FTC Looks To Change; MDC Explores A Sale

Cold Shower For Market Power Big tech, are your ears burning? On Friday, the Federal Trade Commission held the second in an ongoing series of hearings digging into competition and consumer protection issues. The FTC is trying to update its enforcement and policy agenda in the face of fast-paced technological change. “Technology is no longerContinue reading »

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CEO Exit Caps A Terrible Few Years At MDC

MDC CEO and Chairman Scott Kauffman will step down from the holding company. Kauffman will remain CEO and retain his board seat until the company finds a replacement, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news Wednesday. But MDC has been in decline for a while. It lost half its stock valueContinue reading »

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Amazon Is Top Programmatic Spender; Google’s Got Influencer Game

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Hey, Big Spender Amazon may be raking in billions from its ad business, but it’s also spending a ton on programmatic advertising. The ecommerce giant was the biggest programmatic spender during the first quarter of this year, according to a report from MediaRadar. AmazonContinue reading »

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Cannes 2018: At MDC Partners, Autonomy Is The Key To Success

MDC Partners CEO Scott Kauffman runs his agency network a bit differently than his peers. While the agency founders’ culture has come under fire recently, Kauffman, who has been CEO at MDC since 2006, actively facilitates it. MDC takes a majority stake in agencies and lets its entrepreneurs drive their own growth rather than acquiringContinue reading »

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Paul Dolan Joins Varick As First-Ever CEO To Lead Shift In Business Model

Varick Media Management said Wednesday that former Xaxis executive Paul Dolan will join the company as its first-ever CEO. Varick, launched in 2008 as one of the first agency trading desks, has always had a president reporting into to senior leadership at parent company MDC Partners. Now with its first CEO, Varick is establishing aContinue reading »

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On The CES 2018 Show Floor, The Technology Is Always Listening

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  GroupM Chairman Irwin Gotlieb has always had an intuitive eye for technology. He’s been applying it to the CES show floor since the 1970s, when it was called the Comdex computer expo show and disc drives sold for $400,000. Gotlieb began offering his knowledge to clients, vendors and other partners on his legendary floorContinue reading »

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Can The Opt-Out Move More Ad Budgets To OTT? Videology And Tru Optik Bet It Will

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Ad buyers decry the absence of addressability in OTT inventory, which they claim lacks the targeting and measurement capabilities to which digital buyers are accustomed. But an integration between Videology’s cross-screen video platform and Tru Optik’s CTV device graph, revealed Wednesday, aims to bring more addressability to OTT advertisers – at scale. Previously, Videology would targetContinue reading »

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