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Simulmedia Welcomes Warner Bros. Discovery Chief U.S. Advertising Sales Officer Jon Steinlauf to Its Board of Directors

Simulmedia | June 23, 2022

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Simulmedia, the leader in truly cross-channel TV advertising, today announced that Jon Steinlauf, Chief U.S. Advertising Sales Officer for Warner Bros. Discovery, has joined Simulmedia's Board of Directors.

"We are super excited to have Jon Steinlauf join the Simulmedia Board of Directors,” said Dave Morgan, Simulmedia CEO and founder.

"We are super excited to have Jon Steinlauf join the Simulmedia Board of Directors,” said Dave Morgan, Simulmedia CEO and founder. “Jon is one of the very smartest and most innovative leaders in TV and streaming advertising, and at Warner Bros. Discovery, he now oversees one of the largest, most diverse and premium video ad portfolios in the U.S., including Discovery, HGTV, TBS, TNT, Adult Swim, CNN, Turner Sports, Discovery+ and HBO Max."

"Simulmedia has always been at the forefront of data-driven TV advertising, and now with the exciting growth of ad-supported streaming, it has become a trailblazer in providing marketers full audience reach across the dynamic linear and connected TV ecosystem with its TV+® platform," said Mr. Steinlauf. "I am pleased to be part of their Board and to provide strategic direction to help Simulmedia deliver on its promise of certainty, efficiency and speed to its clients and partners across the TV advertising landscape."

Mr. Steinlauf brings a wealth of invaluable television advertising experience to Simulmedia’s Board of Directors. Prior to being appointed to his current role at Warner Bros. Discovery this spring, Mr. Steinlauf served as Chief U.S. Advertising Sales Officer at Discovery, where he managed sales, developed new and convergent revenue streams, as well as oversaw research, marketing and branded entertainment, pricing and planning, and inventory control. Before joining Discovery in 2018, Mr. Steinlauf served as President of Advertising Sales at Scripps Networks, successfully elevating Scripps Networks’ reputation with advertisers for being the most upscale cable network group with the most engaged viewers in all of cable. Mr. Steinlauf also served as Vice President of Advertising Sales for Turner Broadcasting’s TBS and TNT networks (1992-2000) and Director of Advertising Sales at ESPN (1985-89). He began his career as a media buyer at Young & Rubicam. Mr. Steinlauf has been named six times to Adweek’s “Adweek 50,” an honor that the publication bestows on the top business leaders in advertising and media. He is a graduate of Duke University.

About Simulmedia
Simulmedia is the leader in truly cross-channel TV advertising. With its TV+® platform, the company delivers unparalleled reach, measurement, and results wherever audiences watch or stream. Founded In 2008, Simulmedia pioneered a data-first, digital approach to TV ad placement and optimization that changed TV advertising forever. With TV+, Simulmedia helps advertisers and agencies quickly and effectively reach viewers scattered across both linear television and connected TV at guaranteed scale without wasteful duplication. Simulmedia has planned and executed successful TV campaigns for hundreds of brands, including Experian, WarnerMedia, Zelle, Disney, 1-800-FLOWERS, Monster, Electrolux, Rover, Nordstrom, King’s Hawaiian, and many more. In addition, Simulmedia allows brands to extend their reach and connect with elusive younger audiences via PlayerWON™, the first in-game video advertising platform for free-to-play PC and console titles. For more information, visit www.simulmedia.com and www.playerwon.com.

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Advertising Technology Startup, Sustainable Skylines, Emerges from Stealth Mode, Announces Partnership with Aviation Technology Company, VELARY

Sustainable Skylines, VELARY | June 16, 2022

Sustainable Skylines, an advertising technology company reinventing aerial advertising with hybrid drone technologies and advanced data analytics, has emerged from stealth mode. They have formally announced an exclusive partnership with the aviation technology company and drone manufacturer, VELARY. This partnership will continue the collaboration of the two companies on building world-class drone advertising solutions. The exclusive nature of the partnership solidifies both companies' stake in this burgeoning industry. Current airplane-based advertising relies on outdated technologies, hazardous procedures, and anecdotal ad-performance methodologies. Recognizing this underserved market, Sustainable Skylines is on a mission to bring this industry into the 21st century. Operating in stealth mode for the past two years, the company has been working to bring this drone advertising solution to life, along with developing computer vision and A.I. technologies for their audience analytics platform. The management team is made up of skilled operators from related industries in big data and advertising. The Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jacob Stonecipher, is a former Senior Director at the private equity and venture capital data and research firm, PitchBook Data, where he structured data-feed, API, and platform subscriptions. He is joined by their Chief Marketing Officer, Tim Carlisle, a former senior executive at Publicis, where he helped lead Proctor and Gamble’s brand strategy. Brenda Stonecipher, their Chief Financial Officer, a certified CPA who has held numerous c-suite positions. As well as their Chief Research Officer, Paul Donato, an advertising industry veteran, and the former Chief Research Officer at Nielsen. VELARY is a next-generation U.S. aviation technology and engineering company dedicated to solving today’s most challenging problems while anticipating the needs of tomorrow. Their hybrid-powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and piloted Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) solutions are designed for the most demanding environments. By bringing together vertical mobility solutions with A.I., data, and cloud services, VELARY is meeting the future with innovative technologies and human ingenuity. “Our partnership with VELARY is a natural fit. They operate at the forefront of drone technology and share our core values of innovation and sustainability,” said Sustainable Skylines’ Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jacob Stonecipher. “Our partnership with VELARY is a natural fit. They operate at the forefront of drone technology and share our core values of innovation and sustainability,” said Sustainable Skylines’ Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jacob Stonecipher, “We’re incredibly excited to be aligned with their team and to continue our growth together.” “Out-of-Home advertising is going through a renaissance. The digital advertising ecosystem has become overly saturated. Brands are relying on outdoor advertising to create real-world brand familiarity and amplify digital activations,” said Chief Marketing Officer, Tim Carlisle, “Sustainable Skylines will drive brand impact by operating in the last true uncluttered environment, the sky.” ”VELARY is excited to collaborate with Sustainable Skylines as it transforms the outdoor advertising space using our aircraft, making aerial advertising cleaner, safer, and exponentially more impactful,” said Mihai Rozsa, CEO of VELARY. Sustainable Skylines and VELARY are working towards FAA approval, alongside Praxis Aerospace Concepts, to launch in Miami Beach and will look to rapidly scale across the nation and globe. Sustainable Skylines is financed by a pre-seed round of financing and has formally announced an upcoming seed round. About Sustainable Skylines Sustainable Skylines is an advertising technology company reinventing the Out-of-Home (OOH) aerial media industry with the use of hybrid drone technologies, dynamic 4-color static and digital banners, and a computer vision-powered audience analytics platform. Launching from regional distribution centers with mobile command vehicles, the company will operate in all major U.S. and global markets. Aggregating 1st and 3rd-party data from cellular, geospatial, and aerial footage, the company builds audience data products using the latest advances in computer vision, big data, and artificial intelligence. Learn more at www.sustainableskylines.com About VELARY VELARY Inc. is a next-generation U.S. aviation technology and engineering company based in California, with operations in Europe. VELARY.com

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Yieldmo and Adform Enter Strategic Partnership to Help Brands and Agencies Unlock Value without Cookies

Yieldmo, Adform | June 20, 2022

Yieldmo, a leading advertising technology company that operates a Smart Exchange for buyers and sellers, today announced its partnership with Adform, the only global, independent, and fully integrated advertising platform built for modern marketing, working with 25,000+ brands and with deep advertiser and agency relationships across Europe. The partnership reflects Yieldmo’s continuing international expansion, particularly increasing its reach in Europe. Adform continues to lead the market with its ID Fusion solution, helping its clients manage the transition to first party. Through this partnership, Adform will be able to expand its offering to advertisers and agencies through the rich contextual offering that Yieldmo’s exchange brings. Yieldmo’s Smart Exchange continuously maximises value for advertisers and publishers in real-time through proprietary data, machine learning, and curation (without relying on cookies or other user authentication). This partnership will help brands and agencies unlock value, match inventory to the goals of their campaigns, and deliver outstanding results. “We are incredibly excited to be partnering with Adform, a leading business with a very strong heritage in the European region, as well as a growing client base in the US, making them a strong new development partner globally. This is particularly important for us as we continue our rapid international expansion into European markets and beyond,” said John Tigg, GM International at Yieldmo. “We are incredibly excited to be partnering with Adform, a leading business with a very strong heritage in the European region, as well as a growing client base in the US, making them a strong new development partner globally. This is particularly important for us as we continue our rapid international expansion into European markets and beyond,” said John Tigg, GM International at Yieldmo. "Through our strategic partnership, Yieldmo and Adform’s complementary technologies will help deliver brand-safe, privacy-first, and cost-effective advertising opportunities for advertisers globally.” “We are committed to holistic ID solutions that bring together a range of approaches for our clients. Smart contextual is clearly one such approach with huge promise, alongside first party solutions, for example. Yieldmo has highly unique technology that can facilitate results for advertisers and publishers alike” Julian Baring, SVP Business Development at Adform said. About Yieldmo Yieldmo is an advertising technology company that operates a smart exchange that differentiates and enhances the value of ad inventory for buyers and sellers. As a leader in attention & contextual analytics, real-time technology, and digital formats, we create, measure, model, and optimize campaigns for unmatched scale and performance. By understanding how each unique impression behaves and looking for patterns and performance in real-time, we can drive real performance gains without relying on audience data. About Adform Adform is the only global, independent and fully integrated advertising platform built for modern marketing. Its unique enterprise technology – Adform FLOW – harnesses superior user experience and a scalable, modular and open architecture, to enable seamless management of the whole campaign lifecycle. It provides clients with enhanced control and transparency across their advertising operations, including ownership of all data from their campaigns. Since 2002, Adform has developed technology to enhance human/machine collaboration and deliver augmented intelligence, thereby amplifying business results for its clients around the world.

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Instacart Announces New Shoppable Video and Display Advertising Products, Driving Inspiration, Discovery and Purchase

Instacart | May 30, 2022

Instacart today announced two new advertising solutions that bring together the best of inspirational storytelling and action: shoppable video ads and enhanced shoppable display ads. These new formats expand Instacart's ad product suite with inspiring experiences to give brands a more immersive way to storytell, engage and drive sales. Shoppable video and shoppable display enable CPG brands to shorten the user journey from awareness and product discovery directly to purchase – all within one rich media unit. Advertisers can now promote engaging, targeted, creative content to consumers as they shop from their favorite retailers on Instacart. Dove, Mondelēz International, PepsiCo and S.Pellegrino are among the first CPG brands to pilot Instacart's shoppable video and shoppable display products. "Advertisers choose Instacart because we've built a platform with high-intent consumers, unparalleled scale of retailers, and closed-looped measurement, all of which drives meaningful results for our brand partners," said Ali Miller, Vice President of Ads Product at Instacart. "We designed our new shoppable ad products to create more brand storytelling opportunities for CPGs, help them inspire and reach new and existing consumers, and ultimately drive sales in a singular unit. We see that these kinds of shoppable rich media experiences resonate with consumers as well, as we're bringing more discovery and inspiration to the online shopping experience. We're grateful to work with brand partners who have been excited to innovate with us and incubate these formats along the way to drive maximum impact." Instacart's new shoppable video ads will equip brands to combine the powerful storytelling capabilities of video creative with an in-line set of shoppable products to shorten the path from discovery to purchase. Advertisers will be able to fuel brand affinity with rich stories, motion and audio, and inspire bigger baskets with seamless add to cart functionality. Throughout the pilot, Instacart will test and learn alongside its CPG brand partners to determine best practices and inform what the shoppable video product looks like when it is available to all brands in Instacart's self-service portal, Ads Manager, later this year. Building on the early success of its inaugural display ads product, Instacart has created a new, iterative, shoppable display product to inspire basket building through discovery and purchase. This new shoppable display format is a CPG brand's contextual 'pop up shop' on Instacart and enables them to reach the right consumer at the right time to drive consideration and bigger baskets – without disrupting the shopping experience. The engaging new format features brand imagery coupled with direct add to cart functionality; brands are able to pin a bundle of items that inspires complementary purchases, innovation, and drives routine purchases. More than 40 CPG brands have piloted the shoppable display product, which will be generally available to all brand partners in Ads Manager later this summer. Dove first partnered with Instacart Ads in 2017 with sponsored product campaigns, and expanded as an early pioneer with shoppable display for their "Nourish Your Beauty" campaign. 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Instacart's new shoppable video and shoppable display products expand the company's robust advertising tool kit and help CPG brands of all sizes deeply engage with consumers directly at the point of purchase. Now, advertisers have even more choices and touchpoints to inspire consumers throughout the entire shopping journey. The new shoppable video and display products, alongside the company's flagship sponsored product offering, brand pages and suite of display ad solutions, equip brands on Instacart with comprehensive full-funnel marketing capabilities to reach valuable consumers at the point of purchase and drive effective, measurable outcomes. Instacart today offers self-service and managed ad services for more than 5,000 CPG brands. Instacart also partners with industry-leading API partners that have built campaign management and optimization applications leveraging the Instacart Ads API. About Instacart Instacart is a leading retail enablement platform that works with grocers and retailers to transform how people shop. Today, Instacart partners with more than 800 national, regional and local retail brands to facilitate online shopping, delivery and pickup services from more than 70,000 stores across more than 5,500 cities in North America. Millions of busy people and families turn to Instacart to get the groceries they need from the retailers they love, and more than 600,000 Instacart shoppers pick, pack and deliver orders for customers on their own flexible schedule. The Instacart Platform offers a suite of enterprise-grade technology products and services to power e-commerce, fulfillment, in-store, ads and insights for retailers across the U.S. and Canada. Hundreds of retailers partner with Instacart to power their e-commerce experiences across the Instacart App and their own white-label sites and solutions. With Instacart Ads, thousands of CPG brands partner with the company to connect directly with consumers online. For more information, visit www.instacart.com/company, and to start shopping, visit www.instacart.com. For anyone interested in becoming an Instacart shopper, visit https://shoppers.instacart.com/.

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Scibids Appoints AdTech Veteran Erich Wasserman to Its Board

Scibids | June 13, 2022

Scibids, the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) for digital marketing, today announces the appointment of Erich Wasserman as its newest board member. Wasserman will advise Scibids’ leadership on global commercial, strategic partner and corporate development matters. Wasserman joins Scibids with a wealth of global business development experience. As co-founder of MediaMath, he launched the company’s first sales organization in the U.S. in 2007, its EMEA and APAC businesses in 2010 from headquarters in London, and then became the organization’s global CRO in 2014. From 2017 until he left MediaMath in 2019, Wasserman led strategic business development. Wasserman currently holds roles as co-founder and President of Business Development at Rigor, which aims to end housing’s affordability crisis by building an open source Decentralized Finance (DeFi) protocol that invites community investment into construction finance. He is also the creator of the strategy behind Mycelial Earth, a community-based initiative led by mycologist Paul Stamets to harness the power of blockchain technology and the potential of the mushroom kingdom to save dying honey bees. Erich Wasserman, board member at Scibids comments: “Scibids is an extraordinary business with an incredibly talented global team and I’m grateful for the appointment. Scibids has pioneered the development of powerful artificial intelligence that drives digital advertising performance for advertisers – most critically and strategically, their technology requires no personal information nor cross site tracking, a hugely important innovation for digital marketing. I’m excited to help the business accelerate their already explosive growth.” Rémi Lemonnier, Co-founder & President at Scibids comments: “With his wealth of global industry experience, Erich will provide invaluable insight for Scibids into the future of custom algorithms to support powerful ad decisioning. Erich is a visionary adtech expert and his years of expertise will bolster our global progression in the future. We know that Erich is a prescient leader and will aid commercial developments and help us to show brands how Scibids can grow their businesses without continued reliance on personal information to do so.” About Scibids Founded in Paris in 2016, Scibids is the independent global leader building Artificial Intelligence to make marketing more effective. Scibids AI supports strategic business outcomes for brands by building customizable algorithms for powerful ad decisioning that does not require user tracking and profiling. Scibids AI is enabled within leading Demand Side Platforms, helps unify the ad stack by activating planning and measurement data, and delivers measurable ROI for a long-lasting competitive advantage. Scibids works across the digital marketing ecosystem, is used by thousands of brands and embraced by their media agencies worldwide. Learn more at www.scibids.com and download "AI, Privacy and the Future of Digital Marketing," a marketer's guide to growth in the post-cookie digital ecosystem.

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