‘Better Call Saul’ Billboard in Albuquerque Really Turns Back the Clock

July 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Breaking Bad fans, this time you'd better call James! Those dying for a taste of AMC's Breaking Bad spinoff series, Better Call Saul, got a nice little present this week, as this billboard popped up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The sign is actually a prop being used in the filming of the prequel series, set to debut next year. It seems Saul Goodman, in the days before he met meth king Walter White, went by the name of James M. McGill, attorney at law. The exclamatory "Better Call Saul!" billboards seen in episodes of Breaking Bad showed Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, pointing at the viewer, Uncle Sam-style, against a hot orange/yellow background. On the deep-blue McGill board, the actor rocks a bad toupee and gangster-style pinstripe suit

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Sex and the City Supercut Shows How Much It Loved Name-Dropping Brands

July 23, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Sex and the City's leading ladies—Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte—turned everything from Manolo heels to sex swings into household names during the series' run on HBO. To show the women's love affair with consumer culture, artist Pierre Buttin

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Sex in the City Supercut Shows How Much It Loved Name-Dropping Brands

July 23, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Sex in the City's leading ladies—Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte—turned everything from Manolo heels to sex swings into household names during the series' run on HBO. To show the womens' love affair with consumer culture, artist Pierre Buttin

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Ad of the Day: The End Is Nigh in Brilliantly Bleak Ad for FXX’s Simpsons Mega-Marathon

July 23, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The world is really going to having a cow when FXX enacts its insane plan to air every Simpsons episode ever, back to back, beginning Aug. 21. In fact, there may be no cows—indeed, no world—left by the end. In the wonderfully dark promo below, we enter on a kitchen sink whose faucet has been left on, filling up the house with several feet of water as slack-jawed couch apes gape at the boob tube. Turns out the whole world has stopped moving, as everyone is glued to their sets and cell phones, watching the marathon that never ends. (Well, it will end after 12 days. But who will survive, and what will be left of them?) The whole thing could be the plot of a Simpson's Halloween special. Much of the spot's joy comes from the perfect syncing of Simpsons clips to the "total d'oh-vastation" (FXX's words) we're witnessing—from Mr. Burns saying "Release the hounds!" as feral dogs run through the abandoned streets, to Homer demanding a burrito at an empty food truck in a world where no burritos will be made again. There's no denying those who made this promo are fans of the show. They're also good at sound design, as the clip expertly layers in every famous creepy Simpsons laugh, from Krusty to Nelson, over the sounds of chaos. (It ends with one of Homer's trademark little-girl screams.) And visually, it's gloriously bleak, with everything bathed in a sickly green hue, except for the on-screen Simpsons footage, which, in its normal colors, really pops—but also adds to surreal, haunted feeling. Just hearing the clips is bringing it all back. I'm going to have Simpsons PTSD after this thing airs, if I don't already have it. Truly, there is no God. After the dust has settled on Sept. 2, FXX will air regularly scheduled Simpsons episodes, including thematic eight-episode mini-marathons every Sunday. After that, you'll be able to get on-demand access to every Simpsons episode at SimpsonsWorld.com and on the FXNOW app. I guess some people just want to watch the world burn.

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Ad of the Day: The End Is Nigh in Brilliantly Bleak Ad for FXX’s Simpsons Mega-Marathon

July 23, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The world is really going to having a cow when FXX enacts its insane plan to air every Simpsons episode ever, back to back, beginning Aug. 21. In fact, there may be no cows—indeed, no world—left by the end. In the wonderfully dark promo below, we enter on a kitchen sink whose faucet has been left on, filling up the house with several feet of water as slack-jawed couch apes gape at the boob tube. Turns out the whole world has stopped moving, as everyone is glued to their sets and cell phones, watching the marathon that never ends. (Well, it will end after 12 days. But who will survive, and what will be left of them?) The whole thing could be the plot of a Simpson's Halloween special. Much of the spot's joy comes from the perfect syncing of Simpsons clips to the "total d'oh-vastation" (FXX's words) we're witnessing—from Mr. Burns saying "Release the hounds!" as feral dogs run through the abandoned streets, to Homer demanding a burrito at an empty food truck in a world where no burritos will be made again. There's no denying those who made this promo are fans of the show. They're also good at sound design, as the clip expertly layers in every famous creepy Simpsons laugh, from Krusty to Nelson, over the sounds of chaos. (It ends with one of Homer's trademark little-girl screams.) And visually, it's gloriously bleak, with everything bathed in a sickly green hue, except for the on-screen Simpsons footage, which, in its normal colors, really pops—but also adds to surreal, haunted feeling. Just hearing the clips is bringing it all back. I'm going to have Simpsons PTSD after this thing airs, if I don't already have it. Truly, there is no God. After the dust has settled on Sept. 2, FXX will air regularly scheduled Simpsons episodes, including thematic eight-episode mini-marathons every Sunday. After that, you'll be able to get on-demand access to every Simpsons episode at SimpsonsWorld.com and on the FXNOW app. I guess some people just want to watch the world burn.

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Do You Have to Go Overseas or Buy a Competitor to Get New Video Subscribers?

July 23, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Netflix executives practically had party hats on during their earnings call on Monday. The reason? The company topped 50 million subscribers for the first time. Comcast, meanwhile, was similarly pleased to report that it had expanded, but not by convincing new subscribers to sign on—by moving forward with its deal to acquire Time Warner Cable. Domestically, consolidation is the name of the game for traditional TV subscription services. But while techies are quick to pit hated cable companies against beloved digital video pioneers, Netflix's sub gains

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Kevin Spacey Tries to Take Over the World … in His Ads [Video]

July 22, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

With two Oscars to his name, and a current starring role in one of the most celebrated TV series on the air, Kevin Spacey already has the world at his feet. But it's clear he wants more. Or at least, so it appears from his advertising work. We recently looked at the commercials he's done and noticed a theme. He always seems to portray a man of mystery on the hunt—whether playing a secret agent for for E*Trade, a power-hungry kingpin for Call of Duty or a man seeking perfection on American Airlines. Is Spacey being typecast in his ads? Or could he bring a greater range than advertisers give him credit for? Check out the video above, and judge for yourself.

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The Upfront Will Be Down More Than 6%

July 21, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

No, all that money that didn't go to broadcast networks is not showing up on cable. New Jersey-based agency MDI says the upfront will be down 6.1 percent this year to $18.1 billion—the first time the market will have dipped since '09-10 when the TV industry pulled back sharply on ad spending, in part due to the longer-term effects of the 2008 financial crisis.

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Woo Hoo! FXX Will Show All 25 Seasons of The Simpsons in One Gigantic Marathon

July 21, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

FXX is celebrating its acquisition of the exclusive cable rights to rebroadcast episodes of The Simpsons by airing a marathon of every episode of the show, as well as The Simpsons Movie, in chronological order. All 25 seasons, or 522 episodes of the series, plus the movie, will air for 24 hours a day for 12 days, starting on Aug. 21. FXX claims that this will mark the longest marathon in television history, and no one seems to be stepping up to dispute the claim. The marathon also precludes the launch of FXX's "Simpsons World" this October, its new fully searchable on-demand streaming service. According to Entertainment Weekly , the service will allow "authenticated" FX users "to search for specific quotes, curate their own own personalized playlists, and share their favorite show clips and quotes" while accesing "Simpsons World" from their computer, iPhone, iPad, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Android phones and tablets or Smart TVs. In other words, many may find their Simpsons DVD library suddenly useless. "I don’t want to over-promise, but this website can provide you with affordable health care," joked Al Jean, a longtime executive producer on the show and co-writer (with Mike Reiss) of such classic episodes as "Stark Raving Dad" and "Lisa's Pony."

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How CNN and Cisco Made A Web Series About Progressive Cities

July 18, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

During

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