Posts Tagged ‘television’

NBC4, ABC7 Top LA Area Emmy Awards

July 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC4 was the big winner at the 66th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, taking home eight trophies, including investigative news reporting and news featuring reporting. ABC7 won six statuettes, including light news story (single report) and information/public affair series (more than 50% remote). The Television Academy held the awards ceremony Saturday night at the Leonard... Read more

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Inside Homer Simpson’s Gigantic Head at Comic Con

July 27, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The inside of Homer Simpson’s head is filled with colorful drawings of the characters from the show named after his family, a giant video screen covering the top interior of his skull—which is about 20 feet in diameter—a brain (presumably to scale) about the size of an ottoman, and two dozen gaping Simpsons-loving fans staring up at the computer-generated mysterious voyage through Homer’s mind created by the marketing team in charge of the single biggest activation at San Diego Comic Con. Homer’s Dome is the name of the thing, according to FXX, which bankrolled and created it, but Mr. Simpson’s noggin takes up maybe a fourth of total Simpsons-occupied area, which resembles a small Coney Island-style amusement park, complete with midway games and a cotton candy machine (the fluff itself is blue, of course). It’s close to another big activation by a sister network, Fox’s zipline over a model skyline for its upcoming Batman spinoff. It’s a little like Springfield is a suburb of Gotham City.

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The Creators of Robot Chicken Love to Play With Toys

July 25, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

When conjuring names for their new stop motion adult animated series, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios co-founders Matt Senreich, John "Harv" Harvatine, Seth Green and Eric Towner submitted 80 different titles to Cartoon Network . While an early submission—Free Paid Advertising For Popular Toy Companies—was probably one of the most appropriate, executives passed. "Robot Chicken was the terrible one that stuck," explained Senreich, laughing. "But that's what we're trying to do: We’re trying to show off how cool your toy is." Now wrapping up season seven and green-lit for season eight, Robot Chicken's success stems from the tender love and care it takes to find hilarious ways to put toys in everyday situations and absurdly dark scenarios. And in a twist, for the first time the creators will feature a character they created ( Bitch Pudding ) rather than an actual toy in a new episode that will air on Sunday. Though each season takes a grueling 14 months to make, for the guys working on the show, it's just an excuse to play with toys. And although the personas of the toys or characters are mocked, Senreich believes it's great marketing. "It's okay to make fun of yourself in this day and age. If anything it's publicity and pretty free publicity in a way because it makes your characters look cool to the older kids," he said. "That kind of validates (marketers) in pop culture," Towner added. "You have to have a certain popularity to click with the audience." That knack for playing with pop culture also explains why the production house has attracted name brands like DC Comics, Hasbro and—Senreich's holy grail— Lucasfilm. Robot Chicken produced three Star Wars specials after the company reached out to them, saying how much it loved its parody

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‘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 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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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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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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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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‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘True Detective’ Win at TCA Awards

July 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

For the second year in a row, AMC’s “Breaking Bad” was named program of the year by the Television Critics Assn. at the 30th annual TCA Awards, held on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton. Its main rival in the Emmy race for best drama, HBO’s “True Detective” took home the prize for outstanding miniseries (the... Read more

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