Variety, EW

Amazon Pulls Controversial TV Ads From New York Subway (And be forewarned—the second sentence of this item is a doozy!)

Nov 24, 2015  •  Post A Comment

A special shout out to our former Crain Communications colleague Brian Steinberg for his clever wordplay in the first sentence of this story he wrote for Variety:

“A furor appears to have stopped the Führer. Amazon Studios will pull ad signage from New York City subways that used insignia suggesting Nazi control to promote the streaming-video service’s new drama series, ‘The Man in the High Castle.’”

According to the story, “The ads were part of a ‘wrap’ of the New York City Shuttle, a subway line that runs between Grand Central Station and Times Square. ‘The Man In The High Castle’ is an Amazon drama that has gained critical acclaim since Amazon released ten episodes earlier this month. Based on a 1962 novel by Philip K. Dick, ‘Castle’ tells the story of people in the United States struggling in an alternate future in which the Axis powers won World War II.

Steinberg wrote that Amazon decided to pull the ads, according to Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for New York City Transit and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Later, Entertainment Weekly, in a follow-up story to Steinberg’s reporting, wrote: “EW can confirm that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked to have the ‘Man in the High Castle’ ads pulled. ‘The governor asked the head of the MTA this afternoon to make sure they were pulled,’ [a different] MTA spokesperson, Adam Lisberg, [told] EW, adding that the wrapped train will be pulled from service as soon as possible to remove the ads.”

To read more about this item please click on the links, above, to the Variety and EW stories.

One Comment

  1. You know what would have been a better protest? Just not watching the show.

    Saw the pilot and thought this show looked pretty damned interesting.

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