Brands Should Court Values, Not Controversy: Digitas’ Donaton

Brands aligning themselves with social causes and movements should be a “no brainer” as long as they don’t embrace controversy just for the sake of controversy. “We heard that brands need to stand for something but that doesn’t necessarily mean always that they have to be controversial,” is the way Scott Donaton sums up one […]


Digitas’ View Of Digital Content NewFronts: Cave Men, Astronauts And Storytelling

What do cave men and astronauts have in common? More than either one could ever imagine, if you’re DigitasLBi, which decided to help the advertising industry broaden its view of digital media a decade ago by birthing the Digital Content NewFronts. The theme of last year’s NewFronts was ad skipping, recalls Scott Donaton, Chief Content […]


Brand Content Not Just ‘Nice To Have’ But The Future Of Marketing: DigitasLBi’s Donaton

LOS ANGELES – In an age of advertising as storytelling, it starts with deciding what stories to tell that are worthy of an audience’s time. The next part is what gets tricky, namely figuring out the best places and ways to tell those stories. As much as some brands might wish to create a particular […]


Custom Video Now in “Big League” for Marketers, DigitasLBi’s Scott Donaton

PHOENIX –  The upcoming Digital Content NewFronts, a two week showcase for digital video, will represent the maturation of sponsored video as a medium, says Scott Donaton, Chief Content Officer of DigitasLBi NA, in this interview with Beet.TV Donaton says that custom creative content, coupled with traditional media, outperforms traditional campaigns.  He says what has been […]


UM Content Chief: Let the Story Be Center Stage

Brands need to be willing to step back from branded content and let the story do the work, says Scott Donaton, Global Chief Content Officer at UM, in an interview with Beet.TV. That means marketers should use a deft touch on instilling a brand message (or not) in branded content, he explains. “You need to […]


UM’s Global Content Chief: Automation Allows More Creativity

The increased automation around digital video distribution is allowing content creators, including big media agencies like Universal McCann (UM), to spend more time handcrafting web original video content, says Scott Donaton, Global Chief Content Officer at UM, in this interview with Beet.TV We spoke with him last night at the AOL NewFront event.