Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Cynopsis: DIGITAL

10/21/09

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, October 21, 2009, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.

Yahoo reported its fourth consecutive quarter of declining sales as net revenue dropped 15%, display ad sales fell by 8% and search ad revenue dipped a precipitous 19%. But the company managed to exceed analysts estimates, thanks mostly to cost cutting measures, helping to boost net income to $186 million – up 244% from a year ago. “We had a solid third quarter that signals our major businesses have stabilized,” said CEO Carol Bartz in a press release. The company, waiting for regulators to approve a major search partnership with Microsoft, began an ambitious global marketing campaign last month after launching a major homepage redesign and making improvements to its email and IM platforms.

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~ MULTIPLATFORM CONTENT NEWS ~

 
Combining metrics across multiple platforms, ESPN says it delivered its biggest audience ever in Sept., including a combined total day rating of 1.65 million homes across ESPN’s networks, a 250% spike in time spent on ESPN 360.com (per Move Analytics,) and a 21% boost in unique visitors to ESPN.com, totaling 28.8 million visitors for the month. ESPN.com also had more viewers of online video in September than ever, with 9.3 million viewers logging nearly 196 million minutes of video viewing.
 
Starz Entertainment revealed plans to launch five additional HD channels, bringing its total stable of HD channels to 11 (9 not including separate feeds). Starz In Black HD and Starz Cinema HD are scheduled to launch in early to mid-2010. IndiePlex HD and RetroPlex HD will also debut next year, as well as a West Coast feed of the flagship Encore HD channel.
 
TVGuide.com and YoungHollywood.com are teaming up to share content complimentary on one another’s sites. Young Hollywood will create weekly video segments that will air on TVGuide.com, providing a backstage look at the lives of stars. Meanwhile, all celebrity profiles featured on YoungHollywood.com will now highlight program listings powered by TVGuide.com. TVGuide.com will also syndicate original editorial content to YoungHollywood.com.
 
Sales of MTV Games, EA and Harmonix‘ The Beatles edition of the Rock Band console game were sufficient to put it over the top of other music games in September, but some analysts had expected better. The companies sold about 583,000 units during its first month, including 254k for the Xbox 360 and 208k for the Nintendo Wii according to NPD Group, but projections topped 1 million following an ambitious marketing campaign.
 

~ INNOVATORS & START-UPS ~

 
San Francisco-based Episodic, once in the business of producing its own web series, unveiled yet another soup-to-nuts white label online video publishing and monetization suite. Episodic’s solution, which is currently being used by Showtime Networks, includes video content management, adaptive HD bitrate playback, IAB-approved ad serving and subscription management, real time audience measurement and syndication services, distributing to over 30 portals including Hulu, iTunes and Amazon. The comprehensive platform also supports live streaming.
 
Call for Votes: The People’s Choice Awards is asking fans to help choose the new design for the official People’s Choice Awards trophy, via a partnership with Waterford Crystal. While they’re there, fans can also vote on 31 award categories, including Favorite Movie, Favorite TV Obsession and Favorite Breakout Artist. Nominee voting will also take place on the awards’ MySpace page.
 

~ DIGITAL ADVERTISING ~

 
The chief executives of ad giants WPP, Omnicon, Publicis Groupe and Interpublic posted a letter on the American Association of Advertising Agencies website with 4A’s CEO Nancy Hill, throwing their support behind the search partnership of Microsoft and Yahoo. The 10-year agreement places Microsoft at the helm powering organic searches for Yahoo.
 
Technology consulting firm Accenture is teaming with marketing data firm Adchemy to build an enterprise-scale technology platform for serving ads and measuring their performance on the web. The goal is to use advanced data mining to help marketers better contour their campaigns. As part of the agreement, Accenture will be one of three investors in a $31 million funding round for Adchemy, joining the Mayfield Fund and August Capital, and bringing Adchemy’s total investment raised to $58 million.
 
Marketing agency M3 Television is changing its name to M3 Creative to emphasize its shift to multiplatform creative. The Burbank-based company is increasing its focus on branded, cable, web, EPK, mobile and related content; recent projects include webisodes for American Express’ Enthusiast’s photostream and the iTunes/Best Buy featurettes for NBC Universal’s “Couples Retreat.”
 

~ TECHNOLOGY DEALS, MERGERS AND SKIRMISHES ~

 
Former News Corp. President Peter Chernin is now advising Comcast on its bid to acquire a controlling stake in NBC Universal, per the New York Times. Not to worry – NBCU Chief Jeff Zucker has been reassured that he will keep his job if the deal goes through. Comcast has also retained UBS and Morgan Stanley to advise on the deal, while G.E. is working with J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs.
 
Digital media distribution company Yangaroo signed a deal with CMJ Network to power digital track distribution to over 500 college radio stations throughout the U.S.
 

~ TRENDS, RESEARCH, ETC.  ~

 
Screen size and a better picture are the two most important factors for prospective buyers of TVs, according to market research company The NPD Group‘s 2009 TV Inventory Study.  One-in-four consumers say they’ll most likely be making a new TV purchase in the next six months.
 

~ GADGETS & APPS ~

 
Barnes & Noble unveiled an e-book reader with some pizzazz. This one features dual screens: a 3.5-inch color touch-screen and a 6-inch E-ink display. The bottom color screen allows you to browse through titles by dragging your finger from side-to-side.) “The Nook” has the ability to wirelessly access BN.com’s 1 million+ title eBook store via AT&T’s 3G network or Wi-Fi (free at Barnes and Noble stores.) It also features some cool sharing features, such as the ability to lend the rights to books you buy to a friend for up to two weeks. Newspaper and Magazines subscriptions come in “The Daily” feed and personalization features allow you to change the wallpaper and screensaver. It’s due out in Nov. at a price of $259, matching Amazon’s recent price cut for the Kindle.
 
Panel is a new music curation app for the iPhone providing a panel of music industry experts to suggest new albums in various categories including rock, pop, indie, alternative and jazz. (Confirmed panelists include Mark and Wendy Redfern, founders of Under the Radar magazine, Jason Hughes, owner of Seattle’s Sonic Boom records.) Future updates will enable the app to stream two full complete recommended albums each week.
 
Samsung is rolling out a new eco-friendly “Blue Earth” cell phone designed with Current Media, made from Post-Consumer material and sporting an interface that encourages health and environmental consciousness. The handset allows you to set screen brightness to conserve battery power and ships with a built in pedometer which calculates how much CO2 you’ve saved by walking vs. driving.
 

~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~

 
In more digital realignment at Fox, Fox Filmed Entertainment (FFE) has formed a new group called Fox Digital Studios (FDS), charged with development, production and development of original and derivative programming for initial release on new and emerging media platforms. Roger Mincheff was named to the newly-created position of SVP/Branded Entertainment for digital content, reporting to FFE head Peter Levinsohn. Former Fox Atomic executive David Worthen Brooks will oversee creative for the new digital studio, and Roger will work closely with FDS to monetize the content created by FDS.
 
WE tv hired John Miller as SVP/Original Productions and Development for WE tv and Wedding Central. John was previously EVP/Television at The Weinstein Company where he oversaw all domestic TV production and development. Meanwhile Elizabeth Doree has been elevated to SVP/Scheduling and Acquisitions and Terence Coffey has been promoted to VP/Promotional Strategy.
 
Online semantic advertising company Peer39 has tapped former TACADO product manager Keren Perry-Shamir as Product Manager. She will be based at the company’s headquarters in New York City, reporting to CEO Amiad Solomon.
 
Eric Henry
and Jim Morical from the audio visual manufacturers representation firm Kodo James have joined digital signage specialist Tightrope Media Systems as CEO and Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO), respectively.

 


~ WEBSITE OF THE DAY ~

 
Digital video measurement and distribution company Tubefilter has acquired web series review site Tilzy.tv, the folks who put on the Onfronts ad presentation event in New York last spring. The two companies know each other well – they collaborated on putting together the first annual Streamy Awards last year, which helped raise awareness of the burgeoning web video medium. And the match makes sense at least from a geographical point of view. It gives LA-based Tubefilter a web-savvy presence in the Big Apple. From now on Tilzy’s missives can be found at the Tubefilter’s News site.
 


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10.21.09

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