‘Buyers-First’ Mentality Drives Ad Sales Strategy: AMC’s Kim Kelleher

Technology is reshaping the way that marketers reach target audiences, and AMC Networks is at the forefront of testing methods to help advertisers boost the efficiency of their media buys. The network also has partnered with a variety of media-buying platforms to expand their inventories. “Our mentality was: We have a ‘viewers-first’ mentality around distribution, […]


‘We Need to Prove TV Can Do More’: 605’s Noah Levine

Audience measurement has become more crucial for television networks and their advertisers, which are being lured to spend more on digital outlets including social media and internet search. The coronavirus pandemic has added to these competitive pressures as marketers seek to squeeze the best performance from tighter media budgets. Demonstrating the power of TV advertising […]


Tubi Delivers Audiences Not Reached by Linear TV: Fox’s Marianne Gambelli

Fox Corp. this year bought video streaming service Tubi to expand its reach outside of linear TV, an acquisition that ended up being exceptionally well timed. Millions of people stuck at home during pandemic lockdowns have had more time to watch video on every screen, including advertising-based video on demand (AVOD) services like Tubi. Marianne […]


Rubicon, Telaria Rebrand As ‘Magnite’ With Independence In Mind: CEO Barrett Speaks

Just two months after merging, programmatic ad platform Rubicon Project and video management platform Telaria are taking on a new name, Magnite. It is a rebranding that involved hundreds of staff from the companies operating under lockdown. But now president and CEO Michael Barrett says he is looking forward to reconnecting with those staff in […]


‘It’s Up to Us to Close the Deal’ on Promoting Equality: BET Networks’ Louis Carr

The media and marketing industries can play a key role in promoting racial diversity, a topic that has become more pronounced in recent weeks. The killing of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis ignited mass protests against racism and police brutality, and spurred advertisers to be more vocal about social justice. As the […]


Valuing Older, Higher-Income Households: Discovery’s Jon Steinlauf

Advertisers for years have sought to reach young adults who are in the early stages of forming brand loyalties and setting up their own households. However, they shouldn’t neglect efforts to reach older, higher-income households that will help drive the recovery from this year’s pandemic slowdown. That’s the one of the key messages from Jon […]


Streaming Apps Drive Sales Growth During Pandemic: Discovery’s Jon Steinlauf

The coronavirus pandemic led many advertisers to pull back on media spending in the past few months, but broadcasters have found pockets of strength in their streaming media platforms. Discovery forecasts that it will end the second quarter with higher ad sales than a year earlier for its streaming apps, which are a key part […]


Linear TV, OTT Can Complement Audience Reach: Disney’s Rita Ferro

Streaming platforms are investing billions of dollars in original programming every year, raising the stakes for linear TV channels that aim to deliver audiences to advertisers. While linear TV has key strengths in sports, news and events, it also has the power to reach audiences with other kinds of original programming. Rita Ferro, president of […]


‘Second-Screening’ Will Be Key for Sports Coverage: Disney’s Rita Ferro

Broadcasters have experienced a dearth of live sports with the suspension of operations by professional sports organizations during the coronavirus pandemic. That absence has raised expectations for the upcoming return of the National Football League, whose regular season last year was responsible for 47 of the 50 most-viewed telecasts, according to researcher Nielsen. Rita Ferro, […]


Peacock Will Bring Innovation to Free, Ad-Supported Streaming: NBCU’s Laura Molen

NBCUniversal is getting into the streaming game with next month’s rollout of Peacock, setting the stage more innovation and value-added services for advertisers. Peacock’s service includes free, ad-supported streaming that has the potential to support more interactivity between brands and consumers. Laura Molen, president of advertising sales and partnerships at NBCUniversal, discusses the future of […]


‘We Are Encouraged by the Second Quarter Scatter Market’: NBCU’s Laura Molen

The coronavirus pandemic led some advertisers to exercise options to obtain media placements at lower prices, but the scatter market is recovering as demand bounces back. Marketers seeking measurable business outcomes don’t want to be left behind as many cities and states ease lockdowns, letting brands reconnect with their customers. Laura Molen, president of advertising […]


Scatter Market Is Rebounding Into Third Quarter: ViacomCBS’s Ross

The coronavirus pandemic’s effect on media prices has led some advertisers to wonder whether they can find better deals in the scatter market rather than the upfronts. As advertisers shift media dollars into the third quarter and boost demand, deals may be harder to find. Jo Ann Ross, president and chief advertising revenue officer at […]


ViacomCBS’s Ross Sees Pandemic As Way to Deepen Ties With Advertisers

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted every industry including major broadcast networks that reach millions of U.S. households. Amid the turmoil have been opportunities to strengthen connections for media outlets to strengthen connections with advertisers that have revamped their media plans. Jo Ann Ross, president and chief advertising revenue officer at ViacomCBS domestic advertising sales, discusses […]