Friday, November 14, 2008
  • Havas Reports Weaker Results, Further Consolidates Havas Media Brand

    Paris-based Havas this morning announced healthy, but slower growth amid weakening global economic conditions, especially in the U.S.. Separately, the agency holding company announced a restructuring of its U.K. media assets, signaling a further consolidation of media services under the Havas Media brand. ...Read the whole story

  • Omnicom Taps Former Aegis Media Chief de Nardis To Run OMD

    Omnicom Media Group continues to bulk up its senior management team, naming another industry heavyweight - former Aegis Media chief Mainardo do Nardis - as CEO of OMD Worldwide, filling a hole in Omnicom's media organization that has been open since February 2007 when Joe Uva left that post to become CEO of Spanish-language broadcaster Univision. ...Read the whole story

  • Scorecard: BCS Weighs 2009 Ad Options

    While TV bidding for the coming years of the Bowl Championship Series has already begun, Fox's ad sales are still a question mark. Right now, Fox's long-term multi-year deals account for 75% of its inventory--around 50 spots a game--which are sold. But given the economy, the net might not get the CPM increases for its remaining inventory. ...Read the whole story

  • New Programming Leadership At BET

    BET Networks has new programming leadership in place. A former MTV executive, Loretha Jones, and Stephen Hill, a BET vet, will share the same title: president of programming. Both will report to Debra L. Lee, the network CEO. ...Read the whole story

  • Phone It In: VivaKi Makes Deal With Mobile Discovery

    Looking to use existing mobile phones to measure and engage with other media, Publicis Groupe's VivaKi Ventures and mobile media company Mobile Discovery will form a new media research and management division. ...Read the whole story

  • Mag Bag: Layoffs Grow, So Does Readership

    The publishing decimation continues. In the most recent round, National Geographic laid off 13 members of its staff. Altogether, the publisher is planning cuts of 5% to 10% across the company. The Economist Group is also downsizing. ...Read the whole story

  • CMA Awards Music To ABC's Ears

    On Wednesday, the November sweeps lived up to its name as a big event/stunt TV period--at least for ABC. The network's "42nd Annual CMA Awards" pulled in a night-leading Nielsen preliminary 5.0 rating/13 share among 18-49 viewers, which ran for three hours in prime time. ...Read the whole story