Sunday, May 01, 2011

Why Do You Think They Call It a "Network?"

Let's play another game of Six Degrees of Corporate Media Synergy.

Right now Dateline is interviewing Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudoph; they star in the new movie Bridesmaids; Bridesmaids was produced by Universal Studios; NBC Universal is the parent of NBC, which airs Saturday Night Live; Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph happen to be castmembers on Saturday Night Live; NBC Universal is also the parent of NBC News, which is essentially promoting both Bridesmaids and Saturday Night Live by doing a story on Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph.

And I'm watching the whole thing on Comcast cable.

But hey, now I just switched over to "The Alzheimer's Epidemic: A Larry King Special" on CNN -- and everything's all better.


Tom said...

A few days ago I noticed Huffington Post front-paging the story about the trailer for The Hangover being released. I couldn't help but wonder if that was something of a puff piece for a Warner Brothers movie by the now AOL-owned site.

AOL isn't 'AOL Time Warner' anymore, but still... Am I completely crazy?

Dr. Squid said...

"The Alzheimer's Epidemic: A Larry King Special"

I feel so wrong for being unable to stifle a laugh at that title.

Chez said...

Don't ever allow any second thoughts to talk you out of the gut feeling you get when you see something like that, Tom. That feeling is probably right. The level of single-minded corporate cross-promotion in media lately is sickening. See a movie being promoted on ABC? It's likely associated with Disney. CBS? Paramount, since CBS is owned by Paramount owner Viacom. And of course, the worst offender of them all: NBC.

C.L.J. said...

Isn't NBC the network that kept cramming THE MOMMIES down our throats? I think they retooled that sucker two or three times, trying to make it palatable.