Ad Sales Prez Rita Ferro Talks Disney’s Digital Evolutions – And Ambitions

Disney has been at the center of some of the most important recent shakeups in digital media. It officially closed its $71.3 billion deal for 21st Century Fox in March. And late last year, moved from Comcast’s FreeWheel ad server to the Google Ad Manager platform, a vendor switch with huge implications as TV networksContinue reading »

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Disney Takes Full Ownership Of Hulu

Hulu now lives in the mouse house. The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday it will gain full operational control of Hulu as part of a “put/call” agreement with Comcast, under which Comcast can require Disney to buy NBCU’s 33% Hulu stake at its fair market value as early as January 2024. The future value ofContinue reading »

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Verizon Media Group Revenue Falls; Finance Brands Spend More On Social

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Remember Oath? Verizon Media Group, the company formerly known as Oath, is shrinking as the telco shifts its focus and most of its resources to 5G. The media group, which is made up of Verizon’s acquisition and merger of AOL and Yahoo, saw revenuesContinue reading »

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Which TV Players Could Be In The Market To Acquire Ad Tech?

Many broadcasters spent the past decade on a quest for scale, with a major spike in local station M&A last year. Now it’s time to start thinking about monetization, and broadcasters know it. “Once you own a lot of stations, the next logical thing to do is ask, ‘How are we going to monetize theseContinue reading »

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Disney In One Buy: How Disney Is Unifying Its Advertising Approach

At AdExchanger’s Programmatic I/O conference in San Francisco on April 30, Laura Nelson, Disney’s SVP of advertising solutions and performance advertising, will share how it’s selling connected TV as consumer habits and advertising preferences change. Disney is on a mission to unify its inventory across platforms and offer buyers alluring scale against much smaller audienceContinue reading »

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Disney Is ‘All In’ On Streaming – But Advertisers Are Out Of Luck

“Let it go, let it go” is the theme song for any advertisers who might’ve had their hearts set on an ad-supported option for Disney+. There won’t be one, Disney revealed during an investor day event on Thursday in Los Angeles. Disney’s direct-to-consumer (DTC) streaming service, slated to launch in the United States on Nov.Continue reading »

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Disney Closes On 21st Century Fox, And Enters A New Era Of Streaming Competition

Disney closed its $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox on Wednesday, more than a year after it signed a definitive agreement to acquire the entertainment company, which at the time was going to cost $52.4 billion. Disney’s initial agreement in December 2017 turned out to be less definitive than the term implies. Comcast steppedContinue reading »

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Disney Girds For The Streaming Wars With Its Checkbook

Carving out a spot in the ever-crowded direct-to-consumer streaming market is an expensive proposition – and Disney is ready to spend. DTC is “a bet on the future of this business,” Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors on Tuesday, the equivalent of pouring money into building a theme park. “We are deploying capital so that theContinue reading »

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Retailers Race To Own A Piece Of CTV’s Future

“On TV And Video” is a column exploring opportunities and challenges in advanced TV and video. Today’s column is written by Ryan Christiansen, co-founder and CEO at Ntooitive Digital. The ability to track and effectively target consumer actions has never been more essential to marketers seeking to unleash the power of cross-platform digital advertising. WithContinue reading »

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