03/13/15: Disney/ABC extend deal with Yahoo; MSNBC announces two Facebook first series; CAB blames Netflix, Amazon for cable TV viewership decline


Good morning. It’s Friday March 13, 2015, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.


Disney/ABC struck an expanded deal with Yahoo, which consists of a Yahoo-branded segment to Good Morning America and clips of ABC programs on Yahoo. Yahoo Your Way will feature Yahoo experts – such as style editor Joe Zee, beauty editor Bobbi Brown and food editor Kerry Diamond – in a daily segment on GMA; Tumblr will integrate with GMA’s Social Square; and Flickr images will land on the morning show’s weather reports. Additionally, Katie Couric’s coverage of the 2016 election will be distributed on ABC News. “We’re well aware that we need to be putting our journalism in front of a new generation of viewers and readers which comes at storytelling in different ways and finds our work in different ways…we see this as a giant step forward in making that happen,” ABC News President James Goldston said. Yahoo-ABC News Network reaches more than 129 million users across combined digital platforms monthly (comScore), and has been the top online news source for the past 34 months.
MSNBC will produce two daily videos to appear on Facebook with NowThis, a distributor of digital video under NBCUniversal. The first series, called Sound Off, will focus on breaking news in the morning; while FacePalm will appear at the end of the news cycle with the most shocking events. The vids will appear on MSNBC and NowThis FB pages.
NBCU’s financial network CNBC will also ramp up its digital video slate with two new series: Speakeasy with John Harwood and Retire Well with Sharon Epperson. CNBC had 24.2 million total unique desktop visitors in January (comScore), behind competitors such as Yahoo Finance (57.8 million uniques), Forbes (37.7 million), Business Insider (37.5 million) and Dow Jones & Co. (34.0 million). CNBC’s most successful digital series, Cramer Remix, reeled in 1.1 million views as of January.


YouTube star Kandee Johnson (2.5 million subscribers) transformed into pop-star Rita Ora in the latest episode of the second season of Glamour’s digital video series Beauty ReCovered on Conde Nast Entertainment’s platform The Scene.
For the fourth day of MTV’s first-ever Break the Record Week, the network kicked off the #EpicWin Day across the web. All day yesterday, Charlamagne Tha God and The Challenge’s Johnny Bananas and Jordan Wiseley dared each other back and forth, pushing each other to break various personal records. Fans were encouraged to top themselves, too, and share the moments on social media channels, with some picked by MTV to broadcast on air. #EpicWin Day concluded with the premiere of MTV’s special, Epic Win, a half-hour reality-comedy that follows three competitors training for an upcoming cup stacking event, which premiered last night at 11p ET.


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Zealot Networks, the digital start-up from former Maker Studios CEO Danny Zappin, acquired digital marketing agency Threshold Interactive. Threshold has created digital campaigns for its major client Nestle, including the viral mash-up of Snoop Dog and YouTube celebs in Hot Pockets spots. Threshold Interactive joins Zealot’s recent acquisitions Neighbor Agency and Idea Farmer.
Video advertising and publisher platform Teads released its mobile SDK for outsream video. Teads’ partners Reuters, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Guardian and Nikkei will now have the ability to use outstream video ad formats within their apps. Outstream video ads sit outside of a video player, adding more video ad inventory for publishers.
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According to the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau, cable TV viewership is down because consumers are spending more time watching subscription streaming video services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. The CAB estimates that 40 percent of the 10% decline in Q3 and 9% decline in Q4 TV ratings is due to SVOD services. In Q1 2015, analyzed data from Nielsen shows viewership down 12 percent. Scripps Networks Interactive President of National Ad Sales and Marketing Jon Steinlauf told the Wall Street Journal that his takeaway from the CAB meeting is that the biggest contributor to the drop is SVOD, and the second is the increased use in mobile devices to watch TV (not yet measured by Nielsen).
U.S. branded entertainment, or event sponsorship and TV/media/digital product placement, grew 7.3 percent to $34.53 billion in revenue last year. According to PQ Media, the growth is due to an increase in consumer sponsorship across international sporting events, including the World Cup. The global market hit $73.27 billion in revenues, a 6.3 percent increase from last year. Brands are seeking better methods to engage with younger target audiences in this age of ad-skipping technology and on-demand media consumption, and branded entertainment offers them multiple channels with which to more effectively reach the Millennials and i-Gens,” PQ Media CEO Patrick Quinn said. Global branded entertainment is expected to reach $108.04 billion in 2019.
and YuMe released a joint research study on ad effectiveness on different devices, and how brands can make up on mobile for lost ad views on TV. Key takeaways:
– For multi-taskers in the study, TV was still the initial medium of choice, but some participants quickly switched their attention, opting to begin seeking out content on other devices. Millennials multi-tasked 33 percent more than those over 35; and men and women multi-tasked the same amount.
– When a participant found content they were interested in watching on television, they were much more likely to maintain their focus on the TV set.
– While television was the most used device (used 53% across all respondents) during the experiment, the participants spent only 39 percent of that time paying attention to it while it was on.
– Respondent’s attention to TV dropped significantly after four minutes.


Shira Lazar, Co-Founder and Host of What’s Trending, was named Contributor to HLN. In her new role, she will participate in the network’s dayside flagship show The Daily Share, which aggregates the best social media news and lifestyle content from the day. Lazar also hosts the VH1 and WT series Huge on the Tube.


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