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...
Posted by Shirley Brady on January 30, 2012 08:50 AM
Facebook appears ready to go public with $10 billion IPO in early February, despite ire at leak.
Exxon Mobil sells Japanese subsidiary for $4 billion in move to cut refining.
News Corp. reportedly woos Bloomberg exec as Twitter-happy Murdoch sees weekend arrests at The Sun tabloid.
ABB buys Thomas & Betts for $4 billion.
Angry Birds boss doesn't fear piracy.
Apple aims to sell 40 million iPhones in China next year.
Altria sees tobacco users embrace discount brands.
Bank of America shakes up investment banking division.
Barnes & Noble takes on Amazon with fifth Nook device.
Beyonce sees university class focus on her.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on November 2, 2011 05:02 PM
Yahoo, which has been expanding its premium content partnerships, is bringing that content smorgasbord from its media and brand partners to the iPad with Livestand, described as "a personalized living magazine designed for iPad." More details in the press release below.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on October 31, 2011 12:00 PM
Puss in Boots is the latest animated children's film to completely eschew in-film product placements. For Puss, this is especially noteworthy as the character is an extension of the Shrek franchise, a movie series loaded with references to Dairy Queen, Starbucks, Old Navy and other brands. That Puss in Boots is a DreamWorks project also confirms our observation that the studio has moved away from product placement in its animated films. Continue reading...