Media: Things we like

SeeSaw's launch

After Project Kangaroo was blocked by regulators, it was good to see the video-on-demand service, and "son of Kangaroo", SeeSaw finally launch last week. Its advertising model might not yet be the most sophisticated but the site looks good and the blend of archive programming from the BBC, Channel 4 and Five offers something slightly new to advertisers. SeeSaw's launch seems like a further boost for a television industry that is finding its feet in a new era.

The Observer's redesign

The first issue of the relaunched Observer was a cracker. Interviews with Sir Alex Ferguson, the Barclays president, Bob Diamond, and Andrew Rawnsley's explosive revelations about Gordon Brown helped to set the news agenda for the coming days. The newspaper, at least initially, seems to have made a virtue out of cost-cutting with a cleaner, less-unwieldy package. Now its team just have to maintain these standards over the weeks. But we will miss one of the casualties: its Sports Monthly magazine.

The new Old Spice ad

If you haven't seen Wieden & Kennedy Portland's Old Spice "smell like a man ad" ad, then go to and check it out. Then watch it again. Then send it to friends. Then watch it again because it gets funnier and funnier with every viewing. The ad is a wonderful mixture of machismo and surrealism that is edited so perfectly that leads to 30 seconds of pure comedy. It's the commercial your commercial could look like and it's sure to be an awards winner this year.

Married Single Other on ITV1

We enjoyed the first episode of ITV's heavily promoted romantic comedy drama Married Single Other. Created by the former advertising creative Peter Souter, the show might retread Cold Feet territory but it is expertly scheduled to warm a cold, downhearted Monday night audience. It might be a bit slick and cheesy at times but some good writing and performances from the strong cast (including Ralf Little and Lucy Davis) made this a watchable hour of primetime television. And the audience for the first show will have been encouraging for ITV.


Disney's spat with Odeon

Cinema is on a roll at the moment so it's a shame that Disney is taking a tough stance on changing the timing of the DVD release date for its Alice In Wonderland film. The move to shorten the gap between cinematic and DVD release has angered Odeon and UCI Cinema Group to the extent that it looks like the film won't be shown at its cinemas. A sign that not everything is rosy in cinema's garden as the industry comes to terms with the piracy issue, but hopefully this is a dispute that can be resolved so that future Disney films are shown at Odeon cinemas.