Here’s the big news and various updates from the Beet world:
I have bootstrapped Beet.TV with the support of the boutique PR firm I founded 20 years ago. The staff, and my partner Kent Holland in particular, have allowed me to grow it over the past seven years. And I am grateful.
Now, with Beet.TV squarely on its feet, I have sold the PR firm to ASGK, the Washington-based communications firm founded by former White House advisor David Axelrod. You can find the report here in Mediabistro. Very exciting for Kent and super gratifying for me.
Now, it’s all Beet all the time – and here’s what’s up with us.
Achtung: We’re in Berlin Tonight!
Brian Papish, our Berlin-based producer, will be shooting @TheEuropas. Stay tuned.
A Big CES!
We had an extraordinary CES, covering everything from the emergence of the “second screen,” to Web originals, to new advertising strategies around connected TV’s. Huge thanks to our sponsors including Starcom MediaVest for this series; YuMe who sponsored our series with GroupM; and this series sponsored by Rovi.
Special thanks to the entire Beet crew – including our amazing host/commentator Ashley Swartz, correspondent Megan O’Neill, writer Daisy Whitney and our crack shooters and editors Luke Burns, Josh Hayes, Brian Papish. Great job, all. You can find our entire CES coverage right here.
Leadership Series with FreeWheel
We have just completed this leadership video series with several of our industry’s leading digital publishing execs from AOL, CNN BBC, ESPN and others. Check this out.
Heading to Vieques Next Week
Speaking of milestones, this may top it: Our second annual Beet Retreat. It will be an extraordinary two-day executive retreat of 30 leaders in our industry. The event is Februay 1 and 2 on Vieques at the W Retreat & Spa. We will be streaming on February 1. Try to catch it live – but we will have a massive amount of videos published over the next few weeks. Thanks to Dailymotion for being our presenting sponsor. (The video on this post is of wild horses eating mangoes on Vieques.)
Big Data Leadership Summit at NBC News on February 12
We are back in New York for a three-hour summit on big data and its impact on the contextualization of content and the emergence of more effective advertising. Great crew including NBC News Chief Digital Officer Vivian Schiller, Forrester principal analyst Joanna O’Connell, New York Time R&D chief Michael Zimbalist and RAMP CEO Tom Wilde. You can find details here. Thanks to RAMP for sponsoring.
Much More Ahead
Later next month, we will be heading to Scottsdale to cover the IAB leadership conference for Videology, then to Chicago for a summit on February 28 on programmatic buying at VivaKi an event sponsored by TubeMogul.
In March, we’re off to to SXSW. In April, we’re in Cannes for MIPTV and London for the FT Media Summit. Whew!
That’s the update from here – please keep us posted on your world. To keep up, follow us on Twitter at @beet_tv and you can subscribe to our daily email blast here.