Posted by Dale Buss on September 27, 2010 09:00 AM
Comcast and GE name Comcast COO Steve Burke as new CEO of NBC Universal, replacing Jeff Zucker after the NBCU sale to Comcast closes.
Alberto Culver has been sold to Unilever for $3.7 billion in cash.
AIG will lose the US Treasury as a part-owner.
Apple's Ping music-based social network incorporates users' iTunes libraries.
Barnes & Noble ownership battle nears its climax.
BP pressured to restore reputation and stock price as new CEO Robert Dudley takes the reins on Friday.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 17, 2010 10:30 AM
With today's launch of original Web series FCU: Fact Checkers Unit, NBC is making good on its growing commitment to the world of sponsored, digital shortform branded entertainment.
The Samsung-sponsored series debuts with three episodes on NBC.com and SyFy.com, on iTunes and "all major" cable operators' video-on-demand lineups and mobile platforms in the U.S. Internationally, it's available on the digital platforms of Syfy in the U.K., Syfy Universal throughout Asia/Pacific and The Sci Fi Channel in Australia.
The first trio of Webisodes features 90210 star Luke Perry, Donald Faison of Scrubs and model Karolina Kurkova in a comic spoof of life at Dictum, a fictional magazine. The series is also wooing viewers across NBCU's media properties, and on Facebook and Twitter.
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 9, 2010 06:30 PM
• Add India and Germany (but not Oman) to the list of countries giving Research in Motion a hard time about BlackBerry security, as RIM reportedly reaches an agreement with the government of Saudi Arabia.
• H-P's slide on the New York Stock Exchange today was its worst in six years, as Oracle chief Larry Ellison denounced Hurd's ouster, which is being questioned on Wall Street. Reuters asks: What does this mean for "The HP Way"?
• Google and Verizon's net neutrality proposal today is parsed in Salon, Wired, NYT, TechCrunch, AllThingsD, and beyond, while the Wall Street Journal examines Google's seven-page internal memo "agonizing" over privacy and advertising.
• LeBron James' Miami Heat debut isn't generating a rush for tickets due to team's real-time sales.
• Lowe's settles a class action suit over defective drywall with $6.5 million in customer gift cards.Continue reading...
mom's the word
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 29, 2010 01:00 PM
While BlogHer attracts more than so-called "mommy bloggers" (a term uniformly disliked by moms who blog, by the way), its sixth annual conference, taking place next week in New York, has attracted a slew of high-profile brand sponsors.
P&G, PepsiCo, Hillshire Farm/Jimmy Dean, and Walmart are among the brand marketers paying for exposure as BlogHer 2010 Diamond Sponsors.
BlogHer reaches more than 20 million women each month. Its goal is simple.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on July 28, 2010 06:15 PM
Google Webmaster Matt Cutts shares tips on how to capitalize on Twitter (interesting re this).
More from Apple, BP, Comcast, Facebook and more after the jump.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 28, 2010 09:00 AM
Google is developing a rival (not clone, says CEO Eric Schmidt) to Facebook. One of the parties it's talking to: Playdom, a social games developer that was just bought by Disney for $763 million.
Amazon incorporates Facebook recommendations, while Kindle sees first million bestselling author: Stieg Larsson.
Apple unveils $69 "magic trackpad."
BMW gets wrist slapped in the U.K. for ad claiming "0% emissions."
Continental-United merger receives EU go-ahead to create the world's largest airline.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 14, 2010 12:00 PM
Turner Broadcasting and NBC Universal are thisclose to signing Piers Morgan to CNN to succeed Larry King, reports the New York Times. His deal: a possible three-year contract valued up to $8 million, adds the New York Post.
Morgan, whose CNN negotiations surfaced last month, is best-known in the U.S. as the snarky British judge on America’s Got Talent, albeit a slightly gentler version of his countryman Simon Cowell. Word is that Morgan will sign if he can continue as a judge through 2013.
He's made it known his dream job is at CNN, which has reportedly spoken to a variety of on-air talent including Katie Couric to take over King's timeslot when he steps down later this year. Is Morgan a worthy successor to King — and a smart move for the CNN brand?Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on July 14, 2010 09:00 AM
BP halts plan to seal new cap as more testing is required.
CNN is thisclose to signing Piers Morgan to replace Larry King.
Comcast wins E.U. approval for NBC Universal deal.
Apple shares dip on iPhone 4 recall uncertainty.
American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia get E.U. approval for alliance.Continue reading...