The Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony director, Kentaro Kobayashi, was fired the day before the event after reports of a joke he made about the Holocaust in a 1990s comedy act resurfaced in local media. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga described the director’s joke as “outrageous and unacceptable” but said the opening ceremony would continue as planned. (Reuters)
ESPN announced it has parted ways with studio host and reporter Maria Taylor, but two sources familiar with the negotiations say she is close to signing a deal with NBC. Taylor’s exit follows a highly publicized controversy behind the scenes at ESPN involving Taylor, who is Black, and Rachel Nichols, a white studio host who criticized the company for choosing Taylor for an NBA hosting gig last year due to “feeling pressure” about diversity. (The New York Times)
Publicis Groupe recovered the revenue it lost in 2020, said Chairman and Chief Executive Arthur Sadoun, as the holding company reported 17.1 percent organic growth for its second quarter. The company credited U.S. growth in particular to strong performances from its data and technology companies, including Epsilon and Publicis Sapient, which saw organic growth of roughly 31 percent and 27 percent, respectively. (Ad Age)
The Video Advertising Bureau, a trade organization that represents The Walt Disney Co., ViacomCBS and other major media companies, sent a letter asking the Media Rating Council to strip Nielsen of its accreditation due to criticisms over the measurement company’s ability to accurately count viewership amid the pandemic. MRC Chief Executive George Ivie said the group is considering its next steps, while Nielsen said in a statement that it is “fully committed to returning to pre-COVID operations.” (Variety)
The pandemic and lockdown changed how a lot of people work out, leading some consumers to reassess their home exercise options. For Peloton, the fitness app’s virtual community, which has grown tremendously since the start of quarantine, takes the spotlight in a new, celebratory campaign.
Minority-owned and targeted media companies are playing a larger role in this year’s upfront dealmaking, as brands and agencies alike look to uphold commitments to shift more marketing dollars into Black, Latino and other diverse media channels.
Verizon Media is getting ready to fly out of the Verizon nest as a private company — and CEO Guru Gowrappan says the digital-media group that encompasses Yahoo and AOL businesses has strengthened its wings for journey.
HBO and HBO Max reached 47.0 million U.S. subscribers as of the end of the second quarter, up 2.8 million from 44.2 million as of the end of the first quarter, “driven by HBO Max retail subscriber growth,” WarnerMedia parent and telecom giant AT&T said Thursday morning.
When Facebook tapped former TV journalist Campbell Brown as VP of global news partnerships to help it build a bridge into the news industry in 2017, the social network company was facing many controversies and challenges.
A Wall Street Journal investigation found that TikTok only needs one important piece of information to figure out what you want: the amount of time you linger over a piece of content. Every second you hesitate or rewatch, the app is tracking you.
Twitter has agreed to open its books to a “pre-assessment” audit of brand safety on the platform, which is one of the commitments it made following the abuses of social media during the tumultuous 2020 election and civil rights movement.
Several kosher grocery stores around the United States have decided to pull Ben & Jerry’s from their shelves after the company’s announcement this week that it would stop doing business with a licensee in Israel that sells ice cream in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.
The American company Eastman Kodak has deleted an Instagram post featuring images of Xinjiang, a western Chinese region where the government is accused of grave human rights violations, after an online backlash from Beijing’s supporters.
Bryan Myers (President and CEO, [solidcore] boutique fitness), Morning Consult
As the chief executive of [solidcore] — a national boutique fitness studio that offers Pilates-inspired, small group classes in 20 states, Washington D.C. and 35 cities and to 46,000 clients across the country, I experienced firsthand the impact of COVID-19 on our business.
Ariane Hegewisch et al., Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Sexual harassment remains deeply pervasive in the workplace, wreaking havoc on the lives of survivors. This report fills a gap in our knowledge of the economic costs of sexual harassment for the individual women and men who experience it.