Posts Tagged ‘Evine’

Evine To Broadcast Live From Cruise

February 21, 2018

We give Evine an “A” for trying. The No. 3 home shopping channel once again broadcast live from the Tucson Gem Show this year, and it will b doing the same on its Invicta Voyage to the Bahamas.

On Tuesday Evine said it will be doing its longest live remote broadcast to date for the second annual “Invicta & Friends Ocean Voyage.” The six-day live remote will kick-off at the Invicta Marine Pavilion in Miami Feb. 21 and then set sail on the Carnival Victory to the Bahamas Feb. 23 to 26.

Cameras will go behind the scenes of a live remote, and viewers see brands such as Invicta, Gem Treasures, Effy and Gems en Vogue.

“We are thrilled to set sail on the ‘Invicta & Friends Ocean Voyage’ for a second year in a row, and excited to expand the experience to some of our fan-favorite jewelry brands as well,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“Evine continues to deliver entertaining and unique shopping experiences, whether from our home base studios or exciting locations like Ireland, Mexico, New York, Savannah, or the Bahamas. This event, our largest live broadcast remote to date, won’t disappoint. The party will no doubt extend from the cruise ship all the way to our viewers at home.”

The “Invicta Jewelry Ocean Voyage” itinerary starts at the Marine Pavilion in Miami Feb. 21 to 22 before setting sail on the Carnival Victory cruise ship Feb. 23 to 26.

The event will feature 70 never-before-seen designs from Invicta, including the Evine exclusive premiere of graffiti artist, Erni Vales and his Sugar Skull Collection, in addition to former NFL football player, Jason Taylor who will be aboard representing his Jason Taylor for Invicta line.

The cruise will also feature the debut of more than 350 jewelry designs including the premiere of Blue Diamond from Chuck Clemency, the re-launch of Effy’s men’s jewelry collection, limited-edition items from Gems en Vogue and more.


Evine Sets Big Hoopla For 27th B-Day

February 9, 2018

Evine is like us: We favor days-long birthday celebrations.

So kicking off Feb. 12, the No. 3 home shopping network is having a a week-long 27th Birthday Bash.

According to the network’s press release, during its nearly three-decade lifespan Evine has partnered with “passionate product storytellers,” including Paula Deen, Donny Osmond, Vanessa Williams, Dr. Terry and Heather Dubrow, the Beekman Boys, Dustin Lynch and others.

What’s on the agenda: unique product and birthday pricing from Invicta, Skinn Cosmetics, and Kate & Mallory and a special “Beyond the Backstage,” which will give fans an exclusive peek behind the scenes of the party on Evine’s social media channels as well as a chance to win prizes.

“While it’s our birthday, we wanted to celebrate and thank our fans for another amazing year,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement. “We wouldn’t be here if not for our customers and our brand partners. I’m excited to extend a birthday invitation for everyone to join Evine as we throw a party full of unique and exclusive products by some of our fan-favorite brands and personalities.”

To extend the party beyond the show, Evine will host a variety of hidden surprises on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat with a unique “Beyond Backstage” experience. Viewers can catch daily Facebook Live shows featuring Victoria Wieck, Akos the Solutionist, Elizabeth Grant among others.

Throughout “Beyond Backstage,” fans can also connect live with Evine’s hosts on Instagram and Snapchat, where they will share entertaining content and behind the scenes festivities throughout the event.

HSN’s Lopez is a nana, Brooke Shields to QVC

January 17, 2018

Sorry we’ve been out of touch. Had a lot going at home and on the work front, and during that period there’s been lots of news in the home shopping world.

Here’s some brief catching-up:

HSN host Colleen Lopez is now a granny. Her son Carlos and his wife Christie “welcomed their most precious gem of all, Lana Marie Lopez, weighing 9 lbs 2 oz on Friday, Jan. 12th!” Lopez said on Facebook. Congrats

In addition, actress and one-time Jersey girl Brooke Shields is the latest in a seemingly endless list of celebs doing a product lines for a home shopping network.

From the press release:

Chic fashion never goes out of style. Known for gracing red carpets and the pages of top lifestyle magazines, Brooke Shields has spent a lifetime being dressed by some of the world’s top fashion designers and stylists. Now, she is introducing her own line of contemporary wardrobe staples with Brooke Shields Timeless, an apparel and accessories line created especially for QVC. Brooke is scheduled to present select items from the collection on Thursday, February 15 at 7 PM (ET), with the full collection launching on Wednesday, March 14 at 11 PM (ET).

“What we love most about working with Brooke is her dedication to helping women live better lives, which is something we are passionate about as well,” said Doug Howe, Chief Merchandising Officer for QVC Group. “Brooke’s line is sophisticated but approachable and is ideal for busy women who crave fashion that is not only chic and effortless, but a perfect mix of modern and timeless.”

Featuring an assortment of sophisticated separates, including classic button-ups, flowy blouses, tailored bottoms, flirty skirts, colorful scarves and contemporary fashion jewelry, it has never been easier to mix and match like a pro, creating personalized looks. With designs that effortlessly translate from day to night, this versatile collection is perfectly suited for every woman and any occasion.

“After years of being dressed by professionals, I walked into my closet one day and realized I had lost sight of my own personal style,” said Brooke Shields. “I am incredibly passionate about this collection because I have created pieces that are not only chic, but that take the guess-work out of getting ready each morning. I can’t wait to share this line with the QVC customer, and I truly hope it helps women look and feel their best each day.”

Next, a kind reader informed us that former QVC host Albany Irvin turned up on Evine this week to represent a new line of bronze jewelry called Bronzallure.

And in a tragic note, former HSN host and Jersey guy Dan Dennis announced on Facebook that his oldest son Brian had suddenly died. Our heart bleeds for him and his wife, as we know what it is to lose a young person suddenly. Our brother died last month, age 60.

Deepest condolences to Dan, who currently is a host on the ShopLC Network. He said he doesn’t know when he’ll be back on-air.

Victoria Wieck Does Apple Watch Case For Evine

December 19, 2017

Former HSN jewelry vendor Victoria Wieck is really spreading her wings at Evine, now designing an Apple watch case featuring official Swarovski Zirconia.

“Made with the finest of cuts, the Skyblu by Victoria Wieck Apple watch case will feature two exclusive creations – the Single Row Pave and the Champagne Bubbles Pave made with high-quality Swarovski Zirconia,” according to Evine’s press release Monday.

The case first appeared Saturday on Evine and will make additional appearances this week during the “Last-Minute Jewelry Event.”

“This Evine-exclusive item reflects Victoria Wieck’s passion for creating beautifully crafted accessories for the modern woman and is one of the most uniquely-feminine Apple Watch cases available today” is the hype from Evine.

“Since Victoria joined the Evine family, she has developed iconic jewelry pieces that are fashion-forward and expertly mastered,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“Victoria’s loyal following continues to seek out her newest creations and she always delivers exactly what they are looking for! This Apple Watch case not only is one of the rarest within the industry, but it represents who Victoria is and the high-quality designs she continues to create.”

The Skyblu by Victoria Wieck Apple Watch Case is the only jewel-covered case in the market that features Swarovski Zirconia.

It allows full function of all Apple Watch features, including Bluetooth and wireless capabilities as well as an open back design making charging your devise a breeze.

“I’m so excited to debut my newest creation for Evine,” Wieck said in her canned statement. “This Apple Watch case is not only stunning, but highly functional as well. All my ladies will be ready for holiday and New Year’s parties with the sparkle of Swarovski Zirconia found on my Skyblu watch case.”

Evine’s Sales Slip 1% In Third Quarter

November 22, 2017

Not a great third quarter for Evine this year, especially when someone is stalking the company.

The home shopping network posted net sales of $150 million, a roughly 1 percent decrease year-over-year. Management estimates net sales would have increased 1 percent when excluding the estimated $3 million negative sales impact from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma during the quarter.

Evine suffered a net loss of $1.1 million, and an adjusted EBITDA of $3.8 million, a 49 percent improvement year-over-year.

“I am very proud of our Q3 operating results,” CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“As our stakeholders know, this is the very beginning of what we call Year Two, the phase in our strategic plan that is focused on delivering revenue and free cash-flow growth. In Year One, we fixed our merchandising mix and significantly improved our balance sheet and profitability. This coming year our plan is to begin scaling our enterprise. In addition, boosted by our recent sale of our Boston television station, we are positioned to deliver positive EPS [earnings per share] for the fiscal year, which would be the first time we have accomplished this since fiscal 2007.”

He added, “We believe our strategy of a thoughtful transition over time into an interactive digital commerce company will drive sustainable revenue growth, EPS growth and multiple expansion growth that will combine to drive significant shareholder value. Specifically, longer term we seek to build and operate multiplatform digital commerce experiences using proprietary technologies that monetize multiple business models.”

The top-performing category in the third quarter was beauty, which rose 10 percent year-over-year. Fashion, home and consumer electronics also increased.

The return rate for the quarter was 19.1 percent, an improvement of 140 basis points year-over-year.

Gross profit as a percentage of sales increased 150 basis points to 38.1 percent year-over-year, driven primarily by improved rates. Gross profit dollars increased 3 percent to $57.3 million. Operating expense remained flat at $58 million.

As of the end of October total cash was $23 million, compared to $22 million at the end of the second quarter. Evine also had an additional $13 million of unused availability on its revolving credit facility with PNC Bank, which gave it total liquidity of about $36 million as of the end of the third quarter.

As previously announced Evine agreed to sell its television station, WWDP, serving the Boston market, for an aggregate of $13.5 million. The transaction includes two agreements with unrelated parties.

The first agreement closed in the third quarter and resulted in the initial receipt of a $2.5 million cash payment. That cash was used to pay down an equal amount of our loan with GACP.

The transaction resulted in an $833,000 net tax benefit related to the reversal of a deferred tax liability that was partially offset by a $221,000 loss related to the early debt extinguishment.

Got that?

The second agreement is expected to close in the fourth quarter following satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including Federal Communications Commission approval.

The financial impact of this transaction, including the complete pay-down of the remaining $3.6 million loan with GACP, is expected to include a $3 million positive impact to net income in the fourth quarter.

“We continue to expect fourth-quarter revenue growth in the mid- to high-single digits,” the network said in a press release Tuesday.

Segel Makes Offer For Evine

November 20, 2017

The folks who are jockeying to acquire Evine put out a press release last week press saying that they will pay a 105 percent premium to buy the home shopping network.

The announcement was released by Marvin Segel, founder of Segel Vision LLC, who claims that the Minnesota-based Evine’s board has rebuffed his two attempts to contact it.

“The board refuses to hear the details of the offer,” he said in a statement,

According to Segel, under the proposed offer Segel Vision would make “an equity purchase of the operating subsidiary at a premium of 105 percent.”

The press release says, “By establishing a total equity value of $175 million for Evine, Segel Vision would, in effect, be paying $2.66 per share” for the company.

“Segel Vision’s financing is bona fide, and in place,” Segel said.

With the acquisition, Segel Vision’s team will merge Evine into Segel’s company Starshop, “an extraordinary millennial-friendly, influencer and celebrity-driven multi-experience shopping App, launched in partnership with SPRINT Mobile Network.”

Say what? What the heck does that mean?

“Acquiring Evine Live will revolutionize the retail industry through a proprietary mix of mobile technology and television broadcast, focusing on a side of the TV shopping business that has been underused by all shopping channels to date,” Starship CEO Jim Morrison — the former president of L’Oréal USA, not the decease singer – said in his statement.

And again we ask, what the hell is he talking about?

“We believe our team has the experience and contacts to focus more productively on nurturing the internet’s most popular influencers to endorse and adopt the products, together with the world’s most recognized celebrities — thus improving top-line growth and net profits,” Morrison said.

“Imagine yesterday’s on-air guests and inventors being enhanced by today’s vloggers and bloggers with millions of followers who trust them. It truly is the perfect storm of retail,” he said. “The 25-year-old TV shopping sales model has got to morph; and with Starshop’s mission to add over-the-top content created by social media influencers, we will literally add 15 million more subscribers to Evine Live’s current viewership on Day One.”

With a fercockt pitch like this, no wonder Evine’s board hasn’t responded.

Segel Vision has retained The Lucas Group, a strategy consulting and private equity investment firm.

In a statement, founder and Chairman Jay Lucas promises “to work with Evine’s board to optimize a transaction price and structure for all parties.”

Lucas added, “We ask that shareholders encourage their board to engage with us and evaluate our proposals in fulfillment of their fiduciary duties to maximize shareholder value. Our group is prepared to negotiate a transaction to purchase Evine Live based on total enterprise value. The premium which we are offering is three times greater than the premium that QVC just paid for HSN; and this, for a company that has had only three profitable quarters in 20-plus years.”

Segel Vision apparently has big plans. In tandem with its proposed merger and acquisition with Evine, Segel Vision claims that Starshop will roll out America’s first and only shopping channel in Spanish, called tuStarshop, which has already launched on mobile and e-commerce in affiliation with tuvisió, an Hispanic social community co-created by Philip Gabbard, who will become tuStarship’s group president and general manager.

“Spanish is the second-largest language in the U.S., yet there is no Spanish-language shopping channel,” Gabbard said. “With 57 million Hispanic households in the U.S., this retail opportunity will fill an obvious void.”

Good luck with that. All such prior efforts to do a Spanish-language home shopping network have failed, we believe. Sometimes there is a “void” for a reason: The concept doesn’t work.

“Following the acquisition, and along with exciting celebrity announcements, four proprietary online technology partnerships will be revealed,” according to the press release.

“With TV, with mobile — in English and Spanish — Starshop will house a new ‘six screen’ technology, and will even change the mobile shopping experience as we know it,” Segel said.

We’re not feeling this, folks.

Evine’s Todd English sued for alleged sexual harassment

November 15, 2017

Guess it was only a matter of time before the sexual-harassment scandals that have hit the film and TV industries, as well as Washington, made their way to the home shopping world. Hello bad-boy chef and restaurateur Todd English, an HSN alum who is now on Evine sell kitchenware.

English is known as a womanizer, with the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column over the years doing stories about him in hot tubs with naked women and such. But this is different.

The Post recently reported that English and staff members of his Plaza Hotel Food Hall in Manhattan are being sued for alleged sexual harassment. That action was filed a few weeks ago by Gabrielle Eubank, according to the tabloid.

And that’s not all, folks.

In August six present and former English employees filed their own sexual-harassment suit, charging that there was a “rape culture” at Food Hall, with male staffers making obscene comments and being “sexually suggestive with pens, cucumbers and bananas,” the Post wrote.

English’s spokesman has no comment for the Post story, which went on to list a number of famous chefs and restaurant owners who have been accused of sexual abuse and harassment by female staff members.

The headline on the story was “Harvey-style sex abuse rampant in NYC dining world: workers.”

HSN Handbag Alum Sharif Lands At Evine

November 9, 2017

The game of musical chairs at the home shopping networks never ceases to amaze us.

In the latest episode, handbag designer Sharif has moved over to Evine. He left HSN, where he was for years, awhile ago. His line will debut on Evine later this month.

“I’m at the point in my career where I desire to design by my own rules,” Sharif said in a canned statement.

Is that a dig at HSN, we wonder?

“Evine has welcomed me with open arms and provided me the freedom to develop a handbag collection that represents the best of what I have to offer,” he said. “Fans of mine will delight in the unique details and unexpected mixture of materials that come together to create beautiful works of art.”

According to a press release Wednesday, “Once one of the largest handbag brands in the U.S., Sharif designs are showcased in the Esse Purse Museum alongside some of the most iconic handbag designers in the world. His newest collection at Evine will be reminiscent of Sharif’s original masterpieces and incorporate iconic design elements to create unexpected looks and distinctive silhouettes.”

Launching on Evine Nov. 29 and 30, the Sharif Handbag collection will feature “images seen in museums and provide a uniquely artistic quality, yet are extremely functional for everyday use,” according to the press release.

Here is the boilerplate on Sharif:

Sharif was born and raised in Cairo and the son of a leather artisan, so it was only natural that he continued the tradition of working as a leather craftsman. In 1979 he started his eponymous handbag company, Sharif Design Ltd., and quickly developed a reputation for quality and a dedication to his customers. Sharif grew to be the largest handbag brand in the United States in the late 1980’s and he founded the American Leather Accessory Designers guild. Sharif’s designs are in the Esse Purse Museum and he has won numerous awards over the years for his creations.

“We are very excited to welcome Sharif into the Evine family and introduce our customers to his stunning collection of handbags,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said. “I’ve known Sharif for many years, and have seen first-hand the masterful way in which he designs the pieces within his collection. He is a rebel within the handbag industry and his bags are loved by fans all over the world.”

Evine To Post Third-Quarter Results Nov. 21

November 1, 2017

Evine will report its third-quarter earnings Nov. 21 before the market opens, the home shopping network said Wednesday.

CEO Bob Rosenblatt, Chief Operating Officer and CFO Tim Peterman and Michael Porter, vice president of finance and investor relations, will host a conference call later that morning at 8:30 a.m. to review the results.

Those interested in participating in the conference call should dial 1-877-407-9039 or 1-201-689-8470 (international) at least five minutes prior to the call.

There will be a simultaneous audio webcast available at the following link:

A replay of the conference call will also be hosted on the company’s website for a limited time.

Martha Stewart Serves Up $100 Turkey On QVC

October 31, 2017

QVC originally stood for Quality, Value and Convenience. As for “quality,” not so much these days.

We loved, and agreed with the reaction, to a recent TSV that QVC offered from domestic diva (and Nutley, N.J., native) Martha Stewart. What a bargain, just $99.95 for a 4.25-pound turkey, herb butter and two two-pound size dishes.

Are you kidding us? What are those buyers smoking over at QVC? And as some customers posted on Facebook, is Martha smoking weed with her co-host, Snoop Dog?

Here is the description of this pricey, golden bird:

Have you ever dreamed of having your Thanksgiving meal prepared by Martha Stewart? This ready-to-cook holiday feast makes your culinary dreams a reality. From the juicy, succulent turkey breast with rich herb butter for topping, to the heaping helpings of delectable side dishes, it has everything you need to make next family dinner as easy—and as unforgettably delicious—as possible. From Martha Stewart.

• Includes 4.25-lb turkey breast, 2.4-oz herb compound butter, and two 2-lb side dishes

• Mashed Potatoes: made with peeled russet potatoes, whole milk, cream cheese, real butter, and heavy cream

• Mac & Cheese: made with sharp white cheddar, gruyere, fontina, and Parmigiano cheese, butter, milk, and cayenne pepper; blended with elbow macaroni noodles; topped with melted butter, panko bread crumbs, gruyere, sharp white cheddar, and Parmigiano cheeses

• Creamy Spinach Casserole: made with chopped spinach, butter, whole milk, and sour cream; topped with panko bread crumbs, butter, and gruyere cheese

• Cherry Stuffing: made with chunks of crusty white bread crumbs, blended with butter, chicken broth, chopped onions and celery, herbs, and dried cherries.

QVC also had a recent TSV — a 1-carat five-stone diamond band 14K ring by Affinity — that ranged in price from $1,000 to $1,400.

But QVC isn’t the only home shopping net that’s been approaching the stratosphere in terms of prices. Either QVC or HSN (we didn’t see, someone mentioned it on Facebook) was hawking a $200 cake.

Over at Evine, MacKenzie-Childs is offering a large rolling moose for $500. We love the moose, and the other handcrafted wares that MacKenzie-Childs has, but the prices are out of this world. How about $122 for four kitchen utensils?

Guess we have to stick to Home Goods.