Nickelodeon President resigns after 30 years with the network – finally

Long time Nickelodeon president Cyma Zarghami has stepped down after 30 years. The animation community was abuzz with reasons on what may have led to her sudden resignation, spawning many videos recapping Zarghami’s legacy at the children’s entertainment network.

You’re a wizard, AT&T

AT&T bought Time Warner (renamed Warner Media) for $85.4 billion. The merger comes with plenty of media and entertainment perks. AT&T now has access to Time Warner’s brands, including HBO, CNN, Warner Bros. and more, which gives the telecom company a competitive edge against giants like Netflix and Amazon. AT&T reportedly raised the administrative fees on its wireless customers’ bills to pay for this deal.

AT&T merges with Time Warner, also known as Warner Media
Credit: AT&T/Honey and Fox

Goal!

For those who are not tuned in and recently noticed that some of their regular TV programming has been disrupted by non-stop soccer coverage, you should know that the 2018 FIFA World Cup is going on from June 14 – July 15 in Russia. While the games are engaging, our favorite moment would have to be the strategic petty play by South Korea though.

The Internet is dying and people are fighting for its survival

The FCC’s repeal of net neutrality officially kicked off June 11. Net neutrality rules passed in 2015 prevented internet service providers like Comcast from engaging in unfair practices, including blocking or slowing down websites and prioritizing their content and services over others. The U.S. Senate voted on a bill last month to save net neutrality. A majority of lawmakers in the House now have to sign a discharge petition to force to leadership to address the issue.

It’s an uphill battle, but net neutrality fans are encouraging people to take action at the state level. At least 22 states are saying FU and taking measures to preserve net neutrality at least on their own turf. Meanwhile, the EU is getting an update to their copyright law thanks to Article 13, another threat to creators.

Will the real International House of Pancakes please stand up?

Restaurant chain IHOP kicked off an ambitious summer marketing campaign for their new line of burgers. They playfully rebranded themselves as IHOB (International House of Burgers). People were not happy with this change.

Seriously.

Brands such as Burger King, Moon Pie and Wendy’s, on the other hand, were thrilled and hilariously took advantage of the situation. The shade of it all!

Farewell childhood. Toys “R” Us is no more.

Remember looking forward to viewing the hottest toys in the Toys “R” Us’ Big Toy Book during the holiday season as kid? Or reenacting Nickelodeon’s Super Toy Run? Since 1948, Toys “R” Us was a magical place where a kid could be a kid.

The toy retailer officially closed all of its U.S. stores on June 29. There is nothing left but nostalgia and 30,000 Toys “R” Us employees looking for new jobs. On the bright side, Toys “R” Us is alive in Canada and there might be a chance for a brand revival if someone buys its intellectual property.

TL;DR – Here’s the scoop.

  • Nickelodeon’s controversial head got cut.
  • AT&T’s trying to own everything.
  • We’re killing the internet as we know it.
  • World Cup coverage is everywhere until July 15.
  • IHOP pulled a stunt and got dragged.
  • Toys “R” Us is dead.