Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 10, 2013 04:35 PM
Since 1985, Comic Relief has been cracking up half the folks around the world in order to raise cash for the other half. The British charity is partially famed for its promise that every bit of cash donated by the public has gone to actually helping people while all the administrative costs are all taken care of by corporations.
But a number of folks are not happy with the way that cash is being spent. A BBC documentary has found that from 2007 to 2009 Comic Relief took millions of pounds and invested them in alcohol, tobacco, and firearms companies despite the fact that the charity is aiming to cut down on the use of all three. Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 24, 2013 09:22 AM
Conde Nast ends internship program that had been criticized.
Coca-Cola sees more than 300,000 sign petition against Russia's anti-gay laws.
Chili's rolls out delivery and overhauls menu.
AT&T subscriber gains trail Verizon.
Altria gains on rise in smokeless-product sales.
Bank of America loses jury decision over Countrywide.
Blue Diamond swings from Vine for Almond Breeze promo.
Boeing boosts output of 787 Dreamliner.
Chuck E. Cheese makes comeback with kids focus.
Dr Pepper Snapple blames aspartame fears for diet-soda slump.
Dunkin' Brands profit surges on US growth.
FedEx points to December 2 as big shipping day.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 18, 2013 09:21 AM
Starbucks is making China its No. 2 market and declares guns as unwelcome but doesn’t ban them.
YouTube says you'll be able to watch videos offline soon.
Unilever and Nestle rank as biggest improvers in Oxfam sustainability report.
AT&T and America Movil move to expand in Latin America together.
Adobe is boosted by cloud sales.
Apple sees brands bet big that it will be able to scale iTunes Radio rapidly as it releases iOS 7 today.
Audi plans to revive auto production in Brazil.
BMW begins i3 production.
Cracker Barrel sees activist investor Biglari press for a special dividend.
Fiat presses forward with efforts to acquire Chrysler stake from UAW and plans to produce more Fiat-brand models.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 12, 2013 01:44 PM
Executives at Warner Bros. can’t get enough of Harry Potter. After all, the eight Potter films that were released between 2001 and 2011 brought in over $7 billion worldwide—enough to beat out such film franchises as James Bond, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings to be the most lucrative of all time.
But why stop there? While the Potter series has been officially played out, the iconic books open a world of possibilities for other story lines, and apparently Potter author J.K. Rowling agrees. So the pair have reunited over an agreement for Rowling to turn the fictional “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” textbook from Hogwarts into a series of films, Variety reports.
The fictional text was published along with “Quidditch Through the Ages” after the Potter series concluded in 2012. More than 80 percent of the cover price of the books went to a charity to help poverty-stricken kids.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 23, 2013 12:15 PM
Lonely Planet, the world’s largest publisher of travel guides recently laid off several dozen top editors and publishing staff from its Australian headquarters in a move that has caused further speculation about the brand's future—and the very future of travel and guide books altogether.
“It’s like a plane hitting the building,” said a long-term Lonely Planet author, Forbes reports. With the departures goes a large bank of institutional knowlege—a benchmark of the brand.
Since the the BBC sold the brand to NC2 Media in March, morale has been low. The company, which got its start in the 1970s, is a sitting duck at the crossroads of print and digital. “With this acquisition comes a global footprint, not only in the travel guide business, but also in magazine publishing and the digital space,” said a hopeful Daniel Houghton, NC2's executive director and Lonely Planet's COO at the time of the sale.
“The challenge and promise before us is to marry the world’s greatest travel information and guidebook company with the limitless potential of 21st century digital technology. If we can do this, and I believe we can, we can build a business that, while remaining true to the things that made Lonely Planet great in the past, promises to make it even greater in the future.”Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 8, 2013 01:54 PM
Andy Murray became the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years on Sunday—a feat that could boost his endorsement value to $74 million annually, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. “A British man winning Wimbledon hasn’t happened for such a long time,” branding consultant Jonathan Gabay said. “The sky really is the limit for him.”
The 26-year-old Murray demonstrated his loyalty to his endorsement partners when he showed up Monday in central London to take part in an Adidas UK event. Murray, after finishing off the sport's top-seeded athlete in a heated final, took on 100 fans for the brand's #hitthewinner contest. Adidas made sure to show its gratitude as well, releasing a congratulatory post on its social media channels.
Currently, Murray has deals with Adidas, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Jaguar and watchmaker Rado, which signed a seven-figure deal with him last summer before he won the US Open, the Telegraph notes. Other unofficial sponsors, like British soft drink brand Robinsons are hanging on to Murray's promotional coattails after the long-awaited victory.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 19, 2013 09:19 AM
IBM may sell part of its server unit to Lenovo, misses estimates for first time since 2005 and struggles to deal with mobile computing shift.
AB InBev reportedly strikes deal with US on Modelo acquisition, as Busch heir resigns from NRA in wake of gun control bill's defeat in US Senate.
Dell sees Blackstone end its pursuit.
Adidas brings out "Boston Stands As One" t-shirt as CVS Caremark pledges to raise money for bombing victims, along with JetBlue and other companies.
Al Jazeera pushes back U.S. launch date.
Amazon may be unveiling mobile payments solution according to patent filing.
The Atlantic magazine plans to launch paid digital content.
Avis taps celebrities to target "professionals" in new ad campaign.
BBC America and Twitter announce content-sharing partnership.
Boeing may see FAA clearance for Dreamliner as early as today.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 17, 2013 10:09 AM
Microsoft signs patent deal with Foxconn to get cut of Android production.
Dove uses forensic sketch artist to "beautify" women.
Tesco expected to announce the sale or closure of 199 of its Fresh & Easy stores in the US.
American Apparel comes under fire again for "offensive" ads in UK.
Apple has been ordered to remove obscene content from its App Store by Chinese government officials.
Bank of America struggles for growth.
BBC Worldwide partners with Foxtel to build BBC brand in Australia.Continue reading...