Posted by Abe Sauer on September 24, 2010 12:00 PM
Eddie Fisher, legendary Coca-Cola spokesman and host of Coke Time series (above), has died at 82.
Brand extension of the week: CNN anchor Roland Martin ascots! Who won't want one: departing CNN US head Jonathan Klein.
Goya reaches out to non-Latinos with "we are the bean people" positioning. Huh?
Legendary New York hotel The Algonquin is becoming a Marriott. Dorothy Parker fans mourn.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on September 21, 2010 12:30 PM
The beleaguered original cable news network CNN is desperately trying to make a comeback with a new brand of talk show. The network hired British journalist Piers Morgan (the Simon Cowell-like judge on the hit TV show, America's Got Talent) to replace legendary interviewer Larry King in January.
But even more startling is what viewers will see on October 4, when Parker Spitzer premieres.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on September 20, 2010 06:30 PM
BHP fails to win key political backing for Potash bid.
CNN and Eliot Spitzer prepare Oct. 4 debut of talkshow featuring the former NY state governor.
GMAC halts some evictions and sales of foreclosed homes as it corrects "a potential issue" in its foreclosure process.
Google, TiVo and Microsoft are racing to build an ad business for Web-connected TV spots.
HP and former CEO Mark Hurd settle lawsuit over his hiring by Oracle.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 9, 2010 09:00 AM
* 7-Eleven enters the bidding for smaller rival Casey’s.
* All Nippon Airways plans to launch the first low-cost air carrier in Japan.
* Anheuser-Busch InBev, L’Oreal and Unilever are among brands utilizing more online video to connect with consumers in China.
* Burberry aims to transform itself into an agile global retailer.
* CNN banks on new faces such as Piers Morgan to battle slumping ratings.
* General Motors needs to go into “attack” mode, new CEO Daniel Akerson tells employees.
* Goldman Sachs is fined $27 million by the U.K. government, but ranked #1 on Wall Street for employee satisfaction.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on September 8, 2010 05:00 PM
* P&G, ahead of taking Olay global, names Carrie Underwood as the brand's first celebrity ambassador.
* Nissan is partnering with Dongfeng Motors on Qi Chen, a new Chinese car brand.
* Oracle's board rejects shareholder proposal calling for board-level accountability on sustainability.
* AOL taps former William Morris chairman Jim Wiatt as strategic advisor.
* Apple lost 20% of iPhone 4 sales due to "antennagate" (in Minneapolis), while the NYT's David Pogue reviews 2010 iPods, finds "modest improvements, a risky new design and one home run in the new iPod Touch."
* CNN makes it official: Piers Morgan will replace Larry King.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on August 20, 2010 01:00 PM
• Geico's vlogging, Facebooking, Twittering caveman is in a Debbie Downer mood today (above).
• The upcoming Love and Other Drugs is about a fast-talking, philandering medical salesman. What does he drive? A Porsche ... of course.
• Krispy Kreme doughnut's latest filling: Meat.
• 1984: Gillette offers $1 million to ZZ Top band members to shave iconic beards; band declines.
• 2010: Rise-N-Shine's Go Away Grey offers $1 million to CNN's silver fox Anderson Cooper to darken mane; fans balk.
• Verizon's "Rule the Air" spot aimed at young women irks feminists and net neutrality activists alike.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 20, 2010 09:00 AM
General Motors hires Chris Perry, Hyundai’s marketing chief, to head its needy Chevrolet division. The move shows GM CMO Joel Ewanick shoring up his team as he taps a key hire to market Chevy, the most important brand at his new company.
Starbucks' sales figures for Via coffee brand come under scrutiny.
Tiger Woods' sagging performance impacts PGA and golf sponsors as TV viewership slumps.
BP may be able to shield itself from suits under a proposal for the $20-billion Gulf of Mexico oil spill compensation fund.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on July 26, 2010 09:00 AM
BP is expected to announce today that embattled CEO Tony Hayward will be replaced by American Robert Dudley. Hayward will leave with a hefty financial package.
Apple's white iPhone 4 delay buys time to fix antenna issue.
Barclay's and other European banks respond to stress test results.
BlackBerry security questioned by UAE authorities.
Disney, Ford, Goldman Sachs & more after the jump.Continue reading...