• Media

    If A Former “Star” Falls In A Forest…

    Not since Belushi doing Joe Cocker has there been a better parody of a musical performer than Britney Spears doing a parody of Britney Spears during last night’s VMAs. The VMAs have become so irrelevant that we need to remind you that they stand for MTV’s annual Video Music Awards. Once heavily promoted and occasionally […]

    / Sep 10, 2007 at 11:30 AM
  • Media

    UFC 76: Lulu vs. Hulu

    There can be only one “ulu!” We gave the brain trust at NBC and NewsCorp some well-deserved flack over the decision to name their $1 billion video content portal “Hulu” after an inexplicable multi-month nomenclatural funk and near-extinction of Fantasia (or Fantastica) from the all-consuming Nothing. It seems Lulu is equally perplexed by the decision, […]

    / Sep 7, 2007 at 12:16 PM
  • Media

    Even the Verb “Tivo” Is Losing Valuable Predicate Share

    You know a product is failing when it loses its all important “verb replacement” status. For example, in the fledgling days of inclusive DVR cable packages, we would still say we were Tivo-ing something. Tivo’s emergence as a verb was a combination of a good product name, good marketing (for the opposite of this, see […]

    / Aug 30, 2007 at 4:09 PM
  • CBS, Media

    Vast And Mysterious Flock Of Unidentified Viewers Still Watch CBS Programming

    Summer ratings are out, defined by Nielsen in this instance as the period between 5/24 and 8/22. The ratings are as mystifying as ever, showing a large contingent of people who voluntarily watch CBS programming. CBS has 5 out of the top ten most watched summer series, while FOX has 3, NBC has 2 and […]

    / Aug 30, 2007 at 11:04 AM
  • Media, Rupert Murdoch

    Rupert Stops The Nothing

    DealBreaker’s probing coverage into the search for a name of News Corp and NBC Universal’s online video JV is over. The two companies finally put that billion dollar brain-trust to work and came up with a name that is bound to draw viewers and admirers alike. The winner – Hulu. Hulu. We’re serious. Hulu – […]

    / Aug 29, 2007 at 3:16 PM
  • Media

    NBC Readddy? Gladiators Readddy? Revamp!!!

    GE (NYSE: GE) is up 0.36% on the news that NBC is going to start airing a revamped version of American Gladiators. The new show will be produced by MGM TV (which produced the original) and Reveille. NBC Entertainment co-chair Ben Silverman began working on the project while still at Reveille. The new version of […]

    / Aug 24, 2007 at 2:50 PM
  • Media, Viacom

    MTV Continues To Be Neato, Swell, Tubular

    Just as MTV officially debates what its “M” really stands for (front-runner: Meaningless, although a close second is Mutilation, if you have ever suffered through Scarred), as people (15 years ago) were just starting to catch on to the fact that MTV doesn’t play music anymore, not that the sound of a 16-year old’s shrieks […]

    / Aug 17, 2007 at 1:28 PM
  • In my mind, I'm already gone, Media

    Slacker Cats…Hooo

    Is credit card theft so easy a cat—and a slacker cat at that—could do it? That’s what the Walt Disney Company, whose stock plummeted 1 percent this morning to $33.95, is hoping. The company, best known for being the sick sadists who humanized mice and for its kid friendly G-rated films featuring highly aroused priests, […]

    / Aug 9, 2007 at 1:12 PM
  • Media

    The Unexpected Morning Rise of Cox

    ***UPDATE: Cumulus Media’s $1.3 billion buyout offer from an investor group consisting of the company’s CEO and Merrill PE peeps has sent shares (Nasdaq: CMLS) up over 30% and shares in the rest of the radio sector soaring. Cox is by far the greatest residual radio beneficiary, however, without necessarily the strongest fundamentals, leading one […]

    / Jul 23, 2007 at 11:11 AM
  • Media

    McClatchy on a block with no name

    McClatchy still won’t comment on its mysterious share price jump since the market opened on Wednesday. That’s right, McClatchy won’t comment on the dearth of company news, the kind of dearth that drives a share price up more than 4% at day’s end. After retracting a bit this morning, McClatchy (NYSE: MNI) shares are up […]

    / Jun 28, 2007 at 4:12 PM
  • Hollywood, Media, movies

    Evan Almighty Still Has 36 More Days to Flood the Mainstream

    Hollywood has had a decent summer so far, amidst sequel saturation. Fortunately for the movie biz, the sequel influx has been void of any huge flops, although offerings have underperformed slightly. Although the industry is still in denial about the margin squeeze created by the astronomical budgets of this round of sequels, without any major […]

    / Jun 25, 2007 at 11:10 AM
  • Magazines, Media

    The Binn Supremacy

    Jason Binn is a lot of things, the foremost being the owner of Niche Media, publisher of Gotham, Los Angeles Confidential, Capitol File, Hamptons, Boston Common, Aspen Peak, Mississippi Delta, Nodes of Scranton and other titles. The specific “Niche” is inanity, as Binn’s magazines cover the cavorting and consumption of the wealthy. Niche Media is […]

    / Jun 25, 2007 at 10:19 AM
  • Advertisements, Media

    Old Media confident enough to turn down condom ad revenue

    Fox and CBS rejected a new Trojan commercial that has the audacity to suggest that people have sex with condoms in order to avoid pregnancy rather than die of Super AIDS. When you’re doing as well as the big networks, you can certainly afford to turn down those revenue streams. Fox actually admitted rejecting the […]

    / Jun 19, 2007 at 11:18 AM
  • Media

    Proof that old media is not dead

    Yet. Homer Plackmeyer, 102, takes his job as paperboy seriously [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

    / Jun 5, 2007 at 10:50 AM
  • Media

    New FCC Rule: It’s ok to swear as long as it’s inadvertent, or Bono

    The FCC in recent years has tried to implement a no tolerance policy when it comes to network and affiliate on-air expletives, with the number of violations and fines reaching a peak in 2004 when networks were fined almost $8mm. The debate came into focus when a US soldier stationed in Iraq swore on the […]

    / Jun 5, 2007 at 10:30 AM
  • CBS, Media

    CBS really loves CNN’s peaches wants to shake its tree

    CBS has always had a crush on Time Warner’s CNN, but the network’s overtures have always been brushed off, after sending several “Do you like me? Circle one:” notes in the past. CBS just sent another note, and Time Warner circled the same response, and even underlined it for emphasis. CBS tag-teamers Sumner Redstone and […]

    / Jun 4, 2007 at 11:05 AM
  • Media, YouTube

    Law and Order: Special Online Victim’s Unit

    Viacom, already suing YouTube for $1bn, spends $100k a month on a proprietary content task force, and even more time whining to the media about it. The task force’s mission is to find Viacom content on YouTube, tell YouTube about it, and wait until YouTube takes the clip down. Then Viacom slams the door to […]

    / May 15, 2007 at 1:54 PM
  • Magazines, Media

    Penthouse finally produces barely legal issue

    Penthouse International settled with the SEC yesterday, over charges of accounting fraud and financial reporting violations. Of course Penthouse settled without admitting any wrongdoing, like improperly booking a $1 million payment from a Web site management agreement as revenue or changing a quarterly loss to a net profit in the 2003 first quarter 10-Q. Penthouse […]

    / May 11, 2007 at 11:39 AM
  • Media

    Sopranos Rule: You can’t hit a woman until you marry her

    Time Warner pulled the trigger and fired HBO CEO Chris Albrecht, several days after he kicked the crap out of his girlfriend after a boxing match. His excuse – alcoholism (oh, well in that case..). Unfortunately for Nelson, his girlfriend has now won the fight by unanimous decision. HBO COO Bill Nelson will serve as […]

    / May 10, 2007 at 9:41 AM
  • Google, Media

    Old Media Brings Out the Big Metaphors

    Old Media is firing its arrows at Google at the 56th annual National Cable & Telecommunications Association conference. Trying to convince the public that Old Media has a leg up on the internets and wireless providers, execs got a little carried away. There was a lot to celebrate – from proprietary content lawsuits to the […]

    / May 9, 2007 at 11:56 AM
  • Media

    How I Met Your Disappointing Earnings

    CBS released earnings today and despite a better than expected boost from interest income and ad revenue from the Super Bowl, losses in the sale of radio stations in mid-size markets, a slowing outdoor ad business and a struggling TV network provided an early morning buzz kill. The main culprit is that whole TV network […]

    / May 3, 2007 at 10:05 AM

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