QVC UPS U.K. ANTE: QVC Inc. will increase its share in QVC The Shopping Channel, its U.K. network, to 79 percent, according to reports in the British press.
QVC The Shopping Channel is a joint venture between QVC and British Sky Broadcasting. At the time of the launch last October, each company had a 50 percent stake in the network.
Sources close to QVC say the shift in ownership was prompted by BskyB's failure to foot its share of start-up and operating costs.
"Both parties have simply renegotiated their financial interests," said a QVC spokesman.
A BskyB spokeswoman would neither confirm nor deny the reports.
ALL INFOMERCIALS, ALL THE TIME: First, Access TV launched the National Infomercial Cable Network, offering long-form commercials 24 hours a day.
Now, Product Information Network, a spinoff of Jones International Networks, is entering the fray with a 24-hour cable channel dedicated to infomercials. It will eventually roll out on 70 Jones Intercable systems, with an estimated 1.3 million subscribers.
Then there's FYI The Consumer Channel, which will feature blocks of infomercials grouped by product category.
FYI is the brainchild of Bruce Goodman, a former broadcasting executive, who said, "We're focusing on either brand name companies or companies that don't traditionally do infomercials."
Goodman plans to buy his way onto cable systems, offering $1 per subscriber per year. He said he hopes to be in 10 million homes by June, when the channel is scheduled to launch.
Product Information Network will kick back 33 percent of the network's net revenue to local systems based on the amount of product sold in the ZIP codes they serve.
PAC BELL'S SECRET WEAPON: In November, Pacific Bell announced it would invest $16 billion to build a telecommunications information and entertainment network, whose features would include electronic shopping and video-on-demand, among other things.
The firm recently hired a former retailer, Mary Hamilton, as senior marketing manager of its electronic publishing group, to develop interactive shopping applications.
Hamilton, whose retail background includes stints as fashion merchandising director at the Emporium, a former Carter Hawley Hale division in northern California; general manager of Emporio Armani in San Francisco, and vice president and merchandising director of May Co. in Los Angeles, is using her connections to interest retailers, catalogers and manufacturers in participating in Pacific Bell's home shopping service.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty