"This is a great tale of big business and tiny consumers. Now I know what goes into creating a half hour of distraction for my kids -- and it's fascinating and frankly a bit terrifying."
– A. J. Jacobs, author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically
"In this snappily written account of television and new media's impact, Dade Hayes shows why our electronic babysitters have more sway than most teachers. Hayes takes readers inside the production factories that craft the programs and inside the economic forces that shape what our children see. Whether you're a parent of young children or a civilian, you want to read this thought-provoking book."
– Ken Auletta, author of Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way and Backstory: Inside the Business of News
"Anytime Playdate is an effervescent tour of America's new infant media empire. Dade Hayes weighs the pros and cons of being raised on video in a helpful, sprightly, and comprehensive fashion, combining a parent's concern with a skilled business reporter's acumen."
– Alissa Quart, author of Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers and Hothouse Kids: The Dilemma of the Gifted Child
"With both the objective eye of a first-class journalist and the subjective eye of a new father, Hayes takes you behind the scenes of an industry that each year creeps closer to creating programming for our children in utero."
– Allison Burnett, author of Christopher and The House Beautiful
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Dade Hayes is assistant managing editor of Variety, based in New York. He runs the editorial operations of the New York office and writes about television, film, business and publishing. He spent six years as a reporter and editor at Variety in Los Angeles. In 2004, Hayes co-wrote Open Wide: How Hollywood Box Office Became a National Obsession, which was published by Miramax Books. One of many positive reviews, in The Atlantic Monthly, called it “a classic” and the book was featured in The New Yorker and on public radio’s “Fresh Air.” Hayes was previously a senior editor at Entertainment Weekly and a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press. His freelance writing has appeared in TV Guide, The Boston Globe and Premiere. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Stella, and daughter, Margot.