Seeing Opportunity In The Mass-Media Melt Down

John Podhoretz writing in the New York Post yesterday had this to say: The mass-media melt down is happening everywhere you look Share

CP+B Goes From 30-Second Spots To 30-Minute Shows

from C21 Media: Looking beyond the traditional TV world for inspiration, Fox Television Studios has inked a first-look deal with US ad agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky (CP+B) for new programme ideas. The deal gives FtvS first refusal on any of CP+B’s ideas for scripted and unscripted series, and comes as networks, TV producers and […]

If The Conusmer Is Boss, Where Does That Leave Us?

A bunch of fat cat ad execs descended upon the Fairmont Southhampton hotel in Bermuda this week, as part of the 4As management conference. Stuart Elliott of the New York Times was there. Madison Avenue was warned yesterday that it risked being marginalized by profound changes in technology and demographics that are fundamentally changing the […]

Characters Developing Characters

All sorts of interesting characters are writing books these days. As previously reported here, Dr. Angus has a diet book out. Now soap stars are getting in on the act. from New York Times: A little more than a year ago, Marcie Walsh decided to write a mystery novel. It was a big step, considering […]

Fighting Always Free With Sometimes Free

from New York Times: Yesterday, Real Networks introduced a version of its Rhapsody music service that allows nonsubscribers to listen to 25 songs free each month. Users are welcome to listen to one song 25 times or any 25 songs from its million-song library once, or any combination. Real hopes that making it as easy […]

Go Local Or Go Home

from New York Times: Many newspapers have been ailing as readers defect to other sources of news and as advertisers seek new ways to attract potential customers. The biggest challenge, by most accounts, comes from Web sites and search engines like Google and Yahoo. Both companies reported revenue last week that surpassed Wall Street’s expectations. […]

Ads On Satellite Radio? Surely, He Can’t Be Sirius

In an interview with Ad Age, Mel Karmazin, the CEO of Sirus Satellite Radio, predicts that ad revenue on Sirius will reach $100 million by 2007, although the music stations won’t carry ads, just the news, sports and entertainment stations. Sounds to me like there’s a whole new opportunity for radio advertising to get more […]

Ann Coulter Doesn’t Like How She Looks

One would think Ann Coulter would be thrilled to be on the cover of Time Magazine. But no. On Hannity + Colmes last night she claimed to not have read the article. She says she stopped at the “elongated funhouse photo.” Well, you know, a hundred years of Madison Avenue advertising suggests that it’s not […]

Graphic Novels Are Hot

from USA Today: Nancy Drew is 75 years old and still the hippest girl in town. Fresh from getting a new hybrid car and cell phone from Simon & Schuster last year, Nancy now gets her first graphic novel, one of the fastest-expanding areas in book publishing. The Demon of River Heights (Papercutz, $7.95 paperback, […]

Do Not Pass Go

Shawn points to this Associated Press story, about a SPAMer getting sentenced to nine years in prison. A man convicted in the nation’s first felony prosecution for illegal spamming was sentenced to nine years in prison Friday, but the judge postponed the sentence while the case is appealed. Loudoun County Circuit Judge Thomas Horne said […]