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Parents Television Council Is Already Upset About What Nicki Minaj Will Do on Sunday Watchdogs foresee VMA lewdness

Really, you wonder if the Parents Television Council is secretly letting MTV write its press releases. Nicki Minaj's butt-heavy video for her new single Anaconda (why, yes, it does sample…

August 20, 2014, 4:35 PM EDT

What Did TV CEOs Tell Investors About the Weak Ad Market? Telcos, cars and CPG underspent on television

Now that second-quarter earnings are over for the media sector, we can finally take a good look at what senior media company executives actually said on calls to investors when…

August 20, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

Islamic State Militants Exploit Digital Services to Disseminate Video of Apparent Murder Journos promote photos of victim in happier times to counter

The group calling itself Islamic State (ISIS) did something truly abominable by any humane standard today: They posted onto several Internet video services footage of a masked, black-robed man appearing…

August 19, 2014, 7:13 PM EDT

House of Cards' Kevin Spacey Prank Calls Hillary Clinton But we're still not buying the Southern accent

Kevin Spacey, more or less in character as House of Cards' South Carolina politician Frank Underwood, stars in this ad for the Clinton Foundation, keyed to Bill Clinton's 68th birthday.…

August 18, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

All of San Francisco Hates NFL Red Zone Advertising Football advertisers criticized for covering TV screens during key plays

Here's an agreement between The Northern California Toyota Dealers Association and the San Francisco 49ers that seems to have caught viewers’ attention in all the wrong ways: During the team’s…

August 11, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT

Where Have All the Upfront Dollars Gone? Online is only part of the answer

It's obvious by now that something has gone wrong in the television advertising world—upfront dollar volume fell by 6.1 percent to $18.125 billion, including a 4.7 percent hit for cable,…

August 11, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

The 10 Strangest TV Promo Items We've Ever Received Press kit swag from masks to flasks

Television series fight an uphill battle to get noticed. There's not just too much content on television for even the best team of TV writers to watch it all, there's…

August 8, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

Reed Hastings Says on Facebook That Netflix Has Passed HBO in Subscriber Revenue Mark Zuckerberg likes this post

Reed Hastings continues to push the HBO comparison—and to talk up any moment when Netflix passes a key HBO metric—but he has a great one to push here: Netflix's $1.146…

August 7, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT

The Deal Is Off Between Fox and Time Warner 21st Century Fox withdraws offer to buy out TWX

That was abrupt: 21st Century Fox today withdrew its long-discussed bid to acquire a controlling interest in Time Warner Entertainment, a megamerger that would have made the resulting entity so…

August 5, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT

See How Slow Your Internet Connection Is Compared to Other States Surprise: no one cable provider is the worst

Alas, Alaska. Also Arkansas. It's a terrible time to be living in the Deep South or outside the Lower 48 if you're a Web developer. At least that's what Tom…

August 5, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

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