CEO Stephenson: AT&T Will Acquire More Companies ‘In The Coming Weeks’ To Support Ad Unit

AT&T, which closed its acquisition of Time Warner on Thursday, will acquire more companies to support its Advertising and Analytics unit, CEO Randall Stephenson said Friday during a CNBC interview. Watch it here. Stephenson spoke of an upcoming ad-supported skinny bundle called AT&T Watch TV, featuring Turner content, that will be formally announced next week.Continue reading »

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President Wayne Levings Has Confidence In Kantar, With Or Without WPP Ownership

Kantar is facing a lot of speculation about its future at WPP. Since Martin Sorrell resigned as CEO of WPP in April, analysts and investors have buzzed about how the holding company can unlock value for shareholders in a period of slow growth. Many say selling the Kantar market research business, whose growth has laggedContinue reading »

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AT&T Can Acquire Time Warner, District Court Rules

The Washington DC, District Court on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for AT&T’s $85 billion merger with Time Warner, a decision with far-reaching implications for AT&T and the media and advertising industries. Despite the hefty price tag, industry observers initially expected AT&T’s offer to breeze through under a corporate-friendly administration. The last time the Justice DepartmentContinue reading »

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CEO Kelly Clark: GroupM Has ‘Moved On’ From Sorrell Exit

When WPP Group-owned GroupM opens its doors at the brand new 3 World Trade Center building in downtown Manhattan next month, it’ll be more than just a symbolic new beginning. The face of GroupM is changing. In addition to the shocking exit of WPP CEO Martin Sorrell in April, two longtime GroupM executives, Chairman IrwinContinue reading »

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How The California Consumer Privacy Act Stacks Up Against GDPR

While both the California Consumer Privacy Act and Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation address the collection of personal information by businesses, they are actually quite different. Here’s where they diverge and why the advertising trade orgs are lobbying like bandits to block the California act’s passage. The IAB, DMA, ANA, 4As and NAI decried theContinue reading »

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Google Reverses Course On GDPR Consent Tool Limiting Publishers To 12 Vendor Partners

Google is reversing its policy for its consent management platform (CMP) that initially capped at 12 the number of vendors a publisher can list in opt-in messages, following critical feedback from publishers and the ad tech industry. The platform now has no limit. “The change being made now is in line with our priority ofContinue reading »

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IAS Acquisition Highlights Growing Competition Among Ad Verification Vendors

Vista Equity Partners’ plan to buy a majority stake in Integral Ad Science – valuing the company at $820 million, according to AdExchanger sources, or up to $850 million, according to Axios – underscores the ongoing importance of ad verification and the pressure these vendors face to grow their product offering to remain competitive. “There’sContinue reading »

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Indie Ad Servers Smell Blood In The Water As Google Limits DoubleClick ID – But Does Google Care?

In late April, Google said it would limit the portability of the DoubleClick ID outside of its ad server DoubleClick Campaign Manager (DCM), effectively killing independent attribution (at least to the extent that it was possible). Marketers who want access to the DoubleClick ID, which ties together data across Google’s properties, will have to use itContinue reading »

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Vista Equity Partners Acquires Majority Stake In Integral Ad Science

Private equity firm Vista Equity Partners has acquired a majority stake in ad verification vendor Integral Ad Science. Terms were not disclosed. IAS detects ad fraud by scanning billions of insertions from both buy and sell sides, searching for anomalies. It also assesses whether individual impressions are fraudulent or not. Industry insiders had wondered aboutContinue reading »

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Ad Tech Vendors Wrestle With IAB Europe’s Transparency And Consent Framework

The European Union’s GDPR regulations have been in force for less than a week, but ad tech exchange players are already feeling whiplash. The crux of the problem is advertising technology vendors must have user consent, for data-driven advertising – yet there are only two scaled ways to get it. Either use Google’s GDPR pipelineContinue reading »

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