Posts Tagged ‘NBC’

QVC, ‘Today Show’ Go For Third Year Of ‘Big Thing’

April 17, 2017

For the third consecutive year, QVC is teaming up with NBC’s “Today Show” for Today’s Next Big Thing, a national competition “to honor the spirit of innovation and invention and discover one entrepreneur whose product has what it takes to be presented on QVC’s highly engaging multiplatform shopping experience,” according to a press release last week.

Via the competition, next Saturday an aspiring entrepreneur will be given their big break: a chance to sell an invention in front of more than 100 million households.

In January inventors across America were invited to submit their products for consideration. Starting this week nine finalists — with inventions spanning beauty, fashion, home, and cooking and dining —  will appear live on “Today” to pitch their products to a panel of judges.

The panel includes Anna Baker, QVC’s director of global merchandising; Jill Martin, “Today” contributor and creative director of G.I.L.I. got it love it , QVC’s contemporary fashion and accessories line).

Starting Tuesday viewers will vote for their favorites on

And on Friday the three inventors with the most votes will have one last chance to convince the judges that they have what it takes to be on QVC. The judges will declare the winner, and the winner will sell his or her product live on QVC the next day, Saturday, April 22, at 10 a.m.

“Each time we have teamed up with NBC on Today’s Next Big Thing, the response from our customers to the winning entrepreneur has been tremendous,” Baker said in a canned statement.

“We’re always looking for promising entrepreneurs with exciting new products that will surprise and delight our customers. QVC offers a powerful multiplatform network experience for entrepreneurs, where they can share the unique stories and inspirations behind their inventions directly with customers and distribute their products on a national scale.”

Prior winners of Today’s Next Big Thing quickly sold out during their first QVC appearances.

In 2015 Leslie Pierson won with GoodHangups, a reusable magnetic display systems for posters, art, photographs and more.

In 2016, Krista Woods won with Glovestix, a portable odor-management solution for athletic gloves, shoes, cleats and more that sold out in just eight minutes.

“Winning Today’s Next Big Thing and appearing on QVC has been an absolute surreal experience,” Woods said.

“Since my QVC debut, my sales have quadrupled and the platform has afforded me so many incredible opportunities to inspire other entrepreneurs. I have always valued QVC for the quality of its products and the strength of its relationship with customers, and I am honored to now be a part of the QVC family.”

Kathie Lee And Hoda Wax On About QVC, HSN

November 1, 2013

NBC’s chatty “Today” stars Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb are now doing a gossip column for the New York Daily News, and they had a home shopping reference yesterday.

They were discussing the latest idiot celebrity to have her sex tape made public.

And here is what “Kathie Lee & Hoda In The Green Room” had to say.

“By the way, don’t hold your breath waiting for a Kathie Lee sex tape,” Gifford wrote. “You have to be having sex to get a sex tape. The chances are better for Hoda! If there’s a Hoda Woman sex tape, I’ll be the first to go out and sell it. I’ll be on QVC with Hoda’s sex tape.”

“Stop it,” Kotb said.

“All right,” Gifford said. “The Home Shopping Network, they like celebrity stuff more.”

It’s HSN, not Home Shopping Network, Kathie Lee. Just sayin’.

The Homeshoppingista Crows About Beating ‘The Bible Of the Cable Industry,’ Her Ex-Employer, And That Other Home Shopping Blog

May 20, 2010

Mother, mother pin a rose on me. That’s what our childhood friend Diane’s mother would say if any of us kids bragged. Well, we’re bragging.

We beat our old employer, the guys that laid us off a year ago, and we beat the other home shopping blog with our blog Wednesday about NBC selling its stake in ShopNBC and the home shopping channel planning to get a new name and rebrand. We took the time to listen to ShopNBC’s first-quarter earnings, while others who claim to cover cable and home shopping, namely Multichannel News and Home Shopping Queen, apparently failed to bother to do.

We had an hour before we put on our makeup, fixed our hair and finished packing Wednesday before our cab picked us up. We were on are way to LaGuardia and Chicago.

But we still took the time to hear the call and frantically write the story, because it’s a pretty big one for the home shopping industry.

Multichannel News, the bible of the cable industry and our home for 16 years, thought the story was pretty big, too. They gave it pretty big play on their website about 24 hours after we wrote it.

Better late than never, guys. No credit to The Homeshoppingista, of course.

Home Shopping Queen wrote it up, we’re pretty sure after us, but she buried the freaking lead when she did. That’s what writers do when they get beat on a big story — they pretend it was not really so big.

But then, Home Shopping Queen says, “I don’t enjoy muddling through dense text filled with financial numbers.”

Well, The Homeshoppingista sure does. That’s where the best stories are. That’s where the real scoop and real news is. But then, our background is journalism.

We also gave our story to our friend Harry Jessell, who published it on TVNewscheck, with competes with B&C magazine, the sister pub to Multichannel News. How sweet it is.

We had to celebrate this little victory, so much so that we are writing this in the lobby of the Hotel Allegro in Chicago, paying $5.95 every 15 minutes on here. But we couldn’t wait until we got back to Jersey late Friday to write this.

At 8 p.m., we’ll be heading out to a fancy restaurant for dinner with our crew here. And we’ll be drinking a Bombay Sapphire martini, with olives, the celebrate Wednesday’s events.

There is a God.

Our next celebration will be when certain people get shit-canned from Multi, like we were. When that happens, we plan to walk to our favorite local watering hole, buy the bar drinks, and get “half a bag on,” as our dad would put it. Karma, we know you will kick in eventually.

NBC To Sell Stake In ShopNBC, Which Plans To Change Its Name And Rebrand

May 19, 2010

NBC plans to sell its nearly 20 percent stake in ShopNBC, which will change its name and rebrand by next February, officials from the home shopping network said Wednesday.

During a first-quarter earnings call, ShopNBC CEO Keith Stewart said that NBC, which is being acquired by Comcast, no longer sees TV retailing as a strategic fit. Therefore, NBC plans to sell its 6.5 million shares, a 19.8 percent stake, in the home shopping network. NBC filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission last Friday to sell its shares.

ShopNBC has a 10-year licensing agreement with NBC that expires next May, and the home shopping network for the past eight months has “very methodically” been working with a consultant to develop a new brand name, according to Stewart.

“We have a short list of names,” he said.

The home shopping channel had been called ValueVision, and the company’s corporate name remains ValueVision Media, until NBC acquired a stake in it nearly a dozen years ago. With NBC in as an investor-partner, ValueVision changed its network’s name to ShopNBC.

ShopNBC will roll out that new name gradually this summer, starting out on the Web, and will listen to customer feedback and suggestions, he added.

“We will respond to customers,” Stewart said.

The final evolution will be using the new name for the TV network, with that transition to be completed by next February, before the licensing deal with NBC expires, according to Stewart.

“It’s important that we own the brand,” Stewart said.

For example, having control of the network’s name would permit ShopNBC to expand internationally, according to Stewart.

GE Capital still owns 6 million shares of ShopNBC, which is a 15.5 percent stake.

NBC Universal Chief Jeff Zucker, His PR Folks And His Talent Host Holiday Party For Media At 30 Rock

December 9, 2009

We just got back to Jersey after attending NBC Universal’s party for the press. The soiree Tuesday night, held on the 52nd floor of 30 Rock in Manhattan, was officially off-the-record. But we can certainly tell you who we saw there.

As we were checking our coat, Kathie Lee Gifford was putting on her’s and leaving. Her NBC morning-TV partner, Hoda Kotb, was still inside at the shindig.

The event, sponsored by NBCU chief Jeff Zucker and his communications team, came on the heels of news that the nation’s largest cable operator, Comcast, was buying the home of the Peacock Network along with its stable of cable channels, which includes USA Network, SyFy, Bravo, Oxygen, CNBC and MSNBC. The seller is General Electric.

A shirt-sleeved Zucker briefly addressed the gathered media, and made some funny jokes about the coming merger (we can’t say what, it was off the record, remember?)

There were both NBCU talent and suits at the holiday party. NBC News anchor Brian Williams, a Jersey guy, stopped by, as did Lester Holt, Ann Curry and Amy Robach from “The Today Show.” Jimmy Fallon popped by when the party was ending.

As for execs, in addition to Zucker there was NBC Cable Entertainment chief Bonnie Hammer, Bravo honcho Frances Berwick, NBCU’s women’s and lifestyle chieftain Lauren Zalaznick, CNBC president Mark Hoffman and “Saturday Night Live” creator and producer Lorne Michaels.

We have written about Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” for, and NBC has big home shopping connections and affiliations.

First of all, GE/NBC currently owns about 32.5 percent of ShopNBC on a fully diluted basis of 37.6 million shares. NBC’s 6.4 million shares represent 16.8 percent ownership and GE’s 6 million common stock purchase warrants represent 15.7 percent.

Secondly, the stars of several of NBCU’s cable show have home shopping lines, including: Tori Spelling, who is in Oxygen’s “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood,” on HSN; Rachel Zoe, from Bravo’s “The Rachel Zoe Report,” on QVC; Isaac Mizrahi, who hosts Bravo’s “The Fashion Show,” on QVC; Padma Lakshmi, from Bravo’s “Top Chef,” on HSN; and Ramona Singer from Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New York City." on HSN.

The party gift was a DVD of the third season of NBC’s “30 Rock,” appropriately.

ShopNBC’s Suzanne Somers Kicks Off Cancer Book Launch With ‘Larry King,’ ‘Today Show’ Appearances Today

October 19, 2009

Reminder: Suzanne Somers is scheduled to appear on CNN’s “Larry King Live” tonight, just a day before release of her latest book“Knockout: Interviews With Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer, And How To Prevent Getting It In The First Place.”

Somers, who this weekend was selling her book on ShopNBC, also has appearances set for both this morning and Tuesday on NBC’s “The Today Show,” according to her Web site.

The blonde singer-actress takes a holistic approach to health and medicine, which has put her at odds with the traditional medical community. She stirs controversy for her views.