Posts Tagged ‘HGTV’

HGTV’s Novogratz Stars Bring Decor Line To Evine

April 5, 2017

Husband-and-wife design duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz, stars on HGTV and Bravo, will debut “The Novogratz Home Collection,” a family-functional and fashionable line of furniture and décor, on Evine next week.

These over-achievers are best known for their starring roles on HGTV’s “Home by Novogratz” and Bravo’s “9 by Design,” in addition to designing homes and boutique hotels, authoring three books and living with their seven children.

Cortney Novogratz will present a number of Evine-exclusive playful, bright and artfully designed products during the brand’s April 11 and 12 debut.

“The Novogratz Home Collection” is one of several new home and décor concepts launching this spring on Evine.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Robert and Cortney Novogratz to the Evine family,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“Family is so important to us here at Evine and family is at the core of what the ‘The Novogratz Home Collection’ is all about. Robert and Cortney have done an amazing job at designing a fresh and exciting line of exclusive furnishings and décor. We’re excited to bring our customers something new while also introducing the Novogratzes’ existing fan base to Evine’s unique, digital shopping experience.”

Here’s the hype from Evine’s press release Tuesday.

For over 20 years, Robert and Cortney Novogratz have rebuilt entire city blocks from the ground up and transformed them into fun, hip, and artsy spaces.

They currently live with their five sons and two daughters in a 1920’s Hollywood Hills “castle” designed by them. In addition to their work designing homes and boutique hotels, they also have also made a name for themselves developing home furnishings and décor collections, the most recent for Evine.

“Our Evine collection is designed for families everywhere, and as a mother of seven, I’m excited to share products that not only look amazing, but are also extremely functional,” Cortney said in her canned statement.

“Our goal is to make products that make your home reflect who you are… items that add playful, bright and artistic touches to your home as well as simplify your life. I can’t wait to show Evine’s viewers how easy it is to transform their spaces with a few easy touches.”

HGTV’s Stud Finder Nicole Curtis Premieres On Evine Live Aug. 28

August 10, 2015

Evine Live has started promoted the fact that HGTV and DIY star Nicole Curtis is coming to the home shopping network, announcing that her debut will be on Aug. 28.

Straight outta Detroit Nicole Curtis

Straight outa Detroit Nicole Curtis

Here is the dope from Evine Live’s website:

Born and raised in Detroit, Nicole hails from a long line of do-it-yourselfers. With a remodeling style all her own, she is passionate about reusing salvaged and custom-made materials to ensure each remodel maintains the integrity of the home’s unique architecture.

Her exclusive new line of home improvement essentials includes everything from stud finders and hand-held tools to paint sprayers and easy-to-install decorative wallpaper. Turn every “to-do” into “TAH-DAH” with Nicole Curtis Home.

We recently reported on Evine Live’s fall lineup, which included the news that Curtis was on the roster.

We’ve never seen Curtis’s show “Rehab Addict,” probably because we can barely change a light bulb in our place, let alone try anything more complicated.

But we would be interested in buying a stud finder.

HSN, HGTV, John Gidding Team Up On Outdoor Living Line

March 19, 2013

HSN has found another cable partner, teaming up with HGTV, whose talent — including “Curb Appeal” designer John Gidding — will appear on the home shopping channel, the pair said Monday.

The two cable networks are partnering on a product line called HGTV HOME Outdoor Living, debuting tonight at midnight. HGTV’s experts will offer advice and showcase an assortment of HGTV-curated outdoor products, including exclusive HGTV HOME-branded items.

By the way, Gidding is pretty easy on the eyes. Here is what he posted on Facebook six hours ago.

We will burn the midnight oil for John Gidding

We will burn the midnight oil for John Gidding

“Just boarded my flight to Tampa – and at midnight tonight I’ll be on Home Shopping Network – LIVE!” his home hotness wrote. “That’s right, HGTV and HSN are working together to bring you some pretty neat products, and I’ll be on hand to offer advice on an assortment of high-quality outdoor products!

First segment tonight is on at MIDNIGHT! (Literally burning the midnight oil tonight.) So if you’re up, join me on HSN. And tomorrow evening I’ll be hosting an online q&a, so if you want to ask me anything, I’ll catch you tomorrow and will post more details. :)”

The HGTV items include everything from planters to flowers to garden tools to lawn mowers to wind chimes.

“HGTV is the perfect partner for HSN,” Bill Brand, HSN Inc.’s Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, said in a canned statement. “We have long admired their unparalleled ability to showcase home and design ideas. The new HGTV HOME Outdoor Living collection at HSN is a great way to extend our marketing reach to new audiences and connect them with inspiring content & great products.”

The multi-year partnership is designed to leverage the full potential of the HSN and HGTV brands, with HGTV becoming the face for HSN’s outdoor living category. The partnership will include creative, original content that will be integrated across the digital and on-air assets of both companies.

“HSN is an ideal partner for us because they have a rich understanding of what today’s consumers want and need,” Ron Feinbaum, HGTV’s general manager of consumer products, said in a canned statement. “This special collection will offer smart, functional, and aesthetically appealing solutions for everyone’s outdoor lifestyle. We expect that HGTV HOME Outdoor Living at HSN will further enhance HGTV’s relationship with an audience who is passionate about home — especially those people who believe that the beauty of home should transcend four walls.”

HGTV HOME Outdoor Living will feature products from categories including outdoor equipment, plants, lighting, water accessories, outdoor entertaining, garden tools and outdoor solutions. The HGTV HOME Plant Collection will also debut on HSN tomorrow, offering a variety of annuals, planters and nutrients.

At launch, extensive digital storefronts on both and will provide the outdoor home enthusiast with high-quality products and exclusive, transformational “how to” videos that will help them enhance the outdoor areas of their home.

HSN plans to expand the partnership in the future to introduce HGTV HOME Outdoor Living-branded products within additional home categories.

HSN and HGTV will also collaborate in the future to share content that will be available across both companies’ digital platforms. Tips on gardening, landscaping, entertaining and more from HGTV’s trusted authorities will give consumers the tools they need to beautify their home.

HGTV Designer Vern Yip Debuts Home Collection On HSN

June 15, 2011

Interior designer and HGTV host Vern Yip is partnering with HSN to launch Vern Yip Home.

“This exclusive collection of home decor reflects the distinctive style that has made Vern a household name in home design,” the HSN hype machine says. “Considered one of the most respected home make-over authorities in the country, Vern currently serves as a designer on HGTV.

Here’s the canned quote from Yip.

“Balancing work and family life has inspired me to continue my quest to create easy solutions for everyday problems,” he said. “Together with HSN, my goal is to simplify the challenges of the home space while bringing to life its personality and embracing functionality.”

The HSN exclusive Vern Yip Home collection will feature his signature, unique design Lotus and Medallion (a symbol of his family’s history and design aesthetic) available on a bedding line. The collection will also include furniture, window treatments, rugs, lighting and decor items.

“Vern is amazing to work with,” HSN senior vice president of merchandising Nancy Caplan said. “The combination of his sensibility, style, and exceptional designs are qualities that HSN customers will fall in love with. At HSN, we are excited to provide the viewer a unique opportunity to connect with Vern on an intimate level and learn home design tips from a recognized expert.”

Also, as part of HSN’s 34th birthday festivities, HSN is launching a sweepstakes contest today that includes two round-trip airline tickets to St. Petersburg, a two-night stay at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, a personal home-design consultation from Vern Yip and a $5,000 room makeover.

Yip will debut his new home collection and announce the sweepstakes winner on HSN on July 26.

Yip is an award-winning architectural and interior designer who gained national acclaim for his expertise in transforming homes and restaurants in his private design practice and on prime-time television which began with TLC’s iconic, ground breaking design series “Trading Spaces.”

He runs his own design company in Atlanta – Vern Yip Designs/ – and offers design tips while keeping consumer value in mind.

Vern awards included the 2003 Distinguished Southerner Award from Southern Living magazine; 2000 Southeast Designer of the Year; 1999 Best New Restaurant for Fusebox restaurant in Atlanta; and 1999 Best New Night Club for DeuxPlex Bistro and Night Club in Atlanta.

Home Design TV Stars Tracy Hutson Of ‘Extreme Home Makeover,’ HGTV’s Genevieve Gorder and ‘Flipping Out”s Anal-Retentive Nut Job Jeff Lewis Design Home Collections For QVC

February 14, 2010

HGTV's Genevieve Gorder is one of three TV home design stars doing home collections for QVC

Why does QVC post press releases on its Web site two days after they are dated? And on a weekend, no less. You tell us.

We check QVC’s Web site “Media” section several times every day, and this press release was not up there until this afternoon today, Valentine’s Day. Note that it is dated Feb. 12. And it’s a good story.

QVC has put together a nice roster of TV home design stars — Tracy Hutson of ABC’s “Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition,” Genevieve Gorder of HGTV’s “Design Star” and “Dear Genevieve,” and nut case Jeff Lewis of Bravo’s “Flipping Out” — to do home collections for it. Those shows will start debuting this week.

We have a cold, and our head feels like it’s going to fall off and our nose is as red as a valentine, so read the release yourself, pretty please. Here it is, verbatim:

Television’s Hottest Design Stars Team Up with QVC to Launch Exciting Collections

West Chester, Pa. (February 12, 2010) – Talk about a real channel changer! Three of television’s top home designers – Tracy Hutson, Genevieve Gorder and Jeff Lewis – are joining forces with QVC to unveil home collections throughout the month of February.

“Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition” ’s Hutson is scheduled to kick off the series Tuesday, February 16 at 1 PM (ET) followed by Gorder, HGTV Design Star and “Dear Genevieve” designer/host, on Friday, February 19 at 10 PM (ET). Rounding out QVC’s month of debuts is real estate expert and “Flipping Out” star Lewis, who is scheduled to introduce his home collection line on Monday, February 22 at 1 AM (ET).

Featuring an eclectic assortment of home décor, bedding, and accent pieces, these exciting new collections were created especially for QVC to offer distinct design solutions for any living space. From modern accents and bright, bold accessories to understated bedding and décor, QVC’s new designer collections allow shoppers to update their homes without breaking the bank.

Tracy Hutson Love Where You Live

As one of the stars of “Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition,” Hutson knows first-hand the effect that a living space can have on a family. Dedicating her career to helping others beautify their homes, Hutson is now taking her makeover mission even further as she unveils her first home collection. Tracy Hutson Love Where You Live will offer bold, vibrant pieces that include oversize pillows, fashionable throws and whimsical home accent pieces. Created especially for QVC, the line will range in price from approximately $32.00 to $210.00.

Genevieve Gorder Home Designs

Gorder, whose unmistakable enthusiasm and intimate approach to design have made her one of America’s favorite interior designers, has applied her soulful and eclectic style to the Genevieve Gorder Home Designs collection. Featuring exquisite bedding and accent pieces that range from duvets and throw pillows to vases and storage items, her line is perfect for reinventing the bedroom or simply updating it with a few, beautiful pieces. Genevieve Gorder Home Designs, which was created especially for QVC,will be priced from $26.00 to $160.00.

Jeff Lewis Home Designs

Real estate and design expert Lewis has helped millions realize their homes’ potential thanks to his hit show “Flipping Out.” Currently in his fourth season, Lewis is now expanding his reach to include the Jeff Lewis Home Designs line, which he created especially for QVC. Embodying a more masculine element, Lewis’ collection will feature a rich color palette of dark browns and light blues and feature a variety of pieces, including accent tables, rugs, lamps and even bedding. The collection will range in price from approximately $40.00 to $190.00.

Cablevision’s Vilification of Scripps Networks Exec Ken Lowe, One Of The Smartest, Classiest Guys In The Cable Industry

January 9, 2010

Scripps CEO Ken Lowe, Cablevision's villain

There are so many things we should be doing now, rather than blogging. We have to update our resume for a job we’re applying for. We have press releases to write for Saint Barnabas. We have freelance work from three different people, two of the assignments related to health, stacked up. We have to take our Christmas tree down. And we should be cruising for a man.

But we have to write about Ken Lowe. Lowe, CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive, has been named in the full-page ads that Cablevision has been running in papers like The New York Times and the Manhattan tabloids. The ads — and Scripps is running ads too — are part of the week-long war over fees between the cable company and Scripps, which led to Food Network and HGTV being pulled from 3.1 million homes in the Tri-State area.

Scripps wants a rate increase for its channels, and Cablevision says the ask is unreasonable. Programmers and distributors fight all the time, but it’s fairly rare to see a CEO singled out the way Cablevision has singled out Lowe, kind of making the business battle personal.

Cablevision’s ads claim that “Lowe is demanding a $20 million rate increase for Food Network and HGTV.” It makes it sound like Lowe is right at the negotiating table, pounding his fist. That’s not how it works.

We know all is fair in love and war, and Scripps had celebrity chef Bobby Flay doing anti-Cablevision radio spots for it, but the attack on Lowe seem like a low blow, no pun intended, by the cable company. The ads cast Lowe as the nasty, money-grubbing bogeyman in all of this.

We’ve known Lowe for almost two decades, from reporting on the cable industry. He was always one of the smartest, nicest, classiest, frankest, friendliest programmers we have ever met. He’s well-respected in the media business. His background was radio, and his college roommate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was Rick Dees, the well-known disc jockey.

A veteran broadcaster working at Scripps, Lowe founded and launched HGTV in 1994, and managed Food Network, which Scripps holds a majority stake in. He built an empire of lifestyle cable networks, but admitted to my former editor, Marianne Paskowski, that he once feared being fired by Scripps.

We remember going with Paskowski to interview Lowe at a cable trade show. It was fun, he was bright, and it didn’t hurt that Lowe, now 59, was easy on the eyes. We know that’s unprofessional to say, but what the hell.

He is a Southerner — we hear he was raised on a tobacco farm — but Southern charm doesn’t usually work with us. Folks from New Jersey are “loud and proud,” and don’t beat around the bush. There is no gentility or many manners in the New York metro region.

We often say that we’d rather have someone tell us the truth than be nice to our face, and then talk about us behind our backs. And since we’ve been stabbed in the back by a Southerner who had lots of folksy stories and an accent, we know what we’re talking about.

We don’t know how Lowe treated his employees — we did hear he liked to send e-mails at 2 in the morning. We hear Scripps doesn’t pay producers much. But with us, Lowe was always a pleasure to interview and deal with.

Scripps’ battle with Cablevision relates to the seeds of Food Network, we believe. As we remember, Food Network was free to cable operators for a long period, it may have been 10 years, surviving just by selling advertising. Most cable networks have two revenue streams — license fees from cable companies and advertising.

Now, Scripps is trying to get Food Network caught up, in terms of price, with other cable networks. But times are tough, and distributors like Cablevision don’t want to pay double-digit price hikes.

It’s as if you started a job at a low salary five years ago, and went to your boss today and asked for a big salary increase so you could be at a par with your colleagues. It’s a tough economy, budgets are tight, and your boss doesn’t care if your salary is less than everyone else.

Wall Street analyst Rich Greenfield has written that Scripps underestimated Cablevision’s resolve and unpredictability, and we think that’s true, too.

Anyway, contract negotiations are usually handled by a cable channel’s affiliate sale team, and in the case of Scripps it is Lynne Costantini, who used to work in programming at Time Warner Cable.

She was expected to be named head of programming at Time Warner, but instead a woman named Melinda Witmer got the job. Witmer was in the news recently because she negotiated the new Time Warner-Fox deal — averting a massive blackout of Fox TV stations — with Fox Cable’s affiliate chief Mike Hopkins.

For all the vitriole of the retransmission-consent negotiations between Time Warner and Fox, we don’t think any executives’ names turned up in any ads, the way that Lowe’s name has in Cablevision’s.

We have interviewed Costantini, Witmer and even broke bread and shared a few cocktails with Hopkins in Las Vegas. They’re all smart, civil folks, like Lowe.

We’re hoping that Cablevision will turn down the volume in its dispute with Scripps, and give Lowe a break. Even wars have rules. We wish Cablevision would abide by them.

In the meantime, every couple of days we have to call our sister Karen or our parents, who are among Cablevision’s 900,000 households in Jersey, to see what the cable company is running on the crawl on Food Network and HGTV’s former channel slots.