From critic to believer: How Martin Sorrell changed his tune on Google and Facebook
Seb Joseph, Digiday
Martin Sorrell was one of the most vocal critics of Google when he ran WPP.
NBCU Cable Networks Refuse to Air Trump Campaign Ad Aimed at Joe Biden
Suzanne Vranica and Jeff Horwitz, The Wall Street Journal
Commercial, rejected by CNN last week, alleges Democratic candidate promised Ukraine $1 billion to fire prosecutor.
The latest trend in ad tech fraud: Faking GDPR consent strings
Jessica Davies, Digiday
The digital ad industry has been on tenterhooks since the Information Commissioner’s Office released its warning report to ad tech in June, which stated the current way data is used for real-time bidding isn’t legal under the General Data Protection Regulation.
Media and Entertainment
Netflix Goes All Out to Wow Children as Streaming Wars Intensify
Brooks Barnes, The New York Times
Walk the halls of Netflix Animation, spread across three buildings in the heart of Hollywood, and a cheeky question may cross your mind: Is anyone left at Disney Channel headquarters?
Splinter, a Politics Site for Millennials, Is Shuttered
Katie Robertson, The New York Times
The news website, once owned by Fusion Media, will cease publication immediately.
LadBible looks to further shed bro image with revamped women’s site Tyla
Lucinda Southern, Digiday
LadBible made its name with Facebook fare of prank-meets-entertainment videos, like this guy getting squirted in the face with pepper spray and this on America’s fattest bear.
“Jesus, Are We Doing This Again?”: At Today, A “Wound Being Reopened” As Ronan Farrow Takes Aim At Lauer, NBC Management
Joe Pompeo, Vanity Fair
With Matt Lauer accused of anal rape and the disgraced morning host firing back in a stunning open letter, Today’s #MeToo crisis has metastasized.
A Breaking Bad Pop-Up Is Coming to LA as Follow-Up Movie El Camino Hits Netflix
Kelsey Sutton, Adweek
The Breaking Bad Experience will open Oct. 16 and run through year’s end.
Social Media and Technology
Political Campaigns Know Where You’ve Been. They’re Tracking Your Phone.
Sam Schechner et al., The Wall Street Journal
Voter targeting has grown more invasive with location data that apps can transmit from cellphones.
Google pulls Hong Kong protester role-playing app
Elizabeth Culliford, Reuters
Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended a role-playing app associated with the Hong Kong protests due to a policy that prohibits developers capitalizing on ongoing conflicts, the company said on Thursday.
President Trump Launches Channel on Amazon’s Twitch Streaming Platform
Sarah E. Needleman, The Wall Street Journal
Sen. Bernie Sanders also has page on service popular among videogame players.
PR and Marketing
Houston Rockets Nike merchandise disappears from China stores
Ryan Woo and David Stanway, Reuters
Houston Rockets sneakers and other merchandise were pulled from several Nike (NKE.N) stores in major Chinese cities amid the furor surrounding a tweet from the team’s general manager in support of anti-government protests in Hong Kong.
Frito-Lay Names Rachel Ferdinando as New CMO
Shoshana Wodinsky, Adweek
Jennifer Saenz will be promoted to president of PepsiCo Global Foods.
There’s a ‘revolving door’ at Amazon, where company insiders are ditching the retail behemoth to expose its inner workings and make a fortune
Rachel Premack, Business Insider
Brands large and small don’t understand how to navigate Amazon, which is America’s largest online retailer.
Walmart’s U.S. Stores Chief to Quit Retailer
Sarah Nassauer, The Wall Street Journal
Greg Foran, who oversaw turnaround, will be CEO at Air New Zealand.
Victoria’s Secret, Under Siege, Lays Off Employees at Headquarters
Sapna Maheshwari et al, The New York Times
Victoria’s Secret is laying off about 15 percent of the brand’s employees at its Columbus, Ohio, headquarters as the beleaguered lingerie chain struggles to reshape its image and the chief executive of its parent company remains under scrutiny for his ties to Jeffrey Epstein.
These Nike ‘Jesus Shoes’ Filled with Holy Water Are Already Sold Out
Bettina Makalintal, Vice
Nike’s Elite Running Group Folded After Suspension of Coach Alberto Salazar
Rachel Bachman, The Wall Street Journal
CEO Parker says Nike supports Salazar but ‘situation is a distraction for many of the athletes.’
Barneys, Racing to Avoid Liquidation, Now at Odds With Lenders
Soma Biswas, The Wall Street Journal
A dispute between the bankrupt retailer and its lenders broke out ahead of a Friday deadline to produce bids.
Starbucks launches a new happy hour promotion on Thursday — and baristas are already freaking out online
Kate Taylor, Business Insider
Starbucks launches a revamped happy hour deal on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Once a cult fashion blog, Man Repeller is now building out a brand consultancy
Katie Deighton, The Drum
Man Repeller, the independent media platform famed for its irreverent take on fashion and women’s lifestyle, has begun to serve its brand partners beyond advertising and branded content: its commercial team has begun to build out a brand strategy offering.
Marketers feel growing pains as in-house agencies become a necessity
Kristina Monllos, Digiday
In-house ad agencies aren’t really a choice anymore: Major marketers, from Procter & Gamble to Anheuser-Busch now see in-housing as a necessity.
WeWork chases new financing as cash crunch looms
James Fontanella-Khan and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, Financial Times
JPMorgan Chase leads race to complete deal before end of November.
The world’s biggest brands have a garbage problem. This man can help
Danielle Wiener-Bronner, CNN
The world’s largest consumer goods companies have a big problem: The plastic waste that piles up in landfills and oceans has their corporate logos all over it.
A Message from the Public Affairs Council:
Poll: Americans Still Tuning Out Trump’s Tweets
A new Public Affairs Council poll conducted by Morning Consult finds that only 15% of the public read President Trump’s tweets very often, the same percentage as 2018. 63% percent say they rarely or never pay attention to his tweets, up from 60% in 2018. When the president tweets criticisms of specific companies, 80% of Americans don’t change their opinions. Only 11% say they have a less favorable opinion of the company.
Opinions, Editorials, Perspectives and Research
Is Amazon Unstoppable?
Charles Duhigg, The New Yorker
Politicians want to rein in the retail giant. But Jeff Bezos, the master of cutthroat capitalism, is ready to fight back.
Are ‘Closet Accounts’ the Future of Fashion Journalism?
Taylor Lorenz, The New York Times
Teenagers are racing each other to break celebrity style news on Instagram. Adults in the industry are in awe.
How America Lost Dinner
Amanda Mull, The Atlantic
People want to cook and eat together. Modern life has other plans.