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Ziff Davis Enjoying ‘Renaissance’: CEO Shah

When Vivek Shah took over at the helm of PCMag.com publisher Ziff Davis, the company was still recovering after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, continuing to sell off properties. If he says so himself, Ziff Davis under Shah may has turned a corner. “Ziff is probably one of the…

Ooyala Buying Videoplaza To Enhance Video Advertising Breadth

They are two of the best-known names in online video service provision – and now they are coming together as one. Video streaming service Ooyala, itself now owned by Australian telco Telstra, is acquiring its video advertising peer Videoplaza. The buying company says the deal “allows Ooyala to tap into the…

Videology Opens TV Practice To Make Buying Smarter

Videology has established a strong profile for itself by helping TV ad buyers make intelligent decisions to buy online video ads. Now it wants to help them buy good old fashioned TV ads in the same way. The New York-based company is opening a dedicated TV practice. As CEO Scott Ferber…

Brightroll + Nielsen Study Ties Mobile Video to Effective TV Ad Campaigns

A Nielsen study of mobile video advertising effectiveness, commissioned by video adtech provider Brightroll, finds that cross-screen TV ad buying which includes video substantially drives the impact of a TV buy.   The study was presented this week at the Brightroll Video Summit in Manhattan.  For overview on the report,…

Martin Sorrell: Investment in AppNexus Allows WPP to Compete with Google and Facebook

With its recent investment and technology exchange with AppNexus, WPP will  have the technology platform to compete against companies like Google’s DoubleClick and Facebook’s Atlas, says Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP chief executive, in this interview with Beet.TV  He says that Google and Facebook are “media owners” much as Disney or…

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…

BuzzFeed Beefs Up Video Plans With New Funding

BuzzFeed’s announcement today of a $50m new funding from Andreesen Horowitz comes with a new strategy for the wildly popular publisher’s video ambitions. The release puts it best, in its own words: “BuzzFeed will expand its video division and become BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. Ze Frank will lead the division as President…

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…