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Roger Enrico: How The Pepsi CEO And Michael Jackson Invented "New Coke"

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 06.12.2016 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

When Al Pacino got his first important theater role, an actor who didn't get the part asked him how that happened. "Just lucky," Pacino said. But th...

The Best And Worst TV Commercials About Retirement

Next Avenue | Walter Updegrave | Posted 05.21.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Walter Updegrave (This article previously appeared on Americans watch about an hour of T...

'Papering the House' at the Super Bowl?

Robert Marich | Posted 04.05.2015 | Media
Robert Marich

The phrase "paper the house" refers to giving away free or discounted tickets in the rear of a concert auditorium in order to make the venue seem full to those sitting up front who paid full price.

My Worst Audition Ever? Or, The Danger of Playing Paddle Ball, Chewing Gum, and Singing "We Built This City" Simultaneously

David Munk | Posted 02.09.2015 | Comedy
David Munk

Not long ago, I had a rather unfortunate audition for a major brand of chewing gum. I was being seen for the part of a falafel and, as I came to learn later, also a burrito. Confused? Yeah, I was too, but I figured I was okay because I was a half-hour early, a precaution I take in anticipation of just this sort of thing.

TV Commercials Just Got Worse

The Huffington Post | Jessica Toomer | Posted 05.27.2014 | TV

A popular restaurant chain is giving us a new reason to hate commercials. Arby's, the fast food joint famous for its beefy sandwiches and cowboy h...

WATCH: These Six Commercials Make A Huge Statement Without Ever Mentioning Race

Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 02.21.2014 | Black Voices

We all hate commercials. They can be cheesy and annoying and they interrupt us in the middle of our favorite shows. But when they're done right, comme...

Before 'Breaking Bad'

Posted 02.20.2014 | TV

People in the entertainment industry know that hit TV shows don't come out of nowhere, and usually career-defining roles are won after years of bit pa...

Dear Avon, I Do Not Want to 'Run for Breast Cancer'

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Rea Nolan Martin

No one in her right mind wants to run, walk, or in any way support breast cancer. We run against it. We run to empower the people who have been afflicted and are at risk of being afflicted in the future. We do not run to promote it or to encourage a culture of disease.

Why Can't Anyone Make These Michael Bolton Commercials Stop?

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 03.13.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Nisson Lassin

Let me first state that I am not a hater. I can be a wee bit judgmental at times, but I love people and am generally very accepting. I try to find the good in everyone. Despite the above, I cannot find a nice word to say about Michael Bolton's Holiday Honda commercials. I have to hit mute or change the channels each time one comes on.

How TV Has Made Us Stupid About Farming

Forrest Pritchard | Posted 02.04.2014 | Green
Forrest Pritchard

What is worrisome is these commercials are the only glimpse into farming that millions of people will ever see. A generation that's been raised on artificial ingredients is now being fed a diet of farming fiction.

Why Boomers Need TV Commercials

Renee Fisher | Posted 01.31.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Commercials are all that stand in the way of complete dissociation between boomers and real life. Don't take our commercials way from us.

The Destination I Dream About

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 06.01.2013 | Comedy
Jeffrey Shaffer

I want an atavachron. Star Trek fans know what I mean. It's a time-travel device that people on a doomed planet used to escape into the past. They picked out a favorite period in history, set the machine, stepped across the threshold and whoosh! Gone.

Smart Discrimination: GoDaddy Super Bowl Commercial's Sloppy Kiss Disses Nerds and Promotes Bigoted, Anti-Intellectual Stereotype

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.14.2013 | Media
Steven Kurlander

Dissing nerds is as American as apple pie and NFL football. Sadly, I have a feeling that Walter is going to make a return at next year's Super Bowl. In the meantime, I won't be visiting the Go Daddy site anytime soon.

Why You May Have To Pay $214,000 To Propose

Posted 01.23.2013 | Weddings

A British online retailer has found a way to milk Valentine's Day for all it's worth. Owners of the UK website,, are offering one p...

Ron Dicker

A New Crop Of Filmmakers On Madison Avenue | Ron Dicker | Posted 07.12.2012 | Business

Imagine if the ad men from the "Mad Men" era were to put down their drinks and make documentaries. That probably wouldn't have happened back in the da...

Brad Pitt's Brother Acts, Too (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 07.04.2012 | Business

As Brad Pitt's younger brother, Doug Pitt may share the family genes, but he has no Angelina Jolie and no charmed life as a global movie icon. So Virg...

New Way To Score Girl Scout Cookies

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.25.2012 | Money

We always thought Girl Scout cookies sold themselves, but Nestle isn't taking any chances. The first TV commercial for Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Candy ...

Ron Dicker

Bacon Sundae Gone Missing Where? | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.14.2012 | Business

In its new TV commercials that premiered Thursday, Burger King appears to be selling the sizzle without the sizzle. Two spots highlighting the fast...

Video Ads On Public-Bathroom Mirrors (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.08.2012 | Business

Public-bathroom mirrors now play electronic ads as you wash, primp, brush -- and bemoan no end to product bombardment. The LED mirrors by Novo Ad ...

Ron Dicker

Fake Commercial Band Gets An Encore | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.06.2012 | Business

A fictional band that lip-synched ditties for Experian's returns in new ads for The public demanded it, t...

Ron Dicker

'Jingle Writing In Its Purest Form Is Certainly Less Common These Days' | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.03.2012 | Business

In a hiccup of bent genius, Joey Auch and composing partner, Josh Peck, downed three beers and came up with the "Gimme That Filet O' Fish" song for a ...

How CBS Is Filling Super Bowl Ad Spots Without GM

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.31.2012 | Business

The Super Bowl appears to be doing just fine without General Motors. CBS has sold more than half of its ad allotment for the 2013 Super Bowl, accor...

Ron Dicker

Liquor Advertising Floods Television After Decades-Long Dry Spell | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.24.2012 | Business

Already a fast-track brand, Skinnygirl Cocktails turned to an old ad platform for a pick-me-up. The company, founded by reality show star Bethenny ...

Donna Summer's Other Career (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.18.2012 | Business

Not only does disco owe a debt to Donna Summer; Madison Avenue does, too. Summer, who died of cancer at age 63 on Thursday, was a major contributor...

6 Things I Learned From Watching Commercials During the NFL Playoffs

Kris LoPresto | Posted 03.13.2012 | TV
Kris LoPresto

In an era where commercials are fast-forwarded more often than previews before a movie boots up on a DVD, there is a time and a place where commercials are actually watched: Live sporting events.