Studio 71: How Video Multichannel Networks Fight To Break Through The Noise

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A few years ago, video multichannel networks (MCNs) had the luxury of choice: get access to a large, scaled audience via YouTube or go with a handful of new video upstarts wooing content creators with pricier payouts. But the digital video landscape has dramatically shifted since, as digital publishers and broadcast nets alike increasingly distributeContinue reading »

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YouTube Intros Targeting And Creative Versioning Tools For Online Video

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Google is opening up more intent data for targeting on YouTube and expanding its Custom Affinity Audiences offering. Beyond reaching people based on their searches on YouTube, advertisers will now be able to create segments and target video ads using data derived from Google Maps and apps. “The ultimate goal is to reach any personContinue reading »

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Video Platform Zefr Hires Former Fox Networks Ads Boss Toby Byrne As President

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Zefr, a contextual targeting software platform for YouTube, has appointed Toby Byrne as president. Byrne, the former president of ad sales for Fox Networks Group, including its broadcast, sports and cable networks, vacated his post last September. During that time, there was a heavy transition in top sales talent at several linear TV networks asContinue reading »

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As TV Revenue Declines, Univision Expands Its Digital Domain

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Spanish-language broadcaster Univision hopes to offset declines in local TV ad revenue by doubling down on its digital ad business. It was an early adapter of Facebook Watch, Snapchat Discover and Snapchat Live Stories to reach its audience of millennial Hispanics, but Univision is emphasizing multiplatform campaigns to boost digital revenue. (Univision’s digital ad revenueContinue reading »

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Six Agency Holding Groups To Use OpenSlate To Audit Brand Safety On YouTube

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Advertisers want measurement that assesses video brand safety. And the latest beneficiary of that need is OpenSlate, a video analytics company that can determine if ads were placed alongside appropriate video content on YouTube. The YouTube measurement partner said Thursday it’s bringing a new brand safety auditing tool for YouTube to market, partnering with independentContinue reading »

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Standard Media Index: YouTube’s Direct Ad Spend Down 26% In Q2 Amid Brand Safety Crackdown

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While Google claimed advertisers are returning to YouTube, new data from Standard Media Index reveals advertisers really did tighten their purse strings after the video platform’s brand safety scare. YouTube ad spend declined about 26% YoY in Q2, while ad spend spread across digital video platforms such as Hulu or network-owned video services increased, onContinue reading »

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Facebook Faces Challenges And Opportunities With ‘Watch’

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Facebook Watch, the social giant’s video hub that went live for select users on Wednesday, already has a roster of digital video launch partners – like Time Inc., Hearst, Brit & Co., Tastemade, Quartz and McClatchy. But Facebook also wants to broker content deals with the likes of big TV companies like Univision, Major LeagueContinue reading »

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Videology Takes Out An $80M Credit Facility To Advance Its TV Platform

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Videology revealed Wednesday that it received an $80 million credit facility from lending and payment services provider FastPay and Tennenbaum Capital. Since its founding a decade ago, Videology has raised about $121 million in capital financing, but at this advanced stage in the company’s lifecycle, it didn’t necessarily make sense to raise another round of costlyContinue reading »

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Video Platform Pulpix Raises $850K To Help Publishers Increase Engagement

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Pulpix, a video platform that aims to increase the time consumers spend on publishers’ properties, has raised $850,000 in “pre-seed” financing. The two-year-old, Paris-based Pulpix is a Y Combinator startup whose backers include Studio VC, Ace Capital and angel investors such as Chon Tang, who invested early on in the video DSP TubeMogul. The startupContinue reading »

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YouTube Gained Political Ad Revenue This Year, ​But Lost Influence With Voters

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For YouTube, the recent election cycle was the best of times and the worst of times. Multiple campaign sources think the Google-owned video network remained the single largest platform for political video dollars (aside from TV networks), despite Facebook’s meteoric rise. “YouTube is the second most trafficked site in the US, so it played aContinue reading »

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