Netflix Flatly Dismisses Ad Rumors

Holding your breath on ads coming to Netflix? Time to let it out. There will be no advertising on Netflix anytime soon if ever, the company said in a letter to shareholders on Wednesday in advance of its second quarter earnings call. “We, like HBO, are advertising free. That remains a deep part of ourContinue reading »

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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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Ad Sales Chief Donna Speciale Out At WarnerMedia

Updated 8:00 PM EST to reflect a statement from WarnerMedia CRO Gerhard Zeiler WarnerMedia’s president of ad sales, Donna Speciale, is leaving the company as part of a broader ad sales reorg. The Information first reported the development. Speciale, who has been president of Turner’s ad sales business for seven years, took on the roleContinue reading »

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TVadSync Taps Into TV Metadata To Detect Subtle Patterns In Viewing Behavior

You are what you watch. On Tuesday, smart TV data company TVadSync, which uses visual automatic content recognition (ACR) technology to track viewing behavior, released a planning and analytics tool that creates clusters of viewers based on the TV and video content they consume. “If you move beyond demographics and genre, you can make people’sContinue reading »

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Podcast: Where’s The Growth?

This week on AdExchanger Talks, digital ad consultant Matthew Scott Goldstein shares his observations from 29 public company earnings calls in the media, big tech, ad tech and related sectors. He will give a related presentation at AdExchanger’s Programmatic IO conference in New York, Oct. 15-16. MSG, as he is known to many, listens to allContinue reading »

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Nielsen: Linear TV Wins When Streaming Subscribers Can’t Find Anything To Watch On Demand

Streamers don’t browse – at least not on streaming services. Although the majority of households either own a smart TV and/or have a subscription-video-on-demand service (SVOD), most people (58%) still gravitate back to traditional TV channels when they’re not sure what they want to watch, according to Nielsen’s total audience report for Q1, released Monday.Continue reading »

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Podcast: Tru Optik CEO Andre Swanston

When Andre Swanston, CEO of Tru Optik, gave up his career as a nightclub owner and financial adviser to found an ad tech company, his mother cried. Raised in the Bronx by parents who migrated to the United States from Saint Kitts in the Caribbean, Swanston advised investing clients at Ameriprise and JP Morgan Chase,Continue reading »

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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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Simulmedia Raises $29 Million Series E, With Continued Focus on Linear TV

Simulmedia, one of the OGs of data-driven TV, raised $29 million in Series E funding Wednesday. The funding will go toward research and development as Simulmedia connects to more inventory sources beyond national linear advertising, including local advertising and OTT from authenticated apps from broadcast and cable companies. The cash will also put the profitableContinue reading »

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