Axios Subscription Coming Soon, CEO VandeHei

The in-brief news publisher Axios has been talking about launching a paid tier for a couple of years now. In November 2016, CEO Jim VanderHei told a conference such a tier could cost $10,000. Fast-forward to 2019, and VanderHei says a subscription scheme is still being tested, and could be coming soon. “We’re beta testing […]

Pixability’s George: From Walled Gardens To Connected TV

If anyone understands what it’s like to work inside one of the walled gardens, it’s David George, who left Facebook as Head of Mobile Publisher Solutions just over a year ago. Now as the CEO of Pixability, he’s helping to expand the company’s data and machine learning platform from social media giants like Facebook and […]

OTT, Connected TV ‘A Huge Rollout’ For Simpli.fi: CEO Prioleau

Within the past year, Simpli.fi has moved into household-level advertising targeting and brought its digital advertising targeting strategies to OTT and connected TV. The company recently expanded its programmatic offering enabling real-time campaign optimization through an integration with FreeWheel Advertisers. OTT and connected TV “has been a huge rollout for us where we rolled out […]

Publicis’ Tobaccowala: AdTech Must Yield Control, Compensate For Consumer Identities

Longtime advertising industry soothsayer Rishad Tobaccowala believes we’re all entering a third “connected” age that blurs the lines between advertising technology and consumer data rights. In a book to be published in early 2020 and in this interview with Beet.TV at the LUMA Partners Digital Media East event, he talks about why consumers should be […]

TransUnion Acquires People-Based Marketing Firm TruSignal

On the heels of its recent investment in OTT data specialist Tru Optik, TransUnion has acquired people-based marketing technology provider TruSignal. Both relationships will help to enhance TransUnion’s role as an “enabler” that helps map consumer identities in a complex, multi-platform world, says the Matt Spiegel, the company’s EVP of Digital Marketing Solutions and Head […]

Mapping The Identity And Privacy Challenges With 4INFO’s Jenkins

Mapping consumer identities for the purposes of advertising targeting and attribution isn’t getting any easier in the face of rising privacy standards and consumer expectations. That’s in addition to the challenges TV programmers face in trying to stitch together their various viewing platforms, says 4INFO CEO Tim Jenkins. Finding a common ID across platforms for […]

Identity Tech Will Figure In Media M&A: LUMA’s Kawaja

The online advertising world is now navigating a set of seemingly contradictory trends. On the one hand, technology which pieces together the various parts of audience’s online identity is becoming important. Yet, on the other, regulation is now limiting some of the excesses of ad targeting. The digital marketing world’s arch deal-maker says that adds […]

As The Cookie Crumbles, Bet On Identity: Providence’s Desmond

The business of corporate investment isn’t quite like gambling, despite what can frequently be uncertain outcomes. But, for one former media agency boss who now is now part of a private equity company, the next gamble make in marketing is clear. “If I were a betting person, I would go long on identity,” says Laura […]

WarnerMedia Teams with Xandr to Guarantee Advertising Outcomes, Donna Speciale

In addition to unveiling new and returning series, WarnerMedia used its UpFront presentation today to share case studies showing linear television’s impact on business outcomes and discuss its upcoming SVOD and AVOD services. “What I’m thrilled about is that we’re going to be showing a lot of results,” WarnerMedia President of Ad Sales Donna Speciale […]

TEGNA’s Daigle Explains Data And Analytics Partnership With Alphonso

TEGNA’s new partnership with Alphonso  provides advertising campaign attribution across linear television and OTT “in one fell swoop” and enhances the local station group owner’s consultative sales approach, says VP of Sales Intelligence Jessica Daigle. “We’ve entered into a new era where people are not buying platforms. It’s not just TV is the only game […]

Premion’s OTT And Connected-TV Solution Draws Local And National Advertisers

When local television station group owner TEGNA launched Premion in 2016 for one-stop OTT advertising, it didn’t know just how quickly local advertisers would take to OTT and connected-TV. “The point is that local caught on really fast,” says Premion President Jim Wilson. “We wanted to make sure that there was an opportunity to bring […]

Post-Cookie, Open Web Has A Bright Future: Rubicon’s Barrett

In the days after the desktop web was the only channel game in town, many publishers struggled to adapt to a world without cookies. Then, new regulations and changing consumer sentiment put the brakes on advanced ad techniques which sought to solve the cookie problem. But the latest emerging tech promises to give open-web publishers […]

Inspired by Lulu and Leo: The “Choose Creativity Awards” Honors J.P. Morgan Chase’s Kristin Lemkau

Fostering creativity in his family was essential after their tragic loss.   It helped Kevin Krim and his wife Marina and their surviving daughter.  It motivated them to honor the short but creative lives of Lucia (Lulu) and Leo.  It turned grief into a movement and the formation of a charitable foundation that offers a creative […]

Fox’s Callahan: Leaner Company Has A ‘Nimble Willingness To Partner’

It will be a new and nimbler Fox traversing the UpFronts and Cannes this year, evangelizing live events and enabling “the right mix of methodology and optimization” for audience targeting. “We are excited about the new portfolio,” Dan Callahan says of Fox Corp. following the sale of film and television assets to Walt Disney Co. […]

Cannes Lions’ “CLX” Connects Brands With Activision, Adobe, NBCU, TikTok: MediaLink’s Kassan in Preview

Back in November, we reported how MediaLink CEO Michael Kassan was seeking out some big-name entertainment companies to serve as foundational partners for Connect Learn Explore (CLX), a new strand at Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity. With just a few weeks to go before the annual ad industry shindig kicks off in June, it […]

TV Buying Must Go Digital, And Blockchain Can Help: MadHive’s Helfgott

The TV ad-buying landscape remains a highly analog business – but, no sooner have digital platforms begun making in-roads to the process, already the newfangled technology of blockchain is staking its claim. After a year or two of talk and theory, now several vendors are out there, promising to enhance media-buying transparency with blockchain, a […]

Demand Manager Mixes Open Source With Control for Publishers: Rubicon’s Barrett

For publishers which want to take advantage of header bidding but which find the main open-source technology too onerous to manage, Rubicon Project thinks it has an answer. Discovery Inc., Clearing House, AutoTrader, Southern Cross, Austereo and Domain are amongst the publishers participating in a closed beta of the new Demand Manager. a solution which […]

As TV Platforms Converge, So Do Buyers: Premion’s Wilson

Buyers of digital media and buyers of traditional television are “kind of meeting in the middle” when it comes to OTT and connected-TV” is the viewpoint of Premion’s Jim Wilson. They are attracted not just by audience reach but tying business outcomes to exposures. A division of TEGNA, Premion is an advertising platform for regional […]