Operative Launches “Premium at Scale” Initiative To Accelerate Path For Media Companies To Manage Multi-Channel Media

Operative Launches “Premium at Scale” Initiative To Accelerate Path For Media Companies To Manage Multi-Channel Media

Sets In Motion Strategy to Enable Media Companies to More Easily Sell Premium Content Flexibly Across Screens & Channels Through a Interoperable Framework

As premium content continues to differentiate its value to advertisers relative to other media options, buyers are increasingly wanting to simplify how they execute media campaigns across platforms with simplicity at scale. This means one buy, targeting any audience, executed across digital and linear, with one performance report.

Through a technology initiative called “Premium At Scale,” Operative is focused on working with industry partners through an open, interoperable framework, to enable an accelerated path for media companies to simplify their ability to execute advanced advertising strategies against linear and digital content and audiences.

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Lorne Brown
Lorne Brown

“Premium at Scale is an industry initiative intended to deliver an answer to advertiser demand for audience-based advertising across channels and empower media companies to create massive multichannel marketplaces that delivers a premium product that the digital walled gardens simply can’t match,” said Lorne Brown, CEO of Operative.

To kick start this initiative, Operative is partnering with FreeWheel and NBCUniversal to accelerate a path to solving for “one sales system, one ad decisioning system” that executes seamlessly across digital and linear advertising campaigns. Operative is also announcing a User Council for media companies including NBCUniversal in order to advance the Premium at Scale initiative.

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The “Premium At Scale” initiative marks the next phase in an ongoing relationship between the three companies. Operative’s order management and universal product catalogue, FreeWheel’s unified ad decisioning capabilities, and NBCUniversal’s suite of advanced advertising products provide the foundational ingredients to enable more effective execution of converged media campaigns.

“This partnership will close the gap between linear and digital, enabling FreeWheel and Operative to better support joint clients through improved system interoperability,” said James Rooke GM, FreeWheel Publishers. “FreeWheel’s ability to extend its decisioning capabilities into linear television is an important step in enabling true unified management of advertising. We’re excited to partner with Operative to make this a reality with our joint industry clients.”

Operative will be encouraging conversation between other programmers and distributors to ensure a coordinated outcome that benefits premium media companies as they launch similar initiatives. A list of other participating media companies will be announced in the coming weeks.

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