Crowdsourced advertising platforms - some with Silicon Valley backing - are sprouting up to liberate untapped talent from around the world and remake television (and video) advertising. Companies such as Tongal, Zooppa, Poptent and others are tapping the crowd for talent and hoping to leverage social media's expanding reach and real-time impact to strengthen ties b
The popular television show "Mad Men" gives viewers a glimpse into what it was like to work in the advertising industry during the 1960s, a time when the typical office environment was characterized by analog technology, free-flowing martinis, and rampant sexism. But while you'd probably get fired for drinking on the job today, "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks wants the world to know that there's one important part of the old-timey office that has remained in tact: the men are still making a lot more money than the women.
AMC Networks (AMCX), the company formerly known as Rainbow Media that was split off from Cablevision in 2011, has been the epitome of a successful public market spin-off. Huge hits led by Breaking Bad and Mad Men have the company, which owns four national channels (Sundance Channel, IFC, and WE tv, in addition to the flagship AMC), on a roll with both viewers and investors. As you can see from the chart below, the stock has doubled in the two years since the shares made their stock market debut as an independent company.
Television fans and advertising industry insiders alike are rapt with anticipation of Mad Men's seventh and final season. To celebrate, AMC and Attack! Marketing teamed up to install a 200-gallon Scotch glass in Times Square. As the season premiere approaches, liquid will drain out of the glass, emptying right when Mad Men goes on the air Sunday at 10 p.m. Eastern.
Hopefully viewers of Mad Men have calmed down from the rollercoaster of Sunday's season finale by now. While the big questions will keep us in suspense for season five, Fortune has your answers on the brands of the last episodes. (Catch up with our highlights of the first three seasons' brands in Mad Men is back, and so is product placement, and the earlier episodes from this season in Mountain Dew and Mad Men: The stories behind the pitches.)