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Posts Tagged ‘Rupert Murdoch’

Wednesday Morning Stir

-Chambord says you should drink it “#BecasueNoReason” (video above).

-Video formats are getting shorter. link

-Microsoft is set to overtake Yahoo in digital ad space. link

-Ritz debuts first UK TV ad in 30 years. link

-Conde Nast is promoting its new online video hub with print ads. link

-Time Warner rebuffed an $80 billion offer from Rupert Murdoch‘s 21st Century Fox. link

-New browser extension decodes marketing jargon. link

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Michael Caine Stars, Bores in New Ad for Sky Broadband

Michael Caine makes what is, to the best of our knowledge (feel free to chime in if you know better), his UK commercial television debut in a new ad for Sky Broadband, a unit of Rupert Murdoch-owned broadcasting conglomerate, BSkyB. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly something to write home about.

The rather blase spot features the famous British actor touring a lighthouse that is for sale and centers around Sky Broadband’s free wi-fi booster that “makes your signal reach up to 100% further,” a selling point for Caine. It’s unfortunate that Caine’s talents weren’t better utilized (someone resurrect Alfie, or hell, even Alfred for that matter), as the writing falls flat and the acting — aside from Caine’s, obviously — is strained and unnatural. The ad feels very familiar (in a “not another one of these” kind of way) and is, ultimately, extremely forgettable. I’ve pretty much already forgotten it, and I just watched it several times. Stay tuned for brief credits after the jump. Read more

Griffith Stepping Down as Head of UX at Proximity

Sources familiar with the matter confirm that Denis Griffith, who’s spent the last 18 months as head of user experience/experience CD at Atmosphere Proximity/BBDO, is parting ways with the agency. No word yet on his last day or if there are plans to replace, but from what we hear, Griffith is heading to Rupert Murdoch‘s turf to serve as VP of product and experience at News Corp (still awaiting confirmation on this). Prior to BBDO NY, Griffith spent a year as head of the UX department at Euro RSCG Life, which is now known as Havas Life, of course.

Wednesday Odds and Ends

-New York-based creative editorial boutique Red Car added Nick Lofting to its roster. Lofting most recently served as an editor within CP+B LA’s in-house facility, Plus Productions

-Regardless of its newfound notoriety, JCPenney’s peculiarly designed tea kettle has already sold out online. link

-Global crowdsourcing hub DesignCrowd wants to help redesign Rupert Murdoch & Co.’s recently unveiled 21st Century Fox logo. link

-Today’s the last day, folks on the West Coast, to indulge in a staring contest with the donkey in the clip above and nab some free Del Taco as part of a May campaign from SF-based shop, Camp + King. C+K picked up the biz for Del Taco last summer.

-Campbell’s Soup welcomes in GSD&M and Taxi to its agency roster. link

-Who’s not clamoring for some Soda Shaq? link

So, Michael Wolff’s Time at ‘Adweek’ Has Apparently Come to an End

Hamilton Nolan at Gawker is reporting that the Michael Wolff era at Adweek is drawing to a close. Wow, we really didn’t see this coming. Actually, we gave Wolff the benefit of the doubt and said he’d last until December. Apparently, those 10 trillion Rupert Murdoch-related items were not enough to appease parent company Prometheus, which Nolan says is looking to bring on an editor with closer ties to the ad world. Let’s remember the good times below, shall we?

 

Michael Wolff’s Time at Adweek Might Be Up

How did we not see this coming? Keith Kelly and Claire Atkinson at the New York Post are reporting that Prometheus Global Media, parent of Adweek, is looking to replace our old pal and editorial director Michael Wolff because there seem to be some creative differences regarding Adweek’s direction. Sources tell the Post that “Jimmy Finkelstein, who hired Wolff to overhaul Adweek after several candidates turned him down, now thinks Wolff is a controversial highbrow who has alienated old-line Madison Avenue types.”

Wolff, though, seems surprised by the whole situation, telling Gawker, “I hope I don’t get fired. And nobody, except the New York Post, has yet told me I’m about to be.” If the situation does indeed turn out for the worst, at least we’ll always have the above and the bazillion Rupert Murdoch-related stories posted that have been posted on Adweek since the relaunch.

Friday Odds and Ends

-Milwaukee-based Boelter + Lincoln promoted Garth Cramer to ACD.

-Yeah, we agree that it’s never a good idea to run a 9/11-themed ad for you business. link

-Oh Ryan Reynolds, you stud. link

-Facebooks is apparently spawning a network of ad partners. link

-23 years was enough for Unilever’s agency relations head. link

-Despite all the scandal, Rupert Murdoch still makes a pretty penny. link

-Yes, someone is optimistic about AOL. link

-Michelle Obama will appear in her hubby’s 2012 campaign ads. link

Have a great Labor Day weekend, folks. We’ll let Al Bundy send you off in proper fashion. Thanks for reading!

Friday Odds and Ends

-The director of The King’s Speech helms a new Yankees-themed MasterCard spot from McCann NY (above). link

-Rupert Murdoch says he’s sorry in a newspaper ad. link

-A Florida seafood chain is suing Wendy’s over a slogan. link

-Google is now in the e-book business with a new marketing book. link

-Meanwhile, a Columbia University study says the Mountain View, CA giant is making us all dumber. link

-Initiative alum Michele Pauchuk was appointed president of MEC Canada.

-Microsoft leaked its social networking project which carries the odd title of Tulalip. link

-New York’s DOT slapped Sony with a cease and desist order for illegal sidewalk ads. link

5 Things You Need to Know This Week (In Which Fox News Rips Us Off)

Hey there! If you like money, success, and/or kung fu, you’ll absolutely love this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” in which we talk about President Obama’s credit limit, Fox News’ new show, and how damn sexy Rupert Murdoch is…

Adweek’s Michael Wolff Talks NYT Paywall, the State of News Corp

In part two of our Media Beat discussion with Adweek editorial director Michael Wolff, the media vet discusses his thoughts on the New York Times paywall, saying among other things, if it doesn’t work, then “the Times is imperiled.” Of course, what discussion with Wolff wouldn’t include the topic of News Corp and its chief Rupert Murdoch, who our interviewee profiled in his 2008 book, The Man Who Owns the News. In this clip, Wolff offers his theories on what the future holds for the gigantic media entity.

Part 1: Adweek’s Michael Wolff: ‘We Really Bring Together Buyer and Seller’

Stay tuned for part three with Michael Wolff tomorrow. In the meantime, you can also watch this video on mediabistro.com’s YouTube channel.

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