Wednesday, February 28, 2007


If you live in Santa Monica, CA and wonder why this ad has disappeared from all of the Big Blue buses cruising around town, its because the transit authority thinks the ad promotes a show that's disrespectful to women.

The ad, for the CW network's television show "America's Next Top Model" starring supermodel Tyra Banks, promotes the upcoming season of the show, which premieres tonight. The ad features 13 bikini-clad contestants -- and Ms. Banks -- in front of a waterfall.

According to the Associated Press:

Most of the complaints were from people concerned that the city might be endorsing a show they believed was disrespectful to women, said Stephanie Negriff, director of transit services in the beach city.

"It's a matter of public taste," she said. "We try to be sensitive to the community."

The ads ran for two weeks before anyone thought to check if the show is actually disrespectful to women or not.

In the past, the city has taken down bus ads for other TV shows because of similar complaints.

Friday, February 09, 2007

RIP: Kodak's Film Business?

The Times Online, the online site of the Times of London newspaper, is reporting that Kodak is considering selling or spinning off its film business. The sale could generate $1.5 billion, the Times Online said.

Kodak projects film sales this year at $3.4 billion, declining to $2.7 billion in 2008. At that rate of decline Kodak has at least five good years left in its film business. Though digital cameras have all but killed off amateur film sales (and a large portion of professional sales as well), Kodak still does a healthy business in film stock to Hollywood (though that business is in decline as well).

Still, at $2.7 billion in sales, one would think a company could survive nicely. Many smaller companies would kill to have one-tenth the sales of Kodak's film division.

Kodak began producing dry plate film in 1880. It introduced its first roll film around 1885. In 1886, it began selling film specially coated for motion picture use.