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Will Paula Deen Serve Up a Comeback in 2014? Shamed celeb cook quietly resurfaces

A new year invariably fills brands with visions of possibilities. Count Paula Deen among them. The onetime queen of Southern cooking—who suffered a messy fall from her throne this past summer…

January 6, 2014, 11:01 PM EST

Toys R Us' Holiday Ads Employ Prankvertising Element of surprise at center of huge effort

It might still be five weeks before Black Friday, but Toys "R" Us already rolling out a holidays campaign isn't shocking. Better a little bit early than a little bit…

October 21, 2013, 6:08 PM EDT

The Restaurant Business Is Like the News Business, Says Geoffrey Zakarian Lots of reading, no TV

Specs Who Geoffrey Zakarian Age 54 Accomplishments Chef and restaurateur (including The Lambs Club and The National Bar & Dining Rooms in New York); winner of Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs;…

August 8, 2013, 11:44 PM EDT

Scripps Cautious When It Comes to Buying Tribune's Stake in Food Scatter pricing, upfront pricing both up

Scripps Networks Interactive CFO Joe NeCastro said today that the company was in no hurry to buy the remaining stake in Food Network still owned by Tribune on the company's…

August 8, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

The Cooking Channel Finds Traction in the Marketplace Presentation is everything

During this year’s advance buying season, clients and agencies are finally getting to sample the Cooking Channel’s ratings and buy guaranteed inventory after two-and-a-half years in the oven. And owner…

August 5, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

Standard Media Index Survey Dings ESPN, MTV, E! for Calendar Year to Date Major cable networks down year-over-year

Ratings, meet results: advertisers were bearish on ESPN during the first half of the year, but they were nuts for the A+E cable group. Analysts at the Standard Media Index, which…

July 23, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

Smithfield Foods Drops Paula Deen QVC also reviewing relationship with celeb chef

Paula Deen has lost a major endorsement deal in the wake of allegations that she and people in her restaurants have engaged in racial and sexual harassment, The Wall Street…

June 25, 2013, 10:46 AM EDT

Ratings Slump Dings Broadcast Sales Networks’ Q1 spend slips 5 percent; cable on the rise

Diluted prime-time deliveries and a calendar quirk that moved NCAA Final Four dollars into April contributed to a $317 million decline in first-quarter broadcast TV ad expenditures. According to a new…

June 25, 2013, 12:00 AM EDT

Deen Done on Food Network Channel dumps butter-loving celebrity cook amid controversy over racist comments

Like so many of her ingredients, Food Network host Paula Deen has been canned. The celebrity chef's admission that she uses ethnic slurs in a deposition obtained by The National Enquirer…

June 21, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT

Information Diet: Guy Fieri Diners host savors Cook's Illustrated and Rachael Ray's magazine

Specs Age 44 Accomplishments Host of Food Network series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off (Season 2 premiered Jan. 6), Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and Guy’s Big Bite; restaurateur (his latest venture is…

January 18, 2013, 5:17 AM EST

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