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Paula Deen To Debut Jewelry Line On JTV

October 14, 2019

Paul Deen and her sons were a fixture on Evine, now known as ShopHQ. She offered kitchenware, apparel and even beauty items.

https://www.shophq.com/b/beauty/paula-deen/?icid=DB-_-B-_-PaulaDeen-_-100618

Now she has another pan on the fire, to mangle a cliche.

We were among the folks who saw the promo Friday night on Jewelry Television saying the Southern belle was bringing a line to that home shopping network.

We never saw Deen on ShopHQ. We do know she also did an apparel line for that channel. Now it’s jewelry for JTV.

https://www.jtv.com/pauladeen

Here’s what JTV.com has to say:

Dress yourself in tasteful and dazzling designs from best-selling author and restaurant entrepreneur Paula Deen. Inspired by the rich heritage and coastal feel of Paula’s adopted and beloved hometown of Savannah, Georgia, this charming collection showcases her personal passions, along with her southern style and spirit.

And then there is this full-fledged pitch:

Culinary icon, best-selling author and restaurant entrepreneur Paula Deen is serving up a new dish made up of dazzling jewelry designs. Known as the Queen of Southern Cuisine, Deen is adding another jewel to her crown with stunning styles that symbolize her spirit and personal sense of style. The Paula Deen Jewelry collection celebrates her everyday inspirations including the joy of family, life’s simple pleasures and the most meaningful parts of her life.

Inspired by the rich heritage and coastal feel of her adopted and beloved hometown of Savannah, Georgia, the Paula Deen Jewelry collection features several pieces with intricate, ornamental details found in the historic homes and buildings throughout the city. Some of the most well-known architectural features in Savannah are the cast iron and wrought iron fences, gates, and stair rails. Many of the filigree styles in the collection are taken from Savannah’s beautiful wrought iron work and allow everyone to add a piece of Paula’s adopted hometown to their wardrobe.

Another source of Paula’s inspiration for Paula Deen Jewelry is the Atlantic waters running along the coast of Savannah. Between living on the water with her husband Michael, a tugboat captain, and fishing, the water is a huge part of Paula’s life. One of her most loved hobbies is shelling and creating her own crafts and designs with seashells. One of Paula’s favorite pieces in the collection is a seashell necklace with flowing tassels and gold ornamental plating surrounding the shell. She believes every woman needs classic pearl pieces and the pearl accent on this necklace adds a timeless look to a fun and bold accessory.

It’s no surprise that Paula enjoys sharing her passion for jewelry as much as her passion for cooking and entertaining. She loves to wear large hoops that can work with any outfit or for any occasion. She also loves necklaces that features a variety of styles and design elements, including long and adjustable lengths, two tone colors such as gold and silver, along with ornamental details. Discover all your favorites from Paula Deen Jewelry, available exclusively on JTV and jtv.com.

In addition to working on her new jewelry collection, Paula Deen continues to be a best-selling author and restaurant owner. She has sold over 11 million copies of her 18 cookbooks. Her 2019 cookbook, Paula Deen’s Southern Baking, features 125 brand-new, soon-to-be-classic baking recipes for casseroles, breads, cakes, pies, and a whole lot more. The Lady & Sons restaurant in Savannah that Paula founded with her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen, remains one of the country’s most popular regional restaurants.

Since 2015, Paula has opened six new restaurants, including Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Branson, Missouri; Destin, Florida; and Panama City Beach, Florida; and Paula Deen’s Creek House in Savannah, Georgia.

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We Agree With Steve Bryant: QVC Overnight Reruns A Mistake

October 11, 2019

Former QVC host Steve Bryant wrote a blog far more intelligently than we can on this topic, but this week the No. 1 home shopping network is testing airing repeat programming after 2 a.m. That means no live overnight shows.

The repeat programming (a re-airing of the midnight hour) will run from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. on the main QVC channel.

“We will evaluate the performance over the next four weeks to determine the impact and value of moving forward with a pre-aired approach.”

We guess the value is cutting costs for QVC, but as a viewer and shopper we don’t like it. Live TV is so rare these days, we enjoy watching late-night home shopping to unwind before going to bed. We know this programming is soothing to the lonely or home-bound or ill.

On Facebrook, Steve pointed out that HSN, ShopHQ and the QVC spinoffs now all air rerun programming late night. But he noted that QVC had tried to do this in the early 1990s and it was a flop, and the initiative was stopped when sales dropped.

“Cutting the live overnight hours is a mistake … The customers are there and they have the money to spend,” Steve wrote. “They are more likely to buy from a live presentation.”

If QVC makes reruns overnight permanent, Steve predicted that its “downward spiral” will continue. And we have to agree with him.

Veteran Hosts Kimberly Wells, Brian Kessler Depart From ShopHQ

October 11, 2019

So it looks like another home-shopping host slaughter, or mass exit, this time at ShopHQ.

On Facebook someone pointed out that Kimberly Wells, Brian Kessler and Kristine Kvanli were no longer on the No. 3 shopping channel’s host page.

The poster asked, “Was there an announcement that they’re gone?”

No, there wasn’t. But in fact, those three hosts — two of them longtime veterans of ShopHQ — are off the online listing.

https://www.shophq.com/p/cc/host/meetthehosts/?stop_mobi=yes&icid=gft-_-meethosts

And Wells’ FB now says she is a former show host at ShopHQ.

She also wrote, “I’ve had the absolute time of my life sharing, connecting and shopping with your for the last 22 years. As you know, I am a passionate woman who thrives on life’s energy, optimism & wonder and I cannot wait to see what the universe has in store for me.”

Wow, 22 years!

We liked Wells and Kessler. She did the “After Dark” shows, where the network sells adult items like vibrators and lubricants. We watched some of those programs and think she did a tasteful job.

We recall years ago when the network glammed up Kessler, getting rid of his glasses and spiffing up his wardrobe.

Not a good change for ShopHQ, as far as we are concerned.

Designer Louis Dell’Olio Steps Down As On-Air Rep For His QVC Line

October 6, 2019

Fashion designer Louis Dell’Olio, whose classic apparel has been a staple on QVC, will no longer doing the on-air presentations on his clothing line on the home shopping network.

Dell’Olio posted the news on Facebook last week, essentially saying it was getting more and more difficult for him to come to West Chester because of the loss of his wife, Jac, who often modeled his clothes on QVC.

The reaction from his fans was very understanding and positive, and Dell’Olio posted a second message on FB thanking everyone.

We wrote a post about Dell’Olio’s wife passing in late December 2017. It had a lot of meaning to us because our younger brother Jimmy had died around the same time that year, roughly a week after Jac passed away. The headline was something about heartbreak coming around the holidays.

In his FB posts Dell’Olio said it was quite a strain to make the six-plus hour round trip to QVC’s studio in all kinds of weather for nearly 20 years. He lamented having to stay at a local hotel alone, as it reminded him of his wife.

We found this line touching and amusing at the same time: “I will no longer have to eat at the Outback by myself, the only restaurant within miles of the hotel.”

We know Dell’Olio misses his wife and it must be sad to dine solo. And to be stuck eating at Outback? Oy!!!!!!

Dell’Olio wrote that Jennifer will be serving on the on-air spokesperson for his line now on QVC.

We wish him well and continued healing from his loss.

ShopHQ Posts 13% Drop in Sales in 2Q

September 10, 2019

Playing catch-up again. Late last month iMedia Brands Inc., the new name for newly renamed ShopHQ’s parent company, released its second-quarter results. The home shopping network tried to put a good spin on it, but figures don’t lie.

For the quarter ended Aug. 3, ShopHQ posted net sales of $131.5 million, a roughly 13% decrease year-over-year. But the network pointed out that this was “an improvement compared to the 16% year-over-year decline in the first quarter.”

In fact ShopHQ, once called Evine, also saw a reduction in its net losses, which were $10.2 million, an improvement compared to the $21 million net loss in the first quarter.

However, most earnings reports compare results to the same year-ago quarter, not the prior quarter. So there is that.

Year-to-date, sales are down just over 14%, to $263 million, versus the same year-ago period. And net losses year-to-date are $32.1 million versus just $3 million in losses in the year-ago period, a sizable 930% change. Wow.

“We began this turnaround journey in the first month of this quarter, and I’m proud to report we delivered as promised,” ShopHQ CEO Tim Peterman said in a canned statement.

“Specifically, we just arrested a nine-month, $33 million year-over-year decline in adjusted EBITDA,” he said. “It was a lot of smart, hard work performed by the team in a newly established entrepreneurial culture focused on execution. This is an exciting time for us – I am encouraged about our growth plan and proud of our employees and vendors.”

In its press release the company said, “We expect continued revenue declines in the third and fourth quarters, but at a decreasing year-over-year rate, as we demonstrated in the second quarter compared to the first quarter.”

Here are some other 2Q tidbits:

The top performing category in the quarter was watches, which increased 18.4% year-over-year.

Subscription sales increased 17%, reflecting strong loyalty within the beauty & wellness category.

The return rate for the quarter was 19.8%; an increase of 110 basis points year-over-year driven by return rate increases within the beauty & wellness and fashion & accessories categories.

Gross margin rate declined 140 basis points year-over-year to 36.3%, reflecting mix pressure from our fashion & accessories and beauty & wellness categories, as well as rate pressure in beauty & wellness.

Average selling price increased 24% to $68 driven by increases in the jewelry & watches and beauty categories combined with a mix shift into jewelry & watches.

Sending Healing to Celebrity Stylist Michael O’Connor

September 9, 2019

Prayers for celebrity stylist and veteran home shopping vendor Michael O’Connor, who recently disclosed he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

We loved Michael when he was the Affinity Diamond rep on QVC, and we’ve enjoyed his stints on other nets like Jewelry Television and as the rep for Passport to Gold on HSN. He is charming and informative.

Michael said he has known for a year now that he has cancer, and at this point he has decided to take a more aggressive approach to his treatment, with surgery.

Wishing him health and happiness.

Veteran Jewelry Vendor Joan Boyce To Exit HSN

September 9, 2019

We always enjoyed watching HSN jewelry host Joan Boyce, with her huge back square eyeglass frames, New York City manner and exuberant personality. She has been on the No. 2 home shopping network for 11 years, but last week announced on Facebook that her last show will be Oct. 29.

We guess this is part of QVC’s continuing purge of vendors since it merged-with/took-over HSN.

Sad to see yet another vendor who is unique disappear.

ShopHQ: New Name, New Hosts

September 9, 2019

We are way, way behind in our blogging folks. Duty at work called, and we are having technical issues in terms of posting our gems on Facebook. Here is an attempt at some catch-up.

Evine has been rechristened once again, this time back to an old moniker, ShopHQ.

The No. 3 home shopping channel put out a press release with this news last month, and in that missive also announced the hires/rehires of a batch of hosts, including Libby Floyd and Daniel Green.

Here is the press release from the horse’s mouth:

Evine Shopping Network Becomes ShopHQ

Celebrates with Three-Day On-Air Event & Launch of New Loyalty Program

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — iMedia Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMBI), today completed the on-air rebranding of its flagship, nationally distributed shopping entertainment network to ShopHQ, capping a six-week awareness campaign with its customers across its television, online, mobile and social media platforms.

“Our customer stands at the forefront of our turnaround here,” said Tim Peterman, CEO of iMedia Brands, Inc., “and I am proud of how our management team utilized customer feedback to formulate this five-part rebranding effort designed to improve engagement with new and existing customers.” The changes include:

New name. We now better understand that the 2015 name change from ShopHQ to Evine was confusing and ineffective. We fixed that in a collaborative fashion over the last six weeks with our vendors and customers.

New sets. Live this Wednesday, our customers will see totally redesigned production sets that better reflect the emotive nature of our brands and vibrant network personality.

New hosts. Customers will begin to interact with six new or returning hosts we have recently hired to complement our existing talented team of hosts. We’re pleased to announce the following new additions to the team: Wendi Russo, Daniel Green, Libby Floyd, Amy Hirsh, Jen Vick and Brian Johnson.

New loyalty program. In November, we are planning to roll out an exclusive, new loyalty program called ShopHQ VIP. This innovative new program will enable our customers to earn cash back, enjoy free shipping and participate in discounts at other retailers in our loyalty network.

New website. Over the next three months, our customers will begin to enjoy improvements to the interactive experiences on all our platforms, from desktop to mobile and from home page to emails.

Combined QVC-HSN Sales Slip 1%, to $1.87 Billion, in Second Quarter

August 9, 2019

This is an interesting turn of events: Qurate Retail is no longer breaking out separate financial figures, such as sales, for QVC and HSN. And the nets have a new honcho.

Qurate, parent of the two top home shopping networks, reported its second-quarter earnings Thursday. And it only broke out info for QxH, its goofy name for the umbrella company that runs and oversees the two channels. So we don’t know, at least from the 2Q press release, how QVC did versus HSN, just the combined data for QxH.

So QxH saw its revenue dip 1%, from $1.9 billion to $1.874 billion, in the second quarter compared with the year-ago quarter.

QxH reported sales declines in apparel and jewelry, which were partially offset by gains primarily in accessories and electronics, according to Qurate’s press release.

Operating income margin contracted and adjusted OIBDA margin was flat, reflecting gross margin pressure mainly from higher fulfillment (freight and warehouse) expense, which was partially offset by higher product margins, if you can make any sense of that.

QxH also incurred higher bad debt and marketing expense, according to its parent. These factors were offset by lower TV distribution commissions and customer service expense.

Lower TV distribution commissions were due in part to the accounting treatment for certain renewed HSN carriage agreements, as well as renegotiated rates at HSN and growth in off-air sales. Operating income included higher amortization expense related to HSN carriage agreements.

Beginning in the third quarter last year, HSN began renewing TV carriage agreements with several distributors — meaning cable and satellite companies — which provided multiyear upfront payments that are amortized over the life of the agreements, versus its previous convention of expensing quarterly payments as incurred. This accounting change has a positive impact on QxH’s adjusted OIBDA with a corresponding increase in QxH’s amortization expense, which is neutral to operating income each period and cash neutral over the life of the agreements.

That’s too much accounting mumbo-jumbo for us, but maybe you can make sense of it.

And here’s the exciting statement from Qurate President and CEO Mike George.

“We made good strategic and operational progress, evidenced by the sequential improvement in revenue and adjusted OIBDA margin at QxH and the double-digit, year-over-year adjusted OIBDA growth at QVC International in constant currency,” George said.

“These gains were partially offset by deterioration at Zulily. We are encouraged by the resiliency of our businesses and our ability to generate high levels of adjusted OIBDA and free cash flow in a dynamic and highly competitive environment. We resumed share buybacks, repurchasing nearly 12 million shares at an average price per share of $12.88 following our last earnings call. Going forward, we remain focused on building on the collective strengths of QVC and HSN, realizing synergies and stabilizing Zulily.”

Qurate also said that it had appointed Leslie Ferraro, a former Walt Disney Co. executive, as president, QxH, effective Sept. 16.

Healing for HSN Jewelry Maven Carol Brodie

July 31, 2019

Please send prayers, light and healing to HSN jewelry queen Carol Brodie. When it rains it pours, as the cliche goes.

First Carol was hospitalized, and nearly died, after eating “Better Than Pasta Spaghetti,” which contained a potentially lethal substance called konjac jelly or konnyaku. It’s been banned in Europe.

Here’s a good tip: Don’t eat it!

Then Carol’s beloved dog Buckwheat passed away this week. After losing a sphynx cat two years ago, we send our deepest condolences to Carol.

No question that losing a pet is like losing a human family member, and is worse in some ways. Pets offer unconditional love. We are in no way ambivalent about our feelings for them. It is devastating when they cross the rainbow bridge.

So get well Carol, and so sorry for your loss.