games people play
Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 3, 2013 04:38 PM
NBC is going retro in its bid to win back audiences and ratings with a live game show, "The Million Second Quiz," scheduled to debut Sept. 9. But the modern iteration will include digital, dual-screen and real-time trimmings that viewers expect.
It’s the first game show series to be broadcast live on US television since the 1960s and lays claim to being “…the first fully convergent television experience, where viewers will be able to play along at home in real-time and sync to the live primetime broadcast," according to a press release.
Hosted and co-produced by television mega-personality Ryan Seacrest, contestants will answer trivia questions from inside an enormous hourglass-shaped cage built on top of a former New York car dealership. The show will air over 10 consecutive nights but the game will run 24 hours a day for 12 days (hence the one million seconds) necessitating that contestants live at the game's studios where they can be viewed 24/7 on NBC's website. Viewers can play the game on a mobile app and possibly secure a chance to compete on the live show, which culminates in a $2 million prize, combining elements of mobile, social, TV and real-time competition.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 9, 2013 07:03 PM
Almost as soon as actress Lindsay Lohan left her latest stint in rehab, Oprah Winfrey swooped in to snag an interview with the troubled star.
"All I can say about it is this: I believe that she believes that she is ready to move forward in her life," Winfrey told Today Show host Al Roker. "We'll see." With that, Winfrey is clearly willing to invest in Lohan's sober future—or at least document it for all the world to see.
“I've heard a lot of things about me mentoring her,” Oprah said. “When I finished the interview, I gave her one of my favorite books ... 'The Untethered Soul.' And I've texted her a couple times since then. I'm anxious to see whether or not this young woman, who is a really, really fine actress, will be able to allow us into her life and let us see the trajectory of trying to put the pieces back together."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 23, 2013 09:15 AM
PepsiCo rethinks soda pricing strategy in the US.
Discovery plans to launch online video network.
Sergio Garcia catches serious heat from sponsors Adidas, TaylorMade after Woods "chicken" comment.
Borders customers are stuck with their gift cards, judge rules.
ESPN layoffs show network's vulnerability.
Equal sweetens its look.
Ford plans to exit manufacturing in Australia as it launches new marketing campaign for Europe.
GE weighs selling off large parts of financing arm.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 4, 2013 09:37 AM
Arthur Frommer buys back travel book brand from Google, which acquired it with big plans last August.
Facebook readies for rumored phone event today.
Apple's futuristic campus project runs late and $2 billion overbudget.
BlackBerry turns mobile website into "test drive" of new Z10 phone, kills off BBM music service.
CVS and Rite-Aid target allergy season.
ConAgra boosts ad spending as commodity costs drop.
Detroit Electric launches Tesla rival.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on April 1, 2013 08:59 AM
Apple loses iPad Mini trademark, and finds a fan in Kim Jong-un as North Korea rattles saber and tensions rise with U.S., while increased China headaches include hacking threat and iPad regulation.
Discovery Communications expands global channel reach and launches scripted programming.
Novartis loses cancer drug patent battle in India.
Amazon buys Goodreads community-driven user reviews website.
AMC reveals new tagline and logo.
Armani hires Cate Blanchett for $10M campaign.
AT&T scores with March Madness Twitter campaign.Continue reading...
brands with a cause
Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 22, 2013 12:26 PM
Somewhere, a world exists where more people have access to smartphones than toilets. Oh, wait. That's us.
Today marks the 20th annual World Water Day, observed on March 22 since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared a global effort to improve access to clean water. Today, hundreds of multinational brands, political figures, celebrities and NGO's are offering up innovative ways to participate.
While Americans are drinking more water than ever before, the rest of the world's water crisis is becoming increasingly pressing, making it to the agenda of the 2012 World Economic Forum in Davos. That's when a report ranked water among the top five global factors equal in impact to systemic financial failure and fiscal imbalance, with 2.7 billion people affected by water shortages, compounded by climate change and a global population nearing 8 billion.
Two official meetings—in The Hague, The Netherlands and at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City—are taking place today to facilitate a global conversation on water cooperation, this year's theme, but hundreds of initiatives have launched across the globe in support of the effort.
In keeping with the theme of 2013 being the year of water cooperations, we've found some inspiring examples of the type of public-private partnerships spurring sustainable innovation to address the world's water crisis.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 25, 2013 09:01 AM
AOL plans to distribute Discovery channels as its Huffington Post flip flops on Goldman Sachs.
Animal Planet finds room for Geico and other advertisers in annual Super Bowl "Puppy Bowl."
Ann Taylor brings back actress Kate Hudson as ambassador and designer.
Apple plans to offer broader guidance on earnings as it must fight to maintain dominance of iPhone.
Audi releases Super Bowl commercial with alternate endings for YouTube voting.
Boeing faces of extended inquiry by authorities into Dreamliner fires.
Bristol settles Hepatitis C claims.
Burger King drops firm that supplied horse meat in UK.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 18, 2013 07:54 PM
As Lance Armstrong’s personal brand and fortune hits the skids, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN and partner Discovery Communications are reaping the benefits.
The question is to what extent the interview with the disgraced cyclist will serve as a turning point for her eponymous network, which launched on Jan. 1, 2011.
Discovery has invested more than $400 million in OWN, and says the channel will turn a profit for the first time in the second half of 2013.
OWN is turning a corner on per-subscriber fees from some of the biggest U.S. cable and satellite operators, with a reach of 83 million homes and the contractual ability to boost those subscriber fees two years post-launch now kicking in.
So is OWN finally ready for prime time, and will the Armstrong exclusive enhance the network's performance?Continue reading...