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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…

Rightster Rolls Up Base79, Viral Spiral For MCN Scale

LONDON –  He told us he would buy companies – and today that guidance came to pass. Charlie Muirhead’s Rightster is taking a big step to consolidate the video ecosystem by buying two of its biggest protagonists. Eight months after going public to raise £22.4m, the firm is acquiring viral video management…

Breaking: LiveRail Acquired by Facebook

In a big move to expand its video advertising capabilities, Facebook has acquired video ad services company LiveRail, both companies announced today.   Earlier this year, LiveRail CEO Mark Trefgarne explained the company’s business model and plans in the video session with Ashley J. Swartz at this year’s Beet  Retreat….

Publicis Programmatic Head Beringer: No One Solution Fits All

CANNES, France – While there has been considerable conversation in programmatic media circles about a movement away from open exchanges to private exchanges, it’s not a matter of choosing one solution,  but of both, says Stephan Beringer, President of Audience on Demand at VivaKi, the digital unit of the Publicis…

Consumer Goods Giant Mondelez in Big Programmatic Pact w/ TubeMogul, report

Mondelez,the giant consumer packaged good company, know for its Oreo brands and other popular  products,  is in an ambitious program with TubeMogul to buy video media programmatically, according to this report in Adweek.   The program is being implemented in collaboration with Mondelez’ global agency MediaVest. Recently, we spoke with…

Ad Fraud From Bots & Fraudulent Traffic Expands

While low-quality inventory has plagued online advertising for some time, fraudulent advertising is relatively new but is growing, says Scott Knoll, CEO of  brand safety technology firm Integral Ad Science, during an interview with Beet.TV. “Video is a big area because it has higher CPMS, but you’re not always getting…

Google May Buy Twitch for $1 Billion, Previously Known as Justin.tv, reports

Google is in discussions to buy Twitch – formerly known as Justin.tv, the pioneering life streaming platform.  As Twitch, it is primarily a platform for gamers to interact via a live video platform.  The early talks have been reported by The Wall Street Journal. Variety puts a potential sale number…

Entertainment Video News Producer HitFix Finds Big Audience

HitFix, a Los Angeles-based producer of entertainment news and reviews, editorially positioned somewhere between Variety and TMZ, has found an enormous audience for its videos with 90 million monthly video views via Web syndication and outdoor media, says Jennifer Sargent, CEO and co-founder in this video interview with Beet.TV The…