Posted by Abe Sauer on January 20, 2015 07:44 PM
"Problems galore" and suffering a "lack of quality male characters" is how Hollywood critic Nikki Finke described the NBC series Parks and Recreation in 2009.
Audiences initially agreed. And even though the show has never pulled in an audience as large as its rocky initial season, the show has become a cult hit and has just started its final season.
The show that suffered from "quality male characters" now boasts one bone fide A-list star (Chris Pratt) and numerous household names, from Aziz Ansari to Nick Offerman. Meanwhile, its lead actress, Amy Poehler, just co-hosted her third and final Golden Globes, one of which she won.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on December 3, 2014 08:30 AM
Old Navy debuts Julia Louis Dreyfus as Amy Poehler's replacement in new holiday campaign.
Sony hack investigation points fingers at North Korea as company struggles to recover from attack.
Tiger Woods talks up comeback and signs deal with India's Hero MotoCorp as global brand partner.
Duracell taps Nick Jonas for holiday campaign as P&G prepares its move to Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and reportedly shops Wella hair care brand.
Target releases Bullseye's Playground holiday app (featuring games to entertain kids in-store) in partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: Continue reading...
Posted by Catherine Straut on November 25, 2014 04:27 PM
Old Navy is making a major push this holiday, including launching a new multichannel holiday ad campaign intended to drive customers to its stores on Black Friday—and lining up at its stores on Thanksgiving.
The mid-market apparel retailer is bucking the protests over businesses opening on Thanksgiving Day by opening its doors at 4 p.m. local time, which it's promoting with the return of its Overnight Millionaire sweepstakes.
To enter, shoppers must be one of the first 100 people in line at a store on Thanksgiving, which the Gap Inc.-owned brand is promoting with its departing brand ambassador, Amy Poehler.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 25, 2014 09:19 AM
JetBlue and content providers offer Fly-Fi.
Honda apologizes for under-reporting air bag issues since 2003.
ING slashes 1,700 jobs.
Sony joins Emirates and others in dropping World Cup sponsorship as Coca-Cola adds to pressure on FIFA.
Amazon offers help finding local handymen, tests out-of-home subway shopping digital kiosks in NYC.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on September 19, 2014 06:52 PM
This week in branded content, Funny or Die continues to flex its content muscles as Moroccanoil hopes to inspire everyday consumers with super-duper supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Check out the latest branded entertainment and brand videos from Volkswagen, Origins, Canon and more after the jump.
The Project: The Way Too Helpful Neighbor (Volkswagen)
The Pitch: What happens when you drive the all-new Volkswagen Golf through a Target store?
The Verdict: There's a branded content arms race going on between Funny or Die and Vice, and as this VW video proves, Funny or Die owns the humor category. Also: nice cameo, Target!Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 14, 2014 09:32 AM
AT&T slashes prices on iPads, expands ultrafast GigaPower broadband to Dallas.
Cisco plans to cut 6,000 jobs.
GE talks with Electrolux and Quirky about selling home-appliance unit.
Colgate's use of triclosan in Total sparks debate.
T-Mobile CFO calls Iliad offer "inadequate."
MORE BRAND NEWS
Applebee's teases new burgers with digital campaign.
Burger King drops "Satisfries."
Buzzfeed explains new business model.
Comcast experiments with marathoning TV shows.
Discovery sees debunking Shark Week become a cottage industry.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 31, 2014 09:43 AM
Bloomberg Businessweek's new cover story hits Coca-Cola in the stomach over obesity.
Target hires PepsiCo veteran Brian Cornell as new CEO.
Apple reportedly plans to cut 200 jobs at Beats as $3B acquisition gets EU approval.
Budweiser features Jay Z and Rihanna in new campaign as MTV lands Beyonce solo for VMAs.
Whole Foods Markets lowers sales forecast and plans major marketing push to reverse "negative narrative."
MORE BRAND NEWS
AMC, the Mad Men/Breaking Bad network, reportedly eyes stake in BBC America.
American Express pursues “first-ever” experiences for customers.
BlackBerry's new COO discusses his goals with WSJ.
BMW kicks the tires on Medium as its first advertiser.
Bud and Miller struggle to take on craft beer.
Chevrolet increases focus on China.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 5, 2014 01:01 PM
Castrol's new stunt video goes viral and racks up more than 5 million views.
Below, Australia's Creative Fuel conference spoofs creatives, creatively, and more:Continue reading...