Advanced Television

Viacom, Comcast advanced ad partnership

April 24, 2018

Viacom has announced a multi-year agreement to partner on advanced advertising and data. This partnership will integrate Viacom’s targeted advertising expertise and national reach with FreeWheel’s next-generation TV video advertising technology informed by Comcast’s anonymised audience data, to offer US marketers greater precision in reaching consumers across all platforms.

“Today’s announcement reflects Viacom’s commitment to developing more expansive relationships with our distributors.  This new partnership with Comcast and FreeWheel builds on Viacom’s connections with valuable, diverse audiences and Comcast’s reach and data leadership, to create an advanced advertising platform with scale and sophistication,” said Kern Schireson, Executive Vice President, Chief Data Officer at Viacom. “Marketers increasingly demand the ability to reach the right customers at the right time in a premium, trusted environment, and this transformative partnership furthers our ability to unlock greater value for our brand partners and accelerate the future of television advertising.”

Under the partnership, Viacom and Comcast will collaborate to monetise premium inventory in a more efficient, targeted/addressable manner.

“Viacom and FreeWheel have a shared goal of enhancing the value of the entire TV ecosystem,” said David Clark, EVP and General Manager, FreeWheel. “To do so, we believe in a shared vision of a TV and premium video unification roadmap that will accelerate the integration of TV’s broad reach and quality content with advanced cross-platform targeting, measurement and optimisation capabilities.”

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