Archive for January, 2013

QVC’s Parent To Release Fourth-Quarter Earnings Feb. 27

January 31, 2013

QVC’s parent company, Liberty Interactive Corp., will release its fourth-quarter earnings on Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m., the company said Wednesday.

Liberty Interactive President and CEO Greg Maffei will host the call, where he will discuss the company’s financial performance and outlook.

Please call Premiere Conferencing at (888) 487-0361 or (719) 325-2138 at least 10 minutes prior to the call.

Replays of the conference call can be accessed through 7:30 p.m. on March 6 by dialing (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820 plus the passcode 8544178#.

In addition, the fourth-quarter earnings conference call will be broadcast live via the Internet.

All interested participants should visit the Liberty Interactive website at to register for the web cast. 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 on the website for one year.

HSN And TNT Pair Up To Launch Online Boutique Inspired By ‘Dallas’

January 29, 2013

Damn, our buddy at HSN, Bill Brand, has been busy.

He has done a deal with folks we dealt with when we were covering cable TV, namely TNT, as in “We Know Drama.”

The home shopping network, TNT and Warner Bros. Television Group are debuting a “Dallas” online boutique inspired by the show, all timed to coincide with the series second-season return today. The “Dallas”-inspired boutique is a fashion destination offering curated looks hand-selected by the show’s costume designer, Rachel Sage Kunin.


“HSN is about fresh and unique retail experiences. This new partnership with TNT and Warner Bros is the perfect opportunity to engage our customers in an exciting way, which is a key part of HSN’s marketing strategy,” said Brand, HSN’s executive vice president of programming, marketing and business development. “We have created a destination that transports our customer into the world of Dallas, featuring rich content, engaging social conversation and the opportunity to connect with the characters they love.”

The online shop will feature videos and tips from Kunin and give customers the chance to get the look of their favorite characters: Rebecca Sutter, Ann Ewing, Sue Ellen Ewing and Elena Ramos. The head-to-toe looks in the curated collection of HSN brands give fans the chance to emulate each character’s unique style.

“Television and fashion — and Dallas — go hand in hand,” said Sonia Borris, senior vice president, marketing & operations, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing. “And HSN is the perfect partner for this marketing initiative. We share the same passionate audience — savvy shoppers with a penchant for heated drama.”

HSN designer and brands featured in the “Dallas”=inspired collection include Giuliana Rancic, IMAN, Serena Williams, Ranjana Kahn, Vince Camuto, Robert Verdi, Jessica Simpson, Carlos Falchi, Fern Mallis, Sam Edelman and many more.

Items featured in the boutique will appear in episodes of “Dallas” this season on TNT.

RIP Larry Hagman

RIP Larry Hagman

“Dallas is engrained in pop culture in ways that no other television show has ever achieved,” said Tricia Melton, senior vice president of entertainment marketing and branding for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movie. “By partnering with HSN on this collection inspired by ‘Dallas,’ we are able to give the show’s extremely passionate fan base the chance to emulate the iconic characters they love.”

Here’s the “Dallas” boilerplate for those who hzve been living under a rock:

Produced by Warner Horizon Television, Dallas centers on the Ewing clan, an enormously wealthy Texas family whose sibling rivalries, romantic betrayals, corruption and even murder are truly legendary. The exciting drama brings back three iconic stars from the original Dallas: Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing, Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing and Larry Hagman in his farewell performance as J.R. Ewing.

They are joined by the next generation of Ewings, who take ambition and deception to a new level. Josh Henderson is John Ross, the son of J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing, while Jesse Metcalfe is Christopher, Bobby’s adopted son. Jordana Brewster also stars as Elena Ramos, John Ross’ former girlfriend; now back in Christopher’s arms, while Julie Gonzalo is Pamela Rebecca Barnes, formerly known as Rebecca Sutter — Christopher’s now-estranged wife.

In addition, Brenda Strong stars as Bobby’s wife, Ann; Mitch Pileggi stars as Harris Ryland, Ann’s scheming ex-husband; and two new series regulars join this season: Emma Bell as Emma Brown, a sheltered beauty whose father has taught her to distrust the world around her, and Kuno Becker as Drew Ramos, Elena’s troubled brother who returns to Southfork.

‘Bevery Hills Housewife’ Lisa Vanderpump Loves Her Pamela McCoy Faux Fur

January 28, 2013

Our favorite “Real Housewife of Beverly Hills,” Lisa Vanderpump, rocks a Pamela McCoy fake fur coat.

New JTV vendor McCoy posted a photo on Facebook of Vanderpump, now star of her own Bravo spinoff series, “Vanderpump Rules,” wearing one of her creations. There was apparently a shot on Twitter of Vanderpump wearing it, and it drew a lot of compliments, according to Vanderpump.

Lisa Vanderpump wearing her Pamela McCoy faux fur

Lisa Vanderpump wearing her Pamela McCoy faux fur

McCoy, an ex-ShopNBC host, did a popular line of faux fur coats for that home shopping channel when she was there.

Next week McCoy is debuting a diamond jewelry line on JTV, and fans of her fur coat collection are clamoring for her to resume production of that line.

Vanderpump, a classy Brit who has been married for ages to her doting husband, co-owns the West Hollywood restaurant Sur.

HSN Inks Deal To Telecast Live Concerts From the Venetian In Las Vegas, Baby

January 25, 2013

HSN’s live Michael Bolton concert from Las Vegas isn’t a one-off for that venue, the home shopping network said Friday.

HSN and the Venetian Las Vegas have signed a multi-series concert deal to present “HSN Live From Las Vegas” with a kick-off concert featuring Grammy Award winner Bolton.

As we reported this week, Bolton will debut his newest CD “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – A Tribute to Hitsville U.S.A.” during a live performance on HSN with special appearances from such Motown greats as legend Smokey Robinson, Valerie Simpson (Ashford & Simpson), Martha Reeves and many others.

The CD featuring classic Motown hits including duets performed with Kelly Rowland and Melanie Fiona, along with exclusive room packages for The Venetian and The Palazzo and an exclusive six-track bonus CD, “Michael’s Greatest Hits Live,” can all be pre-ordered now at

The Venetian will be a venue for live HSN concerts

The Venetian will be a venue for live HSN concerts

The marketing partnership with The Venetian Las Vegas includes HSN Live concerts scheduled quarterly with various artists from The Venetian Theater and exclusive room packages at The Venetian and The Palazzo for HSN customers via TV, and HSN Mobile.

The HSN Live concert series has featured successful launches from some of the music industry’s biggest artists including Lionel Richie, Rod Stewart, Tony Bennett and most recently, Josh Groban, who introduced his new CD “All That Echoes” on HSN earlier this month.

“HSN has stepped up and provided exactly what artists and labels are looking for,” Bolton said in a canned statement. “HSN Live is a great platform with a built-in music-loving audience. HSN has delivered for great artists before me like Lionel Richie, Tony Bennett, Rod Stewart, and more and I can’t wait to put on a fantastic show at The Venetian with a tremendous group of amazingly talented artists and friends.”

And HSN corporate stuck its two cents in.

“HSN Live continues to provide its customers with unparalleled live music experiences from some of the music industry’s biggest stars and we are excited to welcome Michael Bolton to the HSN Live stage,” said Andy Sheldon, HSN’s executive vice president of television, live events and creative.

“We have seen tremendous success with our HSN Live concert series and are ready to take this innovative new music platform to new heights with our partnership with The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas. Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world and there is no better place for live music than at these two amazing resort hotels.”

Bolton is hawking what we hope will be a juicy memoir

Bolton is hawking what we hope will be a juicy memoir

During Bolton’s concert, some of the additional Motown stars confirmed to perform or appear during the broadcast are Lamont Dozier, Brian and Edward Holland, along with acclaimed R&B artist Melanie Fiona, Orianthi and many surprise guests. The Motown Museum will be a benefactor of the event.

“We are proud to welcome Michael Bolton to The Venetian Theatre, which is home to some of the biggest names in music,” said John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo.

“HSN’s customers will visit The Venetian and The Palazzo during a noteworthy year for us — a year of exciting new entertainment options, and new shows in every one of our four theater venues. Special events such as this prove that The Venetian and The Palazzo continue to be the center of attention on the Las Vegas Strip.”

Bolton is also releasing his autobiography, “The Soul of it All: My Music My Life” (Center Street/Hachette Book Group) thus month.

“Bolton offers a backstage pass into a fascinating life journey from anonymity to a world-renowned music career,” HSN said in its press release.

The hell with that! We hope there’s some good dirt about his sex life.

To support the release of the book and new album, Bolton will be making several television appearances including “CBS Sunday Morning,” “Rhe Today Show,” “Katie,” “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”

Bolton will also appear at The GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles on Feb. 12 for its “An Evening With…” series where he’ll discuss his long career, read excerpts from hia book and perform selections from the new album.

HSN customers will have the opportunity to pre-order a special two-disc set for $14.95, which includes his new release “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – A Tribute to Hitsville U.S.A.” and the HSN exclusive disc “Michael’s Greatest Hits Live,” featuring live versions of some of his biggest hits.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – A Tribute to Hitsville U.S.A. Track List:

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (featuring Kelly Rowland)
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing (featuring Melanie Fiona)
Gotta Keep Dreamin’
Nowhere to Run
The Way You Do The Things You Do
You Keep Me Hanging On
What’s Going On
Tracks Of My Tears
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)

Michael’s Greatest Hits Live Bonus CD Track List:

Said I Loved You But I Lied (Reggae Version)
How Can We Be Lovers
Steel Bars
Time Love and Tenderness
How Am I Supposed To Live Without You
(Sittin On The) Dock Of The Bay

HSN To Report Fourth Quarter, Fiscal 2012 Results Feb. 21

January 25, 2013

HSN will release its fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 results on Feb. 21 at 8 a.m., the home shopping network said Thursday.

CEO Mindy Grossman and Judy Schmeling, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will hold a conference call at 9 a.m. to review these results.

Those interested in participating in the conference call should dial 877-307-0246 or 224-357-2394 at least five minutes prior to the call.

There will also be a simultaneous audio webcast available via the company’s website at A replay of the conference call can be accessed until March 7 by dialing 800-585-8367 or 404-537-3406, plus the pass code 86958240 and will also be hosted on the company’s website for a limited time.

Singer Michael Bolton To Perform Live From Vegas On HSN

January 24, 2013

Singer Michael Bolton is the latest artist to be performing live on HSN.

Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton

The home shopping network will televise Bolton from Las Vegas, at the Venetian Theater at the Venetian Palazzo. And he’ll be in good company. Smokey Robinson and a number of other Motown legends will be on the stage with him on Feb. 8 at 8 p.m.

Bolton is hawking his new CD, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: A tribute to Hitsville, U.S.A.,” in a special bundle for HSN.

You can pre-order the CD now on

ShopNBC Vet Pamela McCoy’s JTV Diamonds Get Skewered On Facebook

January 23, 2013

Ex-ShopNBC host and vendor Pamela McCoy hasn’t even debuted her new diamond line on Jewelry Television yet, and it is already causing a controversy.

McCoy’s jewelry will bow on JTV Jan. 31, and the physically rejuvenated ex-host has posted photos of several of her pieces on Facebook, two rings and a bracelet so far.

But she had no sooner posted them than someone had the same complaint that we had when we saw the shots: The diamonds in the pieces look extremely cloudy. That prompted a nasty back and forth among suspicious jewelry buyers, McCoy and her defenders.

“What grade diamonds are you using Pamela?” one woman asked.

The cloudy and controversial ring

The cloudy and controversial ring

“Pamela, Your taste in diamonds is as exquisite as your beautiful outerwear,” another woman wrote. “I am so excited for you and can’t wait until you debut your new collection. Hopefully,this beautiful ring will be affordable. It is simply stunning and I can’t wait to own it!”

McCoy responded.

“Thanks for all the kind words!” she said. “I really love this ring! JTV does not give diamond quality unless they send a lab certificate with the piece. But I can say that the diamonds are very white and beautiful! I think I have created the perfect balance of wow and price!”

Our reporter’s bullshit detector was activated by McCoy’s comment, and apparently you don’t have to be a journalist to have that same BS alarm. In fact, posters got a little feisty on McCoy’s Facebook page.

Another McCoy JTV item

Another McCoy JTV item

“Pam you did not answer the question,” wrote one woman. “What color and clarity are YOUR diamonds used in your new jewelry line. We are looking for a letter like G,H,I and a clarity like Si1 or Si2 hopefully not the I3 I4 Clarity. Saying they are white is not an accurate statement of color or clarity. If you are the designer and manufacturing these pieces you should KNOW what Color and clarity diamonds are being used.”

“No way will they be anything more than I3 quality,” wrote another skeptic. “JTV has crap diamonds unfortunately and Pam’s prices are right in line with the other JTV pricing.”

“I remember your beautiful jewelry line before: What are the diamond stats?” another woman begged.

“White as in milky white, this piece is very similar to a another piece on ShopNBC!!!” snarked another poster.

McCoy and JTV did have their defenders.

“Why don’t you go somewhere else and shop and let the people enjoy what they can afford,” wrote one McCoy fan. “You certainly didn’t come from a very good family if they didn’t teach you not to insult someone’s jewelry. We love Pamela and wish her the best!”

Another cloudy McCoy JTV ring

Another cloudy McCoy JTV ring

By that measure, we guess we didn’t come from a very good family, either.

The critics, whose mamas apparently didn’t raise them right, either, didn’t let up.

“Ring nice, diamonds cloudy.”

“Beautiful ring setting! Whats the quality grading of the diamonds, Pam?”

“Would you wear a ring with poor quality diamonds like this one? I don’t think so…… We want top quality and are willing to pay for it.”

“Too cloudy for me.”

JTV has officially heralded McCoy’s arrival.

“We’re excited to announce that Pamela McCoy will be joining JTV with her new line – Pamela McCoy Diamonds! Tune in for her first show on January 31st from 10am to 12pm EST. Welcome Pamela!”

Welcome, indeed.

HSN Is Taking Us To Disney’s ‘Oz,’ And Hottie James Franco, In March

January 19, 2013

HSN is partnering with the Mouse House in a promotional extravaganza for Walt Disney Studios’ “Oz The Great and Powerful.”

In this latest HSN marketing collaboration for a movie, the home shopping network will be offering an exclusive collection of fashions, jewelry, beauty and home accessories based on the film, it announced this week.

To promote the collection and the movie, HSN has developed a comprehensive marketing campaign that includes a special two-day live event that can be viewed across all of its platforms — TV, and HSN mobile.


“Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by horror film maestro Sam Raimi (we hope there’s no gore in this), stars hottie James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz (married to hottie Daniel Craig) and Michelle Williams. The screen story is by Mitchell Kapner and the screenplay is by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. The film opens in theaters nationwide March 8.

Here’s what the home shopping network said in its press release:

HSN designers have created a curated assortment of exclusive products reflecting the spirit of the film. The apparel, accessories, jewelry and beauty pieces reflect the essence of the movie’s three, witches Theodora, Evanora and Glinda, drawing inspiration from their sense of style, personality and unique color palettes. The home and culinary items mirror the discovery the viewer feels while traveling through the world of Oz.

Stud muffin James Franco in Disney's new Oz movie, Nice hat

Stud muffin James Franco in Disney’s new Oz movie, Nice hat

“We are so pleased to collaborate with HSN on another amazing film project,” Don Gross, vice president of global promotions for Disney Studios, said in a canned statement. “The smart, savvy and creative team at HSN have demonstrated their ability to connect and resonate with our core audience, and with this newly announced collection for ‘Oz The Great and Powerful,’ we know the buzz around this exciting new film will continue to grow.”

And our homeboy Bill Brand also weighed in.

“HSN is an entertainment channel that indulges and engages consumers via unique retail experiences,” said Bill Brand, HSN’s executive vice president of programming, marketing and business development. “Disney is known for its masterful storytelling and we are excited to work with such a world-class brand to bring a compelling story like ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ to life through amazing products and rich content.”

Jewelry, fashion, beauty products and home accessories including exclusive pieces from Naeem Khan, Badgley Mischka, Adrienne Landau, Raven Kauffman, Urban Decay, Be&D and others will be available for sale during a special live 48-hour event on HSN on March 1 & 2.

You can shop the collection on starting February 14.

HSN Debuted Its ‘New Face’ At Big Apple Soiree Tonight

January 17, 2013

We were busy at work and had to miss it, but HSN threw a big shindig in Manhattan tonight to celebrate the relaunch of its website.

Brett on the red carpet at HSN's Manhattan party

Brett on the red carpet at HSN’s Manhattan party

The festivities took place at the newly renovated Marquee New York on 10th Avenue and and 26th Street.

There was a red carpet outside the affair, and HSN host Brett Chukerman tweeted photos of himself interviewing HSN’s celeb guests. Who they heck they were, we have no idea.

HSN Rolls Out Digital-Design Overhaul, Including Revamped Website

January 16, 2013

HSN has relaunched its website and digital channels, which the network said is part of is part of a comprehensive, multi-platform digital redesign that has been in development for more than a year.

“It enhances the customer experience, not just on the Top 10-most trafficked e-commerce site, but across all mobile devices, including tablets, Android and Windows 8, the home shopping network said Tuesday.

“Through our redesign, HSN will further integrate content, community and commerce to create a unique shopping experience that you won’t find anywhere else,” Jill Braff, HSN’s executive vice president of digital commerce, said in a canned statement. “HSN now has the framework necessary to continuously deepen and extend its unique storytelling capabilities.”


The redesign aims to integrate HSN’s social communities prominently through all of its platforms via the social media curator Mass Relevance. This dynamic new social element allows customers to share their product finds, thoughts and reviews with their friends and influence shopping in real time.

For example, “The 20” is a feature enabled by integrating social media tools into the new The feature lists 20 curated products on the site, from which customers and fans can vote for their favorite item. At midnight, HSN will tally the votes and those who voted for the winning product will be entitled a discount on their purchase of that product.

“HSN has set a new standard for social shopping with its new website,” said Sam Decker, CEO of Mass Relevance. “By using the Mass Relevance platform, can power a real-time social integration that includes photo walls, streams, polls, Q&A and more. Now, shoppers can participate with social content at every step of the purchase path, building engagement and driving a deeper connection with the HSN brand.”

HSN’s platforms now have a new look and feel designed to enhance the online experience and deliver greater shopping ease with a simplified user interface and user-friendly ‘shop by category’ options.

Site navigation is supposed to be more intuitive to allow customers to quickly find their favorite brands, personalities and information on exciting events. Favorites can be found across all digital channels from website to tablet to smart phone.

If you understand the next paragraph from HSN, you’re smarter than us.

“HSN’s redesign includes significant technological improvements to the company’s content and software architecture as well. As a result, content will no longer be limited to the structure of the page. Content will actually determine page structure instead. The new has incorporated caching and performance optimization into its database, core services, page structures and other components that doubles the speed of the site for visitors and makes it twice as efficient.”

And here’s another puffy quote from Braff.

“Mobile continues to be our fastest growing platform so we know that is where our customers are engaging with us,” she said. “Now even faster and more efficient, we have built the kind of personalized experience our customers crave. Whether it’s a smartphone or a tablet, we are committed to providing the same content rich experience on her terms, whenever and wherever she chooses.”