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HBO Series Cancellation Drives Creator From Tweeting Fans to Meeting Fans

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 21, 2011 07:01 PM

If you happen to be in Brooklyn tonight, stop by The Brooklyn Inn to meet up with Jonathan Ames. The creator, writer and executive producer of the HBO series Bored to Death, just cancelled as part of the premium cable programmer's sweeping original programming line-up shuffle, will be greeting fans of the series who are gathering, at his behest, to mourn the cancellation of the comedy series after three seasons.

HBO’s surprise announcement yesterday the show's demise, along with Hung and How to Make It in America, led Ames to take his case to the court of public appeal, lobbying for the show’s survival and inviting fans to meet him for a drink tonight.

Ames had been a lively tweeter during the show's run, chatting with fans and revealing behind the scenes tidbits to engage the show's audience. But he recently quit Twitter to “lessen the distractions in his life,” only to reactivate his account yesterday to commiserate with fans.Continue reading...

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Netflix Easter Egg? Sale Rumors Swirl

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 13, 2011 04:10 PM

“Netflix will be sold by Easter,” Porter Bibb, managing partner at Mediatech Capital Partners, told Bloomberg News. "I am hearing very serious rumblings from inside Verizon that they are very serious about either Netflix or something similar."

A deal with Verizon would put sorely needed cash in Netflix’s pocket as international expansion is on hold while the company staggers to regain profitability, reeling from a disastrous 2011, which saw a number of mishaps for the video rental/streaming brand.

After hiking subscription rates 60% in July, a customer revolt led to an ill-fated attempt at restructuring their DVD and streaming plans with the planned (then abandoned) launch of Qwikster, which sent nearly one million subscribers into exile; so they un-restructured but still lost close to 800,000 customers.Continue reading...

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In the News: Citi, Olive Garden, Volt and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 7, 2011 09:07 AM

In the News

AMC considers reality shows to complement Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

BP and Shell plan to resume oil exploration in Libya.

Boeing hopes rise for union accord that would end labor struggle.

CBS is upbeat about TV business in 2012.

Citigroup announces cuts of additional 4,500 jobs.

Daimler loses value with investors relative to BMW as the two companies race to finish in U.S. luxury-car sales for 2011 and as Daimler's Mercedes-Benz brand plans big boost in U.S. output.

Darden cuts forecast due to Olive Garden woes.Continue reading...

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RIP Smokin' Joe: The Singin' Spokesroles of Joe Frazier

Posted by Abe Sauer on November 8, 2011 10:45 AM

On the 40th anniversary of his historic Madison Square Garden bout with Muhammad Ali, boxing legend Joe Frazier passed away last night at the age of 67 following the biggest fight of his life — with liver cancer.

Smokin' Joe was not the commercial juggernaut that fellow former boxing champ George Foreman became, but Frazier appeared in his share of ads. Incidentally, he was often singing in those ads.Continue reading...

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In the News: USPS, Starbucks, Amazon & more

Posted by Shirley Brady on September 5, 2011 08:45 AM

In the News

The United States Postal Service is on the brink of financial collapse, reports the New York Times.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz hosts political town hall on Tuesday. tests a site redesign as founder Jeff Bezos sees spaceship misfire.

American Apparel is in talks to raise up to $160 million in financing.

Apple retains appeal without Steve Jobs, while iconic designer Jonathan Ive stays on.

Baidu launches app store.

China’s Bright Foods looks to Australia for growth.

Cisco is accused of abetting Chinese government in Falun Gong crackdown.

CW marketer Rick Haskins attracts attention with provocative campaigns.

Domino's Pizza wants to be the first fast food joint on the moon (offer only good in Japan).

Glee star Heather Morris criticized for domestic violence-themed photo shoot.

Google Doodle pays tribute to Queen's Freddy Mercury.Continue reading...

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NJ Gov. Chris Christie: "This is the Real Jersey Shore"

Posted by Abe Sauer on August 12, 2011 04:00 PM

A year ago, a Quinnipiac University survey found that half of New Jersey residents find MTV's series Jersey Shore "revolting." A "Jersey Doesn't Stink" campaign duly launched in an attempt to clean up the state's image. Ah, New Jersey.

Now, the state's Governor Chris Christie has embarked on a campaign to reclaim the Jersey Shore from the seedy image fostered by Jersey Shore ... which was just named the "cable phenom" of the year by Bloomberg Businessweek, by the way.

Christie's campaign to reclaim and restore the image of New Jersey's shore towns includes a visit today to Atlantic City — battling its own image downgrade at the hands of another cable network (HBO) and TV series (Empire Boardwalk) peopled by less than upright citizens. 

Blame/credit an earlier HBO series, The Sopranos, for ... ah, fuhgeddaboudit!

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In the News: Pfizer, Instagram, Hulu & more

Posted by Shirley Brady on August 3, 2011 06:00 PM

Brands to Watch

AT&T challenges ESPN on 3DTV claims.

Audi signs on as Emmys sponsor.

Budweiser rebrands its can.

Burger King, Wendy's, Subway, Taco Bell, Carl's Jr. lead US fast food brands expanding in Russia.

Coca-Cola tests "FaceLook" facial recognition Facebook app in Israel.

Dunkin' Brands quarterly profits slip.

Facebook marketing director (and sister-of-Mark) Randi Zuckerberg quits to launch a start-up.

Google accuses Apple, Oracle and Microsoft of "patent bullying."Continue reading...

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In the News: News Corp., Borders, McDonald's & more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 18, 2011 09:00 AM

In the News

News Corp. shares tumble as company goes on PR offensive with print apology as News International's former head Rebekah Brooks was arrested Sunday, London's police chief quits and actor Jude Law claims his phone was hacked. Prime Minister David Cameron called in Parliament to deal with the scandal, as speculation rises about possible harm to Murdoch's US empire.

ABS by Alan Schwartz balks at design copyright protection.

Amana introduces new online shopping tool.

Australia's government launches campaign for carbon tax.

Borders faces liquidation.Continue reading...

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