SVOD Growth is Driving Brands To News Sites: UM Worldwide’s Content Chief Gaul

The growth in subscription, ad-free media services like Netflix is forcing brands to look at alternative messaging formats in a land where, once, they enjoyed ad space between content. News has become an increasingly attractive environment. That is according to one agency content chief who helps the brands find the best way to meet their […]

News Business Needs Both Advertisers & Subscribers: NYT’s Howard

Five years ago, in an excoriating and self-flagellating internal report, The New York Times gazed hard at its navel – didn’t like what it saw. “We are not moving with enough urgency,” said The New York Times’ leaked Innovation Report. “Our journalism advantage is shrinking as more of these upstarts expand their newsrooms. Many (of our […]

Tubi Counting On ‘Subscription Fatigue’ To Ward Off New Streamers

LAS VEGAS—Now that the Tubi streaming movie and television service is “across everywhere,” it’s hoping that subscription fatigue helps it continue to be an advertising-supported complement to Netflix in the face of mounting streaming competition. “Before us there was YouTube and Netflix and that was it,” says Chief Revenue Officer Mark Rotblat. “We are across […]

As Streaming Choices Expand, Viewers Want Better Search And Recommendation: Turner’s Beck

LAS VEGAS—As major media companies prepare to offer consumers more direct-streaming video choices, they should be thinking about improving content search and viewing recommendations, according to Turner’s David Beck. Success will hinge on “Who makes it easy, frictionless for people to get to the content they want to, consume it, share it and engage with […]

‘Real-Time TV Does Not Exist’: Dish, Videa, Google, Experian Discuss

SAN JUAN — It was billed as the revolution for television ad sales – the emerging prospect of using internet-connected platforms and audience viewing data to plan, execute and measure TV ad campaigns in real-time. After all, “programmatic” advertising unleashed “real-time bidding” (RTB) on to the world several years ago now. Today, real-time auctions for […]

On The Edge Of Scale: Disney, Amobee, Nielsen Execs Weigh In

SAN JUAN — Ad spending on over-the-top (OTT) TV was expected to increase 40% to $2 billion in 2018, with addressable TV spend reaching $800 million, according to Magna. That means spending on addressable TV – with which buyers can use advanced data and return path to more precisely target viewers and households – would represent only […]

Disney+ A ‘General Entertainment Brand’ For Families, Says Sales Chief Ferro

When The Walt Disney Company launches the Disney+ direct-to-consumer streaming service in late 2019, it won’t be advertising-supported. But Disney Advertising Sales is already talking to brands that want to “experience the Disney customer far and away beyond just the traditional advertising,” says sales chief Rita Ferro. Disney+ will be the third piece of a […]

Ireland’s RTÉ Mulls ‘Pop-Up’ Channels In VOD Upgrade, Mullen Says

LONDON — Ahead of the tenth anniversary of its online TV catch-up player, Irish public broadcaster RTÉ is planning to add new features it thinks could please both viewers and advertisers. RTÉ Player launched in April 2009, offering hundreds of hours of TV shows available to catch up with through online and some TV platforms. It […]

Fox’s Marchese Weighs The Merits Of Attention Versus ‘Performance’

LONDON – Which should be more important to television advertisers: viewer attention or ad “performance”? The answer poses risks for TV providers given the increasing march toward all things performance, according to Fox Networks Group’s Joe Marchese. “I feel that more and more TV is getting baited into trying to become a performance outlet,” the […]

As SVOD Booms, Ads Must Excel: Comcast’s Bremond

LONDON — If ads and subscription payments sit on two sides of the media see-saw, the trick is in getting the balance right. Whilst many broadcasters are now keen to copy Netflix’s subscription model, what could be the impact on ad sales? “There’s maybe less premium content available for the ad sales team to monetize,” […]

Rogers Media Must Compete In North American Market: SVP Watson

TORONTO – Even though it has different television regulations, Canada is officially part of North America along with the United States. So as direct-to-consumer television offerings proliferate, companies like Rogers Media are trying to piece together the ever-shifting puzzle that is program acquisition and commissioning. “So what we need to look at here in Canada […]

New Set-Top Boxes Mean Imminent Scale For Addressable TV In Canada: Finecast’s Astley

TORONTO—Although Canada is behind the United States in the adoption of addressable linear television advertising—owing largely to inadequate set-top boxes—that’s going to change quickly. “Disruption is here” in the form of Netflix and other OTT providers, says Rich Astley, Global Chief Product Officer of GroupM’s Finecast agency. Canada is a “fascinating market and for many […]

LUMA Partners’ Kawaja: Less Interruptive Ads Are Central To Relevance

While there are tactical ways to make advertising more relevant, Terry Kawaja believes there’s a bigger concept at play: relegating interruptive advertising to the past. The Founder & CEO of LUMA Partners will be one of some 250 industry leaders attending The Relevance Conference hosted by AT&T in Santa Barbara on Sept. 24-26. On the […]

Fox’s Marchese To TV Networks: ‘Be Prepared To Work In Chaos’

CANNES – Just because Joe Marchese is probably the most outspoken advocate for reducing video advertising load and giving consumers more choices doesn’t mean he’s naïve about the challenges involved. Give him 20 minutes to explain those hurdles and lunar landings can seem simpler to achieve. Such was the case at the 2018 Cannes Lions […]

Podcasts Expand New York Times Content Ambitions as Marketers Follow

When The New York Times launched its The Daily podcast a year ago, it had its share of skeptics. Well, they’re not skeptical anymore. Pitching its content to ad buyers at this week’s NewFronts event in New York, The New Times reported the daily audio show, which is also extending to radio, clocks between two and […]

Luma Partners’ Terry Kawaja: With Convergent TV, Scale ‘Is Now On A Whole New Level’

LAS VEGAS – When Terry Kawaja takes in the proceedings at CES, he’s not focused on the “flashy consumer-facing stuff that we see on the show floor.” To the Founder and CEO of investment banking firm Luma Partners, it’s all about sub-trends. This means that things like self-driving cars, drones, artificial intelligence and virtual reality […]

Advancing The TV And Video Ecosystem: A Beet Retreat Miami Panel With Furious Corp., Alphonso, Eyeview, FreeWheel And dataxu

MIAMI – As the advertising industry seeks to unify premium video and traditional television, there is a need for speed and there are speed bumps. Given these dynamics, it’s fair to ask whether consolidation on the adtech side will drive the most change or will it be the increasing demands of advertisers for greater outcomes […]

Essence’s Gerber Says SVOD & Middle-Men Worse Than Duopoly

There is no shortage of horror, in digital media circles, that it is big platforms which are gobbling the lion’s share of ad spending. The latest Zenith figures estimate Google and Facebook took 96% of spending outside of China last year. But one of the world’s biggest media-buying agencies says there are bigger problems than […]

Videology’s Tony Yi On Fending Off Apple And The FANG Digital Giants

The barbarians of the digital age are at the gates of traditional television. The question is, can the traditional TV industry work together enough to keep out the likes of Apple and FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google)? That’s the advanced TV battlefield as sketched out by Tony Yi, who is GM Strategic Commercial/Business Development at […]