Brand News: 10 Things You Need to Know for Thursday July 12


Papa John's logo with founder John Schnatter

Papa John’s founder and chairman John Schnatter resigns after admitting to using the n-word on a call with an agency about racial sensitivity. He stepped down as CEO in January following PR debacle with the NFLMajor League Baseball also cut ties. He remains the face and namesake of the company as Purdue University grapples with $8mn gift and naming rights.

Alphabet says moonshots Loon and Wing are ready to take off.

Broadcom is buying CA Technologies for $18.9bn in cash.

Comcast boosts its bid for UK’s Sky in a delicate dance with Disney.

Dirt raises $3mn to build a blockchain-based Wikipedia of data.

Disney buys New York city block, bumping tenants for new HQ.

Facebook challenged on how it labels fake news.

Rivit TV assembles A-listers for audience-powered network.

Uber scales back and retools self-driving car division.

Unilever CMO Keith Weed applauds Twitter‘s fake accounts purge:


Kit Kat helped turn a fan’s tweet (below) into a marriage proposal.

Moncler campaign by Craig McDean stars Millie Bobby Brown:

Mountain Dew and Hendrick Motorsports extend deal; NASCAR driver Chase Elliott will continue to do the Dew through 2020.

Planned Parenthood of New York releases edgy campaign:

Spindrift taps Kristen Bell:

Taco Bell continues Web of Fries II campaign:

Tesla CEO Elon Musk pledges in a tweet to fix water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Tiger Beer and WWF partner with Kenzo on “Rare Stripes” fashion line.

U.S. Navy loosens rules on women’s hairstyles in pro-diversity move.

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