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Taxpayer film incentives: North Carolina and California traveling in different directions.

North Carolina cuts Hollywood fat cats down to size

WASHINGTON, August 27, 2014 – A variety of news sources reported this week the somewhat surprising news that North Carolina is phasing out its once generous tax incentives for movie producers to film in the Tar Heel State. North Carolina’s lavish tax incentives have for years been drawing major productions to abandon the tax hell

Trivago Guy announces contest.

Trivago Guy Finale: Be Trivago Guy’s wardrobe consultant

WASHINGTON, August 23, 2014 – Now that we’ve explored the Trivago Man/Trivago Guy phenomenon and taken a look into the business behind the pitchman—and the pitchman himself—let’s get up to date. And up to date involves an arguably hilarious new direction for this advertising phenomenon. As you’ll recall, the bulk of the flap surrounding the

Screen shot of Trivago pitchman on CNBC.

The Trivago Man: Rumpled pitchman helps website gain following among travelers

WASHINGTON, August 23, 2014 – You read our rant about the Trivago Man in our previous article. (Or should have.) Not only is this one of the weirdest ad campaigns we can remember. It turns out there’s actually some method to the madness. Just what is Trivago? After our initial, wildly negative reaction to the

Screen shot of SNL program celebrating Don Pardo's 90th birthday.

RIP: Don Pardo, timeless SNL announcer, dead at 96

TUCSON, Ariz., August 19, 2014 – Don Pardo, the longtime NBC TV announcer who nearly found eternal life as “Saturday Night Live’s” once and future background voice, passed away quietly in Tucson, Arizona Monday, August 18. He was 96. His daughter, Paula, confirmed his passing to CBS radio news yesterday. Pardo turned his modest career

Theater in Glasgow where Ferguson’s pilgrimage to his native Scotland was filmed.

Craig Ferguson, Geoff, to co-host new CBS talk show in 2015

NEW YORK, April 18, 2014 –  It’s official. More or less. An AP report confirmed today that Craig Ferguson, the outgoing host of CBS TV’s “The Late Late Show” is in talks with the network to finalize a deal giving him an early evening talk show next year. Ferguson’s half-hour talk show reportedly will begin to

Screen shot of "The Orchestra" promo video.

‘The Orchestra’ 
app hits a high note as an astounding value

CHICAGO, August 18, 2014 – Apple recently treated the world to a stylized glimpse into the world of composer and conductor Esa Pekka Salonen, opening a window onto a musical world that most westerners are very unfamiliar with. On the heels of this smart and engaging campaign comes the “The Orchestra” app for the iPad

David Gregory, gone as host of NBC's "Meet the Press."

Who Cares? Dept.: David Gregory out at DOA ‘Meet the Press’

WASHINGTON, August 14, 2014 – After treating its longtime “Meet the Press” host shabbily for at least the past several months, the always-classy NBC news organization suddenly announced his replacement Thursday. Gregory was barely able to beat the public announcement with a tweet of his own. Gregory will be replaced by Chuck Todd, the NBC