The four Oregon stations owned by Patsy Smullen will switch from Petry to Katz on Sept. 15.
The new Petry AdWorks will perform advanced advertising representation services for broadcast and subscription television operators and nationally distributed television networks.
According to TVNewsCheck‘s exclusive survey of sales execs and media prognosticators, total TV spot revenue will drop 6% compared to last year, but when the biennial political dollars are factored out, so-called core spot will grow 4%, up on one percentage point from our original forecast last September. A stand-out first quarter is responsible for the core improvement. But the Japanese crises’ effect on the auto category is cause for concern.
Their station clients are grumbling and buying agencies are insisting that spot TV can be bought and sold like any other commodity. But the three survivng indie rep firms — Katz, Cox and Petry — are undaunted. In the face of multiple challenges, they are reinventing themselves confident that they can continue to prove their worth in the digital, multiplatform future.