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Jean Queen Diane Gilman’s Stylist Gets On-Air Marriage Proposal On HSN: We’re Still Waiting

January 18, 2011

Is this a home shopping network first?

We missed this Sunday night, probably because we were knocked out with a bad cold, but there was a wedding proposal made this weekend on the air on HSN. Host Colleen Lopez spread the news on Facebook.

“Surprise wedding proposal live on HSN!,” Lopez wrote. “Check out what happened when we surprised Diane Gilman’s stylist, Sabrina, on Sunday night – her boyfriend, Germain wanted to propose to her on live TV!! (video quality not great – but still a must see!). Love is grand!”

In the posted video clip we see Gilman on-air with Sabrina, lauding her for talent. Suddenly the camera pans and shows Germain, a nattily dressed big dude, walk from backstage over to Sabina, who looks pretty shocked, but happy.

“Well Sabrina, I want just want you and the whole world to know that I love you, and I want you to be my wife,” German said. “Will you marry me?”

With that, the HSN set was flooded with screeching models, employees, etc. who were all congratulating Sabrina.

We assume Sabrina said yes.

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HSN And Kelly Ripa’s ‘Homemade Millionaire’ Debuts Tonight On TLC

November 19, 2010

HSN’s collaboration with Jersey Girl Kelly Ripa and TLC, “Homemade Millionaire,” will premiere at 10 p.m. tonight.

The show pits female entrepreneurs against each to land a spot on HSN to sell a product they’ve invented.

Future episodes will feature veteran HSN vendors such as jean queen Diane Gilman, Jennifer Stallone, Badgley Mischka and Cajun kook (that’s no typo) Emeril Lagasse.

A panel on TLC's "Homemade Millionaire," with Kelly Ripa in the center and the designer team of Badgley Mischka on the right

On Thursday New York Daily News TV critic David Hinckley reviewed “Homemade Millionaire,” and he liked the program. He wrote that Ripa “whips up a lively and fun show by selling big dreams in a small, simple package.”

See what you think. We’ve had some inquiries from women who’d like to get on “Homemade Millionaire,” and we are looking into that.

So here’s the answer on getting on “Homemade Millionaire” this season: It’s too late, baby.

“We conducted try-outs last summer for this current season,” a TLC spokeswoman said Friday. “Unfortunately, this season is cast already.”

HSN Posts 6 Percent Increase In Third-Quarter Sales, Declines In Other Areas

November 3, 2010

Mindy Grossman

HSN saw a 6 percent gain in its net sales in the third quarter, with the home shopping channel hitting $493.7 millon in revenue, the company reported Wednesday.

But HSN saw 17 percent drop in operating income, to $30.7 million, and a decline in its gross profit margin.

For the first nine months, HSN’s net sales are up 6 percent, to $1.48 billion.

“At HSN, our strategy of utilizing content to create communities and drive commerce delivered a net sales increase of 6 percent and best customer growth of 9 percent, due primarily to strength in apparel, accessories and electronics as well as the addition of new brand partners and marketing initiatives,” HSN CEO Mindy Grossman said in a prepared statement. “We undertook key strategic initiatives this quarter that were focused on customer engagement by creating content-immersive experiences and leveraging our unique multichannel platform.”

HSN’s net sales increased 6 percent to $493.7 million. The sales growth was driven by strong performances in apparel, accessories and electronics. HSN.com sales increased 10 percent over the prior year and represented 30.9 percent of HSN’s net sales, up from 29.8 percent in the prior year. Units shipped and average price point increased 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively.

Gross profit increased 1 percent to $169.9 million. Gross profit margin declined 170 basis points to 34.4 percent primarily driven by increased product costs, retail price reductions and inventory reserve provisions. During the third quarter of 2009, HSN benefited from a reduction in inventories and the related reserves.

Operating expenses, excluding non-cash charges, increased 4 percent. The increase was primarily attributable to the costs associated with launching HSN2, HSN’s second television shopping channel that debuted in August, costs for brand and event marketing and accrued costs for a legal settlement.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased 8 percent to $43.1 million from $47.1 million. Operating income decreased 17 percent to $30.7 million compared to $37.1 million in the prior year due to the increase in operating expenses, including non-cash charges.

Adjusted EBITDA and operating income for HSNi, which includes the home shopping network and the company’s Cornerstone unit, included a $2.5 million sales provision for an upcoming voluntary product recall at one of the Cornerstone brands and costs related to a $2.5 million legal settlement.

During a conference call with analysts, Grossman said the legal settlement involved a patent case for an e-commerce sales system. She said HSN decided it was in the company’s best interest to just settle the case quickly and put it behind it.

Mary J. Blige debuted her fragrance on HSN

On the call, Grossman mentioned several of HSN’s third-quarter launches, including the exclusive debut of Mary J. Blige’s fragrance. She added that singer Rod Stewart’s live concert had generated sales of almost 30,000 CDs.

Jean queen Diane Gilman sold 200,000 pairs of jeans during the quarter, according to Grossman.

Consolidated HSNi results reflected a net sales grow of 10 percent to $708.4 million over the prior year. Cornerstone’s net sales increased 23 percent to $214.7 million with Internet sales representing 56.9 percent of its net sales.

HSNi’s Adjusted EBITDA was $49 million compared to $48.8 million in the prior year. These results were driven by a 10 percent increase in net sales, partially offset by a 170 basis point decrease in gross profit margin and a 7 percent increase in operating expenses, excluding non-cash charges.

Operating income decreased 9 percent to $32.8 million compared to $36.1 million in the prior year. Included in Adjusted EBITDA and operating income is a $2.5 million sales provision for an upcoming voluntary product recall at one of the Cornerstone brands and costs related to a $2.5 million legal settlement.

Adjusted earnings per share was 31 cents compared to 32 cents in the prior year. GAAP diluted EPS was 25 cents compared to 29 cents in the prior year. The combined impact of the product recall and legal settlement on Adjusted earnings per share and GAAP diluted EPS was $3 million, net of taxes, or five cents per diluted share.

“HSNi’s net sales growth of 10 percent reinforces the strength of the HSN and Cornerstone brands,” Grossman said in a satatement. “Our efforts to reach customers across multiple channels continue to be successful and contributed to an e-commerce net sales gain of 15 percent in the quarter.”

HSN Teams With TLC, Kelly Ripa For New ‘Homemade Millionaire’ TV Show

October 12, 2010

It looks like HSN is dipping its toe in the traditional TV programming business, by joining forces with TLC and Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ company, Milojo Productions, on a six-part series that gives women entrepreneurs a chance to make their visions reality.

The show, “Homemade Millionaire,” debuts Nov. 19 at 10 p.m., and in part will feature HSN vendors like Emeril Lagasse and jean queen Diane Gilman.

“The series offers aspiring female entrepreneurs the potential opportunity of a lifetime – to have their innovative ideas sold on-air and online through interactive multichannel retailer HSN,” the press release Monday said. “With product sales on HSN topping $2 billion a year, a deal with HSN could change these women’s lives overnight.”

Here are the canned quotes, folks.

“We are super excited to be working with TLC and HSN on this project,” Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos said, apparently in remarkable unison. “We’re sent so many innovative products from women every day, and to be able to help them get into the marketplace is a dream come true for us. These inventors have worked so hard in this show. We’re beyond proud of them.”

And from TLC…

“’Homemade Millionaire’ provides an opportunity to those ‘kitchen-table inventors’ to get their creative ideas out to the masses,” Nancy Daniels, TLC’s senior of production and development, said. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Kelly and Milojo Productions, and believe HSN is the perfect outlet for these hard-working women to showcase their inventions.”

Each hour-long episode of “Homemade Millionaire” will follow three women competing for a chance to sell their inventions on HSN.

Open calls were held throughout the country, and thousands of women showed up with their unique products in hand, with the hopes of being part of this experience.

“We are very excited to work with Kelly Ripa and TLC to help these inventors realize their dreams,” Bill Brand, HSN executive vice president of programming, marketing and business development said in his canned statement. “HSN is all about great products and amazing storytellers and that is what this series will deliver to our customers.”

The inventors were had to perform a series of tasks designed to get their product ready for consumers. Helping Ripa coach these women are two “business experts,” Wendy Robbins and Ed Evangelista, who serve as mentors for these would-be business women as they evolve their product and build a unique marketing strategy to present to HSN.

Wendy Robbins, founder of Nowhere To Millionaire LLC and author of “Why Marry a Millionaire? Just Be One!”, worked her way out of debt to make millions with her invention the Tingler head massager. She is also a leading expert on mastering the millionaire mindset, and how to manufacture and market ideas to millions.

Ed Evangelista became the first advertising executive embedded into entertainment content when he served as a judge, juror, and executioner on ABC’s “American Inventor.” Evangelista has created award-winning advertising, marketing and alternative content for some of the world’s largest consumer brands from diamonds and liquors, to automobiles, finance and bubble gum.

Alongside Ripa on the judges’ panel are two HSN executives – Jennifer Cotter, senior vice president of television, and Chris Nicola, vice president of product development – who draw upon their vast experience in television and retail to evaluate each product.

Each episode also features HSN vendors and lifestyle journalists including Emeril Lagasse, Jennifer Flavin-Stallone, Colin Cowie, Ingrid Hoffmann, Diane Gilman, Stacey Schieffelin, Jeffrey Banks, James Mischka and Mark Badgley, Skip Borghese, Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping Research Institute, Allie Lewis, food editor, Real Simple Magazine and Lori Bergamotto, fashion editor for Lucky Magazine

“Homemade Millionaire” is produced by Milojo Productions and Discovery Studios for TLC.

Even CEO Mindy Grossman, Along With Criss Angel, Is Live In Vegas For HSN’s 33rd Birthday

August 15, 2010

Criss Angel's HSN Magic Kit

We’ll give credit where credit is due. HSN is really wowing us, first with its “Eat, Pray, Love” event last weekend (more on that later) and this weekend with its live event from Vegas, baby.

We’re watching it now, and illusionist Criss Angel is doing his thing, performing and hawking a magic kit with Callie Northagen.

HSN has transported a host of its hosts — Colleen Lopez, Bill Green, Chris Scanlon, etc. — to Sin City, and its celebrity vendors, like Wolfgang Puck, Jennifer Flavin Stallone to do shows in front of a studio audience. There were 25 celebs doing presentations, and the vibe was fun.

HSN also set up booths in Vegas with its jewelry, apparel, etc. The home shopping network at about 8 p.m. went to a shot of Jean Queen Diane Gilman in her booth, where we saw HSN CEO Mindy Grossman, live and in the flesh.

Lopez gave a shout-out to Grossman as a woman of style (that should ensure a raise, Colleen).

We know that QVC often goes on location, to Italy and Arizona, for example. But HSN’s Vegas event, with sets it built special for the gala and interacting with a live audience, was really creative programming for a home shopping network.

Pop Quiz: What’s A ‘Jegging’? Well, HSN’s Diane Gilman Sold A Record 100,000 Of Them Saturday

July 18, 2010

HSN sold more than 100,000 of these Jeggings

It looks like jean designer Diane Gilman hit a landmark on HSN with her Today’s Special, which was a pair of DG Stretch Denim “Jeggings” for $25. She sold more than 100,000 pairs of them, selling out in the early afternoon.

What the hell are those, you ask? We’d never heard the term, but we were in Target tonight and what did one of its signs say: Jeggings. They are a combination of a jean and a legging. They have the appearance of a jean, with false pockets and denim, but are made of very stretchy material and have an elastic waist.

Gilman, whose red hair looked tame and beautiful this visit (unlike our’s Saturday) produces jeans for “real women,” as she often says, with a lot of stretch in the waist. During one of her shows Saturday it was said that her jeans are the biggest jean sellers on HSN, if not the world.

We have several pairs of her jeans, and we love them. We’ve always dreaded trying to find jeans that fit right. It was tortuous. We remember one year when we vowed to find a great-fitting pair of jeans, and at that time we would have paid several hundred dollars for them. We tried on jeans everywhere — from Macy’s to Neiman Marcus — dozens of them — and couldn’t find any we liked.

Now we’re swearing by Gilman’s jeans and, believe it or not, Target’s, where 25 bucks can get you a really sharp pair.

HSN Jeans Designer Diane Gilman, We Love You But Please Update The Big Hair

November 1, 2009

Clothing designer Diane Gilman does great jeans for HSN, pants that fit women who don’t have the bodies of a 16-year-old. We just wish the New Yorker would update her hairdo.

Saturday Gilman mentioned going to her hair salon located above an upscale store in Manhattan, and it got us thinking about her auburn hair again. What kind of advice is her pricey hairdresser giving her?

We’re from Jersey, so we know from big hair. And Gilman, a very attractive woman, has big hair. Right now, our frizz ball is clipped up behind our head, so we shouldn’t be pointing any fingers at Gilman.

But if we knew we were going to be appearing on national television, we’d break out our MaxiGlide flat iron and go to work on our hair.

And Gilman, who has HSN’s Today Special Value, uses the word “honestly” a dozen times an hour when she is on. If we took a drink each time she used that word, we’d be tipsy at the end of her shows. Girlfriend, please cut down on the “honestly.”

So far Sunday 45,000 pairs of Gilman’s velvet jeans, the TSV, have sold so far. So we guess HSN shoppers don’t care about Gilman’s ‘do, the way we do.