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April’s Springtime Miracle for Toys R Us

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My Saturday morning began like many of yours: with an email alert that it looked like April was finally, really in labor this time. The baby was coming soon!

Like millions of others, I tuned in to see the miracle of birth…of a little baby giraffe, at a not so little 5’ 9” tall, 175 pounds.

April needs little further introduction, and no last name. Her pregnancy has been watched via live stream from the Animal Adventure Park’s “Giraffe Cam” by hundreds of thousands of us at a time. Even in the middle of the night. For months, we’ve been sticking our necks out waiting for this little thing. Read More

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Ain’t Nobunny like the Cadbury Bunny

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The grass outside is turning green and growing, tulips are blooming, which means… ’tis the season to devour some Cadbury eggs. If you’ve turned on the TV recently, chances are you’ve seen the classic Cadbury bunny spot.

Cadbury Creme Eggs may be one of Britain’s most famous imports. In 1824, John Cadbury opened up shop in Birmingham, UK where he sold tea, coffee, cocoa, and drinking chocolate. In 1923, the company released its cream-filled eggs, but the Cadbury Creme Eggs that we know and love weren’t released until 1971.

The chocolate, creme, and fondant-filled eggs quickly became an Easter must-have (possibly nestled next to some marshmallow Peeps). Its popularity was helped along by the classic clucking bunny TV campaign, which originally debuted in 1982.

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How We Deal with Broken ZIP Files: Pick the Lesser of Two Evils

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clypd’s workflow involves offline processing of files from our clients and partners. They drop compressed ZIP files to our SFTP servers which are then picked and processed by our workers. The processed data is crucial in powering clypd’s advanced audience targeting platform. Because these files are critical to our business, we have monitors that ensure correct parsing and transformation of the files.

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53 Year-Old Game Shows for $1000, Please

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Answer: America’s longest running game show premiered on this day in 1964.
What is “Jeopardy”?

With many more than 7,000 episodes aired, “Jeopardy!” has won a record 33 Daytime Emmy Awards. In January 2001, TV Guide ranked the show number two on its “50 Greatest Game Shows” list—second only to ”The Price Is Right.” Additionally, “Jeopardy” has gained a worldwide following thanks to running in slightly different versions in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Israel, and Australia. The American version of ”Jeopardy” airs around the world as well. The series, which used to run weekly, has been airing daily for 33 years.

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The Power Rangers that Keep Going

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The new “Power Rangers” adaptation may seem like a reboot, but Power Rangers as a franchise has been alive and well since the original TV show kicked off in 1993. “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” debuted in August 1993 on Fox Kids, the programming block for children that aired on Fox from 1990 to 2002. An immediate hit, kids all across the country rushed home from school, grabbed a bag of 3D Doritos and Gushers, and turned on the TV to watch “Mighty Morhpin’ Power Rangers” six days a week.

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Whatcha Gonna Do When Sheriff John Brown Comes for You?

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The opening lines of that song have been played on TV at least 1,500 times, every Saturday for the last 28 years. The reggae beat of its distinctive theme song, Inner Circle’s “Bad Boys”, is well known to us now, and will continue to be: Season 30 began taping in February this year.

“COPS” began its run on the Fox Broadcast Network on March 11, 1989. The network had just launched a few years prior, in October 1986. It took a chance on “COPS” after other major networks passed on it, jumping on the opportunity in the middle of a five month-long strike by the Writers Guild of America. The strike had crippled TV production in the summer of 1988. A reality-based show that required no writers and was inexpensive to produce was a perfect recipe for the new network.

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58 Years Ago, Barbie Changed Little Girls’ Lives Forever

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58 years ago today, Barbara Millicent Roberts made her debut at the American Toy Fair in New York City. Also known as Barbie, she stood 11 inches tall, sported blond hair and wore a black and white swimsuit, complete with accessories like sunglasses, high-heeled shoes, and hoop earrings.

Ruth Handler, cofounder of Mattel, created Barbie after seeing her young daughter ignore her baby dolls and play make-believe with paper dolls of adult women. Handler named her new doll after her daughter, and it became the first doll in the US with an adult body.

Barbie debuted at an opportune time – the 1950s saw the post-war boom and the rise of the suburban middle class. Children were becoming a new group of citizens called “teenagers,” and television was taking off as an advertising medium. In 1955, Mattel became the first company to air commercial sports to children with its sponsorship of the “Mickey Mouse Club.” Mattel used its sponsorship to introduce Barbie to America.

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Google Bumps TV/Video on its Axis with YouTube TV: Part 2

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Television advertising remains the most powerful branding vehicle as there is no better way to realize the reach of that medium. Digital advertising, while lacking the same reach does provide opportunity for specific targeting, granular measurement, ad unit customization and interactivity. The lean-back environment of the television viewer does not necessarily lend itself for an interactive ad experience, but the digital delivery of YouTube TV does allow for ads customized on the viewer’s audience characteristics or on their behavior.

The initial carriage agreements provide YouTube with ad sales rights for the inventory which otherwise would have been earmarked for local advertising by the MVPD. There is also an undisclosed revenue share between YouTube and the content owner for those YouTube-sold ads. There will likely be further coordination between these parties involving addressable ad targeting for the content owner and bartering of ad inventory.

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Google Bumps TV/Video on its Axis with YouTube TV: Part 1

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Google’s announcement of YouTube TV last week is one that will be seen as an inflection point for the world of media and advertising.

YouTube TV, originally code-named “Google Unplugged” is the latest “Virtual MVPD”, joining DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV and offering a set of live TV channels through digital means (as opposed to traditional MVPDs who deliver television to the home through their own infrastructure like satellite, telecommunications lines and terrestrial cable) for a monthly fee.

While each of these players have their own unique features, they are generally providing the same set of offerings: a “skinny bundle” of TV networks, available for viewing on any internet connected device at a very competitive price point as compared to the larger bundle of many channels from your local cable provider. Basic feature set similarities aside, YouTube TV, by nature of its parent company, will create waves, not ripples across the sea of TV viewership, distribution, and advertising.

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The Most Famous Thumbs on TV

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In the days leading up to the Oscars, I thought about which movies I had seen and which movies I had interest in seeing. When both of those lists were short, I thought about what a sharp contrast this was to several years ago when Siskel and Ebert had a near monopoly on televised film reviews, and even if I didn’t see many movies, I was very much aware of them – their plot, their stars, their likelihood of success.

Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were pioneers of film criticism. Long before the internet prompted millions of amateur critics to endlessly discuss films, there were Siskel and Ebert. Two newspaper guys from Chicago: Siskel wrote for the The Chicago Tribune and Ebert for the cross town rival paper, the Chicago Sun Times. Their television series, with several different names, ran from 1975 to 1999.

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