MPAA Sends One Of Their Own To Firing Squad

Derek Powazek wrote a perfect headline—SXSW to MPAA: STFU—for his post on Kori Bernards, the Motion Picture Association of America exec who dared show up for a panel in Austin last week. Powazek describes the “hour-long firing squad, as one audience member after another directed angry questions her way.” He said he almost felt sorry […]

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Bernie Mac Knows How To Play The Lottery

Chicago Sun Times is reporting the numbers comedian Bernie Mac is being paid to endorse the Illinois Lottery—$500,000 for about 2-1/2 days of work, or $23,000 an hour. “It certainly makes me pause when I hear those kind of numbers for the little amount of work he’s doing,” said state Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock). “It […]

Nike + Google = World Branding Domination

From BusinessWeek: Nike (NKE) and Google (GOOG), hoping to take social networking to a new realm, have quietly launched the first invitation-only Web site for soccer-mad fans around the world. went live late last week and will soon be running in 140 countries and 14 languages. is a free network where members will […]

Federated Media Has Cash On Hand

Forbes reports that Federated Media locked down a round of funding from Panorama Capital, JP Morgan’s venture capital arm. Explaining the deal, FM’s John Battelle says: Choosing who you partner with, in terms of finances, is really critical to a business. I chose to partner with someone I’ve had a long history with, who stood […]

Elk Herd Strengthened By New Blood

From USA TODAY: There are signs of a small, silent social insurgency sweeping through medium-size boomtown cities and suburbs across the nation: young professionals joining the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, a 138-year-old fraternal organization most commonly associated with charitable works, veterans’ causes and Jackie Gleason’s Honeymooners. Like other fraternal organizations, the Elks have […]

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A Single Malt Blog

Glenfiddich has launched a blog, written by Ian Millar and Ludo Ducrocq, Chief Brand Ambassador and Global Brand Ambassador, respectively. Hugh MacLeod says Glenfiddich is his “least favorite single malt Scotch on the planet,” and that the gents titles are inane. He does, however, credit them for giving the blog a go. Interestingly, there is […]