Leadership Changes At WarnerMedia Are A Sign Of The Times For TV Networks

WarnerMedia’s announcement Wednesday that three of its top sales executives would leave as part of a reorg reflects changing times in the business of network TV. Donna Speciale, president of ad sales, Dan Riess, EVP of Turner Ignite, and Frank Sgrizzi, EVP of portfolio sales and client partnerships, are leaving WarnerMedia one year after itsContinue reading »

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DirecTV Now’s Losses, Xandr’s Growth, And Other Hotspots From AT&T’s Earnings Call

AT&T is juggling a lot of business units at the crossroads of media, advertising and communications. Here are three takeaways from the company’s Q4 2018 earnings call on Wednesday that you can bring to the water cooler. DirecTV Now lost subscribers … but it’s all part of the plan? When AT&T scaled back on promotionsContinue reading »

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Will AT&T’s ‘Community Garden’ Have Walls?

AT&T’s promise to connect data, technology, distribution and content to make advertising better for all constituents is exciting. So exciting, in fact, that industry executives from both the buy and sell sides gathered in support of the idea at the Relevance conference in Santa Barbara, Calif., this week, willing to help make it happen. ButContinue reading »

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AT&T Unveils Xandr, Its Answer To The Future Of Advertising

Two multibillion-dollar acquisitions and one Justice Department lawsuit later, AT&T’s advertising and analytics unit finally has a name: Xandr. AT&T revealed the brand at its Relevance Conference in Santa Barbara, Calif., Tuesday, a debutante ball for the new unit that gathered 300 top advertising and media executives at the lavish Ritz-Carlton Bacara. The name paysContinue reading »

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AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson: Long-Tail Turner Inventory Will Be Monetized Through AppNexus In 12-18 Months

Turner inventory will soon be available through the AppNexus ad platform, AT&T top dog Randall Stephenson said at an event Wednesday. Speaking at Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia conference in New York, Stephenson also told attendees how he hopes to expand HBO viewership and said that federal authorities must codify rules around privacy and net neutrality. Advertising isContinue reading »

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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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