Local TV Has Power, Relevance In Linear And Digital: WideOrbit’s Offeman

SAN FRANCISCO – When WideOrbit was founded 18 years ago, the television universe was a whole lot simpler yet it was still too complicated at the local level. “There needed to be a solid foundation and system of record across the industry” that WideOrbit set out to create, says the company’s EVP of Engineering, Will […]

 
 

Matt Prohaska Tracks OpenAP Uptake, Impact Of GDPR In EU

CANNES – With a background in sales at Turner and having participated in Upfront negotiations before the advent of digital media, Matt Prohaska has a unique perspective on OpenAP. Despite “a lot of energy and excitement” about the audience targeting consortium, he thinks it’s still ramping up during this year’s Upfront. “What we’re hearing from […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

OpenAP Targeting Consortium Looking Beyond Traditional Measurement Data Sources, Fox’s Nicole Ruby

SAN FRANCISCO – As the advertising industry inches its way to more addressable linear TV, the OpenAP audience targeting consortium is looking to add more datasets to its platform. “There’s still a lot that we’re looking to be able to bring into it,” says Nicole Ruby, VP, Advertising Data Solutions, Fox Networks Group. Within OpenAP, […]

 
 

With More Than 700 Users, OpenAP TV Audience Consortium Eyes Growth Roadmap

Having launched last September 29, the OpenAP television audience targeting consortium platform of Fox, Turner and Viacom has more than 700 users. Meanwhile, Turner is beta testing mapping audience segments across its digital footprint. “We have a roadmap that takes us through essentially a 1.5 release and it’s going to go even beyond that,” Dan […]

 
 

Fox Networks Group Focus: Audience Target Optimization, Reducing Risk With Guarantees

The OpenAP audience-targeting consortium of Fox, Turner and Viacom has made it a lot easier to talk about advances in the traditional television ecosystem. And while last year’s Upfront was “very, very strong” for Fox, “this Upfront is going to be exponentially more powerful about focusing in on this type of conversation about precision audiences,” […]

 
 

Turner’s Howard Shimmel On Audience Buying And The OpenAP Road Map

With all of the change happening in the television world, it’s nice to have professional sports in your portfolio. It’s one of few things “that’s keeping the old traditional ecosystem healthy,” says Turner Broadcasting’s Howard Shimmel. But it’s also nice to stay ahead of the audience targeting curve by using data science to analyze viewing […]

 
 

Advanced TV Targeting Can Produce ‘Value Differential’ For Advertisers: GroupM’s Lyle Schwartz

Media companies working together on advanced television audience targeting is “a nice first step.” What needs to happen faster is measurement of content on different devices—not of the devices themselves, says Lyle Schwartz. The President of Investment for GroupM North America acknowledges that advertisers know more about TV households than ever before. “The plethora of […]

 
 

OpenAP ‘Good News For Us’ Says Nielsen’s Hasker

If you thought broadcasters’ newfangled ways of selling TV ads using advanced audience-buying tools in 2017 will freeze traditional TV measurers out in the cold, think again. Fox, Turner and Viacom teamed to co-found OpenAP, a new consortium to agree on commonality in the way granular audience-describing datasets are described and made available. To many, these new techniques may […]

 
 

Havas’ Kanefsky: TV Buyers Want Impact, Great Content And More Ratings Points

With all the talk about more precise audience targeting for linear TV, some basic things can get overlooked. For veteran buy-siders like Jason Kanefsky, who’s witnessing his 30th Upfront, those things include basic supply and demand dynamics. So while “we’re taking a lot of first steps in lots of different directions,” sometimes there’s progress in […]

 
 

Viacom’s Bevilacqua Discusses The Importance Of Fandom, OpenAP Objectives

If you’ve ever dressed like a Ninja Turtle or a SpongeBob character, you know what it’s like to be a passionate fan of a television show. Viacom spends a lot of time studying what its fans do online and offline and uses the data to best connect them with brands. “Fans are at the heart […]

 
 

Fox’s Levine Traces OpenAP Origins, Hints At Digital To Come

The OpenAP linear television audience-targeting consortium of Fox, Turner and Viacom will spend the next several months reaching out to other national TV sellers, educating the buy side and working toward a rollout in the fall. While the second phase of OpenAP is a work in progress, it will involve digital media as well. The […]

 
 

UM’s Stimmel Assesses Advanced Audience Targeting And ‘The Hulu’ Of Data

Every television advertiser is trying to identify what their specific audience means outside of broad age and sex demographic targets. While the latter represent a “fairly blunt instrument that we use as a currency,” more media owners are executing in ways that line up better with how buyers want to execute their plans. An audience […]

 
 

Speciale: Turner Sees Ad Reduction Ratings Lift, Expects More OpenAP Members

After reducing the ad load in some of its programming on truTV and TNT, Turner has seen a corresponding ratings lift while seeking to bring more native ads to television as a complement to the ad reduction. And in this interview with Beet.TV during the 2017 TV Upfront, Ad Sales President Donna Speciale says she […]

 
 

UM’s Hill On The Evolutionary Pressures Reshaping The Television Market

There might not be anything revolutionary per se about the 2017 TV Upfront, but that’s not to suggest there aren’t a variety of evolutionary forces reshaping the competitive landscape. They range from competitive pressure to build out dynamic ad insertion capabilities to offering more precise audience targeting and ensuring brand-safe digital ad environments. These are […]

 
 

OMD’s Geraci Surveys The Upfront Landscape, OpenAP Consortium

Given supply and demand dynamics amid shrinking television ratings, it still makes sense for brands with big TV budgets to participate in the annual Upfront negotiating ritual. Unlike last year, the President of National Video Investment for OMD USA doesn’t foresee significant price inflation this time around. “By and large, if you have a sizable amount of […]

 
 

OpenAP Audience Buying Consortium Using Accenture For Back-End Posting: Turner’s Shimmel

LOS ANGELES – OpenAP, the fledgling audience-buying partnership of Fox, Turner and Viacom, will use Accenture for back-end posting of campaign results as it seeks to add more publishing partners. “The third-party post will come from a company who’s got a great reputation in the media management field,” says Howard Shimmel, Turner’s Chief Research Officer. […]

 
 

Fox, Turner And Viacom Consortium: Scale And Efficiency For Audience Targeting, Says Turner’s Porter

VIEQUES, PR – Underlying the just announced consortium formed by Fox, Turner and Viacom called OpenAP is the reality that audience-based television selling is “complicated and complex,” according to David Porter, Turner’s VP of Ad Innovation & Programmatic Solutions. To speed advertiser adoption, the three media companies are hoping to make it much easier for […]