Local Media Consortium Renews Google Partnership

The Local Media Consortium, a strategic alliance of local media companies, today announced that it has extended its partnership with Google. The group said “this builds on an ongoing partnership that delivers LMC members with significant economic value, as well as a series of initiatives to help local media optimize their digital advertising business and […]

Gray, Hearst, Graham, CoxReps Invest In Matrix Solutions’ Media Sales Gateway

Matrix Solutions, a provider of global media revenue management technology, today rolled out the next-phase development of its Media Sales Gateway with investment and expertise from partnerships with Gray Television, CoxReps, Graham Media, and Hearst Television. Cox Enterprises’ Videa software will serve as the initial back-end technology for traditional linear spot and all future development will be built on Azure […]

NBCU Picks Omni As First Agency Data Platform To Integrate with Audience Insights Hub

By integrating with the Audience Insights Hub, Omnicom Media Group will be able to run permissioned measurement queries across NBCUniversal’s first-party data and data sets from within Omni — Omnicom’s open marketing operating system — without exposing any underlying personally identifiable information.

OKAST Partnering With Ad Insertion Platform

OKAST, an SaaS solution for publishing white-label live and video streaming platforms, has entered a strategic partnership with leading server-side-ad-insertion (SSAI) technology provider Ad Insertion Platform (AIP). The alliance will allow AIP to integrate its SSAI technology into OKAST’s platform as well as sell OKAST customers’ advertising inventory, supporting OKAST’s expansion of ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) and its […]

OpenAP Promotes Three Execs To C-Level Positions

OpenAP said that three of its executives have been promoted to C-level positions in order to support the advanced advertising company’s growth. Brittany Slattery (l) was appointed chief marketing officer, Abbey Thomas was named chief revenue officer, and Chris LoRusso was promoted to chief business officer.

Disney Signs Horizon Media For Its ‘Clean Room’ Data Service

Disney Advertising’s previously announced “clean room” effort — which enables advertisers to match their first-party data with that of Disney audience segments — has signed on media agency Horizon Media as its first partner to determine how ads can yield specific business outcomes for marketers. Disney Advertising is the ad sales division of the Walt Disney Co. In addition, Disney is working on a clean room deal with demand-side platform the Trade Desk.

Disney Ad Sales Bolsters Automation, Data Capabilities

Disney Ad Sales said that it has expanded its data handling and automation capabilities. The company said that it is moving to the next phase of the clean room capability it offers, signing on Horizon Media for a pilot test and working with The Trade Desk on programmatic activations. Disney is also expanding its automation products, DRAX, the Disney Real-Time Ad Exchange and its self-service platform.

TiVo Connects TV Data To New Ad Platform

TiVo has launched Xtend, a group of new advertising solutions using the company’s first-party deterministic TV viewership data. The platform will offer deterministic data to identify who has or has not tuned into programming or seen a message from a brand or its competitors; programmatic audience segments, scaled and tested for targeting on connected TV, PC, tablet and mobile; connected TV inventory layered with Xtend or custom audiences to add incremental reach and frequency to linear across 40 million households; and clickable ads placed within native TiVo Guides.

Discovery Buys Stake In OpenAP

Discovery joins Fox, NBCUniversal and ViacomCBS as a minority owner in the advanced advertising company as part of a joint venture.

TV Data Initiative Adds ‘Expert Advisory Group’

NBCU’s Kelly Abcarian, Tubi’s Mark Rotblat and Philo’s Reed Barker are among 23 high-profile executives now consulting the new advanced advertising consortium.

Samba TV Hires Kris Magel As VP-Head Of Agency Development

The former Dentsu executive will spearhead the adoption of first-party data as the next-generation currency for media planning and measurement.

Cox Local Solutions Sets Strategic Initiative With Amazon Advertising

The move will let advertisers across the nation to programmatically buy display and OTT ads through Amazon DSP and analyze their campaign performance.

CTV Measurement Study Taps Into Innovid Insights

Innovid, an independent ad delivery and measurement platform for connected TV, today announced the findings of a first-of-its-kind report called Decoding CTV Measurement: An In-depth Look at Reach, Frequency and ROI that it says dispels major myths about one of the fastest-growing channels. Created in response to rising demands for streaming, the report was conducted in partnership with the Association of […]

Sinclair Broadcast Group Launches Compulse

With the release of Compulse 360 software for digital media, Compulse, Sinclair’s digital arm, offers purpose-built tech, expert managed services and transparent pricing designed to let clients run local campaigns at scale.

ProVantageX Forms Partnership With WideOrbit

Integration of two linear TV platforms seeks to offer fully automated solutions ranging from supply-side to demand-side with the “potential to revolutionize the way stations manage and sell their commercial spots, boosting revenue and increasing labor efficiencies.”

Premion Shows Station Groups The Way To OTT Revenue

Over-the-top advertising has become a surprisingly important business for companies that have been stockpiling television stations. Streaming revenue is letting broadcasters, including Cox Media Group, Sinclair Broadcast Group and the NBC and Fox O&Os, claim a foothold in the technology field and create advanced advertising products for clients enamored of digital and social media.

Xandr Adopts OpenAP’s OpenID To Streamline Audience-Based National TV Buying

OpenAP, the advanced advertising company for television, and Xandr, AT&T’s ad technology platform powering a global marketplace for premium advertising, formed a new strategic alliance that will enable OpenAP’s OpenIDSM audiences inside Invest TV,  Xandr’s buyer self-service platform for linear television. Xandr will adopt the OpenID, a unique identifier launched by OpenAP that allows centralized activation of advanced […]

OpenAP Unveils OpenID, A Unique Identifier Offers A Common Identity Framework For TV

National U.S. TV publishers adopt OpenID, laying the foundation for new cross-platform measurement capabilities set to launch in broadcast year 2022. Dentsu Media, GroupM, Haworth Marketing + Media, Horizon Media and Omnicom Media Group will integrate with and activate all advanced TV campaigns as OpenID audiences, offering brands cross-screen and person-level insights across TV advertising.

Dish, Blockgraph Lead Initiative To Harness Data For TV Ads

Companies in the advanced advertising business have formed the TV Data Initiative, a group that will look to accelerate the use of data in the television industry. The group includes Dish Media, Blockgraph, MadHive, VideoAmp, Eyeota and TVSquared and plans to spend the next six months assessing the state of data in the advanced TV ecosystem and identify challenges and opportunities.

Google: Advanced Ad Impressions Bounced Back After COVID

After a dip in the second quarter as spending paused in the early days of the pandemic, advanced TV ad impressions rebounded as 2020 went on, according to a report from Google. Advanced ad impressions fell 18% in the second quarter, despite a 14% increase in viewing. By the third quarter, advanced TV ad impressions were up 40% from the second quarter lows and continued to increase in the fourth quarter.

Fox Puts Ad Sales Management System In Cloud With Operative

Fox Corp. said it is using technology company Operative Media’s cloud-based system to manage its ad sales portfolio. Operative’s AOS system gives Fox visibility across its portfolio of linear, digital and advanced audiences in a converged platform. The move will accelerate Fox’s advanced advertising capabilities including near-real-time ad creative substitution, automated rate cards and optimization.

Ad Tech Company Amobee Add Tim Spengler, Valerie Bischak

MadHive Launches Forecaster Suite Helps Local Broadcasters, Buyers Take TV Digital

MadHive, an enterprise software platform that powers modern media, is launching an Audience Forecaster tool to address industry-wide problems like frequency control and transparency for OTT, CTV. The feature set integrates into MadHive’s full stack offering that currently powers local reach extensions efforts for broadcasters including Fox, Scripps and Tegna. “The concept of delivery guarantees […]

Crackle Plus Goes With SpotX For Programmatic Ad Business

NBCU Expands U.S. Addressable Footprint To 45M HHs

A new partnership with Charter Communications adds nearly 40% more households and expands inventory for marketers.

FuboTV Joins Unified ID 2.0 Advanced Ad Initiative

The open-source identify framework, led by The Trade Desk, aims to maintain targeted advertising on the open internet as third-party cookies go away.

Magnite To Acquire SpotX For $1.17 Billion

The combined companies will be a big player in the fast-growing  programmatic connected TV marketplace. Combined, CTV net revenue would have been $42 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, up 34% from the third quarter, and represents 67% of their combined fourth quarter net revenue.

iSpot.TV Acquires Ace Metrix

The purchase creates a cross-screen platform for measuring brand impact and business outcomes for TV advertising in real time.

OpenAP Launches SSP For Linear TV Spots

OpenAP has introduced a supply side platform that gives advertisers automated access to linear inventory from participating TV networks. Omnicom Media Group is the first agency to integrated the new SSP with its in-house buying platform, Omni. The integration launched this month, and Omnicom’s media agency will test the new SSP over the first and second quarters.

Yospace And ITV Offer Extension For Ad Insertion In ITV Hub

U.K. commercial broadcaster ITV has extended its relationship with Yospace, the server-side ad insertion (SSAI) provider, for targeted advertising on live channels in ITV Hub. The companies have together played a fundamental role in developing SSAI technology, having first collaborated in 2011 and providing its first public demonstration for live streams at IBC 2012. The extension […]

Tegna Extends Partnership With FreeWheel

The partnership enables enhanced, automated access for media buyers to Premion’s CTV/OTT ad platform.

Largest CTV Ad Scam Faked 29M Addresses

Scammers are following viewers as they go over the top, and what is described as the largest CTV ad fraud operations so far has been uncovered. Dubbed StreamScam, the operation exploited flaws in CTV ad service technology and spoofed more than 28.8 million U.S. household IP address, including 3,600 apps and 3,400 CTV device models. As much as $15 million worth of ad spending might have been diverted by the scam.

FreeWheel Buying Ad Tech Leader Beeswax

The acquisition will let FreeWheel clients participate more seamlessly in the growing programmatic TV ecosystem.

Matrix Launches New Ad Sales Automation/Convergence Advocacy Group

Global ad sales platform Matrix has launched the Media Ad Sales Council (MASC) to aid in advancing the media ad sales ecosystem through automation, convergence, and inclusion. The new group, comprising thought leaders from across the industry and representing different verticals and viewpoints, will focus on identifying outcomes and workflows that will advance how television […]

Premion Expands Regional Sales Leadership Team

Premion, a premium CTV/OTT advertising platform for regional and local advertisers, today announced the addition of two new regional sales leaders to address the accelerating growth of streaming TV advertising. Effective immediately, Amanda Dunlap will serve as Southwest regional sales director and Tracy Kalfas is joining as Midwest regional sales director. These appointments expand Premion’s […]

Mediaocean Automates Local TV Pre-, Post-Buys

Mediaocean, the big media-buying software platform for U.S. media agencies, is automating local TV media-planning and media-buying tools, improving workflow to better compete with digital and other media platforms.

Hudson MX Names Sarah Lawson Johnston EVP, Managing Director Of Agency Partnerships EMEA

Hudson MX, an advertising technology business providing media buying and media accounting solutions globally through a cloud-based SaaS platform, today named Sarah Lawson Johnston executive vice president, managing director of agency partnerships EMEA. An advertising technology pioneer who was with Mediaocean more than two decades, she joins Hudson MX after spending the last three years […]

CTV Ad Impressions Up 55% In 3Q: Innovid

Ad impressions delivered by connected TV grew by 55% in the third quarter compared to the prior year, according to ad and analytics company Innovid. In its fall 2020 U.S. Video Benchmarks Report, Innovid said the CTV’s share of video ad impressions jumped to 41% in the quarter from 33% a year ago.

Ampersand Launches Self-Serve Ad Platform

Ampersand, an advertising sales and technology company co-owned by Comcast, Charter and Cox, introduced a new self-serve feature in limited beta release. The new functionality is being built into The AND Platform, the company’s multiscreen TV planning, buying and measurement platform launched at the beginning of 2020. The company said its platform provides marketers with reach across 85 million households, more than 120 cable networks and more than 60% of all U.S. addressable households.

Samsung Launches Demand-Side Platform

Samsung Ads, the advanced TV advertising unit of the TV set manufacturer, is launching Samsung DSP, a self-serve demand-side platform. The platform will give programmatic buyers access to exclusive CTV inventory, as well as offering targeted audiences and data from across 45 million households.