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  • Real-Time With James Franco & Seth Rogen: The Post-'Interview' Interview
    MediaPost: You guys took a lot of heat before, during and after "Codename: The Interview." Were there any points where you felt it might not be worth it, that t ...
  • The Trade Magazine That Wasn't, Sort Of
    First, let's begin by acknowledging that we, of all people, know how confusing it is to be a "trade" these days, but one of our most perplexing trade publishing dilemm ...
  • Thank You, Mr. Sulzberger
    I am glad you have finally decided to start charging me to read your paper again, because now I will actually read it - again. Let me explain. ...
  • Hail Arianna
    So let me get this straight, AOL was spun off from the largest media content company in the world - Time Warner - because that marriage never worked. But A ...
  • Since We Have No Place To Go, Let It O, Let It O, Let It O
    10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, O. Actually, that is an O, not a zero. Get it? Yep, it's the countdown of the days leading ...
  • E = Time + R2
    We're not exactly sure how Randall Rothenberg got the nickname R2. It's probably just the rrrrrresonance of his initials, but we like to think it's something more - something exponentia ...
  • When Advertising Critics Tried Harder
    In case you're not familiar with it, that headline is an allusion to "When Advertising Tried Harder," the book written by ad industry chronicler Larry Dobrow, who died last we ...
  • Media Town 101
    I love that Media Town is run by a guy who is one of the richest and most powerful media barons in the world, but who prefers a day j ...
  • BP, Or Not To Be: Aegis' Napier Raises Some Questions
    There will likely be some interesting boardroom conversations taking place at London-based agency holding company Aegis Group following Chairman John Napier’s comments Thursday on the U.S. government’s scrutiny of Briti ...
  • MediaWeek's Burgi To Paddle Canoe's PR
    That's what some unconfirmed press reports are saying about long-time trade press editor, Michael Burgi, who apparently is jumping ship at Mediaweek to take the job of vice president-communications ...
  • Mark Zuckerberg Ready To Release Line Of Hoodies
    If there is one thing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is as well known for as he is for trampling individuals' personal privacy, it's his ever-present hoodie. In a surprising mov ...
  • Report: Rafat Ali Leaving PaidContent, ContentNext
    All Things Digital is reporting that there will be one less thing in the digital media biz: Rafat Ali's role at PaidContent, the blog he founded at the height ...
  • Adweek Fails 2010 Report Card, Will Be Back Next Year
    Adweek magazine has gotten an "F" on Madison Avenue. Or maybe it's an "A," depending on your perspective. For the first time in 26 years, the venerable trade magazine wi ...
  • What's In A Name? Would A JIC By Any Other Name Spell As Litigious?
    Okay, so we're no Shakespeare. But you probably already knew that. What you probably didn't know until yesterday is exactly what CIMM stood for. Come to think of it, y ...
  • The Future Of Mobile Is ... SMS?
    Don't forget about lowly SMS. It's old and a little creaky, but as we like to say here, ignore it at your peril. Sure it sounds all kinds of backwar ...
  • Bad Vibes Gathering
    Normally, we don't like sharing personal anecdotes to make a business point, but here's one we think may be a warning sign for the economy in general, and the onli ...
  • Twitter Not Selling, But Changing Name
    "Okay, okay," said Biz Stone, holding up his hand, "We get the joke. You people are very clever. It's funny that people are calling themselves 'Twits.' We get it. Hilario ...
  • Quick, Don't Think: Who's The Most Famous Person In Advertising?
    If you're like the Riff, the first name that popped into our pea-sized brain was Madison Avenue's seemingly ubiquitous poster boy of creativity, Alex Bogusky. ...
  • Bada Bing! Microsoft Outperforms Google In Porn
    Porn has been a great innovation driver when it comes to the Internet. The Bing search engine now joins the great pantheon of porn-based innovation. ...
  • Nostalgia Is Eating Itself
    Maybe it all started when Meg Ryan began slowly morphing into Jennifer Aniston (or it might have been the other way around -- whatever, but at some point their plast ...
  • Snnnn-arky
    With names like that, who needs frienemies? WPP Group, and client Dell Computer, have finally cracked the DaVinci code, and it means "Synarchy," the name of their new advertising agen ...
  • Nielsen Flak Jack Had Nack
    It takes something special to pry the Riff out of retirement. In this case, it took the retirement of someone special. Jack Loftus, the long-time mouthpiece of the Nielsen Co ...
  • The Tao Of Digital Media
    As Yahoo demonstrated the other day, if you want to survive in today's rapidly evolving media world you've got to have a little Yang. You've also got to have so ...
  • And Now, A Word From Our Network
    In a startling development, the Big 4 broadcast networks have decided to replace many of their top-rated prime-time TV shows -- including both dramas and comedies -- with a controversi ...
  • Real Media Riffs - Tuesday, May 15, 2007
    COMPOUND FACTIONS -- NielsenConnect, the new compound brand name launched late last year by the Nielsen Co., and headed by former Madison Avenue "iconoclast" Jon Mandel, has "heard from client ...
  • Real Media Riffs - Monday, Apr 9, 2007
    HEEL A CAB> -- Over the years, the CAB has stood for many things: Innovation. Competition. ...
  • Real Media Riffs - Monday, Mar 26, 2007
    WHY THE FUTURE DOESN'T NEED THE RIFF -- Never mind the fact that the past didn't have much use for us either; our long national nightmare is finally over. We' ...
  • Real Media Riffs - Thursday, Mar 22, 2007
    This special guest edition of Real Media Riffs is brought to you courtesty of Just An Online Minute. NBC Universal and News Corp are teaming to distribute free TV sho ...
  • Real Media Riffs - Thursday, Feb 22, 2007
    KEEPING TAB -- When people look back on Joe Philport's long and winding career in the media research business, they will likely notice two things: 1) He has been involv ...
  • Real Media Riffs - Tuesday, Feb 20, 2007
    THE MAGICAL NUMBER SEVEN, PLUS OR MINUS THEE - Some people consider seven to be a lucky number, but it hasn't always proven that way for David Verklin. At lea ...