How Sizmek Fell, And How It Could Be Sold

Sizmek regained access to its cash this week after Cerberus, the investment firm that owns Sizmek’s debt and now owns its equity, seized its holdings and pushed the company into bankruptcy last Friday. Sizmek has resumed business operations and is covering payroll and employee benefits, after missing the previous pay period. The next two toContinue reading »

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NBCU Will Use FreeWheel To Traffic Its Linear And Digital Inventory. Is Converged Buying Nigh?

Traditional broadcasters might soon bridge linear and digital ad buying. But first, baby steps. Before anyone reaches that holy grail, it helps if the ad inventory is trafficked through the same system. So in the spirit of unification, the video ad server FreeWheel said Wednesday that it will handle decisioning for NBCUniversal’s digital and linearContinue reading »

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How Timehop Saved Itself By Building Its Own Ad Server

Two years ago, the Timehop app – which aggregates and resurfaces old social media photos – was running on the remaining fumes of its VC cash, enough to stay afloat for just three months. It needed revenue, and, although it had 20 million monthly active users, its inventory was severely undervalued. “We had no realContinue reading »

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Schibsted Boosts Revenue By Making Its Ad Server Smarter

Ad servers’ primary goal is to deliver direct-sold campaigns in full, so a publisher earns all revenue promised by the advertiser. But ad servers are dumb. They can deliver direct-sold campaigns too quickly, leaving an advertiser without active ads toward the end of the month. Or to ensure that direct campaigns deliver in full, theyContinue reading »

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Bonnier Evaluates Telaria’s Newest Offering: Analytics, Decisioning And An Ad Server

Telaria – the company formerly known as Tremor Video – has expanded its video supply-side platform (SSP) to a full stack with a decisioning engine, analytics and advanced-TV ad server, the company said Tuesday. The suite, called Video Management Platform (VMP), was made generally available Tuesday and has a handful of beta clients numbering inContinue reading »

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YouTube To Suspend Third-Party Ad Serving In The EU

YouTube will no longer support third-party ad serving on reserved buys in Europe beginning May 21, and it will assess whether to extend that policy globally, according to a memo obtained by AdExchanger. Google advised advertisers who aren’t currently using its ad server DoubleClick Campaign Manager (DCM) to host video on YouTube to “retraffic theirContinue reading »

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Flashtalking Merges With Spongecell To Fuel US And Global Expansion

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Rich-media ad server Flashtalking has merged with the dynamic creative optimization (DCO) specialist Spongecell. Terms of the deal, announced Monday, were not disclosed. As a combined entity, the two companies should gain more dominance in the US and internationally. Flashtalking is based in the United Kingdom, and works with blue chip brand clients like Lowe’s,Continue reading »

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