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Business Insider: The Media Industry has Suddenly Become a ‘Game of Thrones’-Like Battle for Power

If you spend any time on Twitter and follow any media industry people, you’ll often come away dizzy and fairly certain that every media company is buying everyone. It started a year ago when AT&T announced it had reached an agreement to buy Time Warner. Things really turned upside down when 21st Century Fox — just three years after trying to buy Time Warner — signaled it wanted to sell some assets to Disney. Then on Thursday, it was reported that Comcast may buy some of Fox. Or Verizon may.Keep Reading

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AdExchanger: The Great Ad Tech Cleanup

Featured column written by Terence Kawaja Following the acquisitions of Rocket Fuel, MaxPoint Interactive and YuMe and the divestiture of Tremor Video’s demand-side business, there will be no public ad tech companies with an I/O media model by the first quarter of next year, except for Criteo, which is its own category. It’s the end of an era, but let’s walk down memory lane to understand how the Great Ad Tech Cleanup came to be.Keep Reading

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Marketwired: ad:tech New York 2017 Honors Diverse List of Four Top Executives for Collective Industry Impact

ad:tech New York 2017, the original industry authority for marketing and media technology practitioners and digitally savvy brand marketers, announced the recipients of the 2017 ad:tech Industry Achievement Award: Randall Rothenberg, President and CEO, Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB); Terence Kawaja, Founder and CEO, LUMA; Pam Horan, Co-Founder, Horan MediaTech Advisors; and Heidi Browning, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, National Hockey League.Keep Reading

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Digiday: ‘I Wanted to Organize This Mess’: An Oral History of the LUMAscape

Whether they’re listening to a panel, chatting in the hallways or sitting in an airplane on their way to Cologne, Germany, Dmexco attendees will be bombarded by the Lumascape this week. The Lumascape is a series of charts that organize the madness of ad tech by grouping together similar companies on a single page. But before the charts from investment bank Luma Partners racked up more than 6 million views on the company’s website and spawned endless debate about fragmentation in the ad industry, it was merely a Powerpoint presentation given at an industry event.Keep Reading

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Digiday: The Duopoly Won’t Kill (All) Ad Tech

If you’ve been to a digital media event, you’ve seen the LUMAscape, showing the vast number of programmatic advertising firms that dot the industry. Some see innovations; others see a mess. LUMA founder Terry Kawaja sees opportunity.Keep Reading

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The Drum: What Marketers Must Consider When Planning and Executing Programmatic Campaigns

Growth in programmatic spend represents a seismic shift in contemporary media practice, with only 13% of display ad sales sold using such technology in 2012, compared to 70% in 2016. Investment advisor outfit LUMA Partners has performed arguably an unrivaled performance in mapping the space (see above for an example of its agenda-setting LUMAscape) but even this is puzzling upon first sight, especially for marketers tasked with a multitude of other responsibilities, besides digital media buying.Keep Reading

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Beet.TV: AI Will Be Huge, But Hidden

Who would ever have thought that the world’s biggest festival for celebrating creativity in marketing would have ended up discussing artificial intelligence, blockchain, and cognitive technologies?Keep Reading

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Digiday: Ad Tech’s Biggest Winner and Losers in 2016

Venture capital for ad tech slowed down, while mergers and acquisitions rose. And as fake news became one of the hottest topics in the media industry, it became more apparent than ever that some ad tech companies profited from proliferating fake news while others banked on preventing ads from reaching fake-news sites.Keep Reading

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Digiday: Battle of the Ad Tech Yachts

The ad tech flotilla has become a fixture of Cannes — and the growing presence of ad tech. Ad tech impresario and content marketing master Terry Kawaja hustled to the marina to gin up a handy ad tech map based on his (in)famous LUMAscape industry charts.Keep Reading

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MediaVillage: AdTech is an Interesting Place to Be

Is our new targeted content platform AdTechVillage already a tear-down? Recent media stories are already calling for the demise of adtech: The AdTech Forest is Falling, Online Advertising is Corrupt at Its Core, Brands Need to Fire AdTech. I believe all this discussion about the fate of adtech actually makes it one of the most fascinating topics to watch.Keep Reading