Founded by Vivian Rosenthal, New York marketing agency Snaps has created branded text messaging Apps for VH1, Magic Mike XXL and Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Now, just in time for Canada’s July 1 national holiday, comes the best-named one yet.
The Ehmoji Keyboard was created for coffee and donuts chain Tim Hortons. The free App, available this week for iPhone and next Monday for Android, features a dozen initial cut-and-paste emoji items including images of a Tim Hortons coffee cup, a beaver, a tuque and a Muskoka cottage chair.
From the CBC’s coverage:
“We set out to create a set of emojis that personified our great country by capturing some of the things that make us unique and are recognized around the world, starting with the name of the keyboard itself, Ehmojis,” Tim’s chief marketing officer Peter Nowlan said.
Somewhere, co-founder Miles Gilbert “Tim” Horton, the one-time New York Ranger and also Buffalo Sabre, Pittsburgh Penguin and Toronto Maple Leaf, is smiling. The chain plans to add more ehmojis and is asking its customers for suggestions.
P.S. The CBC article ends with a sly dig worthy a sad emoji: ‘There does not appear to be a plan to release the App to function on Canadian-made BlackBerry devices.’
Sometimes, very little translation is required.
Above is the Friday front page of Paris daily Libération. The paper is essentially, in French, riffing on both the word “terrorized” and a term taxi drivers in Paris have been using, asking readers if they will be next. Meanwhile, singer Courtney Love, arriving Thursday at Charles De Gaulle Airport into the middle of a day of violent skirmishes between licensed taxi drivers and UberPop drivers, live-tweeted her very scary experience. Today, this is how the homepage of another Paris daily, L’Express, has framed that aspect of the June 25 city mess:
The front pages of Le Figaro and 20 Minutes meanwhile both show the same photo of an overturned vehicle. This is disruption, redux, with the protests by Paris cabbies set to continue today and possibly into the weekend.
Some fun passing-of-the-torch details were shared Thursday night by host Chris Gethard during the Fusion airing of Episode 5. The on-air marriage of three couples with the help of best man Will Ferrell was essentially blessed by David Letterman.
— Chris Gethard (@ChrisGethard) June 26, 2015
— Chris Gethard (@ChrisGethard) June 26, 2015
You can see the Brooklyn and George Washington set pieces from The Late Show in the clip below. The host obtained his marriage officer certification via the Internet(!), while the bridges couple – Cass and Deneece – actually met through the program’s Tumblr community page(!!). The twentysomething newlyweds have promised to keep another comedy legacy element in play:
After they wed, a pseudo-drunk Ferrell gave the couple a beautiful toast – noting that it would it would \"mean a lot\" if they named their first child after him. So we had to ask: Would they name their child after the actor?
\"Yes. Will if it’s a boy, Ferrell if it’s a girl,\" the couple told us.
Previously on Adweek:
Fusion’s Chris Gethard is a Host for the Social Age
The latest iteration of the annual graphic design conference will once again aid attendees to create effective communications by exploring cutting-edge innovation.
Brian Finke has compiled detailed looks at flight attendants (at a time when that term was more acceptable), football cheerleaders and U.S. Marshals. Up next is a tribute to the women who appear in rap music videos, often as eye candy.
Finke is using the term \"hip-hop honeys\" and, ahead of the book, is teasing some photos from the three-year personal project. The Cut’s Allison P. Davis could have easily just grabbed a few of these photos and called it an item. Instead, she took the extra step of interviewing one of Finke’s subjects. From her Q&A with 25-year-old Florinda \"Flo\" Estrada:
How do you define a hip-hop honey?
They’re all so diverse, they’re all different shapes and sizes, and they’re all doing different things. Some of them are in nursing school trying to make some extra cash on the side; for some of them, this is their life and they’re dedicated to this completely. Some of them have boob jobs, some of them have butt jobs, and some of them are completely natural. It’s really diverse…
Coincidentally, Karinne Steffens this very same month has released a follow-up to her 2006 bestselling book Confessions of a Video Vixen. It’s called Vindicated: Confessions of a Video Vixen, Ten Years Later and was written with veteran music journalist Datwon Thomas, currently editor in chief of Respect magazine.
[Portfolio image via: brianfinke.com]
Bonnier Corp. has named Brian Struble art director of its Outdoor Group, which includes Outdoor Life and Field & Stream.
Struble most recently worked as Boston Magazine’s design director. Prior to that, he worked at Vanity Fair and Vogue.
Struble’s appointment is effective July 6.
The Huffington Post is expanding its video offerings with HuffPost 24, a 24-hour online video network.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, HuffPost 24 will feature live shows, original series, news programming and more. The 3 am to 4am time block of programming will be filled with side boob slideshows.
The new network is part of Arianna Huffington’s strategy to significantly change the HuffPost empire.
“It’s part of our growth plan to be 50-50 video,” Huffington told THR. “As we see the world moving to mobile and global video, these are pretty big priorities. Being able to produce video that can be consumed both by over-the-top and mobile is a huge priority for us.”
HuffPost 24 is expected to launch later this year.
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features The New Republic taking on Wired.
For TNR’s latest, the magazine asks of one shirtless man and one clothed man “Now what?” If we had to guess, they’ll probably eat those chips. The one guy is likely going sans shirt to avoid salsa stains.
Wired, meanwhile, features Rashida Jones looking happy as hell on its latest cover. That is one solid smile. Don’t try and top it.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.
Newsweek is hoping to entice new subscribers by making the first issue free and allowing non-subscribers to purchase single issues or monthly and yearly packages. Newsweek print subscribers, of course, have free access to the app.
Single issues of the iPhone app are available for $4.99, a one-month subscription for $3.99, and a one-year subscription for $39.99. The iPhone edition arrives each Thursday, one day before the print issue hits newsstands.
Innuendo is the new black. Or maybe a better way to put it is that Netflix, for its forthcoming ten-part series Narcos debuting August 28, has chosen to play the x-rated House Card.
In the trailer, in the promo copy, the Irving Berlin-derived tagline reads: “There’s no business like blow business.” Netflix might have overdone it however with a second double entendre reference in the opening paragraph of today’s press release:
The announcement was made this morning with a teaser video, blowing away the reveal of the show’s late summer launch date.
Overall, it’s a PR approach that underlines just how Millennial taglines have become since a certain 2001 Johnny Depp film. Brazilian actor Wagner Moura toplines Narcos as Pablo Escobar, with the look at the Medellin cartel heyday sounding on paper a lot like newfangled version of Scarface.
@lexinisita There’s no business like blow business is the tagline to end all taglines
— Le Vine (@laleviner) June 25, 2015
It’s been a heck of a summer so far for New York media startup littlethings.com. The company describes itself as a women’s lifestyle portal focused on “feel-good content.”
At the beginning of June, eight-month old Little Things heralded the arrival of its first COO, Gretchen Tibbits (pictured). And a few weeks later, the site revealed that it had cracked comScore’s Top 100 Web Properties for Media Metrix Multi-Platform, with 38,401,000 unique visitors in May:
“The past few months have been transformational for our brand,” said Little Things co-founder Joe Speiser. “The comScore data confirms that we’re now a major player in not only the startup world but also among female-focused digital lifestyle media brands.”
Recent articles on Little Things include the site picking up on a Minnesota mom’s heartbreaking Facebook posts about the life-threatening impact on her teenage daughter of a liquor cabinet raid and a Connecticut Vietnam veteran walking 15 miles with his horses to honor a funeral promise. The company currently has a staff of around 30.
Thanks to a new contract, Roger Ailes and Fox News will be together for a long time. How long, exactly, is anyone’s guess. Fox News didn’t specify the length of the new contract or how much Ailes was getting paid.
Ailes’ previous contract was set to expire at the end of next year, and after Rupert Murdoch announced that he was stepping down as CEO of 21st Century Fox, there was some speculation about Ailes’ future. That was odd, considering how Ailes has been the driving force behind Fox News’ success. In a statement, Murdoch acknowledged Ailes’ impact.
“Nearly two decades ago, Roger took a bold idea rooted in the belief that there was room for more choice in cable news, and—much to all the naysayers’ surprise—through his development of vibrant programming and talent, created a behemoth of a business with one of the most passionate and engaged audiences in the history of television news… Lachlan, James and I are delighted that Roger will be leading key businesses for us and our shareholders for years to come, and he has our unwavering support.”
Part 1, posted today, is sub-titled: “Who Was Manning the Ramparts at Sony Pictures?” Parts 2 and 3 will follow online, respectively, on Friday and Saturday.
Reporter Peter Elkind begins by painting an ominous picture. On November 3, 2014, after a group of four employees from Silicon Valley-based cyber-security firm Norse Corp. arrived on the Sony lot in Culver City for a meeting, they were very surprised by what greeted them:
The visitors found their way to a small sitting area outside the office of Jason Spaltro, Sony’s senior vice president for information security, settled in, and waited. Alone. For about 15 minutes.
\"I got a little shocked,\" says Tommy Stiansen, Norse’s co-founder and chief technology officer. \"Their Info Sec was empty, and all their screens were logged in. Basically the janitor can walk straight into their Info Sec department.\" Adds Mickey Shapiro, a veteran entertainment attorney who helped set up the meeting and was present that day: \"If we were bad guys, we could have done something horrible.\"
From there, Elkind goes on to contradict Sony’s public statements about their fears of North Korea retaliating for The Interview, and much more, spending most of Part 1 reconstructing the politics and business of Sony preceding the fall 2014 breach. Rifling off, along the way, great lines like thisL
From the moment the malware was launched – months after the hackers first broke in – it took just one hour to throw Sony Pictures back into the era of the Betamax.
Elkind writes that he conducted more than 50 interviews for his series with present and past Sony executives, cyber-security experts and law enforcement officials. Bookmark, read the rest of Part 1 here.
There’s also a separate >a href=”http://fortune.com/2015/06/25/fortune-sony-hack-coverage/” target=”_”>Editor’s Desk note from Alan Murray on the magazine’s reasoning for sourcing information divulged by the hackers. Murray writes:
Reporters have long accepted information from unsavory sources. It’s our job to make sure that information is accurate, to determine whether it is newsworthy and to do the reporting necessary to present it in proper context. In this case we have done all that, and believe our decision to publish is not only justified but also necessary.
The Wall Street Journal’s Lukas I. Alpert got the jump on some intriguing news out of the Cannes Lions advertising festival today: the Daily Mail is getting into the syndicated TV series business, and with none other than Dr. Phil McGraw.
From the report:
The 50-50 deal between the Mail and Stage 29 Productions — the company behind McGraw’s Emmy-winning talk show, Dr. Phil — will aim to create a syndicated television series ready to hit the airwaves in the fall of 2016.
CBS Television Distribution — which handles the Dr. Phil show — will be involved in distributing the new program, the person said. The format of the show will be worked out during its development phase but will focus on bringing the best of the Daily Mail to TV and will involve a mix of crime stories, breaking news and celebrity gossip, the person familiar with the matter said.
At today’s Cannes press conference, McGraw and Daily Mail reps announced the show will be called DailyMailTV. The show will be centrally tied to the NYC Daily Mail offices, with anchors tapped from there as well as Los Angeles, London and Sydney.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
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