The 25 Best GIFs of America’s Funniest Home Videos, as Selected by Imgur

October 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Before there was YouTube, there was America's Funniest Home Videos—the place you turned for weekly video proof that Americans are the most clumsy, self-injurious and downright idiotic species of human ever to walk the planet (or fall down trying). Now celebrating its 25th year on ABC, AFV (produced by Vin Di Bona Productions) continues to evolve for the digital era by partnering with Imgur, masters of the Internet GIF, to take every pratfall, pet trick and crotch kick well beyond the TV screen. Under the new partnership, Imgur will take memorable moments from classic and current episodes of AFV and turn them into looping GIFs. It's a fun way for the original user-generated content brand to leave a bigger mark in social. The deal kicks off with the very amusing GIF collection below—the 25 best AFV GIFs. Some are better than others, but the walking dog and the waterslide guy are absolute classics.

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Can MTV and Adam Levine Get Millennials to Hang Out at Applebee’s?

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Applebee's will launch a multi-month sponsorship with MTV on Monday to connect young consumers with popular bands—starting with Maroon 5. And the restaurant hopes the move will bolster its image as the go-to nightlife place for of-the-drinking-age millennials. Under the Ultimate Fan Experience franchise, MTV will develop promotions and contests for 10 artists, which will be sponsored by Applebee's. Next week, branded spots across all of MTV’s properties—including TV, online, social, app and mobile Web—will drive viewers to UFE.MTV.com, where they can enter a contest for a chance to win a trip to a Maroon 5 concert in Nashville.

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Infographic: The Evolution of TV Over the Last 20 Years

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While the storytelling medium of a television show may not have changed much, the way people tune in to their favorite programs has. Just 20 years ago, the patent for the first Internet-connected TV was filed in France. This year, more than 110 million U.S. adults watch a digital program using a connected TV. "Over the span of just 20 years, the experience of watching TV and the business of advertising on TV have changed significantly," Videology CEO Scott Ferber said. "This year,

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Adweek’s Top 5 Commercials of the Week: Oct. 3-10

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This week's collection of best spots had a few daring and dramatic entries. But it was the comic spots that really stood out—thanks to Sarah Silverman and Rowan Atkinson. Check out our five picks below, and vote for your favorite.

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YouTube Stars Just Aren’t Themselves in New Sour Patch Kids Video Series

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Sour Patch Kids candy will launch its new "Breaking Out" video series today, and it's being billed as the first branded show to cast a group of YouTube stars as scripted characters. The six-part series is part of the snack brand giant Mondelez International's goal to move 10 percent of its global advertising spend to online video , including a one-year deal with Google. As part of its investment, Sour Patch Kids is working with YouTube network Fullscreen

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Beyonce Is the Queen of Commercials in This Supercut of Her Best Ads [Video]

October 9, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Who runs the world? Women. Or rather one woman: Beyonc

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We Interviewed the Guy Who Made the Creepy Credits Sequence for ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’

October 9, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Who loves clowns? Anyone? Anyone? Well, the guys at American Horror Story: Freak Show, which premiered last night, are super into them, as evidenced by the amazing mostly-stop-motion opening sequence from last night's show. And Kyle Cooper, director of the Los Angeles company Prologue, told us where the clowns came from, who inspired the three-legged woman and why the deformed balloon animals didn't make the final cut. Prologue has done all four opening sequences for the show (see the videos below), and he knows quite a bit about hooking the viewer in a minute with suggestive surrealism. He doesn't know what's giggling under your bed, though.

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Noisy Chiefs Fans Top Nielsen’s TV Twitter Ratings

October 8, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Kansas City Chiefs’ sacking of the New England Patriots on Monday night football last week came up trumps for ESPN on the Nielsen Twitter ratings. The Chiefs dominated the Patriots on both sides of the ball and racked up 779,000 tweets, reaching 6.88 million twitter accounts on the way to a 41-14 win. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a mediocre night, completing 14 of 23 passes for 159 yards. At 37 years old, Brady’s poor performance led to speculation that his best days are behind him and his weak offensive line had its share of armchair critics. Chief fans, however, were more interested in commenting on Twitter about the noise level at Arrowhead Stadium, which won back its title as the country’s loudest outdoor venue when the noise reached 142.2 decibels during the game. Great job #ChiefsKingdom for once again making Arrowhead the loudest stadium in the world! Awesome to be a part of that and getting the win! — Cairo Santos (@cairosantos19) Sept. 30, 2014 Arrowhead Stadium was historically loud during the #Chiefs victory over the #Patriots . WATCH: http://t.co/XsDL5DrBIN pic.twitter.com/9W0b7ChXbB — Kansas City Chiefs (@KCChiefs) Sept. 30, 2014 142.2!! #ChiefsKingdom showed up tonight…worlds loudest stadium…right here in KC where it belongs! — Chase Daniel (@ChaseDaniel) Sept. 30, 2014 The Patriots claimed the No. 2 spot on the Nielsen Twitter ratings when the team reversed its Kansas City misfortunes and thrashed the Cincinnati Bengals 43-17 on NBC. The Pats were happy to be home, their defense shined and Brady surpassed 50,000 yards in career passing to earn the game ball and praise on Twitter. 50,000 yards?

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For New Promos, Disney DX Turns to Street Artists and Art Toy Designers

October 6, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Disney's ad-supported kids' network, Disney XD, is doing something particularly interesting this fall: putting up promos designed by some fairly cutting-edge artists from several different walks of life, including Tristan Eaton. Eaton designs art toys for Pretty in Plastic and Kidrobot alongside guys like Matt Groening and is a street artist whose work adorns the sides of buildings all over the world and has brands like Versace in his portfolio. Here he is in Paris:

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For New Promos, Disney XD Turns to Street Artists and Art Toy Designers

October 6, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Disney's ad-supported kids' network, Disney XD, is doing something particularly interesting this fall: putting up promos designed by some fairly cutting-edge artists from several different walks of life, including Tristan Eaton. Eaton designs art toys for Pretty in Plastic and Kidrobot alongside guys like Matt Groening and is a street artist whose work adorns the sides of buildings all over the world and has brands like Versace in his portfolio. Here he is in Paris:

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