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Maxim Magazine Sold to Restaurant Holding Company — Biglari Holdings Bought the Troubled Men’s Title

By Michael SebastianAdvertising Age Here’s hoping this deal is real: Alpha Media Group has sold Maxim magazine to a subsidiary of Biglari Holdings, a holding company that specializes in owning restaurants such as Steak ‘n Shake, the companies said Thursday….

Marijuana + Sushi = Bizarre Local-TV Spot for Medical Marijuana Service — Ad for Medical Cannabis Network to Run in Overnight Hours

By Michael Sebastian Advertising Age Medical Cannabis Network, a website pairing patients with doctors willing to recommend medical marijuana, is rolling out a cable TV blitz in New Jersey starting this weekend. The ad, which depicts a dealer slinging sushi…

Lisa Mallen Named Senior Vice President, Ad Sales, FYI Network

Press release from A+E Networks, Feb. 27, 2014: Lisa Mallen has joined A+E Networks as Senior Vice President of Ad Sales, FYI, the company’s newest channel set to launch this Spring. Mallen previously served as Vice President, National Sales Manager…

Don Robert Elevated to Senior Vice President, Research & Analytics, A+E Networks

Press release from A+E Networks, Feb. 27, 2014: Don Robert has been elevated to Senior Vice President, Research and Analytics, A+E Networks, reporting to Mel Berning, President, Ad Sales, A+E Networks. This announcement was made today by Berning. All A+E…

The 16th Costume Designers Guild Awards — And the Winners Are …

Announcement from the Costume Designers Guild, Feb. 22, 2014: The winners of the 16th Costume Designers Guild Awards were announced tonight. The Guild handed out competitive awards for costume design excellence in seven categories for in film, television and commercial…

Will Ferrell Pitches Obamacare on Facebook and Gets Slammed — Over 4,000 Comments on Comedian’s Post, Many of Them Contemptuous

By Cotton DeloAdvertising Age One of the White House’s celebrity pitchmen for Obamacare is taking a bruising on Facebook for urging fans to sign up for coverage through their state health insurance exchanges. Will Ferrell posted a picture to his…

Why Olympic Sponsor Samsung Passed on Games Broadcast — Amid What Looks Like Spending Drop, Electronics Giant Spreads Its Buy

By Beth Snyder Bulik Advertising Age Samsung’s Olympics advertising never aired on the Olympics. Though it is one of a select group of ten global The Olympic Partners sponsors, Samsung did not buy any NBC Olympic TV time slots. Instead,…

Nina Tassler Promoted to Chairman, CBS Entertainment — Top Entertainment Executive Signs New Deal Through 2017

Press release from CBS Corp., Feb. 20, 2014: CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) announced that Nina Tassler has been promoted to Chairman of CBS Entertainment, and has signed a new agreement with the Company that extends through 2017. The…

Newly Rebranded HLN Announces Initial 2014 Program Development Slate

Press release from HLN, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014: HLN, rebranded in 2014 as the first TV home for the social media generation (millennials and the millennial-minded), unveils its initial program development slate using its new social media filter, it was…

NBC Scores Its Most Dominant Prime-Time Win for a Regular-Season Week in People Meter History

Press release from NBC, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014: NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics has led the network to its most dominant in-season week in the history of Nielsen’s current People Meter sample, which dates back to September 1987….