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Posts Tagged ‘television’

CNN debuts hologram reporting

In Uncategorized on November 4, 2008 at 6:43 pm

I feel a bit like I’m watching Star Trek although I have to admit it truly feels like the future. CNN is dong a bunch of great stuff this year and I hope they’ll continue to build.

Make yourself comfortable…but not that comfortable.

In Brands, communications, marketing, strategy on September 24, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Griffin pointed out this ad for Extended Stay hotels which stinks.  Or blows. Or, nevermind, just watch it.  I’m really quite concerned for whoever the ex-CMO (or soon to be ex-CMO) there is.  I completely get the strategy but it might be the worst execution of the strategy I’ve ever seen.  Would you want to stay in that room? Even if you had all the airfreshners in the world?

Ode to the Wire

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2008 at 9:36 pm

In a land where television is often directed to the lowest common denominator, I miss The Wire. Ok, I just said that for street cred. I actually never caught it when it was on TV but I’m consuming the DVDs like a thirsty man in the desert. I have to say that the season 4 opening is the most layered, insightful start to a season that I’ve ever seen. I feel like I’m loving Greta Garbo a few decades past the prime, knowing that there is an end and wanting to see every moment but not wanting to read the epitaph.

(and since YouTube (GOOGLE) is doing some Evil these days, copyrights be damned)

Nike Keeps Sticking in my Head

In Brands, communications, marketing on July 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm

This stuff is amazing and it is sticking to the inside of my head like Brown Eyed Girl at a kareoke bar.

Alert: The History Channel Has Run Out of History

In Brands, communications, Consumers, marketing, strategy on April 29, 2008 at 2:18 pm

The History Channel has run out of history. It’s a shame because, like oil, there seemed to be so much of it last time I checked. But alas, it’s true. Napoleonic wars, done it. King Tut, done it nine times. Lindberg, Anne Frank, George Washington, you name it, done it. Which explains their new move toward old growth trees and the reality show Axe Men.

Hypothetical meeting conversation:

“Why not stop covering history and start predicting it? We all know that trees are going to be history so let’s preempt it!”

“Let’s give that man a raise! Brilliant!”

“And we can compete against Discovery and Deadliest Catch. Logging is dangerous too! And not just to the trees!”

Nerd Alert

In trends on April 12, 2008 at 11:50 pm

This is a pretty cool piece on how things used to get done. You know, back when people walked to school 5 miles in the snow, uphill both ways. I only partially kid. I love this behind the scenes footage and the sense of real craft that came with production. It also reminds me that I think I want to change my title to Director of Special Effects Models– sounds like a lot of fun casting calls to me.

hat tip to: brandflakesforbreakfast

Orangina Advertising or What’s going on in France?

In advertising, agency, Brands, communications, Consumers, marketing, strategy, trends, youtube on January 7, 2008 at 11:28 am

Cadbury Schweppes appears to have spent buckets of money to create this television spot for Orangina in France. Now, I often feel that America’s views on sex in the media should be loosened up a little bit and that our graphic depictions of violence could be toned down. That said, this isn’t how I remember Bambi.