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  • Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

Translation, the independent agency founded by Steve Stoute, has hired TBWA\Chiat\Day creative lead John Norman as partner/CCO and former TOMS CMO Nils Peyron as president.

Norman, a global and visual communicator whose career has included roles at Nike Design, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, The Martin Agency, and eight years at Wieden+Kennedy, has worked with myriad brands around the world including Coca-Cola, Hewlett Packard, Nike, adidas, Heineken, Walmart, Electronic Arts, Gatorade, Benetton and Southwest Airlines.

Peyron, an accomplished senior executive with diverse agency management, strategic marketing, and global brand-building experience, is an expert at leading creative teams and producing original content to drive unique brand storytelling. Prior to joining Translation, Peyron spent two years as chief marketing officer at TOMS, where he led the company’s global brand, marketing and More

  • Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
Gracie Gold of the United States cheers for Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States as they compete in the team free ice dance figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, Pool)
SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- 

Between photos and insights about their Olympic experience, some Olympians are turning over their social media accounts to sponsors, agreeing to quotas of postings on Twitter and Facebook and letting other people send commercial messages in their name.

The agents for US figure skaters Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold both say sponsors draft some of their tweets, plugging their brands.

"This is the first Olympics where I actually have a social media calendar, where an athlete has to tweet or mention something on a given day," Gold's agent, Yuki Saegusa, said in an interview.

"We get a list of tweets or social media things that need to be posted and then we approve them for her," said Saegusa, senior vice president for Olympic clients at sports management giant IMG.

Although they "encourage" Gold to post the pre-packaged commercial tweets to her 65,000 followers herself, sometimes others do More

  • Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

Online fundraising site Kickstarter says hackers got some of its customer data.

Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler said in a blog post that hackers accessed usernames, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords. The passwords are encrypted, but the company said it's possible for a hacker to guess a weak or obvious password. It recommended that users change their passwords.

Hackers did not get credit card information, said New York-based Kickstarter, but two accounts saw unauthorized activity.

Kickstarter is one of dozens of crowdfunding websites that let people raise money from donors for projects. Kickstarter campaigns have included Zach Braff and Spike Lee movies, a local brewery, arts projects and business startups.

The breach was disclosed Saturday on the Kickstarter blog. The company said it learned about the breach from law enforcement on Wednesday and closed it immediately More

  • Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014

Puppeteer John Henson, the son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson, has died in New York. He was 48.

Cheryl Henson says her brother died of a "massive heart attack" at his home in Saugerties on Friday. She says it happened after he had been building an igloo in the snow with his daughter.

Henson followed in his famous father's footsteps as a puppeteer, performing as Sweetums the ogre in several films, including "Muppet Treasure Island" and "It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie."

Cheryl said her brother also made appearances in the original Coca-Cola Polar Bear suit. She described him as an "artist who also loved working the land."

Henson was a shareholder and board member of The Jim Henson Company.

Henson leaves behind his wife Gyongyi and two daughters, ages 10 and 15. A private funeral service is planned.

  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

A popular online show about a young Chinese couple's trips to the far corners of the world is set to be broadcast on the country's main television network, highlighting how popular online content is influencing China's highly regulated mainstream media.

"On the Road," by the Youku site's entertainment unit, is to air during a prime-time evening slot next month on state broadcaster China Central Television's flagship channel, CCTV-1.

The surging popularity of online content, particularly among 20-somethings who consume entertainment on their mobiles and tablets, is luring viewers away from state TV, which the Chinese government sees as a tool to mold public opinion. Privately owned video sites are seeing advertising revenue grow as well as the number of people who are paying to watch premium content, even if this number is still relatively small.

The first season of "On the Road," which saw the More

  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Jeffrey A. Greenbaum, managing director of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, has been elected the next global president of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA).

A collection of leading advertising lawyers and firms from around the world, GALA provides resources to individuals and corporations interested in finding solutions to problems involving complex legal issues affecting advertisers and marketers. Greenbaum will replace outgoing GALA head Douglas Wood, who led the organization since its inception 12 years ago.

“I am very honored to be assuming the role of GALA global president,” Greenbaum said. “I want to thank Doug Wood for his leadership over the past dozen years and the members who have put their confidence in me as GALA’s new leader. GALA is a tremendous organization. It has been a terrific resource for advertisers and marketers worldwide and I look forward to helping carry on its tradition of excellence over the next More

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