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QVC’s Shawn Killinger Adopts Baby

June 22, 2017

Belated congrats to QVC host Shawn Killinger. She and her husband Joe have adopted an adorable newborn baby.

Killinger announced the news on Facebook on Father’s Day, along with some sweet photos. The blonde apologized for missing her 10th anniversary on QVC, and then explained why she was “mysteriously MIA,” as she put it.

“Meet Jagger Jude, born Friday June 9 in California!” Killinger wrote.

“Joe and I are out here adopting a baby girl! She is perfect and a long dream come true. God is so good, His ways so perfect. I won’t be seeing you on Q for most of the summer, but in between feedings and poopy diapers I’ll pop up on social media to share the fun. I’m thrilled, anxious, full of questions, and in awe of women who have done this so gracefully bc I haven’t showered in 3 days…and I’m loving every minute of it! Plus my clothes smell like Dreft baby detergent bc I’m combining loads.”

Her post generated about 14,000 comments from well-wishers.

The news is especially joyous because Killinger, like other women we knew, endured a miscarriage that broke her heart.

So we wish this new mom luck!

Bob Vila Brings Home Improvement To Evine

June 20, 2017

Bob Vila — DIY expert, author, TV personality and the original host of “This Old House” — will debut a line of home-improvement products to Evine, the home shopping network said on Monday.

“My entire career has been devoted to home improvement, and I’m thrilled to share what I’ve learned with Evine’s viewers,” Vila said in a canned statement.

“Every product I’ve created is meant to solve a problem… and these are products you won’t find at your local hardware store. I think everyone from seasoned handymen to weekend DIYers will love what we’ve designed. These are items no household should be without.”

The collection is called “Bob Vila’s Outdoor Workshop,” and is “a variety of unique problem-solving products for inside and outside the home, developed through his decades of experience in the home improvement industry,” according to the press release.

“In the world of DIY, few names carry the same credibility and weight as Bob Vila,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said.

“For nearly 30 years, Bob has inspired homeowners and do-it-your-selfers and shown them the satisfaction of making an old house new again. I’m excited for him to spark that same inspiration in our customers. Bringing his combination of knowledge and experience to Evine, Bob has curated a unique assortment of DIY products that go far beyond the basic ‘hammer and screwdriver.’ This collection comes at a perfect time for all those summer home projects.”

Best known as the original host of “This Old House” on PBS for 10 years, Vila went on to host “Bob Vila’s Home Again” for 15 years. After that, he hosted “Bob Vila” and “Restore America with Bob Vila.”

Vila also made several cameo appearances as himself on the 1990s-hit sitcom “Home Improvement” with Tim Allen.

Beyond his television experience, Vila is also the author of 12 books, including “Bob Vila’s Toolbox.”

“Bob Vila’s Outdoor Workshop” will premiere today, June 20, on Evine.

Jewelry Vendor Victoria Wieck Exits HSN

June 19, 2017

We suspected as much, but now it’s official: Jewelry vendor Victoria Wieck is gone from HSN after nearly two decades.

Someone, and thanks for that, posted on our blog that Wieck announced that she was doing her last show on the home shopping network, after appearing there for 19 years.

“They are airing her final show right now,” the person wrote. “No explanation given other than this is her last show after 19 years.”

Another one wrote, “I am disappointed to see Victoria Wieck go. She is a class act. I hope she goes to JTV. Love, love, love JTV. I did buy some gorgeous rings on clearance today. Good bye for now, Victoria. Hopefully see you soon!”

Evine Promotes Peterman To COO/CFO

June 9, 2017

Evine has promoted Tim Peterman to chief operating officer/ chief financial officer. He has served as CFO for the network since 2015.

Peterman joined Evine as CFO in 2015.

Prior to Evine, he spent 25 years in operations, interactive media and financial management for public companies such as Scripps Networks Interactive Inc., InteractiveCorp, Synacor and Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Peterman has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky and is a CPA who began his career at KPMG in Chicago.

“Tim’s contributions over the past two years have helped Evine create a solid foundation for profitable growth in the future,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“His disciplined approach to strengthening our agendas in content distribution, customer solutions and fulfillment will further enhance our customer experience, and his focus on the balance sheet will pave the way for continued profitability improvement. By naming Tim as our Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer, we are investing in the future of Evine.”

Paula Deen’s Sons Follow Her To Evine

June 9, 2017

We guess we should have seen this coming. Paula Deen’s brood is joining her on Evine, the network said this week.

Dean Brothers – cookware, kitchen accessories, and a curated collection of wines from Jamie and Bobby Deen, will debut on home home shopping network next Tuesday.

Like possums hanging on their mom’s back, the boys are following in Deen’s footsteps, as Paula offers food, kitchen, fashion and home products on Evine.

“I’m so pleased to offer our customers and fans of the Deen family a complete ‘Deen dining experience,’” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“With the debut of Deen Brothers, customers now have access to everything they need to make meaningful events out of mealtime, including food, cookware and wine. Beyond the products, we’re excited that Paula has made her family a part of our own. We take pride in our ability to foster and grow new brands, and the fact that Paula has brought her boys to Evine is a testament to that.”

And both the Southern sons chimed in.

“As Paula Deen’s son, I had the incredible fortune to learn a lot from mama growing up in her kitchens,” said Bobby, who in described as “an accomplished culinary personality.”

“She always taught us to welcome guests like they were a part of our own family,” Jamie said. “That’s really what this collection is all about… warmth and hospitality. I can’t tell you how excited we are to bring our collection to Evine. We’ve worked together with the team over these past couple of years and look forward to growing our business – as a family – with Evine.”

The brothers will offer items from their new cooking collection, as well as a variety of wines from Savannah Cellars, which they developed with vintner and restaurateur Doug Margerum.

“Each wine was hand-selected as the perfect accompaniment to toast to food, family and fun,” according to the press release.

“For the debut, the collection will offer an assortment of varietals, including Chardonnay and a red blend developed by Jamie during a recent trip to Santa Barbara. In addition to wines, customers will have access to Deen family recipes online, each a perfect pairing to a different Savannah Cellars wine.”

Is Suzanne Somers Bound For QVC?

June 2, 2017

UPDATE: A reader told us she saw a QVC promo saying that Somers is coming to the network in July.

Is this a sign of things to come?

One of our readers noted that several of Suzanne Somers’ products are now on QVC’s website, listed as “new.” The items include protein shakes.

http://www.qvc.com/catalog/search.html?langId=-1&storeId=10251&catalogId=10151&keyword=Somers

So is the blonde actress-entrepreneur-author coming to the No. 1 home shopping network?

Somers for years was on HSN hawking jewelry, clothes and diet food. Then she landed at Evine for several years, until announcing recently that she was leaving there.

We’re told that many, many years ago Somers was on QVC selling her Thighmaster.

So maybe she’s about to return.

Is Suzanne Somers Bound For QVC?

June 1, 2017

Is this a sign of things to come?

One of our readers noted that several of Suzanne Somers’ products are now on QVC’s website, listed as “new.” The items include protein shakes.

http://www.qvc.com/catalog/search.html?langId=-1&storeId=10251&catalogId=10151&keyword=Somers

So is the blonde actress-entrepreneur-author coming to the No. 1 home shopping network?

Somers for years was on HSN hawking jewelry, clothes and diet food. Then she landed at Evine for several years, until announcing recently that she was leaving there.

We’re told that many, many years ago Somers was on QVC selling her Thighmaster.

So maybe she’s about to return.

Frankie Avalon, Italian Food, Evine?

May 25, 2017

Singer Frankie Avalon, now there’s a blast from the past, is bringing a line of gourmet Italian food to Evine, premiering Sunday.

Apparently he was previously hawking his wares on QVC, which was news to us.

Frankie Avalon Foods will be part of Evine’s “Wonder.Full.Memorial Weekend” event, with Avalon appearing live to present a variety of gourmet foods, including appetizers, entrées and desserts.

“Throughout my career, I’ve spent a lot of time on the road,” Avalon said in a canned statement.

“Despite the excitement of show business, I always looked forward to returning to Philadelphia for one of my mother’s home cooked meals. She was a wonderful cook and inspired a lot of the dishes in this collection. In addition to authentic Italian recipes, what makes these items special are the ingredients. We didn’t cut any corners and demanded the best flavors from around the world, including chocolate from Belgian and sea salt from Sicily. I’m really proud of what we’ve created and I can’t wait to share these mouthwatering foods with families everywhere.”

Avalon will debut a variety of Italian foods, including appetizers, entrées and desserts, many of which include imported Italian ingredients.

The assortment is exclusive to Evine and includes breaded spaghetti balls, fried and stuffed pazotti bread, limoncello cake and cannoli cake.

In addition to food, the premiere will also include a limited number of signed copies of Avalon’s cookbook, “Frankie Avalon’s Italian Family Cookbook: From Mom’s Kitchen to Mine and Yours.”

Here’s the boilerplate on Avalon, for you whippersnappers who have never heard of him:

Actor, singer, dancer and former teen idol Frankie Avalon, born Francis Thomas Avallone, is a 20th century, American entertainment legend. With countless hit movies and singles, he began his career in food by authoring his first cook book Frankie Avalon’s Italian Family Cookbook, from Mom’s Kitchen to Mine to Yours. He has since made a name for himself in kitchens across America and beyond.

Here’s what Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt has to say about all this.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Frankie Avalon to the Evine family and look forward to giving our customers the opportunity to sample authentic, gourmet-quality foods from this entertainment icon,” he said.

“Frankie is an experienced video commerce veteran, and coming from QVC, he brings both live selling experience and a large following of fans who have hungrily awaited his return to our space. We’re ready to roll out the red carpet and welcome these fans to Evine with the premiere of Frankie Avalon Foods.”

JTV Alums Moseley, Lau To Be QVC Gem Experts

May 25, 2017

Gem expert Peyton Kelley is gone from QVC, but two Jewelry Television alum are coming to the No. 1 home shopping network: Jeff Moseley and Michele Lau.

Both Moseley and Lau posted almost exactly the same messages separately on their Facebook pages.

“I’m thrilled to announce I have officially accepted the offer from QVC to be one of their two Gemstone Jewelry On Air Guests!” Moseley wrote.

And Lau posted, “It is a done deal! I have officially accepted the offer from #QVC to be one of their two Gemstone Jewelry On Air Guests!”

We enjoyed them both on JTV, and this is no reflection on them, but we are a little perturbed if Kelley was let go to make way for them.

As we recently reported, not only Kelley, who was at QVC for years, but most recently host Jacque Gonzales are gone. As one former QVC host suggested, companies like QVC often let veteran employees, who are at the top of the pay scale, go as a belt-tightening measure. Hell, we were laid off at two newspapers for the same reason. It sucks.

Now that that’s off our chest, we note that this news about Moseley means that yet another husband-wife team is on home shopping. Moseley’s wife Erin is already on on-air rep for QVC’s Diamonique line.

Evine has jewelry vendors Judy Crowell and hubby Paul Deasy. And the network also has Pam McCoy, who used to appear on the channel back in the day with her husband Wes.

Evine’s Sales Drop 6% in 1Q, To $156 Million

May 24, 2017

Evine saw its first-quarter net sales drop like a stone, down 6.3 percent, to $156 million versus the year-ago building, the network said Tuesday.

The company also posted a net loss of $3.2 million, and adjusted EBITDA of $3.1 million.

“As expected, it was a tough retail environment so I’m pleased that our teams were able to deliver on our revenue and EPS (earnings per share) guidance to our stakeholders,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“This is the fourth quarter in a row we have improved our bottom line profitability. We are more passionate than ever that our discipline around the interactive video commerce fundamentals is positioning our company well for continued improvement in profitability throughout the year.”

And that’s not all:

Rosenblatt continued, “Our 2017 growth strategy remains focused on building proprietary and exclusive brands as well as using our national multi-platform distribution to showcase lesser known compelling brands that cannot replicate our kind of reach in today’s retail landscape. Our team finds the brands and helps tell their stories in a way only interactive video commerce can do.”

This is it:

“It is clear the traditional department-store retail strategy of offering everything to everyone has been disrupted by technology, which allows for narrow-casting of personal shopping capabilities to consumers,” Rosenblatt said. “We believe our growth strategy positions us to become the platform for the next generation of personalized e-commerce.”

Wearable categories, which include jewelry and watches; fashion and accessories; and beauty, decreased in sales by 5 percent year-over-year, which was primarily driven by the watches category.

The top-performing category in the quarter was fashion, which increased 8 percent year-over-year.

Consumer electronics, which continues to decline “as a result of management’s proactive reduction of lower margin merchandise in this category,” decreased by 45 percent year-over-year.

The return rate for the quarter was 18.8 percent, an improvement of 40 basis points year-over-year.

Gross profit as a percentage of sales decreased 80 basis points to 36 percent year-over-year, driven primarily by rate and mix pressures from the watches category.

Operating expense decreased $8.1 million year-over-year to $56.9 million, a 12 percent decrease, driven by reduced selling and distribution expenses, reduced management transition costs and other reductions from profit-improvement initiatives.

Things aren’t looking too much better for the second quarter.

“We expect revenues to decline 3 percent to 5 percent, which reflects management’s continued rebalancing of the Company’s merchandising mix to reduce low-margin consumer electronics that began back in Q2 of 2016,” Evine said.