HSN To Debut Rita Hayworth Jewelry Line To Support Alzheimer’s Research

May 5, 2015

Legendary actress Rita Hayworth suffered from one of the most devastating diseases of our time, Alzheimer’s, and HSN is debuting a jewelry line based on her baubles on Friday to raise money and awareness for this life destroyer.

HSN Inc.’s philanthropic arm is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association for this initiative. In addition to the home shopping channel, other HSN Inc. brands will be participating in this initiative, namely Ballard Designs and TravelSmith.

Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth

In collaboration with Hayworth’s daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, HSNi Cares teamed up with the Alzheimer’s group for a 10-day campaign from that is running through May 10 to generate awareness of this disease.

The campaign’s centerpiece is a two-hour HSN Cares special Friday at 7 p.m. featuring the launch of the HSN Cares Rita Hayworth Jewelry Collection, inspired by the actress’s classic favorite pieces. And 10 percent of the purchase price from all items in the collection going to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“HSN Cares is proud to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association and Princess Yasmin to honor the legacy of Rita Hayworth,” HSN President Bill Brand said in a canned statement. “We hope to generate widespread awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association, while creating meaningful connections through the impactful story of Rita Hayworth’s battle with the disease.”

The Rita Hayworth collection features 25 pieces designed with influence from items in Rita’s personal jewelry collection including: a 20.7 carat CZ three-stone engagement ring ($49.95); CZ and cultured freshwater pearl necklace ($199.95); a simulated emerald necklace & earrings set ($159.95); and a 23.75 carat CZ marquis and pave bracelet ($69.95).

Princess Yasmin will phone in during the show and to talk about the collection.

The charity also chimed in about the collaboration.

“The Alzheimer’s Association is proud to partner with HSNi Cares to both raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and raise critically needed funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs,” said Maria Carrillo, chief science officer of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“With more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, and more than 15 million people providing care, it is important that we all work together to change the trajectory of this disease and the commitment by HSNi Cares is greatly appreciated,” she said.

HSNi brands Ballard Designs and TravelSmith are also supporting the cause by providing their customers the opportunity to make a donation over the phones and online through May 16.

Ex-QVC Host Lisa Robertson’s Squeeze Is Tattooed Trainer

May 1, 2015

We don’t know why a British tabloid, the Daily Mail, is so obsessed with ex-QVC host Lisa Robertson’s love life. But it is, and apparently so are a lot of other folks.

The London rag’s story on Robertson and her younger 38-year-old boyfriend, her tattooed personal trainer, spread like wildfire among QVC customers.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3061586/Ex-QVC-queen-Lisa-Robertson-49-love-tatted-38-year-old-TRAINER.html

There’s been speculation about Robertson’s romantic life, sexual orientation and her pursuit by a horde of nut job stalkers for years.

Once she left QVC last December, Robertson started posting photos of her on vacation canoodling with her new beau, Eric McGee. The posts were a shock because Robertson had kept her personal life close to the vest.

According to the Daily Mail, McGee is divorced with two kids, and he and Robertson have met each other’s families. He even appeared on the home shopping network several times with her.

The Daily Mail dug up some dirt on McGee’s past financial woes.

His new life of luxury travel is a far cry from just four years ago when he and his wife Amy filed for bankruptcy with debts of almost $200,000.

In court documents seen by Daily Mail Online, Eric claimed he had personal assets worth just $11,000 and owed $189,243.

He said he had just $36.67 in two bank accounts, owned clothes worth $200 and household furniture valued at $1000.

His biggest asset was a 2007 Dodge Charger with 77,500 miles on the clock he valued at $9,475.

There have been plenty of snarky comments about Robertson’s new beau, that he’s too young; below her station, etc.

Here’s what we think: She and he look happy and very much in love in their photos.

No. 2 — This is not England with its royalty or India with its castes. We are all equals here. McGee has a job, seems to be treating Robertson well, and is hot as far as we are concerned. He’s not “beneath” anyone.

Good for both of them!

QVC Honcho Mike George Landed $2 Million Last Year

April 29, 2015

QVC Inc. President and CEO Mike George received $2 million in executive compensation last year, up from his $1.2 million in 2013, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday.

QVC’s parent company Liberty Interactive Corp. disclosed the information in its proxy statement. George’s comp in 2014 included a $1.1 million base salary and $841,400 in incentives.

http://ir.libertyinteractive.com/secfiling.cfm?filingid=1047469-15-4049&CIK=1355096

While 2 million greenbacks is nothing to sniff at, it is way below George’s executive comp in 2012, when it was $18.2 million, but that apparently included stock options that kick in over the years.

‘America’s Top Model’ Jay Manuel On His HSN Makeup Line

April 26, 2015

The New York Post did a story last week on Jay Manuel premiering his makeup line on HSN last month, headlined “Makeup Tips From A Man Who Wears It.”

http://nypost.com/2015/04/24/hey-ladies-this-man-is-here-to-tell-you-how-to-wear-makeup/

Manuel, a longtime panelist on “America’s Next Top Model,” offered his tips on makeup application, and talked about how he uses his own products when he’s on the air: Skin Perfector Foundation and Luxe Powder (which is sold out online).

http://www.hsn.com/shop/jay-manuel-beauty/13231

He also talks about his Soft Focus Powder Blush, Beauty Bronzer, lipstick in “Carnal” and lip and eye liner in “Naked.”

Forget Ecclissi, Go For QVC On The Apple Watch

April 25, 2015

No social-media opportunity gets past QVC: The home shopping network has hopped on the Apple Watch bandwagon.

Customers can now “engage with QVC content via real-time updates and notifications within the Apple Watch app. Initially available in the U.S., U.K. and Germany, QVC for Apple Watch will sync with and extend the functionality of the QVC app for iPhone,” the network said in a press release last week.

With a tap of the QVC icon (the Q logo) on the home screen, customers can see QVC’s most popular content – the Item on Air, the product currently being shown live on air; and the Today’s Special Value, QVC’s best find of the day. Another tap brings up a close-up product shot with pricing and product details.

Customers can then complete their transaction on their iPhone. Additionally, users who opt in to receive push notifications will see real-time alerts of what’s currently on air on the Apple Watch home screen, and will be able to see additional information by clicking directly on the QVC icon.

“As wearables continue to serve as an extension of the mobile and tablet experience, the Apple Watch app demonstrates QVC’s commitment to investing in new technologies that deliver a fun, seamless and intuitive customer experience,” QVC Vice President of Digital Content Alex Miller said in a canned statement.

“Our customers tend to be early adopters of technology and we believe they will enjoy this new way of discovering the latest from the brands and products they have come to love, now with a simple glance at their wrist.”

QVC for Apple Watch will continue to evolve, offering new features and capabilities over time.

“The functionality of the app will only continue to get more robust. With customer feedback over time, we plan to provide users with a more interactive and engaging on-body experience,” continued Miller. “The developer team here had a lot of fun with this, and we know our customers will enjoy it too.”

Last year, QVC introduced Apple’s Touch IDTM sensor technology for its iPhone app, giving customers the option to log in to their QVC accounts using just their fingertip to authenticate their identity.

QVC also introduced enhanced second screen capabilities on the QVC app for iPad, synchronizing products on air to a consolidated product view on the iPad and further establishing its necessity as a companion tool during QVC on-air programming.

“The launch of the Apple Watch app is the most recent milestone of our multi-year strategy to build a robust and scalable global technology platform,” said Venkatesh Natarajan, QVC’s vice president of IT commerce platforms.

“The strategy’s underlying technology architecture has been instrumental in delivering new capabilities efficiently to our customers across the globe. It also enables us to be more agile and capable of incorporating new features, like TouchID, with ease.”

The QVC app for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch is available for free in the App Store. The Apple Watch app, also available on a user’s iPhone, works with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Evine Live To Host ‘Invitation-Only’ Investor Day

April 21, 2015

Evine Live Inc. sent out a press release Tuesday extending an invitation to the investment community to its first Investor Day. However, if you read down in the announcement you learned that attendance was “by invitation only.”

Say what? So does that mean the whole “investment community” can come, or just a select few? BTW, so far we have not been invited.

The dog-and-pony show will be held at the company’s studios in Eden Prairie, Minn., May 28.

The release says:

CEO Mark Bozek will introduce his new leadership team, each of whom will discuss their backgrounds and value creation strategies which the Company believes will drive long-term growth and sustainable profitability. During the presentations, observations may be made regarding the Company’s financial performance and recent developments.

Attendance at the Investor Day in person is limited and by invitation only.

For further inquiries, please contact Beth McCartan at bmccartan@evine.com.

The presentations will be webcast simultaneously and available at http://evine.mwnewsroom.com beginning at roughly 11:30 am EST.

Designer Sigrid Olsen Makes Comeback On HSN

April 21, 2015

Back in the day, we sported clothes by designer Sigrid Olsen. Then her wares disappeared from brick-and-mortar stores. We’re happy to report she’s back on the scene.

http://community.hsn.com/t5/HSN-Blogs/Get-To-Know-The-Story-Behind-The-Sigrid-Olsen-Studio/ba-p/809085?cm_mmc=Social_Facebook_HSNCommunity_SigridOlsenBlogPost_GettoKnow

Olsen has done a collection for HSN. InStyle magazine just did a story on the designer’s HSN line, pointing out her original retail business shut down seven years ago.

http://news.instyle.com/2015/04/17/eric-wilson-sigrid-olsen-hsn/

Two of Sigrid Olsen's beachy HSN offerings

Two of Sigrid Olsen’s beachy HSN offerings

InStyle writer Eric Wilson, like us, is fan of Olsen. He wrote that when Olsen’s line shut down, she got back rights to use her name and was running galleries where she sold her prints as paintings, as well as organizing yoga retreats.

Wilson wrote that her HSN frocks are similar to her original clothes, where she stamped designs on fabric using a cut-out potato.

Now living in Florida, Olsen also said that she is doing ageless, comfortable merchandise for HSN. The top price for her clothing appears to be $100.

http://www.hsn.com/shop/sigrid-olsen-studio/13186?rid=3858&query=sigrid%20olsen&isSuggested=False&URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hsn.com%2Fshop%2Fsigrid-olsen-studio%2F13186%3Frid%3D3858%26query%3Dsigrid%2520olsen%26isSuggested%3DFalse%26&cm_mmc=cj-_-HSN+RSS+Feed-_-5661516-10699362-_-skim58287X1516329Xdb36f9529ddf4c1de24b4fbb54159b2f-NA

HSN, QVC Set First-Quarter Earnings Releases

April 18, 2015

It’s that time of the year, first-quarter earnings.

Last week HSN said that it would report first-quarter results May 6 at 8 a.m. Eastern Time before the market opens.

CEO Mindy Grossman and COO and CFO Judy Schmeling will hold a conference call at 9 a.m. Eastern Time to review these results.

There will be a simultaneous audio webcast available via the company’s website at http://www.hsni.com.

A replay of the conference call can be accessed until May 20 by dialing 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406, plus the pass code 16764611 and will also be hosted on the company’s website for a limited time.

QVC’s parent, Liberty Interactive Corp., will do its first-quarter earnings call May 8 at 12:15 p.m.

The first-quarter earnings conference call will be broadcast live via the Internet. All interested participants should visit the Liberty Interactive website at http://www.libertyinteractive.com/events to register for the webcast.

Links to the press release and replays of the call will also be available on the Liberty Interactive website. The conference call and related materials will be archived for one year.

QVC Fined In Accidental Death Of Warehouse Worker

April 18, 2015

QVC has been fined $4,500 regarding safety issues in the case of a South Carolina warehouse worker who died in an accident Thanksgiving Day last year, according to a local newspaper.

http://www.scnow.com/news/business/article_9482fb22-df19-11e4-adf0-2bc16f1fee74.html

The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation also determined that the home shopping network’s safety program wat the 560-employee facility was deficient, according to story.

The determination and fine stem from the death of Agnes Ann McKithen Carter, 45, who was a QVC warehouse assistant at a distribution center in Florence, S.C.

She was 30 feet in the air on a forklift grabbing merchandise when a newly trained forklift operator drove into Carter’s aisle and hit her forklift. Although Carter was in a harness, she fell down with her forklift and died at a local hospital.

QVC has until May 4 to address safety concerns and to pay its fine, the story said. In a statement, QVC expressed sadness over Carter’s death and said it was dealing with safety issues.

The network also said that the employee who hit Carter’s forklift is no longer with the company.

Carter, who had a lovely smile, is survived by her husband, who she recently married, and four kids.

Her mother told the local newspaper that it is pursuing legal action against QVC.

QVC Goes A Little Bit Country, With ACM Awards

April 17, 2015

We love the Southwest, cowboy boots and margaritas, but we’ve never cottoned to country music. But QVC apparently does.

The home shopping network this week said that it broadcast live from the Academy of Country Music Festival tonight, Friday.

The release says:

Tune in to “QVC Celebrates the 50th Annual ACM Awards” on Friday, April 17 at 10 PM (ET) as the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer captures all of the excitement as the Academy of Country Music (ACM) prepares for its 50th Annual Awards in Arlington, Texas. With performances from some of country music’s biggest stars as the backdrop, QVC will be on site to commemorate the Academy’s five decades of country music.

http://www.qvc.com/PressRelease.content.html?press=cp_press_041515_ACMAwards.endpress

Six-time ACM Award-winner Clint Black is QVC’s guest to co-host the show along with Carolyn Gracie.

In celebration of the 50th ACM Awards, QVC is hawking a three-disc set titled “Now That’s What I Call ACM Awards 50 Years.”

The album features a collection of recordings from artists such as Alabama, Clint Black, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and many more.

As an added bonus, shoppers will receive a third disc created especially for QVC.

“At QVC, we aim to provide our shoppers with a backstage pass to some of today’s most popular musical acts,” said Karen Fonner, QVC’s vice president of content marketing and programming. “Teaming up with the Academy of Country Music allows us to showcase the top hits from some of country music’s biggest stars and share all of the excitement of the 50th Annual ACM Awards with our viewers.”

Those attending the Academy of Country Music Festival will have the opportunity to check out QVC firsthand. Fans can capture all the fun of the festival in a special GIF photo booth and HALO, a leader in portable power, will be providing a Portable Power Charging Station to ensure that phones stay charged throughout all of the excitement.

In addition, Q the Music™ complimentary music download cards will be distributed to increase awareness of QVC’s new music initiative that makes downloading music easier than ever. Any Q the Music purchase syncs directly to an existing music library. Shoppers can purchase “Now That’s What I Call ACM Awards 50 Years” or music from their other favorite artists by visiting qvc.com/music.

Evine Live Appoints New Chief Merchandising Officer

April 17, 2015

After cleaning house of executives from the prior regime, Evine Live has brought in its own choice as chief merchandising officer, Penny Burnett.

Burnett, who will report to CEO Mark Bozek, starts April 20.

“Burnett brings more than 20 years of merchandising experience to Evine Live including traditional retail experience as well as merchandising and brand development consulting,” according to the press release.

“I believe Penny’s strong track record building businesses across broad categories of product positions her well to lead Evine Live’s efforts to expand our roster of proprietary brands and diversify our product mix,” Bozek said in a canned statement. “Penny’s retail and wholesale experience and her proven ability to drive both top line sales and profit should further our growth strategy.”

Burnett served as vice president of merchandising for Global Brands Group, part of the Fung Group, for five years where she directly managed the merchandising strategy for new acquisitions and oversaw merchandising for the kids’ and young men’s businesses.

Prior to that, she was the vice president of sales and merchandising for Guggenheim Partners on the Lionel brand and held key merchandising roles at both Macy’s and Target Corporation. She will be relocating to the company’s headquarters in Minneapolis.

“I could not be more thrilled to join the Evine Live family. As a merchant, it’s exciting to join a company distinguished for its vibrant approach to a wide range of products,” Burnett said in her canned statement. “The future of Evine Live is very exciting and I’m looking forward to joining a top-notch leadership team in such a dynamic organization poised for growth.”

HSN Chief Grossman’s Comp Last Year Was $4.9 Million

April 10, 2015

It’s the time of the year where public companies filed their proxy statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and we peons find out how much money America’s corporate elite made last year.

In the case of HSN CEO Mindy Grossman, it’s less than 2013, but nothing that we would sniff at. Grossman’s comp was $4.9 million in 2014, compared with $13.8 million in 2013.

Mindy Grossman

Mindy Grossman

http://www.hsni.com/secfiling.cfm?filingid=1434729-15-6&CIK=1434729

As the Tampa Bay Business Journal explained, the gap in Grossman’s comp is deceiving and really “a paper distinction,” since she received all stock awards in 2013 but they will vest over the coming years.

http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2015/04/06/hsns-top-exec-sees-pay-package-shrink-in-2014.html

Last year Grossman’s salary was $1.2 million, with a $1.2 million incentive bonus and the rest stock options.

QVC, Cosmetic Execs Team On ‘Cancers and Careers’ Benefit

April 10, 2015

For the third consecutive year, QVC and Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) are joining forces for “QVC and CEW Present Beauty with Benefits,” a two-hour broadcast that will provide shoppers a chance to feel beautiful while giving back.

Next Thursday QVC will offer “prestige beauty brands” with 80 percent of the purchase price of donated merchandise benefiting Cancer and Careers, a charitable program of the CEW Foundation.

Beauty buffs can tune in to QVC for a wide range of products including color cosmetics, fragrance, skin care and hair care from brands including Laura Mercier, Clinique, Fresh, Shiseido, bareMinerals, Josie Maran, philosophy and many more.

As an added bonus, each shopper will receive a gift with purchase which features five deluxe samples from participating brands in a Sonia Kashuk-designed cosmetic bag created especially for ” Beauty with Benefits.”

Cancer and Careers empowers, educates and provides essential tools to people with cancer so that they can thrive in the workplace. Throughout the evening, inspiring segments will showcase those who have benefited from the many resources provided by Cancers and Careers.

Viewers will be shown the impact that each purchase can make on the lives of those affected by cancer, and industry experts will share beauty tips and tricks that are guaranteed to leave everyone feeling beautiful.

“QVC is dedicated to supporting our ongoing commitment to promote the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships,” said Ken O’Brien, senior vice president of merchandising for QVC. “Teaming up with CEW once again this year for ‘Beauty with Benefits’ will help us inspire viewers to positively impact lives across the country through Cancer and Careers.”

In support of the broadcast, QVC also launched a social campaign with the theme of “Better Together.” This simple but powerful phrase reinforces the collective goal of “Beauty with Benefits,” which is to bring people, products and expertise together to make life better for cancer survivors on the job.

QVC viewers, with or without a direct connection to cancer, will be encouraged to post about someone who makes life better for them, whether it is a friend, colleague, parent, teacher, doctor, grandparent, etc. Using the hashtag #BeautywithBenefits, viewers can share who they are better together with.

The social campaign will be promoted across social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, QVC Community and Google+.

To help raise awareness for ” Beauty with Benefits,” longtime friends model and entrepreneur Cindy Crawford and makeup artist and entrepreneur Sonia Kashuk united their passions for beauty and appeared in both the print and television public service announcements for the broadcast.

‘Orange County Housewives’ Hubby Headed To Evine Live

April 10, 2015

Now not only the women from the various iterations of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchises are flocking to home shopping networks to hawk products, the men are as well.

Dr. Terry Dubrow, the plastic surgeon who often appeared with his wife, actress Heather Dubrow, on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” now has a gig on Evine Live.

Dubrow, who also has his own show on E! called “Botched,” will be on Evine Live selling Consult Beaute, a line of anti-aging skin products. The missus will be appearing live with him for the premiere of the stuff on April 18 and 19.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/dr-terry-dubrow-renowned-plastic-140000308.html;_ylt=A0LEVixT1SZVsKkAVTsnnIlQ

“For close to 20 years, Dr. Dubrow has built a reputation as one of Southern California’s most respected plastic surgeons, offering a personalized approach to each of his patients. We’re thrilled to introduce Dr. Dubrow’s exclusive line of products to our customers,” Evine Live CEO Mark Bozek said in a canned statement. “We’re excited to add Consult Beaute to EVINE Live’s growing list of exclusive and proprietary brands.”

Dr. Terry Dubrow and actress wife Heather

Dr. Terry Dubrow and actress wife Heather

The doc had his own two cents, as well.

“I’m looking forward to sharing Consult Beaute with Evine Live’s customers,” Dubrow said. “While plastic surgery isn’t for everyone, every woman deserves to feel beautiful. I’m an advocate for minimal treatment that helps produce natural-looking results. I believe Consult Beaute’s innovative approach to anti-aging will help enhance the natural beauty and look of vitality customers are in search of without surgery.”

Dubrow helped develop Consult Beaute as an alternative for women like us, who are too scared and broke to go under the knife.

The press release says:

While most anti-aging products only offer topical creams, Consult Beaute goes one step further. The brand’s internal, external approach to beauty utilizes a two part system that works by combining age-fighting topical products with ingestible supplements that help support the health of skin, hair and nails.

With a practice based in Newport Beach, he made his television debut on Fox’s “The Swan,” and later went on to appear on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”

In 2014 he began starring in E!’s reality series “Botched” repairing plastic surgeries gone wrong. In addition to his television career, Dr. Dubrow is a board-certified plastic surgeon and former chief resident of plastic surgery at UCLA’s School of Medicine.

Iman Palazzo Pants Generate $8.8 Million For HSN

April 10, 2015

Super model Iman is doing very well for HSN, according to the New York Post’s gossip column this week.

Page Six reported that Iman sold nearly a quarter-million pairs of her palazzo pants over two weekends, generating $8.8 million in sales.

Sweet.

http://pagesix.com/2015/04/06/we-hear-1576/?_ga=1.84665561.1387340377.1408419542

JTV Holds Contest To Find Rock Star Jewelry Designer

April 1, 2015

Does everybody really want to be a rock star, like Nickelback says? Jewelry Television seems to think so. (Coincidentally, we heard the song this morning on the radio coming to work.)

The home shopping network is launching a national competition to discover talented jewelry designers. JTV’s Rock Star Designer Contest is open to the public and the online call for entries runs through April 30.

“We know there are many talented jewelry designers just waiting to be discovered and given their first big break,” Jill Johnson, JTV vice president of marketing, said in a canned statement. “We decided to use our international platform to offer exposure for contestants, as well as an opportunity to help one lucky winner get started in the jewelry industry.”

Entrants must submit photos of finished jewelry they have designed and made that represents their unique design style, along with a headshot and video message explaining why they should be JTV’s first Rock Star Designer.

The winner will receive: $5,000 cash prize; one-on-one mentoring with JTV’s international buyers; a segment on JTV featuring winner’s jewelry collection; exposure to 85 million households; and introductions to industry insiders and manufacturers

One hundred jewelry designers will be selected from the applicant group by the judges’ panel, consisting of industry experts. The initial finalists will be posted online for public viewing and voting, which will narrow the group to 10 semi-finalists.

The panel of judges will narrow the group to five finalists who will be notified May 29th and will receive an all-expense paid trip to JTV headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in a reality show style competition.

Designers will be filmed as they work their way through 4 unique design challenges. One finalist will be eliminated after each challenge until a winner emerges. The episodes will be aired on JTV.com/RockStar and promoted on the national broadcast network.

Entrants must be at least 21 years old and be available for the challenge filming dates. For a complete list of rules and details visit JTV.com/RockStar. Learn more about JTV at http://www.jtv.com.

HSN Vendor/Handbag Designer Carlos Falchi Dead At 70

April 1, 2015

There’s been another sad death in the home shopping world. Handbag designer Carlos Falchi, an HSN vendor, died last Friday.

The talented designer appeared on-air recently on the home shopping network and looked spry and fit.

Carlos Falchi

Carlos Falchi

Obits said that he died at Duke University in North Carolina after a brief illness, apparently brain cancer.

http://wwd.com/accessories-news/handbags/carlos-falchi-dies-at-age-10103931/

We thought that HSN mourned his demise in a classy way. On the web page for his HSN “Chi by Falchi” line, HSN had a photo of him that said, 1944-2015,
“Thank you for your passion, creativity and artistic spirit.”

There was also a video.

http://www.hsn.com/shop/chi-by-falchi-handbags-and-luggage/fa0022-1569

One of Falchi’s daughters also posted a moving message on Facebook,

“I just want to say a big Thank You to all of my friends for your kindness and outpouring of support. It brings me comfort to see just how many lives my Dad has touched, I am so grateful to all of you for contacting me and offering kind words. It means so much to me and my family. I wish I could give each and every one of you a big Carlos Falchi hug but please know we are thinking of you. All our love, Kate Falchi, Juliet Falchi and Missy.”

RIP Carlos.

Lisa Mason Returns To QVC April 13 As Host

April 1, 2015

Yada, yada, yada. Lisa Mason has revealed when she is returning to QVC as a host.

Mason posted a blog on QVC.com that warned, “I’m Back.” She makes her first appearance on April 13 on a Diamonique show with Jane Treacy.

Here it is:

Hello, my Dear Friends!

I am so very excited to share with you that I am returning to QVC as Host. It has been almost 4 1/2 years since I was a part of the QVC family and and I have missed you terribly! I have received the most amazing, warm welcome from the host team and everyone at QVC.

Lisa Mason and hubby Gino

Lisa Mason and hubby Gino

Gino, my husband, and I are transitioning back to Pennsylvania now. As soon as all is settled, I’ll see you on the air.

http://community.qvc.com/blogs/beauty-banter/topic/499851/im-back.aspx?cm_ven=FB&cm_cat=VENDOR&cm_pla=7B_GOSMILE_20150401_id:LISAMASONPOSTINGONHERPUBLICFB&cm_ite=NA_COMMUNITY_ai:499851LISAIMBACKBLOG&cvosrc=social%2Bnetwork.facebook-vendor.-GOSMILE-20150401-COMMUNITY

Here is what Mason’s mentor, Mary Beth Roe, had to say:

Don’t you just love seeing a long lost friend you haven’t seen in a long time? That’s why I’m so glad Lisa Mason is back as a QVC host! After a decade and a half of shopping with Lisa, falling in love with her sweet southern accent and her charming sense of humor, she wanted to branch out and try other things. We all understood, so she moved on about 5 years ago. She wrote a book, dabbled in real estate, did infomercials and was even a guest on QVC with Supersmile (one of my favorite products), and now we needed her back!

It’s like riding a bike…you never forget how. She will jump right in and take you shopping, and I’m sure you will enjoy her, laugh with her laugh, and fall in love with her, “Sugar”…”you sweet thing”… But also know that she knows her stuff. She knows the products inside and out, and she especially excels with jewelry, beauty, fashions, accessories as well as home goods. Cooking? I’ll find out from Gino, her husband! Welcome back, Lisa!

Management Bloodbath Hits Evine Live

March 28, 2015

Evine Live had a bloody week. Formerly known as ShopHQ, the home shopping network has done some spring cleaning, sweeping out many members of the former management team — including the president.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/evine-live-inc-announces-executive-205500666.html;_ylt=A0LEV790zhZVLxsAiJ4nnIlQ

First, the network appointed Tim Peterman its executive vice president and chief financial officer, replacing Bill McGrath.

Peterman’s resume includes stints at Synacor, E.W. Scripps Co., IAC and Tribune Co. He will report to Mark Bozek, CEO of Evine Live Inc.

Bob Ayd gone

Bob Ayd

“Tim’s extensive experience in finance, retail and media makes him the ideal executive to drive Evine Live’s performance going forward,” Evine Live Chairman Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement. “We are confident that his proven ability to execute will be a tremendous asset as we continue to drive efficiencies and gain momentum with our strategy.”

But here is the blockbuster buried in the press release: “The company continues to transition its approach in all areas of the business, Evine Live is consolidating leadership and announced it is eliminating President Bob Ayd’s position.”

Wow!

Another casualty was Teresa Dery, senior vice president and general counsel. Her interim replacement is Chief Strategy Officer Russell Nuce.

And here is Bozek’s “don’t-let-the-door-slap-you-in-the-ass” quote:

“We appreciate the contributions Bob, Bill and Teresa have made to the company and wish them all the best in their future endeavors,” he said. “We believe that our new leadership structure will allow us to be more nimble in all areas of the business and further cement a strong foundation for long term growth and profitability.”

Ex-QVC Host Lisa Robertson Dishes On Stalkers

March 28, 2015

What was up with ex-QVC host Lisa Robertson’s appearance last week on “Good Morning America”?

Host Robin Roberts claimed that it was the first time that Robertson had ever talked about her multiple stalkers. We don’t think that is so.

We have no sympathy for nutjob stalkers, far from it. But in the journalism biz, there usually has to be a timely news peg to do a story. But there was none here, that we could see.

Robertson told Roberts that she was so fearful of her stalkers, she essentially became a shut-in except for work. Robertson talked about court proceedings against one of the crackpots that tracked her.

She also said that her stalkers weren’t the sole reason she left the home shopping network, but was part of a list of reasons.

The ex-host also said that she isn’t retired, and is enjoying sleeping in.

Outdoor Decor Scott Brothers Head To QVC

March 28, 2015

Well, QVC says they have had four hit TV shows, but we’ve never heard of them. That must be because we avoid any home design programs like the plague.

But for those in the know, Jonathan and Drew Scott, “recognized worldwide for their real estate and design expertise,” are coming to QVC next week.

Their line of outdoor furnishings and accessories, Scott Living, will be on the air Tuesday at 10 p.m.

“Jonathan and Drew are famous for their ability to transform any living space into a dream dwelling,” Ken O’Brien, QVC’s senior vice president of merchandising, said in a canned statement. “We hope viewers will be inspired by the expert tips the brothers have to offer and seize the opportunity to update or refresh their outdoor spaces, just in time for spring.”

The press release says:

A combination of quality, style, versatility and affordability, the Scott Living collection has something to offer for design pros and novices alike. With products ranging from traditional to contemporary, the collection features an assortment of patio furniture, lanterns and lamps, decorative planters and more guaranteed to complement any style and space, with items perfect for all budgets.

“Helping fans turn their dream homes into reality is something we’re very passionate about,” Jonathan said.

“We are excited to unveil our collection on QVC and share our knowledge and experience with millions of viewers across the country,” added Drew Scott.

Since we don’t have an outdoor space to decorate, we’ll be watching “Chicago Fire” next Tuesday.

Bradley Cooper Joins Cast Of Film Bio Of HSN’s Joy Mangano

March 23, 2015

Wow, HSN mother of invention Joy Mangano must have had quite a life so far.

White-hot actress Jennifer Lawrence is slated to play Mangano in a film, “Joy,” which comes out in December. And who are her co-stars?

Hunky Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro, according to several press reports today. Wowser! We consider Brad very “Huggable.” And he just broke up with his girlfriend.

The movie is already filming, in places like Massachusetts.

QVC Alum Lisa Robertson On “GMA,” Lisa Mason Comeback?

March 23, 2015

Our astute Facebook friend Maryam informed us that former QVC host Lisa Robertson is slated to make an appearance on “Good Morning America” tomorrow, Tuesday.

http://headlineplanet.com/home/2015/03/20/tove-lo-marina-and-the-diamonds-to-perform-on-good-morning-america/

We don’t know if she’s a guest, a host, or what.

And TVShoppingQueens.com has a good scoop. The site is reporting that former QVC host Lisa Mason is coming back to the home shopping network. Maybe it’s an effort to fill the Grand Canyon-sized gap left by Robertson’s departure.

http://www.tvshoppingqueens.com/forum/showthread.php?15158-%28QVC%29-BIG-NEWS-LISA-MASON-will-return-to-QVC-as-a-Host!!!

Congrats to TVShoppingQueens for breaking the news, and congrats to Mason for returning as a host. We hope Gino is doing well with his brain cancer treatments.

Jewelry Designer Dallas Prince’s Husband Recovers From Heart Attack

March 21, 2015

Dallas Prince and her husband and fellow jewelry designer and home shopping vendor, Vincent Ciurluini, are one of the most gorgeous couples we have ever seen. Not only that, they are talented designers and gracious, lovely and charming every time they are on-air.

So it was frightening to read on Facebook that Vincent last week suffered a heart attack. The good news is that doctors saved his life, and he is on the mend.

Dallas Prince and her husband Vincent, who is recovering from a heart attack

Dallas Prince and her husband Vincent, who is recovering from a heart attack

“Need a million prayers….. my husband, Vincent, had a heart attack last night and had surgery,” Prince posted on Wednesday. “A fabulous team of specialists saved his life. He is weak but laughing with me tonight in ICU at the hospital. He remains my everything.”

https://www.facebook.com/dallasprincedesigns?fref=photo

The next day, Prince had this update.

“Your enormous gift of prayers was overwhelming. I have truly never cried so many tears,” she wrote. “My ‘gentle giant’ husband had a very restful night and is about to have breakfast! I can’t stop staring at him and know that this was my miracle. So grateful to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. Much love…..Dallas.”

Prince has appeared on ShopHQ and had a brief stint on HSN before returning to what is now known as Evine Live. Vincent has also sold jewelry on Evine Live.

Our dad ended up dying of pancreatic cancer in January, but nearly 20 years ago he suffered a massive heart attack. The hospital where he was treated, Morristown Memorial, had just recruited a team of heart specialists from Philly. Those doctors saved our dad’s life.

We’re glad physicians were able to do the same for Vincent, and our prayers and well wishes go out to him and Dallas.

Cindy Crawford, Sonia Kashuk To Do QVC Cancer Benefit PSAs

March 21, 2015

Glamor pusses Cindy Crawford (and fellow Northwestern grad) makeup artist Sonia Kashuk will be appearing in both a print and television public service announcement for “QVC and CEW Present Beauty with Benefits,” the home shopping network said last week.

http://www.qvc.com/PressRelease.content.html?press=cp_press_031715_BeautyWithBenefits.endpress

QVC and Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) are again teaming up for a two-hour live charitable broadcast to provide shoppers with a special opportunity to feel beautiful while giving back.

“QVC and CEW Present Beauty with Benefits” will April 15 and feature beauty brands including Laura Mercier, Clinique, Laura Geller, Shiseido, Josie Maran and philosophy.

“Cindy and Sonia have each been inspiring women for years with their ambition and passionate spirits,” Ken O’Brien, QVC’s senior vice president of merchandising, said in a canned statement. “We are honored to have them as our spokespeople this year and are confident that together, they will inspire viewers to make a difference.”

During the event, customers can shop from a selection of cosmetics, fragrance, skin-care and hair-care products, and 80 percent of the purchase price of donated merchandise will benefit Cancer and Careers, a charitable program of the CEW Foundation that is dedicated to the empowerment of people living and working with cancer.

Since 2013, “QVC and CEW Present Beauty with Benefits” has generated $2.2 million to benefit Cancer and Careers.

“Cancer has affected so many lives, but the challenges of living and working with cancer is often an aspect of the diagnosis that rarely gets attention,” Crawford said in a statement. “That is why I wanted to be a part of this great cause with my dear friend Sonia. Beauty is not just about the way you look, but also about the way you feel inside, and this is an opportunity for beauty to make a difference in people’s lives.”

“As a cancer survivor and beauty industry veteran, I am thrilled to be a part of Beauty with Benefits,” added Kashuk. “It’s wonderful to see so many leading names in beauty come together to support such a powerful cause that will impact the lives of so many.”

Evine Live Sees 4 Percent Sales Gain In Fourth Quarter

March 19, 2015

Newly christened Evine Live, formerly ShopHQ, posted a 4 percent increase in sales in the fourth quarter, up to $201 million.

The company Wednesday reported adjusted net income of $3.7 million, a rise over $3.4 million in the year-ago period.

Mark Bozek

Mark Bozek

For fiscal 2014, the home shopping channel racked up sales of $675 million, up 5 percent over fiscal 2013.

http://shophq.mwnewsroom.com/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?nodeguid=f3ec1979-067f-4618-ac64-a01860e8b8c4&lang=en-US

“Our fourth quarter results were solid,and we are pleased with the progress we have made in strengthening the organization and repositioning to a digital commerce company,” CEO Mark Bozek said in a canned statement.

“Most importantly, at this early stage we have created a high level of enthusiasm and competitiveness that has not existed at this company in a long time,” he said. “We have begun a range of brand partnerships and digital commerce initiatives that we believe will help drive long-term sustainable growth in sales and profitability. We look forward to hosting an investor day at our headquarters on May 28th, where we will share more on our progress.”

William McGrath, EVP & CFO of EVINE Live, also chimed in.

“Our adjusted EBITDA margin of 3.4 percent for fiscal 2014, reflected a 60 basis point annual improvement. We are committed to continuing to improve our profitability levels and to enhance our liquidity. At the end of the quarter, we had $21.9 million in cash, including restricted cash. On March 6th, we increased our revolving credit facility with PNC by an additional $15 million. This expansion provides the company with greater flexibility and liquidity to support future growth.”

HSN Readies New Model Host Amy Bravo For Duty

March 17, 2015

HSN has a new host coming, one with apparently Hispanic roots.

She’s Amy Bravo, who has previously served as a host for HSN’s “Boutique” on segments on Univision, the Spanish-language broadcast giant. Bravo has also been a model on the English-language HSN.

Amy Bravo

Amy Bravo

On Facebook veteran HSN host Colleen Lopez posted an item about Bravo.

“I could not be more excited to introduce you to our newest HSN Host in Training – the beautiful and talented Amy Bravo!!!” Lopez wrote. “As one of our fabulous models for many years, Amy is already part of our HSN family – I’m so proud to watch her spread her wings and fulfill her dreams of becoming a Host. Much love and congratulations, Amy! ♥♥♥”

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=627768473&fref=ts

Does Ex-QVC Host Lisa Robertson Have A Boyfriend?

March 12, 2015

We’ve been out of action for a few months, while we were on the mend. That left us a lot of time to watch home shopping while the ol’ ankle healed.

Here are a few observations from along the way:

We always liked Chris Scanlon when she was an HSN host, and were happy to see she was returning to home shopping on a new net, Evine Live. But her product was a hanger that bore a remarkable resemblance to those that HSN Invention Queen Joy Mangano sells. Is Scanlon trying to be “Huggable”?

We will still hate the Evine Live name forever, but we think it was brilliant for the network to introduce its Top Value, Today’s Special or whatever else you want to call it at 10 p.m. each night, two hours before HSN and QVC. This change has us tuning in to Evine Live before midnight.

Why is Lisa Robertson smiling?

Why is Lisa Robertson smiling?

Kudos to the home shopping nets for their recent jewelry shows. Evine Live did a particularly nice job with its live broadcasts from Tucson. Wish we were there.

We missed the soiree that Evine Live held at the Plaza in the Big Apple during Valentine’s Day weekend, when the channel introduced its new moniker. Lisa Vanderpump, Paula Deen and playboy chef Todd English were all there, as was Giggy, who dresses better than we do.

But there was an uproar from fans of the Three Amigos — Chuck Clemency, Paul Deasy and Michael Valitutti — because they weren’t included in the festivities. Some viewers feared that Evine Live’s new management was sacking the dynamic trio. It was a tempest in a teapot, because these jewelry mavens appear to be quite secure, and deservedly so, as Evine Live vendors.

Talk show host Wendy Williams, who at one pointed lived in our town of Montclair, N.J., had a jewelry line on QVC that never got traction. In fact, former QVC host Lisa Robertson made several appearances on Williams’ show. Well, Williams has now joined the flock of ex-QVC vendors who have been picked up by HSN. But it looks like Williams is doing apparel for HSN, not baubles.

Speaking of Robertson, QVC viewers continue to be obsessed with her love life. She posted photos on Facebook of her recent vacation, which showed her with a younger man. He is apparently her trainer, Eric. Is her also her boyfriend? Some claim that Lisa said on Facebook that he is, but we couldn’t find any such comment.

Anyway, if he is her squeeze, good for her. If not, that’s cool, too.

Billy Joel’s Ex-, Paul Deen And Todd English Hit Home Shopping Circuit

March 11, 2015

Something’s cooking at several of the home shopping channels. And it adds up to a lot of dollar signs.

Today HSN put out a press release noting that Katie Lee, Long Island crooner Billy Joel’s ex-wife, is coming to the network. The announcement was about the No. 2 home shopping channel’s 24-hour “Ultimate Cooking Lesson” on Sunday.

The cast of characters for that shindig will also include Curtis Stone, Robert Irvine, Lorena Garcia, Carla Hall, Ingrid Hoffmann, Jamie Gwen, Eduardo Garcia and Keith Schroeder.

“HSN is looking forward to hosting our first-ever cooking lesson with culinary greats from all over the country who will present innovative products during one of our most memorable cooking events ever,” Anne Martin-Vachon, HSN’s 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.”

The release says:

HSN’s newest personality, Katie Lee, will be launching Endless Summer Cookbook (Stewart, Tabori & Chang Hardcover), taking viewers beyond kitchen walls as she guides them through the complete dining experience: the atmosphere, the stories that ingredients tell and the company at the table.

And we’d be remiss not to mention what’s brewing over at Evine Live. Not only has it snapped up Paula Deen, who was dumped by QVC after the furor over some of the racist remarks she made years ago, but it’s got HSN remnant Todd English, the sometimes publicly inebriated celebrity chef, hawking his cookbooks and such on-air.

Why all all the food fury? It makes tons of money for home shopping channels. David Venable helped pave the way with the multi-million dollar empire he’s built for QVC with his cooking shows. It’s no chump change.

“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.

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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.”

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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.

Evine Live’s First-Quarter Sales Dip 1 Percent, To $158 Million

May 21, 2015

It wasn’t exactly a stellar first quarter for Evine Live.

The No. 3 home shopping network posted fiscal first-quarter earnings Wednesday, reporting that net sales were $158 million, down 1 percent compared with the same period last year.

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That’s not a good showing compared to Evine Live’s rivals. QVC saw a 3 percent sales gain, to $1.3 billion in the first quarter, while HSN was up 10 percent, to $600.5 million.

Mark Bozek

Mark Bozek

And quite frankly, CEO Mark Bozek had a lot of ‘splaining to do, as Ricky Ricardo used to say in “I Love Lucy.” Bozek doth protest too much, as far as we’re concerned.

This is straight from Evine Live’s press release, from Bozek:

“While we hoped to deliver top line growth of at least 3 percent, several factors including a lower than ideal average selling price in watches, discounting excess textiles inventory on-air and lower shipping revenues worked against us. These factors also contributed to the decrease in our adjusted EBITDA to $2 million.

On the other hand, we’ve launched over a dozen proprietary brands since the beginning of the year, and our new brands are being well received and are driving higher sales per minute than our legacy product.

In addition, our Fashion Day at the end of April was an extraordinary success, and contributed to year-over-year segment growth of 18 percent in the quarter. With time, we expect new, higher margin brands to grow to represent an increasing share of the total, which should lift the top and bottom lines overall. We have a lot of exciting growth initiatives underway and I look forward to sharing more detail about them at our Investor Day on May 28.

Penny Burnett

Penny Burnett

This was another productive quarter for our team. After an extensive recruiting process, we completed our executive transition plan during the first quarter when we hired our new Chief Financial Officer, Tim Peterman, and our new Chief Merchandising Officer, Penny Burnett.

Tim and Penny are great additions to our team and I couldn’t be more excited to be working with them. Furthermore, just last week we celebrated the official opening of our expanded distribution facility and call center in Bowling Green, Ky. There is still work to do, but when complete it will allow us to deliver faster shipping times and improved customer service.

It has been just under a year since I took over as CEO of a company that needed a cohesive strategic vision. Our success hinges on our commitment to be nimble and continuously test new product launches, merchandising mix and programming platforms.

While new initiatives take time, the progress we are making is clearly reflected in several encouraging first-quarter records – including total customers, average purchase frequency and units shipped. While the balance of 2015 will continue to be a transition period, the heavy lifting has been done and the benefit of changes we have made should be visible in our bottom line by year end.”

Excuses, excuses.

As Bozek said, fashion was Evine Live’s fastest-growing segment, with sales up 18 percent.

Jewelry posted sales growth of 8 percent, followed by beauty with 7 percent gains.

Watches declined 15 percent on less primetime air time allocation. Less air time? Really?

Total active customers on a trailing 12 month basis were 1.4 million, a 2 percent increase.

There were 2.2 million net shipped units, a 17 percent increase.

Average purchase frequency rose to 4.1 units per customer, a 15 jump.

Mobile remained the fastest-growing platform, with sales of $28 million, a 26 percent gain.

Peterman did some brown-nosing for his new boss, as well.

“I’m a long time student and fan of the home shopping industry, and actually worked with Mark at IAC,” he said.

“It is great to see that the Evine Live platform is catching up with the times and being positioned as a relevant competitor in the digital commerce space. Our peers are posting robust margins and we expect that we should be able to as well. Achieving sustainable, positive earnings per share growth is one of my primary goals. And while posting margin improvement is particularly challenging for smaller retail companies given the recent shipping pressures of higher costs and lower margins, we are committed to working more efficiently as an organization to deliver our overall profitability goals.”

Peterman continued, “We have a solid liquidity position that includes $18 million of cash, including restricted cash, and $30 million of availability on our revolving credit facility as of the end of the first quarter. We are focused on improving our existing distribution footprint with thoughtful changes, including a possible second channel similar to our peers.

“Furthermore, by year end, we expect to improve our inventory life cycle by establishing an outlet center close to our Bowling Green distribution center, which will provide an avenue to move merchandise that no longer meets our minimum performance levels for on-air allocation and avoids the situation we experienced this quarter in discounting excess textiles. As a reminder, given our $298 million Federal NOL position, our ability to generate free cash flow will accelerate once we deliver taxable income.”

The company also offered an outlook for the rest of the year, saying that it expects the cumulative effect of its changes to have an impact by the fourth quarter.

“In the meantime, for the next two quarters sales are anticipated to be relatively flat with prior year results, followed by sales growth in the fourth quarter,” the press release said. “The company expects to turn the corner on generating positive net income on a sustainable quarterly basis in the fourth quarter.

Want To Be A JTV Host? Go To Vegas

May 21, 2015

Jewelry Television, which seems to be shedding quite a few hosts lately, is holding open auditions for on-air talent in Las Vegas at the end of the month.

We’re told candidates must have a passion for jewelry and gemstones, “although extensive knowledge is not required upon hire.”

Another requirement is “the ability to talk on camera about JTV jewelry and gemstone products, unscripted for up to four hours.”

Wow, that’s a tall order, make no mistake about it.

Those chosen will be invited to enter JTV’s host show apprentice program at the network’s headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., for product and on-air training.

Auditions will be held May 29 to 31 at Courtyard Las Vegas South.

Interested candidates must set up an appointment; more information is available at JTV.com.

Texan Advances In JTV 2015 Rock Star Designer Competition

May 19, 2015

Jewelry designer Deborah Wilson Taylor, whose jewelry was recently worn on CBS’s “The Young & The Restless, has advanced in Jewelry Television’s 2015 Rock Star Designer Competition.

Taylor’s company, Austin, Texas-based Femailler, is in the running for the contest, where the top five designers will compete in a reality series for the title of Rock Star.

Soap opera actress Kelly Sullivan, who plays Sage Warner, wore a very unique gold Byzantine necklace on “The Young & The Restless” on April 30 and May 1.

Designer Deborah Wilson Taylor's necklace

Designer Deborah Wilson Taylor’s necklace

The piece of jewelry was presented to the show’s wardrobe team as part of California-based Artisan Group’s Stylist Gift Bag Initiative, and was subsequently selected for Sullivan to wear on the show.

“I chose this necklace for TV because it is simple but elegant,” Taylor said in a canned statement. “I knew that because it was shorter in length, it would suit a variety of necklines and that the detail would show up well in close-ups.”

The necklace can be purchased at femailler.com, where it retails for $200.

Taylor’s participation in the JTV Rock Star Designer Competition involved creating and submitting a short video highlighting her work process and current designs, along with a bio and photos, according to a press release from the designer.

JTV’s panel of experts then pick top designers, including Taylor, to be voted on by the public. Public voting ends May 28 and the top 10 vote-getters will proceed to the next round of competition.

After further evaluation, the judges will then choose five finalists to travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in challenges until four are eliminated and a winner is chosen by the judges.

Taylor creates every piece of jewelry herself and handles all aspects of the business, including website, photography, videography, social media, order fulfillment and customer service.

“My passion is taking an ancient form of jewelry, chain maille, and bringing it to the modern, high-end market,” she said.

Her favorite designs include crosses and long and short drop earrings.

The designer began creating chain maille when she was 14, taught by her brother. She quickly decided to take those skills and create smaller more intricate versions in quality materials, in the form of jewelry.

QVC Vendor Mally Roncal’s Makeup Business Lands In Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

May 18, 2015

We know that home shopping fans don’s want to believe it, and neither do we, but makeup-artist-to-the-stars Mally Roncal’s namesake cosmetics company is in trouble. It has filed for involuntary bankruptcy.

We swear by Roncal’s mascara, which is a staple on QVC, so we’re a little shaken. And we love her bubbly personality. Yet we learned about her woes Sunday after a smart cookie posted the news on QVC Addicts on Facebook.

Mally Roncal in happier times

Mally Roncal in happier times

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Then we looked up the court papers in Maryland’s bankruptcy court, and there are reams of them online. It would take forever to read through all of them, but here is what we gleaned from the docket as best we can explain it.

Mallygirl LLC, which is based Towson, Md., was forced to file for Chapter 7 by its creditors, which include Brownie Mae Co. of Newark, on April 20.

In the filings, the creditors claim that the cosmetics company was set to sell all its assets for $7 million to Beauty Visions LLC, whose business address is Loeb & Loeb in Manhattan. The creditors allege that the proposed price is well below the value of those assets, which it puts at $18 million.

Those assets include merchandise consigned to QVC and held at its warehouses across the nation.

Most of the $7 million was slated to be paid to Mally’s secured lender Essex Bank, with no funds left to pay any of the company’s other creditors, which obviously didn’t sit well with those creditors. That’s why they went to court. Mallygirl had defaulted on a loan to the bank.

To stop the proposed sale and get an assessment of what was fair to creditors, they requested that a Chapter 7 trustee be appointed.

According to court papers, Mallygirl started looking for a buyer back in August 2014 when its business went sour.

“Mallygirl’s sales have weakened in recent years,” a court filing by the company’s creditors says.

“These shortfalls left Mallygirl both unable to make timely debt-service payments to Essex Bank and to meet obligations of its unsecured suppliers. Prior to the petition date, Mallygirl was subject to formal and informal forbearance agreements with a number of its suppliers. Prior to the petition date, the debtor considered various options in addressing its weakening financial performance, including efforts to obtain additional equity infusions.”

Roncal is mentioned in court documents.

“The value of the debtor (Mallygirl) and is assets is to a great degree based on the talents and services of Ms. Roncal,” papers said. “Ms. Roncal is both the face of the company and the brand, but is also the company’s chief sales’ person through her regular appearances on QVC.”

The pending sale was contingent on Roncal signing an employment agreement “to continue her
role as the face of the brand.”

Delaying a sale will decrease the value of Mallygirl’s assets, creditors claim, and they want bidding on the company.

“The urgent need to expedite the sale process cannot be understated,” they said in court papers. “The debtor’s cash will be depleted to almost zero in about five weeks, because QVC, a major
client of the debtor, has ceased paying the debtor on its accounts receivable.”

“Moreover, the inventory has a limited shelf life and is diminishing in value daily, and would be nearly worthless if operations cannot be funded or the sale does not close.”

Mallygirl has sought to have the case converted to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.

The list of 20 largest unsecured creditors includes QVC Royalty of Wayne, Penn., which is owed $118,000 and Topline Products Co., of Wayne, N.J., which is seeking $2.74 million.

JTV Host Jeff Moseley To Mosey Over to Royal Caribbean

May 16, 2015

Yet another host is leaving Jewelry Television.

Saturday Jeff Moseley said that he is taking an “amazing position” with the Royal Caribbean cruise line as the new business development manager in the Southeast region.

“I have enjoyed my time as a TV Host at JTV these past few years and I will miss many wonderful friends, co-workers and neighbors here in Knoxville, Tenn.,” he posted on Facebook. “What an honor to work for the ‘Best Cruise Line in the Caribbean.'” ‪

Jeff Moseley in action

Jeff Moseley in action

Moseley and his wife Erin were one of the few remaining husband-and-wife teams on a home shopping network, until she left to work for Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty.

The couple recently went on a diet using Isagenex, and lost a lot of weight.

Here is Jeff’s bio from JTV’s website”

Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Jeff followed a family tradition right out of high school by joining the Alabama Air National Guard while pursuing his Communications degree at Troy University in Troy, Alabama.

An Accredited Jewelry Professional and now pursuing his Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America Jeff enjoys sharing his 18 years experience in the industry with as many people as possible.

“I love the fact that JTV is so confident their collectors will love their new gemstones and jewelry that they offer a no questions asked, unconditional money back guarantee on all purchases!”

Let’s hope that Moseley’s tenure at a cruise line lasts longer than that of JTV host Kristen Keech, who left briefly for the high seas and Royal Media Partners but is now back on the home shopping channel.

QVC To Premiere Halston Apparel Line In September

May 16, 2015

Halston is coming to QVC, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Halston, the fashion designer who partied with Andy Warhol at Studio 54 in the 1970s, is alive through the licensing of his name. And it was recently announced that Cameron Silver, a Left Coast boutique owner, has been named fashion director for the H by Halston and H Halston brands.

QVC will debut H by Halston in September, with Silver hawking the apparel, the Times reported Friday.

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The Halston name has had several owners, included indie film producer Harvey Weinstein. The name is now owned by Xcel Brands, which also owns the brands of two other QVC vendors, Isaac Mizrahi and Judith Ripka.

The 128-piece H by Halston line has caftans, dresses, jumpsuits, shoes and accessories, according to the Times. Prices are $32 to $339.

QVC, Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ Team On New Product Hunt

May 13, 2015

Guess who is partnering with a Hollywood movie studio for the release of a blockbuster. And no, it’s not HSN.

QVC announced Tuesday that it has kicked off the official voting period for “The Search for a Better Tomorrow,” a nationwide product search to discover the next big thing. The promotion is tied to the May 22 release of Disney’s “Tomorrowland,” which stars newly married George Clooney.

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QVC is asking customers to vote for their favorite new products online now through May 15.

“For almost 30 years, discovery, entrepreneurship and storytelling have been at the heart of QVC,” Doug Rose, the network’s senior vice president of marketing and programming, said in a canned statement.

“We are committed to uncovering the inventors and products that make our customers’ lives easier, and input from our customers has always been a part of this,” he said. “Just as Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ celebrates the next generation of innovators, ‘The Search for a Better Tomorrow’ honors products, personalities and perspectives that embody imagination and originality.”

The product search is being conducted by the QVC Sprouts program, the home shopping network’s s ongoing crowd-sourced competition in search of up-and-coming products from inventors and entrepreneurs.

In March, QVC collaborated with the United Inventors Association (UIA) to invite inventors to submit their product ideas for the next big thing. On May 5 thirty inventors were invited to pitch their products to a QVC selection panel at the Las Vegas Hardware Show.

Of these 30 inventors, six were selected to have their products featured on “The Search for a Better Tomorrow” webpage, where customers can vote for their favorites.

The six products include:

Floor Register Glove Dryer – a non-electric dryer that uses your home’s existing heating system to dry your wet items from the inside out.

Micro Easy Grab – a simple solution to handling hot items in the microwave.

eTape 16 – a digital tape measure with two long-term memory inputs and a digital display.

The Seally Cap – a versatile kitchen utensil that allows you to reseal items like canned goods, glasses, canned beverages, fruits, veggies and more.

Tank Case Propane Storage Case and Cooler – helps prevent damage and hassle when transporting 20-lb propane tanks, and is also capable of being used as a cooler or outdoor stool.

UpCart – an innovative all-terrain, stair-climbing hand cart.

The inventors of the top three products, as determined by public vote, will appear live on QVC during “The Search for a Better Tomorrow” May 22 at 8 p.m. to coincide with the film release date of “Tomorrowland.”

The inventor receiving the highest number of votes will have the chance to sell his or her product live on air during “The Search for a Better Tomorrow” special. The show will also include a behind-the-scenes look at the product search, clips of Disney’s “Tomorrowland” and QVC’s most successful products and personalities that exemplify creativity and innovation.

Walt Disney was granted U.S. patent 2,201,689 for his “art of animation” multi-plane camera on May 1, 1940. This camera was then used to make many stories come to life on the big screen – and it’s still being replicated by studios around the world today.

Walt Disney’s visions were shared by Becky Cline, Director of Archives for the Walt Disney Co. at the UIA convention (National Hardware Show) May 5.

Here’s where QVC toots its own horn:

For almost 30 years, QVC has provided a platform that fosters the growth of entrepreneurs and small businesses. Through the QVC Sprouts program, QVC discovers and nurtures entrepreneurs and small businesses with unique, up-and-coming products.

QVC Sprouts offers the opportunity for inventors to tell the stories behind their product to a highly engaged audience and educate them directly on how their product works. Since the program’s pilot launch in March 2012, QVC Sprouts has sold more than 70 new products online and on air.

For more information about The Search for a Better Tomorrow and to vote for the next big thing, visit qvc.com/QVCSprouts.content.html.

HSN To Hire 300 In Northwest Ohio For Work-At-Home Program

May 12, 2015

HSN will be hiring 300 full-time and part-time workers in northwest Ohio, the Toledo area, to handle orders through its work-at-home program, according to the Progress Newspaper. Although the story describes the program in glowing terms, we have heard complaints about it in the past.

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The article says HSN employs more than 1,300 for this at-home program in the St. Petersburg, Fla., Roanoke, Va., and Nashville, Tenn.

“The work-at-home program offers employees the opportunity to work virtually in the customer care department from the comfort of their own home, while providing sales and customer service support to HSN customers,” the story says.

The article then quotes Rob Solomon, HSN Inc.’s executive vice president of customer care and operations administration.

What are the job qualifications? Having access to a land line phone and computer, strong computer skills, customer service resolution skills and “a positive, upbeat personality.”

The program gives employees discounts at HSN along with parent company HSN Inc.’s seven cornerstone brands (Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Improvements, Garnet Hill, Chasing Fireflies, Travelsmith and Grandin Road).

There are a dozen virtual training classes scheduled throughout the year, with classes on May 26 and June 15.

Past and Present Evine Live CEOs Received $2 Million-Plus Last Year

May 9, 2015

There were some really sweet comp packages handed out last year at Evine Live, to the new managers that took over and the old team that was ousted, according to company filings with federal regulators.

Former CEO Keith Stewart, whose regime was overthrown by dissident shareholders, received executive compensation of $2.8 million last year. Stewart walked away with severance of $2.5 million paid in fiscal 2014.

He was terminated effective June 21, according to the proxy statement that Evine Live filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Stewart’s comp was more than the man who led the revolt against him, Mark Bozek. He got a cool $2 million last year, which included a signing bonus of $125,000 and annual incentive compensation of $382,000 earned under his employment contract.

Bozek also collected $115,000 in relocation expenses.

William McGrath was executive vice president and CFO until he was canned in March. He saw his comp drop to $462,000 from $992,000 in 2013.

Two other executives who were terminated last year walked off with more than $1 million each in executive comp. Former Chief Operating Officer Carol Steinberg got $1.4 million, up from $1.3 million in 2013. And ex-Chief Merchandising Officer Annette Repasch received $1.1 million, versus $921,000 in 2013.

QVC Sees 3 Percent Revenue Gain, To $1.3 Billion In First Quarter

May 9, 2015

On the heels of HSN seeing double-digit gains, QVC’s domestic revenue increased a measly 3 percent to $1.3 billion in the first quarter, the No. 1 home shopping channel reported Friday.

That compares to the 10 percent gain in net sales, to $600.5 million, that HSN recently reported.

QVC units sold increased 3 percent, average selling price per unit increased 1 percent to $61.75 and returns as a percentage of gross product revenue increased 41 basis points in the quarter.

The U.S. network experienced growth in all categories except electronics. Ecommerce revenue increased 7 percent to $632 million and rose to 47 percent from 45 percent of total U.S. revenue.

Adjusted OIBDA increased 2 percent to $306 million. Adjusted OIBDA margin decreased 26 basis points primarily due to lower shipping and handling revenue and higher personnel costs for severance, merit and benefits, which were partially offset by improved product margins and higher credit card income.

QVC’s consolidated revenue, which includes all its international networks, decreased 2 percent in the first quarter to $1.9 billion. Adjusted OIBDA decreased 1 percent to $407 million and adjusted OIBDA margin increased 26 basis points.

Operating income decreased 5 percent to $246 million. Consolidated eCommerce revenue increased 5 percent to $813 million in the quarter and was up 42 percent from 39 percent of consolidated revenue. Mobile orders were 52 percent of total eCommerce orders in the quarter, compared to 38 percent a year ago.

“Our first quarter results demonstrate the strength of our highly differentiated retail model,” QVC President and CEO Mike George said in a canned statement. “We expanded our eCommerce business with exceptional growth in our mobile penetration. We generated strong margin expansion, led by Germany and the UK. We invested in our U.S. leadership position with new shipping and handling polices and realized strong growth in new customers. We continue to expand our global presence as we prepare to launch in France this summer. We are well positioned to continue to define the next generation of retail.”


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