Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 27, 2012 02:34 PM
If Amy Sedaris pitching Downy in a perky new campaign rings a bell, it's because celebrities have been sudsing up for brands since the early days of Hollywood. Think back to the golden days of radio, when Jack Benny plugged Jello in his opening line, "Jello, everybody, this is Jack Benny," and Bob Hope promoted Pepsodent toothpaste. And in the early days of television, George Burns and Gracie Allen peddled Carnation Milk, Groucho Marx touted Prom Shampoo and Ozzie and Harriett shilled for Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix. Before he was President, Ronald Reagan stumped for Chesterfield cigarettes.
In today’s world of 24/7 social media, celebrity endorsement, backing and entrepreneurship (from Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop to Jessica Alba's Honest Company) have reached new digital platforms. This week Stamped, a mobile app and website that lets people share reviews of anything they like, announced new celebrity backers including Justin Bieber, Ryan Seacrest and Ellen DeGeneres, and investments from Columbia Records, Eric Schmidt and The New York Times Company, bringing its financing to over $3 million.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 13, 2012 08:57 AM
JPMorgan Chase reaches nearly $6 billion in losses on "whale trades" but posts multi-billion-dollar quarterly profit.
Digg, a social-media pioneer, sells for pittance and gains new CEO.
Richard Branson takes on Stephen Fry in new Virgin UK campaign.
Axe replaces bikini-clad women with Kiefer Sutherland in new spot.
Coca-Cola launches Hispanic campaign for Olympics and reintroduces controversial drink colors in Freestyle dispensing machines at UK Burger Kings.
Olive Garden owner Darden to buy Yard House for $585 million.
Facebook starts automating home-page ad buying and monitoring chats for criminal activity.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 31, 2012 09:03 AM
Apple hires Dixons CEO as new retail chief, while iPad sales propel Apple to top of PC market over HP. Apple patent challenger Samsung, meanwhile, faces EU inquiry.
AT&T names new strategy officer in management shuffle.
Bang & Olufsen debuts cheaper line of high-tech gadgets.
Belstaff brings luxury leather jackets to London and New York with dual flagships.
BSKyB to start movie service rivaling Netflix.
BlackBerry-maker RIM posts corporate governance report indicating why co-CEO role was scrapped.
Carrefour names yet another CEO in turnaround struggle.Continue reading...
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Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 24, 2012 03:01 PM
Television shows generally launch in one country and, if they find success, another country might license the shows from the get-go. Or it might even be totally rethought and remade the way The Office was after it was decided that the UK hit was too good to not have a version of it in the States, but needed an American setting.
Fox is planning on a whole new way of doing things when it launches the debut season of Touch, starring Kiefer Sutherland, in March (with a sneak peek on Wednesday night). With the help of Unilever’s marketing dollars, Fox will launch the new show in more than one hundred countries.
Focused on a man and his emotionally challenged 11-year-old son, who happens to be able to predict world events, the show will feature scenes and characters from around the globe who will speak in their native languages, according to Marketing Week.
And while the show sounds like it will be a little unpredictable, there is one thing viewers can bank on: There will be commercials for Unilever products on the opening episodes. According to Marketing Week, Unilever is looking to have “one culturally relevant content platform” and Touch should serve that need worldwide.Continue reading...