Posts Tagged ‘Bill Green’

Bill Green To Rep Returning Technibond on HSN

July 16, 2018

Just a quick tidbit: Former HSN host Bill Green will now be acting as the permanent guess for shows featuring not only Sevilla Silver but the long-missing Technibond line at the No. 2 home shopping channel.

Technibond is a house-brand jewelry collection that typically features real gemstones but 14 carat gold-plated sterling silver.

Green trumpeted the news on Facebook, posting “Technibond Returns to HSN,” July 27, adding “Premiere All New” Sept 12.

HSN Host Bill Green Steps Back To Train, Not Sell

July 8, 2016

What the hell is happening at HSN? Is is clearing-out-our-hosts time?

We just learned that veteran host Bill Green will no longer have a regular presence on-air. His finale show just aired.

“After 22 amazing years as a show host, I am taking on a new role at HSN,” Green posted on Facebook on Friday.

“I will focus on training our talented group of on-air guests. So, I am still with HSN, just now working primarily behind the scenes; however, I will come on air for special shows and events. Thank you for taking the time to write me and shopping with me for years.”

This news comes in the wake of long-time HSN host Kathy Wolf retiring.

We’ve always liked Green, finding him knowledgeable on gemstones and genial and professional.

He urged viewer to check out his own website,

HSN Hops On Cinderella’s Coach

March 13, 2015

It’s a marketer’s dream: HSN is getting a ton of national press for its tie-in with Disney’s new release, “Cinderella.”

The Washington Post added to Bill Brand’s press clippings this week with a story headlined, “What $4,595 ‘glass slippers” say about Disney’s princess sales machine.”

HSN host Bobbi Ray Carter and Bill Green meet Prince Charming, Richard Madden of "Games of Thrones" fame

HSN host Bobbi Ray Carter and Bill Green meet Prince Charming, Richard Madden of “Games of Thrones” fame

No, those shoes aren’t being sold by HSN. The story is referring to the pricey glass slipper that upscale shoe line Jimmy Choo did for the movie.

But HSN’s flock of Cinderella offerings include a $600 “I Have Arrived” crystal necklace and a $200 “Enchanted Castle” pin, both by Heidi Daus. And model Coco Rocha is doing apparel as part of the collection.

The Post article discussed how much of the Cinderella-related merchandise is aimed at women, not kids.

HSN is prominently featured in the story, with a quote by an HSN spokeswoman.

“Our target consumer is female, age 35 to 55, which is what Disney was looking for,” said Gigi Ganatra Duff, a spokeswoman for HSN, which plans to run a 24-hour live event and two prime-time specials to promote its “Cinderella” collection. “Our girl is sophisticated; she’s fashionable. She doesn’t want it to scream ‘Cinderella.’ She wants it to scream the essence of ‘Cinderella’: Fairy tale, dreamy, beautiful.”

Even hop MAC makeup jumped on the bandwagon, and its Cinderella-themed makeup has already sold out, or so our sister Karen told us. She and my niece couldn’t find it in stock in retail or online.

HSN has done a number of movie tie-ins, but it looks like this one may prove one of its most successful.

HSN hosts such as Bill Green plastered Facebook with photos of the home shopping network’s posse at the LA premiere of the film, rubbing shoulders with the flick’s star.

Heartfelt Wishes To HSN Host Bill Green On His Mom’s Passing

October 15, 2013

We’ve heard of a number of deaths recently, and in fact we attended a wake for a family member tonight. So we offer sincere condolences to HSN host Bill Green, who recently lost his mom.

Green, a classy and informative fixture on the No. 2 home shopping network, posted a photo of him and his mother Emily on Facebook yesterday announcing her passing away.

HSN host Bill Green and his late mother Emily

HSN host Bill Green and his late mother Emily

“It’s been a very long and emotionally challenging time for me, our family and dear friends,” Green wrote. “For those who are unaware, my dear mom has passed away from complications related to a variety of chronic medical issues including Congestive Heart Failure. I want to first thank each and everyone for the outpour if kindness, sympathy, love and support you have shared during this difficult time.”

He asked that in lieu of flowers, people can instead make a donation to the American Heart Associations TampaBay Heart Walk Campaign, which “I will lead” in her honor.

Here is the link.

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.

HSN Host Bill Green Gets A Little Bored On Gem Day

January 21, 2010

HSN's Gem Day Today's Special

HSN is having its big Gem Day Wednesday, but host Bill Green was not very psyched for it.

We caught him this afternoon, and he was presenting some jewelry, but there was no vendor next to him to help chat up the merchandise.

Green got up and walked over to the models, saying, “I’m bored.” Well, we were bored, too, but we’re not a home shopping host who is supposed to sell, sell, sell.

Green caught himself, and said, “I should’t have said that.” But the “bored” remark was already out there, like the cow being out of the barn (is that the cliche?).

We’re sorry to say we’ve been pretty bored — like Green – with HSN’s Gem Day, and we love rocks.

By the way Bill, if you helped get us a full-time job, we wouldn’t be home in the afternoon watching you say you are bored.

HSN Why, Why Are You Selling Tacky ‘Faux’ Furs And Running Cheesy Holiday Promos?

October 21, 2009

This is definitely a chick discussion, but we love fake furs. Our closet has four fake fur coats, and that’s after donating three other ones last year to a coat drive and giving another one to our sister. Fake furs are really warm and fun.

So it’s with some dismay that we have to report that the “faux” fur apparel being sold on HSN Wednesday by designer Stefani Greenfield is not up to snuff. And to add insult to injury, the pieces are expensive.

Some fake furs really try to emulate real fur, and other fake furs are just fun and are not trying to look “real.”

We have an imitation mink coat that looks so real it draws dirty looks, we presume from animal lovers. And over the years we got dozens of compliments from friends and strangers on the obviously fake leopard coat that we gave to my little sis Karen last year.

The stuff in Greenfield’s Curations line is obviously not trying to look like real fur, but it looks bulky and cheap. But it’s not cheap.

Greenfield’s faux fur jacket is going for $200. A vest is $150. A headband goes for $30; a hat $40; and a weekend bag and belted-vest are both priced at $150.

We don’t care that the October issue of InStyle magazine is offering a discount on one of Greenfield’s vests.

And while we’re kvetching, HSN ought to be ashamed of the tacky, low-rent holiday promo spot it’s airing that features Bill Green, Colleen Lopez, Shivan Sarna and Lynn Murphy. They are seen clowning around, throwing Christmas gifts at each other. Is it supposed to be campy? Not working. We cringe every time we see it.

That spot gives home shopping channels a bad name. Its lack of sophistication perpetuates every stereotype there is about home shopping networks. Why bring in high-end jewelry designers like Dallas Prince, Carol Brodie and Me & Ro and then run a promo like this?

Whoever produced it should be shot, and not with a camera.