Monday Wake-Up Call: GDPR is almost here (so read about the #RoyalWedding to procrastinate)
Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. What people are talking about today: The royal wedding happened and it’s time for the happily-ever-after part for Prince Harry and U.S. actress Meghan Markle; 29.2 million people in the U.S. watched the event across 14 networks, according to Nielsen. If you’re counting, that’s bigger than the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton (almost 22.8 million U.S. viewers.) It’s also more than this year’s Academy Awards (26.5 million), for what it’s worth.
What? You still don’t care?: Then you might enjoy Simon Dumenco’s story in Ad Age about the top 10 royal wedding story headlines he didn’t click on, including this one from OK: “British Airways Flight Will Only Carry Crew Named Meghan or Harry on Royal Wedding Day.” (Yes, the airline seriously pulled that stunt. Though it did also allow crew named “Megan,” minus the “h” in the middle of her name, which seems like cheating.)
Best quote: John Oliver joked about how U.S. Episcopalian bishop Michael Curry’s passionate speech about the power of love made some British royals uncomfortable. “Because believe me, those are some of the most repressed people on earth. Talking to the queen about love is like talking to her about the transformative power of the Taco Bell $5 Chalupa Cravings Box.”
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