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Media Buyer of the Year 2014

If this is the digital century, whose early days will be remembered by the coming of age of such companies as Amazon, Google and Netflix, Christine Merrifield will surely have an honored space among the pioneers. Merrifield is the president…

Wall Street Analyst Explains Why He Thinks 21st Century Fox Buying Time Warner Is a Bad Idea

Doug Creutz, the media analyst for venerable Wall Street broker Cowen and Company, writes about Rupert Murdoch’s efforts to buy Time Warner, “We generally do not buy the rationale for why this merger would generate significant value.” We found Creutz’s…

Matt Blank: The Master of Showtime

Matt Blank first joined Showtime 25 years ago, in 1988. He came to Showtime from HBO, where he had been senior vice president of consumer marketing. In 1991 he became Showtime’s president and chief operating officer, followed by president and…

Media Buyer Of the Year: Chris Geraci

When Chris Geraci began working at BBDO 26 years ago, “The Cosby Show” ruled the ratings, and a young character on TV named Vinnie Terranova, played by wise guy Ken Wahl, was the talk of the town.  Remarkably, Geraci is still with…

Uncle Al, the Kiddie’s Pal: Beloved Original Regular on NBC’s Landmark ‘Laugh-In’ Dies (While Watching TV, Naturally…)

One of the beloved original regulars on NBC’s late 1960s Monday night hit that became a cultural phenomenon, "Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In," has died. Alan Sues, 85, "died Thursday night [Dec. 1, 2011] while watching television at his home in West…

‘Family Feud’ Moving to a New Home Town

The syndicated game show "Family Feud" is relocating from Orlando, Fla., where it has been filming for the past year, to a new home town. It will be located in Atlanta, host Steve Harvey’s home base, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution….

Kids’ TV Upfront Looks Healthy Despite Scrutiny of Food Ads for Kids

Despite regulatory scrutiny of food advertising to kids that began in 2007 and presented challenges to the children’s TV networks, the kids’ TV upfront may rise as much as 5% this year, reports Advertising Age. The rise in advertising is…

Success Story: TWC Slays With Flay Contest

Time Warner Cable New York turned to the steadfast Macy’s to sponsor its “Grill All Day With Bobby Flay” sweepstakes offered in conjunction with the Food Network.The promotion included tags on vignettes, promotional spots and point-of-purchase displays. More than 20…