Archive for March, 2015

QVC Vendor/Vionic Chairman Vasyli Allegedly Killed By Wife

March 30, 2015

We’re not big fans of the Vionic (with Orthaheel technology) shoes on QVC, but there was a shocking revelation during one of the product’s presentation. We didn’t know what to make of it when we saw it, but several of our smart readers clued us in.

We don’t even know the name of the Vionic presenter who was on with host Jane Treacy, but all of a sudden he got very emotional and teary when he referenced the fact that company founder-chairman-podiatrist Dr. Phillip Vasyli had passed away. QVC actually cut away and went to blank air for what seemed like minutes but was probably seconds.

It turns out that in a horrible tragedy, Vasyli was murdered, stabbed to death in his home in the Bahamas on March 23. He was only 59!

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Our two trusted readers had done their reporter’s legwork and found stories on the Web about his death, and forwarded them to us.

Thanks ladies!

And in yet another terrible twist ins his case, Vasyli’s 54-year-old wife Donna has been charged with his murder.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/wife-of-millionaire-sydney-podiatrist-phillip-vasyli-charged-with-his-murder-in-bahamas-20150330-1mbhkz.html
http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20150325/chairman-of-san-rafael-footwear-corporation-murdered-in-bahamas

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/paradise-lost-for-high-flying-podiatrist-phillip-vasyli-who-was-murdered-in-luxury-caribbean-home/story-fni0cx12-1227281551504

http://phillipvasyli.com/

He was an incredibly handsome man, and obviously a smart business person. A millionaire, he was slain at his luxury home in the Bahamas.

His own website announced the sad news.

“The Vasyli family is deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of Phillip Vasyli, who died this week at his home in the Bahamas,” it said.

http://phillipvasyli.com/

Vionic’s CEO posted this on Facebook.

A Message from Chris Gallagher, CEO:

It has been a sad and unsettling week for our organization, with waves of emotions that come and go. Our founder, Phillip Vasyli, was a warm and genuine colleague and friend, and his presence in our lives will be greatly missed. A familiar sight around our San Rafael office, Phil’s charisma and larger-than-life personality never failed to light up a room.

Phil had a deep and profound belief in the people he worked with, and it is this confidence that gives us the strength to move forward, though we do so with heavy hearts. The same drive that guided him as a podiatrist, a healer and an entrepreneur will guide us in honoring his legacy. Phil’s vision is integral to the Vionic philosophy, and we will continue our efforts with his goals at heart.

In recent days we have experienced an overwhelming outpouring of support, for which we are very grateful. These kind words have reaffirmed our dedication to Phil’s mission, and Vionic will strive to achieve it every day going forward.

Thank you.

Condolences to his poor family.

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Management Bloodbath Hits Evine Live

March 28, 2015

Evine Live had a bloody week. Formerly known as ShopHQ, the home shopping network has done some spring cleaning, sweeping out many members of the former management team — including the president.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/evine-live-inc-announces-executive-205500666.html;_ylt=A0LEV790zhZVLxsAiJ4nnIlQ

First, the network appointed Tim Peterman its executive vice president and chief financial officer, replacing Bill McGrath.

Peterman’s resume includes stints at Synacor, E.W. Scripps Co., IAC and Tribune Co. He will report to Mark Bozek, CEO of Evine Live Inc.

Bob Ayd gone

Bob Ayd

“Tim’s extensive experience in finance, retail and media makes him the ideal executive to drive Evine Live’s performance going forward,” Evine Live Chairman Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement. “We are confident that his proven ability to execute will be a tremendous asset as we continue to drive efficiencies and gain momentum with our strategy.”

But here is the blockbuster buried in the press release: “The company continues to transition its approach in all areas of the business, Evine Live is consolidating leadership and announced it is eliminating President Bob Ayd’s position.”

Wow!

Another casualty was Teresa Dery, senior vice president and general counsel. Her interim replacement is Chief Strategy Officer Russell Nuce.

And here is Bozek’s “don’t-let-the-door-slap-you-in-the-ass” quote:

“We appreciate the contributions Bob, Bill and Teresa have made to the company and wish them all the best in their future endeavors,” he said. “We believe that our new leadership structure will allow us to be more nimble in all areas of the business and further cement a strong foundation for long term growth and profitability.”

Ex-QVC Host Lisa Robertson Dishes On Stalkers

March 28, 2015

What was up with ex-QVC host Lisa Robertson’s appearance last week on “Good Morning America”?

Host Robin Roberts claimed that it was the first time that Robertson had ever talked about her multiple stalkers. We don’t think that is so.

We have no sympathy for nutjob stalkers, far from it. But in the journalism biz, there usually has to be a timely news peg to do a story. But there was none here, that we could see.

Robertson told Roberts that she was so fearful of her stalkers, she essentially became a shut-in except for work. Robertson talked about court proceedings against one of the crackpots that tracked her.

She also said that her stalkers weren’t the sole reason she left the home shopping network, but was part of a list of reasons.

The ex-host also said that she isn’t retired, and is enjoying sleeping in.

Outdoor Decor Scott Brothers Head To QVC

March 28, 2015

Well, QVC says they have had four hit TV shows, but we’ve never heard of them. That must be because we avoid any home design programs like the plague.

But for those in the know, Jonathan and Drew Scott, “recognized worldwide for their real estate and design expertise,” are coming to QVC next week.

Their line of outdoor furnishings and accessories, Scott Living, will be on the air Tuesday at 10 p.m.

“Jonathan and Drew are famous for their ability to transform any living space into a dream dwelling,” Ken O’Brien, QVC’s senior vice president of merchandising, said in a canned statement. “We hope viewers will be inspired by the expert tips the brothers have to offer and seize the opportunity to update or refresh their outdoor spaces, just in time for spring.”

The press release says:

A combination of quality, style, versatility and affordability, the Scott Living collection has something to offer for design pros and novices alike. With products ranging from traditional to contemporary, the collection features an assortment of patio furniture, lanterns and lamps, decorative planters and more guaranteed to complement any style and space, with items perfect for all budgets.

“Helping fans turn their dream homes into reality is something we’re very passionate about,” Jonathan said.

“We are excited to unveil our collection on QVC and share our knowledge and experience with millions of viewers across the country,” added Drew Scott.

Since we don’t have an outdoor space to decorate, we’ll be watching “Chicago Fire” next Tuesday.

Bradley Cooper Joins Cast Of Film Bio Of HSN’s Joy Mangano

March 23, 2015

Wow, HSN mother of invention Joy Mangano must have had quite a life so far.

White-hot actress Jennifer Lawrence is slated to play Mangano in a film, “Joy,” which comes out in December. And who are her co-stars?

Hunky Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro, according to several press reports today. Wowser! We consider Brad very “Huggable.” And he just broke up with his girlfriend.

The movie is already filming, in places like Massachusetts.

QVC Alum Lisa Robertson On “GMA,” Lisa Mason Comeback?

March 23, 2015

Our astute Facebook friend Maryam informed us that former QVC host Lisa Robertson is slated to make an appearance on “Good Morning America” tomorrow, Tuesday.

http://headlineplanet.com/home/2015/03/20/tove-lo-marina-and-the-diamonds-to-perform-on-good-morning-america/

We don’t know if she’s a guest, a host, or what.

And TVShoppingQueens.com has a good scoop. The site is reporting that former QVC host Lisa Mason is coming back to the home shopping network. Maybe it’s an effort to fill the Grand Canyon-sized gap left by Robertson’s departure.

http://www.tvshoppingqueens.com/forum/showthread.php?15158-%28QVC%29-BIG-NEWS-LISA-MASON-will-return-to-QVC-as-a-Host!!!

Congrats to TVShoppingQueens for breaking the news, and congrats to Mason for returning as a host. We hope Gino is doing well with his brain cancer treatments.

Jewelry Designer Dallas Prince’s Husband Recovers From Heart Attack

March 21, 2015

Dallas Prince and her husband and fellow jewelry designer and home shopping vendor, Vincent Ciurluini, are one of the most gorgeous couples we have ever seen. Not only that, they are talented designers and gracious, lovely and charming every time they are on-air.

So it was frightening to read on Facebook that Vincent last week suffered a heart attack. The good news is that doctors saved his life, and he is on the mend.

Dallas Prince and her husband Vincent, who is recovering from a heart attack

Dallas Prince and her husband Vincent, who is recovering from a heart attack

“Need a million prayers….. my husband, Vincent, had a heart attack last night and had surgery,” Prince posted on Wednesday. “A fabulous team of specialists saved his life. He is weak but laughing with me tonight in ICU at the hospital. He remains my everything.”

https://www.facebook.com/dallasprincedesigns?fref=photo

The next day, Prince had this update.

“Your enormous gift of prayers was overwhelming. I have truly never cried so many tears,” she wrote. “My ‘gentle giant’ husband had a very restful night and is about to have breakfast! I can’t stop staring at him and know that this was my miracle. So grateful to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. Much love…..Dallas.”

Prince has appeared on ShopHQ and had a brief stint on HSN before returning to what is now known as Evine Live. Vincent has also sold jewelry on Evine Live.

Our dad ended up dying of pancreatic cancer in January, but nearly 20 years ago he suffered a massive heart attack. The hospital where he was treated, Morristown Memorial, had just recruited a team of heart specialists from Philly. Those doctors saved our dad’s life.

We’re glad physicians were able to do the same for Vincent, and our prayers and well wishes go out to him and Dallas.

Cindy Crawford, Sonia Kashuk To Do QVC Cancer Benefit PSAs

March 21, 2015

Glamor pusses Cindy Crawford (and fellow Northwestern grad) makeup artist Sonia Kashuk will be appearing in both a print and television public service announcement for “QVC and CEW Present Beauty with Benefits,” the home shopping network said last week.

http://www.qvc.com/PressRelease.content.html?press=cp_press_031715_BeautyWithBenefits.endpress

QVC and Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) are again teaming up for a two-hour live charitable broadcast to provide shoppers with a special opportunity to feel beautiful while giving back.

“QVC and CEW Present Beauty with Benefits” will April 15 and feature beauty brands including Laura Mercier, Clinique, Laura Geller, Shiseido, Josie Maran and philosophy.

“Cindy and Sonia have each been inspiring women for years with their ambition and passionate spirits,” Ken O’Brien, QVC’s senior vice president of merchandising, said in a canned statement. “We are honored to have them as our spokespeople this year and are confident that together, they will inspire viewers to make a difference.”

During the event, customers can shop from a selection of cosmetics, fragrance, skin-care and hair-care products, and 80 percent of the purchase price of donated merchandise will benefit Cancer and Careers, a charitable program of the CEW Foundation that is dedicated to the empowerment of people living and working with cancer.

Since 2013, “QVC and CEW Present Beauty with Benefits” has generated $2.2 million to benefit Cancer and Careers.

“Cancer has affected so many lives, but the challenges of living and working with cancer is often an aspect of the diagnosis that rarely gets attention,” Crawford said in a statement. “That is why I wanted to be a part of this great cause with my dear friend Sonia. Beauty is not just about the way you look, but also about the way you feel inside, and this is an opportunity for beauty to make a difference in people’s lives.”

“As a cancer survivor and beauty industry veteran, I am thrilled to be a part of Beauty with Benefits,” added Kashuk. “It’s wonderful to see so many leading names in beauty come together to support such a powerful cause that will impact the lives of so many.”

Evine Live Sees 4 Percent Sales Gain In Fourth Quarter

March 19, 2015

Newly christened Evine Live, formerly ShopHQ, posted a 4 percent increase in sales in the fourth quarter, up to $201 million.

The company Wednesday reported adjusted net income of $3.7 million, a rise over $3.4 million in the year-ago period.

Mark Bozek

Mark Bozek

For fiscal 2014, the home shopping channel racked up sales of $675 million, up 5 percent over fiscal 2013.

http://shophq.mwnewsroom.com/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?nodeguid=f3ec1979-067f-4618-ac64-a01860e8b8c4&lang=en-US

“Our fourth quarter results were solid,and we are pleased with the progress we have made in strengthening the organization and repositioning to a digital commerce company,” CEO Mark Bozek said in a canned statement.

“Most importantly, at this early stage we have created a high level of enthusiasm and competitiveness that has not existed at this company in a long time,” he said. “We have begun a range of brand partnerships and digital commerce initiatives that we believe will help drive long-term sustainable growth in sales and profitability. We look forward to hosting an investor day at our headquarters on May 28th, where we will share more on our progress.”

William McGrath, EVP & CFO of EVINE Live, also chimed in.

“Our adjusted EBITDA margin of 3.4 percent for fiscal 2014, reflected a 60 basis point annual improvement. We are committed to continuing to improve our profitability levels and to enhance our liquidity. At the end of the quarter, we had $21.9 million in cash, including restricted cash. On March 6th, we increased our revolving credit facility with PNC by an additional $15 million. This expansion provides the company with greater flexibility and liquidity to support future growth.”

HSN Readies New Model Host Amy Bravo For Duty

March 17, 2015

HSN has a new host coming, one with apparently Hispanic roots.

She’s Amy Bravo, who has previously served as a host for HSN’s “Boutique” on segments on Univision, the Spanish-language broadcast giant. Bravo has also been a model on the English-language HSN.

Amy Bravo

Amy Bravo

On Facebook veteran HSN host Colleen Lopez posted an item about Bravo.

“I could not be more excited to introduce you to our newest HSN Host in Training – the beautiful and talented Amy Bravo!!!” Lopez wrote. “As one of our fabulous models for many years, Amy is already part of our HSN family – I’m so proud to watch her spread her wings and fulfill her dreams of becoming a Host. Much love and congratulations, Amy! ♥♥♥”

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=627768473&fref=ts