Friday, May 26, 2006
  • Aegis Calls On Shareholders To Reject Bollore Nominations

    In its most vocal opposition yet to the imminent takeover play by French financier Vincent Bollore, the board of directors of London-based Aegis Group sent a letter to shareholders this morning urging them to vote against the nominations Bollore has made for representation on the company's board. The letter comes as Bollore has raised his stake in Aegis to 29.1 percent of the company. ...Read the whole story

  • Few Marketers Registering Budgets Yet With Networks

    Upfront negotiations aren't at a crawl. They haven't even made it that far. Media buyers say that budgets have yet to be registered with the networks, indicating that the annual bazaar may be a ways off before it kicks in. ...Read the whole story

  • Idolized Fox Wins The Season; ABC Found, Not Lost, Comes In Second

    For the TV season, the ratings race is all over--including the shouting and the singing. Fox, as expected, won the season in the 18-49 demo with an average Nielsen Media Research 4.1 rating/11 share in the key adults 18-49 demo--thanks to the singing of the TV industry's most-watched TV show, "American Idol"--which, remarkably, grew 15 percent this year over the year before. ...Read the whole story

  • 'The Apprentice' Cuts Branded Entertainment Price

    In a further sign that "The Apprentice" has lost luster as an TV advertising vehicle, the show's high-priced product integration deals for the upcoming sixth season are being peddled for half the amount of the current season. ...Read the whole story

  • NBC Makes Major Changes To Its Fall Schedule

    Once ABC moved "Grey's Anatomy" to Thursdays, it was a near certainty that NBC would tinker with its fall schedule. That proved to be a gross understatement. ...Read the whole story

  • Mag Bag: DVDs At Newsstands Have Bright "Future"

    Bundling CDs with magazines has provided a leg up at the newsstand, but according to Future US Inc.--publisher of mens' and women's lifestyle mags covering games, sports, and computers--DVDs are the next wave for driving newsstand sales. ...Read the whole story