Posts Tagged ‘HSN’

Chef Wolfgang ‘F—k’ Lets Loose On HSN

February 14, 2017

Wolfgang Puck has had at least one temper tantrum on HSN that we blogged about. Now the celebrity chef used some really salty language on the home shopping network, according to TMZ.

We don’t know how they got the video, or who other than nuts like us were watching HSN late-night, but Puck used a naughty word starting with “F” that rhymes with his last name. He said it very nonchalantly, as if forgetting he was on-the-air live.

We thought there was a time-delay on home shopping channels to avoid just this kind of thing, but the censor did not catch the profanity.

Host Susan Runyan, ever the pro, just glossed over it and pretended like Wolgang hadn’t said anything out of the ordinary.

HSN Has A Beast Of A Promotion Brewing

February 9, 2017

HSN is doing yet another one of its partnerships with a movie studio for a film, this time for “Beauty and the Beast.”

We don’t know if these have been successes or not. We do know that some of the movies that HSN has tied product to have flopped.

Anyway, here’s Thursday’s press release.

HSN Ignites Designers’ Creativity With the Launch of Its Enchanting Disney “Beauty and the Beast” Collection

Ruthie Davis, Marla Wynne, Luke Henderson, Danielle Nicole, Heidi Daus and More Create an Inspired Collection, Spanning Across Home, Apparel and Accessories

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN is launching a marketing collaboration with Disney for the release of its all-new live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast, a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. Beginning at 11 p.m. on March 14th through midnight on March 15th, HSN is inviting customers to ‘Be HSN’s Guest’ as it launches its exclusive HSN collection via an interactive on-air shopping experience inspired by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is filled with incredible visual themes that inspired our designers to create collections that captured the rich colors and characters in the film,” said Bill Brand, President, HSN. “Beauty and the Beast marks our seventh movie collaboration with Disney, and we are thrilled to excite our customers through this engaging entertainment event across our TV, digital and mobile platforms.”

From the white icy forest to the warm rose motifs, each curated capsule collection captures visual themes from the new Beauty and the Beast, creating a dynamic collection across home, fashion, accessories, garden and beauty. Shoppers will be able to access new designer collections, including:

Intricate, novelty shoes by renowned shoe designer, Ruthie Davis;
Sophisticated apparel pieces by Marla Wynn;
Cosmetic accessory collection by Bravo’s Ladies of London Stylist, Luke Henderson;
Detailed, character-inspired hand bags by accessories designer, Danielle Nicole;
Fantastical statement jewelry by Heidi Daus;
Delicate glass rose by Waterford;
Belle-inspired sandals and footwear by celebrated footwear designer, Vince Camuto;
Hand-carved jewelry pieces by Amedeo;
Table top glassware by Patina Vie;
Home pieces featuring the rose motif by Clever Carriage;
Bone china tea sets and accessories by Royal Albert;
Live roses in yellow, red and a special red-yellow combination by Meadow Valley.

“Building on the success of our previous collaborations, HSN is developing an absolutely stunning themed collection that celebrates the artistry and enchantment of Beauty and the Beast,” said Don Gross, Vice President, Global Marketing Partnership & Promotions. “It’s sure to charm fans and we’re excited to share it with fans very soon.”

Here is the boilerplate on the flick:

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told.

“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within.

The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

HSN Drops Trump Merchandise

February 8, 2017

First, HSN pulled Bajalia jewelry off the air and its website. Now, it has joined a number of businesses, such as Nordstrom, that are dropping Trump-related merchandise.

There were numerous media reports, a bit muddled, on Tuesday that said HSN had stopped offer Ivanka Trump items. We never remember the network selling them.

Other accounts claimed that it was Trump Home products, some lamps, that were dropped by HSN.

The network copped to dropping something.

“At HSN we are non-partisan and our product decisions are based solely on a continual evaluation related to our business,” HSN flak Jill Kermes told told BuzzFeed News.

“While we don’t take a political position at HSN, we recognize that our employees, our partners and our customers will have wide-ranging views on politics and public policy. That sometimes means people will have differences of opinion, but we welcome and encourage that diversity of thought.”

HSN Pulls Bajalia Line After ‘Cheating’ Claims

February 8, 2017

HSN has stopped selling jewelry from Bajalia International Group after allegations that the firm, which gives work to women in countries like India, has been stiffing them.

The home shopping network made the decision, and CEO Mindy Grossman explained it at length, after the Tampa Bay Times did a devastating story about Bajalia and its founder and owner, Debbie Farah. The investigative piece alleges that Farah owes jewelry craftswomen, her vendors and her employees’ money, and that she made a practice of not paying them.

The Times did a great job on the story. We suggest you read it.

Farah’s pitch for Bajalia was that she was giving jobs to women in developing nations, and that these workers were toiling in safe, non-exploitive environments. But the lengthy piece sniffed out a number of not-so-happy campers who are waiting to be paid by Farah, who lives in a five-bedroom home in Florida.

For example, the Times interviewed Jenny McGee, who runs a nonprofit, the Starfish Project, that finds jobs for victims of human trafficking in Asia. They are owed $20,000 from Farah, McGee alleges.

“Vendors say they have repeatedly sought payment from Farah, only to be ignored or berated by phone or email,” The Times wrote. “One vendor hired a collections agency, but others say they had to eat their losses because there’s little international vendors can do to force payment from an American company.”

Or how about the woman in Afghanistan who had 50 workers crafting necklaces and bracelets, a $70,000 order for Bajalia, in 2014. They are still waiting to get paid, according to the Times.

Perhaps Farah doesn’t have the money to pay her bills because she bought a Lexus SUV, was prancing around in designer clothes, and was attending society events in Orlando.

This woman who has won many awards, making Newsweek’s the “150 Women Who Shake the World” list, “has a troubled financial history that includes felony charges for writing worthless checks, a bankruptcy and at least two home foreclosures,” the Times reported.

Here is Bajalia’s business model, apparently. It pays women $8 to $20 to make necklaces and bracelets with gemstones such as lapis. Bajalia, in turn, hawks the pieces for $300 or more on HSN.

The network, which started selling the Bajalia line in 2011, has pulled the jewelry off its website. A few days after the Times story appeared, Grossman wrote a letter to the paper where she said HSN was dedicated “to ethical practices.”

“When we learned of these claims, we removed all Bajalia jewelry from our websites and programming and put a hold on all product sales,” she wrote.

“We also initiated an internal review. The issues raised in the recent Tampa Bay Times article will now be included in that review, and we have asked Bajalia to provide us a full accounting of all products sold on HSN and status of payment to those vendors. We will review this information to ensure that anyone who had done business with HSN was treated properly and take appropriate steps if they have not.”

Evine To Debut Weekly Beauty Program

February 7, 2017

Evine is ramping up its efforts to cash in on the very lucrative beauty biz on home shopping.

The No. 3 home shopping channel announced on Monday that it will be doing a weekly beauty program, which is is what HSN does on Thursday nights with its “Beauty Report” and QVC does on Friday nights. Evine’s effort will air on Wednesdays.

Here’s the press release:

Evine to Premiere “Evine Beauty Experience”

Debuting February 8, the weekly program will support the company’s fast-growing beauty business, which has seen significant growth over the past three years

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Evine Live Inc. (“Evine”) (NASDAQ:EVLV), a multiplatform video commerce company (, today announced that it will premiere “Evine Beauty Experience,” a new weekly program created to support Evine’s fast-growing beauty business, which has seen significant growth over the past three years. The show will debut Wednesday, February 8 and become a destination for Evine’s beauty community and a place for launching new products and technologies.

“‘Evine Beauty Experience’ is an opportunity for customers to be at the forefront of the beauty industry…to experience what industry-insiders get to experience every day: being the first to discover the ‘next big thing,’” said Teresa Harris, Vice President of Beauty at Evine. “It’s an amazing way to build a sense of community by engaging our customers with a blend of entertainment and education, along with an exciting lineup of trend-driven products and technologies. Not only does it fill a need of our viewers, but ‘Evine Beauty Experience’ will also serve as an important part of our growing beauty business by giving us an outlet to launch new products and build brands. I can’t wait for our customers to ‘experience’ the future of beauty.”

“Evine is quickly becoming a destination for beauty brands looking to reach a new audience and tell their brand story,” said Bob Rosenblatt, Chief Executive Officer at Evine. “Beyond just being a destination, we’ve earned a reputation as being a retailer that not only invests in building brands, but provides a video commerce platform to bring their story to life in a way that traditional retail can’t. As a result, we’ve experienced significant growth in our beauty category over the past few years. I’m immensely proud of our ability to bring to our customers some of the most innovative and exciting brands in the market – new products and technologies they can’t find anywhere else.”

Premiering Wednesday, February 8, “Evine Beauty Experience” will air every Wednesday at 8pm ET and Thursday at 11am ET and feature a variety of cutting-edge products from both well-known and smaller, independent brands. Setting itself apart from other beauty shows on Evine, “Evine Beauty Experience” will have the same hosts each week, something Harris says is key to building trust and rapport with customers.

“Heather Hall and Erin Newburg are more than just hosts…they’re on the front-lines with our buyers selecting the product we bring to Evine. When customers shop ‘Evine Beauty Experience,’ they’re not only getting access to the latest beauty trends, but they’re getting advice and information from a trusted authority and friend,” continued Harris.

Leveraging all of Evine’s video commerce platforms, the show will include social engagement elements to build community and allow customers the chance to ask questions directly to on-air talent. “Evine Beauty Experience” will also utilize Instagram Live to provide additional off-air content for fans, including live roundtable discussions with industry experts.

Lady Antebellum Brings Apparel To HSN

January 31, 2017

Another music artist is coming to the home shopping world: This time it is Hillary Scott of the group Lady Antebellum.

At least that’s what Women’s Wear Daily has reported.

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott Links With HSN for Fashion Collection

The line, called La Bellum, will debut on April as part of HSN’s Music City Nashville event, according to WWD.

“Scott’s 22-piece collection comprises fringed wraps, peasant tops, acid washed denim, studded moto jackets, faux suede vests, lace tops and accessories, including a belt and cross-body bag,” WWD reported. “The assortment retails from $49.90 for a hi-low knit tank with lace detail to $169.90 for a beaded canvas jacket.”

Scott is slated to be on HSN on April 20 and 21, and she will return in July with new items, WWD reported.

Handbag Designer Sharif Bids Farewell To HSN

January 30, 2017

Longtime HSN handbag vendor Sharif El Fouly is leaving the network, to the chagrin and anger of his fans.

He apparently announced the news on his last visit to the No. 2 home shopping channel, which was apparently his swan song. That was on Friday.

“We love you and we will miss you so much!” one woman posted on Facebook. “I bought your handbags before you came to HSN and love everyone of them! You are a very special man, dear friend. I’ve had tears and I don’t like to say good byes so I will say God Bless You and keep You and I will never forget your kindness. <3!"

Wrote another, "Gonna miss you on HSN wishing you all the best thank you for all the beautiful bags."

Yet anther said, "It was very sad to see him leave. He seemed nervous also; which was natural. I wonder why he is leaving — anybody have an ideas? At first I thought maybe going to another shopping channel. Whatever I know we all will miss him and his beautiful bags and accessories and wish him the very best. God bless."

And then there was, "Sending you love and peace. So sorry to see you leave! God bless you for your beautiful bags!!!!❤️🙏"

"Sorry to see you leave HSN," another person posted. "You are a handbag genius, true works of art. Please let us know of your future plans, even if you're moving to another shopping network. I will follow you anywhere.." Just don't retire. Love your handbags."

We never purchased any of his pretty leather purses, but he certainly had a following.

One person suggested that Sharif may be leaving to work on a restaurant he is opening in New York. That's news to us.

Here's what has to say about him:

It’s not the same old bag! Sharif designs are created with you in mind: the woman who likes to stand out in a crowd, appear just a tad unusual and surprise her friends with the unexpected.

Sharif considers his work little pieces of art, and that’s what you’ll feel like you’re wearing every time you adorn yourself in one of these unique handbags, accessories or fashion items.

Times on Marlo Thomas’s HSN Clothing Line

January 30, 2017

There was a profile of actress Marlo Thomas in The New York Times last week, with the news hook being her doing a clothing collection, “That Woman,” for HSN.

The article, “New Career In Fashion For ‘That Girl’: Marlo Thomas, Now 79, Is Offering Her First Clothing Line,” is a pretty interesting update on the life of the actress who played single career woman Ann Marie.

There were only a couple of tidbits about the HSN stuff. The story notes that the HSN collection has 15 pieces and a tote, and that during the interview Thomas was wearing clothes from her line.

Those included a “form-fitting” black sweater and black jersey pants, according to The Times. Thomas “her figure still girlish, made the outfit look wonderful,” The Times wrote.

The paper described HSN’s demo as a median age of 59,

One point we thought was interesting was that the clothes Thomas wore on “That Girl” represented “the uniform of the ’60s youthquake — graphic, eye-popping designs from Andre Courreges and Mary Quant — to be followed by the more bohemian accouterments of the early ’70s, like the styles of Halston, Giorgio di Sant’ Angelo and Yves St. Laurent<' The Timed wrote.

We always envied "Ann Marie" her prefectly straight hair, which reminded us of our friend Donna.

HSN To Post Fourth-Quarter Results Feb. 22

January 27, 2017

HSN will release its fourth quarter and 2016 earnings Feb. 22 at roughly 8 a.m., the home shopping network announced.

CEO Mindy Grossman, Chief Financial Officer Rod Little and Chief Operating Officer Judy Schmeling 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

A replay of the conference call can be accessed until March 8 by dialing 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406, plus the pass code 56861501 and will also be hosted on the company’s website for a limited time.

HSN To Sell Goods Placed In Lifetime Flick

January 19, 2017

Here’s a new one.

HSN and A+E Networks, parent of Lifetime, on Wednesday unveiled “a co-branded retail partnership” for the women’s channel’s upcoming original movie, “Beaches,” which debuts Jan. 21.

This brand integration will showcase the HSN home products in the film and “drive consumer engagement via a shoppable co-branded website (,” according to the press release.

“HSN and A+E Networks are at the forefront of this ‘See Now, Buy Now’ non-traditional revenue approach by allowing viewers to shop items from the ‘Beaches’ movie in real-time,” the release said.

“This partnership with HSN shows that brand integrations can live organically outside of the traditional product-placement model that we have all become familiar with,” Peter Olsen, executive vice president of ad sales at A+E Networks, said in a canned statement.

“By extending the collaboration outside of the film and allowing viewers to purchase the products they see in ‘Beaches,’ we are establishing a new relationship with our viewers that keeps the film’s content top of mind throughout the viewing experience and beyond.”

Our buddy, HSN President Bill Brand, also chimed in.

“HSN is thrilled to partner with A+E Networks’ Lifetime to integrate our product assortment into the ‘Beaches’ film and create an innovative approach to shopping,” Brand said.

“Extending the HSN experience to the Lifetime world is a key part of our distributed commerce strategy. These added access points allow customers to shop the collection as they watch the film, providing an unrivaled retail experience.”

During the “Beaches” premiere, viewers will be reminded to visit to shop looks from the film.

Then, beginning Jan. 23 during the on-demand viewing experience on the ‘Beaches’ S movie website ( users will be encouraged to click through and purchase the HSN home products featured in the beach house.

‘Beaches’ will take over HSN’s “At Home” show Jan. 20, as well.

Here’s the boilerplate on the movie:

Featuring Tony Award winner Idina Menzel (Frozen) and NAACP Image Award winner Nia Long (The Best Man Holiday) as lifelong best friends, ‘Beaches’ is a contemporary remake that follows the serendipitous meeting of two young girls who embark on an unexpected and lifelong friendship.