Posted by Dale Buss on August 8, 2012 09:02 AM
American Airlines faces record safety penalty, tests hotel baggage delivery service.
Amazon sees pay-off from locker service, looks to acquire more patents.
Apple shelves "Genius" TV campaign, puts former designer on the stand against Samsung and plans to beef up security.
AT&T sees 20,000 employees go on strike.
Bank of America brings discounts to bank statements.
Chiquita seeks new CEO as Undercover Boss star exits.
Chrysler’s Dodge pulls out of NASCAR.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 7, 2012 09:01 AM
AMC tries to enlist consumers in standoff with Dish Network.
Amazon expands use of delivery lockers and expands into social gaming.
American Airlines faces record $162 million in penalties.
Apple plans to pull YouTube app from iPhone and iPad in growing rift with Google as it grills the head of strategy for Samsung in court.
Best Buy founder moves on estranged company.
Chuck E. Cheese starts new campaign aimed at moms.
Coca-Cola deals with kick-out threats from Bolivia.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 24, 2012 08:55 AM
AT&T posts $4-billion quarterly profit and sells 3.7 million iPhones (click here for highlights).
Amazon pursues careful state-sales-tax strategy.
Apple and Samsung gear up for "patent trial of the century" as Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7 is banned in EU.
Apple is expected to beat estimates in today's earnings conference call, if not a blowout.
BMW invests in EV-charging network.
Billabong gets lower takeover offer.
Capital One deceptive-marketing fine "unlikely" to change its strategy.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 22, 2012 09:04 AM
Chipotle sales slowdown leads to stock-market plunge.
Kodak risks grow after loss of patent fight.
Samsung passes 10M sales benchmark for Galaxy S3 but iPhone prevails.
Bentley plans SUV.
Cnooc stakes $15B for Canada's Nexen.
DreamWorks buys Classic Media.
Facebook pace of revenue growth closely watched.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on June 22, 2012 11:54 AM
Disney Pixar's latest film Brave opens today and promises to clean up at the box office. The film's official partner, Visit Scotland, is hoping audiences will want to "Experience the land that inspired Disney-Pixar’s Brave" (even as the Atlanta Braves have their legal issues with the movie).
Brave's opening means that Madagascar 3, the nation's top film for two weeks running, is about to be forgotten until DVD time. As Madagascar 3 pushes off, and with Brave's Scotland tie-in in mind, we have one nagging question before it goes: why the hit animated franchise failed to make the obvious marketing tie-in with New York's Central Park Zoo? Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on June 11, 2012 11:51 AM
Film: Madagascar 3 (DreamWorks Animation)
Total Products Spotted: 8
Standout Placement: Cirque du Soleil (by implication)
Most Memorable Placement (positive): Ducati
Most Memorable Placement (negative): HP
Other Product Placements: Airbus, Central Park Zoo, Duane Reade, Ferrari, New York Knicks, Central Park Zoo
Overall Product Placement Integration Grade (1-10): 4
Comments: There are some odd observations to be made about the products and brand names found in Madagascar 3. Most odd is that the most obvious brandcameo (Cirque du Soleil), while explicitly hinted at, is never mentioned by name — even though knowledge of that name is assumed of the audience.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 11, 2012 08:52 AM
AIG plunges back into U.S. real-estate investing.
Alcoa posts surprise profit after aluminum orders climb.
Amazon adds in-app purchases to woo developers away from Apple.
BJ's Wholesale Club grows locally produced program.
Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn quits amid "personal-conduct" probe.
Coty explores U.S. IPO potential.
Cracker Barrel adopts poison pill.
Denny's rolls up Millennial views with "Always Open" web series. Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on February 21, 2012 11:55 AM
"This agreement with China will make it easier than ever before for U.S. studios and independent filmmakers to reach the fast-growing Chinese audience, supporting thousands of American jobs in and around the film industry."
That's U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's summary of a groundbreaking new deal between the two nations that will relax the controls on China's movie market. The agreement came at the end of leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping's visit to the US, an image-polishing visit for China at a time when worker conditions and Apple dominated U.S. headlines.
The agreement included a deal with the Dreamworks Animation studio for a filmmaking joint-venture based in Shanghai. But it's also good news for one of the few industries America still excels at, while easing access to China's billion-strong audience for the product placement industry.Continue reading...