“Housewive” Lisa Vanderpump Heading To ShopHQ

February 6, 2015

Are you ready for EVINE Live, ShopHQ fans? And are you ready for Lisa Vanderpump, of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” fame?

The No. 3 home shopping network has set Valentine’s Day weekend to roll out its new moniker, which it is no secret that we hate. But we do like Lisa, and watch her on both “Housewives” and her other Bravo show, “Vanderpump Rules.”

http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/marketwire/1172522.htm

In a nice touch, Lisa will be launching her Vanderpump Estate Jewelry Collection during EVINE Live’s Valentine’s weekend live broadcast from The Plaza hotel in New York City.

“We’re delighted to welcome Lisa Vanderpump to the EVINE Live family,” said our buddy (not) Mark Bozek, CEO of the network.

“While most know Lisa for her hit reality television series, few know about her talent and passion for design. The premiere of Lisa’s exclusive jewelry collection on EVINE Live will give fans the unique opportunity to see Lisa in a whole new light as a designer.” Bozek added.

“The launch of proprietary brands such as the Vanderpump Estate Jewelry Collection and the other exclusive brands debuting on Valentine’s weekend is a keystone in our goal to diversify our product mix and create exciting and sustainable brands.”
And what did the Pump say, in her canned statement?

“I cannot wait to share my designs with EVINE Live’s viewers,” Lisa said. “In developing this collection, I wanted to create something that all women could enjoy — a collection that was both attainable and glamorous. The Estate Jewelry Collection is the first of my collections created especially for EVINE Live — with more planned to come later this year.”

Here the boilerplate, and hype, from the release:

Vanderpump Estate Jewelry embodies Vanderpump’s signature sense of style, and features simulated gemstones and sparkling crystals to create bold, glamorous looks. Created exclusively for EVINE Live, the collection fuses inspirations from her own jewelry collection as well as her extensive global travels.

Vanderpump will showcase a variety of styles during her debut, and will broadcast live from “Eloise at The Plaza,” the one-of-a-kind store inspired by Eloise, the fictional heroine of Kay Thomson’s classic book.

Vanderpump’s career spans far beyond her appearances on television. A philanthropist, mother and entrepreneur, Vanderpump and her husband of 28 years have opened two successful restaurants in the Los Angeles area, along with 26 others which Vanderpump designed herself.

The “Real Housewives” star has a love for fashion and décor, designing most of her own clothes and adding personal touches to just about everything in her home, which has become the inspiration for her Vanderpump Collections.

Jewelry Designer Scott Kay’s Daughter Brings His Line To QVC

February 1, 2015

Wow, Tiffany Kay is a brave soul, braver than us. This all has to do with losing your dad, you see.

Kay lost her dad, noted jewelry designer Scott Kay (whose company is based in Teaneck, N.J.) in December. He was only 57, and died of a heart attack. Today Tiffany, 27, debuted a lower-priced Scott Kay sterling silver line on QVC, one that has apparently been in the works for 10 years.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/scott-kay-owner-of-teaneck-based-jewelry-company-dies-at-57-1.1182116

http://www.qvc.com/jewelry/scott-kay/_/N-mfluZ1z137z3/c.html

She is a lovely woman, and is continuing her dad’s business and keeping his legacy alive.

Our dad passed away on Jan. 13, and we would not be able to go on TV and talk about him the way that Tiffany talked about her designer dad today without losing our composure.

In fact, we have not been blogging because of circumstances stemming from our dad’s death, and the fact that we are laid up with a broken ankle. The blogs will be coming just sporadically for awhile.

We have been a fan of Scott Kay jewelry for years, and for the past two years purchased his pieces at sample sales in Bergen County. His specialty was heavy silver pieces, especially crosses and angel wings.

We have also picked up some of his jewelry at TJ Maxx.

The QVC pieces are gorgeous, with many incorporating one of our favorite stones, black spinel, and garnet. And they are not badly priced, compared to the original line.

https://www.facebook.com/scottkayusa

http://www.nationaljeweler.com/independents/retail-profiles/A-fulfilling-life-6432.shtml

Our condolences to Tiffany and her family. We did your dad proud today.

The Life Of The Rich And Famous Bruce Makowsky, Handbag Mogul

January 10, 2015

At one time it seemed that QVC had become B. Makowsky handbags all the time. Not so much anymore, but don’t feel sorry for Bruce.

The Wall Street Journal did a story Friday about Makowsky’s hood, which is the gated community of Beverly Park. The paper describes it as “one of the most exclusive, expensive places in Los Angeles, a land of exclusive, expensive places.”

http://www.wsj.com/articles/l-a-s-star-studded-neighborhood-1420736165

There article describes Makowsky as a “handbag mogul and real-estate developer,” and has a photo of one of his palatial houses, which is described as an investment property.

He paid $13.45 million for it and is selling it for $25 million.

But wait, Makowsky has a second home in Beverly Park, one he actually lives in. It’s a Tuscan-style place.

Here is what he told The Journal about that cozy shack:

I could afford to live anywhere I want,” says Mr. Makowsky, who paid $22.6 million for his nine-bedroom, 15-bathroom home in 2010, according to public records. “This is a little slice of heaven.” He estimates his property, which he’s extensively renovated, is worth $100 million today.

So who else lives in this LA neighborhood? Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy, Sylvester Stallone and Mark Wahlberg, to name a few folks.

QVC Diamond Tennis Bracelet: 18K, H Color, VS Clarity

January 10, 2015

Props to QVC for its Gem Day event Thursday, where it really upped its game.

The dominant home shopping network presented the highest quality diamond item we have ever seen on TV.

We tuned in for the final hour and saw Peyton Kelley talking about a diamond tennis bracelet. We looked at the screen and couldn’t believe our eyes: It said 18K gold.

We hopped on our computer and saw that not only was the bracelet 18k gold, the diamond quality was out of this world.

http://www.qvc.com/Diamond-Tennis-Bracelet-18K-Gold-by-Affinity.product.J319038.html?sc=J319038-ISRC

“As part of QVC’s quality requirements, randomly selected white diamonds from this bracelet have undergone a survey by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to verify the diamonds are natural and at least H color and VS clarity,” QVC.com said.

Kelley explained that QVC had gone to a jewelry company that makes pieces for a high-end company and asked what it had in its vault. It was this bracelet.

Now, it was not cheap. The bracelet came in 6 3/4, 7 1/4 and 8 inches. The 6 3/4 was $4,719, and is now $5,099.

The diamonds ranged from 2.8 carats to 3.3 carats, depending on the length of the bracelet.

But that diamond quality! Wow! Now that’s what we’re talking about.

Pamela McCoy ‘s ShopHQ Diamond Ring A Real Sparkler

January 4, 2015

OK, we’ll give credit where credit is due.

We weren’t fans of Pamela McCoy’s diamond line for Jewelry Television. But the former ShopHQ host has returned to the No. 3 home shopping channel with a new diamond collection, and the Today’s Top Value, and we think it’s a winner.

Pamela McCoy

Pamela McCoy

It’s a 1.95-carat diamond round and baguette 14K gold ring. It came in white, yellow and rose gold, but white and yellow have already sold out. the price tag is $1,290, or six ValuePays of $215.

http://www.shophq.com/gems-of-distinction-14k-gold-1-95ctw-round-baguette-diamond-confidence-ring/144-604.aspx

The sparkler is modeled after a ring that McCoy had made for her. We remember admiring the ring when McCoy posted a photo of it on Facebook.

Last night McCoy said that a ShopHQ buyer also saw the ring and wanted it duplicated for the network.

McCoy also said that that the TTV’s diamond quality is better than her original ring. The color grade is H-I and clarity is I1-I2.

Jewelry Designer Judith Ripka Named In Sex-Swap Suit

January 4, 2015

This is a juicy way to start off the New Year, and who’d have thunk it would involve upscale jewelry designer, and QVC vendor, Judith Ripka.

Celebrity stylist, ex-HSN vendor, old soul and often-hilarious Waynescot Lukas (a Jersey boy) had always lamented that the rich hate to pay their bills. This is the gorgeous man with the gorgeous mane who helps make Christie Brinkley gorgeous with his wardrobe selections for her.

Judith Ripka

Judith Ripka

Anyway, Ripka has been accused of just what Wayne talks about. Interior decorator Tristan Harstan, who designed Ripka’s Madison Avenue shop, is suing her, claiming she wanted him to give away his goodies so she could get free goodies for one of her luxurious dwellings, according to the New York Daily News.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/judith-ripka-sued-designer-sex-furniture-claim-article-1.2062561

Harstan alleges that Ripka told him to have sex with upscale furniture designer Nancy Corzine, apparently so she could get furnishings for her Palm Beach home, the News reported.

Ripka often swaps pieces from her high-end, non-QVC jewelry line for “goods and services,” the suit says, and that in fact she has given Corzine $3.4 million worth of baubles for furniture, fabric and lighting since 2005.

Harstan would not put out for Corzine, telling Ripka he wasn’t “a male prostitute,” according to the lawsuit.

The interior designer also charges that Ripka owes him more than $105,000 in salary.

Ripka sold her company for $22.5 million last April to Xcel Brands Inc., which owns the Isaac Mizrahi(another QVC vendor) brand and has an interest in the Liz Claiborne New York brand.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/xcel-brands-acquires-judith-ripka-2014-04-04

“This is an outstanding opportunity to cultivate our brand and reach our loyal followers in a new way,” Ripka, who served as the brand’s Chief Designer, said at the time. “We deeply value our relationship with Robert D’Loren and look forward to joining him at Xcel. I’m thrilled to be part of the Company and believe that we are well positioned for the future.”

According to the press release about the deal, “Judith Ripka Brand’s existing product lines are sold by independent jewelers in the U.S., abroad and online, as well as on QVC under the ‘Judith Ripka Sterling’ brand. Judith Ripka Brand is currently distributed in over 200 stores in the U.S. and generates approximately $140 million in retail sales.”

Maffei To Head QVC’s Parent Liberty Through 2019

December 30, 2014

At last, some news after the holidays.

Greg Maffei will continue as President and CEO of Liberty Interactive Corp., parent of QVC, and Liberty Media Corp. through 2019, the companies said Monday.

Their boards approved new employment arrangements with Maffei.

“We are extremely pleased that Greg will continue in his leadership role for another five years,” Cable cowboy John Malone, chairman of Liberty Interactive and Liberty Media, said in a canned statement. “His creativity and strategic vision have been transformational and have created tremendous shareholder value since he joined us in 2005.”

Maffei, usually a man of few words, had his own quote, although he didn’t say much, other than brown-nosing his bosses.

“I am thrilled to continue in my role at Liberty,” Maffei said. “I want to thank John and the board members for the support I have received as we have made significant investments and transformative changes. Today, Liberty has a portfolio of businesses that are very well-positioned for the digital mobile era, led by great management teams, with the resources to be opportunistic in the future.”

Under the Maffei’s new deal, he will get an annual base salary of $960,750, increasing annually by 5 percent of the prior year’s base salary, and an annual target cash bonus equal to 250 percent of the applicable year’s base salary.

He also has the opportunity to earn annual performance-based equity incentive awards during the employment term. And they are sweet.

http://ir.libertyinteractive.com/secfiling.cfm?filingid=1104659-14-89108&CIK=1355096

Liberty Interactive operates and owns interests in a broad range of digital commerce businesses attributed to two tracking stock groups: the QVC 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., and the businesses and assets attributed to the Liberty Ventures Group (Nasdaq: LVNTA, LVNTB) consist of all of Liberty Interactive Corporation’s businesses and assets other than those attributed to the QVC Group, including its interest in Expedia, its subsidiaries Provide Commerce, Backcountry.com, Bodybuilding.com, CommerceHub, LMC Right Start and Evite, and minority interests in Time Warner, Time Warner Cable, Lending Tree and Interval Leisure Group.

Ex-JTV Hosts Libby Floyd, Erin Moseley Find Gigs In Real Estate

December 22, 2014

Two Jewelry Television alums have found news careers — as real estate agents.

First Libby Floyd, who was on JTV for a brief year after a long tenure at ShopHQ, has joined Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as a Realtor in Cali. Venice, to be precise.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Libby-Floyd-Realtor-Coldwell-Banker-Residential-Brokerage/783696251676511

In fact, here is one of her pitches:

“Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage represents the most expensive home in America….it’s a cool $195,000,000. Any takers? I’d be happy to show it to you!” she posted on Facebook.

LIbby Floyd

LIbby Floyd

That would be a tidy commission.

And former JTV host Erin Moseley has a new gig at Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty, as an affiliate broker/Realtor in Knoxville, Tenn.

Curiously enough, Moseley’s bio on the company website doesn’t mention her recent tenure at JTV.

http://erinmoseley.alliancesothebysrealty.com/eng/details

It shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for Floyd and Moseley to do sell real estate. After all, they were sales people in the home shopping world. If you

Erin Moseley

Erin Moseley

are a good sales person, you should be able to transfer those skills to sell any product.

We say the same thing in the journalism biz. If you’re a good reporter, you should be able to cover any beat.

Good luck to both these classy ladies.

Ex-QVC Host Lisa Mason’s Christmas With Gino

December 21, 2014

Christmas can be a very trying time if you have loved ones who are ill. But former QVC host Lisa Mason is embracing the season even though her husband Gino is battling cancer.

Here is her recent post on Facebook:

Gino

Gino

This Christmas Day, my Beloved will be receiving chemotherapy. And, I could not be more grateful. No tree to trim, no gifts to open, no family with us, (he is vulnerable with low white cell count) but I could not be happier!

He is with me. He is alive. He is fighting. We are in love. We are thankful for each day. This will be our best Christmas ever! Hold your loved ones close and thank The Lord for his grace!!! We love you!!! Merry Christmas. Please remember the real reason for the season!!!

Prayers to both of them.

QVC Germany Gets New CEO

December 16, 2014

QVC has appointed Mathias Bork to the position of CEO of QVC Germany, effective Jan. 1, the company said Monday.

Bork will be responsible for overseeing QVC’s operations and growth in the German market, succeeding Steve Hofmann, CEO of QVC Europe, who has held the role of interim CEO of QVC Germany since the end of 2013.

Bork will continue to report to Hofmann.

“As we continue to expand globally, our nearly $9 billion business requires a leadership team that is agile, insightful and ready to move with our customers in an increasingly global and connected world,” Hofmann said in a canned statement.

“During his five years as Chief Merchandising Officer of QVC Germany, Mathias has consistently demonstrated keen business acumen and leadership, and I’m confident his expertise will help solidify QVC’s position as a leading multiplatform retailer in Germany.”

Germany is QVC’s largest business in Europe and its second-largest business outside of the United States.

This year QVC Germany was named the best online shop according to the “ServiceAtlas Online-Shops 2014″ survey by ServiceValue GmbH, and last year the business was recognized as “Germany’s Most Customer-Oriented Service Provider.”

Bork has more than 25 years of experience in the retail industry, having worked in both German and international positions throughout his career.

Since joining QVC Germany in 2009 as chief merchandising & sales officer, Bork has collaborated with many members of the international executive leadership team to execute key priorities and aspects of QVC’s business inside and outside of his direct areas of responsibility.

Prior to joining QVC, Bork was a member of the management board at Home Shopping Europe and has held prominent roles at prestigious retailers. He will continue to be based at QVC’s Germany headquarters in Düsseldorf.

In addition to reaching a German audience of 41 million homes, QVC reaches more than 300 million homes worldwide, including the United States, Japan, Italy, United Kingdom and China. Next year QVC will increase its global presence with the launch of QVC in France.

Posh Lisa Robertson’s Farewell Show On QVC

December 13, 2014

We just started watching Lisa Robertson’s swan song on QVC. She looks gorgeous in a long black evening gown.

QVC has set up a nice going away party for Lisa, and we’re waiting to see if there will be any water works when the show ends.

Bye Lisa Robertson

Bye Lisa Robertson

Viewers seem to either love or hate her. Ultimately, we think she was a class act, although we still can’t believe it when she says she owns virtually every item she sells on the network.

The big question, unless we missed this earlier, is where is Lisa going?

The vendors are out in force to wish her well, including Laura Geller and Dennis Basso.

Shaquille O’Neal Brings New Watch Line To HSN

December 12, 2014

Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal is coming to HSN Sunday shilling Drone Precision Timepieces, a new collection of men’s and women’s watches, the network said Thursday.

“The collection of 18 styles represents a new generation of timepieces fueled by passion and the pursuit of precision, style, and sophistication,” according to HSN press release.

The watch collection for men features detailed over-sized cases, intricate dials and military inspired designs, and there are women’s watches, as well,

The timepieces have leathers, carbon fiber, stainless steel, mother of pearl, and crystals from Swarovski, with prices ranging from $149 to $295.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Shaquille O’Neal back to HSN and expand our current watch portfolio with the addition of his exquisite Drone Precision Timepieces,” Anne Martin-Vachon, HSN’s chief merchandising officer, said in a canned statement. “The collection arrives just in time for the holidays and offers both men and women sophisticated, yet wearable pieces that are the perfect gift for those who seek attainable luxury.”

A portion of all proceeds will go to support the Wounded Warrior Project, which honors and empowers wounded service members and their families – a valued cause for Shaquille, who grew up on an army base and an organization that aligns with the mission of HSN Cares.

Country King Keith Urban Back At HSN Sunday

December 11, 2014

On the heels of his win at last month’s Country Music Awards, and being nominated for two Grammy Awards for “Best Country Solo Performance” and “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” just last week, Keith Urban will be back at HSN this Sunday with his latest guitar collection.

The spouse of Nicole Kidman will be debuting his Deluxe “Player” Guitar line.

“I first started playing the guitar when I was six and I remember feeling an instant connection to it,” Urban said in a canned statement.

Keith Urban

Keith Urban

“So it was important to me to make learning it as easy as possible, for any age, and to create an affordable, quality instrument so that as many people as possible could have a chance to discover the joy of playing. I believe that’s exactly what we’ve been able to do.”

Urban will have the Today’s Special, his fourth HSN guitar collection, at a price tag of $299.95, $100 off of its regular price at the home shopping network.

Urban’s largest guitar collection to date, the Deluxe “Player” package comes with a 30-DVD lesson series where the handsome singer teaches aspiring musicians the fundamental building blocks needed to learn how to play 30 hit songs: 15 of his top hits and 15 classic rock favorites.

Each disc includes:

* a full lesson designed for you to build as you go to master the song from start to finish
* a one-on-one solo performance practice session to cement the flow of the song
* a play along with the band practice session
* a final session featuring a backup band where you become the star

The “Player” features two versions of the guitar: an all-wood body, handcrafted, Acoustic-Electric guitar with built-in on board 4 band EQ and tuner; or the Solid Body Electric guitar complete with double humbucker style pick-ups, 3 way selector switch and volume and tone controls.

Each 50-piece set is available in four color ways including the Keith Urban signature Brazilian Burst, Rich Black, Crimson and Jade.

ShopHQ Honcho Bozek Calls Us ‘Bitter,’ ‘Bitchy’

December 6, 2014

It didn’t take too long for our honeymoon with ShopHQ’s new management to end. In fact, the network’s head honcho Mark Bozek called us “bitchy.”

Sticks and stones, Mark!

We’ve done several recent blogs critical of CEO Bozek’s plans to rebrand the No. 3 home shopping network as Evine Live. We really can’t make head-nor-tail of the name change and the meaningless management-speak that Bozek and his new crew have used to explain it.

Our buddy Mark Bozek

Our buddy Mark Bozek

And we have written as much.

We also blogged recently on ShopHQ’s debut of a food line linked to the Discovery Channel reality hit “Deadliest Catch,” a show that one of Bozek’s boys created, producer Thom Beers.

(As our friend Robin pointed out, perhaps it’s not a good idea to associate a seafood line with the name “Deadliest Catch,” but we digress.)

Beers is also on ShopHQ’s board. WE MADE A MISTAKE (Bless me father, for I have sinned, through my fault, through my fault …) when we read a recent ShopHQ SEC filing, and thought that Beers had left the board.

We were wrong, as a testy Bozek informed us in a curt email. The subject line said “Check your facts.”

“It’s okay to be bitchy and bitter in your ‘reporting,’ Linda,” Bozek wrote. “But get your facts right. Thom Beers is still on our board of directors.”

So there!

Mea culpa for our error. But here’s the thing. We are writing a blog, which means we are offering our opinion. That is basically by definition what a blog is. For someone who claims to be trying to turn ShopHQ into a digital dynamo, Mark Bozek doesn’t seem to have a clue about an Internet basic.

And Mark Bozek, if you think we are bitchy and bitter, you should take a look at sites like “Gawker,” or “Television Without Pity”‘s home shopping forums — and pray that they never take aim at ShopHQ.

And by the way, Bozek wrote us an email expressing his displeasure with us right after his new management team took over at ShopHQ. We had written a blog saying that ShopHQ vendors and hosts must be nervous wondering what their fates to be.

Bozek essentially told us to knock it off, not to make his people nervous. Dude, new management usually brings in its own folks, makes changes. That is what Bozek promised when he set out to ouster Keith Stewart.

We let that pass, but no more.

As we blogged, the New York Post wrote a glowing puff piece on the rebranding of ShopHQ to Evine Live, saying that Bozek is out to revolutionize home shopping or some crap like that.

We fear the emperor has no clothes, and he doesn’t like it when someone like us points it out.

Harry London Factory Fire Derails Some QVC Orders

December 6, 2014

A Thanksgiving Day fire at a Harry London candy warehouse is putting the Grinch in Christmas for customers who ordered the sweets from QVC.

One customer on Facebook posted that she had received this email from the No. 1 home shopping channel.

“We’re writing to you today regarding your Harry London order(s),” the email said. “We have been informed that Harry London’s Ohio warehouse was destroyed by a tragic fire on Thanksgiving Day. As a result, we must, unfortunately, cancel your recent Harry London order(s). We apologize for any inconvenience.”

We think the gourmet Harry London candy was a TSV.

We looked up the news stories about the fire, and here are several. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/2014/11/28/chocolate-factory-fire-thanksgiving-day-maple-heights-ohio/19606447/

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/fire-damages-ne-ohio-candy-distribution-center-holiday-shipment-delays-expected-1.545145

The blaze took place at the Fannie May Chocolate warehouse and distribution center in Maple Heights, Ohio. We didn’t know that Harry London was made by Fannie May.

Right after the fire, Fannie May on its website said that it had stopped taking orders. But now the confection company is back in business, although apparently not back enough to salvage all the QVC orders.

“Fannie May is back!” the website says. “We are pleased to announce that we have been working around the clock, and we are now able to take orders for a number of your Fannie May Fine Chocolate Favorites for the Holidays.”

http://www.fanniemay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TopCategoriesDisplay?storeId=20052&catalogId=12302&cm_mmc=paidsearch-_-Google-_-Brand-_-FannieMayCandy

Former HSN Host Chris Scanlon’s Ex-Husband Passes Away

December 6, 2014

Condolences to former HSN host and ShopHQ vendor Chris Scanlon for the loss of her ex-.

Scanlon posted the moving news about her former husband John on Facebook Friday.

“Well sad to say but John Scanlon, my children’s father died today at 4:20Pm,” she wrote.

“I’m thankful that I was holding his right hand, Sean was holding his left hand and Devin was at the end of the bed with his hand on his right foot. We had the chance to tell him we loved him and that we were all there. He squeezed his eyes shut and didn’t take another breath. Even though John and I had moved on we stayed close. I guess you’ll always care about someone you were married to for 21 years.”

ShopHQ Reels In ‘Deadliest Catch’ Seafood Products

December 3, 2014

ShopHQ, making use of its ties to reality TV guru Thom Beers and continuing its bid to appeal to men, is launching a line of products inspired by “Deadliest Catch.”

Captain Sig Hansen will be a special guest Friday for the premiere of the food-based show, which will feature seafood and other items inspired by the Original Productions series, which airs on Discovery Channel.

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The segment is the first of several new proprietary brands the home shopping network will present as it repositions ShopHQ as EVINE Live, with the complete rebranding planned to take place in the first half of next year.

“Deadliest Catch,” the creation of former ShopHQ board member Beers, is about the dangerous lives of crab fisherman out on the Bering Sea.

Inspired by the reality series, ShopHQ will feature seafood and other kitchen and cookware items as part of the network’s “Deadliest Catch” collection.

Hansen, captain of the Northwestern, will share his own personal stories and close calls during filming of “Deadliest Catch.” Fans of “Deadliest Catch” will also have the opportunity to interact and connect live with Hansen during a social chat hosted on ShopHQ’s Facebook page at 9 pm ET.

“Being on a crab boat in the middle of the Bering Sea, you face all kinds of challenges — 20 degree weather and an icy deck on a rolling ship. It’s a brutal place,” Hansen said in a canned statement. “But braving the elements is worth it, since the best fresh caught crab in the world comes from there. I can’t wait to bring it to homes across America through the new ‘Deadliest Catch’ seafood line at ShopHQ.”

“It’s exciting for us to bring the thrill of Discovery Channel’s ‘Deadliest Catch’ to our ShopHQ viewers,” ShopHQ CEO Mark Bozek said. “As the first ‘EVINE Live Presents’ brand to debut since we announced the repositioning of ShopHQ, ‘Deadliest Catch’ and captain Sig Hansen will no doubt entertain our customers. Viewers will not only get a glimpse of what it’s like to risk it all on a crab ship on the Bering Sea, but will discover exclusive show-inspired items not available anywhere else.”

FremantleMedia North America serves as the licensing agent for “Deadliest Catch.” The show recently completed its 10th season and won a 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.

QVC Alum Kathy Levine Joining Pam McCoy On ShopHQ

December 3, 2014

Well, there’s plenty shaking in the home shopping world in Minnesota: Not only is Pam McCoy returning to ShopHQ, ex-QVC host Kathy Levine is joining that cold crew.

Levine, known for her love of “big honker” jewelry when she was on QVC, appeared in a video clip on ShopHQ Tuesday night to announce that she was coming to the network, soon-to-be-rebranded as Evine Live, as a “roving reporter.”

She made it clear that she is not going to be a host.

Then, bitch claimed that she had her first scoop for Evine Live, that former ShopHQ host and vendor McCoy was coming back to ShopHQ/Evine Live with a clothing line.

Girlfriend, we already blogged that! You ain’t got no scoop!

McCoy appeared in the video, as well. She comes to ShopHQ Dec. 12 and 13, and frankly seemed a bit put off by Levine’s fat mouth. So were we.

Is Pamela McCoy Returning To ShopHQ?

December 1, 2014

We can’t claim to know the inside dish but speculation is booming that ex-ShopHQ host and vendor Pamela McCoy is heading back to Minnesota.

McCoy and her hubby Wes were a staple host duo on ShopHQ, which we think was ShopNBC back then, until the couple’s abrupt exit. Pamela came back as a vendor with coats, and then moved on to Jewelry Television with a diamond line. But it fizzled out.

Pamela McCoy

Pamela McCoy

But on McCoy’s Facebook page there is talk of her return to the No. 3 home shopping network.

“(ShopHQ host) Kendy is wearing one of your jackets today and said it is not available but maybe something might be happening soon. Said she could not say more. Why is it still such a secret that you are returning to ShopHQ?” one person posted.

Others chimed in:

“Shop HQ confirmed!!!! YES”

“I used to watch you and Wes on ShopHQ..I then moved and couldn’t get channel now I can and you are gone…I was always wanting one of your fauxfur hooded coats…can you please tell me where I can shop for your clothing? Thank you”

“Yes, please tell us where to find your collection?”

“Very cryptic but your secret is out.”

We ordered one of McCoy’s faux fur coats once and to say we were disappointed would be a huge understatement. Maybe it was part of a bad batch, but it shed all over our carpet when we put it on. We have never seen anything like it.

QVC Worker Killed In Forklift Accident In South Carolina

November 30, 2014

A worker at QVC’s distribution center in South Carolina died in a tragic workplace accident on Thanksgiving Day, and she was apparently beloved by her fellow employees.

CarolinaLive.com reported that Agnus Ann McKithen, 45, of Timmonsville died in the mishap at the QVC center on TV Road in Florence, S.C.

http://www.carolinalive.com/m/news/story?id=1129017

The website said that McKithen was on a forklift 30 feet up in the air when it was struck by another forklift. Her forklift fell over, and she fell with it.

McKithen died at a local hospital, and her death was mourned.

“I will miss you Agnus RIP,” said one post on the story. “Your smile will add to the light in heaven loving friend and co-worker.”

“Rest in peace, Auntie,” wrote another.

“Our outbound supervisor in Rocky Mount, NC, pulled us to the side for a meeting after lunch today, with tears in her eyes,” said another post. “My prayers go out to everyone involved.”

We offer our condolences to McMcKithen’s family, as well. That was terrible news to hear at any time, but especially on Thanksgiving.

Joy Mangano Busts Record With 157,000 Huggable Hanger Sales

November 27, 2014

Damn, that is one shit-load of Huggable Hangers!

HSN Mother of Invention Joy Mangano last Saturday busted her own record, selling more than 157,000 sets during her Holiday Home Gift Event. Mangano beat her old record of selling 99,000 Huggable Hanger sets in a single day on HSN earlier this year.

Huggable Joy Mangano

Huggable Joy Mangano

The Huggable Hanger Gifts by The Dozen set featured her most popular product in a one-time special “six in one” holiday gift set.

“Thank you to the millions of customers who have transformed their closets and their lives with Huggable Hangers,” Mangano said in a canned statement. “I am humbled by this recent milestone, which speaks volumes to how our smart shoppers have fallen in love with the art of organization.”

HSN CEO Mindy Grossman Chats On Bloomberg TV

November 26, 2014

For those curious to hear about HSN’s strategy from the horse’s mouth, take a peak at clips from CEO Mindy Grossman’s interview Wednesday on Bloomberg TV.

Grossman appeared on “In the Loop with Betty Liu” to discuss the key strategies on how retailers will be successful throughout the holiday season.

Here are some talking points from Grossman’s chat:

* Betting Big on Mobile
* Consumers Are Smart And They Understand Value
* Making The Shopping Experience Personal
* Entertainment and Celebrity Partnerships Drive Engagement

A replay of the video is here:

http://www.bloomberg.com/video/hsn-ceo-mindy-grossman-on-mobile-sales-holiday-shopping-hUT4y_DIRX~A8BGst4lGMQ.html

N.Y. Post Puff Piece On ShopHQ And Honcho Bozek

November 22, 2014

The New York Post’s business section finally did a story on ShopHQ’s name change to Evine Live (better late than never), and you will have to pardon our French here.

The article was what we in the journalism business would call a bl-w job. What does that mean? It was a fawning, unskeptical piece on the No. 3 home shopping network’s planned rebranding by new CEO Mark Bozek.

Here’s the headline; “Bozek’s No Clown: Brings Mojo to TV Shopping Channel.” The Post credits the former HSN honcho with bringing “brands with fans” to ShopHQ.

If you read the story, you get management-speak mumbo jumbo from Bozek about how Evine Live is going to be a competitor to Amazon.

Really? Well we’re going to earn $1 million (like Mr. Bozek) in the next year. Just because you say something doesn’t make it happen.

We appreciate Bozek making bold moves at ShopHQ, but rebranding a network, any network, is tricky business. We wish him luck.

http://nypost.com/2014/11/21/shophq-ceo-says-hes-the-man-to-change-the-industry/

ShopHQ Execs Bozek, Nuce’s Outrageous Comp Packages

November 20, 2014

There’s a lot going on at ShopHQ, we mean Evine Live, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. And boy, are ShopHQ execs Mark Bozek and Russell Nuce making out like bandits.

You’d never know the home shopping network was struggling based on their executive comp — $1.13 million for Bozek and $567,000 for Nuce. And that doesn’t include their monthly allowances and moving expenses, etc.

First of all, veteran reality TV producer, and hit maker, Thom Beers is no longer on the No. 3 home shopping network’s board. This comes in the wake of Nuce being named Chief Strategy Officer at the company.

No wonder Russell Nuce and Mark Bozek are smiling

No wonder Russell Nuce and Mark Bozek are smiling

“As a result of the consummation of the transaction, the Company’s board of directors has determined that Mr. Beers will no longer serve as an independent director as that term is defined in Rule 5605(a)(2) of the NASDAQ Stock Market and at this time, will no longer be a member of the Company’s corporate governance and nominating committee,” the SEC filing said.

What is Nuce getting for coming on-board?

An initial base salary of $375,000 annually, a signing bonus of $75,000 and a one-time first-year bonus of $116,667, payable upon completion of the fiscal year ending Jan. 31 next year. Wow, sweet! We’re no math experts, but we think that adds up to about $567,000.

And how about this?

To help with Nuce’s relocation to the company’s headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minn., he will receive a living expense allowance of $4,000 a month for up to six months, plus a $10,000 family travel allowance for up to 12 months.

Bozek this week also entered into a generous executive employment and severance agreement, which provides for an initial base salary of $625,000 a year, a signing bonus of $125,000 and a one-time first-year bonus of $381,849, payable upon completion of the fiscal year ending Jan. 31.

To assist with Bozek’s relocation to the company’s headquarters, his employment agreement provides for a living expense allowance of $2,500 a week for up to six months, plus an additional amount to make Bozek whole for taxes on the living expense allowance.

His employment agreement also provides that he be reimbursed for up to $20,000 in reasonable and documented legal expenses and other costs associated with the negotiation of his employment arrangements, and for an award of performance restricted stock units under the Company’s 2011 Omnibus Incentive Plan with a fair value of about $1 million.

And how about this as a golden parachute?

If Bozek is canned without cause (other than as a result of death or disability) or he exits “with good reason,” he will receive severance benefits consisting of a cash severance payment equal to one and one-half times the sum of his base salary and his average annual bonus over the prior three fiscal years (or such fewer number of prior years for which he has been employed by the company).

The multiple will be increased to two times Bozek’s base salary and average annual bonus following a change in control.

Read it all for yourself here:

http://hsprod.investis.com/site/irwizard/vvtv/ir.jsp?page=sec_item_new&ipage=9909017&DSEQ=&SEQ=&SQDESC=

ShopHQ Sees 7 Percent Sales Gain In Third Quarter

November 19, 2014

In addition to unveiling its name change Tuesday, ShopHQ also reported its third-quarter earnings, posting a 7 percent increase in net sales, to $157.1 million.

The year-over-year revenue gain was due to strong sales in the fashion, accessories, beauty, health and fitness categories, the network — soon to be called Ervine Live — said.

Mark Bozek

Mark Bozek

Adjusted net income rose to $1.6 million, or three cents a share, compared with an adjusted net loss of $900,000 a year ago.

“I am pleased with our third-quarter results,” ShopHQ CEO Mark Bozek said in a canned statement. “We achieved improvements in operating metrics across the P&L, and we are excited for the holiday season. I am also looking forward to accelerating our transition to a true digital commerce company and implementing our new, unified strategy, which should expand our reach and further drive long-term growth.”

Chief Financial Officer William McGrath also chimed in.

“We ended the quarter with $26 million in cash and restricted cash,” he said. “During the quarter, the company had borrowings under our PNC credit facility of around $5 million to fund capital expenditures incurred for our Bowling Green distribution center expansion.”

ValueVision, ShopNBC, ShopHQ, Evine Live?

November 19, 2014

Honestly, we’re not sure if we remember all of the monikers that the No. 3 home shopping network has had over the years. And we don’t like the latest one.

It started out of ValueVision. We think it next changed to ShopNBC, but we may have missed a name here.

Then it was rebranded as ShopHQ under Keith Stewart’s reign, and we actually that was a pretty good name.

EVINELive_LOGO_RGB

But on Tuesday the new management at ShopHQ, led by Mark Bozek, announced that it was renaming the network yet again, immmediately, as Evine Live Inc., “marking an important next step in the Company’s long-term strategy to become a true digital commerce company.”

Effective Thursday, the company’s NASDAQ trading symbol will also change from VVTV to EVLV.

“EVINE Live will focus on all things digital,” the press release said. “The ‘Es’ that bookend the EVINE Live brand speak to the ease, exclusivity and energy of this new entertaining consumer experience. The inclusion of the word ‘Live’ is all about real-time impulses to act and interact on all digital platforms.”

You got that corporate speak?

http://tcbmag.com/News/Recent-News/2014/November/ValueVision-Rebranding-Now-Called-EVINE-Live

“On the heels of a solid third quarter, we strongly believe definitive change and innovation are necessary to build on our recent momentum and drive the Company to the next level,” Bozek, CEO of EVINE Live, said in a canned statement.

“We believe that fully embracing this new transformation will enable EVINE Live to forge new paths and new relationships that allow us to be far more competitive, far more creative, and far more disruptive on all our platforms,” Bozek said. “EVINE Live has the opportunity to be fearless in our strategies to transform the worlds of retail and entertainment while, at the same time, driving greater customer engagement.”

The network said that it expects to transition from doing business as “ShopHQ” to “Evine Live” over the coming months, with the complete rebranding planned to take place in the first half of next year.

Russell Nuce and Mark Bozek

Russell Nuce and Mark Bozek

In the coming months, the channel intends to introduce new proprietary brands from the worlds of fashion, beauty, jewelry, home and fitness.

“This new approach should enable us to build a stronger foundation for long-term growth,” added Bozek.

The company also announced that Russell Nuce has joined as its Chief Strategy Officer, reporting to Bozek.

“Russell has been a longtime colleague whose experience in strategy, licensing, corporate law and entertainment will help provide the architecture for all that comes next,” Bozek said.

We haven’t listened to the analyst call yet about this news, and the network’s third-quarter results. More on that in another blog.

Brooke Shields’ Mom And Her QVC, HSN Cubic Zirconia

November 17, 2014

Catching up on my blogging here, after a busy week.

First of all, actress/model/New Jersey native Brooke Shields new memoir, “There Was A Little Girl,” has just been released. She spends a good part of it, apparently, talking about her alcoholic mother-manager, the late Teri Shields, who developed dementia and died.

BROOKE

According to Shields, when she went through her mom’s things she discovered a treasure trove of jewelry the woman had ordered from QVC and HSN.

“I have never seen so many cubic zirconia items,” Shields said.

http://www.people.com/article/brooke-shields-liam-neeson-engagement-breakup

This is her second book. Her first, “Down Came the Rain,” was about postpartum depression, and caused Tom Cruise to have a hissy fit, blasting Shields. He’s not a believer in medications. Our guess is that he has never lived through the agony of clinical depression.

We had a male friend whose friend had dated Shields. That guy says that Shields was the only woman he had ever dated who looked beautiful, without a stitch of makeup, when she woke up in the morning.

Next, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of “Jersey Shore” fame debuted her limited edition wedding fragrance, “Snooki Love,” last week on HSN. Polizzi will soon be wed at the gorgeous Venetian in Garfield. N.J., where our BFF Ann attended a wedding last week.

Next, HSN CEO Mindy Grossman was prominently featured in a Wall Street Journal story with the headline “Female CEOs Make Room for Female Directors.”

And maybe this is old news, but we didn’t know that high-end designer Tory Burch, whose clothes and purses we can’t afford (even discounted at TJ Maxx) is Ellen DeGeneres’s partner on E.D., a line of merchandise that recently premiered on QVC.

http://www.qvc.com/EDOnAir.content.html?ref=GAS&cm_ven=googlePAID&cm_cat=Q-QVC+Keyword&cm_pla=Sitelink+Ellen+DeGeneres&cm_ite=sY3I0jtVG|dc_29348692860_qvc&cvosrc=ppc.google.qvc&mkwid=sY3I0jtVG|dc_pcrid_29348692860_pkw_qvc_pmt_e&cvo_crid=29348692860&matchtype=e

The New York Times discussed the line, which kicked off with holiday housewares, Sunday in a story headlined “The Goop Effect,” a feature on Gwyneth Paltrow’s much-maligned lifestyle website.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/16/fashion/how-gwyneth-paltrow-goop-has-become-a-role-model-for-other-celebrities.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=0

The Goop story had a photo and interviews with Paltrow and Lisa Gersh, Goop’s new CEO. We know Gersh from our years covering the cable TV industry, as she was a co-founder of Oxygen, the women’s network.

Congrats on the new gig, Lisa.

Keith Urban Back At HSN With Guitars Nov. 15

November 12, 2014

We’ve written about this already, but here’s the full scoop on Keith Urban’s encore on HSN:

Four-Time GRAMMY Award Winner Keith Urban Returns To HSN For 1st Anniversary Guitar Event Live On November 15

— Limited Edition “Night Star” Series to be offered at Special One-Day-Only Price just in time for the Holidays —

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On the heels of Keith Urban’s success last week during the 48th Annual Country Music Live Awards Show where he took home a CMA for Musical Event of the Year for his #1 song “We Were Us” featuring Miranda Lambert and performed his record breaking 32nd consecutive top 10 single “Somewhere In My Car”, leading entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN welcomes Urban back for the world premiere of his “Night Star” Guitar Collection.

Appearing live across all of HSN’s platforms – TV, online and mobile – four-time GRAMMY Award® Winner Keith Urban will be on HSN on Saturday, November 15th at 12:01 AM ET and throughout the day. Urban follows up his previous two guitar collections for HSN, which saw record sales, with this limited-edition set that will be available for $289.95, $100.00 off of the regular HSN price for one day only.

Keith Urban

Keith Urban

Hot off his “Raise ‘Em Up” concert tour, Urban takes the magic of guitar playing from the concert stage right into the comfort of your own home as he continues on his mission to spread the joy of music. Whether you are a beginner who has always wanted to play the guitar, or you are just simply looking for a new guitar to advance your skills on, Urban has created a guitar package that fits your needs. Not only do these one-of-a-kind guitar packages include all the accessories and tools necessary to play and sound great, but they also feature Keith personally guiding and teaching you in a special DVD series of one-on-one lessons with the award-winning artist.

The “Night Star” limited-edition series arrives just in time for the holidays and features two versions of the “Night Star” guitar – an all-wood, handcrafted, Acoustic-Electric guitar with on-board four-band EQ and tuner; or the Solid Body Electric guitar with double humbucker pickups, four volume and tone control knobs and a three-way selector switch.

Each complete 22-piece set is available in five beautiful colors including: Black Night, White Rain, Midnight Blue, Grey Heat and Raw Grain. Other features include: a beautiful, faux leather semi-hard case; guitar strap; chord chart poster; polishing cloth; powerful 15-watt amplifier; an extra set of comfort-coated strings; four signature picks; and the exclusive “Player: Beginning Guitar with Keith Urban” double-lesson DVD.

Urban recently released his seventh studio album FUSE, which marked the first time that ANY country artist has simultaneously debuted at #1 on the all-genre charts in the United States, Canada and Australia. He recently completed his “Raise ‘Em Up” Tour, and received three Academy of Country Music® Awards earlier this year, bringing his total to twelve, and he has won four GRAMMY Awards. He is the first artist to win the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award® for best new artist and to go on to win Best Male Vocalist, a title he’s captured three times, as well as the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award. He’s won an American Music Award® and People’s Choice Award®. He’s had 16 No. 1 singles, including two from FUSE, and five consecutive platinum or multi-platinum albums.

“No one does it better than Keith Urban, and we are so happy to have him return to HSN this holiday season,” said Joy Mangano, President of Ingenious Designs. “America has fallen in love with Keith as an award-winning musician and judge on American Idol, and now he will inspire you to experience the joy of music through this brand new closed limited edition guitar collection.”

The Keith Urban “Night Star” Collection launches on HSN live on Saturday, November 15 at 12:01 AM ET for a one-day-only price of $289.95 for the complete guitar package.

Libby Floyd Joins Host Exodus Out Of Jewelry Television

November 10, 2014

ShopHQ is losing yet another host, ShopHQ veteran Libby Floyd.

Floyd posted the news, which some had already predicted, on Facebook. She is heading back to Cali, and her handsome husband.

Libby Floyd

Libby Floyd

She wrote:

Busy packing all of my party dresses! Excited to be moving back to CA full-time! I’ve had a great year as a host at JTV and have loved reuniting with so many old friends and making new ones but I’ve decided to head back home to my hubby, my kitty cat and to the beach!

Nov. 13th will be my last day on the air at JTV and I’ll miss shopping with all of you but the surf and sand is calling me! I have lots of new ventures in the works and will post soon but first I will head to London for a royal family wedding! Thanks for all of your love and support!

Here is her blurb from JTV’s website:

Libby has been a jewelry host in the home shopping industry for 15 years. She enjoys everything about hosting – the customers, the jewelry, the live television experience; they are all so exciting and no day is ever the same!

There are no rules in jewelry but I feel a woman can’t go wrong with having a classic white pearl strand, a diamond or Bella Luce tennis bracelet and silver or gold chandelier earrings in their jewelry wardrobe.
my favorite gemstone.

QVC Promotes Ken O’Brien To Senior Vice President Of Merchandising

November 8, 2014

It looks like the other shoe may have dropped in terms of filling the duties of former QVC U.S. President Claire Watts.

The No. 1 home shopping network Ken O’Brien to the position of senior vice president of merchandising. O’Brien is responsible for setting and executing QVC’s merchandising strategy for product brands across categories, as well as leading the engagement and management of QVC’s vendor community.

O’Brien’s elevation follows QVC’s promotion last month of Mary Campbell to the executive vice president of U.S. Commerce Platforms. She 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.

And both these promotions follow the abrupt departure of Watts. When Campbell was promoted, we suggested that she was perhaps Watts’ replacement. But someone pointed out that Campbell did not have Watts’ merchandising responsibilities. Perhaps O’Brien will take on that role.

O’Brien will continue to report to Doug Howe, executive vice president of merchandising and planning of QVC U.S.

“At QVC, we curate an ever-changing mix of high-quality products, brought to life through storytelling by our hosts, product experts, celebrities, entrepreneurs and business owners,” Howe said in a canned statement. “With Ken’s solid track record of driving strong results, QVC will continue to bring the joy of discovery to millions of homes by offering brands that surprise and inspire our customers.”

Here’s the blurb on O’Brien:

Since joining QVC in 2000, O’Brien has held merchandising roles of increasing responsibility. In his most recent role as Vice President of Merchandising, he helped drive growth in QVC’s home products category by leading the merchandising strategy for QVC’s line-up of household, kitchen and cooking products.

Prior to that, as the Director of Merchandising for home products, O’Brien created strategies to elevate QVC’s kitchen electric and gift areas by introducing new brands, concepts and categories. He was also instrumental in developing QVC’s brand acquisition strategy for home products, by procuring and introducing notable household names, such as Keurig, Dyson and Vitamix.

Party Planner Colin Cowie Exits HSN

November 7, 2014

Thanks to our Facebook friend Mary, we learned that wedding-and-event guru Colin Cowie is leaving HSN.

Yesterday he posted on Facebook that he was doing his last shows ever in the evening on the No. 2 home shopping network.

“It’s been a great 7 years and this is the last opportunity to buy my fabulous holiday product,” he wrote.

Colin Cowie

Colin Cowie

Again, we’re a little lost because we are not big home decorators or home entertainers, but Cowie’s fans were moaning about his departure.

They posted:

Have you noticed HSN vendors are leaving in droves? What is HSN doing to these fine people?
Good luck Colin.

I will miss you so much….you are the highlight of HSN…when you’re on tv I love watching all your items…they are so posh and gorgeous I will miss you my lovely.

Wow. so jumping ship to QVC, I see

Is there any truth to your comment about him going to qvc or was that just sarcasm??

We’ll see if in fact Cowie lands at another home shopping venue.

Did QVC Recall Lamo Boot TSV?

November 6, 2014

Anyone heard about a recall of QVC’s recent TSV, the Lamo boot?

One of our readers told us that all the shipments have been recalled.

“All Q is saying is that there were product or packaging issues, which is pretty vague!” she said. “Did they have to recall all of the kazillion units that they sold that day, and why?”

You folks got any dish on this?

QVC Posts 5 Percent Revenue Gain In Third Quarter

November 5, 2014

QVC posted a 5 percent revenue increase in the third quarter, to $1.4 billion, the network’s parent reported Tuesday.

The No. 1 home shopping network attributed its gains primarily due to strength in the home, apparel and accessories categories, partially offset by weakness in electronics.

“We delivered our strongest quarterly performance of 2014 in the third quarter,” QVC President and CEO Mike George said in a canned statement. “We drove good growth and generated strong operating leverage, particularly in the U.S., Germany, the UK and Italy. We continue to benefit from our customer-centric focus, which has resulted in outstanding customer loyalty in all our markets, as well as strong e-commerce penetration and mobile growth.”

Earlier in the day, HSN reported a 7 percent increase in its net sales, to $578.3 million.

At QVC, the average selling price per unit (“ASP”) increased 1 percent to $58.19 from $57.88 and units sold increased 4 percent.

Returns as a percentage of gross product revenue improved 59 basis points. E-commerce revenue increased 11 percent to $592 million and grew to 43 percent from 41 percent as a percentage of total U.S. revenue.

Adjusted OIBDA increased 8 percent to $329 million and adjusted OIBDA margin increased 72 basis points.

Adjusted OIBDA margin increased primarily due to improved product margins, lower state franchise tax expense associated with the timing of credits and audit settlements and higher proprietary credit card income due in part to unfavorable regulatory bank reserve adjustments experienced in the prior year, as well as the positive impact of renegotiated contract terms. These gains were partially offset by higher freight costs.

QVC’s consolidated revenue, which includes its international networks, had consolidated revenue of $2 billion, up 4 percent.

HSN Post 7 Percent Sales Increase In Third Quarter

November 5, 2014

HSN saw a pretty good third quarter, with its net sales rising 7 percent to $578.3 million, the home shopping network reported Tuesday.

HSN attributed its performance to strong sales growth in apparel & accessories, home design, health and electronics, partially offset by a decline in jewelry. Yikes, our favorite category!

Digital sales grew 13 percent, with penetration increasing 200 basis points to 38.8 percent. The return rate decreased 120 basis points to 17.6 percent, primarily due to changes in product mix.

Units shipped increased 3 percent and average price point increased 4 percent.

Gross profit increased 9 percent to $202.7 million. Gross margin increased 50 basis points to 35.1 percent primarily due to lower clearance sales and higher product margins, partially offset by an increase in net shipping expense.

Operating expense leverage (excluding non-cash charges) improved 50 basis points to 23.5 percent.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 17 percent to $66.7 million. Operating income increased 18 percent to $56.2 million.

HSN Inc., which includes HSN and Cornerstone, had a 5 percent increase in net sales, to $837.5 million.

“HSNi’s strong performance in the quarter was a direct result of the successful execution of our strategic initiatives,” CEO Mindy Grossman said in a canned statement.

“HSN’s unrelenting focus on customer acquisition and assimilation, digital optimization, and the strength of our product portfolio drove overall sales growth of 7 percent and digital sales growth of 13 percent,” she said.

“We also had sequential financial improvement at Cornerstone,” Grossman said.

QVC Readies Black Friday, Holiday Shopping Plans

November 4, 2014

It’s too late and we’re too tired to sift through this.

Here are QVC’s holiday shopping plans, straight from the horse’s mouth.

QVC OFFERS ‘ALL THE JOY, NONE OF THE CRAZINESS’ THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Customers to Enjoy Curated Shopping, Inspired Gifting and Savings Every Day, All Season Long, From the Comfort of Home

West Chester, PA, November 3, 2014 – QVC, the global leader in video and ecommerce retail, is adding more joy to the 2014 holiday season by offering gift items and ideas based on the hottest trends, as well as inspiration, advice and tips to decorate, cook and entertain all season long.

From must-have gifts in today’s hot categories like personal technology to gift ideas for those hard-to-shop-for people, QVC is the source for gift inspiration throughout the season. Additionally, QVC will offer ideas to add a personal touch to the holidays on air, online and on social channels through tips, videos, DIY projects and how-tos. Across all our channels, QVC will share recipes, homemade decorating ideas and other crafts from hosts and its community.

“At QVC, we offer a shopping experience that differs from the usual craziness of the holiday, and this year we’re offering even more ways to truly enjoy the season of giving and sharing,” said Doug Rose, senior vice president of marketing and programming.

“The entire QVC community, including hosts, expert guests and customers, has great ideas for celebrating a joyous holiday season, so we’ve leveraged our digital and social channels and created new tools, like the QVC Holiday Guide, to offer more opportunities to share gifts and entertainment ideas and to find inspiration.”

To make holiday preparation, entertainment and family activities even more creative and hassle-free, QVC will be premiering exclusive holiday programming, and hosts will be sharing inspiration on QVC digital platforms with insights, tips and curated gift collections:

Ellen DeGeneres launched E.D. On Air, a new seasonal home collection created especially for QVC, just in time for the holiday gift-giving season. E.D. On Air brings together DeGeneres’ love of design, home decor and the holiday season across multiple product categories, including holiday trim, a selection of holiday tabletop items, throws, scented candles and other decorative accents and gift ideas.

David Venable of “In the Kitchen with David” will give foodies more to love with new recipe ideas to add excitement to any Thanksgiving spread or provide inspiration for this year’s holiday cookie exchange.

Jill Bauer of “You’re Home with Jill” will lead viewers through tips, how-tos and DIY ideas to spruce up the home, gift wrap with ease, and even throw a last-minute cocktail party.

Throughout November, QVC customers can take advantage of ‘Better Than Black Friday’ preview shopping events on air to find the hottest holiday gifts at great prices and special offers, including great values from our daily deal, the Today’s Special Value item. Tune in or log on to QVC.com and the QVC apps for special offers all month long.

Beginning November 24, ‘Better Than Black Friday Week’ will feature special on-air offers.

During the 24-hour ‘A Host of Gift Favorites’ special on Wednesday, November 26, QVC program hosts will reveal their top gift selections. Customers can view host recommendations now on QVC.com.

The main event, ‘Better Than Black Friday,’ begins Thursday, November 27 at 7 p.m. ET and will highlight great holiday buys with special offers on select gifts in every show.

The offers continue during ‘All the Deals Weekend,’ Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30 and Cyber Monday, December 1.

Every week in November, QVC will publish a fresh Holiday Guide, a digital, interactive guidebook featuring the hottest gift trends, holiday décor, DIY holiday project videos, must-try recipes and meal-planning ideas from QVC program hosts, celebrity chefs and on-air guests

Beyond the Holiday Guide, customers can share helpful gift hints by creating their own Wish Lists on toGather, QVC’s own social-shopping community where shoppers discover and share items they love.

Wish Lists let users build personalized collections of everything they want this holiday season and share the lists with loved ones via their social media channels or email.

Starting in December on QVC.com and the QVC for iPad app, the digital Advent Calendar will highlight new gift offers and special values every day until Christmas. And right now, customers can use and follow #AlltheJoy to stay up to date on all the holiday fun QVC will offer throughout the season and share their own holiday experiences.

On QVC.com, the ‘Holiday Gifts’ tab makes it simple to discover gifts for everyone on your list with easy-to-navigate collections of the most popular products, including gifts by category to help you find the perfect present for even the hardest-to-shop-for recipients. And, for the ultimate in stress-free shopping, QVC.com Easy Gifts deliver popular presents in beauty, home décor and electronics with less effort–from gift sets and convenient multi-product bundles to ready-to-gift packages.

Still having trouble finding the perfect gift for that special someone? Try a QVC gift card–QVC topped the list among general merchandisers on RSR’s 4th Annual Digital Gifting Benchmarking Study. The study evaluates and analyzes how retailers are, or aren’t, taking advantage of digital gift cards and highlights the retailers that are leaders in digital gifting.

QVC has enhanced its mobile customer experience to make holiday shopping easy and quick with just the touch of a finger using the new Apple Touch ID feature on its iPhone mobile app.

Starting in November, QVC.com will feature a holiday shipping calendar, so shoppers can help ensure their gifts will make it home in time for holiday giving. Throughout the holiday season, QVC has once again extended its return policy; gifts purchased between now and December 23, 2014, may be returned for a full refund–including original shipping and handling–until January 31, 2015.

HSN Looks To Cap $10 Million In St. Jude Donations

November 4, 2014

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of its partnering with with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, HSN this year aims to reach $10 million in cumulative donations for the charity.

HSNi Cares, the home shopping network’s philanthropic arm, has raised nearly $9 million for St. Jude since 2005.

As part of the HSNi Cares’ national campaign, customers of Ballard Designs, Chasing Fireflies, Frontgate, HSN, Garnet Hill, Grandin Road, Improvements and TravelSmith will be able to support St. Jude by calling our customer service teams or donating online from November through December.

“We are honored to support the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign for the 10th year,” HSN CEO Mindy Grossman said. “This year, with the generous support of our customers, we will reach our cumulative goal of $10 million to help ensure that the children and families in St. Jude’s care never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food.”

HSNi customers will also be able to help St. Jude provide treatment and pursue research in the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases through a number of ways, including:

Purchasing a Designer Ornament: HSN’s 5th Annual HSN Cares 2014 heART Designer Ornament Collection will include over 55 exclusive ornaments personally designed by some of HSN’s favorite personalities, including Deborah Lippman, Fern Mallis, Giuliana Rancic, Hal Rubenstein, India Hicks, Iris Apfel, RJ Graziano, and Vince Camuto. In addition, all HSNi brands have an ornament in this collection and customers can purchase the ornaments online, and 100 percent of the profits will be donated to St. Jude through Jan. 31.

HSN Credit Card Donation on Giving Tuesday: HSN is proud to participate in #GivingTuesday, a day defined by generosity. When customers make a purchase with their HSN Credit Card Dec. 2, HSN will donate 5 percent of the purchase price to St. Jude, up to $125,000. Chef Miles McMath, Director of Culinary Operations at St. Jude, will appear live on HSN Today on Giving Tuesday to share how he incorporates his experiences for the benefit of the patients, families and employees at St. Jude.

HSN Arcade: Starting Nov. 26, HSN will donate $5,000 to St. Jude when 10 million HSN Arcade tickets are redeemed at HSN.com/Rewards through Dec. 25.

Spendable HSN Cash Promotion: When HSN customers donate $10 or more to St. Jude on Dec. 10, they will receive $10 in “HSN Cash” to spend between Jan. 1 though 10.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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“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.

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Kristen Keech

Here’s part of her bio from JTV.com:

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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 qvc.com/ProjectRunwayAllStars.

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 http://www.hsni.com.

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.


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