Television Advances As Consumers Choose Interactive Advertising, true[X] Midha explains

These days, the term “premium” typically accompanies the word “video.” But premium must also apply to viewer engagement with ads and the results that should accrue to advertisers, according to Pooja Midha. The new President of true[X] will share the company’s insights on how viewer interaction will transform the video ad business in a presentation […]

 
 

OMD’s Winkler On Ad Formats: You Can’t Go Wrong By Considering Consumers

It took streaming video options and ad-free platforms to tip the scale, but the advertising industry has finally caught on to the importance of the viewer experience. “The big picture is that programmers are thinking today more about the user experience than they ever have before,” says OMD’s Ben Winkler, who will join a host […]

 
 

EY To Agencies: We Want To Collaborate, Not Compete

The main reason why consulting firms—some of which started in the mundane but essential accounting space—have moved into entertainment and media is that consumers have taken charge. And many marketers have failed to keep up. “Frankly, the reason why I think consulting is becoming so relevant at this particular moment is this is an industry […]

 
 

Cannes Lions Media Jury President Tim Castree is Looking For ‘Creativity And Context’

As Tim Castree prepares for his role as Jury President of the Media Lions for the upcoming Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, he hopes to see entries that reflect how brands have effectively married creativity and context. His first-time judging gig comes after the Cannes Lions reached a tipping point in 2017 as some […]

 
 

NCC Media Hopes Its National Addressable TV Push Will Fuel The Spot Market

While NCC Media’s newly announced division will work to advance the national addressable television market, it will employ the same principles—better data, targeting and measurement—to grow the spot TV business. “It’s important to point out that NCC’s traditional business in the spot marketplace is not going to go anywhere,” says Andrew Ward, VP, Comcast Media […]

 
 

What Marketers Care About Most: Our NewFronts Compilation

In the weeks leading up to this year’s Digital Content NewFronts, we interviewed a number of industry leaders about what matters most: They cited quality storytelling, data and insights, authentic integration, accountability and brand safety. This video is a highlight compilation our several of our conversations. The first three are a related trio of concerns. Quality […]

 
 

MediaCom’s Badigian On Studio71’s Content Vetting, Downloads From Hulu

YouTube certainly has reach, but its content doesn’t always lend itself to precise brand alignment. That’s where smaller digital players like Studio71 can differentiate themselves, according to MediaCom’s Renee Badigian. In this interview with Beet.TV at the Digital Content NewFronts 2018, Badigian, who is Account Lead at the GroupM media agency, talks about why consumers […]

 
 

IAB’s Bager Reflects On NewFronts New York, Looks Ahead Hollywood Debut

Sometimes with digital video, shorter is the best way to engage with viewers. With its just-completed Digital Content NewFronts 2018, the IAB “went back to its roots for a week” and had one of its best years yet, says Anna Bager, EVP, Industry Initiatives. “Great presentations, the right amount of great content, sales, customer engagement. […]

 
 

Refinery29 Adding OTT Offering Because ‘The Audience Is The Boss’

Female-focused Refinery29 sees its audience responsibility as “to service them, not to sell them” and it’s further expanding its video reach with a streaming service later this year. Called Channel29, the over-the-top offering will be available on smart televisions and on Refinery29’s digital channels to reach young and progressive women. “I truly believe the audience […]

 
 

New NCC Media Unit’s Goals: Scale, Consistency And Simplicity In National Addressable TV

When it launches in June, the new and as-yet unnamed division within NCC Media has three goals for the national addressable television marketplace: Scale, data consistency and simplicity. “From a scale standpoint, it’s critically important that we get beyond the boundaries of any single provider,” says Andrew Ward, VP, Comcast Media 360. NCC Media is […]

 
 

Disney Lights Up Luminate: Its Portfolio-Wide Suite Of Advanced Ad Solutions

Walt Disney Co. has a new suite of advanced advertising offerings called Luminate, which spans the entire portfolio of linear networks, digital experiences and social executions across ABC, ESPN, Freeform and the Disney Channels. Luminate will use ESPN’s LiveConnect as a launch pad of sorts for other live events across the Disney portfolio and better […]

 
 

Tremor Video DSP Adds Grapeshot To Its Brand Safety, Anti-Fraud Capabilities

If there’s a way to help clean up the digital media ecosystem—from TAG to ads.txt to DoubleVerify—Tremor Video DSP is a big participant and supporter. Because brand safety tends to be subjective depending on the advertiser, Tremor Video DSP is now relying on Grapeshot’s “contextual intelligence” capabilities, says CEO Lauren Wiener. Tremor Video DSP’s three-point […]

 
 

New IAB Report Details Complexities Of Digital Video Landscape

Based on its continuing research into how, when and why people consume video content, the IAB is “building a whole commercial innovation program” that will encompass video, audio and other platforms, says Anna Bager, EVP, Industry Initiatives. The IAB’s latest research, released this week, shows just how complicated the video marketplace is. Its Video Landscape […]

 
 

Initiative’s Gilbert: As Live Content Grows, Digital Mirrors Linear TV

Premium content, a multitude of new partnerships and how brands can create authentic resonance with consumers are the “common threads and themes” that Initiative’s Adam Gilbert takes away from the Digital Content NewFronts 2018. He also traces the arc of a digital content ecosystem that is in a sort of “retrograde” phase as live content […]

 
 

NewFronts Update: ESPN’s Social Strategy & App Refresh

At a Digital Content NewFronts where there was a plethora of new content distribution partnerships, ESPN was the rare standout. “One of the big things that we did announce was the fact that we had a big announcement, that we have no new distribution deals,” says Travis Howe, SVP, Platform Ad Sales Strategy, Solutions & […]

 
 

Post-Taptica Deal, Tremor Video DSP Expands Data Partnerships

Less than a year into the integration of Tremor Video DSP’s demand-side business with Taptica, what’s now known as Tremor Video DSP is pursuing global expansion with Taptica while increasing partnerships with data providers and supply-side platforms. “It’s been a great nine months or so since then. We really have found some seriously important synergies […]

 
 

Brands Should Court Values, Not Controversy: Digitas’ Donaton

Brands aligning themselves with social causes and movements should be a “no brainer” as long as they don’t embrace controversy just for the sake of controversy. “We heard that brands need to stand for something but that doesn’t necessarily mean always that they have to be controversial,” is the way Scott Donaton sums up one […]

 
 

Verizon’s Oath Is Steeped In Data, Mobile-First Content

If anyone doubts how Oath plans to differentiate itself with Verizon’s massive caches of insights from its broadband and wireless services and brick-and-mortar stores, Jeff Lucas makes it very clear. “What Oath offers more than anyone else is deep, deep data,” the Head of Oath’s Americas Sales says. “But also we are thinking about commerce” […]

 
 

Comedy, Live Content Are Opportunities And Pitfalls For Brands: Initiative’s Kozo

Here’s a useful tip for anyone wanting to pitch something to Initiative’s Amber Kozo: Try humor. It certainly worked for Meredith Corporation at the recently completed Digital Content NewFronts 2018. Meredith used its NewFronts presentation to announce additions to its over-the-top PeopleTV service, including “Chatter,” a live talk show hosted by actress Rosie Diaz that […]

 
 

Meredith Expanding ‘Seamless’ E-Commerce Content Integrations

Meredith Corporation plans to integrate e-commerce options “seamlessly and natively” into more of its content to make it easier for people to buy things “and give them a great experience on the back end.” The publisher’s e-commerce and shopper marketing plans were one element of its Digital Content NewFronts presentation last week. “One of the […]

 
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