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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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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Xandr Rebrands AppNexus DSP To ‘Xandr Invest,’ Gives It Exclusive Access To AT&T Data

Xandr is making AT&T data available to buyers across all media types through AppNexus’s demand-side platform (DSP), which it has rebranded as Xandr Invest. Xandr Invest launched Monday and allows advertisers to layer AT&T’s first-party data when buying inventory available through the AppNexus exchange as well as inventory from Xandr’s premium video network, Community. AdvertisersContinue reading »

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AT&T’s Xandr Data Can Now Be Applied On Non O&O Properties

AT&T’s ad unit Xandr on Tuesday unveiled a publisher network called Community, which lets advertisers use Xandr data on video inventory across WarnerMedia’s O&O properties as well as a selection of outside publishers. The WarnerMedia properties include WarnerMedia-owned CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, B/R Live, Otter Media and Warner Brothers, and the video partner publishers includeContinue reading »

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OpenAP Plans Its Digital Ad Buying Platform, Without WarnerMedia

Keep calm and … develop automated systems for advanced TV ad buying? A question mark loomed over OpenAP when founding member WarnerMedia announced its sudden departure last week from the targeted TV advertising consortium it helped create in 2017. But the group’s remaining members – NBCU, Viacom and Fox – are forging ahead with theContinue reading »

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Verizon Media Group Revenue Falls; Finance Brands Spend More On Social

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Remember Oath? Verizon Media Group, the company formerly known as Oath, is shrinking as the telco shifts its focus and most of its resources to 5G. The media group, which is made up of Verizon’s acquisition and merger of AOL and Yahoo, saw revenuesContinue reading »

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OpenAP Faces An Uncertain Future – But Don’t Write It Off Yet

WarnerMedia’s farewell to the OpenAP Consortium Friday was inevitable. The writing has been on the wall since February, when AT&T’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner was finalized. “It makes sense to pull out now [that] they’re owned by a company that has one of the largest data sets available,” said Tracey Scheppach, CEO andContinue reading »

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Founding OpenAP Member WarnerMedia Pulls Out

WarnerMedia has exited the OpenAP Consortium. It’s a major blow to the TV industry’s attempt to jointly promote audience-based buying on television by creating standardized segments and measurement across their networks. Turner was one of the consortium’s original members in 2017, along with Fox and Viacom. NBCU joined the following year. But now that WarnerMediaContinue reading »

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AppNexus Fuels 30% Growth At AT&T’s Xandr

Despite AT&T missing its projected Q3 earnings, the telecom giant’s new data-driven ad unit Xandr had “strong growth,” executives told investors Wednesday. Xandr’s ad revenue grew 34% YOY, fueled by AT&T’s acquisition of AppNexus. Excluding AppNexus, revenue was still up 22%. Xandr’s Q3 revenues were $445 million, and its operating margin was 74.8%. In Q3 2017,Continue reading »

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