Posts filed under “Financial Press”

Best . . . Headline . . . Ever . . .

How can you not adore the lunatic headline writer behind this soon to be legendary Bloomberg article:

Porn Stars in 3-D Lure Consumers to New Sony, Panasonic TVs


There are money quotes all over the place:

“I want to try it out,” said Satoshi Miyazaki, 33, who pays about 2,000 yen a month to watch adult cable channels. “I need something dramatic to justify replacing my TV. This could be the motivation.”

Dude sounds like he needs a girlfriend, badly.

Here’s more from Bloomberg:

“Porn star Mika Kayama is at the frontier of a push to develop videos and content in Japan that Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. need to lure customers for their new 3-D televisions.

Kayama and Yuma Asami, the top actresses of adult-movie maker S1 No.1Style, will star in the country’s first DVDs for the 3-D format TVs, providing content analyst Yuji Fujimori says can trigger the success of the new sets. Sales of adult videos in Japan were 108.6 billion yen ($1.2 billion) in 2009, according to Takashi Kadokura, an economist who runs Yokohama- based BRICs Research Institute. That represents about 30 percent of the overall video market in the nation, according to Kadokura. . .

Closely-held S1 No.1Style will offer “3D X Mika Kayama” on June 7 and “3D X Yuma Asami,” Japan’s first pornographic titles in the new format, on June 19 to coincide with the release of Sony’s 3-D Bravia models, with more titles to follow this year, according to the producer, who uses the professional name of Sakon . . .

S1 No.1Style spent three months making its first 3-D films, triple the time for a normal production, said 29-year-old Sakon.

Actors Moves: “It was a different filming experience using a new camera,” he said. “Actors needed to move more slowly, furniture had to be relocated and lighting rearranged to make it work. But it was worth it. We’ll make a profit out of this.”

Toshiya Shimizu, a 28-year old Tokyo resident, said he may wait for the cheaper 3-D computer.

“I want to rent the DVD first to see how good the image is,” he said. “I’d like to watch Yuma Asami in 3-D.”

TBP has a commentator named Peter North — I wonder if this will give his career a hand? No well, um another spurt? some lift? more life ?


Porn Stars in 3-D Lure Consumers to New Sony, Panasonic TVs
Mariko Yasu and Maki Shiraki
Bloomberg, June 2 2010

Category: Financial Press, Humor, Technology

Virgin Links

Ok, not quite virginal — but I am on Virgin America, which has WiFi on their planes, so the travel day isn’t a total loss. I am over the Rockies as I type this, and the ski trails and mountain tops are still snowy white, despite the June 1st date. Here’s what I have been…Read More

Category: Financial Press

Wednesday Reading

I am going to do this in real time: I will add some links, and unless you see “Done” at the end, this will still be a work in progress. • Top Paid Bank & Wall Street Executives (Bloomberg) • Dan Gross: Will Europe Take America Down? (Slate) • Treasury sells 1.5 billion Citi shares…Read More

Category: Financial Press, Markets

Jon Stewart vs Fox News

This has gone totally viral, even causing a NYT article on Stewart vs Fox: “Jon Stewart’s Punching Bag, Fox News. > Jon apologizes for criticizing Bernie Goldberg and Fox News, but it’s only because they’re a terrible, cynical, disingenuous news organization. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Bernie Goldberg…Read More

Category: Financial Press, Television, Weekend

Thursday Readings

With the end of the week fast approaching, these are the items I am reading: • John Gapper: Time to rein in the rating agencies (FT) • How hedge fund manager Steve Cohen averaged 30% returns for 18 years (Washington Post) • Andy Xie: I’ll Tell You When Chinese Bubble Is About to Burst (Bloomberg…Read More

Category: Financial Press

Have Bloggers Reinvented Financial Journalism?

> I am on this provocatively titled NYFWA panel this evening: PARASITES OR WATCHDOGS: Have Bloggers Reinvented Financial Journalism? The New York Financial Writers Association is sponsoring a panel on financial news blogging, its impact and its future, on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 7 PM at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 West 40th…Read More

Category: Financial Press

Fortune 500 Cover DK’d

Chris Ware is a graphic artist with a specific style and a very specific point of view. He was asked to create a cover for the May issue of Fortune, specifically about the Fortune 500. Apparently, what he turned in did meet the editors approval. Indiepulp observed: “He accepted the job because it would be…Read More

Category: Financial Press

The Return of Ben Stein ?

After spending several years writing money-losing columns that were lacking in any insight into Wall Street for the New York Times, Ben Stein has returned. After his NYT dismissal for becoming the pitchman for scam site, enough time has elapsed that Stein seems to have landed a gig with Bloomberg owned BusinessWeek. We will…Read More

Category: Financial Press, Really, really bad calls

Herb Greenberg Returning to CNBC !

In what can only be as described as a victory for Reality-Based news programming, I am delighted to see that my buddy Herb is coming back to CNBC ! Herb was one of the rare non-cheerleaders at CNBC. he never drank the Kool Aid, and always had a skeptical view of Wall Street. His presence…Read More

Category: Financial Press

The Media Does Not Disappoint . . .

Don’t walk run over to Jesse’s Café Américain to read his palpable anger  and frustration with a complicit media as enabling the crisis: The US Financial Media Does Not Disappoint Good times . . .

Category: Bailouts, Financial Press