy Crowell wed a fellow host, whose names escapes us now. It was a very short marriage, let’s put it that way.

We’re glad Crowell finally found the man of HER dreams, fellow QVC alum Paul Deasy (now on SHopHQ).

We also remember when one of our favorite bloggers wrote a lot about her coming fancy wedding to “Mr. Wonderful,” as she called him. Two years later, she was blogging about going on a date.

Needless to say, all her readers were asking her what the heck was up. She sounded a bit annoyed when she explained that she and Mr. Wonderful had divorced, and would people stop asking about her personal life.

Girlfriend, when you put your personal life out there, people are going to ask about it.

Any way, best of luck, Courtney. Seriously, God bless.

Ivanka Trump Comes To QVC To Fight Breast Cancer

September 12, 2014

Ivanka Trump, the very savvy businesswoman and entrepreneurial daughter of The Donald, is helping to fight breast cancer through her involvement with QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale.”

A charitable collaboration between QVC and the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY), the sale has generated more than $44 million to date.

During the month of October, shoes donated by more than 80 brands will be offered at special prices to benefit breast cancer research and education.

The event is scheduled to air live on QVC Oct. 16 from 6 PM to 9 PM (ET), and Trump will appear in both print and television public service announcements supporting the cause.

“I am honored to be part of this important initiative, and I find it incredibly rewarding to help women come together for this significant reason, through something we all love … shoes,” Trump said. “Breast cancer, unfortunately, impacts so many lives, but it is liberating and comforting to know that we can help fight back and tackle it one step at a time.”

During the three-hour event, shoppers can choose from more than 200 styles being offered at half the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

In addition, each weekday from 7 AM to 9 AM (ET) during the month of October, buyers can shop the Shoe of the Day on air, online or on the QVC apps.

A minimum of 80 percent of the purchase price will benefit various breast cancer research and education institutions. Select styles from the Ivanka Trump footwear collection are scheduled to be included in the assortment.

“Ms. Trump’s dedication and enthusiasm both inside and outside of the boardroom are outstanding,” said Ron Fromm, FFANY’s president and CEO. “We are thrilled to have her as our spokesperson and know that she will help draw people to the cause.”

Beneficiaries for the 2014 QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” event include: The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, The Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Breast Oncology Program, The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, and The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Breast Cancer Research Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

“In addition to success in both the business and fashion worlds, Ivanka’s philanthropic spirit is admirable,” QVC President and CEO Mike George said.

“As someone who routinely gives back through various charities, she brings a unique perspective to this year’s event. I think her passion will be contagious, allowing shoppers to feel even more empowered by their purchases knowing that they can help make a difference.”

The Jacobs’ ‘Offerings’ Jewelry Returns To ShopHQ

September 11, 2014

ShopHQ jewelry vendor Sonia Bitton gave us a little scoop on Facebook today: The married silver-jewelry designing team of Richard and Marianna Jacobs are coming back to the No. 3 home shopping network.

The Jacobs, whose collection of handmade jewelry is called Offerings, were originally on ShopHQ, when it was ShopNBC. Then they left and went on HSN.

But they are coming back to Minnesota, according to Bitton.

“OK get ready all. ‘Offerings’ will be back at SHOPHQ on October 7 at 9AM and 7PM CT and I am so excited I am the first to be announcing!!!>” Bitton wrote on Facebook.

We love their jewelry, and can’t wait to see what they have cooking for ShopHQ.

ShopHQ Paying Out $5 Million In Severance To Execs

September 10, 2014

The house cleaning that ShopHQ’s new management did was rather pricey for the No. 3 home shopping network, to the tune of about $5 million.

The company had previously reported that ShopHQ CEO Keith Stewart was getting
a $2.5 million severance package for his exit.

And in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday, we got an update on Stewart’s final package, and also learned a bit about how much the departures of Chief Operating Officer Carol Steinberg and Chief Merchandising Officer Annette Repasch are costing the network.

“In conjunction with Mr. Stewart’s resignation and separation agreement, the Company recorded charges to income totaling $2,620,000 for the second quarter ended Aug. 2, relating primarily to severance payments,” the filing said.

ShopHQ eliminated Steinberg’s position is looking for a replacement for Repasch.

As for their packages, “in conjunction with the terminations, the affected executive officers are eligible for severance amounts which are expected to be paid in February 2015. At this time, the Company estimates severance charges totaling $2,300,000 to be recorded in the third quarter of fiscal 2014,” the SEC filing said.

ShopHQ Picks Vendor For Kentucky Distribution Center

September 10, 2014

ShopHQ has chosen Manhattan Associates Inc. to help the network increase throughput and the capacity of its distribution and fulfillment operations in Kentucky.

The software deployment is part of a $25 million expansion of the Bowling Green distribution center, which will more than double in size — going from 260,000 to 600,000 square feet — by the end of 2015.

“The expansion of our fulfillment operations is an indicator of our continued focus to enhance the customer experience and strategically invest for long-term growth,” ShopHQ CEO Mark Bozek said in a canned statement Monday. “We are pleased to work with industry-leading partners like Manhattan Associates as part of this strategic initiative.”

In fiscal 2013, ShopHQ shipped 7 million units. In the first half of this year, the company as already shipped 5 million units.

“Our platform will create exceptional value, and contribute to ShopHQ’s goal of top notch customer service and greater efficiencies to enhance order and shipping processes,” Manhattan Associates Vice President David Landau said. “We look forward to playing an important role in the execution of fulfillment as an engine in ShopHQ’s growth strategy.”

Jewelry Queen Joan Rivers Said ‘QVC Is Holy Work’

September 8, 2014

QVC Queen Joan Rivers got a fine final send-off from her friends Sunday, including a large contingent from West Chester, Pa.

Home shopping host Lisa Robertson posted a photo on Facebook of her and QVC colleagues Rick Domeier, Mary Beth Roe, Jane Treacy, Jill Bauer and alum Kathy Levine at Rivers’ Manhattan service, where they rubbed shoulders with the like of Howard Stern and Hugh Jackman.

The QVC crew at Joan's memorial

The QVC crew at Joan’s memorial

But for you QVC addicts, our favorite tidbit was a column that New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams wrote Sunday about Rivers, who was a close friend.

Here’s her kicker sbout the late and great, Joan:

And hawking jewelry on a home shopping network she considered religious: “Anybody buys from me, they’re sacred. QVC is holy work.”

She really loved you guys.

Joan Rivers Gave QVC Jewelry To Her Thanksgiving Guests

September 6, 2014

One of our favorite stories about the late and great Joan Rivers, QVC vendor extraordinaire, was in the New York Post today. And of course it had a QVC angle.

Post columnist Paula Froelich wrote about how she many times she celebrated Thanksgiving dinner at Rivers’ gorgeous East Side apartment. Froelich got invited to the holiday dinner because she was a friend of Rivers’ niece.

“She had me at ‘jewels,'” Froelich wrote, which was the first line of a story headlined “Giving thanks for my friend — and my idol.”

When Froelich and the niece arrived, Rivers would tell them to “run upstairs and get some jewels.” They did and found piles of jewelry from Rivers’ QVC collection, and picked some.

“We felt like 5-year-olds,” Froelich wrote.

When they came back down, Rivers told them, “You look beautiful, great taste!”

Froelich noted that Thanksgiving dinner with Rivers was always served late, because in the morning she and her daughter Melissa would bring food to the needy for God’s Love We Deliver.

Froelich got one little fact wrong, but we’ll forgive her. She pointed out that Rivers was always busy, either flying to L.A. “or Florida for her Joan Rivers Classics Collection line for QVC.”

HSN, not QVC, is the home shopping network that’s in Florida. But we’ll forgive you, Froelich, because you offered such a wonderful memory of Joan.

How QVC Queen Joan Rivers Brought Us To Tears

September 5, 2014

In the early years after Joan Rivers launched her jewelry line on QVC, she had a signature piece: a bee pin.

She designed these small bee pins in every combination of crystals and enamel, with all kinds of themes, even the American flag. And Rivers often told the story of the bee, and why it had become emblematic for her.

Joan wearing one of the fabric flower pins she sold on QVC

Joan wearing one of the fabric flower pins she sold on QVC

Rivers explained that if you looked at aerodynamics, at science, the bumble bee should not be able to fly. Physically, it was just not anatomically equipped to soar. Yet it did, defying gravity, defying logic. The bee was a creature that defied and beat the odds, a miracle.

Rivers identified with these creatures. But this time, she could not pull off the miracle. We were so sad to hear that she had passed away today.

Now let’s not sugarcoat the truth. Rivers could sting just like a bee, too. Her humor could be polarizing and shocking. We’re not Jewish, but we cringed when she made a joke about German-born Heidi Klum and the Nazi ovens.

Yet she could also make us laugh so hard we cried. We remember one night watching her on QVC with host Rick Domeier, and she was talking about some topical sex scandal, making comments about hookers, and Rick lost it.

He couldn’t stop laughing, and we couldn’t stop laughing. We laughed so hard we cried. We had to get a tissue to wipe the tears from our eyes. That’s how we’d like to remember Rivers.

We think we spot a piece of QVC jewelry

We think we spot a piece of QVC jewelry

One of the things we like about watching celebrities on home shopping networks is that the programming is live, and you can often get a real sense about what the celeb is like. If they get impatient or nasty with a host or caller, you see it, unfiltered.

One of the things we liked about Rivers is that this tough-talking New Yorker would always be gracious and kind when talking to QVC viewers, even the ones who were obviously from small towns in the South and Midwest, women who you would think would have very little in common with her. She found ways to relate to them.

Rivers obviously had a passion for jewelry, which of course we could identify with. You could tell she was very hands-on in terms of the design of the jewelry — and later the accessories, clothing and beauty products — that she sold on QVC, where she built a multimillion business.

We got a kick watching Rivers on her E! show “Fashion Police,” and even in the film documentary on her, “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” wearing jewelry from her QVC line.

When we heard the circumstances leading up to Rivers’ hospitalization, we were not optimistic. We used to blog for a TBI lawyer on brain injury, and we can tell you more about traumatic brain injury, concussions, CTE and dementia than you’d ever want to know. Rivers’ circumstances did not sound good to us.

We don’t know how long Rivers’ brain was without oxygen when she went into cardiac arrest, but she had to be transported from her the clinic where she was having her vocal-cord procedure to the hospital. To us, that sounded like it would add up to a lot of time without precious oxygen getting to her brain.

Still, we prayed for her, as we do now for her daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper.

It’s been a bad couple of weeks. We were shocked by Robin Williams’ suicide. We are jarred by Rivers’ death.

And when we went to New York Sports Club tonight, one of the attendants told us that a woman who lived in a condo above the gym had committed suicide earlier in the night.

So many souls have left here much too soon, as far as we are concerned. We hope that Rivers and Williams are trading jokes tonight.

QVC U.S. CEO Claire Watts Exits Network

September 4, 2014

Wowser — there’s trouble in West Chester, Pa.: Claire Watts has resigned as chief executive officer of QVC’s U.S. network, effective Friday, “to pursue other opportunities.”

That last couple of words is a catch phrase that reporters interpret as “it was not her choice.”

Gone baby gone Claire Watts

Gone baby gone Claire Watts

Just last week The Wall Street Journal published an interview with Watts, who compared to HSN CEO and blonde glamor puss Mindy Grossman has been an absolute media wallflower. We suppose that QVC’s rather lackluster performance in the U.S. helped pave the way for Watts’ departure.

QVC announced Watts’ exit Wednesday.

“Claire has played an instrumental role in QVC’s evolution to a leading multichannel retailer since joining the company in 2008,” QVC Inc. President and CEO Mike George said in a canned statement.

“Under her leadership, we’ve deepened our customer relationships and significantly expanded our e-commerce, mobile, and social platforms,” George said. “I want to thank Claire for her many contributions to QVC, including helping to build an experienced, dedicated U.S. leadership team and a stronger, more agile U.S. business. Everyone at QVC wishes her the best in her future endeavors.”

ANd here’s the spin from Watts:

“While the decision to move on from QVC was not an easy one, I am proud of what the U.S. team has accomplished over the past six years,” she said. “As I look forward to taking on new challenges, I know QVC has a strong and seasoned team in place to build upon the momentum that we have achieved in the U.S. business.”

With Watts’ departure, the senior U.S. leadership team, including Doug Howe, executive vice president merchandising & planning, Mary Campbell, executive vice president commerce platforms, and Rob Muller, senior vice president U.S. Strategic planning & analytics, will report to George on an interim basis as QVC seeks to revamp its long-term management structure.

Former HSN Vendor/Chef Todd English Arrested On DWI

September 1, 2014

Well, former HSN vendor and disgraced celebrity chef Todd English is in hot water again.

Mug shot

Mug shot

The noted restaurateur who has, or had, boites in several cities was arrested early Sunday morning, 3:30 a.m. to be precise, on charges of driving while intoxicated in tony Southampton.

Maybe this is all bad karma from when he ditched his would-be bride at the altar in Manhattan a few years back.

English, whose antics have included getting amorous with his two female friends at a Manhattan restaurant, and jumping in a hot tub with two others, posted $1,500 bail on Long Island and was released.

The cops released a mug shot of English, whose steel gray eyes look glassy.

The gentleman needs help.

QVC Queen Joan Rivers’ Fate And The Home Shopping Net

August 30, 2014

The New York Daily News did an update Saturday on QVC Queen Joan Rivers’ condition, reporting the obvious, really: That her daughter Melissa may have to make some hard choices about her mom’s future.

Rivers suffered cardiac arrest Thursday while having a procedure done on her vocal cords, and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. Doctors don’t know how long her brain went without oxygen, and according to the News they are trying to determine if she sustained brain injury.

Physicians put Rivers in a medically induced coma.

The story also claimed that one of Rivers’ close friends said QVC and E! Entertainment, home of “Fashion Police,” “are anxiously awaiting an update.”

Jeanne Bice’s Quacker Factory continued on QVC even after her death from cancer.

Let’s just hope it’s all a moot point and that Rivers recovers.


QVC Queen Joan Rivers Remains In Medical Coma

August 29, 2014

We’re saying prayers for QVC Queen Joan Rivers, who remained at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan Friday.

Rivers has been placed in a medically induced coma after a near-death incident Thursday. The comic was undergoing a treatment on her throat at en endoscopy center in the Yorkville section of Manhattan when her heart stopped.

She was rushed to Mount Sinai, where her daughter Melissa is now at her side. It’s unclear if, or for how long, Rivers’ brain was deprived of oxygen when she underwent cardiac arrest.

Ironically, the night before her medical emergency Rivers was performing and joked that she “go” any minute now.

She was scheduled to perform in our home state of New Jersey tonight, in Red Bank, but obviously that gig was cancelled.

Emma Fox Debuting With Kelly Osbourne On HSN

August 28, 2014

HSN’s annual fall fashion series, “The Fashion Edit,” will be the event where Kelly Osbourne and Emma Fox handbags will debut on the home shopping network, according to a press release Wednesday.

That was pretty much the only news, folks, in the release.

“‘The Fashion Edit’ is HSN’s ultimate shopping event,” HSN Chief Merchandising Officer Anne Martin-Vachon said in a canned statement.

“This year we have curated an exciting collection of brands and merged seasonal trends with essential classics to help our customer revive her fall wardrobe. We are excited to share the collections of all our eminent brands and thrilled to be the exclusive launch partner for Stories … by Kelly Osbourne!”

Here’s the description of Osbourne, whose mother Sharon, one kind reader reminded us, briefly had a jewelry line on HSN.

Celebrity fashion icon, Kelly Osbourne, will make a splash this fall on HSN with the launch of her debut ready-to-wear collection, Stories … by Kelly Osbourne.

Made to combine Kelly’s unique Brit-influenced style with her desire to “make fashion fair,” the line offers an assortment of trend-driven designs for woman of all ages, shapes, and sizes at accessible prices.

Stories…by Kelly Osbourne will feature a wide array of selections, from tops and bottoms to jackets and dresses, all offered in sizes 0 to 24 and constructed with quality fabrics and impeccable fit.

From vintage-inspired to Brit-eclectic designs, the HSN customer will be delighted to mix and match her pieces to create endless styling options. Watch Kelly live on HSN Thursday, September 25th, at 10 pm EST and Friday, September 26th, at 1pm and 2pm EST.

The handbag brand Emma Fox will also make its debut during The Fashion Edit, with an assortment that ranges from $24 to $299. The handbags feature drum-dyed leather with signature gold hardware.

Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett On HSN?

August 23, 2014

Lady Gaga, one of our favs, and music legend Tony Bennett have teamed up and sung together in the past. They have a mutual admiration society. And they have collaborated on a new album, “Cheek to Cheek.”


HSN is getting a piece of this action. The network posted on Facebook and its website that it will be offering viewers a behind-the-scene look at Gaga’s and Bennett’s new album on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14.

From that description, it doesn’t sound like there will be an live performances, just sales of the CD.

Lady Gaga, by the way, is an HSN viewer. She once talked on Facebook about using her My Little Steamer.

JTV Rolls Out ‘Girlfriend Friday’ Show With Nikki, Misty

August 22, 2014

Jewelry Television is taking page out of QVC’s and HSN’s books by creating a destination show with steady hosts.

Just as QVC has its Lisa Robertson show on Fridays (we think), and HSN has host “Beauty Report with Colleen Lopez” and “Beauty Report With Amy Morrison” on Thursday nights, JTV is doing “Girlfriend Friday.”

The show with Nikki Rouleau and Misty Mills airs 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and focuses fashion and jewelry,”while encouraging women to share their jewelry stories and favorite trends on Facebook and Instagram,” according to JTV’s press release Thursday.

Nikki and Misty Mills on the set of their new Friday night JTV show

Nikki Rouleau and Misty Mills on the set of their new Friday night JTV show

The show’s catchphrase is “Thank Goodness It’s Girlfriend Friday,” with the accompanying “#TGIGF”.

“Not only do I get the joy of hosting this show with my best friend, Misty, but she and I also get to interact with a larger sisterhood and share our love of all that sparkles and shines,” Rouleau said in a canned statement. “Every Friday night will be a new experience, with lots of viewer stories and questions to make it really personal and fun.”

The hosts will use social media to converse with their fans and customers by sharing their own jewelry stories, pictures and lifestyle tips. By using the “#TGIGF”, pictures and comments from fans and viewers can be shared on-air to connect this community of jewelry lovers together.

The show will also have a segment called “Girl…Tell Me About It!” that identifies news and current events as they relate to fashion and jewelry.

The hosts will do a Q&A segment regarding styles, colors and jewelry that will feature a question of the day submitted by a fan. These segments will also incorporate responses on social media from JTV expert hosts and guests.

Fashion Cop Kelly Osbourne Debuts HSN Line Next Month

August 21, 2014

Kelly Osbourne, of the lavender-dyed mohawk, will debut her clothing line on HSN next month. Yes, what a surprise, another celebrity collection on the No. 2 home shopping channel.

HSN announced on its Facebook page that the Stories by Kelly Osbourne clothing line will premiere Sept. 25.

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne

Osbourne is following two of her co-hosts on E!’s “Fashion Police” show into the home shopping realm. Joan Rivers, of course, is a staple on QVC, and was one of the first celebs to take the plunge and appear on a home shopping network.

The clothes

The clothes

And Giuliana Rancic, that skinny thing, hawks a clothing line on HSN.

Osbourne already had a Facebook Page for her HSN line.

And she says that her clothes will fit the tiniest to the largest women.

“I believe fashion should be fair,” Osbourne wrote. “My line comes in sizes 0-24. No woman should feel like she can’t be beautiful and look amazing! XO Kelly.”

ShopHQ Records 5 Percent Sales Hike, To $156.6 Million

August 21, 2014

ShopHQ, recently under new management, posted second-quarter net sales of $156.6 million, up 5 percent compared with the year-ago period, the No. 3 home shopping network said Wednesday. The Minnesota-based channel has new offices in Manhattan now, by the way.

ShopHQ’s growth in the second quarter was greater than QVC’s, but less than HSN’s. Industry leader QVS saw a 3 percent jump in revenue, to $1.4 billion. HSN’s net sales rose 6 percent, to $556.5 million.

ShopHQ CEO Mark Bozek

ShopHQ CEO Mark Bozek

ShopHQ’s quarter was boosted by strong performances in the fashion and accessories, beauty, and health and fitness categories.

The CEO who replaced Keith Stewart, HSN vet Mark Bozek, had this to say.

“The company delivered solid second-quarter results with strong growth in total customer counts and increased order volume on mobile devices,” Bozek said in a canned statement.

“I am excited to be leading the company into a new phase of growth while working alongside our newly formed board and a dedicated and re-energized employee base.”

At ShopHQ gross profit dollars increased 9 percent to $60.4 million, as gross profit as a percent of sales for the quarter improved to 38.6 percent, compared to 37.5 percent a year ago.

Adjusted EBITDA increased to $5.5 million in the second quarter versus $3.8 million last year, driven by the company’s sales and gross profit improvements.

Adjusted net income was $800,000, or one cent a share, compared to an adjusted net loss of $800,000 in the second quarter last year.

“Our commerce platforms, led by our reach into 87 million TV homes in the U.S., are unique assets that provide us with tremendous potential,” Bozek said. “Driving growth will largely be centered around attracting and building a diverse portfolio of proprietary brands and products with the goal of growing our customer base.”

“We will be focused on supporting the growth of these proprietary brands with immersive, personality-driven programming that is designed to drive greater engagement and social commerce on all our platforms,” ShopHQ’s new honcho said.

“Our process is all about an evolution of the business — not a revolution,” Bozek said. “Our recently established office in New York City should aid us in all these efforts. I plan to elaborate more on our new vision for the company in the coming months, as we begin to execute on our strategy of a more fully leveraged multichannel commerce platform.”

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President William McGrath, who seemed to have escaped the ax under the new regime, had this to say.

“We ended the quarter with $23 million in cash and restricted cash compared to $27 million at the end of Q1’14,” McGrath said. “Net use of cash includes $5 million in working capital and $3 million in capital expenditures, partially offset by Adjusted EBITDA of $6 million in the quarter.”

QVC Debuts Fingertip Touch ID Feature For iPhone App

October 31, 2014

QVC in the next few weeks will introduce an in-app mobile feature that allows customers to make easy and quick purchases with just a touch of their finger.

Using Apple’s fingerprint sensor technology, Touch IDTM, the QVC for iPhone app now gives customers the option to log in to their QVC accounts on all iOS 8-enabled iPhone 5S, 6 and 6+ mobile devices using only their fingertip to authenticate their identity.

“Mobile remains our fastest-growing platform, and we’re continuously investing in new technologies and features that deliver a seamless and engaging customer experience,” said Alex Miller, QVC’s senior vice president of digital commerce.

“QVC is paying close attention to how, when and where the customer is choosing to interact with us on our digital platforms in order to create a more personalized shopping experience that drives ongoing engagement and loyalty.”

With the new Touch ID feature, QVC customers can shop through the QVC iOS mobile app using their fingertip. Following a one-time set-up, their billing, shipping and payment details will be automatically populated upon iPhone sensor authentication of their fingertip, enabling mobile shopping transactions on QVC to be completed with a single touch.

Contributing to QVC’s mobile leadership, the company was an early adopter of responsive design, ensuring that it delivers a seamless customer experience across all platforms, regardless of the size of the screen on any device.

The implementation of a responsive site capitalizes on consumers’ growing preference to browse and make purchases on their mobile devices. Mobile purchases accounted for 40 percent of QVC’s worldwide e-commerce orders in the second quarter of 2014.

The just-released 2015 “Internet Retailer Mobile 500″ revealed QVC is the third largest mobile commerce player among multicategory retailers.

Recognizing that more and more viewers have tablets in hand as they tune in to QVC, the network recently added new functionalities to its QVC for iPad app to establish its necessity as a companion tool during QVC on-air programming.

These enhanced second-screen capabilities deliver a more user-friendly experience to customers by synchronizing products on-air to a consolidated product view on the iPad app. The “Watch” section of the tablet app now enables QVC customers to experience:

Improved synchronization on the app with the item currently being shown on air;

The ability to watch the live broadcast in the app, even without a cable subscription;

Fast access and key product information about items on air;

The ability to browse product information while the live broadcast remains on screen;

Fun and interactive features to validate and inform customers’ purchase decisions, including reviews and images.

The QVC for iPhone app and QVC for iPad app are available as a free download in the App Store.


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