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Brand News: Time Warner, Comcast, Samsung and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 16, 2014 08:53 AM

TOP STORIES

Airbnb prepares brand refresh and woos New York.

Samsung concludes 10-month World Cup soccer campaign with finale to "The Match" (above).

Tech "odd couple" Apple and IBM team up for enterprise mobility.

Time Warner shares soar after reportedly rejecting $80 billion Murdoch bid.

Comcast apologizes for customer service call embarrassment.

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AOL patents web-like response ads for TV.

Archie comics kills off namesake character as Marvel makes Thor a her.

Facebook brand stories perform better than traditional ads.

GE tests Snapchat marketing.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Big Tobacco Gets Bigger, Alibaba Gets Mad Men and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 15, 2014 09:24 AM

TOP STORIES

Reynolds American buys rival Lorillard to create new tobacco giant in $25 billion deal.

Crumbs Bake Shop files for bankruptcy as investor group makes plans.

PepsiCo brands take spotlight at Tuesday's All-Star Game, as Nike's Jordan Brand spot honors Derek Jeter.

Alibaba, pre-IPO valued at $130 billion, makes entertainment push with Lions Gate streaming TV deal bringing Mad Men to China.

Metallica stars in ESPN's latest SportsCenter ad.

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ANA takes aim at bot fraud with help from advertisers.

Apple denied Touch ID trademark by USPTO.

BMW shares battery technology with rivals.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Uber Taps AMEX, Burberry Wraps Up, Sony at E3 and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 10, 2014 09:03 AM

TOP 5 STORIES

American Express partners with Uber, whose $18 billion valuation parsed by the New York Times.

Burberry features Cara Delevigne and Suki Waterhouse in new Autumn/Winter 2014 campaign.

GLAAD picks nine best brand campaigns for LGBT Pride month.

PayPal president moves to Facebook to lead messaging as new photo-messaging app revealed.

Sony reveals Playstation TV at E3.

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Abercrombie & Fitch names new president as part of brand revamp.

Apple, moving creative in-house, reportedly aims to build 1,000-member team.

AT&T settles suit over refusal to carry Al Jazeera on U-verse.

Buick finds traction with Vine/YouTube project.

H&M online lookbook can be remixed like a music playlist.

HP takes a page from gaming in new high-end computing line.

Mariah Carey launches Butterfly, a social network and beverage brand.Continue reading...

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Time Inc. Sets Out On Its Own as Time Warner Eyes a Slice of VICE

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 9, 2014 04:17 PM

As the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange rang this morning, 91-year-old publishing juggernaut Time Inc. officially made its public debut after a contentious and lengthy spin-off process from corporate parent, Time Warner Inc., which may be looking to get younger and hipper by buying a piece of a younger media empire: VICE.

In what will be a very public test of the print industry in a world overtaken by digital players like Vox and BuzzFeed, Time Inc. is now the only publicly-traded company in the US with just magazines in its portfolio, adding pressure to the digitally-challenged publisher who will now rely solely on its media brands including TIME, Sports Illustrated and People for its future fortunes.

The media company, renowned for an impressive empire that includes more than 70 overseas and 23 domestic magazines, has for the last decade seen revenues fall by 34 percent and cut its operating profit by 59 percent. Overall magazine circulation has dropped 1.4 percent in the second half of 2013 compared to the second half of 2012, according to Audited Media, with paid subscriptions, which account for 90 percent of total circulation, falling flat in the same period.Continue reading...

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Brand News: adidas Steps Up for World Cup, Tyson Wins Hillshire and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 9, 2014 08:57 AM

TOP 5 STORIES

adidas partners with YouTube for The Dugout World Cup streaming channel, and leads FIFA sponsors calling for an inquiry into Qatar's bid. Above, its latest World Cup spot (with David Beckham, Lucas Moura, Zinedine Zidane and Gareth Bale), which has passed 9 million views since Friday.

Tyson Foods wins bidding for Hillshire Brands.

Amazon starts managing payments for third parties.

Barclays joins wearable tech revolution with contactless payment wristbands.

Gap Inc. becomes first US retailer in Myanmar with Old Navy and Banana Republic manufacturing.Continue reading...

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HLN Lets Viewers Lead the Conversation with Social-Focused Overhaul

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 11, 2014 12:57 PM

Time Warner's HLN network is stepping back from the "Nancy Grace’d" murder trial coverage of stories ripped from the headlines to topics trending on today’s hottest viral sites, as the cable network aims to be the first-screen home for second- and third-screen content.

Targeting viewers born between 1977 and 1992, the network said it plans to "curate the news from across all platforms." "Headlines will be ripped from the most ‘plugged-in’ sites and blogs, and HLN will make it its mission to share the trending news, viral events and stories that have viewers most obsessed, plus discover emerging social stars.”

HLN will hold on to its high-profile programs, including Morning Express with Robin Meade, News Now, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Dr. Drew On Call, and Nancy Grace, but will debut a custom version of RightThisMinute, which will debut at the 10 p.m. slot. The show, produced by MagicDust Television and syndicated by MGM Domestic Television Distribution, searches out hot stories "before they go viral."Continue reading...

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Guy Fawkes: The Anti-Establishment Brand Takes On a Whole New Face

Posted by Barry Silverstein on November 6, 2013 02:02 PM

Election Day may have been an off-year for American voters, but in cities around the world, a different kind of public display was taking place on November 5.

Spurred on by the hacking collective, Anonymous, a "Million Mask March" occurred in some 450 cities to protest government corruption and economic inequality. It's believed to be the first time Anonymous went beyond what had been primarily online activism to encourage a public protest in the streets. The event's website indicated the Million Mask March was a "Call for Anonymous, WikiLeaks, The Pirate Party, Occupy and Oath Keepers to Unite Marchers, Occupiers, Whistleblowers and Hacktivists."

Most of the protesters at events in such cities as Amsterdam, London, Mumbai, and Washington, D.C. were wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, which depicts a somewhat unsettling chalky white face, adorned with a slim mustache/goatee and a devilish smile. While November 5, Guy Fawkes Day, is a British remembrance of a guy who many might consider a terrorist (in 1605, he tried to blow up the English Parliament in his support of Catholicism), he has become, quite literally, the face of modern-day anti-establishment protests. In the past few years, for example, it has shown up on the faces of Occupy Wall Street protesters, and earlier this year, it was worn by Bahraini protestors. Recently, the mask has appeared at protests against NSA surveillance.Continue reading...

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After 70 Years, Gotham Finds New Life in Film, TV and Books

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 9, 2013 07:33 PM

While Batman has been roaming Gotham City since the winter of 1940, the fictional city, which is entrenched in pop culture, is still changing.  

The trademark for “Gotham” was registered by Twentieth Century Fox earlier this year for a dramatic television series and online distribution as well as blogs, amusement park rides, and a live musical, comedy, or dramatic performance, Bleedingcool.com reports. However, Fox later released the trademark to Time Warner's DC Comics, which has plans to develop a TV show around the destination.

According to Comicbook.com, there is a Batman television series in the works called “Gotham PD” that would occur somewhere between the franchises' two latest films, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. As fans know, Batman played a small role in both films, leading to the show's focus on Gotham's PD. As the site points out, Time Warner may be “planning to save Batman for the big screen” where he’ll be seen in Batman vs. Superman, which is expected to be released in 2015. That big-screen adaptation will feature the series' latest controversial Batman, Ben Affleck.Continue reading...

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