Archive for December, 2010

QVC Host Rick Domeier’s Book Is On The Shelf In Barnes & Noble

December 30, 2010

It looks like QVC host Rick Domeier’s new book, “Can I Get A Do Over?,” is already out and in bookstores.

Earlier this week Domeier posted this message on Facebook.

What a difference a Year can make!! One Year ago: An idea to write and Publish a book that would truly inspire. No manuscript, no Publisher, nothin’… nada. One year later, as of TODAY… on the shelf at B&N, with a Title inspired by my son. Pay it forward and get limited copies on Amazon Now. So… What do YOU want from 2011? Best to the New You in the New Year!

The posting also included a photo of Domeier, incognito in a baseball cap, and his son standing near his new tome in a bookstore, which we assume was Barnes & Noble.

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QVC Parent Liberty Media To Present At The 2011 Citi Global Conference

December 29, 2010

Liberty Media Corp. president and CEO at Greg Maffei will be presenting at the 2011 Citi Global Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications Conference next Wednesday at 3:35 p.m. Mountain Standard Time at The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix,the company said Wednesday.

Why should you care? Cable honcho John Malone’s Liberty Media owns QVC, that’s why.

During his presentation, Maffei may make observations regarding the company's financial performance and outlook and may discuss the previously announced split-off of the Liberty Capital and Liberty Starz tracking stock groups.

The presentation will be broadcast live via the Internet. All interested persons should visit the Liberty Media site at http://www.libertymedia.com/events to register for the webcast. An archive of the webcast will also be available on this website for 30 days.

See Lisa Robertson’s Three Christmas Trees, And Learn About Self-Absorbed QVC Hosts

December 28, 2010

Damn, QVC host Lisa Robertson is getting way more hits than we are with her video blog.

On her Monday PM Style show word leaked out that Robertson’s blog, where she offers a tour of her gorgeously decorated home, had gotten more than 50,000 hits.

Robertson had not one, not two, but three different Christmas trees — each exquisitely trimmed — in her palacial home. In contrast, we have one three-foot fiber optic tree, with no ornaments, that we bought a few years ago at CVS for $25. And we love it.

Robertson is obviously way out of our league. In the 17-minute QVC video, we see one tree that’s decked out in bronze and gold-toned ornaments at the “Casa de Robertson.”

The second tree, in the dining room, is done up in blue, silver and cream-colored ornaments. Robertson has also strewn white feather boas around the room, on the chandelier and on her furniture.

Finally, Robertson has a red-and-gold themed tree — with more than 500 ornaments — in her family room. It’s a sight to be seen.

Our only gripe about the show-and-tell video is that Robertson was interviewed by QVC’s new and extremely annoying youth-skewing host, Courtney Cason.

She’s so perky she’s pesky: We’d like to hit her upside the head with a pot of pointsettias.

At the video’s end, Cason compliments Robertson on her homemade banana bread. Robertson tells Cason that now she can try the bread without worrying about messing up her lip gloss.

“I’m so self-absorbed, I can’t stand it,” Cason said.

“She’ll fit right in,” a laughing Robertson shot back without missing a beat.

We assume Robertson means that Cason will fit right in with all the other self-absorbed hosts on QVC.

You said it Lisa, not us.

ValueVision Media, Namely ShopNBC, To Present at Sidoti Micro-Cap Conference

December 27, 2010

ValueVision Media, which we know as ShopNBC, will do a presentation at the Sidoti & Co. Micro-Cap Conference Jan. 10, the company said Monday.

CEO Keith Stewart and chief financial officer Bill McGrath will do the dog-and-pony show at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

ShopNBC’s presentation will be at 2:50 p.m. ET. Management will also be available earlier in the day for one-on-one meetings (anyone want to meet Keith and Bill?).

A copy of the home shopping networks’ presentation slides will be available on the Investor Relation section of its website at http://www.ShopNBC.com/IR.

‘Sunday Is A Xanax Night’ For QVC Designer Isaac Mizrahi, And Boy Can We Relate

December 27, 2010

On Sundays QVC design guru Isaac Mizrahi likes to have breakfast, oatmeal, at our favorite Manhattan restaurant, Pastis.

That’s what we learned tonight after finally getting around to reading The Style section of The Sunday New York Times, where the Grey Lady gave us a blow-by-blow account of the curly-topped designer’s “Sunday Routine.”

Of course, when we go to Pastis, which is in the Meatpacking District, it’s not for oatmeal. It’s at Happy Hour, for Bombay Sapphire martinis, with olives, to wash down our steak frites.

Pastis, where QVC's Isaac Mizrahi dines on oatmeal and we swill over-priced Bombay Sapphire martinis

The feature acknowledges right off the bat that Mizrahi has a lifestyle collection on QVC, and that he co-hosts the Bravo program “The Fashion Show” with model/entrepreneur Iman, who is an HSN vendor.

Mizrahi likes to go for a morning swim, and then has to wait for his boyfriend, actor Arnold Germer, to get up so they can walk their dogs. Germer lives a few blocks from Mizrahi in the Village. Mizrahi’s dog Harry has been featured in a number of the designer’s QVC items.

Mizrahi enjoys going to museums and the movies on Sundays (as do we, we saw “Black Swan” today, and thought it was great).

He’s a fan of Il Cantinori, another Manhattan eatery, and on Sunday nights Mizrahi is an avid HBO viewer, saying, “I’m mad about ‘True Blood,’ and I even got into ‘Boardwalk.'”

Good selections, Isaac.

We also tip our hat to you for this comment to The Times: “I made no bones about loving television.”

Hell, we don’t either.

And we’re with him on this one, too: “Sunday is a Xanax night for me.”

But Isaac, please lose the head scarf.

Former QVC Host Lisa Mason Offers Dish On Her New Book And Texas Days

December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas all!

After coming home from a truly lovely day with our family, and then watching part of “Elmer Gantry,” we decided to head to our PC. We nosed around and checked out former QVC host Lisa Mason’s website. She has been blogging about her new book and plans to promote it.

“I LOVE Barnes and Noble!!,” she wrote last Tuesday. “The meeting today could not have been better. It looks like we will do an event at the B&N in Exton, Pa., to start with. It is a beautiful store with the most lovely store manager and community director. So, how about late January or early February? Do you prefer Saturday afternoon, evening or Sunday afternoon? What is best for you? We will have a little ‘sign-up’ sheet on this website after Jan 1. This does NOT mean you have to buy a book, it is just for the two lovely ladies who are moving heaven and earth for me. It will just give them a general headcount. I hope that is ok with you! Let me know if you feel that this request is too intrusive.”

Lisa Mason talks about life in Texas with her preacher dad in her new book

Mason has also posted an excerpt of her book, “Big Life Lessons From That Still, Small Voice,” on her website, lisamason.org, under ”about me” and “new projects.”

The sample is about Mason as a little girl sitting with her pesky older sister in a sultry, hot church service in Texas, listening to her father preach.

Check it out, along with a photo of Mason and her beloved spouse Gino sitting near the ocean.

Mason also posted a blog Christmas day.

“Merry Christmas to you!” she wrote. “I hope your day was truly blessed. Gino and I spent the day catching up with family and friends. Just a few gifts…. not too many. But, way too many calories!! Oh well, we will hit the gym on Monday.”

Mason also wrote about a rather nasty e-mail she got about her planned book.

“Had an email yesterday that very pointedly questioned why I felt I was important enough to write a book,” she wrote. “The e-mail made me realize that I needed to share something very important. And, it is simply this. I don’t think I am important, not at all. I wrote the little book not to prove my worth, but just the contrary. To share the good and bad times I have lived through. In fact, a couple of the chapters are very unflattering to me, but I felt that it was important to be truthful.”

Then she added, “If you take nothing else from this little text, I hope it will be this. I hope this book will prompt you to sit down and write your own life lessons. I hope it will encourage you to think of the people and places who have come in and out your life and how God has worked in each. I hope it will help you realize that both joyful and shameful experiences can provide valuable lessons. And if, by chance, you don’t have any life lessons yet, don’t panic. Remember, you don’t have to be a minister or missionary to learn from God, you only have to listen. So, just listen. Because He is still there, He still loves you and He is still speaking.”

HSN Widens Digital Reach With iPad App Launch

December 23, 2010

HSN has launched a new application for the Apple iPad, extending the company’s digital reach to millions of iPad users, officials said Wednesday.

With the launch, HSN will be the only retailer offering a video-centric iPad experience that allows consumers to watch both live streaming video and 15 channels of archived video, as well as the ability to program their own channels based on their preferences.

“HSN’s business exists at the intersection of entertainment, commerce and lifestyle programming, and the iPad technology gives us the perfect platform to deliver our customers an immersive experience that incorporates all three elements,” John McDevitt, HSN’s vice president of Advanced Services, said in a prepared statement. “The HSN App for iPad is also another new way for our customers to shop wherever they are, whenever they want.”

In developing the app, HSN aimed to include all the best features of the hsn.com experience.

The HSN App for iPad, which is a highly video-centric, highly customized experience, allows users to stream live video from HSN and HSN2 or watch previously aired content from the network’s video library on the top of the screen while simultaneously browsing related products on the bottom half of the screen. With the slide of a fingertip, users can enlarge either aspects of the app, allowing for more viewing room for video or products.

HSN is the only retailer to offer 15 video on-demand channels on the iPad across product categories, including fashion, jewelry, kitchen, electronics, shoes/handbags, and home. In addition, the app allows customers to create up to five of their own personalized channels, selecting their favorite brands or categories of merchandise and compiling videos focused on these preferences.

“The seamless integration of video and commerce is designed as the perfect complement to HSN’s live television programming,” HSN said in its press release. “All necessary information needed before purchase will be right at the customer’s fingertips, including product details, product images, related products, and customer reviews. Most importantly, customers can take this app with them wherever they go, allowing them to access HSN’s live video, the network’s video library and exciting deals and offers whenever they want to shop.

Future versions of the app will continue to offer additional exciting ways for customers to create their own personalized shopping experience.

HSN also has apps for the iPhone, Android, and Windows 7 phones, as well as an optimized mobile website.

HSN Honcho Mindy Grossman Is Coming To Our Favorite Place Jan. 5

December 21, 2010

We’ll be missing HSN CEO Mindy Grossman in Arizona by about 10 days or so.

HSN said Tuesday that Grossman will present at the Citi 21st Annual Global Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 9:50 a.m. Mountain Time.

To listen to a live broadcast of the session, please visit the investor relations section of the company’s website at http://www.hsni.com. For those unable to participate, an archived broadcast will be available shortly following the presentation.

ShopNBC Sets Public Offering

December 21, 2010

ShopNBC intends to offer shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement.

Piper Jaffray & Co. is acting as sole underwriter in the offering.

The offering is being conducted pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Oprah’s Hair Stylist Has A Boatland Of Sellouts With HSN’s Debut Of His Hair Care Line

December 21, 2010

Sorry for the lack of posts. We’ve been in Scottsdale since Thursday, and didn’t have ready access to the Internet. So we apologize, and are playing catch-up.

Anyway, Oprah Winfrey’s favorite hair dresser, Andre Walker, had a good launch on HSN.

Walker, seven-time Emmy winner, debuted his hair care products on HSN last Thursday and Friday. Led by the Ultimate Gift Kit, which was recently named one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things,” he sold almost 10,000 units in just over an hour.

Two items — the Shampoo/Conditioner and Hair Make-Up Color Wand — sold out without any air time.

“Following my product launch on Oprah’s ‘Favorite Things,’ I loved being able to connect to the HSN shoppers who can now make peace with their hair,” Walker said in a canned comment.

“I am so excited to have 10,000 new clients all using these formulas I’ve worked on for over two years,” said Walker, who made an appearance on HSN following a tour in Australia as part of Oprah’s final season tapings. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the HSN family and look forward to being at HSN again soon!”

Walker has been in the salon and hair styling business his entire career and began the journey to create Andre Walker Hair about two years ago. His products were originally modeled after his very own custom formulas, which he has used for years on various clients, including Winfrey.

“Andre Walker’s successful launch further reinforces HSN as a favorite destination for beauty,” according to the HSN hype machine. HSN is planning a return visit for Walker in 2011.

Walker, a native of Chicago, won a styling competition that earned him a scholarship to Pivot Point International. His education and training there helped Andre become one of the most respected and famous hair stylists in the industry. Upon graduation, Walker went on to work for some of Chicago’s finest salons before opening his own salon in 1982, where has had many celebrities as clients.

In 1985 Walker joined the “Oprah” staff full-time, and has been with her ever since. His responsibilities have expanded to include many aspects of Oprah’s public image from hair to wardrobe.

Always having the desire to help people with information concerning different hair types as well as styling, in 1997 Walker wrote a self-help book titled, “Andre Talks Hair,” published by Simon and Schuster.

Since then, Walker has traveled the world with Oprah but he also found time to, in Oprah’s words, “give back: by creating a program in Chicago that helped women prepare themselves for interviews to return to the work force.”

Walker also found time to cultivate his other passion, interior design and in 2004 he launched Walker Simmons designs. His work has been featured in many trade magazines including “O at Home” and “Traditional Home.