Three Steps To NBC’s ‘Single Decision Brain’: FreeWheel’s Rooke

When Digiday reported recently how Comcast-owned NBCUniversal was beginning to use FreeWheel, its ad-tech software stablemate, to schedule linear TV ads, it set industry tongues wagging. That sort of integration requires extensive infrastructure development. But bigger things are coming, says James Rooke, FreeWheel GM, publishers, who explains the workings in this video interview with Beet.TV. […]

 
 

4INFO Is ‘Connective Tissue’ For Cross-Screen Video Identity: CEO Jenkins

While a “TV identity graph” may sound simple, it consists of a whole lot more than television sets. To the tune of some 6.9 connected screens in the average household, according to 4INFO CEO Tim Jenkins. “It’s interesting that somebody would try to separate television from the broader identity ecosystem,” Jenkins says in this interview […]

 
 

Join Beet.TV and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico in NYC on February 5 at Xandr

Please join me, your colleagues and executives from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico for an update on the island’s children and the essential work of the Clubs. Tuesday: February 5 at Xandr/AT&T 1 Rockefeller Plaza, 5th Floor 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The program will include an update on the island and […]

 
 

Hulu Can Meld Best Of Linear & Digital: Telaria CEO Zagorski

Programmatic technology may have grown up transacting remnant display ad inventory, but its increasing application to deliver ads to TV screens looks a world away from the advanced tech’s humble beginnings. In this video interview with Beet.TV, video publisher ad tech maker Telaria’s CEO Mark Zagorski says that “premium” publishers of video that reaches the […]

 
 

Beet is Toasted in Vegas by the Greats: Irwin Gotlieb, Dave Morgan, Terry Kawaja, Randall Rothenberg and Kirk McDonald

LAS VEGAS –  A huge thank you Sarah Hofstetter, Bryan Wiener and the Comscore crew for hosting an awesome party at the Cosmopolitan on my birthday (1/8) and to celebrate Beet.TV’s thirteenth year.  Thirteen, a milestone in digital publishing, maybe?   A reason enough for a party, why not! I was honored that so many good […]

 
 

Innovid Rings In 2019 With $30 Million ‘Pre-IPO’ Investment

It has been in operation for 12 years now, and video ad technology firm Innovid is welcoming 2019 by taking a $30 million new investment round. The new money comes from Goldman Sachs’ Private Capital Investing, a new backer for the company. It is a Series E – the latest of nine rounds now totalling $95.1 […]

 
 

Amazon Buys Itself A Place In Ad Platform Face-Off: Essence’s Wilensky

2018 was the year Amazon became the number-three digital ad platform in the US, according to eMarketer‘s analysis. And that tipping point coincided with a large-scale new bearishness that plagued its rival tech platforms, as concerns over ad practices, mental health and democracy coalesced to dog Facebook and Google. So, who will be winning the race […]

 
 

GroupM Seeks To Simplify Offerings, Diversify Talent Mix: CEO Castree

The year 2018 was one of considerable change for WPP, from the top of its management to its various operating companies and GroupM offerings. But it’s possible to map the road forward largely with one word: simplify. As in, make things as simple as possible for the biggest of clients and the teams within GroupM […]

 
 

INVIDI Buys Ooyala’s AdTech Unit, Will ‘Reinvest’: Anderson

LONDON — The new owner of Ooyala’s adtech unit has promised to “reinvest” in the company as it bids to embrace a continuing digital advertising opportunity. INVIVI, which facilitates addressable advertising systems for global TV platforms, is acquiring what it calls “the advertising technology division (formerly Videoplaza) of Ooyala”. That amounts to Pulse, a software-as-a-service […]

 
 

Premium Is In Ad Purgatory: New Comscore President Hofstetter

Publishers and broadcasters have spent the last year moving from a binary operating model (“digital” and “linear”) to a holistic one. But ad buyers are still split across the two traditional worlds, and that is curtailing ad spending, according to an ex ad agency boss who now oversees digital media measurement. In this video interview […]

 
 

MediaLink’s Kassan Calls Creators To Inspire Brands At CLX

ORLANDO – After a few years in which the advertising business seemed to get consumed by numbers and efficiency, is creativity returning the fold? If the agenda for next year’s upcoming Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is anything to go by, it certainly is. In a new addition to the advertising festival’s agenda, CLX (“Connect. Learn. […]

 
 

With CLX, Cannes’ Benson Wants To Turn Brands In To Entertainers

ORLANDO — If you thought the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity was down-sizing, think again. In a new addition to the advertising festival’s agenda, CLX (“Connect. Learn. Explore”), a new mini-event within the overall programme, will add a series of curated discussion sessions. CLX is a partnership with media consulting firm, MediaLink, which has […]

 
 

Simulmedia’s Piccone Uses OTT To Grow Big Brands’ Reach

Is live or on-demand TV a bigger opportunity for advanced ad targeting technology? A growing number of companies is choosing both, rather than either. Case in point – Simulmedia, which had, until now, majored on lighting up advertiser access to linear TV spots using data techniques, is now adding over-the-top TV ad inventory to its offering. Through […]

 
 

‘Great Connections, Conversations’: Beet Retreat 2018 Comes At Industry Turning Point says NBCU’s Colella

Collaboration among television networks, digital-like standards and audience buying made easier are some of the discussions that NBCUniversal’s Denise Colella is looking forward to at Beet Retreat 2018 in San Juan from Nov. 28-20. “I really think we’re at a turning point,” says Colella, who is SVP, Advanced Advertising Products & Strategy. The annual gathering […]

 
 

Roku’s Robbins Proves OTT Ad Value With Measurement Partners

If over-the-top TV providers want to command a bigger share of the US TV advertising pie, they are going to need to prove their effectiveness to advertisers. That is what Roku is endeavoring to do, by launching a new Measurement Partner Program. The scheme involves a number of aspects like audience demographics, brand awareness, store visits, […]

 
 

NCC Media’s Advanced TV Goals: National Capabilities, One Infrastructure

From its roots aggregating spot cable television buys for advertisers, NCC Media has learned how to “rationalize the irrational.” This will certainly come in handy as it expands beyond linear TV into digital. “Historically, we were seen as just an ad rep organization and what we’re trying to do is build adtech underneath it that […]

 
 

NCC Converges Data From Charter, Comcast & Cox While Adding OTT Inventory

To create what it calls “the largest data set in television,” NCC Media is converging the linear TV and digital data of its three owners—Charter Communications, Comcast and Cox Communications—as it broadens its inventory offering beyond local avails to OTT. One major advance is that NCC is marrying set-top box data showing content consumption and […]

 
 

After “Summer Of Data,” MarTech M&A Is Far From Over: Kawaja

Don’t call it a comeback but, after coming through a period in which a slowdown was capped by new regulation, MarTech consolidation may be back in-play. So says Terry Kawaja, the M&A advisor who has had a hand in many of the biggest media and advertising tech deals of the last decade. Despite fears that […]

 
 

With AT&T, AppNexus Seeks To Create ‘Transformative’ TV Ads: CEO O’Kelley

COLOGNE – Now that AppNexus is part of the AT&T advertising, content and communications universe, AppNexus CEO Brian O’Kelley says that making advertising matter is the overarching mantra. Central to that theme is relevance to consumers, and the world will learn exactly what that means when AT&T convenes its Relevance conference in California later this […]

 
 

Ferro Will Oversee Disney/ABC And ESPN Sales, Erhardt To Retire In 2019

In the most significant manifestation of its desire to offer one-stop advertising, Walt Disney Co. is consolidating ESPN and Disney/ABC properties under Rita Ferro while announcing that longtime ESPN sales chief Ed Erhardt will retire in early 2019. In addition to ESPN and Disney/ABC, Ferro’s domain as President of Disney Advertising Sales will include Disney’s […]

 
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