Blaze Advertising alumni launch new creative venture The Animals

Blaze Advertising | May 07, 2019

WPP AUNZ Blaze Advertising creatives Brendan Moore and Angus Williams have departed the agency to launch their own creative venture The Animals. The pair said the new agency will take a ‘creative nomad’ and ‘hybrid’ approach which will enable them to take on creative work at any stage of the process and collaborate with their clients. Moore spent five-and-a-half years at Blaze, leaving as its associate creative director after being promoted from digital art director in 2018. Williams was senior creative at Blaze for four years, and previously worked at Hardwire and T20 Group. “As creatives we have worked together collaboratively for many years with offices in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. We’ve also been shoulder to the wheel on projects for clients in Singapore, India and North America. When you look at that, it adds up to a lot of experience and knowledge across a lot of categories – the kind of knowledge that can benefit both ad agencies and clients,” he said.

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Video advertisements averaged over 100% year-over-year monthly growth in 2013, and boast a higher click-through rate than any other digital ad format (BI Intelligence, 2014).

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Video advertisements averaged over 100% year-over-year monthly growth in 2013, and boast a higher click-through rate than any other digital ad format (BI Intelligence, 2014).

Netsertive has worked with home goods brands like Serta, La-Z-Boy, Electrolux and more to develop fully brand-compliant video assets that are optimized for digital advertising and localized for use by local stores.

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Digital Advertising Company Radically Increases Productivity, Migrates Kubernetes Application Between Clouds in One Week with Mirantis

Mirantis | September 28, 2022

Mirantis, freeing developers to create their most valuable code, today announced that Choozle, which provides a digital advertising software platform, chose Lens Autopilot to migrate its application on an urgent, one-week migration deadline. After quickly expanding its customer base, Choozle found itself in need of a more scalable infrastructure to support hundreds of daily active users. The company’s engineering operations team started adopting Kubernetes, using Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). Choozle chose to use the Mirantis DevOps-as-a-Service offering that combines Lens, the world’s most popular Kubernetes integrated development environment (IDE), with expert services from Mirantis site reliability engineers. “The entire team at Mirantis was prepared and available for everything that we needed for the migration,” said Mike Baldassare, director of product and engineering operations at Choozle. “The entire team at Mirantis was prepared and available for everything that we needed for the migration,” said Mike Baldassare, director of product and engineering operations at Choozle. “Today, we have a successfully migrated application that went from a legacy AWS Kubernetes cluster to a scaled, much more modern solution that preserves a better future for our application and our customers. Choozle has been successful by choosing really great partners, and I would definitely put Mirantis on that list of great partners that we've had in our company’s history.” Mirantis provided a dedicated team to manage and execute the transition. Lens eliminates the Kubernetes complexity that has hindered mainstream developer adoption since its inception. Lens enables users to easily manage, develop, debug, monitor, and troubleshoot their workloads across multiple clusters in real-time – supporting any certified Kubernetes distribution, on any infrastructure. The Lens desktop application has an intuitive graphical user interface and works with Linux, macOS, and Windows operating systems. Lens Autopilot features compelling guaranteed outcomes, including the technical ability after 12 months to achieve a 10 times increase in application deployment speed, 75% reduction in security vulnerabilities, accelerated time to remediation, and 2-4 times reduction in operational costs. “When you are growing exponentially, you don’t want to slow your developers from providing optimal customer value,” said Anoop Kumar, director of professional services for Americas, Mirantis. “We were able to not just quickly migrate Choozle from a legacy AWS deployment to Google, but we did it without any extra burden on the developers.” A desktop application, Lens lowers the barrier of entry for those just getting started with Kubernetes and radically improves productivity for people with more experience. With more than 5 million downloads, more than 600,000 users, and 18,500 stars on GitHub, Lens is the most popular integrated development environment (IDE) for Kubernetes. Lens DevopsCare extends the capabilities of Lens to provide a complete managed CI/CD toolchain that is managed and supported by Mirantis and configured to meet the unique needs of the development process. In addition to the CI/CD capabilities, Lens DevopsCare also provides developers with policy-based proactive security and best practices, metrics on their development process and environment, as well as extensive support to enhance the developer experience and reduce the cognitive load for everyday development tasks. To learn more about why Choozle chose Lens, read the case study. About Mirantis Mirantis helps organizations ship code faster on public and private clouds, increasing developer productivity by removing the stress of managing infrastructure. The company combines Intelligent Automation and cloud native expertise to provide a ZeroOps approach to managing and operating Kubernetes and cloud environments. Mirantis delivers a public cloud experience on any infrastructure, from the data center to the edge, with one cohesive cloud experience for complete app and DevOps portability, a single pane of glass, and automated full-stack lifecycle management, all based on open source. Mirantis serves many of the world’s leading enterprises, including Adobe, DocuSign, Inmarsat, Nationwide Insurance, PayPal, Reliance Jio, Societe Generale, Splunk, and S&P Global. Learn more at www.mirantis.com. About Choozle Choozle – Digital Advertising Made Easy® – provides a digital advertising software platform that leverages detailed consumer data to power programmatic advertising campaigns across display, video, mobile, audio, connected tv, digital out-of-home, and other mediums – all from a single, intuitive interface. Choozle combines the sophistication of multiple digital advertising tools, a demand-side platform, data management platform, and smart tag management into a single platform. Designed for advertising agencies and marketing departments, Choozle has democratized the ad tech ecosystem with its intuitive, elegant, and affordable solution. www.choozle.com

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Roku Names Three Executives to New Roles as Presidents of Media, Devices, and Consumer Experience

Roku, Inc. | September 23, 2022

Today, Roku, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROKU) announced that three senior executives have been named as presidents of the company’s media, devices, and consumer experience business areas. Media industry veteran Charlie Collier will be joining Roku as President, Roku Media, effective in late October, based in New York. Under Collier’s leadership, Roku Media will reinforce Roku’s commitment to serving advertisers, content partners, and consumers across Roku’s market-leading streaming platform. In addition, Mustafa Ozgen and Gidon Katz are being elevated from their current senior vice president roles at Roku. Ozgen will now serve as President, Devices, and Katz will now serve as President, Consumer Experience. Collier, Ozgen, and Katz will report to Anthony Wood, Roku Founder and CEO. “As Roku grows internationally, these positions will help bring more focus to key areas of our business as the global shift to streaming continues,” said Anthony Wood, Founder and CEO, Roku. “As Roku grows internationally, these positions will help bring more focus to key areas of our business as the global shift to streaming continues,” said Anthony Wood, Founder and CEO, Roku. “Charlie, Mustafa, and Gidon bring extensive industry knowledge and leadership experience to Roku. I look forward to working with them and their teams as we continue to innovate and build our position as the #1 TV streaming platform in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico* and our overall global footprint.” In his new role, Collier will oversee the growth and evolution of Roku Media globally, which includes ad sales and Roku’s ad platform business as well as content for Roku’s owned and operated channels, including The Roku Channel. Collier brings over 25 years of experience in media business leadership and transformation. He currently serves as the CEO of FOX Entertainment Group, where he is responsible for driving the overall vision and business at FOX Entertainment. He oversees the FOX network, FOX Alternative Entertainment, and FOX Entertainment Studios. He helped position the company as a leading content creator with a leadership position in ad-supported direct-to-consumer streaming. He contributed to growing Tubi, raising its profile and increasing the AVOD services original content offering. He also has helped lead several other business transformation initiatives, including TMZ, the founding of Studio Ramsay Global, the launch of Blockchain Creative Labs, and the acquisitions of Bento Box Entertainment, the animation company behind “Bob’s Burgers,” and indie studio MarVista Entertainment. Previously, he held senior roles at AMC Network, Court TV, Oxygen, and A&E Networks. During his tenure at FOX and AMC, both networks experienced increases in key business metrics, including ad revenue and ratings, Emmy Award-winning programming, and expansion of their digital platforms. Alison Levin, Vice President, Ad Revenue and Marketing Solutions; Louqman Parampath, Vice President, Ad Product; Mirjam Laux, Vice President, International Advertising and Content; and Rob Holmes, Vice President, Programming will report to Collier. Collier will also collaborate on commercial strategy with Tedd Cittadine, Vice President, Content Partnerships, who continues to lead Roku’s relationships with third-party apps and streaming services, and Gil Fuchsberg, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships, to whom Cittadine will continue to report. “There is a tremendous opportunity to further accelerate and evolve Roku’s business as the streaming platform built for advertising, and Charlie is the ideal person to help us capitalize on the moment,” said Wood. “He is a proven leader who brings vast experience, a history of evolving businesses, strong creative instincts, talent relationships, and a track record of driving revenue and growth. He will play an integral role in helping us achieve even greater success as a next-generation media company.” “Roku is a pioneer in streaming television and has achieved scale and significant relationships with our partners that will continue to be unique and valuable at this pivotal time in the industry,” said Collier. “As a partner of Roku, I’ve seen firsthand the power and potential the platform provides advertisers, partners, content creators, and consumers. I’m eager to work with Roku’s talented team to continue to innovate, grow, and bring the company and its partners to the next level.” Prior to joining FOX, Collier was President and General Manager of AMC, SundanceTV, and AMC Studios, overseeing the creative and business operations of all three divisions. While he was at AMC, the network and business transformed, growing all key metrics and scoring creatively with hits including the Emmy Award-winning "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," and "The Walking Dead." Collier also held business and sales roles at Oxygen Media, A+E Networks, and TeleRep. Since 2019, Collier has been named to The Hollywood Reporter 100, the publication’s list of the most powerful people in entertainment. He is regularly featured in Variety’s edition of Variety500, an index of the 500 most influential business leaders shaping the global media industry. Gidon Katz, President, Consumer Experience, who joined Roku in 2022 as senior vice president of Consumer, leads Roku’s Consumer Experience team, overseeing product, customer journeys, editorial, customer marketing, payments, and merchandising. Prior to joining Roku, he was President of Direct to Consumer for NBCU, launching Peacock in the U.S. Before moving to the U.S., Gidon led Sky’s streaming service Now for six years, having previously launched Virgin Media’s VOD service. Mustafa Ozgen, President, Devices, joined Roku in February 2019 as senior vice president and general manager of account acquisition, overseeing key programs like Roku TV, Roku Players, Roku Ready Soundbars, and more. Ozgen joined Roku from SmartKem, a producer of semiconductors used in flexible displays, where he served as CEO. Previously, he served as CEO of QD Vision, a nanotechnology materials company, which was acquired by Samsung. Earlier in his career, Ozgen held senior management and engineering roles at Sigma Designs, CSR, Zoran, Oak Technology, TeraLogic, and WindRiver Systems. He also served for seven years as an officer in the Turkish Navy. About Roku, Inc. Roku pioneered streaming to the TV. We connect users to the streaming content they love, enable content publishers to build and monetize large audiences, and provide advertisers with unique capabilities to engage consumers. Roku streaming players and TV-related audio devices are available in the U.S. and in select countries through direct retail sales and licensing arrangements with service operators. Roku TV™ models are available in the U.S. and in select countries through licensing arrangements with TV OEM brands. Roku is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. U.S.A.

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Quantcast Names Deb Stambaugh as Chief Marketing Officer

Quantcast | September 13, 2022

Quantcast, a global advertising technology company, today announced Deb Stambaugh as its chief marketing officer. Stambaugh joins Quantcast at a pivotal moment of transformation. Reporting to Quantcast CEO Konrad Feldman, Stambaugh will draw on her experience in adtech, enterprise technology and marketing leadership to grow the Quantcast brand and deliver innovative solutions to enhance customer value. “Deb is a proven marketing leader with the creativity and discipline to drive business results,” said Konrad Feldman, CEO of Quantcast. “Deb is a proven marketing leader with the creativity and discipline to drive business results,” said Konrad Feldman, CEO of Quantcast. “She comes to Quantcast with a strong record of driving growth in adtech, as well as a passion for data, technology, and offering innovative customer solutions. These attributes are exactly where Quantcast is leading with our customers, and we are excited for Deb to help us offer even more value to the industry.” Stambaugh brings to Quantcast more than two decades of B2B technology marketing experience with a proven track record for driving brand awareness and customer demand, while leading global teams at world-class organizations. She joins Quantcast from Samsung Ads, where during a time of tremendous growth, she led marketing for the Americas, inclusive of integrated go-to-market strategy, brand positioning, demand-gen, public relations and media. Under Stambaugh’s leadership Samsung Ads launched first-to-market products and solutions and led the industry in thought leadership and customer insights. Prior to Samsung Ads, she held leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies including IBM and SAP, as well as at startups. Stambaugh holds a Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and an MBA from Emory University, Goizueta Business School. She is a member of Chief and She Runs It. “Adtech today is incredibly complex. Quantcast has invested hundreds of millions to make it easier and more effective for advertisers,” said Deb Stambaugh, Chief Marketing Officer at Quantcast. “From planning to execution, Quantcast brings unrivaled technology, data and insights to deliver unparalleled results. I’m looking forward to helping more marketers get back to big ideas and creative execution while leaving the complexity of today’s ecosystem to Quantcast.” Quantcast has entered an exciting era of growth in 2022 with its cutting-edge cookieless solution and the launch of brand advertising solutions for the Quantcast Platform. Learn more at quantcast.com. About Quantcast Quantcast is an advertising technology company and the creator of an award-winning intelligent audience platform that empowers brands, agencies and publishers to know and grow their audiences online. The Quantcast Platform, powered by Ara™, a patented AI and machine learning engine, delivers automated insights, marketing performance, and results at scale to drive business growth. Our solutions are leveling the playing field for our customers when it comes to effectively reaching audiences online and helping them power a thriving free and open internet for everyone. Headquartered in San Francisco, Quantcast has been serving customers around the world since 2006. Learn more at https://www.quantcast.com/ and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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