Thursday, March 30, 2006
  • GM Strike Expected To Disrupt Ad Spending, Especially For TV

    Predicting a "ripple effect across most mediums," a top Wall Street analyst Thursday warned that a looming labor action against General Motors Corp. could disrupt ad spending patterns, accelerating the auto giant's shift from traditional media toward online media. Such a strike, the report said, could further destabilize an already troubled Interpublic Group, but would likely benefit digital shop Digitas. ...Read the whole story

  • CBS Finance Chief Squelches Univision Rumors

    Short-circuiting reports of an imminent purchase of Univision, CBS' top financial executive virtually pulled the plug on the likelihood of a deal to acquire the largest U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster. ...Read the whole story

  • Redstone Sees A Window Of Opportunity Closing For Hollywood

    Shari Redstone thinks her media-mogul brethren have the wrong idea about how fast films should go from the theater to DVDs. While both Disney's Bob Iger and Time Warner's Richard Parsons have suggested the time gap between theatrical and DVD releases may soon collapse significantly--Iger has even touted a simultaneous release plan--Redstone argued forcibly yesterday for maintaining the current tiered structure of distribution windows. ...Read the whole story

  • IPG High On Lowe, But Turnaround Needed Soon

    Interpublic's CEO Michael Roth continued to express optimism in troubled Lowe Worldwide yesterday, while acknowledging that a turnaround is needed fast--or else. ...Read the whole story

  • Mags Shift From Laddies To Ladies, Target Young Girls

    Two new magazines targeting young women are scheduled to launch this summer--and although they have distinctly different feels, both suggest print is very much alive, even in a period of continuing "market fragmentation." ...Read the whole story