Posted by Dale Buss on May 17, 2012 09:02 AM
Dish Network runs into resistance for placing its ad about its ad-skipping DVR.
Pinterest valued at $1.5 billion.
Unilever tests interactive TV concept with NBCU.
Angry Birds footwear? Check.
Apple awarded U.S. patent for soft keyboard as Retina Display patent application for OSX revealed.
Boyd Gaming to buy Peninsula Gaming.
Bristol-Myers Squibb set to lose patent protection for Plavix.
Buca di Beppo has aggressive growth in sight, new CEO says.
CNN hits 15-year low with prime-time ratings.
Comcast's NBC Sports Network will break cable record for Olympics coverage.
Facebook confronts skepticism about its advertising in wake of GM pullout.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on May 16, 2012 05:06 PM
Apple's next iPhone will have a bigger screen, sources tell Reuters.
JPMorgan faces FBI probe as shareholders sue the company and CEO Jamie Dimon over $2B loss.
Time Warner Cable and Viacom settle iPad dispute.
Air Pacific returns to Fiji Airways branding.
Ben Silverman's Electus details programming for YouTube's new food-centric Hungry channel.
Chevron benefits from Japan's shift away from nuclear.
Comcast launches Skype in select U.S. markets.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 7, 2012 09:01 AM
ABC News and Univision team up to launch 24-hour English-language news channel for Hispanic viewers.
American Airlines seeks more overseas flights amid US Airways bid, Bloomberg says.
Amtrak enlists iPhone as service tool.
Apple may be ready to settle iPad China trademark dispute.
AT&T CEO regrets unlimited data iPhone plan.
Barclays enters U.S. banking fray with online service.
Budweiser sees boycott by NYT's Nick Kristof, while Bud Light tries to manage line extensions.
CBS steers younger viewers to 60 Minutes.
Chinese consumers are rejecting "Made in China."Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 25, 2012 05:45 PM
Syfy’s upfront event for advertisers, held yesterday at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, celebrated a cohort its research team is calling Igniters — “those highly imaginative people who shape the world in which we live and move brands forward faster,” and the key audience that has made the brand a top media destination for imagination-based entertainment.
The brand's on-air/online pitch to media buyers and brand marketers on the Syfy Igniters microsite: "Syfy sparks the imagination, inspiring curiosity and creativity among an influential audience who believes the world is full of possibility. By opening doors to new ideas, and opening eyes to thrilling new perspectives, we make the unbelievable...believable."
The NBC Universal-owned Syfy, which launched in 1992 as the Sci Fi channel (and shortened to Sci-Fi from 1999-2009), has held steady as a top 10 cable entertainment network among adults 25-54 for 16 consecutive years, and its bumper crop in original programming, digital and gaming media portend many more years to come.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 9, 2012 05:46 PM
As part of its deal to acquire NBCUniversal, Comcast agreed to launch more minority-owned networks by 2014 — and it's doing just that. From a music and pop culture hub called Revolt from Sean "Diddy" Combs, to a startup backed by Magic Johnson, it's a mixed bag that helps America's biggest cable operator appease the feds — but will it really do much for diversity — or TV viewers?Continue reading...
video killed the _____ star
Posted by Barry Silverstein on March 7, 2012 06:06 PM
Just when you think the final story has been written about Netflix — the story begins again.
The high-flying video subscription service, largely credited with driving Blockbuster into bankruptcy, has had business issues of its own in the past year. Now it's looking to a new partner — cable operators — who traditionally view streaming in general, and Netflix in particular, as the enemy.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on March 6, 2012 11:25 AM
Paramount Pictures is celebrating its centennial on May 8th with a new logo that debuted in December. If you caught Dr. Seuss' The Lorax you may have noticed Universal Pictures' new animated logo for its 100th anniversary, which is coming up on April 6th.
Created by Weta Digital, it features Brian Tyler's new arrangement of Jerry Goldsmith's classic score. The previous Universal logo premiered with The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997. The Universary is being celebrated throughout 2012 with a Universal100th website featuring such iconic films as To Kill a Mockingbird plus "new films, classic DVDs, essential Blu-Rays, events, online games, competitions, and money-can't-buy prizes." (The Toshiba-sponsored contest's top prize: $1 million paid out as an annuity over 40 years).
Below, watch Universal's new animated logo and trailer promoting its 100th anniversary, along with 100 years of the studio's logos (including the Jurassic Park-introduced logo at :40); a clip of Tyler discussing how he reworked Goldsmith's musical intro to evoke a century of movie moments; and a comparison with Paramount's 100th anniversary logo.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on March 5, 2012 11:55 AM
The catchphrase of The Lorax — "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better" — can mean a lot of different things depending on one's perspective when it comes to the marketing of Universal's record-breaking new #1 movie.
To purists, it means that unless consumers speak up, Hollywood's commercialization of Dr. Seuss, including signing a cross-promotional sponsorship deal with an automaker, the movie's environmental message is for naught. To Mazda, the brand that's ponying up for The Lorax tie-in, it means that unless some consumers care an awful lot, sales numbers are not going to get better.
But is the outrage about Mazda's Lorax partnership making "perfect" the enemy of "good" — and overlooking ?Continue reading...