Day: October 17, 2016

Episode #117: Colleen Ballinger (AKA Miranda Sings)

Miranda Sings has been telling Haters to back off since she first uploaded a hilariously bad cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” in late 2007. Since then, she has accumulated more than 7 million YouTube subscribers and one billion views of her videos – more than 5.1 million Instagram followers, 3.67 million Twitter followers and 2 million Facebook fans – and just launched an eight-episode series called Haters Back Off! on Netflix. She’s the brainchild alter-ego of singer Colleen Ballinger, who has millions of fans and followers for her real-life pages, too. She developed her funny new Netflix series alongside...

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This is what branded content looks like on Saturday Night Live

Earlier this year, NBC announced that season 42 of Saturday Night Live would feature fewer commercial breaks, in exchange for more branded content. While the absence of breaks may not have seemed overtly noticeable over the past three Saturdays, the addition of sponsored sketches certainly should have caught your attention this past weekend. SNL utilized a variety of techniques to introduce brands and products both within and outside of the live sketches. Let’s see how many you noticed! First, the “Escorts” threw in a brief product placement, as Leslie Jones indicated she’d have to wear Lindsey Vonn Oakley sunglasses...

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