Communications

Publisher's book fair questioned amid financial troubles

July 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Charity event scheduled for July 31 is postponed again as complaints against New Century Publishing mount.
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Emmis, Colts hire ex-Q95 jock 'Mad Dog' Matis

July 29, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Jimmy "Mad Dog" Matis, who was fired after 23 years at Q95 earlier this year, finds a new gig—in sales—at Emmis. He also will do the Colts post-game show with Barry Krauss.
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Judge rules against Emmis shareholders, allows sale

July 27, 2010
Shareholders sued to temporarily block the sale of the public company, which is set to be acquired by JS Acquisition LLC, a private company formed by Emmis Chairman and CEO Jeffrey H. Smulyan.
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Indianapolis Star to be laid out in Louisville; local jobs likely lost

July 24, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Virginia-based Gannett Co., the Star’s parent company, this month informed employees of a plan to move layout and design work for its 83 dailies to five regional design hubs.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Racing promotions require big drive

July 21, 2010
Mason King
ZakBrown_WatchVideoMotorsports marketer Zak Brown, once a driver, feeds his competitive fire in the board room, and believes big egos are good for business.
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Judge hears arguments challenging Emmis sale

July 20, 2010
Scott Olson
Common shareholders are challenging the proposed acquisition of the company by closely held JS Acquisition LLC, formed by Emmis Chairman and CEO Jeffrey H. Smulyan in an effort to take it private.
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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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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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