Anna Gronewold

Brands Brief: NFL’s Marketing Chief to Step Down

By Anna Gronewold Top Stories The National Football League’s marketing chief, Dawn Hudson, will step down next month after spending more than three years helping the NFL manage crises such as claims of domestic abuse involving players and studies linking football with long-term brain injuries. Hudson said the appointment of Maryann Turcke as chief operating officer […]

Brands Brief: Toys R Us Plans to Sell or Close All of Its U.S. Stores

By Anna Gronewold Top Stories Toys R Us Inc. plans to sell or close all of its more than 700 remaining U.S. stores, which could jeopardize more than 30,000 American jobs in the coming months. The Wayne, New Jersey-based company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last fall, struggled against Amazon, Target and Walmart, and […]

Brands Brief: Dubuc Takes Role as CEO of Vice Media

By Anna Gronewold Top Stories A+E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc has been named chief executive officer of Vice Media as Vice co-founder Shane Smith moves to executive chairman. Dubuc, who has worked with Vice via A+E Networks’ co-venture Viceland and has been on the Vice Media board, joins the company as Vice pursues growth […]

Brands Brief: Chief Executive of A&E Networks May Take Helm at Vice Media

By Anna Gronewold Top Stories Nancy Dubuc is stepping down as chief executive of A&E Networks and is in talks to take the helm at Vice Media. The possible transition, which people familiar with the matter said has not yet been finalized, comes as Vice’s leadership and reputation have been questioned amid allegations of sexual harassment […]

Brands Brief: AT&T Will Not Pursue Allegations of Political Bias in Lawsuit

By Anna Gronewold Top Stories AT&T indicated it is no longer pursuing allegations of political bias as part of its defense against the Justice Department’s lawsuit to block AT&T’s $85 billion purchase of Time Warner. AT&T had originally argued to the court that the government was blocking the deal because President Donald Trump was against it, […]

Brands Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

By Anna Gronewold Week in Review Television industry A record low 26.5 million people watched the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night, a nearly 20 percent drop versus last year and a striking slide compared to an audience of 43.7 million as recently as four years ago. Fox Networks Group is working to reduce television ad […]

Brands Brief: Interest Down Ahead of NCAA Basketball Tournament

By Anna Gronewold Top Stories The 68 March Madness teams are set to be announced Sunday, but fewer Americans plan on tuning in to games than before last year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, Morning Consult polling shows. In a survey of 2,201 U.S. adults conducted March 1-5, 36 percent said they intend to watch […]

Brands Brief: Ad-Tech Firms Cut Ties With Newsweek Media Group

By Anna Gronewold Top Stories Newsweek Media Group said it fired two employees linked to a coding issue that some advertising-technology companies alleged caused invalid website traffic. AppNexus, a vendor the company used to sell online ads, and SpotX, an ad-tech company that helps sell video ads, said they ended relationships with the company over concerns […]

Brands Brief: Discovery Communications Closes Purchase Merger With Scripps Networks Interactive

By Anna Gronewold Top Stories Discovery Communications closed a nearly $12 billion purchase merger with Scripps Networks Interactive Inc., gaining Scripps television channels such as HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel. The new company, called Discovery Inc., could draw more women viewers with the Scripps channels and grow revenue by distributing the Scripps networks overseas. (The […]