Viacom Targets AwesomenessTV; Ad Trades Angry At Apple

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Young Guns Viacom is negotiating to acquire AwesomenessTV, according to Bloomberg. AwesomenessTV is a joint venture between NBCUniversal, Verizon and Hearst that originated as a YouTube channel. It’s not the first time this year that Viacom has tried to acquire its way to aContinue reading »

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Comcast and Viacom Form Multi-Year Partnership On Advanced Ads

Viacom on Monday formed a multi-year agreement with Comcast’s advanced ads business, FreeWheel, to expand its use of the tech platform. Previously, Viacom used FreeWheel to power digital ad decisioning, but now, it will also use FreeWheel’s operating system to manage yield and grow revenue across live TV, set-top box and video-on-demand inventory. In addition,Continue reading »

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NBCUniversal Joins OpenAP Consortium, Licenses Its Audience Graph To Other TV Nets

NBCUniversal has joined the TV consortium OpenAP. Launched just over a year ago, OpenAP is a joint effort by broadcast networks Fox, Turner and Viacom to create a common data standard and provide a more accurate representation of advanced TV audiences across platforms. Through a multiyear agreement, NBCU will license its data platform Audience StudioContinue reading »

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OTT Audiences Are There – So Why Aren’t Advertisers Buying?

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OTT audiences are prevalent and engaged. But while advertisers are buying, they’re not exactly beating down the doors. Watch any premium long-form show on an internet connection and you’ll see the same irrelevant message played so frequently it’ll haunt your dreams. What gives? The main issue is buyer confusion about how to transact on OTTContinue reading »

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Discovery Communications To Buy Scripps For $14.6 Billion

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After bidding against Viacom for Scripps Networks Interactive, Discovery Communications has emerged victorious in acquiring the lifestyle cable network for $14.6 billion in stock and cash, the company revealed Monday. [Read the release.] Viacom backed out of a bidding war late last week with the rival network after making an all-cash offer that reportedly fellContinue reading »

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Media Storm CEO Says Audience Planning Is Where TV And Digital Agencies Align

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Independent media and entertainment agency Media Storm is deepening its client workbench. Media Storm specializes in helping network, cable and studio clients such as Starz and CMT increase audience tune-in. Now the agency is broadening its scope to new verticals. “We’re really starting to use what we learned from the entertainment and media space andContinue reading »

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