Posts by Andy Plesser

Rubicon Taps Global Publishers’ “Demand for Greater Efficiency”

LONDON –  The Rubicon Project, the Los Angeles-based adtech firm, has been rapidly expanding globally as publishers demand greater efficiency in managing their ad sales, says Jay Stevens,  GM for International, in this interview with Beet.TV    Rubicon helps a number of big global publishers including News Corp, power their…

Vice Sees Huge Upside for News Operation, Brian Dietz Tells Beet.TV

In just the past six month, Vice has become “one of the biggest newscasts in the country and possibly the world,” says Vice SVP for sales Brian Dietz in this segment on Beet.TV.  Dietz tells our Ashley Swartz that Vice news has some 650K subscribers on YouTube and has had…

Amazon to Buy Live Video Portal Twitch for $1Billion, report

Twitch, the live video platform that allows gamers to interact over  the Internet, will be acquired by Amazon for over $1 billion, the Wall Street Journal reports.   the site was formerly known as Justin.tv, a pioneering platform for personal live streaming. Last year, we spoke with chief revenue officer Jonathan…

Facebook Closes on LiveRail Acquisition, our Interview with CEO Mark Trefgarne

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook’s acquisition of LiveRail for a reportedly $400 – $500 million, which was announced on July 2, closed yesterday, reports TechCrunch. Last week in San Francisco, we interviewed LiveRail CEO Mark Trefgarne about next steps.  While LiveRail will operate and serve its clients as a stand alone…

Australia’s Telstra Acquires Video Services Firm Ooyala

Mountain View, California-based video services company Ooyala, has been acquired by the Australian telco Telstra, the companies announced today.   Telstra will own 98% of  the company which will continue to operate independently. Ooyala was founded by former Google executives in 2007. It has raised $122 million in funding which…

SpotXchange Sells Majority Stake to European Broadcaster RTL

SpotXchange, the video ad tech company that provides a technology platform for publishers and broadcasters to sell advertising on an automated basis, has sold a majority of its shares to Europe’s RTL, the companies announced today. RTL, the giant broadcaster controlled by Germany’s Bertelsmann, is acquiring 65 percent  for $144…

VICE News is “One of the Biggest Newscasts in the World”

In five months since its launch, VICE News on YouTube  is “one of the biggest newscasts in America and possibly the world,” says Brian Dietz, SVP of Sales in this Beet.TV session video.   He says that the network has over 650,000 subscribers on YouTube and has had 70 million…

Hearst is Building a “Netflix Model” Around Magazine Video Content

Hearst has just launched “CosmoBody,” a daily fitness show which is advertiser-free and is  being offered on a subscription basis.  This is the first of what will be a number of Hearst titles and Hearst partners who will be part of a new “Netflix model,” explains Chris Grosso, SVP and…