Posts Tagged ‘GemsTV’

JTV Alum Katie Rooke Also Joins Liquidation Channel’s Roster

March 8, 2013

The Liquidation Channel is becoming the new home of displaced home shopping network hosts.

A couple of kind readers tipped us off that Katie Rooke, a former host on GemsTV and Jewelry Television, has now joined the Liquidation Channel.

Katie Rooke

Katie Rooke

Shawn Wilsie, refugee from ShopNBC, is at the the Liquidation Channel as well.

Rooke was a host at GemsTV, whose assets were essentially purchased by JTV. Rooke then started working at JTV in June 2010, and left about a year ago.

Somewhere in between there, she worked for Tiffany & Co. We believe she had worked with her husband Craig at GemsTV, and that they originally both came over to JTV.

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Ex-Gems TV Host Gets Painful Watermelon Ricochet In The Face On ‘Amazing Race’

September 9, 2010

This is a gift from our ex-colleague and oft-times Left Coast stringer, Linda Haugsted.

Two former Gems TV hosts made viral waves on “The Amazing Race” after one of then got smashed in the face with a watermelon that boomeranged back after she catapulted it.

The video of the painful accident went viral, and the whole tale even got coverage in the New York Post Thursday, in a story headlined “‘Amazing’ racer a hit on melon video.”

The two home-shopping hosts contestants are Claire Champlin and Brook Roberts, a former Miss Oregon, who were both hosts on the now defunct Gems TV. Roberts has since landed a gig on Jewelry TV.

Poor Champlin is the one that got hit in the puss with the watermelon. The show is in England, and has to slingshot a watermelon using an medieval style catapult as one of the stunts. But it bounces back and smashes hard into her face. Bet that never happened on Gems TV.

Roberts runs over to her, and a stunned Champlin says, “I can’t feel my face….I can’t even see straight.”

When Roberts tells Champlin they have to continue the competition, Champling looks at her in utter disbelief but goes on.

In a video clip of Champlin and Roberts on the show’s website, “babbling Brook,” as she is nicknamed, talks about the challenge of selling jewely on TV.

“You try to get someone from Texas to buy a $70,000 paraiba tourmaline — probably not the easiest thing in the world,” Roberts says.

The melon incident will be in the first episode of “The Amazing Race” on CBS this season, on Sept. 26, according to the Post.

While We Were In Atlantic City, Gems TV Filed For Chapter 11 Protection In Nearby Delaware

April 7, 2010

The Homeshoppingista took a little R&R Monday with an overnight trip down to Atlantic City with dad, sister Karen, brother-in-law Kent, niece Syndey and nephew Evan. The weather was gorgeous, but since we don’t have a laptop we had to take a siesta from the blog.

Now we’re trying to update you on the Gems TV story even though we’re straining our neck to turn around and peek at “Southland” on TNT. But blog duty calls.

It seems that while were were strolling along the AC boardwalk Monday, Gems TV was busy filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware. Gems TV posted a one-paragraph press release about the filing on its Web site Tuesday.

“Gems USA has, after due consideration, determined that the Chapter 11 proceedings is the best exit strategy to adopt to ensure an orderly winding down of its U.S. operations,” the release said.

After a tip from a reader, last week we broke the story about Gems TV planning to shut down operations and buy a stake in Jewelry Television. We also wrote that giant distributor DirecTV has filed suit and received a retraining order against the network over $25 million in revenue that the satellite provider apparently believes it is owed.

The Wall Street Journal wrote up the Gems TV bankruptcy Monday.

For cable insiders, Gems TV’s president is Diane Schneiderjohn, a former marketing executive at Charter Communications.

In the bankruptcy filing, according to The Journal, Gems TV is claiming it has $120 million in debt. The network, unlike other home shopping networks, makes its viewers bid for items via what it calls a reverse-auction format. Guess that has not gone so well, and soaring gold prices have also strained the network.

The bankrupty filing says that Gems TV has $51.2 million in asets, according to The Journal.

The networks employees will join the unemployment line, like us, May 6. Gems TV claims it has 37 million subscribers.