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  • Ad Tech’s Top Investment Banker on Who Will and Won’t Survive the Pandemic Paralysis July 9, 2020
    Despite online audiences and engagement spiking amid global stay-at-home orders, the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has not spared the digital ad market. The pandemic has laid waste to bottom lines and upped the pressure for companies to bulk up or bow out. Yet despite it all, some players are still finding ways to...
  • Watchmen, Unbelievable, Succession Top 2020 TCA Awards Nominations July 9, 2020
    A pair of powerhouse limited series--HBO's Watchmen and Netflix's Unbelievable--received the most nominations today as the Television Critics Association announced its 2020 TCA Awards nominees. The TCA, which comprises more than 200 North American TV critics and journalists (including me), honors outstanding television programming. The organization often recognizes acclaimed shows that Emmy voters have overlooked--like...
  • Amazon Tells Sellers to Remove Washington Redskins Merchandise July 9, 2020
    Amazon is the latest retailer to pull Washington Redskins merchandise from its digital shelves as pressure mounts on the NFL team to change its name, which has long been considered a racial slur. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the news in an email, adding, "With the announcement from the Washington team and the NFL, we are...
  • West Elm Partners With 15 Percent Pledge to Add More Black-Owned Brands July 9, 2020
    West Elm has become the third retailer to partner with the 15 Percent Pledge campaign, promising to stock at least 15% Black-owned brands in its stores. The first major retailer to take the pledge in June was Sephora, followed by Rent the Runway later that month. In a statement on Wednesday, West Elm laid out...
  • 3 Months In, Can Short-Form Streamer Quibi Be Saved? July 9, 2020
    Covid-19 has been a boon for some subscription video services like Netflix, which has reported surges in subscriptions amid the ongoing pandemic that has relegated many Americans to their homes. That hasn't been the case for Quibi, the 3-month-old, short-form streaming service from execs Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman that is struggling to get a...