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Oct 13, 2011

Anti-Wall St. protesters ready to block clean-up

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Protesters with the Occupy Wall Street movement threatened on Thursday to block any efforts by clean-up crews to enter their camp to clear away three-weeks worth of debris, raising concern about a potential showdown between demonstrators and police.

While New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said their protests can continue as long as laws are obeyed, the city has become concerned over the build-up of trash and general wear and tear on Zuccotti Park, headquarters for the demonstrators.

Oct 12, 2011

In Wall Street protests, TV news finds battleground

NEW YORK, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Just as Fox News has staked
out the conservative Tea Party movement as a pet topic, the
unabashedly liberal MSNBC television news network appears to be
doing the same with the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Experts say MSNBC’s strategy could pay dividends for the
cable outlet: The protests could draw liberals to their TV sets
and turn up-and-coming hosts such as MSNBC’s Ed Schultz into
stars heading into the 2012 presidential elections.

Oct 7, 2011

Economist Sachs tackles America’s unhappiness

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs, best known for advocating for the elimination of poverty in the world’s poorest countries, has turned his attention to America’s jobs crisis with his new book.

In “The Price of Civilization” he contends that as Democrats and Republicans bicker over how to reignite the faltering U.S. jobs market, both sides have it wrong and that what is needed is greater investment in education, better health care, more civility and fewer Gulfstream jets.

Oct 5, 2011

Rocker and romancer Rod Stewart to publish memoir

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rod Stewart, the raspy-voiced rocker, will publish his memoirs next year, promising to “hold nothing back” in detailing a career in which he sold more than a 100 million records, survived cancer and romanced a string of blond bombshells.

Stewart’s book, which is yet to be titled but will be published worldwide by Random House, comes as he has toned down his rock and roll act, concentrating on remaking standards by everyone from Cole Porter to George Gershwin.

Sep 30, 2011

Fox wounded, but not because of News Corp crisis

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After a summer of scandal, the spotlight has shifted from News Corp’s phone hacking crisis to its entertainment business, where its TV network and movie studio are searching for fresh hits to meet sky-high expectations.

Fox’s tentpole shows — “Glee,” “The X Factor,” and “Terra Nova” — debuted this month to audience figures that fell short of Hollywood’s expectations, partly due to out-sized ratings hopes and partly to the highly competitive, fragmented TV landscape that has made business tough for all the networks.

Sep 30, 2011

Analysis: Fox wounded, but not because of News Corp crisis

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After a summer of scandal, the spotlight has shifted from News Corp’s phone hacking crisis to its entertainment business, where its TV network and movie studio are searching for fresh hits to meet sky-high expectations.

Fox’s tentpole shows — “Glee,” “The X Factor,” and “Terra Nova” — debuted this month to audience figures that fell short of Hollywood’s expectations, partly due to out-sized ratings hopes and partly to the highly competitive, fragmented TV landscape that has made business tough for all the networks.

Sep 28, 2011

Study sees more money flowing to targeted media

Sept 28 (Reuters) – U.S. companies will spend nearly $200
billion this year on targeted media such as direct mail, text
messages or product placement in video games to concentrate on
narrow, valuable groups of consumers, a new study shows.

Investment group Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS), which
conducts the annual study, forecasts that spending on so-called
targeted media will rise by 7.1 percent this year. By 2015,
spending will have increased to $272.5 billion, far outpacing
growth in the broader economy and making it the fastest growing
area of the communications industry, VSS said.

Sep 28, 2011

Exclusive: More money flowing to targeted media

By Paul Thomasch and Nadia Damouni

(Reuters) – U.S. companies will spend nearly $200 billion this year on targeted media such as direct mail, text messages or product placement in video games to concentrate on narrow, valuable groups of consumers, a new study shows.

Investment group Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS), which conducts the annual study, forecasts that spending on so-called targeted media will rise by 7.1 percent this year. By 2015, spending will have increased to $272.5 billion, far outpacing growth in the broader economy and making it the fastest growing area of the communications industry, VSS said.

Sep 22, 2011
via MediaFile

Advertising weak? Quit worrying so much already

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Viacom Inc’s not sweating it, Time Warner Inc. isn’t all that concerned. Why, CBS Corp and Discovery Communications Inc. are cool as cucumbers. Disney certainly sounds confident, as does Scripps Networks Interactive.

So why are investors and analysts — those Nervous Nellies of the financial world — so worried about the advertising market? Besides, you know, the fact that the stock market is getting smacked around, the job picture is just ridiculous, and the U.S. housing market is a wreck. Besides Europe’s debt crisis, which seems to have no resolution in sight. Besides the memories of 2009, when U.S. advertising spending dropped by 16 percent to $163 billion.

Sep 21, 2011

Netflix, Discovery in streaming deal for TV shows

NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Netflix Inc (NFLX.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and
Discovery Communications Inc (DISCA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reached an agreement to
bring episodes of popular TV adventure shows including “Man vs.
Wild” and “River Monsters” to the streaming service, the
companies confirmed on Wednesday.

The deal is the first major move by Discovery to make full
episodes of its TV shows available for instant streaming,
expanding well beyond the short clips that are now available on
video sites such as Google Inc’s (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) YouTube