Posts Tagged ‘Lori Greiner’

‘Shark’ Mark Cuban Debuts On ShopHQ Tuesday Night

August 12, 2014

The new management at ShopHQ is finally making a dramatic programming move on the home shopping network: billionaire, TV personality and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will debut on the channel Tuesday night.

Cuban, of “Shark Tank” fame, will be on live at 8 p.m. hosting “Mark Cuban’s American Dream.” The two-hour premiere will feature on ShopHQ for an exciting two-hour premiere showcasing nine entrepreneurs and items produced by companies in which Cuban has personally invested.

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During our career covering the cable TV industry, we once met and briefly interviewed Cuban at a conference for small cable operators out in the Midwest. He wore a tight T-shirt, boy did he wear it, which we guess you can get away with when you’re a billionaire CEO. He owns his own cable network, HDNet, as well.

Of course, we met him long before he became a household name through his appearances on the reality competition show “Shark Tank” on ABC. Maybe his chats with his fellow judge on that show, QVC Queen Lori Greiner, convinced him to try the home shopping route.

“Over the years I have invested in over 170 companies, all of which I wholeheartedly believe in,” Cuban, CEO of Mark Cuban Cos., said in a canned statement.

“Each of the entrepreneurs I am bringing with me to ShopHQ has an interesting and personal story to share about their company and products and the passion and extreme effort it takes to make their dreams come true. I’m excited for ShopHQ’s viewers to get an inside glimpse on what it really takes to capture the American Dream, and then to have the unique opportunity to support these entrepreneurs through their purchases.”

The products from nine Cuban-backed brands include: Writey Board, a product that turns any surface into a dry erase board; Breathometer, a portable device that transforms any smartphone into a breathalyzer; and Simple Sugars, handmade and all-natural skincare products safe for sensitive skin.

http://www.shophq.com/SearchM/Default.aspx?&prop=Mark%20Cuban%27s%20American%20Dream|4377&stop_mobi=yes&ecid=mktgposts-_-vanity-_-markcuban

“We are excited to give our ShopHQ audience a front row seat on the stories and innovative products produced by entrepreneurs hand selected and funded by Mark Cuban,” ShopHQ’s new CEO Mark Bozek said in his canned statement.

“Mr. Cuban’s charisma and passion for these products and their creators should make for an exciting blend of live entertainment and shopping accessible to ShopHQ’s viewers across our TV, online, mobile and social media platforms.”

Is Lori Greiner Really The Queen Of QVC?

March 17, 2014

Parade magazine Sunday did a cover story on the judges of “Shark Tank,” including Lori Greiner, QVC’s answer to HSN’s Huggable Hanger inventor Joy Mangano.

http://parade.condenast.com/269999/jasonlynch/swimming-with-sharks-the-stars-of-shark-tank-tell-all-about-the-hit-show-where-inventors-dreams-come-true/

The story has a bio of 44-year-old Greiner, who it says is “known as the queen of QVC.” Well, we never heard her called the queen of QVC, but whatever.

The bio says Greiner, whose hair gets blonder and extensions longer every time we see her, “turned one idea — a plastic jewelry organizer for earrings — into a multibillion-dollar brand, creating over 400 products,” according to Parade.

Her most successful product is her “Scrub Daddy,” which we never heard of, that hit more than $15 million in sales in one year, Parade reported.

Greiner confesses that her biggest splurge is “jewelry and Cartier watches.”

Knicks Jill Martin Brings Closet Makeovers To QVC

April 11, 2013

Looks like QVC is bringing on yet another Joy Mangano-clone, albeit one that may attract a lot of male viewers.

The No. 1 home shopping network at 8 p.m. Friday debuts “Jill Martin’s Minute Closet Makeover.”

Martin is another talent we’d never heard of, so we did a bit of research and found out she’s a broadcaster for the New York Knicks. Since we’d rather be flogged than watch a sporting event, it makes sense that she’s a stranger to us.

Jill Martin

Jill Martin

Martin is also an Emmy Award-winning TV personality and a New York Times best-selling author.

http://jillmartin.com/

QVC.com informed us that Martin is a fashion authority and lifestyle expert. We do know that she’s hawking flocked hangers, i.e. knockoffs of the Huggable Hangers that made a name for Mangano, HSN’s invention queen. QVC also has invention guru Lori Greiner on its roster.

Here’s the dish on Martin:

Create an organized, stylish closet in a snap with TMP, The Martin Project, by Jill Martin during Jill Martin’s Minute Closet Makeover on QVC … Martin has combined her impressive style expertise with her deep understanding of how real women need simple and easy solutions to stay organized, and now she comes to QVC to help you perform a Minute Closet Makeover.

Creating a more organized wardrobe for your clothes, jewelry and accessories, this collection of stylish organizational items, created especially for QVC, features a variety of versatile products with a fashionable edge to help you get control of your closet. Keep your life clutter free and feel good about how organized your life is with designs from The Martin Project during Jill Martin’s Minute Closet Makeover on QVC.

Joy Mangano Wanna-Be Lori Greiner Talks About ‘Shark Tank’

October 20, 2012

Last week we caught QVC invention guru Lori Greiner on “Shark Tank” for the first time over at our mom’s house, and we were rather shocked at what a hard-ass she is on the show.

Surrounded by testosterone-laden business men, Greiner had dropped the sweetpea persona she has on QVC. Her hair was harshly slicked back and was giving the boys, including Mark Cuban, as good as they were giving.

We once met Cuban when we were covering the cable industry, and he looked hot in a tight T-shirt and jeans. That was years ago, and we will never forgot it. He was very nice to us, but on “Shark Tank” he was very dismissive of Greiner and her interest in supporting a father and son trying to get traction for a vitamin supplement that you spray into your mouth.

Then lo and behold, The New York Times did a Q-and-A with Greiner about her stint on “Shark Tank.” The headline was “The Queen of QVC Talks About The Risks of Dealing with Sharks.” Note to The Times: No one calls Greiner the Queen of QVC.

http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/12/the-queen-of-qvc-talks-about-the-risks-of-dealing-with-sharks/

As any home shopping aficionado knows, Greiner is QVC’s counterpart to HSN’s Joy Mangano. Both are female inventors, but quite frankly, we don’t think Greiner will ever outdo Mangano’s Huggable Hangers.

In the interview, Greiner claimed that her Reader Rest, a magnetic glasses holder, has been the most successful product in “Shark Tank’s” history. It has sold 3 million units.

Nothing particularly illuminating in the story otherwise.

QVC Hottie Rick Domeier Tells Us About Life Makeovers In His New Book, ‘Do I Get A Do Over?’

December 9, 2010

QVC’s resident heart throb, Rick Domeier, has a book coming out in January. Jeez, this guy gets a publisher, and this poor Homeshoppingista doesn’t have one? But actually, it’s not much of a surprise.

Months ago when Domeier mentioned on-air that he was going to the Book Expo with an idea, we e-mailed him and asked what he was up to and to keep us apprised if he got anywhere. We believe he said that he would. Screwed again!

We were on Facebook Wednesday night, contentedly eating our hot and sour soup, when we saw that Domeier had posted — for his 1,000-plus friends — that his book was coming out. It’s called “Can I Get A Do Over?: Unforgettable Stories of Second Chances and Life Makeovers,” with Domeier borrowing that phrase from his son.

The Homeshoppingista, and all your hundreds of Friends, thank you for the “exclusive” tip, Rick.

Here’s what the butterscotch beauty posted:

This just in! OK, here’s the scoop. Some months ago, I came up with an idea for a Book. Yep, a BOOK… Real stories of Real people, told first person, who have ‘reinvented their lives’. My sons inspired the title. Took the proposal to BEA (Book Expo America) in big ol’ New York city. The Craziest thing happened: It Sold! With a forward by Joan Rivers, quotes from Suze Orman and friends, and stories galore…l

The book, which launches nationally Jan. 3 in outlets such as Barnes and Noble, Borders and Amazon.com, already has a page on Facebook, with a video of Domeier flogging his tome.

Here is the description offered:

In Can I Get A Do Over?: Unforgettable Stories of Second Chances and Life Makeovers (HCI Books, $14.95, January 3, 2011), multichannel retail giant QVC’s senior host Rick Domeier and inspirational author Max Davis take an up-close look at the amazing

So Domeier is a “senior” host, heh? We never heard that phrase before.

In the video, he says, “This book is bursting with positive energy.”

It appears that Domeier put the stories of several familiar QVC vendors, such as Lori Greiner and Jeanne Bice, in his book.

Domeier’s Facebook Friends were panting about his new book.

And his fellow hosts came through for him, with Lisa Robertson and Dan Wheeler posting complimentary comments On the “Do Overs” page.

From Robertson:

“In the fifteen years that I have known Rick, he never gives up, he always finds a way. I don’t know if he was born with it or learned it from necessity, but his book is a living example of what you can do with a ‘do over.’”
—Lisa Roberston, television personality and host of PM Style

No mention of QVC.

And from Dan Wheeler:

“We learned the ‘do over’ at recess but never in the classroom. This book offers ‘real life’ lessons on one of the most important subjects for successful living in the 21st century.”
—Dan Wheeler, television personality and author of Best Seat in the House

No mention of QVC.

One person asked Domeier if QVC will be selling his book. No answer on that yet.

InStyle Spotlight’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Host Cat Deeley’s QVC Bracelet: We Can’t Find The Line

May 1, 2010

Two QVC items made the cut and are featured in the May issue of InStyle magazine, which has Scarlett Johansson on the cover.

First, “So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley is shown wearing a Cat Deeley Vintage for QVC bracelet. We didn’t even know she had a QVC line. In fact, we didn’t even know who she is, since we don’t watch “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Maybe the line hasn’t launched yet, because we couldn’t find it on QVC’s website.

Then in a story on how to organize your fridge, Lori Greiner’s Fresh Life containers are featured.

QVC PR Department Lands Two Puff Pieces On Vendors In Philly Inquirer

April 4, 2010

Looks like QVC has a special “in” at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Within the span of a few days, the paper has done two features — or what in the newsroom are usually called “puff pieces,” or worse — on two QVC vendors.

Sunday there’s a lengthy story on QVC’s Topsy Turvy tomato planters and their “folksy inventor,” Bill Felknor.

It’s just like it sounds, folks. The hanging tomatoes grow from the bottom of planters that have soil in them, and you water them from the top.

But this Friday, The Inquirer did a feature on QVC’s resident inventor, Lori Greiner.

The Inquirer says that Felknor’s upside-down tomatoes are top sellers, and the story has a news hook.

Four new Topsy Turvy planters are coming out this year, “including ones for strawberries and hot peppers. Later this year comes a Topsy ‘patio terrace,’ comprising six plastic plant-platforms on a stand,” The Inquirer said, proud of its scoop.

“Where will it end?” the once-venerable paper then asks.

When indeed.

One thing is clear: Someone in the QVC PR department woke up.

QVC Inventor-In-Residence Lori Greiner Gets Profiled By The Philadelphia Inquirer

April 3, 2010

QVC vendor Lori Greiner, who has 99 patents, was profiled by The Philadelphia Inquirer Friday.

Greiner, who comes up with inventions like purse organizers and antitarnish jewely cabinets, has taken in $350 million in sales with her brand, For Your Ease Only. She’s been in business for 13 years, and she has been on QVC for 10 years.

So far, Greiner has created 250 products.

The story isn’t really that revealing, but it does say that her top seller in West Chester, Pa., is one if her antitarnish jewelry cabinets, with 300,000 gone so far.