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Feb 22, 2019

Advertisers still love the Oscars

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Between the hosting debacle, declining viewership and last-minute changes to how awards are presented, the road to this Sunday's Oscars has been bumpy. Despite all that, ad rates are still a bright spot for the academy. But first: Why Kraft…

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by Adrian Ma Feb 22, 2019
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Between the hosting debacle, declining viewership and last-minute changes to how awards are presented, the road to this Sunday’s Oscars has been bumpy. Despite all that, ad rates are still a bright spot for the academy. But first: Why Kraft and Oscar Meyer got a $15 billion write-down. Plus, can a lake have rights? Residents of Toledo, Ohio, are voting on it.

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