Posted by Dale Buss on September 27, 2013 09:33 AM
McDonald's draws praise for healthier-food initiative.
Barilla CEO apologizes for anti-gay comments.
BlackBerry loses nearly $1 billion in quarter as customers are urged to be cautious about company's future.
Allstate spreads "Mayhem" across social media.
Apple issues update for iOS 7 to fix lock-screen bug.
Bloomberg News shuffles management.
Chrysler fixes problem that had stalled output of new Jeep Cherokee.
Dove marketing execs take home 'Grand Brand Genius' award at Ad Week for viral 'Sketches' ad.
Dunkin' Donuts launches t-shirt design contest.
EA settles suit but pauses NCAA game over outcome.
Eight O'Clock Coffee launches TV spots after seven-year hiatus.Continue reading...
the revolution will be televised
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 19, 2013 07:07 PM
When the NBA season ended last spring, it seemed inevitable that the Sacramento Kings, a team that had been rumored to be skipping town for years, would finally be sold and moved to Seattle or Virginia Beach or some other place, but Mayor Kevin Johnson—a former NBA player himself—shepherded the team through a sale and a promise for a new arena.
Sacramento Kings fans—however many there actually are—rejoiced. And to thank them, the team will broadcast its first game on October 30 against the Denver Nuggets on ABC with absolutely no commercials, according to ProBasketballTalk.com. The game coming from Sleep Train Arena won’t have one single shout-out for any product, except of course, Sleep Train Mattress Centers.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 19, 2013 09:17 AM
Apple garners upbeat reviews for new iPhone and iOS 7.
BlackBerry slashes workforce by up to 40 percent.
Facebook gets First Amendment protection for “likes.”
Checkers prepares for IPO, report says.
Chili’s sees boost in checks from new table-top ordering system.
Chipotle gets more than 5 million views of Scarecrow documentary.
Dish Network wins legal victory over ABC in DVR fight.
Fisker Automotive sees its green loan from US headed for auction.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 22, 2013 09:17 AM
Whole Foods Markets shaves price points.
Nike celebrates 25 years of "Just Do It."
Saab gets ready to re-start production.
Abercrombie & Fitch profit drops by one-third and outlook dims.
Bill Ackman explains himself.
American Greetings turns to One Direction.
Coca-Cola loses North America marketing exec.
Eli Lilly now is subject of bribery investigation in China.
Farmers Insurance partnership with NASCAR pays off.
Fox News fires top communications executive.
GM keeps refreshing Opel models to boost brand.
HP can't stem slide in PC sales.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 16, 2013 01:40 PM
With the announcement of a pending deal with Viacom to stream content from such channels as MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, Sony has essentially put itself far outfront in the race to create a workable online pay-TV model.
The deal is the first of its kind, further pitting the company against a long list of rivals, including Google, Intel, Apple, Netflix and Microsoft, that are all racing to nail down a subscription-based TV streaming system.
Sony's “over the top” model could disrupt the current ecosystem, pitting cable companies against each other, however it “might also be the tonic that slows the arrival of the 'capocalypse'—where enough people 'cut the cord' and drop cable altogether that the whole industry collapses," Forbes explains. Sony’s not-yet-named service works on Sony-branded TVs and PlayStation but will not offer a la carte channel selection, still delivering content through cable's tried and true bundled model.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 14, 2013 05:56 PM
Al Jazeera America, already dubbed AJAM, an offshoot of the Al Jazeera media conglomerate funded by the government of Qatar, is readying to make its debut in a market where it already has history—though it hopes US viewers will quickly forget that.
After buying its way in on the back of Al Gore's failed Current TV, the network, which has 70 offices around the world, has set up shop in dozens of markets across the US, where it is headquartered in New York but also has bureaus in underserved cities including Seattle, Nashville and Detroit. Aiming to corner the nonpartisan, investigative journalism market that has all but disappeared from US news networks, the brand faces a unique and trying flaw in its reputation. Al Jazeera seems to jar only one memory in the minds of Americans—9/11.
Prior to its foray into mainstream US media, Americans had only heard Al Jazeera's name in relation to grainy al-Qaeda videos delivered from the hands of terrorism mastermind Osama Bin Laden and anti-American views on the wars in the Middle East. While years have passed since Bush-era Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld accused the network of "promoting terrorism," the network is still very conscious of the sensitivities to the brand in the US market—so much so that the new branch's acronym, AJAM, was quickly adopted to create a decided mental break from its parent company and affiliates.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 31, 2013 09:20 AM
Tata is ranked No. 1 in Interbrand's Best Indian Brands 2013 report.
Yahoo and NBC team up to develop cross-platform sports shows.
Facebook plans to sell TV-style ads for $2.5 million each, as it moves into mobile games publishing.
Ford and Toby Keith ride again, as automaker announces plans to offer F-150 that rides on natural gas.
ABC leads rival networks in summer ratings.
Accenture is in talks about acquiring Booz & Co.
Air Products & Chemicals sees activist investor Bill Ackman take nearly a 10 percent stake in company.
BP fund for Gulf spill is running out.
Candia, a French milk brand, plans to set up shop in China to take advantage of consumer concerns.
CBS continues to court boomers.
Coach shuffles management after weak results.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 24, 2013 03:52 PM
For the first time in TV history, a non-english speaking network has come out on top. Univision was crowned July's sweeps victor over Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC with an average of 1.81 million viewers aged 18 to 49, according to Nielsen. The victory speaks to the demographical changes in the US, as well as the widespread struggles that other networks have had sustaining popular programming, especially during the slow summer season.
The network's full-page ads in The New York Times, LA Times and Wall Street Journal trumpeted, "Numero Uno is the new Number One." The company also published a statement on Slate: “Univision swept ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. For the first time ever, the Network’s no-repeat lineup of primetime novelas, variety and sports made Univision America’s New #1 Network among both adults 18 – 34 and 18 – 49, including men and women. In any language.”
The network, which boasted all original programming and an average viewer age of 37, had big gains thanks to its youth awards show, "Premios Juventud," which scored close to five million viewers, as well as soccer matches Copa Oro and CONCACAF and popular telenovela Amores Verdaderos.Continue reading...