Omnicom’s Sullivan On Xandr’s ‘Leapfrog’ Potential, Making TV Smarter

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Having spent more than 25 years on the sales side of the television business, Catherine Sullivan thinks AT&T’s new Xandr unit can leapfrog the industry. When it comes to helping marketers understand their target audiences and making TV smarter with more attribution and relevant advertising, “It can’t happen fast enough,” says […]

 
 

Viacom’s Gordon Promises Panel A New Phase Of OpenAP

It is now over a year since some US TV networks came together to strive for commonality in how they tap the opportunity of advanced TV ad targeting. Now, it seems, they want to kick it up in to the next gear. Last year, Fox, Turner and Viacom teamed to co-found OpenAP, a new consortium to […]

 
 

Can TV Be A Platform? A Cannes Panel Discusses

It’s no coincidence that TV companies are facing a challenge to retain ad spend migrating to digital ecosystems run by the big native behemoths. Several initiatives and companies are now trying to tackle that problem. But what will it really take for TV to become a “platform”? In this panel discussion moderating by MediaLink’s Matt […]

 
 

Greater Focus On Outcomes Will Yield More Credit For TV Industry: NBCU’s Rosen

The TV industry is looking at outcomes and attributions “in a unique way right now” to fend off digital and social competitors that have claimed advertising results for which they’re not always responsible, says NBCUniversal’s Mike Rosen. “There’s that old movie expression don’t bring a knife to a gunfight,” Rosen adds. Yet so far, that’s […]

 
 

Twitter Adds NBCUniversal, ESPN Content As It Broadens Viacom Offerings

Twitter has crafted new content deals with NBCUniversal and ESPN that the social platform says will extend the reach of those partners’ original shows. The company is also expanding its existing relationship with Viacom with offerings like Comedy Central’s Creator’s Room, BET Breaks and MTV News. Video views on Twitter have nearly doubled in the […]

 
 

Adobe’s Todd Gordon on New Partnership w/ NBCUniversal

Like many agency television buyers, Todd Gordon spent a lot of time on the telephone buying inventory for clients that they didn’t necessarily want but that came in packages. “If you wanted to buy prime, you quite often also got late night and daytime,” says the Director of Programmatic TV for Adobe. “What’s remarkable about […]

 
 

Progress Of OpenAP, NCC Media Helps Solve Fragmentation: MAGNA’s Anson

With advertisers still in the “test and learn phase” with advanced targeting of television audiences, NBCUniversal joining the OpenAP consortium “will really move OpenAP’s momentum forward towards a more usable tool that advertisers will want a part of,” says Julie Anson, Associate Director, Partner Innovation, Advanced TV MAGNA Global. Currently on the sell-side, there’s too […]

 
 

NBCU In OpenAP Means More Scale, Standardization: Initiative’s Bosetti

NBCUniversal’s decision to join the OpenAP audience-targeting consortium one year after its creation is a positive move that “gives us even more scale to buy and transact on from an audience standpoint,” says Maureen Bosetti, Chief Partnerships Officer at Initiative, IPG’s global communications agency. “Certainly the more partners that join OpenAP the more it allows […]

 
 

NBCUniversal’s “CFlight” Will Prove Missing 15% Of Viewing: Molen

On the spectrum of ad-tech bold moves, it has to rank high. Last week, NBCUniversal announced it would create nothing less than “the industry’s first unified advertising metric”. So-called CFlight is a new measurement metric that aims to give advertisers a total sense of campaign viewership across screens, creating a new currency and offering guarantees […]

 
 

NBCUniversal’s Rosen On Self-Serve Ad Tie-Up With Adobe

NBCUniversal’s TV inventory is about to become available to more advertisers thanks to an expansion through Adobe’s Advertising Cloud TV suite. The pair are announcing that NBCU’s Audience Studio, its suite of audience buying tools, will now plug in to the Adobe system, effectively creating a programatic private marketplace comprising NBCU’s broadcast and cable TV […]

 
 

Consumer Privacy At The Heart Of Audience De-Duplication: 4C Insights’ Lance Neuhauser

Even as new data sources continue to emerge, there’s not going to be a “magic bullet” that will enable television advertisers to figure out cross-screen reach and frequency. At the heart of the challenge lies consumer privacy, according to Lance Neuhauser, CEO of 4C Insights. “We have to continue to make steps forward in being […]

 
 

NBCU’s Rosen: Advanced Targeting A ‘Perfect Complement’ To Power Of Television

Among the more noteworthy aspects of the ongoing evolution of advanced television is the pace at which the use of syndicated data sets for targeting viewers has spurred the use of advertisers’ first-party data, according to NBCUniversal’s Mike Rosen. And even while advanced audience targeting will be the subject of many conversations at this year’s […]

 
 

NBCUniversal Will Trim Original Primetime Programming Ad Clutter By 20% This Fall

Declaring that “less is more” when it comes to the television viewing experience, NBCUniversal says it’s cutting advertising clutter by 20% in original, primetime programming and 10% across the portfolio starting this fall. In addition, the media giant is launching a new, 60-second, contextually programmed PRIME POD in the first or last break of a […]

 
 

IAB Focus On Brands An ‘Inflection Point’ For Industry: NBCUniversal’s Scott Schiller

PALM SPRINGS, Calif – The Internet Advertising Bureau’s focus on brands at the 2018 Annual Leadership Conference marks an inflection point for the organization and all of advertising and media, according to NBCUniversal’s Scott Schiller. That it’s happening now “is a perfect setting for us to really focus on how do we bring brands closer […]

 
 

Beyond The Olympics, NBCUniversal Focusing On Ad Formats, Automated Buying: EVP Krishan Bhatia

PALM SPRINGS, Calif – NBCUniversal’s Total Audience Delivery is a first for its coverage of Winter Olympics and a model for what the company believes will be more acceptance of the way it is helping marketers re-aggregate fragmenting audiences. So far, one of the biggest takeaways from the PyeongChang Winter Games for Krishan Bhatia has […]

 
 

Balancing New Revenue Streams: NBCU, Fox, Acxiom, Oath, A+E Execs Discuss

MIAMI — These days, consumers have more choices than ever before about how to consume video and TV content. And that means a new spectrum of opportunities – and challenges – for content owners and distributors. For companies more used to selling the context of their content to advertisers, the hot new possibility – in […]

 
 

NBC’s Rosen Wants An Upgrade For Cross-Screen Measurement

A leading NBC ad sales executive has stressed the importance of effective measurement for programming and ads across a plethora of screens, as the company convenes a summit to bash industry heads together on the topic. Nielsen’s Total Audience Report solution, for reporting cross-platform viewing of TV and digital content using a single metric, was  delayed earlier this year […]

 
 

CEO Jason Harrison Tracks The Genesis Of Team Arrow Partners, the GroupM Unit For Target

MIAMI – When full-service ad agencies started unbundling their media departments in the 1990’s, the media landscape was a whole lot simpler—as in no digital. This is reflective of why when GroupM unveiled Team Arrow Partners for its client Target about 18 months ago, the announcement declared “Analytics and creativity are no longer opposing forces” […]

 
 

What TV Can Learn From Digital In Audience Targeting: 4C Insights’ Anupam Gupta

MIAMI – Sometimes you need to learn from new media channels in order to better understand and use the ones that are much older. Social media and television is a case in point. Media technology provider 4C Insights cut its teeth on digital platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others. As it shifts into the […]

 
 

Advertisers ‘Empowering’ Their Data For TV Buying: NBCUniversal’s Mike Rosen

MIAMI – What used to be transactional relationships based on dayparts and demographics in the television business is quickly evolving into “more of a data relationship,” according to NBCUniversal’s EVP of Portfolio Sales, Mike Rosen. “This is happening so quickly. What we now realize is it’s leading to a very different kind of relationship we […]

 
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