getting by with a little help
Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 31, 2013 04:43 PM
First Lady Michelle Obama is bringing in the big guns to get kids to eat more fresh produce through her “Let’s Move” campaign. Sesame Street’s Elmo, Rosita, Big Bird and Abby Cadabby are officially on board as Sesame Workshop has waived its licensing fees to the characters for two years making the initiative possible.
“Just imagine what will happen when we take our kids to the grocery store, and they see Elmo and Rosita and the other Sesame Street Muppets they love up and down the produce aisle,” Obama said at a press event. “Imagine what it will be like to have our kids begging us to buy them fruits and vegetables instead of cookies, candy and chips.” Elmo and Rosita joined the first lady in the State Dining Room yesterday for the announcement.
A consortium of Sesame Workshop, the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) have joined forces to put the Muppets characters—which provide a major source of income for the educational nonprofit—in-store and on sticker labels for fruits and vegetables. "It would be a shame not to use [the characters] to that end," said Sesame Workshop EVP, CEO Sherrie Westin.Continue reading...
brands with a cause
Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 14, 2013 11:47 AM
Sesame Street has always been about helping kids learn not just how to count and spell, but also to deal with everyday issues. Unfortunately for America, its prison population has grown so large now that Sesame Street has felt compelled to create an online kit to help kids deal with when their parents get sent to the slammer. After all, more than 2.5 million American kids have a parent in prison.
Entitled “Little Children, Big Challenges, Incarceration,” the package provides videos and activities for kids between the ages of 3- to 8-years-old, such as the animated “Visiting Dad in Prison” and a “You’re Not Alone” musical number with Abby Cadabby and other Muppets, as well as tips for caregivers on how to help children deal with incarcerated parents.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 14, 2013 09:18 AM
Microsoft and Best Buy plan mini "Windows Stores."
Amtrak hires esteemed chefs to ramp up its train food.
YouTube becomes overwhelming platform for fan-made branded content.
US Supreme Court strikes down gene patents.
Airbus lifts A350 to maiden flight ahead of schedule even as it copes with losses from aircraft's predecessor model.
Arby's franchisees helped get CMO ousted.
Audi is top choice of marriage cheaters in UK, survey says.
BMI sues Pandora over fees.
Bloomberg sees reporters' practices become critical issue for company.
Cadillac boosts sticker on new CTS by whopping $6,000.
Chevrolet believes racing on Sunday still sells on Monday.
Chrysler recalls sprinkling of trucks, Darts.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on February 21, 2013 10:46 AM
The White House is celebrating the third anniversary of the Let's Move healthy kids challenge with an old friend: Big Bird.
The beloved Sesame Street character became a talking point during the last presidential election debates regarding PBS funding. Now he's been a VIP at the White House to help First Lady Michelle Obama engage kids in her national anti-obesity program with a new PSA above (see another spot here).
Another powerhouse kids entertainment franchise is lending one of its stars to a government effort. Disney is leveraging its Princess power by hiring out Cinderella for a new spot for the Ad Council, promoting safer car seats in a new public awareness campaign you can watch below.Continue reading...
tech in the spotlight
Posted by Shirley Brady on January 8, 2013 10:31 AM
In case you missed it, here's the pre-CES keynote by Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs on January 7th. The theme: What does it mean to be born mobile? Highlights, as you can watch below, include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (who has given the pre-CES keynote in previous years) plus Big Bird, Star Trek actress Alice Eve and Rolls Royce.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 2, 2013 09:02 AM
Kia names first non-Korean as president and integrates Google Maps.
Avis to acquires Zipcar brand for $500 million.
Nivea woos investors as CEO admits Rihanna was the wrong brand ambassador and brand returns to NYC's Times Square as New Year's Eve event sponsor.
Amazon apologizes for Christmas Eve outage.
American Girl's 2013 Girl of the Year doll addresses U.S. arts education cuts.
Apple sees its store in Paris robbed.
BBC Worldwide appoints chief brands officer.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on November 25, 2012 09:01 PM
K-pop phenom Psy's "Gangam Style" video beats Justin Bieber record to become YouTube's most-viewed video ever, with 805 million views on Friday (knocking on 824 million views now) to Bieber's 803 million for "Baby." Bieber, meanwhile, insults fellow Canadians by wearing overalls to pick up award from Prime Minister.
GM considers Buick logo change and bets it can make the 54-year-old Chevy Impala a head-turner again.
Black Friday in-store sales undercut by Thanksgiving early bird shoppers, mobile and e-commerce shoppers.
GSK and other pharma anger critics by paying for studies.
Hostess Brands eyed by Flower Foods.
Mango replaces Kate Moss with Miranda Kerr.
McDonald's testing Egg White McMuffin and variations on Quarter Pounder.
Mercedes-Benz taps Kate Upton for Super Bowl.
Nintendo's revamped Wii takes aim at a changed game world.Continue reading...
no kidding around
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 21, 2012 09:19 AM
In 1985, Elmo pushed aside Grover, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and even Ernie and Bert to make his way to the front of the pack on Sesame Street. And he’s been leading the way ever since, pulling in viewers for the show and big bucks for anybody who finds a way to sell an Elmo-related product.
But now the man who brought Elmo to life, Kevin Clash, will no longer be pulling the puppet onto his arm, thanks to allegations that Clash had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 15-year-old and possibly other young men. This came on top of allegations from another young man that have since been recanted. Whether it is true or not, damage has been done to the Elmo brand and Sesame wanted to control that as quickly as possible. Clash resigned from the show Tuesday and in what Children’s Television Workshop called “a sad day for Sesame Street.”
Elmo products, of course, have been a big staple of holiday wish lists for children for close to 30 years now and this season is no different. This year’s include the $39.99 LOL Elmo, which is a direct descendant of the Tickle Me Elmo doll that set sales records years ago, and Let’s Rock! Elmo, which sings and comes with a drum set and microphone. Hasbro, which is the main toy licensee for Sesame Street, put out a statement Tuesday that expressed confidence that Elmo will still be an important part of the show for years to come, the New York Times reports.
“People are making the separation that this is about Kevin Clash, this is not about Elmo,” said Jim Silver, editor-in-chief of Time to Play magazine, according to the Times. “The more people make the separation, the less effect on sales.” Silver says Sesame Street-related toys bring in about $75 million annually and Elmo accounts for 50 to 75 percent of that.Continue reading...