Using Brand Data to develop the right content.

The traditional television networks had to be all things to all people. In order to distribute their content, they needed deep infrastructure along with multiple broadcast, cable and FCC licensing agreements. Today everyone is a broadcaster and the costs are minimal. Brands used to have to buy their way into a network’s broader audience – […]

CBS thinks it can sell OTT like HBO. It can’t. Here’s why.

CBS thinks that it can sell a direct OTT service like HBO or Neftlfix. They can’t. Here’s why…   Fragmented Masterbrand  We know what we get with HBO. Do we know what CBS stands for? Do we even remember what shows are on the network? The dying broadcast model had them fill 24hrs a day […]

Why direct funding of entertainment will come from Brands.

Content Marketing via Branded Content may finally hit the mainstream as Marriot, the most unlikely of Brands, announced the global launch of its content marketing studio. Prior to this, Brands more connected to lifestyle and entertainment categories like Pepsi, Coke, RedBull and GoPro have been the ones to set the stage. Anheuser-Busch had a very unsuccessful […]

Why are the Digital NewFronts starting to look more and more like the UpFronts?

This week will wrap up the iab’s Digital Content NewFronts in NY for 2014. The digital marketplace, originally founded by Digitas and a core group of digital networks in order to connect media buyers with original digital video content marketing opportunities is now attended by every media luminary in the business. As the digital content powerhouses (full […]

Why are we still treating web video as if it were TV?

In reflection of the Digital NewFronts a few weeks back, the Upfronts and the NYTVFestival this week, I’m amazed that we are trying to get web video to fit within a TV model. When TV first came to market it was simply filmed theater until we figured out the medium. The same will happen with […]

Apps, the future of a new TV experience, and the death of the old.

What if apps did for TV’s and the entire viewing experience what apps did for phones? It was not so long ago that the idea of loading an app on a phone was not possible. The first iPhone did not allow this and it took some time before the API and …