Viacom has signed a multi-year deal with comScore that covers cross-platform audience measurement.Viacom says it will have access to comScore’s cross-platform measurement tools and advanced demographic capabilities – which span the linear TV, video-on-demand, digital, and over-the-top environments.Viacom said it will use the data for its proprietary advertising products, unlocking “maximum value to marketing partners” by delivering a complete view of the consumer.“This partnership with comScore marks a fundamental watershed moment in the business of television,” claimed Viacom’s senior vice-president of data strategy, Bryson Gordon.“This revolution in targeting, currency and measurement is the equivalent of shifting from black and white to colour. Viacom’s longstanding investment in data and innovation and our unique ability to merge creativity and science has positioned us far ahead in the marketplace by delivering what partners crave – the most comprehensive view of the consumer and the most effective way to reach them.”
Arnaud de PuyfontaineCanal+ needs and deserves a level playing field to compete with the likes of Altice as well as Netflix and other international players, including the right to retain exclusive rights, according to Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine.Speaking to analysts after Vivendi turned in solid first-half results, boosted by a strong performance from Universal Music as well as signs of a slowdown in the decline of Canal+, De Puyfontaine said that Canal+ had to compete with “a local telco that wants to control both telecommunications and content and is launching a move channel from Luxembourg”, and that it was necessary that “everybody gets to benefit from the same rules” regarding the right to strike exclusive content deals.France’s competition watchdog relaxed a number of restrictions on Canal+ in June, allowing it to strike exclusive premium channel deals with the likes of BeIN Sports and to retain exclusivity of series that it pre-finances. However, Canal+ remains obliged to make any service with which it has an exclusive deal available to a third-party provider that wants to include it in its offering.De Puyfontaine said that in an industry that is increasingly “highly disrupted”, there was an “urgent need” for a revision of the rules. However, he said Vivendi had hoped for “a greater release of constraints” than the Autorité de la Concurrence had granted.The “local telco” De Puyfontaine was referring to was Altice and its recent launch of movies and series channel, Altice Studio, which has been available on SFR’s platform since August 22.Following the launch of Altice Studio, Altice CEO Michel Combes told Le Monde newspaper that he was opposed to striking an investment agreement with the French cinema industry on the same lines as Canal+’s commitment. However, Altice Media chief Alain Weill separately said that he was not opposed to striking a deal provided that France’s strick cinema windowing rules were relaxed.Vivendi’s second quarter and first half results were strongly boosted by the performance of Universal Music, which grew its revenues for the first six months of the year by 14% in constant currency terms.Canal+’s revenues declined by 2.4% during the first half, an improvement compared with the 5.5% drop in the first half of 2016. The pay TV operator’s performance was more marked in the second quarter, with a drop of 1.3% compared with a drop of 3.5% in the first quarter.Canal+’s revenues for the first half amounted to €2.568 billion. The pay TV outfit’s individual subscriber base increased by 2.8 million year-on-year to 14 million, thanks to continued international growth and the group’s new distribution deals with Orange and Free. The international subscriber total grew by 309,000 year-on-year in the first half, contributing to a 6.6% increase in revenues in constant currency.Revenues from pay TV in France dropped by 5.3%, taken lower by the reduced free-to-air window on the Canal+_ channel and a drop in domestic subscriber revenues. Advertising revenue also fell, due in part to a sanction imposed by media watchdog the CSA on the C8 channel. Production outfit Studiocanal’s revenues also dropped year-on-year.Canal+’s EBITA for the first half amounted to €171 million, down from €288 million year-on-year, but with a stronger performance in the second half, which saw EBITA double compared with the first three months of the year.
The project was funded by Council, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Department for Communities (DfC) and has been a resounding success with the public to date.The ‘Spring Open Day’ will be a celebration and appreciation of Brooke Park which has provided an invaluable green space for recreational and leisure activities since 1901 – and will include fun wildlife workshops, mucky fingers, tepees, arts and crafts, storytelling and much more!Speaking at the launch event, Mayor Boyle said he was delighted to be hosting the ‘Spring Open Day’ in the beautiful grounds of the recently regenerated park.“Brooke Park has undergone a major transformation recently and I can think of no better location for a family fun day,” he said. BROOKE Park will be the place to be this month as the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr John Boyle invites local children along for some family fun with a whole host of activities on the menu.The ‘Spring Open Day’ is taking place at Brooke Park on Saturday 23rd March from 12 noon – 4pm. There will also be an opening of the ‘Gate Lodge Exhibition’ displaying the history of the park to the public.Brooke Park was reopened to the public in September 2016 following an extensive £5.6m regeneration of this historic landscape. ShareTweet “I’d like to invite as many people as possible to come along and enjoy the family-friendly activities.“The transformation of the park into a state of the art facility for leisure, play and relaxation has enriched the lives of so many people by providing a hub for social and leisure activity.“I’d also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Department for Communities without whose financial support this project wouldn’t have been possible.”Anna Carragher, Chair of the NI Committee of The National Lottery Heritage Fund said: “We’re delighted to see the launch of the ‘Spring Open Day’ and to attend the opening of the ‘Gate Lodge Exhibition’ at Brooke Park to the public.“Since its reopening, the park has been enjoyed by people of all ages, offering a place to socialise, play, relax and unwind. “We were delighted to have been able to use National Lottery player’s money to help bring this historic park back to life via this fabulous project. “We are so pleased to see so many people using the restored park, getting out in the fresh air and reconnecting with nature”Paul McNaught of the Department for Communities added: “I have no doubts that this event will be a fantastic day out for the whole family to enjoy.“Brooke Park has been a great success and the Department is delighted to have contributed to its regeneration.”In keeping with Council’s aim to create a zero waste Council area, there will also be a number of fun activities to raise awareness about protecting and enhancing the environment. Parks Manager Emma Barron said the ‘Spring Open Day’ is a great opportunity for children and parents to find out how they can make a difference.“Throughout the day we will providing a range of environmental activities for children, including badge making, building bird boxes, environmental art and planting seeds and plants to take home” she said.“Indeed, the ‘Spring Open Day’ will be a great way of promoting Brooke Park’s natural environment. “It will also help children and parents develop a better understanding and appreciation of the history of the park, its importance in terms of wildlife and environment, and the positive role they can play in safeguarding its future for generations to come.”Mayor launches ‘Spring Open Day’ at Brooke Park was last modified: March 15th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Brooke ParkDerry and Strabane CouncilMayor John BoyleMayor launches ‘Spring Open Day’ at Brooke Park