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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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NFL Backpedals as More Brands Get Dragged In to Domestic Violence Fray

Posted by Dale Buss on September 16, 2014 03:40 PM

The National Football League continues to try to power through its season of peril like a running back knocking down linebackers. But sponsors, social critics and pro football players themselves continue to make the brand's problems hard to forget. 

The latest developments following the Ray Rice scandal include a move by Radisson Hotels to suspend its sponsorship deal with the Minnesota Vikings over its decision to reinstate star running back Adrian Peterson after the team's own investigation of his indictment on child-abuse charges. A Houston TV station reported that Peterson was accused in 2013 of hitting another son, Bloomberg reported.

Other endorsement partners for the time being were standing by Peterson, who was a league MVP and had high marketability scores, according to the St. Paul Business Journal. Nike, Castrol and Wheaties were among the brands still monitoring the situation.Continue reading...

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Brand News: NFL, Alibaba, GM and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 12, 2014 09:36 AM

TOP STORIES

NFL faces advertiser questions as pressures mount over Ray Rice scandal and CBS pulls performance by domestic-violence victim Rihanna from beginning of Thursday Night Football telecast as Verizon backs Goodell and pledges to help league build domestic violence awareness program. 

Darden Restaurant Group sees activist fund trying to take over Olive Garden's kitchen.

Alibaba may lift price for IPO.

GM issues "stop delivery" order to fix 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes.

Apple miffs iTunes users with U2 giveaway as iPhone pre-orders crash Apple's site. 

MORE BRAND NEWS

Burger King is urged by senators to ditch move to Canada in Tim Hortons acquisition.

Dove celebrates 50th anniversary in Canada by refreshing real beauty campaign (above).

eBay changes mind and creates in-app mobile ads.

Esquire promotes male mentorship.

Fiat Chrysler sticks to optimistic view as its Ferrari brand plans to boost output and Jeep nears launch of Italian-made subcompact Renegade.

General Mills creates Chief Creative Officer role as cereal sales keep declining.Continue reading...

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It's Go Time: HBO May Go Direct as Cable Landscape Continues to Shift

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 11, 2014 03:04 PM

The company that changed broadcast television forever by introducing Pay-TV may be on the verge of doing so again.

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, called "Time Warner’s anti-mogul" by Michael Wolff, announced yesterday at the 23rd annual Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference that he’s looking into offering HBO directly to consumers.

"We are seriously considering what is the best way to deal with broadband," said Bewkes. "The really good news is that we have viewers clamoring for HBO." 

As cable is increasingly replaced by broadband, HBO has a fundamental dilemma: it currently relies on packaged TV channels from cable providers like DirecTV, Charter Communications or Time Warner Cable to deliver its product to approximately 32,445,000 US households, (No. 2 behind Encore’s 41.6 million). Its global footprint covers 151 countries reaching nearly 114 million subscribers worldwide. 

And while HBO is loathe to irritate its distribution partners who contribute a cool $5 billion to the pay-TV service’s bottom line in annual revenue, the writing on the wall is clear: reach and grow subscribers beyond those tethered to cable TV in order to better compete against Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Roku and more.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Burger King Buys Tim Hortons, Amazon, Best Buy and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 26, 2014 09:37 AM

TOP STORIES

Burger King finalizes deal to buy Tim Hortons for about $11 billion, with explicit help of Warren Buffett, and will test portfolio approach to brands.

Amazon buys Twitch Video for $970 million to rival YouTube and eyes expansion in online-ad market.

Best Buy tops financial predictions as realignment starts to pay off.

Emmys sees HBO, CBS and PBS score most wins. as telecast gets tepid reviews.

Blue Buffalo gets slapped by National Advertising Division over pet food claims. 

MORE BRAND NEWS

Arby's pursues younger customers.

Buffalo Wild Wings invests in taco concept.

Century 21 partners in videos with cleaning expert.

Chevrolet and Buick achieve sole gains among auto brands in new customer-satisfaction survey.

Estee Lauder expands breast-cancer awareness to year-round campaign.Continue reading...

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With Thursday Night Football, CBS Joins Brands Betting Bigger on NFL

Posted by Dale Buss on August 19, 2014 02:52 PM

In many ways the National Football League brand has become a 365-day-a-year enterprise. But there's still nothing for football fans like the traditional kickoff of the actual NFL season, which begins September 4 when the Green Bay Packers visit the Seattle Seahawks.

That means the NFL itself, and the increasing number of other brands that depend on its success, are about as keyed up right now as the kicking team getting ready to rush down the field to defend their first kickoff.

Arguably no brand has more at stake this NFL season than CBS, which paid the league handsomely to add a package of games under Thursday Night Football to complement the network's Sunday programming. CBS will begin on September 11 airing a package of eight games that it hopes to turn into a prime-time powerhouse much like ABC did with Monday Night Football decades ago. The league launched its Thursday-night broadcasts a few years ago by airing them only on the NFL Network.Continue reading...

brand news

Brand News: Google, Sprint, Ugg Australia and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 19, 2014 09:32 AM

TOP STORIES

Google moves to target kids under 13 and builds its own content and services.

Saab owner seeks partner to secure brand's future.

Samsung buys US air-conditioner company Quietside in smart-home push.

Sprint dives into wireless-industry price war, as it promised, and rolls out new B2B brand, as owner SoftBank girds for US cellphone market.

Ugg launches first global brand campaign.

MORE BRAND NEWS

Aereo faces broadcaster opposition to a cable license.

Aeropostale names new CEO and promises narrower loss.

American Apparel narrows losses but troubles remain.

AstraZeneca says US clears it in heart-drug probe.

BlackBerry prepares for device-less future with formation of new business unit. 

Burger King gets pecked by tweets for Chicken Fries.

CBS goes big in promos for Thursday Night Football.Continue reading...

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Continuing to Make Gains on HBO, Netflix Looks to a Collaborative Future

Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 11, 2014 11:33 AM

Notoriously passive aggressive Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took to Facebook last week to announce the streaming network's latest milestone: with $1.146 billion in subscriber revenue, Netflix has officially passed HBO. 

"They still kick our ass in profits and Emmy's, but we are making progress. HBO rocks, and we are honored to be in the same league," Hastings wrote. 

The streaming king can attribute its most recent success to the brand's wildly successful original series, including "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black," the most-watched show ever. The network also recently announced a new season of "Arrested Development," as well as five new series based on Marvel characters, a comedy special, docu-series and talk show starring Chelsea Handler, and the debut of the brand's first adult cartoon later this month. 

The major investment in more shows makes sense, as nearly three-quarters of titles viewed by Netflix subscribers are TV series. But while Netflix may finally be making significant gains against HBO, its main competitor, Amazon's Prime Instant Video, is growing at a more rapid pace.Continue reading...

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