Posts Tagged ‘Mark Cuban’

ShopHQ Wins Kudos For ‘Pruning Executive Suite’

October 16, 2014

Mark Bozek and his new management team at Shop HQ got a congratulatory slap on the back from one of the No. 3 home shopping network’s shareholders.

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Mark Bozek

It came in a filing by Cannell Capital LLC with the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday.

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In a letter to Bozek, J. Carlo Cannell, Managing Member of Cannell Capital, said he wanted to deactivate its investment position from active to passive.

“CC (Cannell Capital) no longer seeks to affect positive change in the
control of ValueVision Media Inc.(the corporate name for ShopHQ),” Cannell wrote. “We are content and confident that you have this sacred duty in hand. His word.”

“Since arriving about four months ago you have pruned the executive suite, driving away those to whom the very notion of a five-day work was apparently abhorrent,” Cannell told Bozek.

We have a sneaking suspicion that Cannell is referring to Keith Stewart, who Bozek essentially replaced.

“You have let in air, light and a general feeling of relevance to
all employees,” the letter said. “You have given customers a taste of what should, and can, happen with the success of the Mark Cuban American Dream show (the debut of which set a ShopHQ viewership record). Perhaps most importantly, you have reactivated relationships with merchants.”

“Good start. Good luck. Godspeed,” the letter said in conclusion.

Mike Ditka’s Steakhouse Coming To ShopHQ

August 15, 2014

The new management at ShopHQ has another surprise up its sleeve, and it’s a big one: Mike Ditka.

The ex-NFL great will be coming to the home shopping network Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. with Mike Ditka’s Steakhouse.

Ditka has five restaurants, with three in the Chicago area, one in Arizona and one in Pittsburgh.

Earlier this week ShopHQ debuted a show with billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, one of the judges of ABC’s “Shark Tank.” That was a surprise that came out of nowhere.

We didn’t get a chance to see it.

‘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.

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“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.”

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.

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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.