Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 29, 2013 01:12 PM
The NBC Universal-owned Esquire Network, which only launched two months ago, isn’t just serving up bro videos for broadcast. It also has created an original program on its website, “Brotherhood,” that features Saturday Night Live veteran Jason Sudeikis, five other cool dudes, and a whole lot of Chivas Regal.
The Scotch whisky is the official sponsor of the web series, so it appears prominently in all 12 of the three- to five-minute episodes that will run through Dec. 15. According to Ad Week, the show is being pushed with “paid ads on Facebook, Google (search), AskMen.com and Playboy.com” and will get placement on Esquire’s on- and offline properties.
The other dudes sipping along with Sudeikis in the “Original Web Series That Celebrates the Modern Gentlemen Movement” include singer Brandon Boyd, chef Max Chow, artist Bryn Mooser, musician Jon Batiste, and hat designer Nick Fouquet. "These are multi-hyphenated gentlemen who are handsome, stylish, and aspirational—men who inspire us to pursue lives of passion and purpose,” said Lisa Eisenpresser, co-founder and head of development at series creator The Story Lab, according to Ad Week. “We document a day in each of their lives and the demonstration of their craft provides a unique visual thread for the series."Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 27, 2013 02:36 PM
The NHL has long been in the shadow of pro football, baseball, and basketball in the American psyche, but Commissioner Gary Bettman has been plugging away to try and gain ground.
The league’s latest effort takes a page directly from the National Football League's playbook by creating a new television series that gives fans a view into the behind-the-scenes world of professional hockey, Ad Age reports. The seven episodes of NHL Revealed: A Series Like No Other will debut on the NBC Sports Network, another brand that is battling to better compete against market leader ESPN. The NFL found an interested audience for the two behind-the-scenes shows it has been a part of: HBO’s Hard Knocks and Showtime’s Inside the NFL.
The plan is to follow pro players at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, as well as at the pro games being played outdoors this season, one of the league’s biggest successes in recent years. The games debuted in 2008 and have grown each year since, though it was not played in 2013 due to the disagreement between owners and players that shortened the season. There will be six outdoor games played this season, and only one of them will not be part of the NBC series—but that's only because it will be the focus of an HBO special.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 30, 2013 09:22 AM
Apple named world's most valuable brand, passing Coca-Cola, on Interbrand's Best Global Brands 2013 report.
JetBlue launches premium brand, Mint.
IKEA starts UK solar push.
AOL to start advertising on TV again.
BlackBerry starts selling unlocked phones direct to US buyers.
DirecTV plans to help finance indie films.
Ford sends the checks to soothe C-Max owners on fuel economy as company is said to retain CEO Alan Mulally's "absolute focus" despite reports about Microsoft job, while Ford prepares heir apparent.
GM can't keep up with demand for V-8 pickups.
Home Depot scales up Redbeacon service for small contracting jobs.
Intel invests in wearable device maker Recon.
JCPenney remains on the brink.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 16, 2013 01:40 PM
With the announcement of a pending deal with Viacom to stream content from such channels as MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, Sony has essentially put itself far outfront in the race to create a workable online pay-TV model.
The deal is the first of its kind, further pitting the company against a long list of rivals, including Google, Intel, Apple, Netflix and Microsoft, that are all racing to nail down a subscription-based TV streaming system.
Sony's “over the top” model could disrupt the current ecosystem, pitting cable companies against each other, however it “might also be the tonic that slows the arrival of the 'capocalypse'—where enough people 'cut the cord' and drop cable altogether that the whole industry collapses," Forbes explains. Sony’s not-yet-named service works on Sony-branded TVs and PlayStation but will not offer a la carte channel selection, still delivering content through cable's tried and true bundled model.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 15, 2013 06:36 PM
Syfy and Dodge are taking TV and gaming to new bandwidth with an exclusive dual-screen brand partnership. The branded entertainment will tie together Syfy's new series Defiance and Dodge's auto lineup.
Dodge’s Charger and Dart are featured in the television show debuting April 15 while the Dodge Challenger stars in the online video game which launched April 2 on PS3, Xbox and PCs.
Two Dodge Chargers, with exterior modifications befitting a futuristic storyline, are the hero vehicles driven by main character Nolan (Grant Bowler), Defiance’s "law-keeper," and by the sixth episode, they become main characters in the story. "While 'Defiance' is set in the year 2046, the featured Dodge Charger stays true to its DNA,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO Dodge Brand in a press release. “It has timeless performance and technological capabilities needed to survive in a futuristic world, while the Challenger video game integration allows enthusiasts to interact with the iconic muscle car in ways they might not have imagined possible."Continue reading...
brand vs. brand
Posted by Dale Buss on April 11, 2013 04:45 PM
Ladies, this is not your mother's weight-loss plan! Weight Watchers—which also lately has taken aim at men—and Slim-Fast are overhauling their approach to marketing in more significant ways than ever, as the dieting industry continues to grow but also has welcomed new forms of competition.
Slim-Fast's new approach is the more striking one, perhaps because the Unilever-owned brand has been dwindling steadily for years since it was synonymous with weight-loss products. Its new "Get What You Want" advertising campaign communicates the real reason women want to lose weight, and it has to do with sex appeal, not health and fitness.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 3, 2012 09:47 AM
As the grandfather of streaming video, Netflix has suffered the slings and arrows of being out front, exacerbated by hubris and internal missteps.
The video rental company's announcement of separate fees for DVD and streaming services a year ago was a disaster, one that was exacerbated by CEO Reed Hastings’ foot-in-mouth comment regarding subscriber outrage, "It's something we'll monitor, but Americans are somewhat self-absorbed."
“Despite shrinking margins, a weakening balance sheet and increased competition, the stock was bullet-proof. Netflix was the great Achilles that vanquished Blockbuster Video with a little assistance from Coinstar's Redbox. But like Achilles, Netflix was not invulnerable,” notes Seeking Alpha.
Enter Amazon and its move to free video streaming with Amazon Prime in February 2011, membership priced at $79/year, including free Super Saver Shipping, free book rentals via Kindle and the add-on to rent or buy digital movies and TV shows for an additional fee providing newer content overall than on Netflix.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 26, 2012 09:02 AM
KFC degrees now an educational option in the UK.
NBC Universal says Olympics ad sales reach $1 billion.
Roku raises $45M from News Corp. and others.
Alcatel-Lucent to slash jobs after loss.
Amazon and Apple heat up their war on multiple fronts.
Boeing improves forecast.Continue reading...