Posts Tagged ‘“Shark Tank”’

HSN Picks ‘American Dreams’ Entrepreneur Seekers

August 12, 2015

As part of its “American Dreams” initiative, HSN announced Tuesday that it was partnering with five entrepreneurs “who will fan out across the country … to find compelling new products to launch while raising awareness for the entrepreneurs behind them.”

Wow, that’s a mouthful!

These team mates their methods for discovering new product ideas include:

– Daymond John through investing in entrepreneurs on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank”

– Marc Portney through investing in entrepreneurs on Science Channel’s popular series “All-American Makers”

– Bob Circosta through HSN’s revamped “American Dreams Ideas Portal,” convention searches and seminars

– Akos Jankura through “My Cool Inventions” radio talent search

– Gregg Smith through Edison Nation, which operates the largest open innovation community and marketplaces in the world for independent inventors

“American Dreams” kicked off on HSN with the launch of its mini-series event on Sunday, which featured stories of some of HSN’s vendors including Serious Skincare, Benefit Cosmetics, R.J. Graziano, Jay King, GIII, DeLonghi, Violife, Donatella Arpaia and Wakaya Perfection.

The mini-series event will run every evening at 9 p.m. through Wednesday.

“There’s nothing more exciting than meeting entrepreneurs, hearing their ideas, feeling their passion and helping them make their dreams come true,” HSN President Bill Brand said. “As the original electronic retailer we have always championed entrepreneurs and this new initiative will further solidify our position as a destination to discover remarkable products and brands.”

HSN’s “The Monday Night Show with Adam Freeman” will devote its first hour from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to showcasing three or more entrepreneurs for the first time ever with their new product, alongside one of HSN’s existing partners who discovered them.

Bob Circosta, one of television’s first shopping hosts, kicked off the monthly series during last night’s show with three of the entrepreneurs he discovered.

Host of “My Cool Inventions,” Akos Jankura, will appear on the next installment of the series on Sept. 7, during “The Monday Night Show with Adam Freeman,” introducing his selection of entrepreneurs to HSN.

HSN has also created a landing page and portal for the “American Dreams” initiative where the public can submit and share ideas for products. HSN’s team of merchants alongside the “American Dreams” team will vet these submissions to identify passionate inventors with compelling products to launch.

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‘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.”

Is Lori Greiner Really The Queen Of QVC?

March 17, 2014

Parade magazine Sunday did a cover story on the judges of “Shark Tank,” including Lori Greiner, QVC’s answer to HSN’s Huggable Hanger inventor Joy Mangano.

http://parade.condenast.com/269999/jasonlynch/swimming-with-sharks-the-stars-of-shark-tank-tell-all-about-the-hit-show-where-inventors-dreams-come-true/

The story has a bio of 44-year-old Greiner, who it says is “known as the queen of QVC.” Well, we never heard her called the queen of QVC, but whatever.

The bio says Greiner, whose hair gets blonder and extensions longer every time we see her, “turned one idea — a plastic jewelry organizer for earrings — into a multibillion-dollar brand, creating over 400 products,” according to Parade.

Her most successful product is her “Scrub Daddy,” which we never heard of, that hit more than $15 million in sales in one year, Parade reported.

Greiner confesses that her biggest splurge is “jewelry and Cartier watches.”

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.

http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/12/the-queen-of-qvc-talks-about-the-risks-of-dealing-with-sharks/

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.