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By Norris P. West | January 21, 1992
Cable television's Home Shopping Network is finding imitation neither flattering nor sincere.The innovator of couch-potato shopping says that a number of fledgling companies have tried to take advantage of its popularity, success and good name.International Home Shoppers Club, At Home Shopping Network, Home Shopping Center and National Home Shoppers all have lost court battles with the original company, according to papers filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.Now, Home Shopping Network Inc., which is based in St. Petersburg, Fla., is trying to wrest its mark from a company that was incorporated in Maryland and lists its address as 1498-M Reisterstown Road in Baltimore.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2013
Handbag designer and Ellicott City native Danielle DiFerdinando will make appearances at Macy's locations in White Marsh and Towson Town Center on Saturday to introduce her Danielle Nicole Summer 2013 collection. The visit will also mark the launch of her line at both locations. "I can't wait to meet with all the customers," she said. "It will be more of a meet-and-greet. It will be fun. " DiFerdinando's Danielle Nicole bags have been stocked in stores like Bergdorf Goodman and carried by celebrities including Rachel Zoe and Anna Dello Russo.
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,SUN STAFF | March 19, 1998
LAUREL -- Caveat emptor cayennet pepptor. Buyers for the Home Shopping Network beware the hot pepper sauce from Jean Carson's kitchen. "Jean's Flame Thrower" -- stationed next to the automatic seat-lowering toilet -- makes Tabasco sauce taste like a snow cone.Maybe one night we'll see Jean Carson's mug and pitch hawking "Flame Thrower" on the Home Shopping Network. This Washington woman's midlife hobby could grow from five, sample bottles inside Laurel's National Guard Armory to 50,000 bottles sold on national TV. But until then, Carson needs a few brave mouths.
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Kevin Cowherd | July 25, 2010
The Ravens open training camp today, and as players report to the world-famous Best Western Hotel high atop scenic Route 140 in Westminster, they'll be directed to a side room and measured for their Super Bowl rings. Sure, most teams wait until they've actually won the Super Bowl before worrying about ring sizes. But what's the point of waiting with this stacked Ravens team? Isn't just about every NFL pundit picking them to go all the way to the big dance? So why not get the ring measurements out of the way before they get on with that other business of preparing for a new season?
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By Michael L. Rozansky and Michael L. Rozansky,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | August 31, 1998
NEW YORK -- Ever since he was reborn one New Year's morning in a Las Vegas casino hotel, Lowell White Paxson has felt God's hand guiding him.Now "Bud" Paxson, the multimillionaire co-founder of the Home Shopping Network, is mingling faith and fortune in a new venture.At noon today, he launches Pax TV, the seventh broadcast network after ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, WB and UPN. (Locally, Comcast customers can see Pax TV on Channel 51. Other viewers may be able to see Pax on Channel 66 out of Washington or Channel 60 out of Martinsburg, W.Va.
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By BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS | November 25, 1995
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Home Shopping Network Inc. is expected to name former Fox network chief Barry Diller chairman as early as next week, according to a person close to the company.The appointment is part of a plan by Tele-Communications Inc. President John Malone to improve profits at the No. 2 home-shopping channel, which has lagged behind QVC Inc. in recent years. TCI, the nation's largest cable company, is a major investor in Home Shopping Network.A more profitable HSN would provide Mr. Diller -- who ran QVC until last year -- with the cash he needs to turn his small television network, Silver King Communications Inc., into a major broadcaster, analysts said.
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February 13, 1993
Lerner gives up portfolio controlMNC Financial Inc. Chairman Alfred Lerner, who is also chairman of Progressive Corp. in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, has ceded control of the insurance holding company's investment portfolio to Progressive's chief executive, Peter Lewis, the company said yesterday.The move came four months after Progressive stockholders raised questions about large fees Mr. Lerner received between 1989 and 1991 for managing the $2.2 billion portfolio. Neither the company nor Mr. Lerner commented on the reason for the change.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2013
Handbag designer and Ellicott City native Danielle DiFerdinando will make appearances at Macy's locations in White Marsh and Towson Town Center on Saturday to introduce her Danielle Nicole Summer 2013 collection. The visit will also mark the launch of her line at both locations. "I can't wait to meet with all the customers," she said. "It will be more of a meet-and-greet. It will be fun. " DiFerdinando's Danielle Nicole bags have been stocked in stores like Bergdorf Goodman and carried by celebrities including Rachel Zoe and Anna Dello Russo.
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By Greg Schneider and Greg Schneider,SUN STAFF | November 14, 1997
Attention, local couch consumers: You're going to need cable TV for your round-the-clock fix of Home Shopping Network, as the consumer channel has agreed to sell its Baltimore broadcast station for $80 million.United Television Inc. of Beverly Hills, Calif., will buy WHSW, Channel 24, and most likely convert it into a UPN network affiliate. That will restore UPN -- home of "Star Trek: Voyager" -- to Baltimore's airwaves just as the current UPN affiliate switches to another network.Home Shopping Network had already been planning to move its shopping services off broadcast channels and onto cable over the next 12 months.
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By Bloomberg Business News | December 22, 1993
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Home Shopping Network Inc. and Tele-Communications Inc. said yesterday that they would form a joint venture to market cable-television programs abroad.The venture, to be called Home Shopping Network International, will be Home Shopping's first foray outside the United States, where its shop-at-home programs have been highly successful."We are convinced that there is enormous opportunity to develop TV retailing beyond the U.S.," said Gerald Hogan, Home Shopping's president and chief executive.
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By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,Sun Art Critic | August 22, 2007
First there was culture, then came the counter-culture and after that, for want of a better name, the counter-counter-culture arrived. It's the latter that's on view in the exhibition Antagonism, Hacks and Hoaxes at Maryland Art Place and, true to the show's name, it's a bit infuriating. Curated by Michael Benevento, a board member of the downtown Current Gallery, the show brings together about 20 artists and artists' collectives who together set out to mercilessly lambaste American popular culture with edgy artworks that are basically pranks, jokes or parodies.
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By Michael L. Rozansky and Michael L. Rozansky,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | August 31, 1998
NEW YORK -- Ever since he was reborn one New Year's morning in a Las Vegas casino hotel, Lowell White Paxson has felt God's hand guiding him.Now "Bud" Paxson, the multimillionaire co-founder of the Home Shopping Network, is mingling faith and fortune in a new venture.At noon today, he launches Pax TV, the seventh broadcast network after ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, WB and UPN. (Locally, Comcast customers can see Pax TV on Channel 51. Other viewers may be able to see Pax on Channel 66 out of Washington or Channel 60 out of Martinsburg, W.Va.
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,SUN STAFF | March 19, 1998
LAUREL -- Caveat emptor cayennet pepptor. Buyers for the Home Shopping Network beware the hot pepper sauce from Jean Carson's kitchen. "Jean's Flame Thrower" -- stationed next to the automatic seat-lowering toilet -- makes Tabasco sauce taste like a snow cone.Maybe one night we'll see Jean Carson's mug and pitch hawking "Flame Thrower" on the Home Shopping Network. This Washington woman's midlife hobby could grow from five, sample bottles inside Laurel's National Guard Armory to 50,000 bottles sold on national TV. But until then, Carson needs a few brave mouths.
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By Greg Schneider and Greg Schneider,SUN STAFF | November 14, 1997
Attention, local couch consumers: You're going to need cable TV for your round-the-clock fix of Home Shopping Network, as the consumer channel has agreed to sell its Baltimore broadcast station for $80 million.United Television Inc. of Beverly Hills, Calif., will buy WHSW, Channel 24, and most likely convert it into a UPN network affiliate. That will restore UPN -- home of "Star Trek: Voyager" -- to Baltimore's airwaves just as the current UPN affiliate switches to another network.Home Shopping Network had already been planning to move its shopping services off broadcast channels and onto cable over the next 12 months.
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By Abbe Gluck and Abbe Gluck,SUN STAFF | July 22, 1996
Tim Wilson says he's "having a blast."As a 19-year-old college dropout, Wilson founded Jet Blast Inc., a company that uses water power to do everything from cleaning industrial waste to washing cars. Today, the 36-year-old Baltimorean is seeing annual revenue of $6 million -- and aiming for much more.Starting with a water blaster and a used van, Wilson has created a $3 million industrial cleaning company with 300 customers in Maryland, including Baltimore Gas and Electric and Bethlehem Steel.
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By BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS | November 25, 1995
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Home Shopping Network Inc. is expected to name former Fox network chief Barry Diller chairman as early as next week, according to a person close to the company.The appointment is part of a plan by Tele-Communications Inc. President John Malone to improve profits at the No. 2 home-shopping channel, which has lagged behind QVC Inc. in recent years. TCI, the nation's largest cable company, is a major investor in Home Shopping Network.A more profitable HSN would provide Mr. Diller -- who ran QVC until last year -- with the cash he needs to turn his small television network, Silver King Communications Inc., into a major broadcaster, analysts said.
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By Chicago Tribune | September 24, 1992
Nothing irritates Phil Beuth, president of ABC's early-morning and late-night programming, more than people who say the post-"Nightline" experiment he is about to launch is a clone of the Home Shopping Network.Mr. Beuth says "Nightcap," which will allow viewers to obtain discount prices on merchandise by calling an 800-number, will be just the opposite since its aim will be to get shoppers back into retail stores, rather than luring them away.On Oct. 19, ABC will begin a four-to-six-week market test of "Nightcap," an hour-long entertainment and variety show.
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1995
He's bald. He's glamorous. He's building the next television network. And though most people didn't realize it at first, Barry Diller is doing it using Baltimore as a key building block.This is true because one of the details widely overlooked when the TV tycoon agreed to buy working control of Silver King Communications Inc., an obscure Florida company whose 12 UHF stations mostly run the Home Shopping Network, is that one of those stations is WSHW-TV, Channel 24, in Baltimore. So as Mr. Diller sets out to shake up the TV business, Baltimore will be near the epicenter.
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By Stephen Hunter, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 1994
Remember her? How could you forget her? She dominated your life like a Colossus of Toads. She was ... AIYYYYYEEEEEEEEE! ... Mom. Not your mom or my mom, but the mom we measured our moms against and by whose standards we found ours wanting. She was the '50s myth of Mom, the Meta-mom, the Robo-Mom who got up and put on her freshly pressed dress, stockings and heels and went cheerily down to the kitchen at the crack of dawn to fix bacon 'n' eggs for the family, her eyes glittery as Home Shopping Network diamonds, her smile like a crack in a nuclear reactor leaking incandescence into the atmosphere.
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