Posts Tagged ‘HSN’

Is Big HSN Sale On Victoria Wieck Jewelry A Bad Sign?

May 18, 2017

Is Beverly Hills jewelry designer Victoria Wieck headed for the door at HSN?

A reader pointed out that all of her jewelry, real gemstones and absolute, are on clearance on HSN.com.

She is a lovely lady, but we feel her designs have grown rather stale. Maybe the home shopping network thinks the same thing. Or maybe not.

Wieck certainly has loyal fans who will be disappointed if she exits.

HSN, Time Inc. Partner On Food & Wine Line

May 11, 2017

HSN and Time Inc.’s Food & Wine magazine are teaming up, and will be collaborating on a line of cookware and other kitchen goods, the companies said Wednesday.

The home shopping network and the ailing publishing giant are launching a dedicated distributed content platform, where users can explore shoppable content, exclusive instructional videos and recipes.

The FoodandWine.com platform will feature a branded product line designed by the Food & Wine editorial team and tested by Food & Wine’s team of kitchen experts in the magazine’s kitchen.

The product range include cookware, cutlery, kitchen tools and accessories, small kitchen appliances and more, ranging in price from $20 to $200.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Time Inc. to introduce new partnership strategies that will engage customers in unique ways, leveraging both our combined content-driven experiences and target audiences,” HSN President Bill Brand said in a canned statement.

“We are creating a business model that will serve as a cornerstone in our strategy to inspire customers to shop wherever they go.”

HSN and Food & Wine will be hosting a national casting call to secure a culinary talent representative for the collaboration. The selected person will appear on HSN and FoodandWine.com, sharing their expertise within the culinary space to demonstrate the product line. The talent search will be conducted this summer.

“The opportunity to partner with HSN and expand Time Inc.’s brands is a strategic focus. The combination of our premium brand Food & Wine, and HSN’s consumer experience is an ideal partnership as we unlock new platforms that expand our audience and drive revenue,” said Bruce Gersh, Time Inc.’s senior vice president of strategy and business development.

The interactive storefront will launch in October on FoodandWine.com.

Lifestyle Diva Martha Stewart Brings Clothes, Skincare To QVC

May 6, 2017

Martha Stewart

Former jailbird Martha Stewart has bounced several home shopping networks, and she is now mounting a return to QVC.

License company Sequential Brands Group Inc. this week announced that Stewart, a native of Nutley, N.J. — where we spent an unpleasant 13 years — has inked a multi-year deal to bring skincare, apparel, and food and beverage to QVC.

“Our brand has always been devoted to teaching and inspiring people to live more beautiful, more functional and more meaningful lives and our products provide solutions to do just that,” the blonde lifestyle queen said in a canned statement.

“I am thrilled to partner with QVC, which offers unique opportunities to engage directly with an even broader audience, bringing to life several new categories for the Martha brand including beauty and fashion.”

The new collaboration, which slated to debut in the second half of this year, will feature frequent appearances on QVC by Martha Stewart and a team of her experts.

“QVC at its core is about the joy of discovery and the power of relationships, and few do a better job of connecting with fans and inspiring them to embrace new ideas than Martha Stewart,” QVC President and CEO Mike George said. President and CEO.

“QVC combines the best of retail, media and social to create the most engaging shopping experience, and to collaborate with a brand such as Martha’s further emphasizes our commitment to excellence and innovation. By leveraging the power of this relationship, QVC, which is among the nation’s top mobile and eCommerce retailers, brings to our customers Martha’s passion and expertise in a special and exciting new way.”

Sequential Brands CEO Karen Murray, added “QVC’s proven differentiated retail experience plays perfectly with the strength of the Martha Stewart brand. We are excited by this opportunity as it provides the brand with a new channel of distribution and further expansion into untapped categories where we see strong sales potential.”

Stewart has hawked products on QVC and HSN, and at least one ex-QVC host says she was a nasty piece of work.

The boilerplate on Stewart doesn’t mention her incarceration:

Martha Stewart is an Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, bestselling author of 88 books, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher.

Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living – cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets. Currently, the Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month.

And what exactly is Sequential? Here is its boilerplate from the press release:

Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, active, and home categories, which includes the Martha Stewart media and merchandising properties.

Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world.

Coffee With HSN’s Heidi Daus In Montclair

May 4, 2017

For those who don’t read our Facebook page, wanted you to know that we ran into HSN jewelry vendor Heidi Daus at the Montclair Quick Chek Wednesday morning when we were getting our coffee.

We knew that she lived in our North Jersey town, but had never seen her.

She was very gracious and lovely, and said she has a TS coming up later this month!

Wig-Meister Toni Brattin Joins QVC, After HSN And Evine

April 27, 2017

Wednesday was a big day for home shopping news.

Wig purveyor Toni Brattin, who was on HSN and then went to Evine, announced on Facebook that she is heading to QVC.

“My launch date will be announced soon,” she wrote. “Meanwhile you can continue to find all your Hair Fabulous, Tan Secret, and other products on my website.”

Holy Mackerel: HSN CEO Grossman To Head Oprah’s Weight Watchers

April 27, 2017

We guess we really shouldn’t have been surprised when we checked our email Wednesday and saw the press release that HSN CEO Mindy Grossman was leaving the home shopping network for another gig.

http://www.hsni.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1023076

Over the years she has been mentioned as a candidate for a number top jobs, including Avon.

But her landing at Weight Watchers International Inc., where lifestyle guru Oprah Winfrey is now queen, was quite a surprise. But it seems like a pretty smart move to hitch your wagon to Winfrey, without a doubt. So good for Grossman.

Meet Weight Watchers new president and CEO, Mindy Grossman

http://www.weightwatchersinternational.com/file/Index?KeyFile=2000269227

“Mindy is proven as a successful visionary and entrepreneurial force in business and I look forward to working with her,” Winfrey said in a statement. “She has the experience, the passion and the positive energy to take Weight Watchers to exciting new places.”

And threw in her two cents.

“I am thrilled to join Weight Watchers and lead the next phase of the company’s transformation,” she said.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to leverage technology and consumer insights to create innovative personal experiences, build loyal communities and accelerate growth. Ultimately, the ability to inspire people to live healthier and happier lives is what excites me both personally and professionally. I look forward to partnering with the Board – including Oprah – and the team to help Weight Watchers transform the lives of people around the world through weight loss and healthier living.”

There have been a zillion stories crediting Grossman with taking HSN to the next level, by bringing in name brands and vendors who gave the network a cachet.

On the other hand, her strategy alienated many long-time HSN fans. and home shopping channels have seen their revenue drop in the face of a tough retail environment.

Here’s part of the HSN press release on Grossman’s exit:

Grossman’s resignation will be effective on May 24, 2017, and she will not stand for election to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders on the same date. In the interim, she will work with senior management and the Board to ensure a smooth transition. The Board has retained a national search firm to assist with the search for a successor that will include both internal and external candidates.

In addition, the Board has established the Office of the Chief Executive whose members will manage the company’s day-to-day operations and engage with the Board on a regular basis until a successor is named. The Office of the Chief Executive will consist of Rod R. Little, Chief Financial Officer; William C. Brand, Chief Marketing Officer of HSNi and President of HSN; and Judy A. Schmeling, Chief Operating Officer of HSNi and President of Cornerstone Brands, Inc.

Chairman of the Board Arthur C. Martinez said, “On behalf of the Board, we thank Mindy for her visionary leadership and many contributions to our company during a transformative period in its history. She has been a committed partner to the Board in the development of important initiatives that have created a solid foundation for the future. We will miss her energy, creativity and passion for our company, and wish her success in her future endeavors.”

“I’m extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished at HSNi and believe that the company is well positioned for the future. It has been an honor to work with such an inspired team over the past decade as we transformed the business to lead the future of boundaryless retail. With a focus on customer engagement, digital innovation, product excellence and immersive and community-oriented content, HSNi will be able to thrive in the modern retail environment, where consumers are looking for experiences and meaning,” Grossman said.

“I want to thank our Board and our talented management team for their partnership and support, and look forward to working with them to ensure a seamless transition.”

HSN To Post First-Quarter Results May 3

April 13, 2017

HSN will release its first-quarter earnings May 3 at 8 a.m. before the market opens, the network said on Wednesday.

CEO Mindy Grossman and Chief Financial Officer Rod Little will hold a conference call at 9 a.m. to review the results.

Those interested in participating in the conference call should dial 877-307-0246 or 224-357-2394 at least five minutes prior to the call.

 There will also be a simultaneous audio webcast available via the company’s website at http://www.hsni.com.

A replay of the conference call can be accessed until May 17 by dialing 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406, plus the pass code 4007861 and will also be hosted on the company’s website for a limited time.

HSN CEO Grossman nabbed $5.4 Million Last Year

April 11, 2017

It’s the time of the year where you just might regret never aspiring to be head of a home shopping network:

It’s proxy time, when publicly traded companies disclose what they paid their executives.

According to papers filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, HSN Inc. CEO Mindy Grossman received a tidy $5.4 million in executive compensation last year, up from $4.9 million in 2015. That included a $1.2 million base salary, with the rest in stock awards and Stock Appreciation Right, or SAR, options.

http://www.hsni.com/secfiling.cfm?filingid=1434729-17-7&CIK=1434729

Bill Brand, president of HSN and chief marketing officer for HSN Inc., which includes not only the home shopping network but also the Cornerstone unit, got $1.6 million in executive comp, up from $1.6 million. His salary was $657,500, with the remainder stock and options.

And Judy Schmeling, president of Cornerstone and chief operating officer and chief financial officer of HSN Inc., was given $1.7 million in comp in 2016. That was an increase from $1.79 million in 2015.

 

Suzanne Somers Says Goodbye To Evine

April 6, 2017

Actress-entrepeneur-author Suzanne Somers has exited Evine.

One of our readers tipped us off to the news.

Yesterday the blonde bombshell announced her departure from the No. 3 home shopping network on Facebook.

Suzanne Somers

We don’t know if it was her choice or the network’s, but Somers was very gracious about it.

“THANK YOU, EVINE for 7 wonderful years!” she wrote.

“The people I’ve worked with in Minnesota are some of the nicest people I have encountered in my entire career … from the incredible buying team, to the awesome production crew, to my adorable hosts, all the way up to the executive team. You guys are pros and, of course, I will miss my EVINE customers the most.”

Somers was a vendor on HSN for many years before exiting that network and coming to Evine.

In her Facebok post she said, “While it’s the end of this chapter for me at EVINE, all of my product lines are still available at SuzanneSomers.com and I hope you will register on my web site to stay up-to-date on exciting new announcements:https://www.suzannesomers.com/pa…/subscribe-to-my-email-list.Love,Suzanne.

Home shopping networks do very well in the beauty category, and Evine has added some popular brands such as Skinn and Consulte Beaute, which may have pushed Somers out. But that’s just speculation on our part.

Jane Seymour Brings Fragrance To HSN

April 4, 2017

Actress Jane Seymour is going beyond designing Open Heart jewelry: She will be launching a his-and-her fragrance collection of the same name on HSN May 1.

Yes, yet another celebrity fragrance.

The No. 2 home shopping network announced its debut of Seymour’s perfume on Monday, adding that part of the sales will go to her foundation.

The press release described the fragrance for women as “a floral and oriental fragrance with top notes of pear, osmanthus and pink peony; middle notes of vanilla orchid, night blooming accord and iris; and dry notes consisting of amyris, sandalwood, cashmere woods and soft suede.

In turn, His Open Heart “is woody, aromatic and aqueous, with top notes of fresh bergamot, pink peppercorn, grapefruit and sage; middle notes of calming lavender blossoms, cardamom and bracing pacific aquatic accord; dry notes consisting of rich cashmere musk, blonde woods and oakmoss.”

This is all making us hungry!

“There is nothing more powerful than a unique scent capable of connecting you with a poignant memory or inspiring you to open your heart to create endless possibilities,” lovely Seymour said in a canned statement.

“To have the opportunity to partner with HSN to produce two world class fragrances inspired by florals from by my own garden is a dream come true. I am particularly proud that a portion of the proceeds go to support the Open Hearts Foundation.”

Seymour will appear live on HSN May 1 at midnight with the TS, and will have multiple on-air appearances, throughout the day.

The Open Heart fragrance collection Includes Her Open Heart 3.4oz EDP with an HSN exclusive Velvet Jewelry Wrap ($59.90), Her Open Heart .33oz Roller Ball ($20.00) and His Open Heart 3.4oz EDT with Travel Bag ($65.00)

“Jane’s creative spirit is eminent not only in her successful acting career which has spanned over four decades, but in her Open Heart fragrance collection,” Carmen Bauza, HSN’s chief merchandising officer, said in her canned statement.

“A long-time, avid gardener, the floral elements in her garden paired with her inspirational thoughts about love and relationships truly bring this fragrance to life.”

An Emmy and Golden Globe winner, Seymour is also an artist, painter, designer and writer, the author of more than a dozen books.

Seymour contributes to a variety of causes including Childhelp, The American Red Cross and City Heart and launched the Open Hearts Foundation in 2010. The foundation’s mission is to honor and reward those who give selflessly, in the face of adversity and open their hearts to others.