Communications

Ad firm unit studies impact of social media on movie biz

July 10, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
At a time many local advertising agencies are struggling, one firm is growing with an unusual new division aimed at measuring the effects of social media on movies and actors. Bradley and Montgomery late last summer launched Fizziology as a stand-alone enterprise.
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Startup shoots for better Craigslist

July 10, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Zankit, on online classified ad firm that thinks it has a better solution than Craigslist, was hatched only last month and plans a late-July launch. It’s the product of six strangers who met at Indianapolis Startup Weekend just last month.
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Pearson ad agency closing after more than three decades

July 6, 2010
Scott Olson
CEO Ron Pearson attributed the decision to the difficult economic conditions. The firm was hit particularly hard in 2007, when it lost a $20 million HHGregg advertising account.
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Radio warrior Amos Brown's style boosts ratings, influence

July 3, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The WTLC-AM 1310 personality's penchant for asking tough questions has made him one of Indianapolis’ most influential community activists and made his daily radio show—“Afternoons with Amos”—one of the city’s most popular talk shows.
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IBJ wins 9 national journalism awardsRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
IBJ won eight awards at the Alliance of Area Business Publications’ summer conference June 26 in Indianapolis.
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MillerWhite Marketing nabs Indiana State job

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The firm was selected over another Indiana firm, a Texas firm and two Washington, D.C., firms to redesign the university's magazine.
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IBJ wins national journalism awards

June 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
IBJ won eight awards at the Alliance of Area Business Publications’ summer conference Saturday in Indianapolis.
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Children's Museum, Eiteljorg refresh images

June 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis launched a new logo and rebranding initiative this summer. And the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art wants to polish its image.
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Suitor extends tender offer for Emmis

June 24, 2010
Associated Press
JS Acquisition Inc., a company owned by Emmis Communications CEO Jeffrey Smulyan, extended its buyout offer to July 30.
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Comcast's pledge to NBC stations keeps Olympics, NFL off cable

June 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Television station owners affiliated with NBC agreed to support Comcast Corp.’s purchase of NBC Universal after the company pledged it won’t shift events such as the Olympics and U.S. football to cable, an executive said.
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IU grads carve Greek-based niche in newsRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
What started with a casual meeting between two Indiana University students in a business class in 2008 has grown into an operation with projected revenue of $2 million this year. Despite long odds and little capital, Evan Burns and Adrian France launched a weekly print newspaper at IU last September.
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Website aims to help grads with life after collegeRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Partners Cate McLaughlin and Kyle Falk started the website askcateandkyle.com last July to help recent graduates deal with the trials and tribulations of life after college. Their potential audience is huge.
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JMV already boosting The Fan's ad revenue

June 15, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Even before ratings arrive, WFNI-AM 1070 officials said they have signed two major advertisers this month due to the recent hire of new afternoon host JMV.
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Just Marketing International nabs Formula One deal in India

June 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
India-based JPSK Sports Private Ltd. hired JMI to provide strategic consulting for the venue that will host the inaugural Formula One Indian Grand Prix in 2011.
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Simon Youth Foundation hires Hetrick to handle national branding, marketing

June 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Simon Youth Foundation, a local not-for-profit, helps at-risk high school students across the country by partnering with local school systems.
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Most local news broadcasts lost viewers last month

June 7, 2010
Scott Olson
WTHR is still the most-watched TV station for local news, but viewership slipped in several time slots for the NBC affiliate and most of its competitors. Fox station WXIN, however, seems to be bucking the trend.
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Smulyan buyout plan could take Emmis full circleRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Greg Andrews
The going-private deal he worked out—with New York-based Alden Global Capital—could result in another public offering five years from now.
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Local firm helps produce College World Series film

June 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The one-hour documentary by the NCAA and Creative Street Entertainment tells the story of the history of baseball’s College World Series.
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CEO Smulyan gets OK to take Emmis private

May 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Emmis Communications Corp. agreed to be acquired for about $90 million by closely held JS Acquisition LLC, a company formed by Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan.
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Bowen Technovation brings educational centers to life

May 22, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Bowen Technovation has assembled an eclectic group of electrical engineers, journeyman machinists and artists to design exhibits for museums, science centers and planetariums. Computer systems analysts and audio and lighting experts are also part of the mix.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Small biz whiz talks taking risks

May 5, 2010
Mason King
LQ_Ball_WatchVideoMarketing pro Lorraine Ball suggests a test for when it's time to ditch the corporate gig, plus tips for networking and public speaking.
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Emmis finds loophole for board on Smulyan buyout

May 1, 2010
Greg Andrews
State law normally requires board approval for buyouts. But the language cited in the letter of intent provides an exception for conflicts of interest or special circumstances.
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Former Star columnist suing newspaper

April 29, 2010
Scott Olson
Susan Guyett, who wrote the Talk of Our Town column, claims the newspaper discriminated against her on the basis of age when she was let go from her job in 2008.
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UPDATE: Emmis takeover deal unlikely to hit turbulence

April 26, 2010
Greg Andrews, Scott Olson
A big Emmis Communications Corp. shareholder believes the $90 million deal CEO Jeff Smulyan unveiled Monday morning to take the company private is unlikely to get derailed—even though it’s worth far less than a takeover offer Smulyan failed to get through his board four years ago.
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Emmis chief looks to take company private

April 26, 2010
Scott Olson
JS Acquisition Inc., the company Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan has established to complete the acquisition, would purchase all shares of publicly traded Emmis for about $90 million, according to Monday morning's announcement.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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