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With NBCUx, Programmatic Ad Buying is in the NBCUniversal House

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 30, 2014 01:18 PM

Programmatic buying is a hot topic at Advertising Week 2014 in New York, where attendees are discussing the convergence of digital video and TV, and ad sellers and buyers are eager to better target and reach viewers. That's why NBCUniversal is upping its stake in programmatic digital ad sales technology with the debut of NBCUx.

“NBCUx offers our clients programmatic access to premium content across our entire portfolio combined with data-enabled targeting," NBCU's press release commented. "The offering combines NBCUniversal's scale and audience of over 100 million unique visitors, premium content from our Entertainment, News, Sports and Hispanic brands, multiple platforms and data in a unique offering in support of our clients' initiatives.”

Programmatic ad buying, where algorithms and machines replace phone calls, wining and dining, is not new to online advertising, but its recent embrace by major television networks signals a seismic shift in the ways those networks are evolving their businesses in a digital world.Continue reading...

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Advertising Week New York Day One Highlights

Posted by Shirley Brady on September 29, 2014 07:32 PM

Mondelez VP of global media and consumer engagement B. Bonin Bough kicked off Advertising Week New York with his own sizzle reel—and more #AWXI Day One highlights:Continue reading...

brand news

Brand News: Starbucks, DreamWorks, Yahoo and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 29, 2014 09:03 AM

TOP STORIES

Starbucks launches first global brand campaign with “Meet Me at Starbucks” interactive YouTube short film.

Japan’s SoftBank reportedly in talks (since cooled?) to buy the DreamWorks animation studio.

Facebook bid for WhatsApp clears EU hurdle

Yahoo, AOL pressured to cut a deal and join forces.

Instagram reportedly blocked as China/Hong Kong protests impact businesses and cancel holiday fireworks.

MORE BRAND NEWS

Advertising Week kicks off in New York.

Air France ends strike, vows to speed up Transvania low-cost airline. 

Alibaba pays $459M for stake in Chinese hotel tech firm.

Amazon seeks to avert holiday snafus and faces opposition by literary lions over e-book prices.

American Apparel names temporary CEO.

Apple sees smuggled iPhone 6 phones go begging in China as EU presses company on ill-gotten tax benefits in Ireland, Apple Watch goes on display (for one day only) at Colette during Paris Fashion Week, and Apple and Pearson lose $1B common core schools contract in Los Angeles.Continue reading...

brand strategy

Comcast Hones In on Universal Theme Parks as Point of Significant Expansion

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 10, 2014 04:43 PM

Comcast has set the TV world aflame in the last few years with its purchase of NBCUniversal and its yet-to-be-finalized deal to acquire Time Warner Cable. But there’s another industry that Comcast is looking to be a serious player in as well: theme parks.

Comcast, which already had $2.2 billion in revenue last year from its theme parks and resorts unit, isn’t shying away from horning in on the territory long dominated by Disney, either. The company's Universal Studios is “investing hundreds of millions of dollars into theme parks in California and Florida.” While it is investing in new attractions for its Universal Orlando Resorts, it also building “the largest hotel construction project in North America: [an] 1,800-room, 1960s-themed Cabana Bay Beach Resort,” of which Comcast is sharing the bill with Loews Corp., the Philadephia Inquirer reports

Six hundred of the rooms will open this month, with the rest scheduled to open by year's end. With that, Universal will have 4,200 rooms, a 75 percent increase from the 2,400 it previously boasted, but NBCUniversal chief Steve Burke says the complex could have between 10,000 and 15,000 hotel rooms in time.Continue reading...

viral buzz

Watch the Hollywood Ad That May Result in $2 Million Fines for US Broadcasters

Posted by Abe Sauer on March 7, 2014 11:23 AM

Everyone knows the shrill shriek of the US' emergency broadcasting system. And while it may be a drill, it's no joke. The FCC is looking to hit Viacom, ESPN, and NBCUniversal with fines for running ads last year for the film Olympus Has Fallen because the ad featured the emergency alert system tones.Continue reading...

brand partners

GE Teams Up With The Tonight Show to Make Science Cool

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 17, 2014 11:39 AM

Here's Jimmy! As Fallon readies to take The Tonight Show reins from Jay Leno tonight, he's bringing not only a fresh outlook on nighttime entertainment but also some new interesting partnerships. 

In its continued effort to broaden its brand appeal, General Electric has struck an unprecedented "multiplatform, integrated partnership" with the show in which it will sponsor in-show integrations with a segment titled "Tonight Show Fallonventions," in which the new host will feature three young inventors and their creations. 

It’s a double-edged deal for the $140 billion B2B congolmerate that is looking to spread its wings beyond business and into the direct-to-consumer world. Indeed, the move can also be seen in GE's newest ad, which features a child describing in fantastical ways what the company does, from building "underwater fans powered by the moon" to "hospitals you can hold in your hand."Continue reading...

brand take over

Comcast, Time Warner Cable Merger Could Spell Big Problems for Netflix, Consumers

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 13, 2014 12:07 PM

Following a failed takeover bid by Charter Communications, Comcast announced it would acquire Time Warner Cable in an all-stock deal for $45.2 billion. If the merger is approved by regulators, Comcast will return to its top spot as the largest cable operator in the world. 

The merger, which could send waves through various television networks, national sports markets, TV technology and streaming companies is already a cause for concern among consumers and other pay TV companies, including satellite television networks, as well as AT&T, Verizon and Google, all of whom have made inroads into the cable and internet-providing business. 

At about $159 per share, Comcast stands to adopt Time Warner Cable's 11 million pay TV customers, highly concentrated in Manhattan and Los Angeles, where it owns two sports networks and has lucrative deals with local sports teams. As part of the deal though, Comcast said it will divest about 3 million of TWC's customers to appease regulators. 

As far as Comcast is concered, gaining regulatory approval from the federal government, including the FCC, shouldn't be too hard since Comcast and TWC aren't actually direct competitors (as far as carved-up cable provider boundaries go). The approval would follow Comcast's nearly $17 billion buyout of NBCUniversal from GE last year.Continue reading...

media brands

AllThingsD Re/codes Tech Coverage with Independent Venture

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 2, 2014 05:53 PM

Following the break-up of their long-term relationship with the Wall Street Journal, AllThingsD founders and journalists Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg have launched their new venture, Re/code

Focused on technology news and conferences, the new site is backed by NBCUniversal and Windsor Media, the investment company headed by former Yahoo CEO Terry Semel, and operated under the newly-formed company, Revere Digital.

"Why have we chosen Re/code as the name for our new creation? Simply put: Because everything in tech and media is constantly being refreshed, renewed and reimagined. And this is the reinvention of ourselves," wrote Swisher and Mossberg on their new site.Continue reading...

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