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Mobile Video Ads Going Prime-Time: Opera Mediaworks CEO

AUSTIN — The online advertising world is fast moving from the medium screen to the small one. As it does, it can nevertheless recapture some of the advertising benefits boasted by the TV before them, says a mobile ad tech boss. “Mobile is now the first screen,” Opera Mediaworks CEO Mahi de…

Cannes to Recognize AdTech Innovation with the “Creative Data Lions”

The organizers of Cannes Lions have announced a completely new program at Cannes Lions titled the “Innovation Festival.”  It will be a two-day program, June 25th & 26th held at the Grand Palais. The program will recognize the impact of data on the creative advertising process.  (It happens concurrently with…

Chinese VOD Getting Combined Theater, Online Movie Window: iQiyi’s Yansong

BERLIN — In an industry long dominated by Youku and Tudou, Baidu-backed iQiyi has risen to become the most popular VOD service in China. Speaking with Beet.TV at this week’s Berlinale (Berlin Film Festival), iQiyi Motion Pictures president Li Yansong said this is despite three problems that have previously inhibited the market…

IAB Taps Xaxis Chair David J. Moore to Lead Tech Group

PHOENIX – In effort to establish global standards around advertising technology, the Interactive Advertising Bureau has created the IAB Tech Lab and this week announced the appointment of David J. Moore as chairman of the new group. Moore is chairman of Xaxis and president of WPP Digital.  He is a…

Xaxis Joins Beet.TV for Video Series of Industry Influencers

Beet.TV has begun production of a 50-part series of personal interviews with noted advertising and media luminaries. These will be short videos of individuals who have impacted the course of the industry. Titled the “Media Revolutionaries,” the series is being co-produced with WPP’s Xaxis unit. David J. Moore, President of…

Facebook to Surpass YouTube in Video Consumption: Unruly President Predicts

LAS VEGAS – “Social video” – videos which viewers opt in or opt out of watching – is expanding rapidly, says Richard Kosinski, president of Unruly. The company, which helps brands get their assets watched, tracked and shared across the internet, focuses especially on this category of video. Kosinski says he predicts…

Bravo Poised to Test Native Ads in 2015

LAS VEGAS — One of the biggest benefits of the second screen for a TV network lies in discoverability of new content, says Lisa Hsia, EVP Digital at Bravo and Oxygen Media, in an interview with Beet.TV at CES. “There is so much fragmentation in the industry all over. My goal…

Disney No Stranger to New Distribution Forms, CFO Rasulo

LAS VEGAS — ESPN’s decision to offer an over-the-top option with Sling fits squarely in parent company Disney’s long-held approach of experimenting with new distribution. The company was one of the first content providers to offer TV shows on iTunes back in 2005, says Jay Rasulo, Senior Executive VP and…

Ashley Swartz CES RoundUp: Internet of Things, Drones and Wearable Tech

LAS VEGAS — Many of the key advances in consumer electronics at this year’s flagship convention have expanded far and wide beyond actual devices, says Ashley J. Swartz, CEO of Furious Corp, in her round-up report for Beet.TV at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. Key trends to watch that…