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Ford's "Escape Routes" on NBC Brings Social TV to Branded Entertainment

Posted by Dale Buss on April 4, 2012 01:01 PM

Because it owned the house, it was predictable that Ford's new reality-TV show on NBC, Escape Routes, would find every angle to tout the automaker's new 2013 Ford Escape — the namesake inspiration for the show. And it did.

But what viewers of the first installment of the show might not have expected was to see a number of other blue-chip brands — including McDonald's, J.C. Penney, several Procter & Gamble marques, even Ford rival Volkswagen — go along for the ride.

The six-week Escape Routes series, which debuted on March 31st, is the latest way for Ford to push the envelope with new-era marketing formats, where it has demonstrated industry leadership.

And while the first installment was hardly Emmy-worthy appointment viewing, Ford executives tell brandchannel they're pleased with the social TV meets branded entertainment experiment.Continue reading...

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SUV TV: 2013 Ford Escape Stars in NBC Reality TV Series

Posted by Dale Buss on March 8, 2012 07:04 PM

Ford and NBC have gotten together to launch an unprecedented bit of product placement: a prime-time reality series on network television that is built entirely around a particular product supplied by the brand, in a co-produced show by both parties.

Escape Routes is a six-week show that will air on Saturday nights on NBC and on mun2, NBCUniversal's bicultural network for young Latino-Americans, beginning March 31, with repeats on nbc.com and mun2.com the next day. The mini-series will focus on the adventures of six two-person teams involved in a unique road-trip competition in their 2013 Ford Escape SUVs. Prizes along the way include the red-hot Nike FuelBand. The grand prize: $100,000 plus two all-new Ford Escapes for the winning team.

While acknowledging how P&G and Walmart have collaborated on a made-for-TV family-friendly movies, some of which have run on NBC, Crystal Worthem, Ford's brand content and alliances manager, maintained that Escape Routes is "absolutely groundbreaking." She told brandchannel that "the creative piece of this is centrally launching a product and a brand new, compelling reality show at the same time."Continue reading...

brand news

In the News; Apple, Google TV, Vita Coco and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 8, 2012 09:03 AM

In the News

Airbus parent accuses China of blocking jet sales over emissions scheme.

American Airlines parent retreats on pension-plan termination.

Apple lifts lid on new iPad and faces U.S. warning, along with other publishers, about collusion on e-book pricing.

BMW reports profits surge amid global luxury-car boom.

Continental appeals "absurd" verdict in Concorde crash.

Cracker Barrel uses country-music roots to build Twitter.

Dairy Queen expands in China.

Delta launches in-flight shopping with Amazon.

Facebook beefs up roster of IPO underwriters.Continue reading...

branded entertainment

Converse Releases Gorillaz DoYaThing Music Video

Posted by Shirley Brady on February 29, 2012 11:31 AM

Having just released its Gorillaz co-branded Chuck Taylor sneaker collection, Converse today released the official music video for its latest "Three  Artists. One Song" music collaboration series, a song called "DoYaThing," which features Gorillaz with Andre 3000 and former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy. Watch it below.Continue reading...

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Kohl's Promotes Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, From Stores to FOX

Posted by Shirley Brady on February 27, 2012 02:37 PM

Now in the second year of a lifestyle brands deal with Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony despite their personal break-up, Kohl's is sponsoring the former couple's reality series on Univision, ¡Q'Viva! The Chosen, which premieres on Saturday, March 3rd on FOX

The his-and-hers celeb tie-ins come at an interesting time for Kohl's, which is cutting back on bricks-and-mortar stores in order to focus on e-commerce. Watch a promo, above, for the estranged couple's new FOX series, and the promos for their new spring collections below.Continue reading...

red carpet

Oscars Watch: I Can't Believe It's Not Branded Entertainment!

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 22, 2012 04:01 PM

Strange bedfellows, but sweet promise from DBG, Mindshare Entertainment, and Unilever’s I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! brand.

Toast to the Red Carpet LIVE! is billed as a first-of-its-kind web show that will stream live during the Oscars ceremony on Sunday, February 26th on UsWeekly.com, and the brand's Facebook page starting at 6:00pm EST.

Celebrity panelists include a quartet of TV personalities — dancer/model Brooke Burke, model/actress Molly Sims, fashion commentator (and former Queer Eye for the Straight GuyCarson Kressley and cookbook author Katie Lee — all dishing on celebrity fashion and up-to-the-minute red carpet coverage.Continue reading...

brand collaborators

Converse x Gorillaz: Fans Get Ready to DoYaThing

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 21, 2012 01:01 PM

Converse is continuing its "Three Artists. One Song" musical collaborations with a new single being released Friday: DoYaThing, a "robo-funk" (as NME calls it) track featuring Blur spinoff Gorillaz with guests Andre 3000 of Outkast fame and musician/producer James Murphy in his post-LCD Soundsystem guise.

The track is promoting the brand's limited edition Gorillaz-themed line of sneakers, which includes camouflage Chuck Taylor high top sneakers, designed by comic book artist Jamie Hewlett, who was best known for Tank Girl before he designed the Gorillaz characters.

The co-branded collection/single/video launch is being promoted with a Twitter hashtag and teaser videos, which you can check out below.Continue reading...

brand bites

Brand Bites: Scarlett Hearts Coke, Brand it Like Beckham & more

Posted by Abe Sauer on February 17, 2012 12:07 PM

Toyota teams with Marvel for a Yaris viral video, above.

Ford hooks up with the 2012 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue for product placement.

The king(size) Snickers bar is dead. Make way for the fun size.

Below: Coke and ScarJo, Will Ferrell, Jeremy Linsanity and more.Continue reading...

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