Posts Tagged ‘QVC’

Frankie Avalon, Italian Food, Evine?

May 25, 2017

Singer Frankie Avalon, now there’s a blast from the past, is bringing a line of gourmet Italian food to Evine, premiering Sunday.

Apparently he was previously hawking his wares on QVC, which was news to us.

Frankie Avalon Foods will be part of Evine’s “Wonder.Full.Memorial Weekend” event, with Avalon appearing live to present a variety of gourmet foods, including appetizers, entrées and desserts.

“Throughout my career, I’ve spent a lot of time on the road,” Avalon said in a canned statement.

“Despite the excitement of show business, I always looked forward to returning to Philadelphia for one of my mother’s home cooked meals. She was a wonderful cook and inspired a lot of the dishes in this collection. In addition to authentic Italian recipes, what makes these items special are the ingredients. We didn’t cut any corners and demanded the best flavors from around the world, including chocolate from Belgian and sea salt from Sicily. I’m really proud of what we’ve created and I can’t wait to share these mouthwatering foods with families everywhere.”

Avalon will debut a variety of Italian foods, including appetizers, entrées and desserts, many of which include imported Italian ingredients.

The assortment is exclusive to Evine and includes breaded spaghetti balls, fried and stuffed pazotti bread, limoncello cake and cannoli cake.

In addition to food, the premiere will also include a limited number of signed copies of Avalon’s cookbook, “Frankie Avalon’s Italian Family Cookbook: From Mom’s Kitchen to Mine and Yours.”

Here’s the boilerplate on Avalon, for you whippersnappers who have never heard of him:

Actor, singer, dancer and former teen idol Frankie Avalon, born Francis Thomas Avallone, is a 20th century, American entertainment legend. With countless hit movies and singles, he began his career in food by authoring his first cook book Frankie Avalon’s Italian Family Cookbook, from Mom’s Kitchen to Mine to Yours. He has since made a name for himself in kitchens across America and beyond.

Here’s what Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt has to say about all this.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Frankie Avalon to the Evine family and look forward to giving our customers the opportunity to sample authentic, gourmet-quality foods from this entertainment icon,” he said.

“Frankie is an experienced video commerce veteran, and coming from QVC, he brings both live selling experience and a large following of fans who have hungrily awaited his return to our space. We’re ready to roll out the red carpet and welcome these fans to Evine with the premiere of Frankie Avalon Foods.”

JTV Alums Moseley, Lau To Be QVC Gem Experts

May 25, 2017

Gem expert Peyton Kelley is gone from QVC, but two Jewelry Television alum are coming to the No. 1 home shopping network: Jeff Moseley and Michele Lau.

Both Moseley and Lau posted almost exactly the same messages separately on their Facebook pages.

“I’m thrilled to announce I have officially accepted the offer from QVC to be one of their two Gemstone Jewelry On Air Guests!” Moseley wrote.

And Lau posted, “It is a done deal! I have officially accepted the offer from #QVC to be one of their two Gemstone Jewelry On Air Guests!”

We enjoyed them both on JTV, and this is no reflection on them, but we are a little perturbed if Kelley was let go to make way for them.

As we recently reported, not only Kelley, who was at QVC for years, but most recently host Jacque Gonzales are gone. As one former QVC host suggested, companies like QVC often let veteran employees, who are at the top of the pay scale, go as a belt-tightening measure. Hell, we were laid off at two newspapers for the same reason. It sucks.

Now that that’s off our chest, we note that this news about Moseley means that yet another husband-wife team is on home shopping. Moseley’s wife Erin is already on on-air rep for QVC’s Diamonique line.

Evine has jewelry vendors Judy Crowell and hubby Paul Deasy. And the network also has Pam McCoy, who used to appear on the channel back in the day with her husband Wes.

Jacque Gonzales Bids Farewell To QVC

May 23, 2017

Time to say bye-bye to QVC host Jacque Gonzales.

We remember when she arrived at QVC, a perky young lady. Over the years QVC glammed her up quite a bit, and we imagine her hiring was to appeal to the Hispanic demographic, at least in part.

We haven’t seen much of her on the home shopping network recenty, and on Monday she posted on Facebook that she is leaving.

“I wanted to take a moment to let you all know that today I am leaving QVC,” she wrote. “It has been such a privilege to get to know so many of you and be part of your lives for the past 15 years.”

She added, “I would absolutely love to stay in touch with all of you – you can find me on my NEW Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/justjacquegonzales.”

And Gonzales ended with, “Blessings to all of you.”

Wish we knew exactly what happened, but we don’t. We’ve been too busy working long hours at our start-up paper to be snooping around.

Lifestyle Diva Martha Stewart Brings Clothes, Skincare To QVC

May 6, 2017

Martha Stewart

Former jailbird Martha Stewart has bounced several home shopping networks, and she is now mounting a return to QVC.

License company Sequential Brands Group Inc. this week announced that Stewart, a native of Nutley, N.J. — where we spent an unpleasant 13 years — has inked a multi-year deal to bring skincare, apparel, and food and beverage to QVC.

“Our brand has always been devoted to teaching and inspiring people to live more beautiful, more functional and more meaningful lives and our products provide solutions to do just that,” the blonde lifestyle queen said in a canned statement.

“I am thrilled to partner with QVC, which offers unique opportunities to engage directly with an even broader audience, bringing to life several new categories for the Martha brand including beauty and fashion.”

The new collaboration, which slated to debut in the second half of this year, will feature frequent appearances on QVC by Martha Stewart and a team of her experts.

“QVC at its core is about the joy of discovery and the power of relationships, and few do a better job of connecting with fans and inspiring them to embrace new ideas than Martha Stewart,” QVC President and CEO Mike George said. President and CEO.

“QVC combines the best of retail, media and social to create the most engaging shopping experience, and to collaborate with a brand such as Martha’s further emphasizes our commitment to excellence and innovation. By leveraging the power of this relationship, QVC, which is among the nation’s top mobile and eCommerce retailers, brings to our customers Martha’s passion and expertise in a special and exciting new way.”

Sequential Brands CEO Karen Murray, added “QVC’s proven differentiated retail experience plays perfectly with the strength of the Martha Stewart brand. We are excited by this opportunity as it provides the brand with a new channel of distribution and further expansion into untapped categories where we see strong sales potential.”

Stewart has hawked products on QVC and HSN, and at least one ex-QVC host says she was a nasty piece of work.

The boilerplate on Stewart doesn’t mention her incarceration:

Martha Stewart is an Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, bestselling author of 88 books, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher.

Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living – cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets. Currently, the Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month.

And what exactly is Sequential? Here is its boilerplate from the press release:

Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, active, and home categories, which includes the Martha Stewart media and merchandising properties.

Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world.

Court Asked For Final OK Of $26.3 Million Settlement Against Wen

May 5, 2017

FYI re Wen By Chaz Dean: Consumers who filed a class action suit against the hair care company have asked for final federal court approval of a $26.25 million settlement of the case.

In Los Angeles the motion on May 1 was made to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, asking it to put its imprimatur on the settlement of the lawsuit against direct marketer Guthy-Renker LLC and Wen By Chaz Dean Inc.

QVC sells a variety of Wen products, pitched by Dean.

In the litigation, consumers alleged that Wen products caused hair loss and problems with their scalps.

Gem Expert Peyton Kelley To Exit QVC ASAP

May 1, 2017

Absolutely shocked, stunned and disappointed to learn that QVC’s gem expert and buyer Peyton Kelley is leaving the home shopping network.

Kelley posted the news earlier today on his QVC Facebook page, which he said will soon be eliminated. Tomorrow is his last day at QVC.

This is very abrupt news, and we are not happy about it. Kelley was informative, gracious and interesting when he appeared on-air.

QVC, give us a break!

Here is Kelley’s post:

May 1 will be my final day at QVC. I wanted to tell you all what a pleasure and privilege it has been for over 18 years to share my passion of Gemstones, Diamonds, and Artisan Crafted Jewelry with you.

We have had quite a journey together through many mines, countries, and designers. I hope you have had as much fun as I have. I have loved every minute of it!

I have been blessed to work with many wonderful designers and brands over the years. A little montage of some of these are mentioned below.

My Peyton Kelley QVC Facebook page will be going away at the end of day May 1 but my personal page will continue on. I will be taking a break from Facebook for a while. I am not sure what my next adventure will be but please stay tuned.

With Warmest Regards,
Peyton

Wig-Meister Toni Brattin Joins QVC, After HSN And Evine

April 27, 2017

Wednesday was a big day for home shopping news.

Wig purveyor Toni Brattin, who was on HSN and then went to Evine, announced on Facebook that she is heading to QVC.

“My launch date will be announced soon,” she wrote. “Meanwhile you can continue to find all your Hair Fabulous, Tan Secret, and other products on my website.”

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 TODAY.com.

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.”

We Give QVC A G-H On Its Diamond Event

April 14, 2017

Kudos to QVC for its diamond event on Thursday, where the home shopping network fully committed to disclosing and discussing the color and clarity of the stones used in its jewelry.

We have long complained that QVC would describe its Affinity Diamond pieces as being colorless or eye-clean but not say whether they were H-I or whatever.

The No. 1 home shopping network in recent months began releasing that info on some of its diamonds, but in its event this week it really went into color and quality for nearly all is jewelry.

And QVC not only offered its TSV rings in 14 karat gold, there were a smattering of pieces where for the first time the network set its diamonds in 18 carat gold!

Were these baubles cheap? No, we like seeing higher quality goods.

And QVC’s Peyton Kelley did a nice job of explaining what the various color grades on a diamond mean.

 

 

 

 

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Will Your Too-Frank Obituary Mention QVC?

April 14, 2017

Is being a QVC customer an “endearing foible”? It is according to The Wall Street Journal.

The broadsheet on Thursday in its so-called “A-Hed,” or Page One feature story, wrote about how obituaries today are not depicting the deceased as angels when they were alive.

The top of the story talks about the obit that was written about an Oregon plant manager, Wayne Brockey, by his grandson.

The Journal wrote that the obit “opens by alluding to the deceased’s penchant for ordering gadgets and clothing touted by TV pitchmen: ‘QVC lost a loyal customer on Sept. 28, 2016.'”

And??????????? Is that a crime?

https://www.wsj.com/articles/braise-the-dead-more-obit-writers-tell-it-like-it-waswarts-and-all-1492009964

The story goes on to quote Brockey’s grandson, who penned the obit, as saying that his family always joked a lot.

“So it made sense to mention his grandfather’s endearing foibles,” according to the Journal, i.e. shopping at QVC.

Actually, labeling someone as a QVC fan isn’t the worse thing that people are writing about the dead these days, as the headline of the Journal story indicates: “Haze the Dead! Obit Writers Tell It Like It Was, Warts and All.”

Here are some of the other descriptions that obit writers are using about the dead: “old grump,” “demanding old fart,” and “sore loser.”

Yikes! What happened  to not speaking ill of the dead?