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Someone Tell Interim Evine Live CEO It Already Is The Watch Network

February 14, 2016

Following the ouster of Mark Bozek, Evine Live’s interim CEO gave the Minneapolis Star Tribune an interview last week where he said he will be reviewing the home shopping network’s product mix.

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But we were a little puzzled by the comments made by Bob Rosenblatt, the HSN alum who now at the helm as CEO of the No. 3 home shopping network. He also holds the title of chairman.

Rosenblatt, part of a dissident group that included Bozek and defeated prior management, said,. “We’re going to be reviewing very carefully the merchandising mix on air. That doesn’t mean I’m planning on going back to us being a jewelry and watch network.”

What the heck? Has he been watching the network recently? It should be called the Evicta Network.

Rosenblatt lives in New York and Florida. We guess he doesn’t like the weather in Minnesota, but he doesn’t sound very committed to Evine Live so far if he hasn’t relocated there already.

He’ll be commuting to Minneapolis, he told the Star Tribune.

In the interview, Rosenblatt credited Bozek with diversifying Evine Live’s product lineup but added but that some of the newer categories, like clothing, weren’t profitable enough.

And in an ominous message to Evine Live’s vendors, Rosenblatt said that arrangements with them will continue as long as they make money for both sides.

We wonder who doesn’t fit in that particular category.

Destiny’s Child Michelle Williams Returns To Evine Live

February 10, 2016

On the heels of a huge management shakeup at Evine Live, the home shopping network still managed to put out a press release about the return of former Destiny’s Child Michelle Williams and her home collection.

“Believe by Michelle Williams,” a Grammy-winning recording artist and songwriter, will be on Thursday and Friday.

Williams previewed her home collection last September.

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One of the few Evine Live execs left after the abrupt departure of CEO Mark Bozek and his lieutenant Russell Nuce, Chief Merchandising Officer Penny Burnett, was quoted in the press release.

“We’re thrilled to have Michelle return to our studios to debut her full collection,” Burnett said. “Michelle is a natural on camera. Her passion for design is immediately felt by viewers, who quickly connect with her product and its story. We’re looking forward to having Michelle back on-air to showcase her brand and help celebrate our Company’s first anniversary as Evine Live.”

As for WIlliams herself, she said, “This collection has been months in the making and I can’t wait to finally unveil it on Evine Live. During the September preview, viewers got a taste for the collection. In just a few days, they’ll discover everything that ‘Believe by Michelle Williams’ has to offer.”

Inspired by her grandmother and mother — who crafted items for their family, and her world travels as an actress and musician — “Believe by Michelle Williams” reflects Williams’ “style and passion for design,” according to the press release.

This week, products will include textiles such as floral-printed comforters, quilted coverlets, duvet sets and fashion-forward sheet designs.

Following the February premiere, Williams will continue to expand her collection with a new assortment in March.

Evine Live Celebrates First Anniversary

February 5, 2016

Evine Live will celebrate ithe first anniversary of its new moniker and branding over Valentine’s Day weekend. We’re surprised there is any kind of hooting and hollering going on, since the company’s stock was trading at about $1, last time we looked.

Yet in a press release on Thursday, Evine Live crowed about its accomplishments and also unveiled a list of new vendors and brands that it will launch this spring.

We’ve already written about some of these, but they are: V by Vanessa Williams Fashions; Believe at Home by Michelle Williams; Lisa Vanderpump Home; Betsy Johnson fashion jewelry: Forever Moissanite jewelry; Charms & Chains jewelry; Cailyn Beauty; Active Argan Breakthrough Beauty; Gravity Defyer Footwear; Pietro NYC Handbags; Phoenix Fashion Week; and Musse & Cloud Footwear.

“Our first year as Evine Live has been a transformative one,” CEO Mark Bozek said.

“A year ago we began debuting many new and exciting brands such as Beekman 1802, Consult Beaute, Paula Deen, Todd English, Nancy O’Dell and Nicole Curtis Home, among others, as part of our strategy of diversifying our product mix. We expect these brands as well as the new brands we will premiere this Spring will allow us to continue to effectively execute this strategy.”

The “1st Birthday Bash” kicks off Feb. 11.

During the birthday event, the “Believe at Home by Michelle Williams” collection will officially debut alongside Beekman 1802, Indigo Thread Co., Paula Deen Kitchen, 100% PURE Cosmetics and Todd English.

Guess who else will be part of the festivities? Invicta watches!

What would Evine Live be without Invicta watches? A lot of dead air time.

But viewers will also have a chance to win one of three shopping sprees during a birthday sweepstakes.

And the list of returning vendors includes Nancy O’Dell Fashions, Fair Child by Karen Fairchild Fashions, Nicole Curtis Home, Andrew Zimmern: World’s Best Meats, Consult Beaute with Dr. Terry & Heather Dubrow, 100% PURE Cosmetics, OptiLife Nutrition by Dr. Joe, BoKu Superfoods and Sword & Plough.

Evine Live’s Third-Quarter Sales Up 3 Percent, To $162.3 Million

November 25, 2015

Evive Live’s net sales were up 3 percent, to $162.3 million, a 3 percent increase in the third quarter versus last year, the home shopping network reported Tuesday.

That compared to QVC’s 4 percent revenue increase, to $1.4 billion, and HSN’s net sales rising 2 percent, to $590.6 million.

But it wasn’t a good quarter for the No. 3 home shopping network. Evine Live saw a $5.2 million net loss in the quarter, which sent its shares into a sell-off. The company also said that it had launched a spin-off channel, Evine Live Too, that offers a three-hour-delayed feed of its core network.

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Evine Live’s online net sales as a percentage of total net sales increased 250 basis points to 46 percent.

Mobile remains the fastest-growing platform with net sales of $31.2 million, a 34 percent increase year-over-year.

The active customer count during the quarter increased 3 percent year-over-year, while reactivated customer count increased 4 percent.

Average purchase frequency increased to 4.1 units per customer, a 4 percent increase, while adjusted EBITDA was $200,000.

“We are pleased with our third-quarter results as the sales trends we experienced last quarter have continued,” Evine Live CEO Mark Bozek said in a canned statement. “We enter the holiday season with optimism in our merchandise assortment and growth strategies.”

Never one for brevity, here’s the rest of what Bozek had to say.

“Through a deliberate merchandising strategy launched just over a year ago, we’ve developed a more diversified product assortment of proprietary offerings with margins that are more in line with industry averages.”

“We believe improvements in our customer counts and average-purchase frequency are proof that our customers are responding positively to ‘more in our store.’ In addition, we believe our efforts to increase brand awareness and broaden our distribution footprint are important to driving incremental business in the fourth quarter and beyond.”

“With the changes we initiated a year ago to position the company for sustainable growth, we are seeing real continued momentum and, despite operating in a highly competitive retail environment, we remain confident that we’ve laid a solid foundation for top line growth and profitability in the fourth quarter.”

Home and consumer electronics was the fastest-growing category at 18 percent while all other categories, with the exception of jewelry, delivered growth of 3 percent to four percent.

The return rate  for the quarter was 18.9 percent, down 230 basis points year-over-year, a five-year low.

Gross profit decreased 5.3 percent to 5.3 percent to $55.9 million. gross profit as a percentage of sales decreased 310 basis points to 34.5 percent, due in part to reduced margins in jewelry and margins.

 

 

Evine Live To Post Third-Quarter Results Nov. 24

November 10, 2015

Wow, here’s a lid-lifter for you.

Evine Live will release its fiscal 2015 third-quarter results Nov. 24 before the market opens at 6 a.m. Must be some early birds at the home shopping network.

CEO Mark Bozek and Chief Financial Officer Tim Peterman will hold a conference call at 8:30 a.m. to review these results.

Those interested in participating in the conference call should dial 1-866-857-4886 at least five minutes prior to the call. The passcode is: 70557209.

There will be a simultaneous audio webcast available at the following link: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/dehyedwf. A replay of the conference call will also be hosted on the company’s website for a limited time.

Lisa Vanderpump To Party With ‘Women Of Evine Live” In Beverly Hills

October 4, 2015

To celebrate “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast member Lisa Vanderpump’s new home collection on Evine Live, the network will be hosting a “Women of Evine Live” reception at Lisa’s restaurant

The shindig will take place Sept. 29 at Vanderpump’s Beverly Hills restaurant Villa Blanca.

“Celebrating the impact and contributions that Evine Live’s many female entrepreneurs have made, the event will also serve as an opportunity for guests to get a sneak peek at Lisa Vanderpump’s home collection, launching exclusively on Evine Live Oct. 24 and 25,” the press release said.

We guess this will give Evine Live CEO Mark Bozek an excuse to visit the Left Coast.

“I’m thrilled to celebrate the women of Evine Live,” Bozek said in a canned statement. “We are fortunate to have a diverse group of women behind some of our most successful brands at Evine Live. Not only do we have women-backed brands that have been with us for many years, but also an exciting group who have joined the Evine Live family this past year as part of our expansion of proprietary brands.”

In addition to Vanderpump, Evine Live vendors Paula Deen, Heather Dubrow, Nancy O’ Dell, Michelle Williams and Nancy Davis will be in the house.

Vanderpump was one of the first jewelry collections to launch on EVINE Live during the net’s Valentine’s weekend event earlier this year.

Building on her estate fashion jewelry collection, the Pump will debut a new home line in late October. The collection features a number of items that “embody Lisa’s signature sense of style, including a luxurious faux fur throw,” according to Evine Live.

Another faux throw! Yikes, someone tell Dennis Basso.

Evine Live Gets Monday Night Plugs On ‘Dancing,’ ‘Housewives of Orange County’

September 29, 2015

Evine Live got some plugs Monday night on primetime network shows that feature two of their vendors — Paula Deen and Heather Dubrow.

We’re talking about ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” which featured scenes from Deen’s kitchen shows this past weekend on the home shopping network, while Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County” showed a peek at Dubrow and her doctor-husband Terry’s launch of their skincare line Consult Beaute in April.

“Tonight continues Evine Live’s transformation with our multi-platform ‘Brands with Fans’ strategy,” Evine Live CEO Mark Bozek said in a canned statement.

“Viewers of both ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and ‘The Real Housewives of Orange County’ will get a behind-the-scenes look at Evine Live,” he said.

“Paula Deen and Heather and Terry Dubrow have been great partners and are wildly popular with our customers. I can’t wait to tune in to tonight’s episodes to see how ‘Team Buttercup’ tears up the dance floor on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and the Dubrows maneuver through the landmines of launching a skincare line.”

Deen is competing vying for the Mirrorball Trophy on Season 21 of “Dancing with the Stars.” And her partner, Louis van Amstel, joined her on Evine Live this past Saturday. We are told that they “twirled their way around Evine Live’s studios.”

Monday’s ‘Dancing’ episode featured footage of Paula’s Evine Live food show, “Paula Deen’s Kitchen,” as well as her and Louie’s dance rehearsals at the retailer’s studio.

Throughout season 10 of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” the Dubrows have adventure launching their skincare line, which has taken more than 15 years to develop.

Monday’s episode of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” showed viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the live launch of Consult Beaute on Evine Live on April 18.

Destiny’s Child Michelle Williams Is Destined For Evine Live

September 18, 2015

Dang, we can’t keep up with all this home shopping news!

Evine Live just announced that Michelle Williams, formerly of Destiny’s Child, will preview her “Believe at Home” line on the network on Sept. 23.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Williams — a Grammy winner, singer, songwriter and actress — will give fans a sneak peek at her collection of home products, with the full line debuting this spring.

Evine Live went with the hype, calling Destiny’s Child “the biggest pop group of all time.” We don’t know about that.

“Michelle’s broad reach in the Pop, Gospel and R&B worlds coupled with her approachability and sophisticated sense of style make her a perfect addition to the Evine Live family and further expands our assortment of ‘brand with fans,'” Russell Nuce, the network’s chief strategy officer, said in a canned statement.

“Michelle’s new collection not only offers our customers incredible value and quality, but also helps us expand our home assortment and fill a missing niche in the category.”

“I’m so excited to come to Evine Live and share my passion for design with viewers,” Williams said in her canned statement.

“Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been intrigued by home décor. I remember watching my mother and grandmother hand-stitch quilts and sew their own curtains and bedding. That’s really where the inspiration for this collection began.”

Here’s the boilerplate from the press release:

Inspired by her grandmother and mother who made beautiful hand-made items for their family, and her world travels as an actress and musician, the line is a timeless and unique collection of home products that embody Michelle’s style and passion for design. During the September 23 preview, Michelle will feature several items, including a duvet set and embroidered sheet set. The full collection will be revealed during the official premiere, planned for Spring 2016.

Michelle first rose to fame as a member of the internationally acclaimed female pop group Destiny’s Child. She has sold 150 million records and received more than 150 awards, including three Grammy awards, Billboard Music Awards, MOJO and many other accolades. In addition, Michelle is also an accomplished solo music artist, topping the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart and Billboard Hot Dance chart.

She released her first album in over five years, Journey to Freedom, which showcased the singer’s natural talent and versatility. She has also captivated audiences on theatrical stages and in television, appearing in the hit Broadway musicals “Aida,” “The Color Purple” and “Chicago.” Michelle is represented by Holly Carter, President of Relevé Entertainment.

Evine Live, Skittles And Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch?

September 2, 2015

What the heck is Evine Live up to?

The home shopping network featured the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Champion All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch in an exclusive appearance, “where he shared his favorite candy, Skittles, and helped football fans gear up for the start of the 2015 NFL season,” according to a press release from the network.

“Marshawn Lynch selling Skittles on EVINE Live was meant to be a fun way to deliver on the ‘Smile’ in our Shop.Share.Smile. promise to our customers,” Evine Live CEO Mark Bozek said.

“Providing our viewers with the unexpected entertainment that someone like Marshawn brings plus introducing 25 million Skittles and Marshawn Lynch fans to EVINE Live was a no brainer for us. We had a blast with Marshawn and I’m sure our customers enjoyed being a part of it too.”

Evine Live was selling a package of 36 packs of Skittles for about $15.

We have to admit it: We loves us some Skittles.

Evine Live’s Samuel Benham Likes His Tequila

August 28, 2015

Evine Live jewelry vendor Samuel Benham, fellow tequila lover, you’re a man after our heart.

Last night on the home shopping network host Heather Hall was talking about Benham, a courtly man who designs lovely artisan-crafted jewelry. Heather Hall mentioned to turquoise king Paul Deasy that she had gone out to dinner with Benham at the Vegas jewelry show, and he ordered a bottle of expensive tequila. And he apparently enjoyed it.

We wouldn’t have guessed that Benham liked snaffing down pricey tequila, so he rose a notch in our eyes. It’s our liquor of choice.

And speaking of Evine Live, on the network’s second-quarter call yesterday with analysts CEO Mark Bozek said that the new cookware lines by Paula Deen and chef Todd English are selling extremely well.

As you might remember, Deen and English are cast-offs from other home shopping networks. QVC dropped Deen like a hot potato during the controversy over racist remarks she made years ago. And HSN and English parted ways after he showed up in the tabloids inebriated and pawing willing women in public places.

Deen, by the way, is rumored to be one of the contestants on the new season of “Dancing With The Stars.”