Archive for June, 2012

QVC Parent Looking For Digital Entrepreneurs For Women’s eCommerce Network

June 29, 2012

Here’s a pretty cool program that QVC’s parent, Liberty Interactive, is running to help women business owners.

Liberty is looking for participants for its 2013 Women’s eCommerce Network (WeCN) program.

The WeCN pairs 10 established business leaders (the Council) with five early stage eCommerce companies (the Class) for a six-month mentorship period. The program kicks off with a summit in Silicon Valley, where each class member is paired with two Council members who will advise and mentor her through a targeted, business-enhancing project, according to Liberty. The six month mentorship is capped with a graduation ceremony in spring next year.

Here’s the deal, according to Liberty:

The WeCN is a candid and immersive forum for education around real-world experiences and pain points like scaling the business and refining the business pitch. It also provides exposure to best practices and networking opportunities with the broader Council through the summit and an active alumni network. The program was established in 2011 to nurture and inspire promising and still-young eCommerce businesses with women at the helm. This program is in its second year and is sponsored by Liberty Interactive.

Claire Watts

Women entrepreneurs with eCommerce businesses are encouraged to apply now for selection to this year’s Class. The WeCN is seeking founders and CEOs of revenue generating companies that have been in business for at least one year. Applications can be obtained by emailing: Deadline to submit is July 20.

The WeCN’s inaugural year paired Class members from dynamic early stage brands with a distinguished Council that included leaders from,, Gilt, Kleiner Perkins, Lockerz, One Kings Lane, ShopRunner and TripAdvisor.

The Class was comprised of FashionStake, Foodzie and Style for Hire. Executives from Liberty Interactive and QVC, including Greg Maffei, Liberty President and CEO, Andrea Wong, Liberty board member and president of International for Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Claire Watts, CEO, QVC US also participated in last year’s program.

We know Wong from our days covering cable TV, because at one point she was president of Lifetime Television.

Singer Jennifer Hudson To Bow Fashion Line On QVC This Fall

June 27, 2012

We’re behind on this, but Oscar-winning singer Jennifer Hudson is coming to QVC this fall.

Hudson, who came to fame (and later fortune) when she was a finalist in 2002 on “American Idol,” is doing a women’s fashion line for QVC. It will debut in September. WWD broke the story.

Jennifer Hudson

“The line will be a variety of apparel designed for women of all sizes,” according to Hudson’s website.

She told WWD: “I feel like I represent every woman. I’ve been on both sides of the fence. I’ve been a big girl and now whatever this is, the average size, whatever you want to call it. But I wanted the clothes to be where any girl could wear it — no matter what size you are — and you could feel comfortable in it.”

Hudson slimmed down considerably since her “American Idol” stint, and looks fantastic as a spokeswoman for Weight Watcher’s.

She walked away with an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Dream Girls.”

Highlights Of QVC’s Gem Day: Affinity Diamond Highway Ring And Chrome Ceramic Watch

June 26, 2012

We’ve been backlogged again, and working Sundays, so couldn’t find time until today to comment on QVC’s Gem Day Saturday.

We weren’t overwhelmed, but since QVC has cut back so many of its jewelry presentations, we guess we shouldn’t complain.

QVC featured some new jewels for its airwaves, such as icy pink morganite. But that’s a stone that’s been a staple on ShopNBC and Jewelry Television.

The No. 1 home shopping network also hawked a lot of drusy, but once again the prices were exorbitant. QVC boasts that it only uses top-grade drusy. We’d rather have not top-quality drusy, and have a piece of jewelry that doesn’t break the bank.

The one thing we really were impressed with was Affinity Diamonds. Apparently so-called “highway” rings, which feature multiple bands attached to each other, are hot now. And QVC had a gorgeous tricolor one with diamonds.

Host Lisa Robertson and QVC diamond maven Michael O’Connor also showed off a chrome-colored ceramic watch with diamonds surrounding the face. That was a stunning piece.

O’Connor allayed our fears about the durability of ceramic watches. He said that the ceramic in QVC’s watches was an 8.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, harder than sapphires and almost as hard as a diamond. He added that the chrome color was baked through the watch, not just painted on. It was stunning.

ShopNBC Sued By Swatch Over ‘Men In Black’ Watch

June 22, 2012

Oh, the woes never seem to end for ShopNBC.

And what would we do without our loyal readers tipping us off about breaking news in the home shopping world?

A Facebook friend told us that the No. 3 home shopping network and Stuhrling Original LLC are being sued for alleged trademark infringement by Swatch Group Inc. — all over a watch that’s appeared in movies such as “Men in Black,” according to reports this week by National Jeweler and The Hollywood Reporter.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York, claims that Stuhrling knocked off the Hamilton “Ventura” watch and then sold those alleged “copies” on ShopNBC, its website and, according to National Jeweler. Stuhrling named its timepiece the “Ricochet.”

Stuhrling officials denied the charges in the lawsuit, and ShopNBC couldn’t be reached for comment by National Jeweler.

The lawsuit said that the Ventura watch, the first electric battery-powered watch, debuted in 1957. Will Smith wore the Ventura in all three “Men in Black” movies, and it also appeared in an episode of “Mad Men,” according to National Jeweler.

Never a dull moment in Minnesota, apparently.

Hot Fashion Designer Rachel Roy Heading To HSN

June 22, 2012

Gorgeous Rachel Roy, the designer of high-end clothes that we always confuse with TV cook Rachael Ray, is launching a less pricey line on HSN on July 7, the home shopping channel said Thursday,

Debuting during HSN’s 35th birthday celebration, the new label Rachel Roy “capsule” collection includes clothing, jewelry, handbags and shoes, all available exclusively on HSN.

Stunning Rachel Roy

“I love how HSN has become such a trusted voice in fashion and my label Rachel Roy collection feels like the perfect complement,” Roy said in a canned statement. “We all strive to find things that make us feel and look stylish and chic and my new line makes it so effortless.”

Who told you to say that, Rachel? Mindy Grossman?

The HSN collection includes print satin and jersey dresses; a round-toe wedge pump available in five different colors and patterns; a clutch, satchel bag and tote in the season’s best pop colors; and statement jewelry.

“Rachel Roy has become one of the most watched American designers in fashion today, designing for luminary figures like Michelle Obama,” said John Bosco, HSN’s senior vice president of apparel, accessories and jewelry. “HSN has become a fashion destination for millions of women across the country and we are excited to give them insider access to yet another high-profile designer with the debut of label Rachel Roy.”

The capsule collection of apparel and accessories ranges in price from $36 to $148.

Here’s the boiler plate on Roy:

Rachel Roy ( approaches her collections with a feminine and modern point of view with the goal of creating beautiful designs that help women feel smart and inspired. Rachel is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and continues to be actively engaged in the evolution and integrity of the fashion industry.

In 2009, Rachel was recognized by the Accessories Council with an ACE AWARD for best brand launch for RACHEL Rachel Roy. She was named to Mattel’s 10 Women to Watch in 2010 and most recently she has been featured on Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List. Rachel has been recognized for her innovative brand and film work by AdWeekMedia and the LaJolla Fashion Film Festival.

A frequent lifestyle, fashion and culture contributor to various publications, Rachel is a featured monthly columnist for InStyle Magazine and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Rachel has appeared on numerous national TV programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Project Runway, and Extra TV as the red-carpet style correspondent for the 2011 Oscars. Rachel’s collections can be found at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Saks and Neiman Marcus.

ShopNBC’s Shawn Wilsie’s ‘Axing’ Was Perhaps Just An Exit

June 19, 2012

Someone asked if we knew for a fact that long-time ShopNBC host Shawn Wilsie was “axed.”

Well, unless were were a fly on the wall in corporate offices for the No. 3 home shopping network, of course we don’t know it for a fact.

Maybe Wilsie’s contract was expiring, and ShopNBC didn’t renew it.

But Wilsie’s comments, after ShopNBC posted on Facebook that he was gone, sure made it sound like the exit wasn’t his idea.

But some folks inside the No. 3 home shopping network claim it was Wilsie’s decision to leave. So we’ll put that out there.

ShopNBC Axes Another Host, Shawn Wilsie

June 18, 2012

A beloved tipster let us know that ShopNBC has gotten rid of another well-liked host Shawn Wilsie.

Shawn Wilsie

Here’s what the No. 3 home shopping channel put on Facebook Saturday.

Thank you to Shawn Wilsie for over 20 years of service with the company. We here at ShopNBC, want to acknowledge his dedication, contribution, wit and wisdom over the years. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.

And don’t let the door slap you in the butt on the way out.

Our source told us that when someone asked him on Twitter where he was going, he said nowhere, he was going to have time on his hands.

“Arggh!” our source wrote.

Former HSN Host, And New Jersey Native, Dan Dennis Drops Us A Line

June 18, 2012

Sorry we’re behind in our posting, but things have been nuts.

When we were away for a weekend in Newport to attend our friend Deb’s daughter’s wedding, we missed a Facebook message from veteran home shopping host and fellow rock hound Dan Dennis.

Dan Dennis

First of all, Dan took us to task a bit for failing to list him as host on our blog. We would have given him more ink if we had known he is from Clifton, N.J., and that he attended Montclair State, which we drive past every day now. Dan just told us that.

Anyway, we don’t think we telling tales out of school if we let you read part of Dan’s message.

I was one of the three hosts that launched HSN nationwide in 1985 and 27 years later still going on. I spent 13 years as HSN’s prime time show host, written a book that sold over 100,000 copies worldwide and spent time in Brazil learning what life is like in the mines…

I also have an e-commerce site that has done quite well for itself, and that one is My legion of followers has stayed with me all the way … My second gem book will be out before the holidays.

Dan said he’s looking for a home shopping network to sell his book, and that he first one sold 60,000 copies on HSN alone.

Looking forward to it Dan.

Jimmy Fallon’s QVC Debut, 50 Cent’s Goodbye

June 14, 2012

We only saw about the last 15 minutes of QVC’s primetime show with Jimmy Fallon and 50 Cent last night. In fact, we really only saw Fallon.

What we eyeballed was actually pretty well done. Fallon, looking cash (as in casual), was pitching his new DVD, which we think went into advance orders. He talked about meeting the great Bob Dylan, and then performed a song in Dylan’s style, when we tuned in.

Fallon also did a couple of imitations of his favorite comedians, including Adam Sandler.

All in all, it was cute, although that annoying QVC host Shawn Killinger did insist on asking Fallon annoying questions. But he was cool.

The only gander that we got of 50 Cent is when he came out at the end of the show. And he had a big smile on his face.

There was a live audience, which actually gave Fallon a standing-O at the end of his segment.

QVC’s David Venable Goes Back To Aspen To Hawk His Cookbook

June 14, 2012

Here’s the job we want: Going to Aspen each year for the “prestigious” FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen.

Yes, QVC’s usually kitchen-bound David Venable will be back in Colorado. And he’s written a cookbook, which he will be hawking. Good Lord.

As part of the F&W Classic’s 30th anniversary celebration, QVC will air a special edition of “In the Kitchen with David” Sunday at noon.

The program will feature the season’s culinary “must-haves” as well as a star-studded lineup of celebrity guests including Lidia Bastianich and Susan Feniger, who will be offering her new cookbook “Street Food,” one month before it hits stores.

FOOD & WINE Editor in Chief Dana Cowin is also scheduled to stop by the broadcast to offer FOOD & WINE’s Best of the Best cookbook and bonus FOOD & WINE Cocktails 2012, more than three months before it hits stores.

During his three-hour show, Venable will also be cooking up some excitement of his own as he offers shoppers the opportunity to pre-order his new cookbook “In The Kitchen With David: QVC’s Resident Foodie Presents Comfort Foods That Take You Home,” more than four months before it drops.

“Participating in the FOOD & WINE Classic is a huge honor, which is why we are thrilled to have the opportunity to, once again, take viewers inside the prestigious event,” John Kelly, QVC’s vice president of merchandising, said in a canned statement. “Beyond the latest cooking gadgets and gear, this year’s broadcast will include dynamic segments featuring recipes and tips from David as well as a variety of star chefs attending the festival.”

Assisting Venable with celebrity and guest interviews will be recognized media personality Sissy Biggers. Biggers, who regularly hosts the FOOD & WINE Classic Cook Off, will assume an additional role this year and serve as a guest correspondent during the QVC broadcast.

QVC viewers will also be given VIP access to some of the premier celebrations marking the FOOD & WINE Classic’s 30th anniversary with special content from exclusive parties and tastings, including the multimedia retailer’s own “QVC Experience” tent, which will be at the entrance to the F&W Classic’s renowned Grand Tasting Pavilion.

Designed to bring the “In the Kitchen with David” broadcast to life, the “QVC Experience” will allow attendees to sample recipes from Venable’s upcoming cookbook and even participate in a blind wine tasting challenge where participants can vote on their favorite wines.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to preview premier cooking and dining products available through the retailer, including KitchenAid, Le Creuset, Capresso and more. The “QVC Experience” will also feature the QVC and In the Kitchen with David applications.