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Brand News: Bendgate, GM, Uber and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 25, 2014 09:12 AM

TOP STORIES

Apple pulls update to iOS 8 software as "bendgate" iPhone 6 complaints cause more headaches (and a Kit-Kat kwip) for Tim Cook.

GM CEO Mary Barry makes the cover of TIME as automaker appoints first cybersecurity czar and dispels MyLink claim.

Mondelez elevates Dana Anderson to CMO.

Twitter launches targeted ads for movies.

Uber opens debate with European regulators over ride-sharing rules.

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Amazon loses streaming entertainment head.

Audi, Chevrolet and Lincoln plan to boost ad spending in 2015.

Best Buy taps designers for exclusive accessories.Continue reading...

rebranding

TVGN Cuts Ties with Muddled TV Guide Past with Rebrand to Pop

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 22, 2014 03:01 PM

US cable TV networks love to rebrand, in the ever-elusive chase for younger eyeballs or different demographics, or to reflect a new programming mix, positioning and ad sales focus. So don't get too attached to TVGN, because the channel formerly known as TV Guide Network in the US is rebranding as Pop in the new year.

Owned and operated by CBS and Lionsgate, TVGN is a separate entity from TVGuide.com and TV Guide Magazine, and its latest identity is as a destination for hard-core pop culture consumers, the inspiration for the three-letter moniker. Or as Brad Schwartz, POP’s president of entertainment and media, told TV Week, “When something stands out from the rest, it pops.”

“It’s what everyone is talking about," he added. "When something is so good that it earns a culture of fandom, that’s pop—and that’s what we want our channel to symbolize, a fresh new media personality that puts us firmly alongside the audience.”

As Broadcasting & Cable points out, TVGN's reach of 80 million homes makes it (potentially) an important business for CBS and Lionsgate.

“Pop is an exciting new chapter for a cable network that has made great progress and generated significant ratings momentum over the past year,” said CBS CEO Les Moonves and Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer in a press release. “Our new brand not only positions the channel for continued growth but reflects its identity, focus and fan base.”Continue reading...

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Brand News: PepsiCo, Yelp, Target and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 18, 2014 09:32 AM

TOP STORIES

As another NFL player is suspended following domestic violence arrest, Nike and the Minnesota Vikings reverse course and suspend Adrian Peterson. Other sponsors monitor the situation as PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi signals her support for embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, while Radisson's move to drop Vikings sponsorship turned out to be a smart move. Meanwhile, female fans grow wary of league and CBS CEO Moonves hails football on TV.

Toshiba cuts 900 jobs in PC restructuring while Warner Bros. is expected to cut up to 1,000 jobs.

Target selects brand partners for "made to matter" sustainable push with Walmart.

Yelp and TinyCo settle FTC lawsuit for improperly collecting data on kids.

Scotland goes to the polls in historic vote on independence while Scotch whisky-makers fret, among other nervous industries.

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Alibaba sets to price shares amid investor frenzy over looming IPO.

Amazon expands Kindle lineup and boosts price of basic e-reader.

Apple reportedly plans to reveal two new iPads (despite i-fatigue) and new Mac OS, amidst increasing focus on security.

Audi claims first California self-driving permit.Continue reading...

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Brand News: AT&T, GE, Colgate and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 14, 2014 09:32 AM

TOP STORIES

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."

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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...

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Brand News: Tata, Axe, Uber and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 12, 2014 09:41 AM

TOP STORIES

Tata launches new airline Vistara on social media as Jaguar, Land Rover sales boost business

Chiquita bananas brand sparks bidding war.

Axe goes celibate in ad for new scent.

Uber goes after Lyft and vice versa as they seek to supplant taxi industry.

Robin Williams dies of suspected suicide at age 63 as brands and fans pay tribute and ABC News apologizes.

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Aereo could survive on new Senate proposal. 

Alibaba poses problems for bankers with IPO.

Alitalia and Etihad Airways finalize investment deal for reinvigorated Alitalia. 

Amazon and Disney dispute more than pricing as new Fire Phone ads tout Firefly technology.Continue reading...

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In the News: GM, Target, Darden and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 13, 2014 09:33 AM

In the News

GM nears reinstatement of dividend as Chevrolet won both Car of the Year honors for the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Truck/Utiilty of the Year for the Silverado at the North American International Auto Show.

Target publishes apology letter in national newspapers, offers credit reports, fraud protection to affected customers. 

Darden Restaurants sees 20,000 join work-underpayment suit.

AB InBev puts more marketing muscle behind blue-collar brews such as Busch.

Accenture tapped to take over Healthcare.gov fixes.

Airbus posts record jet orders.

BP vows to fight "fictitous" compensation claims in Gulf of Mexico.

Denny's tries to move beyond breakfast.

Discovery ends talks to buy Scripps.

Dunkin' Donuts expands in US west.

Ford introduces aluminum-frame F150.Continue reading...

games people play

NBC Goes Back to Basics with Million Second Quiz

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...

media brands

Now Profitable OWN Makes Big Bet on Lohan Special

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...

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