Communications

MCL enlists star power for TV commercialsRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Last month, Los Angeles-based film producer/director Steve Zukerman filmed commercials inside an MCL Restaurant and Bakery at Allisonville Road and 86th Street and in the Carmel Arts & Design District.
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David and Marilyn Shank are survivors in PR industry

June 29, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Over the last quarter century, the husband-wife duo has outlived a number of bigger and slicker competitors, even as the Great Recession decimated some bigger PR and advertising shops.
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Weatherman Wright feels wronged, leaving WTHR, report says

June 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Channel 13's chief meteorologist and 10-time Emmy winner reportedly was offered a pay cut and lesser role to make room for Angela Buchman.
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IBJ collects 8 national awards for print, online journalism

June 24, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Honored work included Cory Schouten's investigation of problems at the Indy Land Bank, Anthony Schoettle's scoop on the ouster of IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard and Greg Andrews' Behind the News columns.
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Live, call-in radio show focuses on Hoosier historyRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
"Hoosier History Live!" is believed to be the nation’s only live, call-in show about a state’s history. The 5-year-old show has only an estimated 1,000 listeners, but they tend to be those who are passionate about all things Hoosier heritage.
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Young & Laramore finds app draws eyeballs to brandRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis ad agency Young & Laramore's recent project for footwear giant New Balance included developing a video game intended to reach young consumers who’ve grown up with a smartphone as a bodily appendage.
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Head-swap performed on WTHR general managerRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Someone apparently forgot to tell Pablo Pereira, the weatherman at Fox affiliate KTTV-TV Channel 11 in Los Angeles, that he’d been promoted to president and general manager of WTHR-TV Channel 13 in Indianapolis.
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Salesforce slow to excite investors after $2.5B buyout of ExactTarget

June 10, 2013
Dan Human
Shares of the California-based cloud computing giant continue to lag after last week's announcement of its $2.5 billion offer for Indy-based marketing powerhouse ExactTarget.
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Former TV news king WRTV seeking comeback under new owner

June 8, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WRTV-TV Channel 6 is making big changes, many tailored to capturing viewers through digital outlets, in an effort to stage a comeback after a two-decade slide.
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ExactTarget option gains approach $300MRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
Dan Human
xactTarget Inc.’s sale will swell the value of employee stock options to nearly $300 million—a windfall local tech experts expect will launch a wave of entrepreneurship over the next several years.
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ExactTarget sale caps success story; CEO mum on Indy work force

June 4, 2013
Greg Andrews, Dan Human, Bloomberg News
ExactTarget CEO Scott Dorsey said the company will remain “very committed to Indianapolis” after its $2.5 billion buyout by tech giant Salesforce.com, but he would not comment on potential changes to the local work force of more than 1,000 employees.
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Indianapolis Indians seeking new ad agencyRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Hirons & Co. has held the contract for 10 years. But earlier this year, the Indians decided it was time to see if Hirons or another agency had new ideas.
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Deadline looms for state's Do Not Call list

May 20, 2013
Associated Press
Since January, the state attorney general's office said it has received more than 5,000 complaints about telemarketing calls from live operators or prerecorded messages.
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WISH-TV rakes in bucks with city's only locally produced lifestyle showRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Chris O'Malley
"Indy Style"--an hour’s worth of TV programming on everything from recipes to music to fitness to screen-door-repair tips--fills its show with guests who are a combination of invited guests, sponsors and one-time-only advertisers.
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Animation firm recognized for children's bookRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
The youthful animators at The Basement have won the Independent Publisher’s Book Awards’ silver award for their first children’s e-book, “Every Walrus Can Fly.”
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Critical questions follow reviewer's departure from Indy Star

May 17, 2013
Lou Harry
The state's largest newspaper is mum on whether reviews will continue after the Friday resignation of its fine arts critic. Arts organizations are taking a wait-and-see attitude.
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Slingshot is shifting aim away from SEO

May 11, 2013
Dan Human
After Google cracked down on some of the tools companies were using to improve their positions in search results, Indianapolis-based Slingshot SEO opted to launch a sister brand called Digital Relevance that will focus on earning media attention.
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Lawsuit threatens NCAA's amateur business model

May 11, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
On June 20, a California federal court will determine if an antitrust lawsuit brought by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon—who argues he should’ve been paid for the use of his likeness on game broadcasts and in EA Sports video games—can become a class action.
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Whitsett goes big with Star project

May 10, 2013
Scott Olson
A local developer plans to tear down part of the Indianapolis Star’s downtown headquarters while saving most of the building in a redevelopment that calls for 350 apartments—more units than the massive CityWay.
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Broad Ripple telecom firm plans big growth, 183 jobs

May 10, 2013
Mason King
Founded in 2007 by Purdue University students, Weeks Communications has established a new headquarters in Broad Ripple and plans to invest $4.1 million as it aggressively hires new employees.
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Woof Boom to acquire 6 area radio stations

May 8, 2013
Mason King
An Indianapolis investor group headed by longtime local radio broadcaster and executive Jerry Chapman will take over operations at the stations, including three in Muncie, on June 1.
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Inquiry targets cellphone subsidiesRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Dan Human
State officials want to know how an Oklahoma City company managed to set up 30,000 Indiana accounts for a federally subsidized phone program in less than a year. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has launched an investigation into whether TerraCom LLC is repeating federal violations it allegedly committed in Oklahoma.
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WRTV adding employees, expanding newscasts

May 1, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Lagging in the ratings, the local station is aiming for an uptick under new ownership with a morning news show on weekends.
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'Naptown' rock-radio documentary vying for Emmy

April 30, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The locally produced film about the golden age of WIBC, WIFE and WNAP will never break even, according to its producer, but an Emmy win would be satisfaction enough.
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Escape artist Bill Shirk can't escape the allure of broadcastingRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Escape artist Bill Shirk has retired his straitjacket, but remains active in radio broadcasting. His firm, Hoosier Broadcasting, in recent years bought a handful of radio stations on the Hawaiian islands and Shirk owns and is investing more money in a Boone County radio station.
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