Posts Tagged ‘Rupert Murdoch’

Bare Escentuals Is Being Purchased By Shiseido For $1.7 Billion After QVC Made It Famous

January 21, 2010

Looks like Leslie Blodgett, CEO of Bare Escentuals, has landed quite a little pay day for her company: It’s being bought by Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido for $1.7 billion. Leslie, can we be your friend?

Blodgett, a long-time QVC vendor whose line launched the mineral makeup trend in the U.S., is quoted Thursday in a Wall Street Journal story about the deal.

The story says that Bare Escentuals “shot to fame” after Blodgett “started appearing on infomercials on QVC, the television shopping channel.” Journal dumbbell reporters — those were not infomercials, that QVC’s programming! That’s what TV shopping is, you ink-stained wretches of Rupert Murdoch.

The Journal said that Blodgett has become “become something of a cosmetics superstar,” with customers flocking to her public appearances.

“I don’t think of myself of an icon in any way,” Blodgett told the Journal. “The fact that we grew so much is a big suprise…I went on TV because there was no one else to do it.”

She was interviewed at Shiseido’s Tokyo headquarters in Japan.

Blodgett will remain CEO of Bare Escentuals, still operating out of San Francisco.

The deal will give Shiseido more market power in the U.S., while Bare Escentuals gets to expand internationally.

ShopNBC’s Suzanne Somers To Appear On ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ To Promote Her Controversial Cancer Book ‘Knockout’: P.S. Wendy’s Our Homegirl, As In Montclair

November 11, 2009

This should make for interesting TV: ShopNBC actress/author Suzanne Somers will be appearing on “The Wendy Williams Show” today, Wednesday.

The blonde Somers will be plugging her controversial new book about alternative treatments for cancer, “Knockout: Interviews With Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer And How To Prevent Getting It In The First Place.”

Williams’ syndicated show airs at different times of the day across the country, so we can’t help you on that one. In New York City it’s on two of Rupert Murdoch’s TV stations. It runs at 10 a.m. on WNYW and at 10 p.m. on WWOR.

But you can check the show’s Web site to see when and where it airs in your town.

Williams, by the way, lives in our hometown, Montclair, N.J. In fact, we saw her once in the Social Security Office on Bloomfield Avenue. She was tall, flamboyant and had big hair (a wig?), pretty much the way she is on TV.

Actress Fran Drescher, who yesterday launched a skincare line called FranBrand on HSN, appeared Willlams’ show Monday.

It looks like you can catch a video of Williams’ shows, in case you miss Somers today and missed Drescher earlier in the week, on the show’s site.