Cannes 2019: As TV Broadcasters Make Their Pitch, Linear Is The Next Frontier

Two years ago, Disney’s presence at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity focused on social inventory within the Disney Digital Network. This year, Disney has a lot more to pitch, with its refined data strategy, audiences available across all of its different properties, theme parks included, the acquisitions of Fox assets like National GeographicContinue reading »

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With AT&T Breathing Down Its Neck, Comcast Looks To Acquire Ad Tech

Zach Rodgers and Allison Schiff contributed. Comcast is looking to enhance its targeted advertising business by acquiring more ad tech assets, and is evaluating a group of companies that includes Cadent and dataxu, AdExchanger has learned. Comcast is motivated by a range of factors, including stiffer competition from AT&T and its Xandr ad unit asContinue 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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NBC And Telemundo’s Station Groups Embrace The Programmatic Possibility For Local

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Although national broadcast networks have led the charge on audience data and automation – at least in the linear TV environment – local station groups aren’t far behind. NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations is laying the foundation for greater addressability at the local and regional level. The division houses 39 NBC and Telemundo local TV stationsContinue reading »

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NBC: Inconsistent Measurement (And Bad Ads) Are Holding The Industry Back

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The ad industry needs to check itself before it wrecks itself. That was the rallying cry Tuesday at NBCUniversal’s swanky State of the Industry Forum, where 150 digital and broadcast advertising luminaries gathered in midtown Manhattan for fancy eggs and frank discussion. “I’ll cut right to the chase: We have problems,” said Linda Yaccarino, NBCUniversal’sContinue reading »

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