Archive for March, 2012

Check Out HSN Rock God Jay King’s $99 Mesquite Coasters

March 31, 2012

Fans of HSN rock god Jay King, get out your credit cards.

King, of course, usually does jewelry for HSN. But he has ventured out of that realm at times — to do a turquoise bowl, or example.

Now, he get a set of four burl mesquite-wood-and-turquoise coasters, with a holder. They are gorgeous, but pricey.

The damage on your charge card will be $99, but they are available on three payments of $33.

Is it ridiculous to $25 a piece for a coaster? Of course.

But it is tempting. They are lovely.

HSN Partners With Universal Pictures On ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ Flick For Super Duper Marketing Mash

March 28, 2012

In another one of its movie-marketing mashes, HSN is teaming up with Universal Pictures for a gigantor promotion tied to the movie “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

This cataclysmic 24-hour HSN event will take place May 30, across all of HSN’s platforms, including TV, and HSN mobile.

“Snow White and the Huntsman,” starring Kristen Stewart, Oscar winner Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, opens nationwide June 1.

“With the release of the ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’-inspired collection, HSN continues to reinvent and re-energize retail by allowing consumers the opportunity to experience the film and engage in a flight of fantasy in a personal way — via bold and imaginative HSN products customized for ‘her,'” HSN said in its a bit over-the-top press release. “Top HSN designers will bring the movie to life with a curated assortment of exclusive products reflecting the spirit of the film.”

One of our favs, Bill Brand, HSN’s head honcho of programming, marketing and business development, offered this quote for the occasion.

“HSN has evolved into an entertainment channel that goes beyond providing a platform for commerce,” Brand stated. “At our core we are storytellers and entertain our customers with engaging content and unique retail experiences. The partnership with Universal Pictures for ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ plays a key role in elevating awareness and relevance for the HSN brand. It is an important component to our entertainment strategy.”

This event will include exclusive collections that were directly inspired by the film.

“HSN’s creative directors were given a once-in-a-lifetime look behind the scenes that awed and inspired,” HSN said in its press release. “High-end jewelry, fashions and home accessories including exclusive pieces from Hutton Wilkinson, Loree Rodkin, and Heidi Daus, will be available for sale. Designers Ranjana Khan, Adrienne Landau, and numerous others will also have styles that highlight the film’s iconic costumes playing into the overarching movie theme of beauty and power.”

Stephanie Sperber, president of Universal Partnerships and Licensing, added her two cents into the mix.

“HSN is the perfect partner to bring the look and feel of ‘Snow White and The Huntsman’ to life through fashion and lifestyle items inspired by the film,” Sperber said. “We know this 24-hour event featuring unique clothing, jewelry and accessories alongside Snow White and the Huntsman footage will build anticipation for the film’s opening on June 1.”

Here’s the boiler plate about “Snow White and the Huntsman”:

In the epic action-adventure ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.

The breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale is from Joe Roth, the producer of ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ producer Sam Mercer (‘The Sixth Sense’) and acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist Rupert Sanders.

Actress Eva Longoria To Debut Second Perfume On HSN Thursday, Some Proceeds Go To Latina Fund

March 28, 2012

Did you know that Eva Longoria was an “actor, director, producer and philanthropist”?

That’s what HSN said earlier this week, when it announced — as we’ve previously reported — that Longoria was coming to the home shopping network.

Longoria and Falic Fashion Group (FFG) will premiere the actress’s second fragrance, EVAmour by Eva Longoria.

It will launch exclusively on HSN during the 24 Hour Spring Beauty Event on Thursday.

“EVAmour will become a personal scent for women who are confident, beautiful, sexy and intelligent…just like the HSN customer,” Longoria said in a canned statement. “I know how I feel when I am wearing it and I wish every woman to feel that same sense of sexiness and power.”

For every bottle sold, the actress will donate $1 to the Eva Longoria Foundation, which was created to help the Latina community build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. Hey, since we’re half Puerto Rican, that’s cool.

“Fragrance is about emotion, storytelling and aspiration,” Betsy Olum, HSN’s general manager of beauty, said in a canned statement. “HSN gives our partners a platform to tell their story and really engage with their fans. We are thrilled that Eva has chosen to debut her latest fragrance with HSN.”

The EVAmour collection on HSN includes the eau de parfum in various sizes and a gift set, which includes the 3.4 fl oz, a mini travel bottle, a rollerball of the fragrance and a luxurious shower gel.

“The notes of the fragrance are comprised of Bergamot Blossom, Pink Lady Apple and Red Currant, with a heart of rich, sexy floral notes and end with a warm vanilla, amber and musk,” HSN said.

Ooo laa laa.

“Eva Longoria as a celebrity personality appeals to so many women,” Jerome Falic, CEO of Falic Fashion Industry, said in a canned statement. “Eva Longoria as a fragrance has translated beautifully and coming off the success of her first fragrance it made perfect sense to follow with the launch of EVAmour. With HSN as a retail partner we feel this launch will be equally — if not more — successful and will solidify the Eva Longoria brand in the beauty industry.”

Sink Or Swim, QVC Goes For Some Of The Action From The Titanic’s 100th Anniversary

March 25, 2012

First Jewelry Television did a line based on jewelry from passengers on The Titanic. Now QVC is getting into the act.

On April 6 at 8 p.m. QVC will premiere its Titanic Collection 100th Anniversary. The goodies include jewelry, tableware and fragrances “inspired by artifacts recovered from the RMS Titanic,” according to|Titanic&rewrite=no?term=REDIRECT-titanic

The stash includes a Titanic white topaz and diamond ring, for $170, “Titanic” movie posters, and a framed cover of The New York Times with the story about the shocking sinking of the ship. That sells for $165, and here’s what you get.

A piece of American history. This New York Times 1912 collection commemorates the sinking of the Titanic, one of the most studied disasters of the 20th century. With an official reproduction of The New York Times front page dated April 16, 1912 along with five genuine US 1912 coins, it’s a stunning display for your home office or family room. From UPM Global, LLC.

Includes an official New York Times reproduction, a 1912 Lincoln Wheat Ear penny, a 1912 Liberty Head nickel, a 1912 Silver Barber dime, a 1912 Silver Barber quarter, and a 1912 Silver Barber half dollar.

Of course, we were drawn to the vintage-looking white topaz ring, at $170 a pop.

Here’s the description:

This piece is based on a beautiful, handmade, platinum, 18K gold, and diamond ring that probably belonged to one of Titanic’s first-class passengers. During the formal dinners onboard, this ring would’ve sparkled and danced with an inner fire in response to the glow of electric lights. The gallery design gives it a three-dimensional depth as it highlights the Edwardian love of jewelry in its imitation of lace.

Bygone brilliance. Entrance admirers with the incomparable beauty of this highly polished sterling silver ring. A work of art, it boasts an antique-style openwork design that shimmers with round white diamonds in rhodium-plated, rope-design, bezel settings. Showcased at the center is a dazzling round, faceted white topaz gemstone within a rope-design bezel. From the Titanic Collection.

‘Queer Eye’ Guy Carson Kressley Premieres His Fashion Line On ShopNBC April 26

March 25, 2012

“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” alum Carson Kressley, who used to hawk schmattas on QVC, will be making his debut on ShopNBC April 26.

Kressley, shown wearing a purple tie and pink shirt, is featured on the cover ShopNBC’s April program guide.

His new women’s fashion line is called “Love, Carson.”

We love Carson, too, and hate to say this, but we weren’t thrilled with his clothes for QVC. And the ones on the cover of the ShopNBC program guide are nothing to write home about, either.

QVC Goes East To Enter China, Its Sixth Global Market, With Shopping-Network Joint Venture

March 20, 2012

QVC is forming a joint venture with Beijing-based China National Radio (CNR), China’s government-owned radio division, to jointly run a home shopping network, CNR Mall TV.

The idea, according to a press release Tuesday, is to leverage the strengths and resources of each company.

“QVC has long recognized the great potential of having a retail presence in China,” QVC CEO Mike George said in a canned statement. “We are pleased to be able to enter this dynamic market with a strong partner. QVC’s track record of success in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy proves that our business model can thrive across many borders. CNR Mall is one of the leaders in multimedia shopping in China and shares many important values with QVC. Both companies focus on providing great customer value and are committed to service excellence.”

And CNR Mall Chairman Dong Tieming added his two cents.

“By combining our knowledge of the digital shopping market in China and its consumers with QVC’s global experience and know-how in multimedia retailing, we have the right formula in place for our new joint venture to succeed,” he said.

The joint venture, CNR Home Shopping Co.(CNRS), will be headquartered in Beijing.

QVC will own a 49 percent stake in CNRS, and CNR will own the remaining 51 percent.

CNRS will provide merchandise development, logistics, delivery, call center and other related services to CNR Mall. The CNR Mall TV shopping channel, which will continue to be wholly owned by CNR, reaches about 35 million homes within China.

The new joint venture team will be co-led by a global team of experienced executives from QVC and senior leaders from CNR Mall. The closing of the transaction is subject to various conditions, including approval from China regulators.

CNRS, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNR, is one of China’s leading TV shopping companies. Founded in September 2009, CNRS is committed to providing a full-stop shopping experience for its customers. The company broadcasts and markets its products on cable television country-wide with approval from China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television.

As of February 2012, the CNR Mall TV shopping channel is on air in 71 cities covering 13 provinces in China and its programming reaches abut 35 million homes, with a membership of 500,000.

Charlie Sheen’s Ex- Denise Richard To Debut Her Hair Care Line On ShopNBC

March 18, 2012

Denise Richards — ex-wife of nutjob Charlie Sheen, former model, would-be actress and reality TV show star — is coming to ShopNBC tomorrow.

She will be debuting her new hair care line on ShopNBC Monday at 2 p.m.

It looks like she’ll be hawking the Denise Richards Four-Piece Volume Extend Hair Care System by Cristophe.

Catch Lionel Richie Live In Concert On HSN Now!

March 17, 2012

Lionel Richie is on HSN doing a live concert right now.

ShopNBC Posts $48 Million Loss, Sales Dip 1 Percent In 2011

March 16, 2012

Last year and the fourth-quarter were rough ones for ShopNBC, which reported its earnings Thursday.

The No. 3-ranked home shopping network saw its net sales dip 1 percent in 2012, to $558.4 million from $562.3 million.

For the fourth quarter, sales plummeted 18 percent, to $147.5 million from $178.8 million.

The home shopping network’s losses nearly doubled in 2011, to $48.1 million from $25.9 million the prior year. For the quarter, losses increased to $8.3 million from $1.4 million.

Here’s what the ShopNBC honchos had to say.

“As previously reported, Q4 results were primarily impacted by a sales shortfall in our consumer electronics business,” ShopNBC CEO Keith Stewart said in a canned statement. :Although volatility occurs in any turnaround process, we are disappointed with our sales performance in the quarter. We expect our consumer electronics business to remain challenging during the first half of the year. However, we have developed and are executing plans to help restore growth in this business segment.”

And that ain’t all.

“During Q4, we focused on significantly improving our balance sheet position and further optimizing our TV distribution footprint, which were successful initiatives announced last month,” Stewart said. “Also in the quarter, we strengthened our merchant organization with new personnel, added several high-profile national brands, and increased our digital sales penetration.”

Although on a full-year basis ShopNBC’s revenue declined, the company achieved an increase in gross profit dollars of 2.3 percent versus the prior fiscal year. Excluding the consumer electronics segment, 2011 revenue would have risen 4 percent over 2010 using the same measure.

ShopNBC reported adjusted EBITDA of $1 million, a net loss of $48.1 million, and a net loss per share of $1.03 for 2011.

ShopNBC ended the year with $35 million in cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash, compared to the
ending third-quarter balance of $32.7 million.

“Throughout 2011, we were able to strengthen our balance sheet,” Chief Financial Officer William McGrath stated. “This process continued into the first quarter of 2012 as we secured a new $40 million credit facility. The expanded credit facility affords us added liquidity and more favorable terms, which combined with our continued focus on operational efficiency, puts us in a better position to meet our future working capital needs.”

Here are some more excuses.

“As previously announced, we also made progress in optimizing our TV distribution platform,” McGrath said. “Subsequent to year-end, three distribution agreements were renewed, representing over 50 percent of ShopNBC’s 81 million households. Two agreements were one-year extensions at comparable rates but with improvement in channel positioning. The third agreement was the early renewal of our largest TV distribution agreement. This renewal is expected to provide approximately $15 million in annual cost savings beginning January 2013, along with increased exposure via a second channel, also starting in January 2013.”

ShopNBC To Report Fourth-Quarter Earnings Tomorrow, And It Doesn’t Look Good

March 15, 2012

ValueVision to Report Q4 FY 2011 Results and Host Conference Call March 15 at 11:00 am ET

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — (MARKET WIRE) — 03/06/2012 — ValueVision Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: VVTV), a multichannel electronic retailer operating as ShopNBC (, today announced it will release its fiscal 2011 Q4 and full year results before the market opens on Thursday, March 15, and management will host a conference call / webcast to review the results at 11:00 am ET on the same day. ValueVision previewed its fiscal 2011 Q4 and full year net sales on February 10. Participating in the call will be Keith Stewart, CEO; Bob Ayd, President; and Bill McGrath, CFO. Both the call and webcast are open to the general public.


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