Archive for April, 2014

QVC Host Amy Stran Delivers Easter Baby Girl

April 26, 2014

Congrats to QVC host Amy Stran, who gave birth to an Easter baby, just days after going on maternity leave from the home shopping network.

Stran posted about baby girl Bree on Facebook.

“She’s here!!!,” Stran wrote. “It has been the longest night of our life but worth every second of it! Bree arrived at 11:27am, and measured 7.3lbs and 20in. This is the very first pic we took and you know there are many more coming your way. We did it!!”

You can check out the adorable photos yourself. Congrats to all, and God bless Bree.

We saw Stran on QVC last Friday, and apparently she went into labor the next day and had the baby Sunday.

ShopHQ’s Dissident Group Puts Up Slate To Dethrone Keith Stewart

April 26, 2014

ShopHQ’s dissident shareholders have renewed their assault on the home shopping network’s current management team, including $1.3 million CEO Keith Stewart, putting up its own slate of directors to oust the incumbents. It looks like a showdown.

On Thursday the Clinton Group filed a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission with its nominees for ShopHQ’s board — reality TV producer Thom Beers, former HSN head Mark Bozek, Ronald Frasch, record mogul and ex-Mariah Carey hubby Tommy Mottola, Robert Rosenblatt and Fred Siegel.

In pretty brutal language, the Clinton Group skewered Stewart over his tenure at the No. 3 home shopping network.

Keith Stewart in happier days

Keith Stewart in happier days

How do you like these apples, Keith? Here’s a snippet from the SEC filing.

The current Chief Executive Officer, Keith Stewart, was hired by the Company in August 2008 and became Chief Executive Officer in January 2009. In our view, while Mr. Stewart and his executive team have been in place, the business has not grown as projected by the Company nor, in our view, taken sufficient advantage of its opportunities.

During investor presentations in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Mr. Stewart and his team spoke of a future in which the Company would generate $1.1 billion of revenue, or $12 to $13 of revenue per home in which the ValueVision programming was available. However, revenue has not grown to these levels.

Instead, the Company generated just $640 million in revenue in the year ended February 1, 2014 (Fiscal 2013). The Company generated more revenue eight years ago (among other times) when its programming was available in 35% fewer homes.

But in Fiscal 2013 (and throughout Mr. Stewart’s tenure), the Company’s revenue amounted to just $7 per home. On this critical revenue metric, the Company’s current performance is worse than it was during the year Mr. Stewart joined the Company.

And, the Company generated more than $10 of revenue per home in every Fiscal Year from 1999 to 2007, prior to the tenure of nearly all of the current directors and Mr. Stewart.

Moreover, the Company’s current $7 revenue production per home significantly lags behind that of HSN and QVC, the Company’s principal rivals, who generate $24 and $60 of revenue, respectively, per American home in which their programming is available, according to the Company’s latest Management Presentation.6

On measures of profit, the Company has similarly under-achieved its previous performance and its previously announced goals … During Mr. Stewart’s tenure – consisting of 20 reported quarters of earnings – the Company has generated positive net income in just one quarter and has lost a cumulative $145 million. Over the same period, both HSN and QVC have generated significant and increased profits.

And here is what the Clinton Group’s directors plan to do:

* replacing the Chief Executive Officer (namely Stewart)

* changing the mix of merchandise offered to customers, reducing the percentage of merchandise in the jewelry, watch and electronics segments (which have historically been characterized by high selling prices and high return rates), and creating additional vendor relationships with brands and manufacturers in other categories such as beauty, health, fitness, fashion, accessories and home;

* establishing a New York City merchandising presence, enabling greater access to proprietary product from celebrities, musicians, personalities and well-known brands

* broadcasting some live selling events from locations throughout the world, including New York City and Los Angeles, to facilitate the acquisition and development of high margin, proprietary brands and notable, on-air talent

* marketing the SHOP HQ brand and service through public relations, off-asset marketing and through live events, promotions and innovative use of multi-channel, social media

*innovating new programming approaches to distinguish the SHOP HQ brand from those of rivals HSN and QVC (as well as other eCommerce companies), including by adding programming that involves integrated social commerce and cost-effective, shopping-centric entertainment across multiple platforms.

On Friday, ShopHQ shot back with its own SEC filing.

“The Board does not believe the Clinton Group’s nominees or proposals are in the best interests of all of our shareholders and does not endorse any of them,” ShopHQ’s current management said.


Official Word On Dolly Parton On QVC Sunday

April 26, 2014

We reported this already, but here is QVC’s press release on Dolly Parton performing on the network from Nashville Sunday.


The Multimedia Retailer to Broadcast a Live Intimate Performance with Country Icon

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (April 23, 2014) – In advance of the launch of her upcoming album Blue Smoke, Dolly Parton is scheduled to appear on QVC for a special performance live from Nashville Sunday, April 27 at 7 PM (ET). During the “Dolly Parton Q Sessions Live from Nashville – featuring ‘Blue Smoke’” broadcast, Parton will perform songs from her latest album, as well as a few of her greatest hits. Fans will also have the opportunity to order Blue Smoke, which will be bundled with Dolly Parton Live, a bonus CD compiled especially for QVC.

“Dolly Parton is one of the most celebrated female country performers of all time,” said Ken O’Brien, vice president of merchandising at QVC. “It is an honor to offer our customers a front-row seat to one of her performances and the opportunity to purchase Dolly’s highly anticipated new album before street date.”

Containing a collection of 12 bluegrass and country songs, Blue Smoke is Parton’s 42nd studio album and first release since 2011. Featuring duets with country music legends such as Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers, Blue Smoke is a reflection of Parton’s wide-ranging musical styles and influences.The QVC broadcast will allow viewers to hear new singles including “Blue Smoke,” “Home” and “Banks of the Ohio,” as well as fan favorites including “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You.”

“I’ve always been passionate about performing in front of my fans,” said Parton. “To be able to unveil my new album on QVC and have my music broadcast live to more than 100 million homes across the U.S. is an exciting opportunity.”

A legend in country music, Parton’s career has spanned nearly five decades and includes a litany of achievements and accolades. The internationally renowned superstar has won seven Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

‘Real Housewives of Jersey’ Melissa Gorga launching HSN jewelry line

April 24, 2014

Yet another member of Bravo’s many “Real Housewives” franchises is coming to HSN.

US Magazine reported that Melissa Gorga of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is doing a jewelry collection for HSN that will premiere in July.

In the story, Gorga said her line of 24 pieces will be sophisticated and affordable, from $20 to $100.

Actress Sofia Vergara debuts fragrance on HSN

April 24, 2014

What out, another celebrity perfume has arrived.

Gorgeous Latina Actress Sofia Vergara launch her first fragrance, Sofia by Sofia Vergara, as HSN’s Today’s Special Thursday.

“Sofia by Sofia Vergara is designed for the woman who wants to feel irresistible and truly enjoys being a woman,” Vergara said in a canned statement. “I wanted to bring a little bit of who I am, my ethnicity and create a fragrance that is a true reflection of me.”

According to HSN’s florid press release, “The luxurious new, juicy oriental floral fragrance embodies the actress’ vibrant personality, innate charm and exotic beauty. From choosing the notes to designing the bottle, Sofia Vergara took part in every detail during the fragrance development.”

HSN’s Chief Merchandising Officer Anne Martin-Vachon said, “This fragrance truly embodies Sofia’s captivating personality. She is smart, glamorous, sophisticated, sensual and highly accessible to her fans…all great qualities to have for a successful beauty launch at HSN.”

The Eau de Parfum will retail for $55 (100ml) and $48 (50ml) and a Shimmer Body Lotion for $30.

Country Music Legend Dolly Parton Coming To QVC Sunday

April 22, 2014

Big-haired country music institution Dolly Parton will be performing live on QVC this Sunday, according to The Boot.

As with the home shopping network’s prior deals with artists, shoppers will be able to buy Parton’s new album on QVC “Blue Smoke” 20 days before its official release date, which is May 13.

The Boot reported that fans can purchase the album starting April 24. Parton will then be performing an hour-long broadcast on QVC next Sunday.

“The hour will feature music from the new album, as well as some of Parton’s greatest hits, performed live in front of a studio audience in Nashville,” The Boot reported. “The performance will be sold as part of a two-disc set with the album.”

New Kind Of Manufactured Diamond Fools The Experts

April 21, 2014

People have long associated home shopping networks, and mocked them, for their sale of cubic zirconia jewelry. But The New York Times Sunday reported on a new kind of diamond simulant, made from gases, that don’t be distinguished from mined natural diamonds.

The story in The Times’s business section was headlined “When Diamonds Are Dirt Cheap, Will They Still Dazzle.” The article describes a new process, called chemical vapor disposition, that creates gems that even the experts can’t tell aren’t created by nature.

The story then poses this question: Will the price of natural-of-origin diamonds plummet when the market gets these new types of diamonds? You decide.

HSN’s Victoria Wieck Couture Diamond Jewelry, QVC’s Argyle

April 20, 2014

Home-shopping diamond lovers, hide your credit cards!

Looks like there are some interesting products coming our way in the ol’ diamond category (which is our birthstone, with our birthday arriving shortly, just FYI).

First, QVC will be bringing us an Argyle Diamond line. No, they won’t look like your dad’s socks. We believe they are a combo of white and champagne diamonds, if we recall the promo right. It featured a cross that immediately caught our eye.

Lisa Robertson referred this new diamond collection Friday night. We checked, and could not find any of the jewelry posted yet.

And then last week we heard Victoria Wieck, HSN’s slightly lisping Beverly Hills jewelry designer, say that she is doing a new couture collection for the network. It appears to be higher-end pieces, diamonds set in 14 carat gold, and will debut in May, according to Wieck.

British Singer Matt Goss Goes Live On HSN Sunday

April 18, 2014

Well, once again we are out of the music loop.

British crooner Matt Goss, who we have never heard of, will do a concert and debut his first U.S. album on HSN Easter night at 11 p.m., the network said Friday.

Described by HSN as a “singing sensation,” Goss will perform tracks from that album, “Life You Imagine,” during a one-hour special performance across all of HSN’s platforms, including TV, online and mobile.

He will also perform songs from his new CD on “Good Morning America” and “Fox & Friends” in the coming weeks.

Goss is now headlining at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, and is the former front-man of the band “Bros.”

“We are thrilled to be the U.S. launch partner for international superstar Matt Goss,” Andy Sheldon, Chief Creative Development Officer of HSN Entertainment, said in a canned statement. “Matt’s soulful voice and sophisticated style is sure to resonate with our customers and I can’t wait to introduce them to this amazing talent.”

“Matt’s repertoire features modern classics inspired by timeless themes,” HSN said in its press release.

As a member of Bros, Goss sold more than 17 million albums.

“Life You Imagine the Deluxe Edition CD” ($9.95) can be pre-ordered across all of HSN’s platforms including TV, online and mobile and features three bonus tracks, available only through HSN.

Track List:
1. Mustang
2. Lovely Las Vegas
3. When Will I Be Famous
4. Strong
5. I Do
6. Face My Fears
7. Evil
8. The Day We Met
9. There’s Nothing Like This
10. All About The Hang

Bonus Tracks on Deluxe Edition, available exclusively at
1. Feeling Good
2. Fly Me To The Moon
3. Luck Be A Lady

QVC Host Lisa Robertson, Stalkers And ‘Good Morning America’

April 18, 2014

The story about QVC host Lisa Robertson’s numerous stalkers went national, with “Good Morning America” even doing a segment on it.

Robertson provided a statement to ABC News that we thought worth republishing.

“We enjoy the connection we have with our audience from being open and sharing our personal stories. Unfortunately, one of the downsides to this is that people can take these connections too far and cross personal boundaries,” the statement — or should we cay the UNDERSTATEMENT — said.