NYTimes.com Is No Longer The Land Of The Free

I always make it a point to glance at The New York Times online edition. But according to reports, including this one in Ad Age, some content including prominent columnists will only be available to subscribers who fork out $50 a year. (I’m sorry, that’s $49.95.) This is just the latest in the growing media […]

Maybe Al Gore Did Invent The Internet

Influx recently interviewed Karl Carter, Current TV’s VP of Marketing. Karl talks to us about Current’s new advertising model and its radical plan to involve the consumer in the development of both programming and advertising. Is it true Current’s ad model is radically different from other networks-if so why? Actually, the Current ad model is […]

That’s A $3.5 Billion Dollar Account–Yes, BILLION

The top story in the ad world today–Ad Age and Adweek both report on the $3.2 Billion GM Media business being awarded to Starcom MediaVest based in Chicago. The incumbents were GM Mediaworks in Warren, Mich., and LCI in New York. I can’t even concieve of the numbers involved. It just blows my mind how […]

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 […]