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ShopNBC May Partner With Bravo, Whose Reality TV Stars Like Rachel Zoe And Isaac Mizrahi Already Have Deals With QVC And HSN

November 18, 2009

ShopNBC apparently has something cooking with the cable network Bravo, but we couldn’t find out many details Wednesday.

During a third-quarter conference call ShopNBC CEO Keith Stewart said that the network is looking to partner with Bravo to sell some of Bravo’s “content” also have a presence on the channel.

“I can’t speak for NBC, but I do talk to them quite frequently, and we are in active conversations to work with some of their properties, like Bravo,” Stewart said. “To the extent that we can sell some of the Bravo content and also be on some of their channels, that will be a cost-effective way to do it.”

Bravo is a unit of NBC Universal, which is expected to be purchased by cable giant Comcast. NBC has a minority stake in ShopNBC.

A raft of the stars of Bravo’s many reality TV stars have lines on home shopping networks. Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe of “The Rachel Zoe Project” sells clothes and accessories on QVC, and Heidi Klum of Bravo’s former hit, now Lifetime’s “Project Runway,” had a jewelry line on QVC until a suit agains her by Van Cleef & Arpel put the kibosh on that.

Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, of Bravo’s “The Fashion Show,” is doing a line of apparel, accessories and home goods that will debut next month on QVC.

On HSN, Ramona Singer of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City” has a fine jewelry line, while Padman Lakshmi of Bravo’s “Top Chef” is hawking teas and herbs.

On the conference call, Stewart only made one more comment about the potential Bravo arrangement, and ShopNBC wasn’t “adding any color,” as Wall Street analysts say, after the call.

“Now all that said, NBC is a stand-alone unit and they need to make money,” Stewart said. “And we unquestionably need to make money. So to the extent it compromises our margins to you, it would not be a good business decision. But to the extent it does work for both of us, we’ll launch some of the content that NBC will offer.”

General Electric and NBC currently own about 32.5 percent of ShopNBC on a fully diluted basis of 37.6 million shares. NBC’s 6.4 million shares represent 16.8 percent ownership and GE’s 6 million common stock purchase warrants represent 15.7 percent.

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Steamy ‘Top Chef’ Host Padma Lakshmi Premieres On HSN, The Latest Bravo TV Star To Do the Home Shopping Thang

November 6, 2009

Another Bravo reality-show star has made the move to home shopping. Gorgeous Padma Lakshmi, a “Top Chef” host and cookbook author, premiered on HSN Friday.

She was selling several of her signed cookbooks, as well as exotic teas, spices and a cute clear teapot.

Ramona Singer, from Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City,” has a jewelry line on HSN.

And model Heidi Klum, whose show “Project Runway” moved from Bravo to Lifetime Television this year, used to have a clover-motif jewelry line on QVC. But then Van Cleef & Arpel sued Klum over the design, and that was the end of the QVC line.

QVC Host Rick Domeier, Heidi Klum’s Favorite, Celebrates 15th Anniversary Tonight

October 15, 2009

QVC will hold a 15th Anniversary Celebration for host Rick Domeier, the object of many a female home-shopper’s fantasies, Thursday night. The Q is devoting three hours, 9 p.m. to midnight, to the blond guy from Minnesota.

Married with kids, Domeier is a bit of a wise ass, injecting some often well-deserved sarcastic commentary and humor during the presentations he hosts.

Heidi Klum told Domeier that he talked faster than anyone she had ever met. It was fun watching Domeier do Klum’s jewelry shows (before the line was scuttled due to a lawsuit), because he looked absolutely star-struck by the beautiful model and reality-TV star.

According to Domeier’s QVC bio, he joined the network as a host trainee in fall 1994 and became a permanent program host in April 1995.

He has a background in theater companies in Southern California, and McDuff in “Macbeth” and Hal Carter in “Picnic.”

Here’s something we didn’t know: Domeier has appeared on TV shows such as “St. Elsewhere,” “Dream On” and “The Young and the Restless.”

But here’s our favorite tidbit. Domeier co-starred in the cult-classic horror movie, “Evil Dead Two,” directed by the master Sam Raimi.

All that after studying theater at St. Cloud State College and at the San Francisco Theater Academy. He’s even got a Screen Actors Guild card.

Why There’s No More Heidi Klum Clover Jewelry On QVC

October 5, 2009

Some posters on QVC’s online jewely forum this weekend were wondering what happened to supermodel and “Project Runway” host Heidi Klum’s clover-design jewelry line, which used to be sold on the home shopping network. 

FYI — Klum pulled the plug on her Heidi Klum Collection, which was very popular on QVC, after she was sued by high-end jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels. It charged that her clover-motif wares too closely resembled their trademarked design.

Rather than battle it out in court this summer, Klum closed down her jewelry line. None of the pieces can be found on QVC.com.

Perhaps Klum didn’t have the stomach for more lawsuits, after being involved in nasty, lengthy litigation over “Project Runway’s” move from Bravo to Lifetime Television.  That mess was eventually resolved, and the hit reality show began airing on the women’s network.