Archive for August, 2014

QVC Queen Joan Rivers’ Fate And The Home Shopping Net

August 30, 2014

The New York Daily News did an update Saturday on QVC Queen Joan Rivers’ condition, reporting the obvious, really: That her daughter Melissa may have to make some hard choices about her mom’s future.

Rivers suffered cardiac arrest Thursday while having a procedure done on her vocal cords, and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. Doctors don’t know how long her brain went without oxygen, and according to the News they are trying to determine if she sustained brain injury.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/joan-rivers-daughter-melissa-distraught-source-article-1.1921362

Physicians put Rivers in a medically induced coma.

The story also claimed that one of Rivers’ close friends said QVC and E! Entertainment, home of “Fashion Police,” “are anxiously awaiting an update.”

Jeanne Bice’s Quacker Factory continued on QVC even after her death from cancer.

Let’s just hope it’s all a moot point and that Rivers recovers.

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QVC Queen Joan Rivers Remains In Medical Coma

August 29, 2014

We’re saying prayers for QVC Queen Joan Rivers, who remained at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan Friday.

Rivers has been placed in a medically induced coma after a near-death incident Thursday. The comic was undergoing a treatment on her throat at en endoscopy center in the Yorkville section of Manhattan when her heart stopped.

She was rushed to Mount Sinai, where her daughter Melissa is now at her side. It’s unclear if, or for how long, Rivers’ brain was deprived of oxygen when she underwent cardiac arrest.

Ironically, the night before her medical emergency Rivers was performing and joked that she “go” any minute now.

She was scheduled to perform in our home state of New Jersey tonight, in Red Bank, but obviously that gig was cancelled.

Emma Fox Debuting With Kelly Osbourne On HSN

August 28, 2014

HSN’s annual fall fashion series, “The Fashion Edit,” will be the event where Kelly Osbourne and Emma Fox handbags will debut on the home shopping network, according to a press release Wednesday.

That was pretty much the only news, folks, in the release.

“‘The Fashion Edit’ is HSN’s ultimate shopping event,” HSN Chief Merchandising Officer Anne Martin-Vachon said in a canned statement.

“This year we have curated an exciting collection of brands and merged seasonal trends with essential classics to help our customer revive her fall wardrobe. We are excited to share the collections of all our eminent brands and thrilled to be the exclusive launch partner for Stories … by Kelly Osbourne!”

Here’s the description of Osbourne, whose mother Sharon, one kind reader reminded us, briefly had a jewelry line on HSN.

Celebrity fashion icon, Kelly Osbourne, will make a splash this fall on HSN with the launch of her debut ready-to-wear collection, Stories … by Kelly Osbourne.

Made to combine Kelly’s unique Brit-influenced style with her desire to “make fashion fair,” the line offers an assortment of trend-driven designs for woman of all ages, shapes, and sizes at accessible prices.

Stories…by Kelly Osbourne will feature a wide array of selections, from tops and bottoms to jackets and dresses, all offered in sizes 0 to 24 and constructed with quality fabrics and impeccable fit.

From vintage-inspired to Brit-eclectic designs, the HSN customer will be delighted to mix and match her pieces to create endless styling options. Watch Kelly live on HSN Thursday, September 25th, at 10 pm EST and Friday, September 26th, at 1pm and 2pm EST.

The handbag brand Emma Fox will also make its debut during The Fashion Edit, with an assortment that ranges from $24 to $299. The handbags feature drum-dyed leather with signature gold hardware.

Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett On HSN?

August 23, 2014

Lady Gaga, one of our favs, and music legend Tony Bennett have teamed up and sung together in the past. They have a mutual admiration society. And they have collaborated on a new album, “Cheek to Cheek.”

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HSN is getting a piece of this action. The network posted on Facebook and its website that it will be offering viewers a behind-the-scene look at Gaga’s and Bennett’s new album on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14.

From that description, it doesn’t sound like there will be an live performances, just sales of the CD.

Lady Gaga, by the way, is an HSN viewer. She once talked on Facebook about using her My Little Steamer.

JTV Rolls Out ‘Girlfriend Friday’ Show With Nikki, Misty

August 22, 2014

Jewelry Television is taking page out of QVC’s and HSN’s books by creating a destination show with steady hosts.

Just as QVC has its Lisa Robertson show on Fridays (we think), and HSN has host “Beauty Report with Colleen Lopez” and “Beauty Report With Amy Morrison” on Thursday nights, JTV is doing “Girlfriend Friday.”

The show with Nikki Rouleau and Misty Mills airs 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and focuses fashion and jewelry,”while encouraging women to share their jewelry stories and favorite trends on Facebook and Instagram,” according to JTV’s press release Thursday.

Nikki and Misty Mills on the set of their new Friday night JTV show

Nikki Rouleau and Misty Mills on the set of their new Friday night JTV show

The show’s catchphrase is “Thank Goodness It’s Girlfriend Friday,” with the accompanying “#TGIGF”.

“Not only do I get the joy of hosting this show with my best friend, Misty, but she and I also get to interact with a larger sisterhood and share our love of all that sparkles and shines,” Rouleau said in a canned statement. “Every Friday night will be a new experience, with lots of viewer stories and questions to make it really personal and fun.”

The hosts will use social media to converse with their fans and customers by sharing their own jewelry stories, pictures and lifestyle tips. By using the “#TGIGF”, pictures and comments from fans and viewers can be shared on-air to connect this community of jewelry lovers together.

The show will also have a segment called “Girl…Tell Me About It!” that identifies news and current events as they relate to fashion and jewelry.

The hosts will do a Q&A segment regarding styles, colors and jewelry that will feature a question of the day submitted by a fan. These segments will also incorporate responses on social media from JTV expert hosts and guests.

Fashion Cop Kelly Osbourne Debuts HSN Line Next Month

August 21, 2014

Kelly Osbourne, of the lavender-dyed mohawk, will debut her clothing line on HSN next month. Yes, what a surprise, another celebrity collection on the No. 2 home shopping channel.

HSN announced on its Facebook page that the Stories by Kelly Osbourne clothing line will premiere Sept. 25.

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne

Osbourne is following two of her co-hosts on E!’s “Fashion Police” show into the home shopping realm. Joan Rivers, of course, is a staple on QVC, and was one of the first celebs to take the plunge and appear on a home shopping network.

The clothes

The clothes

And Giuliana Rancic, that skinny thing, hawks a clothing line on HSN.

Osbourne already had a Facebook Page for her HSN line.

https://www.facebook.com/storiesbyKO

And she says that her clothes will fit the tiniest to the largest women.

“I believe fashion should be fair,” Osbourne wrote. “My line comes in sizes 0-24. No woman should feel like she can’t be beautiful and look amazing! XO Kelly.”

ShopHQ Records 5 Percent Sales Hike, To $156.6 Million

August 21, 2014

ShopHQ, recently under new management, posted second-quarter net sales of $156.6 million, up 5 percent compared with the year-ago period, the No. 3 home shopping network said Wednesday. The Minnesota-based channel has new offices in Manhattan now, by the way.

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ShopHQ’s growth in the second quarter was greater than QVC’s, but less than HSN’s. Industry leader QVS saw a 3 percent jump in revenue, to $1.4 billion. HSN’s net sales rose 6 percent, to $556.5 million.

ShopHQ CEO Mark Bozek

ShopHQ CEO Mark Bozek

ShopHQ’s quarter was boosted by strong performances in the fashion and accessories, beauty, and health and fitness categories.

The CEO who replaced Keith Stewart, HSN vet Mark Bozek, had this to say.

“The company delivered solid second-quarter results with strong growth in total customer counts and increased order volume on mobile devices,” Bozek said in a canned statement.

“I am excited to be leading the company into a new phase of growth while working alongside our newly formed board and a dedicated and re-energized employee base.”

At ShopHQ gross profit dollars increased 9 percent to $60.4 million, as gross profit as a percent of sales for the quarter improved to 38.6 percent, compared to 37.5 percent a year ago.

Adjusted EBITDA increased to $5.5 million in the second quarter versus $3.8 million last year, driven by the company’s sales and gross profit improvements.

Adjusted net income was $800,000, or one cent a share, compared to an adjusted net loss of $800,000 in the second quarter last year.

“Our commerce platforms, led by our reach into 87 million TV homes in the U.S., are unique assets that provide us with tremendous potential,” Bozek said. “Driving growth will largely be centered around attracting and building a diverse portfolio of proprietary brands and products with the goal of growing our customer base.”

“We will be focused on supporting the growth of these proprietary brands with immersive, personality-driven programming that is designed to drive greater engagement and social commerce on all our platforms,” ShopHQ’s new honcho said.

“Our process is all about an evolution of the business — not a revolution,” Bozek said. “Our recently established office in New York City should aid us in all these efforts. I plan to elaborate more on our new vision for the company in the coming months, as we begin to execute on our strategy of a more fully leveraged multichannel commerce platform.”

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President William McGrath, who seemed to have escaped the ax under the new regime, had this to say.

“We ended the quarter with $23 million in cash and restricted cash compared to $27 million at the end of Q1’14,” McGrath said. “Net use of cash includes $5 million in working capital and $3 million in capital expenditures, partially offset by Adjusted EBITDA of $6 million in the quarter.”

Two More ShopHQ Execs Exit The Network

August 20, 2014

More heads have rolled — we mean executives have left — ShopHQ.

The No. 3 home shopping network said that Chief Operating Officer Carol Steinberg and Chief Merchandising Officer Annette Repasch were “no longer” with the channel, effective this past Monday, according to a filing Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Both executives are eligible to be paid a severance in accordance with ShopHQ’s change-of-control provisions, the filing said.

“The company will be commencing a search for a new Chief Merchandising Officer utilizing the services of a nationally recognized search firm, Karen Harvey Consulting,” ShopHQ said.

CEO Keith Stewart was the first to leave once a dissident shareholder group won control of the network.

N.Y. ‘Housewife’ LuAnn de Lesseps Back At ShopHQ In Fall

August 17, 2014

It looks like the countess from “Real Housewives of New York City” will be heading back to ShopHQ with a fall fashion collection.

The New York Daily News reported Friday that LuAnn de Lesseps, in the wake of the end of the sixth season of Bravo’s “Real Wives,” was spotted dining out at Indochine in Manhattan.

“Spies” heard her telling friend that the No. 3 home shopping network had ordered a fall batch of clothes from her apparel line, Countess LuAnn Dress Collection, according to the News. The clothes will premiere in October.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/confidential/williams-death-hits-home-reiner-article-1.1904290

Mike Ditka’s Steakhouse Coming To ShopHQ

August 15, 2014

The new management at ShopHQ has another surprise up its sleeve, and it’s a big one: Mike Ditka.

The ex-NFL great will be coming to the home shopping network Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. with Mike Ditka’s Steakhouse.

Ditka has five restaurants, with three in the Chicago area, one in Arizona and one in Pittsburgh.

Earlier this week ShopHQ debuted a show with billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, one of the judges of ABC’s “Shark Tank.” That was a surprise that came out of nowhere.

We didn’t get a chance to see it.