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CHOC LIT SCOOPS QVC SHOPPING PRESENTER
Indie women’s fiction publisher Choc Lit have acquired world rights to a steamy romantic trilogy direct from the author, Debbie Flint.
Debbie Flint is a QVC Home Shopping Channel presenter. She started her career as the first girl in the hot seat on children's BBC TV, replacing Phillip Schofield in the Broom Cupboard. Then she shared a couch with Eamonn Holmes to help launch BBC Daytime TV. Years later, she hosted her own BBC1 game show (Meet The Challenge) and has co-‐presented and reported on numerous other live magazine and entertainment and news shows.
Hawaiian Affair is the first novel to be released in eBook format around Christmas, with the paperback in 2015. Lyn Vernham stated on Debbie Flint’s appointment, ‘We’re delighted to have Debbie as part of the Choc Lit Team. She’s an extremely talented author and we are looking forward to introducing her novels to the mass market. Debbie’s Hawaiian trilogy will introduce a new heat level to the Choc Lit range -‐ tastefully spicy. You could say Hot Choc Lit!'
The QVC presenter announced the news to her loyal followers on her blog stating ‘It's something I've aimed for, for several years. I first met Lyn Vernham, head of Choc Lit, at the annual York Writing Festival three years ago, just after I decided to get serious about my novel-‐writing. Hawaiian Affair was placed in the top ten of the festival ‘best first 100 words’ contest. She galvanised me with her feedback, so I'm especially looking forward to working with the lovely lady, and the whole Choc Lit support system and community of fellow authors -‐ it's like a well oiled, literary machine!. ‘
PETER SHERLOCK JOINS QVC TO GUEST LALIQUE
Former bid tv host and perfume expert Peter Sherlock makes his QVC debut on Wednesday 3rd September, Peter will join Jackie Kabler at 5pm for an hour of Lalique Parfums.
GEMS TV DOCUSOAP COMING TO ITV
The Bennet family run Britain’s number one retail jewellery business - without having a single shop. Their customers buy jewels having seen them on cable TV. They have a close relationship with the owners, because Steve and Sarah Bennet – their son, aunties, in-laws and cousins – are frequently on screen.
The Bennets broadcast to Europe and North America 24 hours a day, every day of the year, helped by a team of presenters who talk minerology for four hours at a time, and mix their sales patter with jokes and high jinks that have viewers dialing in at a furious rate - up to three thousand calls an hour, and everyone who gets through to the call centre wants to buy, making up to a quarter of a million pounds worth of business in just four hours.
Part of the Bennet’s success lies in their business method. Purchasing direct from the mines and keeping costs low means viewers can buy a little, at bargain prices. Steve says: “If you go direct to the mine, you’re always going to get better value for your customers because you cut out all the middle men.”
The other integral aspect of Steve’s business is the product – along with the usual diamonds, emeralds and rubies, the company sells a host of lesser-known gemstones, surrounding each with an alluring backstory.
Steve says: “When we buy something we don’t actually need, what is it that we’re buying? Well, we’re buying something we get emotionally attached to - it’s the story. It’s understanding its place in history, which King and Queen wore that gemstone, how rare is it? What pulls at the heartstrings and makes us want to wear that gemstone?”
Turnover is very healthy – around £100 million a year, but there’s a problem on the horizon. The Bennets’ business is based on two natural resources, the first being minerals. The number one best-selling stone is a blue African gem called Tanzanite. It comes from just one outcrop in Tanzania, and the lode is running out. With ten million pounds a year at stake, Steve Bennet flies out to see if he can find a new supply himself.
Steve says: “In the late 60s when they started mining, they were getting it off the top of the ground. Now they’re down to 800 metres. You can’t keep going deeper and deeper to the point where it’s not financially viable to mine it. It’ll still be around on the market for a few years, but then the prices will just go crazy.”
The second integral resource for the Bennets is human – their schedule relies on a large pool of presenters and the search for new talent never ends. The film begins as Christmas approaches, and the need for new blood is urgent.
Can the Bennets find a replacement for the blue beauty, and enough new presenters to keep the show on the road - or is it Game Over for Gems TV?
Find out at 9pm, September 2nd, ITV.
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