• BMW Chooses New Creative Agency
    And it's Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal & Partners. The agency bested Martin Agency, Gotham, Cundari and Grey for the win, estimated at $160 million. GSD&M previously handled the account. According to contract terms, the agency will manage the account for a minimum of three years. Universal McCann continues to handle the media portion of the account.
  • Sheen Manages 'Anger' In TV Series
    His outbursts cost him "Two and a Half Men," but Charlie Sheen is expected to star in the TV series "Anger Management," possibly written by "Drew Carey" creator Bruce Helford. The show is an updated version of Jack Nicholson's character, a volatile anger management therapist, in the 2003 movie. The Debmar-Mercury program, which will have an accelerated production schedule to amass the number of episodes required for syndication, fits Heldord's experience. Heford, a seasoned comedy showrunner, is considered a strong choice to create a starring vehicle for Sheen. He did the same with ABC's "The Drew Carey ...
  • Internet Radio Sees Boost in Subs and Mobile Ads
    Internet subscription radio service, Pandora reported an increase in revenue $67 million, up 117% from the same period a year ago. This is the company's first quarterly earnings since going public. "Advertising was $58.3 million of Pandora's revenue for the quarter," said the New York Times. "Ads for mobile devices, where the majority of the service's listening takes place, represented about half that amount. It was the first time mobile ad revenue had reached that level, the company said, although it has not disclosed the ratio in the past."
  • Another Apple Top 10 list
    This time, it's the top 10 songs Steve Jobs made famous when used in Apple TV spots. Enjoy.
  • Is Wolff Out At 'Adweek'? 'N.Y. Post' Thinks So
    The newspaper is quoting sources as saying that Prometheus Global Media, which owns the trade pub, is not happy with Adweek under Michael Wolff, whose contract may not be renewed come October. As usual, look to the bottom line. Apparently, sources say, the heretofore editorial director (he has stopped identifying himself as such in interviews) and his free-spending ways have only added to Adweek's weak ad revenue. Also a problem: Wolff's gruff management style, leading human resources to tell staffers to sit tight, pending situation resolution. As for Wolff, here's what he posted this morning on Facebook: "The New ...
  • Jim Romenesko To End Journalism Blog
    An aggregator before it became a dirty word, a blogger before there were blogs, the go-to source for news about the news plans to retire from his eponymous blog on the Poynter Institute Web site early next year to start his own site that will cover media plus other topics in which he is interested. "I'm not going to be doing three-sentence summaries of other people's work. That's behind me," Romenesko tells Jeremy W. Peters. But not, apparently, behind us.
  • NBC, ABC Battle For Morning TV Supremacy
    NBC's "Today" show, is heading into the fall TV season with a new co-host -- Ann Curry -- and a challenge to its 15-year dominance -- ABC. Curry joined Matt Lauer as "Today" co-host in June, to replace Meredith Vieira. Both "Today" and ABC's "Good Morning America" attract more viewers than a year ago, but NBC's lead has shrunk to a four-year-low, Nielsen reports. Since Curry became co-host, "Today" is averaging 5.03 million viewers daily, up 6.7% from 2010, while ABC's "Good Morning America" is averaging 4.46 million, up 15%. The gains by "Good Morning America" ...
  • Can't Touch This: USA Network Dominates Summertime Ratings
    USA Network scored its sixth consecutive summer ratings cable TV win, according to an Adweek article. The network grew its nightly audience by 3% while the 18-49 demographic increased by 2%. The network's new shows, "Suits" and "Necessary Roughness," were two of cable's most watched new programs. Disney Channel came in second and TNT came in third.
  • Top 10 Apple Ads Under Jobs' Reign
    "1984" is a given, but the remaining 9 are worth a watch, too.
  • Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Newspapers Form Edit/Ad Alliance
    The Philadelphia Inquirer, now owned by Philadelphia Media Network, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, owned by Block Communications, have formed an editorial and advertising alliance. A jointly produced NFL football package will be published in both papers on Sept. 8. On the editorial side, the two papers will also collaborate in coverage of the 2012 Presidential campaign and statewide coverage, and share both print and online content. On the ad side, they will work together to secure national and regional advertisers, and divvy up promotional initiatives.
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