The Week in Media

Paul Reiser gets axed, Starbucks ascends, plus more headlines and news

Top news for the week of April 25-29:

► Location, location, location: Apple, Google to testify to Senate over phone-tracking

► Former ABC Studios chief Mark Pedowitz named president of The CW

Modernista! closes shop; Boston won’t be the same

► NBC axes The Paul Reiser Show

► Meredith Vieira plans early exit from “Today” show

Twitter debuts new text-based ads; sponsors/advertisers not clear

Google launches instant ad previews; clicks on button free for advertisers

Troy Kelley, Arnold Worldwide’s digital chief, jumps to R/GA

► Yahoo buys (very) new social TV service IntoNow for estimated $30 million

► TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington, ready to invest in tech star-ups, exempt from AOL-HuffPo ethics rules

► Zynga scores John Schappert, COO of Electronic Arts

► Java jolt: Starbucks No. 3 chain restaurant, trumping BK, Wendy’s

► DDB, Tribal DDB take lead on Intel from Venables Bell

IPG year-to-year organic revenue up 9 percent, WPP’s 6 percent, Q1 to Q1

► Facebook busy: Groupon-like Deal tested in five cities; starts agency site

► YouTube just as busy: founders buy Delicious; site gets major studio licenses for streaming service

Arthur Sadoun named managing director, Publicis

Quotes of the week:

"How is the whole world going to see Jesus Christ [all at one time]? … Social media could  have a big part in that." — Rev. Franklin Graham on ABC's This Week

"You agreed we could take all the blood we needed." — Businessmen sticking needles into Kyle on South Park, who says he unwittingly agreed to iTunes' terms and conditions

"I think I read that in a newspaper." — Sarah Palin, learning Katie Couric is leaving the CBS anchor chair, attempting a joke 

"[The company] confronted a great lack of clarity." — NYT Co. chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. at annual meeting when asked why the dividend hadn't been reinstated

Publish date: April 29, 2011 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT