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In the News: Whole Foods, Nike, Saab and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 22, 2013 09:17 AM

In the News

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...

digital moves

Sony Jumps Ahead in Online Pay-TV Race with Pending Viacom Deal

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...

brand launch

Al Jazeera Ready to Take On Reputation in US with Journalism-Heavy News Network

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...

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In the News: Best Indian Brands, Yahoo, Facebook and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 31, 2013 09:20 AM

In the News

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...

media brands

Univision Marks Network Milestone as US English-Speaking Networks Falter

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...

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In the News: P&G, Chobani, Walt Disney and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 12, 2013 09:12 AM

In the News

P&G changes Tide Pods packaging to look less like candy.

Chobani lures Kellogg exec to run day-to-day operations.

Walt Disney says transactional wristbands raise sales at Disney World.

ABC sees The View retain vital role in daytime TV.

AT&T pitches Mariano Rivera promo to Yankees fans.

BP blanches at bill for Gulf cleanup.

DDB Chicago CEO heads to Chobani for chief marketing role. 

Dell eyes more R&D as key to revival while Carl Icahn says he'll sweeten his offer for company.

GM seen not adding to ownership in Peugeot.Continue reading...

let's make a deal

Despite Low Bids, Hulu Could Prove to be Lucrative Digital Acquisition

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 29, 2013 01:08 PM

While anticipation continues to build around the possible buyout of video streaming service Hulu, the price, however, is a bit underwhelming. 

Despite its $2 billion valuation, the service is attracting bids from big players like Yahoo, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable somewhere in the $500 million to $800 million range—arguably a small amount of money compared to recent deals like Tumblr's $1.1 billion price tag and Instagram's $1 billion one. Yahoo’s bid (between $600 million and $800 million) is the largest so far while others, like Chernin Group, have issued a $500 million bid. Other companies interested in the service include private equity firms Guggenheim Digital, KKR & Co and Silverlake Partners. 

One reason for the low-ball bids could be the fact that Hulu has been hemorrhaging market share to Google's YouTube as well as ad-supported services including LiveRail, Adap.TV, and BrightRoll. It served up only 1.4 million ads in April 2013, down 13 percent from 1.6 million video ads in March, according to comScore.Continue reading...

video killed the _____ star

Broadcasters Step Up Their Streaming Abilities as Digital Competition Heats Up

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 17, 2013 11:42 AM

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Major US broadcasters are lining up their digital offerings for consumers, whether they like it or not.

"Television networks increasingly need to make content available to fans no matter where those fans are and what devices they are using," said Greg Ireland, IDC research manager.

Disney-owned ABC is the first major broadcaster to live-stream programming to iPhones and iPads starting this summer for residents of New York City and Philadelphia via WATCH ABC, including local news, daytime talk shows and prime-time dramas. Plans include expansion to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago and eventually, buy-in from all ABC affiliates.

"Many people are starting to wonder if cable is worth keeping, and they're thinking of cutting the cord and going online only since they can get content from Netflix, Amazon and other places,” notes NPR. “Live streaming is a way the broadcast industry is trying to cement the system they've had in place for a long time, even as more people are watching TV and video online. So, they're going where the viewers are going, but they're scared that people are going to cancel their cable subscriptions."Continue reading...

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