Posts Tagged ‘Evine’

‘Evine After Dark’ offers massage oils, sex advice

September 24, 2017

We’re nosy-holes, as our mom would say, so of course we watched “Evine After Dark” last night — with its “Boudoir Blush” nighties, sex advice and massage oils.

We already blogged that Evine was taking a big risk by looking to sell “intimate” goods to its viewers, hiring a sexuality expert and creating a new set for the initiative.

Kimberly Wells, who we found out is single, did the honors by hosting the premiere, which started off with a warning telling viewers that the sexual topics they were about to hear about were for mature-audiences-only and could offend some people.

Wells asked viewers to prepare for “a trail-blazing experience in television retail shopping.”

It turned out that the show was tastefully done, but we did get tired of Wells hammering home her bullet points: That the show was allowing women to buy intimate products in “a safe environment,” the comfort and privacy of their own homes.

Evine even set up an email where viewers could anonymously send in questions to sex expert Dr. Sari Locker, who appeared live to take the queries.

And in this TV venue, “intimacy” became the code word for sex. After awhile, we were dying to just hear the word sex.

All in all, we think it went over pretty well for Evine.


Ex-HSN Jewelry Maven Wieck Joins Evine

September 24, 2017

Long-time HSN jewelry vendor Victoria Wieck has already landed at another home shopping network: Evine.

We thank the reader who pointed the news out to us, and we immediately went to to confirm it.

Sure enough, there were a little of over a half dozen Wieck gemstone rings posted.

Wieck, who boasts of her high-end Beverly Hills jewelry business, was on HSN for 18 years, as we recall, when out of the blue she said she was beating it.

Vendors make the rounds at the three main home shopping networks — QVC, HSN and Evine — with some even going over to Jewelry TV. It’s like musical chairs.

So for you rabid Wieck fans, match for her on Evine.

‘Evine After Dark’ to sell sexy stuff

September 21, 2017

Evine is taking a walk on the wild side. It’s going where no home shopping network has gone before. Let’s talk about sex.

This week, late night, it is debuting a new program called “Evine After Dark” that will feature “intimate goods.” The merchandise, we are told by the Evine folk, will include lingerie for women of all sizes, massage-oil candles and bathing items.

We have already received an inquiry about the show from a reader who saw that Evine host Kimberly Wells had mentioned it on Facebook.

“Join Dr. Sari Locker & me for a pioneering & exciting new show designed to help women feel confident and empowered about their bodies and personal sexuality!” Wells wrote.

“We will be featuring luxury romance & intimacy products such as lotions, oils & body sprays as well as elegant robes, nighties and more. Educational, entertaining & sound advice to embolden you to celebrate your inner beauty-join us! xx”

Dr. Locker’s website describes her as a leading sex educator.

We sure hope Chuck Clemency doesn’t wind up on this new show with nipple rings or some such stuff!

Evine, as the No. 3 home shopping network competing against industry giants QVC and HSN, is taking a chance and thinking out of the box. We think it could cut two ways. It may be a real opportunity to provide women a way to shop privately for such items, without facing salespeople. Or, if Evine’s audience is as conservative as some may think it is, “Evine After Dark” will not go over well with that crowd.

We certainly don’t recall a home shopping network hawking “intimate items” — some lingerie, of course, but no massage oils, in the past!

In fact, the networks have been rather prudish. We remember laughing our butts off a number of years ago when QVC host Lisa Robertson was selling NARS cosmetics, and she was not allowed to say the name of the brand’s most popular powder: Orgasm.

It was absurd.

The network promises that its new show will be tastefully done and offer women a comfortable outlet to buy intimate goods. It debuts Saturday at 1 a.m. ET.

Want ‘Great In Bed’? Watch Evine With Shinder

September 19, 2017

This is great, according to Evine.

Today, Tuesday, the No. 3 home shopping network will debut the House of Greatness from beauty-industry veteran Randi Shinder. We are not familiar with her, but according to Evine’e press release she is “best-known as the creator of CLEAN Perfume, Lip Fusion, Fusion Beauty and Jessica Simpson’s Dessert Beauty.

“Randi is a powerhouse in the fragrance and beauty industry and we are thrilled she’s joining the Evine family and are looking forward to this strategic partnership,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“We can all subscribe to greatness being a way of life. Here at Evine we live by our mantra to be good to others and to be good to yourself. House of Greatness and Randi’s revolutionizing line of products that fuse science and beauty is a perfect match for our customers who seek out new ways to live, look and feel great.”

The announcement said that House of Greatness “is an empowering lifestyle brand developed with the core belief that greatness should be a way of life, a conscious mindset to inspire and motivate to do great and be the best version of yourself.”

The line includes fragrance, beauty, home décor, apparel and jewelry, including I Smell Great, Great in Bed, Great Bath, Great Home and jewelry collection, Great Intentions.

Additionally, House of Greatness will include brand collaborations from “celebrity beauty and lifestyle expert Spencer Barnes and supermodel and actress Bar Paly.” We haven’t heard of either one of them.

House of Greatness will debut on Evine in September and will expand with new introductions monthly through next January and beyond.

“House of Greatness has been a labor of love,” Shinder said.

“My passion has always been fragrance and beauty and I’m referred to by many as a self-proclaimed beauty junkie. Over time my passions have evolved into creating this exciting lifestyle brand that not only invites greatness in all aspects of ones’ life, but also empowers women who believe good is not good enough and strive for greatness in their everyday life, values, aspirations and dreams.”

House of Greatness will debut with the fragrances I Smell Great and Great in Bed.

The press release left us speechless when it said:

I Smell Great is the first and only fragrance brand based on extraction to develop scents directly from things women love the most. Combining true extraction with patented self-renewing scent spheres allows the wearer to reactivate the fragrance up to 6-8 hours after application. In addition to fragrances, I Smell Great will also include scented candles.

Great in Bed is a collection of products specifically designed for the bedroom to promote great rest, great energy and great bedroom experiences. The fragrances within Great in Bed are formulated with magnetic energy water to increase energy and attraction while delicately scenting skin from head to toe. In addition to fragrances, Great in Bed will also include scented candles, atmosphere sprays and sleepwear and extend into bedroom accessories and bedding.

Following the September introduction of I Smell Great and Great in Bed, and in time for the holidays, will be the debut of Great Bath, Great Home and Great Intentions.

Barnes and Paly will be making guest appearances during the premieres. He had worked with will be Spencer Barnes, who has worked with celebrities including Julianne Hough, Nina Dobrev and Angie Harmon. She has worked with Liam Neeson, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson.

Each will showcase their own unique lines created in collaboration with Shinder.

Kirks Folly, Marianna Jacobs, Somers and Brand

September 18, 2017

We’re behind on our blogging, been busy at work, but here are some tidbits and observations.

Kirks Folly will be bringing its whimsical fairy dust, jewelry and home décor back to QVC on Sept. 29. The line, which beacons the angels among us, is either the silliest thing you have ever seen or something you fanatically love. Jenniefer Kirk posted on Facebook about her return.

Back in the day Jenniefer and then-QVC host Judy Crowell would get dressed up in elaborate outfits, and sell Kirks Folly from an elaborate set. Don’t know if we’ll be seeing that again.

Sterling silver designer Marianna Jacobs and her husband Richard have been on several home shopping networks selling their handmade jewelry. Most recently they did a stint on Evine before joining HSN.

Marianna was on HSN host Colleen Lopez’s “Designer Gallery” show on Sunday with her Travelers’ Journey line and it looked like she had a makeover. She was totally glam – blown-out hair, tailored attire, totally different that her former free hair, casual hippy kind of look. And her husband Richard isn’t mentioned, as far as we could tell. They used to appear on-air together. What’s up?

We briefly saw Suzanne Somers – who sent from HSN to Evine to QVC — recently with QVC host Rick Domeir. We thought she looked good as she touted her new book, which in part touts her long-term marriage. Our mom thought Somers looked terrible. We will tell you what was terrible: The way Domeir was fawning over her.

By now we all know that HSN, in advance of Hurricane Irma, let its employees go off the safety and packed up a crew to televise from makeshift studios in Nashville, Tenn. We have seen a promo several times now where our buddy Bill Brand, HSN’s president, thanked viewers for their good wished and prayers. With Mindy Grossman’s exit to join Oprah Winfrey’s Weight Watchers leaving a vacuum at the top at HSN, Brand may be her replacement.

Evine’s Beekman Boys Do Laundry

September 4, 2017

We’re watching the presentation on this and we like what we see.

Evine Expands on the Success of Beekman 1802 with the Exclusive Launch of Beekman 1802 Happy Place Cleaning Products
The September 3 & 4 debut features effective, non-toxic cleaning solutions from the Beekman Boys

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Evine Live Inc. (“Evine”) (NASDAQ:EVLV), a multiplatform video commerce company (, today announced that Beekman 1802 Happy Place will debut its farm-to-home cleaning line on September 3 and 4. Expanding on the success of Beekman 1802 bath and body line at Evine, the new collection will feature cleaning items made from plant-based ingredients and goat’s milk. Formulated and bottled in the U.S., Beekman 1802 Happy Place products are designed to provide safer and more natural options to cleaning.

“Josh and Brent take their role as a good neighbor to heart and care about helping others create healthier homes,” said Bob Rosenblatt, Chief Executive Officer at Evine. “Beekman 1802 bath and body is one of our most popular brands at Evine and one that our customers absolutely love. I’m excited they are expanding their lifestyle brand at Evine and bringing to our customers cleaning products to help them tackle household chores in a more natural way.”

“Our society has become accustomed to using chemical-heavy cleaners, so we decided to create a unique line that would make doing everyday chores safer by using eco-friendly ingredients free of unnecessary elements,” said Josh Kilmer-Purcell, co-owner of Beekman 1802. “We passionately believe that cleaning more naturally makes your home a happy place. We cannot wait for our neighbors at Evine to experience first-hand these healthy, all-natural cleaners made with goat’s milk and farm-fresh botanicals.”

Beekman 1802 Happy Place will debut on Evine September 3 at 11:00pm ET and September 4 at 2:00am ET, 7:00am ET and 10:00am ET. The collection will feature exclusive products including laundry soap made with goat’s milk, dryer balls, goat’s milk stain sticks, multi-surface cleaning concentrate and a Happy Place door mat. Each item will be lightly scented with sweetgrass, a best-selling fragrance within the Beekman 1802 bath and body line and known for its crisp, soft smell and ability to bring forth positive energy.

Evine Sells Boston TV Station For $13.5 Million

September 4, 2017

Bet you didn’t know that Evine owned a TV station. Well, it won’t for much longer.

Last week the home shopping network announced that it was selling WWDP in Boston for an aggregate of $13.5 million in a series of two transactions.

“This deal further strengthens our balance sheet and gives us additional flexibility to grow our digital commerce company,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“After reducing our high-interest debt by $9.5 million in the first half of the year, this sale of a non-strategic asset allows us to retire the remaining $6.2 million of high-interest debt and deploy the remaining cash for initiatives we choose with the highest expected shareholder return.”

The deal includes two agreements with unrelated parties and is expected to close in the fourth quarter or first quarter of next year following satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including Federal Communications Commission approval.

Curiously enough, Evine’s press release didn’t say who was buying the TV station. We had to go to the company’s 8-K to find that. Looks like it was WRRN.

Here it is:

On August 28, 2017, we entered into a Channel Sharing and Facilities Agreement (the “Channel Sharing Agreement”) with NRJ Boston OpCo, LLC and NRJ TV Boston License Co., LLC (collectively, “ NRJ ”) to allow NRJ to operate its local Boston television station on one-third of the spectrum used in the operation of the Station in perpetuity.

The total consideration payable to our company under the Channel Sharing Agreement is $3.5 million, with $2.5 million being payable upon grant of a required construction permit by the Federal Communications Commission and the balance being payable upon the closing of a sale of substantially all of the assets used by us in the operation of the Station or the transfer of the equipment necessary for channel sharing among our company and NRJ to a newly formed entity.

On August 28, 2017, we also agreed to sell substantially all of the assets primarily related to the Station to affiliates of WRNN-TV Associates Limited Partnership (“ Buyers”) pursuant to an Asset Purchase Agreement.

The purchase price for the Station’s assets is $10.0 million in cash, subject to an escrow hold-back of $1.0 million, which is payable to our company when the Station is being carried by certain designated carriers at or following the closing of the transaction.

The escrow hold-back is payable back to the Buyers in monthly installments beginning approximately 14 months after the closing if the Station is not being carried by certain designated carriers.

The purchase agreement includes customary representations, warranties, covenants and indemnification obligations of the parties. The sale of assets pursuant to the purchase agreement is expected to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 or the first quarter of fiscal 2018 following receipt of specified regulatory approvals from the FCC and satisfaction of the other closing conditions in the purchase agreement.

We plan to use the proceeds received from the transactions to pay in full the remaining amounts due under our term loan with GACP Finance Co., LLC, with the remaining proceeds used for general working capital purposes.

The closing of the transactions are expected to have a $3.5 million to $4.5 million nonrecurring benefit to our net income that may be spread over multiple quarters in fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018, which includes the reversal of a deferred tax liability, the recognition of a potential gain on the sale of the Station assets and the subsequent extinguishment of high-interest debt.

According to the press release, “The financial impact of this transaction is expected to cross multiple quarters and is contingent on the timing of the close and completion of certain transaction related contingencies.”

Evine Bringing Paula Deen To State Fair

August 24, 2017

Evine may be No. 3 in the home shopping world, but it tries harder.

The network will be broadcasting live from the Minnesota State Fair, a 12-day event that attracts nearly 2 million visitors annually. Evine, of course, is based in that cold state.

On the fair’s first day, today Thursday, the telecast will include Southern cuisine queen Paula Deen, John O’Hurley (J. Peterman from Seinfeld), as well as Akos “The Solutionist” Jankura, a problem-solving expert.

“Simply put, the Minnesota State Fair is one of the biggest – and best – fairs in the U.S. and we couldn’t be more excited to be the first retailer of our kind to broadcast live from such an event,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“The ‘Great Minnesota Get-Together’ is the perfect opportunity to bring the Evine experience to our Minnesota neighbors and have a chance to meet new friends of Evine as well.”

Fair-goers can watch “Paula Deen’s Kitchen,” a two-hour show that will broadcast live to Evine’s homes. She “will demonstrate how to whip up fair-food with ease, and with less fat, using her air fryer and other signature kitchen items,” according to Evine’s press release.

In addition to having a chance to be part of the live audience, fair attendees will have an opportunity to meet Deen and get a photo or autograph at 3 p.m.

“Being from the South, I’m no stranger to a good ol’ fair,” Deen said in her canned statement. “I’ve heard the Minnesota State Fair is truly in a league of its own and I am excited to be a part of one of the greatest get-togethers in the country. I can’t wait to try some classic fair foods, test my hand at carving a butter princess, cook up my favorite dishes, and get to meet all of the wonderful people at the Evine stage.”

Following Deen, at 3 p.m. “Pet Shoppe with John O’Hurley” will broadcast live and present pet-care products. As with Deen, fans will get a chance to meet O’Hurley starting at noon.

The final live broadcast hour of the day will feature Akos “The Solutionist.” He will be live at 5 p.m.

Viewers are also invited to watch a Facebook Live show featuring Deen at 2:30 p.m. and a YouTube Live show covering an “Evine Found at the Fair” product search at 6 p.m. Fair-goers will also have opportunities to win prizes, take photos and meet some of Evine’s hosts.

Evine To Report 2Q Results Aug. 23

August 4, 2017

Evine will release its second-quarter earnings Aug. 23 before the market opens at roughly 6 a.m. CEO Bob Rosenblatt and Chief Financial Officer Tim Peterman will hold a conference call 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.