Brand News: Furious 7, Apple Watch, Mad Men and More


Here’s our morning roundup of Monday’s biggest branding, marketing and media industry news and happenings. Send tips and suggestions to

Apple Watch, available for pre-ordering and appointments on Friday, releases video guide and hits trademark roadblock in Switzerland.

Universal PicturesFurious 7 breaks box office records with car-dropping and Paul Walker farewell.

Samsung pays $92 million to sponsor 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang (and denies paying attendees at China Galaxy launch) as Asics signs up for 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Mad Men‘s final season gets underway with brand tributes and Don Draper losing an old love.

Rolling Stone recants controversial UVA campus rape story, but no firings.


AOL launches personalized tech support.

Birchbox sees a boom in subscription services.

Disney invests in fantasy sports.

Domino’s extends baseball season pizza giveaway as MLB focuses on Hispanics.

HBO comic John Oliver scores in-person Edward Snowden interview.

Hilton hotels commits to promoting animal welfare.

Honda reboots Civic for US car buyers.

Indiana pizza joint crowdfunds $800,000 following anti-LGBT stance.

Kellogg’s steers Special K away from diet category in the US.

KFC adds chicken and rice bowls and red velvet cake to the menu.

Lacoste surprises Miami Open with a quarter finals performance:

Macy’s reportedly eyes Belk.

Nike Golf releases Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy commercial:

Nissan slows down time at the New York Auto Show.

RadioShack plots hedge fund-backed rebirth.

Tobacco display ban expands in the UK.

Weather Channel fights for continued pay TV carriage.

& France bans anorexic models.